NFL picks, predictions for Week 13: 49ers upset Bills; Steelers get a scare; Texans hurt Colts’ playoff hopes

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NFL picks, predictions for Week 13: 49ers upset Bills; Steelers get a scare; Texans hurt Colts’ playoff hopes

The NFL playoff image is coming into focus, even when the schedule continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Week 13 schedule options 15

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The NFL playoff image is coming into focus, even when the schedule continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Week 13 schedule options 15 video games, and there are two video games between groups profitable data. The Browns and Titans meet at 1 p.m. on Sunday in a matchup of AFC playoff contenders. The Rams and Cardinals meet at 4 p.m. ET in a matchup of NFC playoff contenders.

With two video games on Monday evening, the schedule stays day after day. We’re coming off a strong week within the straight-up picks.

Here’s a take a look at our monitor file in choosing video games straight-up in 2020:

  • Final Week: 11-4 (earlier than Week 12 Wednesday)  
  • Season: 73-51 (earlier than Week 12 Wednesday) 

With that because the thoughts, under are our picks and predictions for the remainder of Week 13:

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NFL picks, predictions for Week 13

  • New Orleans Saints (-3) at Atlanta Falcons

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

The Saints’ protection allowed simply 12 factors in Taysom Hill’s final two begins, and that included a 24-9 win in opposition to Atlanta. The Falcons cannot accept discipline objectives within the rematch. Matt Ryan makes it fascinating within the rematch, however we won’t go in opposition to the higher staff.

Decide: Saints 24, Falcons 20

  • Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears (-5.5)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

The Lions fired Matt Patricia, and the Bears are coming off a two-TD loss to the Packers. Mitchell Trubisky led Chicago to an exhilarating comeback victory in opposition to Detroit in Week 1. Will Matthew Stafford return the favor? The Bears have misplaced 5 in a row. The Lions have misplaced 5 in a row to the Bears. A type of streaks ends.

Decide: Lions 26, Bears 23

  • Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans (-5)  

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

Derrick Henry (114.3) leads the NFL in speeding yards per recreation, however Nick Chubb (102.7) is not far behind. Tennessee routed Cleveland 43-13 final 12 months, however it is a totally different staff. The road has jumped 1.5 factors from its open. The Browns play higher this time, and it is a matchup we’d see once more within the AFC playoffs.

Decide: Titans 28, Browns 24

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  • Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins (-11)  

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS 

This was speculated to be Joe Burrow vs. Tua Tagovailoa, however these plans have been modified. Miami ranks second within the NFL in scoring protection (18.6), and Brandon Allen can have hassle within the passing recreation. Miami takes care of enterprise, even when the road appears a contact excessive.

Decide: Dolphins 23, Bengals 14

  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings (-9.5) 

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Vikings are coming off a comeback victory, and Dalvin Cook dinner will make the most of a Jacksonville run protection that ranks twenty-ninth within the NFL at 136.2 yards per recreation. The Jaguars have performed the Packers and Browns shut the final three weeks, however it is a more durable matchup on the highway.

Decide: Vikings 31, Jaguars 21

  • Las Vegas Raiders (-7.5) at New York Jets

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS 

The Raiders didn’t deal with the cross-country journey to Atlanta effectively in a shock blowout loss in Week 12. The Jets, nevertheless, managed simply three factors at a residence in opposition to the Dolphins. The Raiders want this one to remain within the AFC playoff race, and Derek Carr bounces again on the highway.

Decide: Raiders 28, Jets 17

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  • Washington Soccer Workforce at Pittsburgh Steelers (-10) 

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, FOX

The Steelers will probably be taking part in a five-day week after the Tuesday recreation with the Ravens, and that’s not a straightforward spot in opposition to a Washington staff that had the Thanksgiving weekend off. It is tough to gauge how the groups will react to the preparation instances, however the Steelers are nonetheless the higher staff at residence. It is nearer than anticipated.

Decide: Steelers 27, Washington 20

  • Indianapolis Colts (-2.5) at Houston Texans 

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Texans have gained three of their final 4 video games, and Deshaun Watson has 15 TDs and no interceptions in his final six video games. That makes this a harmful recreation for the Colts, who’ve to break up their final 4 video games. These groups meet once more in Week 15. The Texans play spoiler right here.

Decide: Texans 27, Colts 24

  • Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals (-1) 

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX

That is the primary of two conferences between NFC West playoff contenders, and each misplaced in last-minute style in Week 12. Sean McVay referred to as out Jared Goff, who has 5 turnovers in the final two weeks. Kyler Murray will get Arizona again on the monitor in one other unbelievable end.

Decide: Cardinals 30, Rams 27

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  • New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks (-9)  

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX

Daniel Jones (hamstring) won’t have the ability to play, and which means Colt McCoy will probably be pressed to maintain up with Russell Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense. Seattle’s protection would possibly get some confidence right here, too.

Decide: Seahawks 33, Giants 16

  • Philadelphia Eagles at Inexperienced Bay Packers (-7) 

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The Eagles marched into Lambeau Area and stole a 34-27 victory final season after falling behind by double digits within the first half. The likelihood is the Packers keep in mind that recreation, and Aaron Rodgers make certain it does not occur once more. Inexperienced Bay’s protection nonetheless has some hassle closing the door.

Decide: Packers 31, Eagles 24

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The Patriots try to mount a last-ditch playoff run, however there is no such thing as a margin for error. Justin Herbert has three 300-yard video games within the final 4 weeks, however the Chargers have allowed 27 factors or extra in eight straight video games. We won’t believe that protection.

Decide: Patriots 28, Chargers 26

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  • Denver Broncos at Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (-13.5)  

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC 

The Broncos quarterback state of affairs is unsure, and there’s time to search for choices apart from following squad receiver, Kendall Hinton. It will not matter in opposition to the Chiefs – who’s making an attempt to maintain tempo with the Steelers for the highest seed within the AFC.

Decide: Chiefs 34, Broncos 13

  • Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens (NA)

Monday, 5 p.m. ET, FoxNFL

The Ravens have handled COVID-19 points on the roster, however they are going to be given an additional day after Tuesday evening’s recreation in opposition to the Steelers. Baltimore is perhaps in desperation mode right here, and that’s unhealthy information for the Cowboys and Andy Dalton.

Decide: Ravens 31, Cowboys 21

  • Buffalo Payments (-2.5) at San Francisco 49ers  

Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN 

The 49ers have a pair of key items again in Raheem Mostert and Deebo Samuel, and the protection is sweet sufficient to problem Josh Allen — who has just a few extra turnovers final two weeks. The Payments are 3-2 on the highway this 12 months, however that is a type of powerful outs.

Decide: 49ers 24, Payments 21

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