2013 NFL Pick ‘Em: Week 13
Picking the NFL's Week 13 Action
Did you know that it’s already Week 13 of the 2013 NFL campaign? Even though it seems like the season started a couple of weeks ago, there are now only five games left for each team to solidify their playoff positioning or send themselves on an early vacation.
As the end of the regular season inches closer, picking each week’s gridiron action grows increasingly difficult. If it was easy, we’d all do it, though.
It was another bad week for me in Week 12, as I finished out the 14 games with a record of 7-6-1. While not my worst week of the season, it certainly isn’t anything to be proud of. With that showing, my season record now stands at 107-69-1. Not the greatest record, but it could definitely be worse at this point in the year.
So what can you look forward to in Week 13? Well, there are a number of intriguing matchups between teams jockeying for playoff positioning. Several teams will simply be looking to avoid falling into “mathematical elimination” territory. At this point, there could even be some prideful performances from teams just looking to avoid being embarrassed (again).
Either way, it’s sure to be an exciting week full of more unexpected upsets and blowout wins. We’ve seen plenty of both through the first 12 rounds of NFL action this season, so there’s no reason to expect anything different in Week 13.
What are we waiting for, though? Have a look at the 16 games of Week 13 and what you can expect to see.
There will be no more regular-season byes from here on out.
Green Bay Packers (5-5-1) at Detroit Lions (6-5)
Without Aaron Rodgers under center, the Packers have been a mess. They can’t buy a win at this point, and are now going into a big divisional game against the Lions, who are desperate to get back on track. Look for Matt Stafford and Co. to put a feeble Green Bay team in their place.
Oakland Raiders (4-7) at Dallas Cowboys (6-5)
I’m still not buying the Cowboys yet, and neither should you. They’re way too inconsistent, and have a putrid pass defense. If the Raiders can get Matt McGloin going early and the rookie can stay relatively mistake free, Oakland should be able to knock the NFC East crown out of Dallas' grasp.
Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6) at Baltimore Ravens (5-6)
What a nightcap on Thanksgiving. In a battle of two AFC North rivals, the Ravens should be able to come away victorious. Even though Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers are rolling right now, Terrell Suggs and the Baltimore defense might be too much for them to overcome.
Tennessee Titans (5-6) at Indianapolis Colts (7-4)
Is anyone sure what’s wrong with the Colts right now? They can’t get it together, having lost two of their last three and suddenly in a position to lose their grip on the AFC South. Here, the Titans will go at their suspect defense and watch Kendall Wright and the passing game lift them to a big divisional win.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) at Cleveland Browns (4-7)
It’s great for the Jaguars’ morale that they’ve won two games now, but that doesn’t make them a week-to-week pick. The Browns have played better than their record shows this season, and will ride Chris Ogbonnaya and their running game to a hard-fought win this week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-8) at Carolina Panthers (8-3)
Does anyone believe the Buccaneers stand a legitimate chance in this one? Yes, they’re on a three-game winning streak, but the Panthers have won seven straight and are hotter than any team in the NFL. Unless Cam Newton tanks and Luke Kuechly misses every tackle, Carolina will win at home.
Chicago Bears (6-5) at Minnesota Vikings (2-8-1)
As bad as the Vikings have been, there might not be a worse team in the NFL right now than the Bears. They’ve been brutal through the last few games and have the weakest defense in the NFL. Once Adrian Peterson gets going for Minnesota, Chicago won’t be able to keep up on the scoreboard.
New England Patriots (8-3) at Houston Texans (2-9)
There isn’t much reason to think that the Texans even stand a chance here. They’ve lost nine straight and their locker room is falling apart at the seams. Meanwhile, Tom Brady and the Patriots are on fire and should have no trouble blowing out this pitiful Houston team.
Arizona Cardinals (7-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)
One of the hottest teams in the NFL right now, the Cardinals are on the verge of being serious contenders. They need a big win against Nick Foles and the Eagles, and should get it with the help of Carson Palmer and Philadelphia’s susceptible pass defense.
Miami Dolphins (5-6) at New York Jets (5-6)
What once looked like a promising season for the Jets has quickly gone up in flames. Geno Smith is playing like a true rookie while Ryan Tannehill is starting to get hot down the stretch. Leave it to Mike Wallace as he looks to burn the Jets’ questionable secondary.
Atlanta Falcons (2-9) at Buffalo Bills (4-7)
One of the ugliest matchups of the week, it’s rather unclear as to who will come away with the win here. The Bills, however, have been playing better this season as the Falcons are currently on a five-game losing streak. Jairus Byrd and the Buffalo defense should keep the Atlanta offense in check.
St. Louis Rams (5-6) at San Francisco 49ers (7-4)
As hot as the Rams are right now, the 49ers will be going to extra lengths to make sure they don’t lose this big divisional showdown. Colin Kaepernick and Co. are coming off a big Monday night win, and should have just enough gas to edge St. Louis in the tightest game of the week.
Cincinnati Bengals (7-4) at San Diego Chargers (5-6)
Luckily for the Chargers and their horrendous pass coverage, Andy Dalton is extremely inconsistent. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati defense has had its fair share of struggles over the last few weeks. As long as Philip Rivers can stay hot, San Diego can keep pace in the AFC Wild Card race.
Denver Broncos (9-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)
Without two of their top pass rushers, the Chiefs are going to have a tough time putting pressure on Peyton Manning. Seeing as Kansas City lost two weeks ago to the Broncos and fell at home last weekend, Denver’s offense should hand the Chiefs their third-straight loss.
New York Giants (4-7) at Washington Redskins (3-8)
As both of these teams fall out of the picture in the NFC East race, this game will be a battle for pride. The Redskins have looked terrible as Robert Griffin III is still working his way back from knee surgery. Unless the Giants crash, they should easily dispatch D.C. with Andre Brown and the ground game.
New Orleans Saints (9-2) at Seattle Seahawks (10-1)
This one could turn out to be the game of the year between the two best teams in the NFC. In the battle of the best defense against the best offense, there’s no telling what might happen. Their defense will help, but the explosiveness of the now-healthy Percy Harvin should give the Seahawks the edge.