NFL Betting: Week 13
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Heading into Week 13, after an eventful Week 12, the playoff pictures are beginning to form in each conference.
Teams like the 49ers and Washington Football Team showed up last week with crucial victories, as well as Cincinnati and Denver who both pulled off divisional blowout wins.
Week 13 is full of fun out-of-conference matchups and some tough divisional games in the AFC. Here are a few picks for this weekend’s games.
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
The last time these two faced off it ended in a heartbreaking missed field goal by Detroit keeping the Lions winless.
Mike Zimmer‘s team has a lot to play for now after a loss for San Francisco last week. With what’s at stake for the Vikings and the electricity of Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen they should be able to cover their point spread this weekend.
Pick MIN: -7.5
Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears
Kyler Murray was having an MVP-caliber season until he was injured. The energy at home in Chicago might get ugly if the Cardinals offense picks up where they left off. If Murray and Hopkins are available they will expose this bad Bears team and convincingly leave Chicago with a win.
Pick AZ: -7.5
Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets
The Eagles got banged up last week in a sloppy game at MetLife Stadium. Philadelphia was one of the hottest teams in the league until last week's loss.
Couple that with the Jets playing their best football all year, and expect another close game for the Eagles here and for the Jets to cover.
Pick NYJ: +7
New York Giants at Miami Dolphins
The Mike Glennon show will be on display on Sunday, as Daniel Jones will be out with a neck injury. The Dolphins are coming in on a four-game win streak.
The difference between Jones and Glennon is smaller than most would think — and a reminder that the Giants defeated Seattle on the road last season with Colt McCoy.
Both defenses have been playing good football, and the Giants defense, with Logan Ryan returning, will keep this close. Playmakers Kenny Golladay and Saquon Barkley need to be involved, expect a run-heavy offense from Freddie Kitchens on Sunday.
Pick: NYG +6
Jacksonville Jaguars at Los Angeles Rams
Jacksonville has looked like one of the worst teams in the league. This offense needs more time to be able to keep their young team in games.
The Rams have no excuses not to use this game to get back on track. Odell Beckham looked more involved last week, and he and Cooper Kupp need to be given better opportunities downfield from Matt Stafford. Stafford’s confidence seemed to be shaken in the last few weeks and this is the perfect opportunity to get it back.
Pick: LAR -13
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
The 49ers are coming off their biggest win of the season, beating the Vikings and solidifying their spot in the wild card chase.
Now they play a wounded Seattle team that looks more discombobulated than it has in years.
Pete Carroll’s time in Seattle may be coming to an end. This point spread seems low, so take the 49ers as they have finally started to play the football most expected coming into the year.
Pick: SF -3
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
The Denver Broncos coming off their best win of the season as well, heading to Kansas City.
Denver is finally starting to get healthy and the Chiefs have looked better in recent weeks. This should be a fun AFC West battle. Ten points seems like too much for Vic Fangio’s squad and their defense in particular who shut down Justin Herbert and the Chargers last week.
Pick: DEN +9.5
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
The New England Patriots have been the best team in football for a few weeks now. No matter what people think of Mac Jones, this defense and coaching staff can get this team far in a confusing year in the AFC.
The Patriots head to Buffalo on Monday Night which might be their biggest game of the year.
The Patriots are underdogs but have been in this moment before look for them to surprise Bills Mafia on Monday and pull off Mac Jones’ biggest win as a rookie.
Pick: NE ML +120
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Sam Kirk is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism at Penn State. He is a writer and podcaster for the CommRadio sports department. He is also featured weekly in the CommRadio news department on Thursday newcasts. Sam has written articles all across the board that deal with baseball, football and basketball. He is also working for a football media company called Inside the Hashes, writing articles, interviewing players and contributing to their YouTube channel.