NFL Week 13 Preview: The Big Three

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Oct 04, 2017

A look, now, at the three biggest games on the slate for Week 13 of the National Football League. All NFL football betting lines come courtesy Sports Interaction’s online sportsbook.

Tennessee Titans (5-6) at Indianapolis Colts (11-0) Colts -6.5, Over/Under 47

Arguably the two hottest QBs in the NFL (apologies to Drew Brees) go at it this Sunday as Peyton Manning and the Colts host Vince Young and the Titans. Most football fans are still in awe of what Young did against the Cardinals last Sunday, engineering a 99-yard drive with 2:37 minutes remaining and hitting WR Kenny Britt with the game-winning TD. Can that momentum carry over to this monster game? The Titans have already met the Colts once this regular season with limited success – back in mid-October, Indy slammed Tennessee 31-9 on the strength of Manning’s 309-yard passing day.

No question, though, that the current Titans in no way resemble the team we saw in October. RB Chris Johnson has been virtually unstoppable recently; he broke a NFL record for rushing yards in the month of November, with 800, and is on pace for a 2000-plus yard season. If Johnson can keep the legs churning against a banged-up Colts defense, the Titans could get back to .500 this weekend. How many thought that was possible after they lost 59-0 to New England?

Speaking of the Patriots…

New England Patriots (7-4) at Miami Dolphins (5-6) Pats -5.0, Over/Under 46

This classic AFC East rivalry took on a new twist last weekend. The Dolphins missed a golden opportunity to get in the thick of the wildcard race by losing 31-14 in Buffalo, while the Pats failed to show they’re an elite team in a 38-17 throttling at the hands of the Saints.

So, two wounded and desperate teams locking horns? Should be interesting. The last time these two met was in early November; that day, New England won 27-17 thanks in large part to a huge day from Randy Moss (147 yards, one TD). In that game, the Pats and Moss did what many expected them to – attack Miami’s young secondary. In recent weeks, it seems every other opponent has joined suit. Buffalo WR Terrell Owens roasted the Dolphins for 96 yards and a score last weekend, roasting rookie Vontae Davis for a 51-yard TD bomb.

Expect the Pats to once again air it out this weekend, but for Miami to play with the desperation of a 5-6 club.

Dallas Cowboys (8-3) at New York Giants (6-5) Cowboys -1.0, Over/Under 45

Another great divisional rivalry game here between two solid offenses. The Giants are ranked seventh in the NFL (averaging 374.7 yards per game) while the Cowboys are ranked fourth (392.1 per), but the over/under for this one is a conservative 45 points. Why? Mostly due to the fact that both are prone to bouts of inconsistency. Prior to “exploding” for 24 points against Oakland on Thanksgiving, the Cowboys were held to seven points by Washington and Green Bay in consecutive weeks. The Giants, meanwhile, are nearly impossible to figure out week-to-week; after an impressive 34-41 overtime win against Atlanta two weeks ago, New York came out dead flat on Thanksgiving and got blasted 26-6 in Denver.

Still, it’s hard not to like Dallas in this one. The Giants are thin at RB (Danny Ware and Ahmad Bradshaw are both questionable) and Brandon Jacobs is struggling through one of the worst stretches of his career.