Now that the American Thanksgiving holiday is in the rear-view mirror, it’s officially the stretch run of the NFL season.
Here’s a quick look at all the Week 13 matchups with Sports Interaction NFL odds. Games Sunday unless noted.
Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys, Thursday
It’s not a quick turnaround for both teams as they each played on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys played horribly in a home loss to the Chargers, while the Redskins beat the visiting New York Giants. Dallas goes for the season sweep as it won at Washington in Week 8, 33-19. The Cowboys also had star tailback Ezekiel Elliott then and don’t currently.
Point spread: Cowboys -1.5 Pick ATS: Washington
Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons
Potential playoff preview here with Minnesota on a seven-game winning streak and with a three-game lead in the NFC North. Atlanta has won three in a row but is only third in the NFC South. The Falcons would be a wild-card team as things stand, however. Vikings are on extra rest after winning in Detroit on Thanksgiving. The Falcons beat the Bucs 34-20 on Sunday.
Point spread: Falcons -3 Pick ATS: Atlanta
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
Since Tom Brady came on the scene, the Patriots have completely owned the Bills in this AFC East rivalry. Yes, Buffalo has won two of the past five meetings, but there was one big extenuating circumstance in both victories – Brady either didn’t play or only did briefly. New England won its seventh straight Sunday, 35-17 over Miami. Brady threw four TD passes, two to Rob Gronkowski. His 26 touchdown passes are the most ever in a season after turning 40. Buffalo pulled maybe the biggest upset of Week 12, 16-10 in Kansas City to end a three-game skid.
Point spread: Patriots -7.5 Pick ATS: Buffalo
San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears
The only thing at stake here is potentially better draft position for the loser. The Bears have been a betting favourite six times under embattled coach John Fox. Somehow, Chicago has lost them all. Last year the Bears hosted the 49ers in Week 13 and the game was a pick’em. Chicago won 26-6 behind three Jordan Howard rushing touchdowns. San Francisco was held to just 6 passing yards, a club record low.
Point spread: Bears -4 Pick ATS: Chicago
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers
It’s a Battle of the Bays, although Tampa Bay isn’t a city – it’s Tampa – but a body of water. Will the Bucs get starting QB Jameis Winston back from a shoulder injury? He has missed the past three, with Tampa winning two. It lost by two touchdowns Sunday in Atlanta. Green Bay played well in Pittsburgh Sunday night but lost 31-28 on a last-second field to go drop to 1-5 since Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone (including game he was hurt).
Point spread: Pick’em Pick ATS: Green Bay
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
The best game Houston has played this season was a 57-14 destruction of Tennessee in Week 4. It was a franchise record in points for the Texans, and quarterback Deshaun Watson had one of the greatest games ever for a rookie by throwing for four scores and rushing for another. Alas, he’s out for the season now. Houston is on a short week after visiting Baltimore on Monday. The Titans rallied for a win Sunday at Indianapolis.
Point spread: TBA Pick ATS: TBA
Denver Broncos at Miami Dolphins
Two teams going the wrong direction with major quarterback issues. Miami lost its fifth in a row Sunday, 35-17 in New England. Jay Cutler was out with a concussion – he hasn’t been very good anyway – and Matt Moore was picked off twice and sacked seven times. Denver gave QB Paxton Lynch his first start of the season but dropped its seventh in a row, 21-14 in Oakland. Lynch left the game with an ankle injury and was replaced by Trevor Siemian, who had been benched a few games ago.
Point spread: Pick’em Pick ATS: Miami
Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets
In Week 11, the Chiefs went to MetLife Stadium in New Jersey to play a losing New York team (Giants) and it didn’t go well as Kansas City was stunned 12-9 in overtime as a double-digit favourite. The Chiefs have lost five of six following a 5-0 start. They were upset at home by Buffalo on Sunday, 16-10. Coach Andy Reid says he’s not ready to make a QB change, though. The Jets were beaten at home by the Panthers, 35-27, despite outgaining Carolina by nearly 100 yards.
Point spread: Chiefs -3.5 Pick ATS: Kansas City
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville’s defense pitched its lone shutout of the season in a Week 7 27-0 victory at Indianapolis. The Jags matched a team record with 10 sacks in its first shut out since 2006. Jacksonville also played without star rookie running back Leonard Fournette, who was out with a sprained ankle. The team’s four-game winning streak was snapped Sunday, 27-24 in Arizona. Fournette was held to 25 yards on 12 carries. Indy blew a 16-6 third-quarter lead at home to Tennessee and lost 20-16.
Point spread: Jaguars -9.5 Pick ATS: Jacksonville
Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens
Both clubs are fighting for wild-card spots. The Lions saw their three-game winning streak end in a 30-23 home loss to Minnesota on Thanksgiving. That essentially ended any shot Detroit had of winning the NFC North. Baltimore is on a short week as it hosted Houston on Monday.
Point spread: TBA Pick ATS: TBA
Cleveland Browns at Los Angeles Chargers
Only one team in NFL history has finished 0-16, the 2008 Detroit Lions. The Browns could be the second this season, but they would have been last year if not for the Chargers. In Week 16, the warm-weather Bolts traveled to Cleveland with nothing to play for and ahead of their final-ever game in the city of San Diego. Point being, it shaped up as a trap game and it was as the 0-14 Browns won 20-17. Cleveland hasn’t won since. The Bolts come off an impressive victory in Dallas on Thanksgiving.
Point spread: Chargers -13 Pick ATS: Cleveland
New York Giants at Oakland Raiders
This should be the Giants’ final-ever visit to Oakland, at least for the foreseeable future, with the Raiders set to move to Las Vegas before the teams are scheduled to play again. New York lost Thanksgiving night at Washington, 20-10. Eli Manning became the first QB in league history to lose 100 starts with one franchise. Oakland beat Denver 21-14 on Sunday behind two TD passes from Derek Carr.
Point spread: Raiders -7.5 Pick ATS: Oakland
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints
Biggest game of Week 13 as the teams are tied atop the NFC South at 8-3. The Saints saw their eight-game winning streak end Sunday in a 26-20 loss at the Rams. Carolina rallied for a victory at the Jets. New Orleans won in Carolina 34-13 in Week 3 after the Saints had started 0-2 and the Panthers 2-0. Drew Brees threw for 220 yards and three scores. Cam Newton was picked off three times.
Point spread: Saints -4 Pick ATS: New Orleans
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals
L.A. leads the NFC West by a game over Seattle, and the Rams come off a solid 26-20 victory over what had been a red-hot Saints club. Jared Goff threw for 354 yards and two scores. Arizona beat visiting Jacksonville 27-24 on Phil Dawson’s career-long 57-yard field goal with one second remaining. The Rams blew out the visiting Cardinals 33-0 in Week 7, L.A.’s only shutout in 2017. That was in London and the game Arizona lost starting quarterback Carson Palmer to a broken arm.
Point spread: Rams -7 Pick ATS: Arizona
Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks
The Sunday night game and a potential playoff preview – the Eagles are going to be in the postseason and can clinch the NFC East this week, while Seattle has work to do. The Seahawks beat the visiting Eagles 26-15 in Week 11 last year.
Point spread: Eagles -4 Pick ATS: Seattle
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals, Monday
These AFC North rivals truly don’t like one another, and it seems there’s at least a few personal fouls for late hits and the like whenever they play in recent years. The Bengals beat Cleveland on Sunday, 30-16, behind a career-high 114 yards rushing from rookie Joe Mixon. The Steelers won a sixth in a row Sunday night, 31-28 over Green Bay. Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown all had big games. When they do, this team doesn’t lose. Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati 29-14 back in Week 7. The Bengals were held to 19 total yards and zero points in the second half.
Point spread: Steelers -6.5 Pick ATS: Cincinnati