NFL Week 13: 5 Games Guaranteed to be Blowouts

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5 Blowouts for NFL Week 13

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Week 13 of the NFL season kicks off with three games on Thursday as has been the tradition for Thanksgiving the past few years. Aside from that there are a lot of intriguing matchups within the division and within the conference, and with only five weeks of play left, these games will go a long way in determining playoff seeding, division titles and even Wild Card spots.

In Week 12 we saw one of the best games of the year between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. The Broncos took a 24-0 lead into the locker room at halftime and then Tom Brady and company went off and erupted for one of the best second half comebacks you will ever see to win 34-31 in overtime.

We also saw the San Diego Chargers put up 41 points against the vaunted Kansas City Chiefs' defense. We saw Cam Newton and Carson Palmer continue their winning ways and we saw the AFC playoff picture get even more confusing as now there are six different teams with a 5-6 record battling for that sixth seed in the conference.

As for Week 13, some of the games we would expect to be close and exciting are the rematch of the Broncos and Chiefs, the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles and the much anticipated Monday night showdown between the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks.

But there are also games that won’t be this close or exciting. Every week there is a snoozefest or two and Week 13 will be no different because of some of the matchups we have been given. With that, I give you five games that will be blowouts in week 13.

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5. Dallas Cowboys over Oakland Raiders

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The Dallas Cowboys are 28-15-1 all-time on Thanksgiving including five out of the last seven. They are coming off an emotional win over the New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders are a ways out of playoff contention with questions at the quarterback position.

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4. New England Patriots Over Houston Texans

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The Patriots are riding high after the comeback win and Tom Brady’s offense is starting to click despite the fumbles. The Houston Texans are an absolute mess right now after losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars it seems like they’ve given up.

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3. Detroit Lions Over Green Bay Packers

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The Detroit Lions have sort of self-destructed the past couple weeks by blowing the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and turnovers galore in losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Lions will come out hungry on Thanksgiving day and the Green Bay Packers' offense will continue to struggle without Aaron Rodgers.

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2. Carolina Panthers Over Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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There really is no stopping Cam Newton right now. He led his team back against the Miami Dolphins last week and he is riding a seven-game winning streak. The Bucs have played better of late, but Newton and that Carolina Panthers' D are just too hot right now.

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1. Chicago Bears Over Minnesota Vikings

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This might be a bit of a surprise seeing as the Chicago Bears just lost to the St. Louis Rams and the Minnesota Vikings played a hard-fought tie against the Packers, but the Bears' offense has moved the ball nicely with Josh McCown under center and I don’t think Christian Ponder can play two good games in a row. If the Bears' D steps up, they should get back to their winning ways in the NFC North.