The Infallible NFL Week 13 Straight Picks

Still can’t figure out what has happened to the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers in the last month or so? Get in line. Keep waiting for the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints to bust out with huge offensive performances led by their veteran quarterbacks? Me too. The last two games of the week were just silly and Tom Brady is still whining to the refs.

Week 12. 10-6.

Overall. 110-63.

Green Bay at Detroit. Aaron Rodgers isn’t completely to blame. Jordy Nelson has to take some blame here too. If he hadn’t gotten injured then Randall Cobb wouldn’t have had to be such an underwhelming #1 receiver. Kidding. But his wideouts aren’t helping the situation too much. Still, getting the running game always gets other guys open. The Lions need to start losing or else they might lose out on a good draft pick. Packers 27, Lions 17

Atlanta at Tampa Bay. The last time these two teams played the Bucs pulled out a shocker. Now the Falcons have been losing since that game and Matt Ryan has been terrible. Remember there was a time when the defense was making such big strides that they were the big story with this football team. Start with defense, get the ball to Julio, don’t lose another game you shouldn’t lose. And how about Jameis? Falcons 34, Buccaneers 24

Houston at Buffalo. Who needs this one more? The Texans are back from the dead without Arian Foster. Brian Hoyer needs to limit his mistakes because this Bills defense will take full advantage. DeAndre Hopkins needs to play well but the supporting cast of receivers really need to step up. LeSean McCoy has been very good recently and Tyrod Taylor was ridiculously efficient in the first half last week. Look for a game of ball control and big passes to Hopkins and Watkins (former teammates at Clemson) to be peppered throughout. Bills 27, Texans 24

One of these QBs is actually playing solid this season.
One of these QBs is actually playing solid this season.

San Francisco at Chicago. Arizona should’ve won by more last week. With that said, the 49ers really fought in that one and have been impressive since losing their big-name guys (the few they had to begin with). The Bears have been similarly impressive since trading Jared Allen (not that he was doing anything crazy prior). Jay Cutler has quietly been playing okay (not well enough to get paid so well) and there’s a surprising development in the backfield as Matt Forte and Jeremy Langford are likely to share touches for the rest of the season (though we know John Fox likes two backs:evidenced by all the years with Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams). Bears 21, 49ers 20

Cincinnati at Cleveland. The battle of Ohio isn’t really much of a battle. These games are always closer than they need to be and the Browns do have some weapons. They just don’t have anyone to get the ball to said weapons. Cleveland’s defense is porous and no Joe Haden doesn’t help against the pass. Cincy will pound the ball on the ground and then Dalton should throw less than 30 times and still have a solid total of passing yards. Bengals 30, Browns 17

Jacksonville at Tennessee. Not a sexy game by any means but it wasn’t for that Thursday Night’er earlier in the season. Two young QBs will duke it out in a game highlighted by two young impressive defenses and the potential for big games by the successful duo of Allens for Jax. Marcus Mariota will be key for Tennessee. If he can limit the TOs then this should be fun. Titans 24, Jaguars 20

Arizona at St. Louis. The Rams can’t catch a break. Todd Gurley has had two bad weeks and the passing game is as bad as it’s ever been. But these are two awesome defenses with plenty to play for. Carson Palmer really has to lead this team without a veteran like Chris Johnson to help shoulder the load. The young backs needs to step up with all the injuries but this game will depend on what kind offensive output the Rams can muster. My guess is it won’t be great. Cardinals 28, Rams 16

Baltimore at Miami. This is a curious game. Neither team is who they were at the beginning of the season, one has different leadership on the sidelines while the other has completely different players. Whose defense is worse? Not sure that’s something you’d think was possible to say prior to the season. Lamar Miller hasn’t used much, but hasn’t been great when used. Javorious Allen was impressive in his role on Monday, but he didn’t exactly tire out from touches. Matt Schaub might have a hangover from that performance. Maybe the Dolphins keep the passing game going from last week. Dolphins 31, Ravens 27

Seattle at Minnesota. Another tough game for the Seahawks and a Vikings team hitting their stride. Minnesota needs a productive Adrian Peterson and Seattle has been suspect against the run. Can Russell Wilson keep up such a torrid pace of last week? Probably not, but he might need to without Jimmy Graham to garner some attention. Doug Baldwin and whoever the hell is running the ball (Thomas Rawls) need to step up. Vikings 23, Seahawks 20

NYJ at NYG. This is a tossup. The Jets have been slowing down on defense and the Giants haven’t been able to play defense all season. The final score will have more to do with big plays by Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, and maybe Devin Smith as well as Odell Beckham and whatever random Giants receiver plus who turns it over less than anything else.  Giants 31, Jets 27

Denver at San Diego. Poor Philip Rivers. His team sucks. If he had the Denver’s team he would win this game against Brock Osweiler and pretty much anyone. But he doesn’t and Osweiler is likely to win another one. He tall, lanky, goofy bastard is a good fit for the offense being run in Denver (and while not a better player than Peyton Manning even at this stage) and might be the best long-term solution. Or at least until the next NFL Draft. Broncos 28, Chargers 24

Kansas City at Oakland. I don’t feel like I can get a clear read on either of these teams. But whoever is carrying the ball in KC has been successful. So that bodes well a team that seems to have regained their passing attack from earlier in the season. The Raiders can score, but can they hold onto a lead? They barely did it last week. Chiefs 31, Raiders 23

Philadelphia at New England. Wrong time to be playing Tom Brady when he’s pissed after that game. At least the Eagles were never going to do anything to stop him either way. At the beginning of this season we might have seen this on the schedule and thought “tons of points, exciting times”. But no this is a fucking snoozer. Patriots 34, Eagles 20

Carolina at New Orleans. I still believe the Panthers will lose this season and it might very well be this week. But Drew Brees and the Saints haven’t shown me enough recently to make that for real. Mark Ingram has faded either by accident or on purpose and there’s just not much else there right now when the offense isn’t gelling. Meanwhile, Cam Newton wins. Panthers 26, Saints 21

What a boost it would be to have Markus Wheaton playing every week like he did the past one.
What a boost it would be to have Markus Wheaton playing every week like he did the past one.

Indianapolis at Pittsburgh. If Big Ben weren’t playing then this would be closer. If Andrew Luck were playing the result might be in doubt. But neither are true and the Steelers will roll the Colts decidedly. Steelers 41, Colts 14

Dallas at Washington. The Cowboys are dead in the water. Tony Romo is done and neither Bryant nor Witten have really gotten it going. The offensive line hasn’t been as dominant as expected and the defense can only do so much. Kirk Cousins has rounded out a decent bit and the offense is beginning to spread the ball around as Alfred Morris begins to produce on the ground again. DeSean Jackson is back and the Skins are in the division lead. Who saw this coming a few short weeks ago?!? Redskins 20, Cowboys 17



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