Perhaps the best thing about Week 13 of this NFL season? No teams on the bye! Off weeks are now finished for the year.
Here’s a quick look at all the Week 13 matchups with Sports Interaction NFL odds. Games Sunday unless noted.
New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys, Thursday
Both teams won fairly easily at home on Thanksgiving. Those lousy TNF matchups are a thing of the past as it’s another very important one this week and potential playoff preview with New Orleans on an NFL-high 10-game winning streak and atop the NFC South, and Dallas on a three-game-run and tied with Washington for first in the NFC East. First meeting between Saints and Cowboys since 2015.
Pick ATS: Dallas
Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons have been eliminated from the NFC South chase already and their season is toast at 4-7 and on a three-game losing streak. Atlanta also is 0-3 vs. Baltimore’s AFC North this year. The Ravens have won back-to-back games behind rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson. There’s a decent chance that usual starter Joe Flacco is healthy enough to play this week so Coach John Harbaugh might have a major decision to make.
Point spread: Ravens -3
Pick ATS: Atlanta
Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals
The Broncos have been upset winners the past two weeks, knocking off the visiting Steelers 24-17 on Sunday behind 110 yards rushing and a score from rookie Phillip Lindsay. Denver also forced four turnovers. The Bengals look like they have quit as they were crushed 35-20 at home by Cleveland on Sunday. Coach Marvin Lewis won’t be back in 2019. Andy Dalton left with a sprained thumb.
Point spread: TBA (for Dalton)
Pick ATS: TBA
Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions
Is it possible to have a letdown game two weeks later? The Rams beat the Chiefs in that Monday night epic in Week 11 and are off their bye. In theory, they should have no trouble with a Lions team that’s last in the NFC North. But, it’s a 10 a.m. Pacific time start and in a dome. Just saying ….
Pick ATS: Detroit
Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay Packers
Arizona lost its third in a row Sunday 45-10 at the Chargers – despite leading 10-0 after a quarter. The Cardinals had just 149 yards of offence. Green Bay fell to 0-6 on the road with a 24-17 loss at Minnesota. Aaron Rodgers wasn’t great in throwing for 198 yards and missing a wide-open receiver in the end zone late. Now it’s pretty much win out or miss the playoffs for a second straight season.
Pick ATS: Arizona
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
First meeting between AFC East rivals, and they close the season in Buffalo. Miami came off its bye and welcomed back starting QB Ryan Tannehill from injury but lost 27-24 at Indianapolis on a field goal as time expired. The Fins led 24-14 about midway through the fourth. Buffalo came off its bye and upset Jacksonville 24-21. Rookie QB Josh Allen scored the go-ahead TD on a 14-yard run early in the fourth.
Pick ATS: Miami
Chicago Bears at New York Giants
Chicago won its fifth straight game last Thursday, 23-16 at Detroit, without starting QB Mitchell Trubisky due to a shoulder injury. Eddie Jackson had the game-winning TD on an interception return. Chicago leads the NFL with 20 picks this year – four more than it had the past two years combined. Trubisky should return for this one. New York’s two-game winning streak was snapped in a 25-22 loss in Philadelphia. The Giants led 19-3 at one point.
Point spread: Bears -4.5
Pick ATS: New York
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Panthers dropped their third straight Sunday as they were upset 30-27 at home by Seattle. Christian McCaffrey had a huge day in the loss, rushing for 125 yards and a score and catching 11 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers had won 10 in a row at home. Tampa stopped a four-game losing streak with a 27-9 win over the 49ers. Back as the starting QB, Jameis Winston threw for 312 yards and two scores and, in a rarity, wasn’t picked off. Carolina beat Tampa Bay in Week 9, 42-28, but things got interesting after the Panthers led 35-7 late in the first half.
Pick ATS: Tampa Bay
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
The Colts rallied from down 10 in the fourth to beat Miami 27-24 for a fifth straight win. Adam Vinatieri hit a 32-yard field goal as time expired. Andrew Luck had three more TD passes. That’s eight straight with at least three, two shy of the NFL record. The Jaguars are imploding as they lost a seventh in a row Sunday 24-21 at Buffalo. Star running back Leonard Fournette was ejected for a fight with a Buffalo player. These teams played in Week 10 and the Colts hung on for a 29-26 victory. Indy didn’t score again, though, after taking a 29-13 lead with 1:46 left in the first half. Luck had three TD passes.
Pick ATS: Jacksonville
Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans
Intriguing matchup of young quarterbacks here in rookie Baker Mayfield and second-year Deshaun Watson. They did meet once in college in a national semifinal, with Watson’s Clemson Tigers dominating Mayfield’s Oklahoma Sooners. The Browns could have drafted Watson twice last year and ended up trading the pick to Houston that the Texans used to select him. Short week for Houston off hosting Tennessee on Monday. Cleveland was a surprise winner in Cincinnati on Sunday.
Point spread: TBA (likely Texans around -5)
Pick ATS: Houston
New York Jets at Tennessee Titans
The Titans were in Houston on Monday night with Marcus Mariota able to start despite a neck injury. His status was up in the air much of last week. New York dropped its fifth in a row Sunday 27-13 to New England. Rookie QB Sam Darnold missed his second straight game due to injury.
Point spread: TBA (likely Titans around -10)
Pick ATS: NY Jets
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
The Chiefs are in the same potential position as the Rams except they lost that Monday night shootout thriller before heading into the bye. Kansas City was the first team in league history to drop a game while scoring at least 50 points. Oakland was a 34-17 loser Sunday in Baltimore. The Raiders had 249 yards of offence. It’s the first meeting of the season between these division rivals.
Pick ATS: Oakland
Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots
Last year’s NFC runner-up vs. the Super Bowl runner-up. The Patriots won 27-13 at the Jets on Sunday. Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and became the career leader in total yards passing in regular-season and playoff games, passing Peyton Manning. The Patriots are now assured of a .500 record or better for the 18th straight season. The NFL record is 21 in a row by Dallas from 1965-85. Minnesota beat Green Bay 24-17 behind 342 yards and three TDs from Kirk Cousins.
Point spread: Patriots -6.5
Pick ATS: New England
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
To little surprise, this was “flexed” out of the Sunday night prime-time spot. It’s the second time the lousy Niners have been booted from that game in 2018. First meeting between NFC West rivals and they turn around and play again in two weeks. Seattle kept its playoff hopes alive with a 30-27 upset at the Panthers on Sunday. The 49ers’ only hopes are for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft.
Pick ATS: Seattle
Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers
Good Sunday night matchup and potential playoff preview. Also features 2004 first-round draft mates and future Hall of Fame QBs in the Chargers’ Philip Rivers and Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger. The Chargers figure to be without one of the NFL’s top running backs as Melvin Gordon left Sunday’s win over Arizona with a knee injury. Pittsburgh was upset in Denver largely because of four turnovers.
Pick ATS: Pittsburgh
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, Monday
The Redskins’ season likely went down the tubes in Week 12 when QB Alex Smith broke his leg. Backup Colt McCoy had two touchdown passes in the Thanksgiving loss in Dallas but was picked off three times. The Eagles avoided a home upset vs. the Giants, winning 25-22 on Jake Elliott’s 43-yard field goal as time expired. Philly swept Washington last year, winning each by double digits.
Pick ATS: Philadelphia