By: Ryan Wooley
With Thanksgiving taking place last week I took a break from doing the picks to be at home with the family and enjoy the holiday, but I’m back and ready for the stretch – here in the final five weeks of the regular season and, of course, postseason.
In week 11 I posted an astonishing 11-2 mark and have now increased my overall total to 84-52-1.
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Week 13 NFL picks (Minus Thursday’s Falcons/Saints game)
Jags @ Bills: Chad Henne helped Jacksonville pick up their second victory of the season last week against the Titans and I see him doing the same thing here. Jags win their third game of the year.
Bears vs. Seahawks: Chicago manhandled Minnesota last week at Soldier field despite Forte going down with an injury and he is questionable for the game this week while Seattle dropped a heartbreaker to Miami. Bears should have no problem in this one.
Vikings @ Packers: Green Bay was absolutely destroyed by the Giants on Sunday Night Football and are going to be out looking for blood against a banged up Minnesota team. I feel bad for the Vikings in this one. Green bay rolls.
Titans vs. Texans: The Lions actually held Houston in check on Thanksgiving which I think shocked a lot of people but they still found a way to win. I think this will be a mismatch with both Arian Foster and Andre Johnson having big days. Texans win.
Panthers @ Chiefs: Yes, Carolina beat Philly by eight points in prime time last week but let’s be honest—who did Philly have? Well, if you answered more than Kansas City has, then you have a point. Carolina wins again.
Rams vs. 49ers: Last time these two met it was actually quite entertaining, but with Alex Smith now riding the pine, I don’t see it that way. I’m going with an upset here. St. Louis stuns San Francisco.
Patriots @ Dolphins: Tom Brady has thrown at least one touchdown in 43 straight games and since Drew Brees streak ended at 54 on Thursday, I expect Brady to be on fire the rest of the season and pull within six heading into next year and it all starts with the throttling of Miami. New England wins.
Jets vs. Cardinals: It is clearly evident that Tim Tebow will not get the start for the Jets no matter how bad Mark Sanchez is while Arizona has forgot what it takes to win a game. However, that all changes this weekend as the Cardinals finally snap their 7 game losing skid and I’m hoping it will be the final straw to play Tim Tebow.
Buccaneers @Broncos: Tampa is coming off a crushing loss to the Falcons after Atlanta rallied for a one point win while Denver just continues to roll with Peyton Manning at quarterback. Manning did take a vicious shot last week and was checked for a concussion but was said to be okay and will play and because of that, I give the edge to Denver.
Raiders vs. Browns: I thought for sure that Carson Palmer would have a field day against Cincinnati last week but boy was I wrong! I guess I was looking ahead to this week. Oakland wins.
Bengals @ Chargers: Remember when the Chargers used to be good and close out seasons strong? It seems like those days are long gone. I’m saying Bengals take this one and it all be ensures the firing of Norv Turner.
Ravens vs. Steelers: Without Big Ben the Steelers have dropped two straight and he says he will try to return for this game. With or without, he will hurt the team and Baltimore wins either way.
Eagles @ Cowboys: No Vick? No McCoy? No Jackson? No win. Dallas wins.
Redskins vs. Giants: Washington is coming off a shootout victory over the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and actually looked like a quality team, but that’s because they played Dallas. No such luck here. Giants win.
Colts @ Lions: This game had so much potential for Detroit had they beat Green Bay and Houston and they had every opportunity to do so! Had they done so they would be sitting at 6-4 with a chance to position themselves firmly in the Wild Card spot and ironically, it’s Indy in that position.
This was also a game during the pre-season where everyone said Lions win by double digits in route to the playoffs while Indy searches for their second or third win. In any event, I see Detroit winning by at least two scores as this will be a coming out party for the team to try and make a push that is all too late.