We’re six weeks away from the end of the NFL regular season. The Baltimore Ravens are leading the way in the AFC, while the Arizona Cardinals are doing it over the NFC. The thing is that both only have a one-game advantage, meaning all could change in a heartbeat.
Several starting running backs are down, including Christian McCaffrey, Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, and Derrick Henry. Stars like them will always be missed, but their absence is also an opportunity to find the next hidden gem.
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NFL Week 13 Preview
The NFL Week 13 action kicks off on Thursday Night with the Dallas Cowboys visiting the New Orleans Saints. Several members of the Cowboys’ coaching staff won’t be on the sidelines due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the team. On the other hand, the home side is expected to make a change under center.
Divisional matchups will take over Sunday and Monday Night. The top of the AFC West and the AFC East will be on the line.
The Arizona Cardinals and the Kansas City Chiefs will be back after enjoying their bye week. It’s time for the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, and Tennessee Titans to relax a little.
The NFL Week 13 odds are ready and waiting as we look through each game.
NFL Games of the Week
Dallas Cowboys (-4½)
New Orleans SaintsThursday, December 2nd
If you’re a fan of the Dallas Cowboys (7-4), don’t panic. The team was able to compete on Thanksgiving despite not having its two best receivers on the field. Despite losing to the Las Vegas Raiders, they remain atop the NFC East.
There are good news and bad news towards Thursday Night. The good news is that CeeDee Lamb is expected to be back. The bad news is that Ezekiel Elliott could miss some time due to a knee injury. Also, several members of the coaching staff, including Mike McCarthy won’t travel to New Orleans after testing positive for COVID-19.
Dallas is 11-4 against the spread in its last 15 games.
The New Orleans Saints (5-6) are expected to make a change under center when hosting the Cowboys. Taysom Hill could return to replace Trevor Siemian. He has been battling a foot injury, but he’s taking first-team reps at practice.
Alvin Kamara could be back as well. The speedy RB missed the last three games due to a knee injury. Having him back would be huge for them, especially if veteran Mark Ingram remains out.
The Saints are 5-2 straight up in their last seven games played in December.
New York Giants
Miami Dolphins (-3)Sunday, December 5th
The New York Giants (4-7) got a huge divisional victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12. They did it despite not having Kadarius Toney and Sterling Shepard due to injury. Veteran Kenny Golladay and tight end Chris Myarick stepped up.
Saquon Barkley has managed to stay healthy since coming back, but he hasn’t had good performances. Most recently, he ran for 40 yards in 13 attempts. He needs to contribute a lot more for the team to keep the Playoffs hope alive.
The Giants are 1-5 SU in their last six games on the road.
Head coach Brian Flores truly believes in Tua Tagovailoa and it’s starting to pay off. The Miami Dolphins (5-7) won their last four games, crushing the Carolina Panthers 33-10 in the most recent one. Tagovailoa threw for 230 yards, one touchdown and no mistakes.
Running back Philip Lindsay played his first game as a Dolphin and averaged 3.5 yards per carry. Rookie wide receiver Jaylen Waddle finished with nine receptions for 137 yards and one touchdown. With Davante Parker out, he’s expected to keep leading the way against the Giants.
The total has gone under in six of Miami’s last eight games against the NY Giants.
Indianapolis Colts (-10)
Houston TexansSunday, December 5th
The Indianapolis Colts (6-6) fought bravely against the current champs in Week 12, but it wasn’t enough. Carson Wentz threw for 306 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He’s not a bad QB, but he needs to be more consistent.
Indy will keep relying on Jonathan Taylor, who’s having an MVP season. He leads the league in rushing yards with 1205 and has scored 14 touchdowns. Veteran WR T.Y. Hilton is back, adding more depth to the chart. They simply can’t afford to lose this AFC South matchup.
The Colts 5-0 ATS in their last five games when playing on the road against the Texans.
Two weeks ago, Houston (2-9) beat the Tennessee Titans. Last week, they lost to the New York Jets. That’s the NFL. Tyrod Taylor threw for 158 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Head coach David Culley confirmed Taylor will remain their starting QB.
With Phillip Lindsay gone, David Johnson and Rex Burkhead took over the backfield. They’ve the potential to become a dangerous duo, but they need some time.
The Texans are 1-7 SU in their last eight games at home.
Minnesota Vikings (-7)
Detroit LionsSunday, December 5th
Dalvin Cook is down. I repeat, Dalvin Cook is down. The Minnesota Vikings (5-6) star suffered a shoulder injury in Week 12 and is expected to miss some games. He’s fifth in the league with 773 rushing yards.
With Cook out, Minnesota’s offensive game plan could change drastically. Expect Kirk Cousins, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Thielen to lead the way. Alexander Mattison will be the starting RB. Cook will be missed, but the Vikings remain solid favorites to beat the Detroit Lions (0-10-1).
Minnesota won eight of its last 10 games against Detroit.
Jared Goff returned to action, but the Lions still lost, this time against Andy Dalton and the Chicago Bears. Running back D’Andre Swift also suffered a shoulder injury and is doubtful. Jamaal Williams will be carrying the load.
Receiver Josh Reynolds has become Goff’s second preferred target behind T.J. Hockenson. The pressure keeps building, but I believe this is a very good chance for them to get their first victory.
The Lions are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against an opponent from the NFC North.
Philadelphia Eagles (-6½)
New York JetsSunday, December 5th
Quarterback Jalen Hurts had one of his worst performances as a pro in Week 12. He threw for 129 yards and three interceptions. Losing to the Giants made the Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) fall to third place in the NFC East.
Don’t expect head coach Nick Sirianni to bench Hurts, after all, he’s the best running back in the team. He leads the pack with 695 yards, that’s 242 yards more than Miles Sanders, an actual RB.
Philadelphia is 10-0 SU in its last 10 games against the New York Jets.
Speaking about the Jets (3-8), rookie QB Zach Wilson is back. He returned in Week 12 and led them to a 21-14 victory over the Houston Texans. He threw for 145 yards and one interception but scored a rushing touchdown.
With RB Michael Carter out due to injury, Tevin Coleman has become the starter. Ty Johnson and Austin Walter will also be more involved.
The Jets are 3-10 SU in their last 10 games at home. They deserve to be underdogs, but they’ll face the Eagles with renewed confidence.
Arizona Cardinals (-7½)
Chicago BearsSunday, December 5th
The Arizona Cardinals remain atop the NFC thanks to a 9-2 record. They’ll be coming back after a much-needed bye week. Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins are expected to play after missing the team’s last three games.
Hopkins, A.J. Green and Zach Ertz have the potential to become the best receiving trio in the league. Regarding the backfield, James Conner took over since Chase Edmonds got injured and has done a great job. He scored at least one rushing touchdown in each of their last five games.
The Cardinals are 6-0 ATS in their last six games on the road.
Andy Dalton returned to action in Week 12. He led the Chicago Bears (4-7) to a 16-14 victory over the winless Lions. He threw for 317 yards, one touchdown and one interception, not bad, but not good enough. If healthy, Justin Fields will be under center to face the Cardinals in Week 13.
David Montgomery remains the starting RB, while Darnell Mooney has become the team’s top receiver. Patience, the future looks bright in Chicago.
The Bears are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games played in Week 13.
Los Angeles Chargers (-3)
Cincinnati BengalsSunday, December 5th
What happened to the Los Angeles Chargers? They lost four of their last six games, including a crucial divisional matchup against the Broncos in Week 12. Once again, Justin Herbert threw for 300+ yards, but he also threw two interceptions.
Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Austin Ekeler have become a very dangerous trio, but sometimes Herbert forgets about it. He needs to be more consistent.
The total has gone under in six of the Chargers’ last eight games against an opponent from the AFC North.
Los Angeles will face a highly motivated Cincinnati Bengals team. They just crushed the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-10 thanks to a huge performance from RB Joe Mixon. He ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
The Bengals are 7-4, enough to sit in the AFC North second place just one game behind the Baltimore Ravens. Besides Mixon, Joe Burrow, Tee Higgins, and Ja’Marr Chase are having a great season.
Cincinnati is 2-4 ATS in its last six games at home.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-11)
Atlanta FalconsSunday, December 5th
The reigning champions won a tough battle against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12. That 38-31 victory boosted their confidence up to the roof. It also allowed them to take even more control atop the NFC South with an 8-3 record.
Leonard Fournette finished the game with four total touchdowns, his best performance since joining the team. The Bucs are really missing Antonio Brown, who could be back to face the Atlanta Falcons.
Believe it or not, Tampa Bay is 1-5 ATS in its last six games on the road.
The Atlanta Falcons (5-6) returned to the winning column by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 21-14. Cordarrelle Patterson led the way with 108 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Without him, the Falcons aren’t a threat.
Calvin Ridley remains out due to personal matters. They’ve really missed him, especially Matt Ryan when in the red zone.
The Falcons are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against an opponent from the NFC South.
Jacksonville Jaguars (-13)
Los Angeles RamsSunday, December 5th
Biggest spread of Week 13. After beating the Buffalo Bills, the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) have lost three games in a row. Rookie QB Trevor Lawrence keeps showing a lot of potential, but nothing else.
Jacksonville has been relying on RB James Robinson. He has proven over and over that he can be the franchise player they’ve been looking for. When fully healthy, he’s one of the best dual-threat backs in the league.
The Jaguars are 1-15 ATS in their last 16 games against an opponent from the NFC West.
The Los Angeles Rams (7-4) practically built a dream team, but they lost their last three games in a row. Most recently, they lost to the Green Bay Packers despite having all their superstars available.
Odell Beckham Jr. scored his first touchdown since joining the team, but he’s battling with a minor injury. The Rams need to be more effective when running the ball, otherwise they could be left out of the postseason. Also, Aaron Donald, Von Miller, Jalen Ramsey, and the rest of the defense need to step up.
The Rams are 7-1 SU against an opponent from the AFC South. They shouldn’t have any trouble winning when facing the Jaguars.
Washington Football Team (-2½)
Las Vegas RaidersSunday, December 5th
Taylor Heinicke and the Washington Football Team (5-6) won their last three games in a row. Most recently, they beat the Seahawks 17-15, allowing them to remain in the race to win the NFC East title.
They’ve become a well-balanced team. Antonio Gibson ran the ball 29 times in Week 12, while Heinicke threw for 223 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Logan Thomas is back, but RB J.D. McKissic could miss some time due to a neck injury.
Washington is 2-6 SU in their last eight games played in December.
The Las Vegas Raiders (6-5) returned to the winning column by beating the Dallas Cowboys 36-33 on Thanksgiving. Hunter Renfrow, DeSean Jackson, and Josh Jacobs had an amazing performance.
That’s good because Darren Waller is day-to-day due to a knee injury. The Raiders are thinking about resting him. They can’t afford to lose, all teams in the AFC West own a winning record.
The Raiders are 2-4 ATS in their last six games against an opponent from the NFC. Expect Washington vs Las Vegas to be a close one.
Baltimore Ravens (-3½)
Pittsburgh SteelersSunday, December 5th
Another crucial divisional matchup. The Baltimore Ravens will pay a visit to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the AFC North first place on the line. Right now, the Ravens are in control with an 8-3 record, but the Bengals are 7-4. On the other hand, the Steelers are 5-5-1.
Lamar Jackson threw four interceptions in Week 12, but his job as the starter isn’t in jeopardy. Mark Andrews has become one of the best TE’s in the league. Devonta Freeman seems to have won the job as starting RB.
The Ravens are 3-6 SU in their last nine games against Pittsburgh.
Ben Roethlisberger is simply not having a good season. The veteran QB looks tired all the time and is averaging only 1.2 touchdown passes per game. The good news for the Steelers is that they’ve found two very good players in Najee Harris and Pat Freiermuth. Also, Diontae Johnson has proven he can be the No. 1 receiver. Juju Smith-Schuster’s career could be in real danger.
The Steelers are 4-8 SU in their last 12 games against an opponent from the AFC.
San Francisco 49ers (-2½)
Seattle SeahawksSunday, December 5th
Beware of the San Francisco 49ers (6-5). They won their last three games in a row with a combined score of 95-46.
Eli Mitchell and Deebo Samuel have become a very effective 1-2 punch from the backfield. Also, WR Brandon Aiyuk has become a real threat when Jimmy Garoppolo decides to go long. Overall, they’ve become a well-balanced team.
The Niners are 5-1 SU in their last six games on the road.
The Seattle Seahawks (3-8) will welcome the 49ers amid the worst losing streak since they drafted Russell Wilson. He lost four straight games, as the starter, for the first time after losing to Washington in Week 12.
He played better than the previous two weeks, but that wasn’t enough. The Seahawks really need RB Chris Carson back. Alex Collins ran for 14 yards against Washington. That’s ridiculous, Wilson can’t do it all.
The Seahawks are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games when playing at home against San Francisco.
Denver Broncos (-10)
Kansas City ChiefsSunday, December 5th
The NFL took a wise decision by flexing the Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs to Sunday Night. The Chiefs sit atop the AFC West with a 7-4 record, but the other three teams are 6-5. That means the Broncos could really shake things up with a victory.
Kansas City will be coming back after enjoying their bye week. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire took advantage of it to fully heal. On the other hand, Patrick Mahomes worked on his chemistry with receivers whose name is neither Travis Kelce or Tyreek Hill.
The Broncos come off a huge divisional victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 12. Teddy Bridgewater led the way, while I think Drew Lock buried his chances of becoming the starter. He replaced Bridgewater for a moment and threw for 26 yards and one interception.
Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams have become a real threat from the backfield. Regarding the receivers corp., Tim Patrick is the new leader.
The total has gone under in five of the last six games between these two.
New England Patriots (-3)
Buffalo BillsMonday, December 6th
Several weeks ago, this game wasn’t appealing at all. Now, it’s one of the best matchups scheduled for Week 13.
The New England Patriots (8-4) won their last six games in a row, allowing them to take control of the AFC East. Rookie QB Mac Jones barely makes mistakes. Rhamondre Stevenson and Damien Harris have become a reliable duo to run the ball. Head coach Bill Belichick has also done a great job with the defense.
The Patriots are 15-4 SU in their last 19 games against the Bills.
Buffalo returned to the winning column thanks to a 31-6 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thanksgiving. Josh Allen threw for four touchdowns, but also two interceptions. He can’t make that kind of mistakes against the Patriots.
Davin Singletary has become the team’s No. 1 RB. Dawson Knox is on pace of becoming one of the highest paid tight ends in the league. He’s Allen’s preferred target in the red zone.
The Bills are 4-1 ATS in their last five games played in December.
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