NFL week 13 Picks by Drew Farmer: The NFL playoffs are in sight.
NFL week 13 Picks, Previews and Money Line for every game
Just five weeks remain in the NFL's 2017 regular season, and the playoff picture is coming into focus. Some teams, like San Francisco, are already looking toward next season. Meanwhile, others, like Cincinnati, hope to continue winning to keep the playoffs a possibility for the NFL week 13 Picks.
Thursday, Nov 30, 2017
Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys
The wheels have come off in Big ‘D', as the Cowboys have lost three straight games. Dallas wasn't expected to be an elite team without running back Ezekiel Elliot, but no one expected them to be this bad. A 28-6 Thanksgiving Day loss to the Chargers pushed Dallas to 5-6. Dak Prescott hasn't thrown a touchdown pass during the team's three game skid. He has tossed five picks. Although both could make the playoffs still, these teams are really looking toward 2018.
Sunday, Dec 03, 2017
Minnesota Vikings vs. Atlanta Falcons
It was another two-touchdown pass day for Case Keenum as the Vikings beat Detroit. It was Minnesota's seventh straight win. Keenum is benefitting from great pass protection as Minnesota has given up the fewest sacks in 2017. The Falcons are on the rise, and won their third straight on Sunday against Tampa Bay. Quarterback Matt Ryan has become more consistent over the last two games. Atlanta needs to win for the NFL week 13 picks to keep playoff hopes alive.
Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans
It's an AFC South battle in Nashville as the 4-7 Texans play the 7-4 Titans. Tennessee is 4-1 at home this season, while Houston is 1-4 on the road. Do you see a pattern here? Tennessee is great with the ball. The team don't turn it over often nor does its receivers drop passes. It is worrying that quarterback Marcus Mariota has thrown eight interceptions in his last four games, however.
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Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets
Kansas City started the season as the best team in the league. Going into NFL week 13, the Chiefs have lost three straight games and are clinging onto first place in the AFC West. The west is completely wide open, and the Chiefs woes could see them slip from first to third and miss the playoffs completely. Alex Smith threw for just 199 yards against Buffalo in week 12. He had been consistently over 200 yards since week 3. Things are bad in Kansas City, but the Jets are just a little bit worse off than the Chiefs.
Denver Broncos vs. Miami Dolphins
Things are so bad for the Broncos that the only excitement fans got last weekend was a fight between Denver cornerback Aqib Talib and Raiders receiver Michael Crabtree. The Broncos have lost seven straight, and are winless on the road. Meanwhile, the Dolphins inept offense hasn't produced a win in five straight games. Will anyone be watching this game?. Miami should win for the NFL week 13 picks solely based on Denver's awful away form.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Colts showed fight against Tennessee last weekend, but ultimately lost. Jacksonville is coming off of a shock defeat to Arizona in week 12. The Jags defense has been brilliant against the pass this season. Blake Bortles needs to improve his play for the Jags, however. He threw for just 160 yards a week ago. Meanwhile, the run game stalled. Bortles was the team's leading rusher with 62 yards. Defense wins championships, but the Jags offense still needs to pull its weight.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers
The 2017 season was supposed to be different for the Packers, but the October injury to quarterback Aaron Rodgers derailed any hopes of making the Super Bowl. Now the team want to just finish above .500. Tampa Bay are propping up the NFC South and consistency is something that has been elusive. Don't expect the Bucs to do much in Green Bay in December. It's too cold for these south Florida boys.
Detroit Lions vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens have won three of their last four games and posted shutouts in two of them. The problem is quarterback Joe Flacco isn't doing enough at quarterback. The Ravens have the defense to keep them in games, and often times, shut teams out. The team has posted three shutouts this season. As of today, the Lions have a chance of making the playoffs as a wild card. But the team needs to win in Baltimore to keep those chances alive.
New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills
The Patriots defense has made a major turnaround since the start of the season. The team has given up 17 or fewer points in seven straight games. Buffalo is back on track. Tyrod Taylor was brought back into the straight lineup, and he played big against Kansas City in week 12. He completed 19 of 29 passes and threw for one touchdown. Despite his efficient play, Buffalo's win was more about the Chiefs ineffective offense. The run game was non-existent. Four rushers combined for 107 yards on 37 carries. Buffalo is in the playoff hunt and stand one game back of a wild card place.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears
Will anyone be watching this game? Perhaps, some may watch for 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He finally played on Sunday against Seattle, throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass and completing two pass attempts. The excitement in San Francisco was immeasurable after he threw for a score. San Francisco has said it will start Garoppolo on Sunday.
Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers have turned things around in a big way. At 5-6, the team is closing in on a wild card spot in the playoffs. The good news is, the Chargers could still win the AFC West with Kansas City's capitulation. Los Angeles can continue its winning ways against Cleveland, who could go winless this season. The Browns have nothing to play for. Not even pride at this point.
New York Giants vs. Oakland Raiders
Time is up in New York for Eli Manning. The Giants will start Geno Smith against Oakland on Sunday. A lot is being made of Manning's final days as a Giant, but the truth is, he has been awful this season. On Thanksgiving Day, he threw for just 113 yards as the Giants lost again. Oakland can still make the playoffs by winning the AFC West or gaining a wild card spot. Either way, they will need help from the teams around them.
Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
This is the biggest NFL week 13 game and it will have massive effects on the entire division. Both teams are 8-3 and sit atop the AFC South. Currently, both teams are qualified for the playoffs, but that will most likely change after Sunday. Carolina has won four straight, but Cam Newtown has just thrown five touchdowns in that time. He has only thrown for more than 200 yards once in that time span as well. The Panthers have been good, but the Saints defense at home should be better.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Rams grinded out a home win over the Saints in week 12, 26-20. It took Jared Goff to throw for 354 yards to get the job done. The Rams offense has come up against two of the best teams in the NFC in the last two weeks. Arizona could be difficult to break down after last weekend's performance against the Jags. Could an upset could be on the cards for the NFL week 13 picks?.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks
In Carson Wentz's last three games for the Eagles, he has tossed nine touchdowns and zero interceptions. He has been on fire, and so have the Eagles. Seattle has been good in the fourth quarter of games this season, and it's the teams finishing of games that have them at 7-4. But will the Seahawks be able to catch Philadelphia by the time the fourth starts on Sunday night? Seattle is just outside the playoff places, and desperately need a win to keep the postseason in sight.
Monday, Dec 04, 2017
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh lead the NFC North, but a trip to its archrivals could shake up the division. Cincinnati is still in the playoff hunt. At 5-6, the Bengals need to win out to get a wild card berth. Although that may not even get them into the postseason. The Bengals running game finally got going in week 12 as Joe Mixon ran for 114 yards. That was against the Browns, and the Steelers defense will be much more water tight. Since 2010, the Steelers are 13-3 against Cincinnati.