Best NFL Straight Up Picks Week 13
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Cowboys vs. Ravens
Neither of these teams have been wildly successful so far this season. The Cowboys were able to get Andy Dalton back the last few weeks after the devastating hit that he took in his second start this season. Their offense has been completely nonexistent though without Dak Prescott and their defense is still one of the worst units in the entire league. The Ravens haven’t had the same level of success that they were able to get last season and appear to be very predictable to their opponents. However, the Ravens have far more talent on both sides of the ball and should grind out a victory in a game that may be closer than many expect.
Final Pick: Ravens
Bengals vs. Dolphins
Each of these teams have very bright futures to look forward to. However, only one of these teams have been able to generate some type of success this season. Cincinnati has gotten virtually nothing to fall their way this year despite the miraculous efforts of their number one overall pick Joe Burrow, who recently tore his ACL and sustained some other damage in his knee. They now have a backup quarterback trying to take on the young and fast Miami defense that has been shutting teams down left and right. They will also be starting Tua Tagovailoa for this game despite his random benching against the Broncos a few weeks ago. He should bounce back after a rough few games and they should be able to dominate this game with a solid performance from their young quarterback.
Final Pick: Dolphins
Raiders vs. Jets
Much like most of the games that the Jets are involved in, this game won’t need much explanation. The Raiders have proven that they compete with the best of them after their near victory over the Chiefs a few weeks ago and have been showing that their offense can be dominant at times. Meanwhile, the Jets are still winless and have been one of the worst all around team in NFL history. The Raiders should pick up another win over the lifeless Jets who are still rebuilding.
Final Pick: Raiders
Saints vs. Falcons
The Saints were able to absolutely dominate the Falcons in their last matchup a few weeks ago. The Saints got after Matt Ryan all game, sacking him eight times and forcing two interceptions en route to their statement victory in Taysom Hills first game as the starting quarterback. Now they meet again with the Falcons hoping to get a much different result than the first game while the Saints hope to get the same level of success they had in the game before. Hill should be much more settled into his starting quarterback role for this game which should help New Orleans push the ball downfield a little bit more than before. It also helps that they will have Marshon Lattimore back for this matchup after he missed the first one. New Orleans just has a far better team overall than the Atlanta Falcons and should win a close game in this one.
Final Pick: Saints
Football Team vs. Steelers
Pittsburgh continues to roll this season, with constant great performances by their offense as well as their top ranked defense. Their pass rush is among the best in the league while their secondary is led by veteran Joe Haden and young stud Minkah Fitzpatrick. They are one of if not the most well-rounded team in the NFL right now and have proven it each and every week. They get a Washington team that has struggled a lot on the offensive side of the ball this season which may prove to be fatal when going up against this ball hawking Steelers secondary. Expect the Steelers pass rush to get in the face of Alex Smith early and often and force him into multiple mistakes as the game goes on. Pittsburgh will be able to limit them enough so they can get a good rhythm going on the offensive end and begin to blow this game wide open.
Final Pick: Steelers
Rams vs. Cardinals
The Rams have had a few games that have shown they are Super Bowl contenders, but they have had other that make them seem like a rebuilding team. Bottom line, they have a ton of weapons on their offense with a pretty good quarterback in Jared Goff leading the way for them. Their defense is also among the best units in the league which has been shocking to a lot of teams so far this year. They get a Cardinals team that is arguably the most surprising team in the league. They have had an explosive year on the offensive end due to the addition of DeAndre Hopkins and the progression of star quarterback Kyler Murray. This will be a high scoring division battle with both teams looking to gain possession of first place in the division. The Cardinals should shock the Rams at home and create an upset this week.
Final Pick: Cardinals
Patriots vs. Chargers
The Patriots are just not a very good football team right now. They are missing multiple key starters on the defensive end and have not been able to get consistent production out of Cam Newton so far. Their overall talent on the offensive end outside of the running back position is also clearly lacking and it will hurt them against a very high-powered Chargers team. Rookie phenom Justin Herbert has been dishing out touchdown after touchdown so far this season but the team has struggled to string multiple wins together in a row. This is bound to change as Herbert and this explosive Los Angeles offense will be able to put up points in bunches in this matchup while Newton and the Patriots will struggle to keep up, resulting in a huge Charger victory.
Final Pick: Chargers
Bills vs. 49ers
The Bills have been inconsistent at times, but they still remain as one of the best teams in the AFC behind Josh Allen. Allen has been playing at an MVP level pace all year long and has benefited tremendously with the addition of Stefon Diggs. They have looked better and better as this year has gone on but it has surprisingly been their defense that has struggled. They should have no problem this week as the 49ers are still a walking IR list. They are missing tons of key starters on both sides of the ball and are nowhere near the Super Bowl team that we had the privilege of watching last season. Buffalo should actually blow the 49ers out in this matchup unless San Francisco is able to get back some much-needed reinforcements from the injury list this week.
Final Pick: Bills
Colts vs. Texans
The Colts have been playing far better than many analysts expected heading into the season, this is mostly because of their number one ranked defense in the NFL. Led by Darius Leonard, this unit is a force to be reckoned with and has helped them get to the record that they have today. They will completely pick apart a Texans team that has very little offensive talent outside of their franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson. It also doesn’t help the Texans that their defense is among the worst in the league statistically and will have a lot of trouble containing the Colts rushing attack.
Final Pick: Colts
Browns vs. Titans
The Browns continue to find different ways to win after multiple low scoring affairs in their last few games. However, they will be in far better weather than they have been in previous games which should heavily affect how they walk into this matchup. Their offense has been clicking since Nick Chubb returned from his injury and their defense has been playing far better than they were earlier in the year. Meanwhile, the Titans have been struggling as of late but have continued picking up wins. Derrick Henry has pushed this offense to new heights as the year has gone on and he is going to be battling for the rushing title this year. This is going to be a low scoring battle between two teams that love to run the football and dominate time of possession. Either of these teams have the possibility of bringing home a victory but I think that the Titans are more experienced in these situations than the Browns are, and it should get them the win.
Final Pick: Browns
Jaguars vs. Vikings
The Jaguars happen to be in a very unfortunate situation this year. They lost the majority of their talent from a few seasons ago and are left with very little on each side of the football. Their offense has shown flashes of greatness but has struggled under both Gardner Minshew and Jake Luton. They do have a stud in James Robinson at the running back position but outside of him, they haven’t had much success. While the Vikings have a superstar of their own in Dalvin Cook who has single handily carried this entire Minnesota offense. Kirk Cousins has also begun to pick up some type of rhythm as this season has gone on which has completely changed the way that this offense functions. Minnesota is the far better team this season as the Jaguars are still rebuilding and it should get the Vikings the victory here.
Final Pick: Vikings
Lions vs. Bears
The Lions were shockingly shut out a few weeks ago at the hands of the Carolina Panthers but should have Kenny Golladay back this week yet again who is bound to improve this struggling unit. Their defense has also been struggling outside of a few solid performances, but their entire team will need to step up in order to win against a very talented Chicago team that is still trying to figure everything out on the offensive end. We still don’t know who is going to be starting at the quarterback position come Sunday and that decision can greatly change the outcome of this game. For now, the Bears defense is the only elite unit in this matchup for either sides and it should be enough to get them the win in this game despite their horrific offense.
Final Pick: Bears
Giants vs. Seahawks
This is another game that shouldn’t take much explaining. The Giants have been terrible on offense ever since they lost superstar running back Saquon Barkley due to an ACL tear back in Week 2. They are facing off against the worst defense in the league statistically, but they have been so bad this year on that side of the ball that it might not even matter. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are led by an MVP candidate in Russell Wilson and happen to be one of the most explosive offenses in the entire league right now. They should be able to completely outwork the Giants defense and prove to be too much to keep up with for the Giants offense.
Final Pick: Seahawks
Eagles vs. Packers
The Eagles are shockingly still in the running for a home playoff game despite their horrific play on the football field. They have no offensive line to give Carson Wentz any type of time to go through his possessions and it affects their rushing attack as well. Their defense is also very young and inexperienced outside of their defensive line and it has cost them a lot of points this year. For Green Bay, they have a future hall of famer at quarterback in Aaron Rodgers who should take full advantage of their secondary. The Eagles don’t have enough fire power on the offensive side of the football to keep up with Rodgers and the Packers offense which should help Green Bay win this game handily.
Final Pick: Packers
Broncos vs. Chiefs
The Broncos have been absolutely decimated by injuries all season long and it has been a big factor in their failures this season. Quarterback Drew Lock was hurt early on in the year and hasn’t looked like a franchise quarterback whatsoever since returning from that injury. Their defense isn’t nearly what is was in the past either without Von Miller healthy. The Chiefs are led by reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and a dangerous offense that is filled with weapons. While this game may be close due to it being a division game, the Chiefs blew out the Broncos in these teams first battle between one another. Look for another dominating victory by the Chiefs.
Final Pick: Chiefs