Up to week 13; it seems like the season has just flown by, unfortunately. But, we still have 5 action-packed weeks of regular season football left. Last week was very solid getting 13 correct. The ones I got wrong were: Baltimore, Tennessee and Oakland (yet again). So without further adieu, let’s get on with the tipping!
Philadelphia at Seattle: Maybe it’s just me, but there’s been some truly horrible primetime games this season. Nonetheless, week 13 kicks off with a mildly interesting match-up on Thursday Night Football in Seattle as the Eagles go to take on the Seahawks. The only real reason it’s mildly interesting, is because the Eagles have been so porous that the Seahawks somehow have a legitimate shot at winning. And the ‘Hawks probably are sort of in line to get a big upset. Despite the shittiness of the HEagles and the upset capabilities of the Seahawks, I think the Eagles will triumph, maybe not convincingly, and take their record to a surprisingly bad 5-7.
Prediction: Philadelphia 31, Seattle 24
Tennessee at Buffalo: One of the tougher match-ups to call this week is the game between the Bills and Titans. The Titans are coming in off a close 6 point win over the Bucs, but Buffalo is coming in after a narrow loss of 4 to the Jets. Chris Johnson torched the Bucs for 190 yards last week, and the Bills aren’t much of a run-stopping team. If Johnson can continue his rushing ability, then they should win. Buffalo have lost 4 in a row and really have to right this ship. This is their best chance yet, as the Titans can’t stop the run, either. If Stevie Johnson can get his shit together and their offense clicks, then I definitely think they can win. I’m going to give the Bills the nod because of home-field, but I’m not confident.
Prediction: Buffalo 24, Tennessee 21
Kansas City at Chicago: With both teams coming in as loser’s, they’ll be desperate for wins. Chicago needs a win to stay atop the wild card spot in the NFC, though the the Chiefs just want to win for pride. OK, so the Bears is a bit more important. Even with an ineffective Caleb Hanie playing for Chicago, they have too good a RB in Forte, and too good a defense to let the Chiefs waltz on in and take the victory.
Prediction: Chicago 28, Kansas City 13
Oakland at Miami: Don’t count out Miami in this one. Even though they lost last week, they were the better team. The Dolphins defense has come out of nowhere to start beating up the opposition, and Oakland better lookout. The Raiders beat the Bears last week, but considering the opposing QB, it was disappointingly uninspiring. If the Raiders can keep the ball in their hands and force turnovers, they should be able to head to Miami and get it.
Prediction: Oakland 20, Miami 17
Denver at Minnesota: Denver is now 5-1 under Tebow, only losing to the Lions (I had to get that one in). But it’s not Tebow who’s winning these games, it’s the Denver D. Just like the Dolphins, their D has done a complete 180 after the Lions game, giving up 15 points or less in each game. Minnesota will be heading into this game without Adrian Peterson yet again. This is a gigantic blow to their hopes, as they really had a legitimate shot if he was going to play. Tebow still isn’t very good at anything but running, but it gets it done. Denver goes to 6-1 under Tesus.
Prediction: Denver 17, Minnesota 9
Indianapolis at New England: I’ll make this short and sweet. If the Colts can win, it will be, without a doubt, the biggest upset to ever occur in the NFL. Playoffs or otherwise.
Prediction: New England 70, Indianapolis 21 (Yes, that’s my real prediction)
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh: These two AFC North teams face off for the 2nd time this year, with the Steelers edging out the Bengals by 7 last time. Each team pulled out close victories last week, and I expect this score to be another close one. I really like what Cincy’s doing, but I think Pittsburgh will get the narrow win again. But I have a bit of doubt in their abilities.
Prediction: Pittsburgh 21, Cincinnati 16
Carolina at Tampa Bay: Carolina’s a pretty good 3-8 team, while the Buccaneers are a pretty bad 4-7 team. I don’t really understand why the Buccaneers are favoured in this game? It’s not like they’ve played well or beaten anyone convincingly enough to give them an edge. I think Carolina can easily win this game. Especially on the ground.
Prediction: Carolina 35, Tampa Bay 24
New York at Washington: It’s rare to say that these two teams won last week, but it’s true! The ‘Skins beat the inconsistent Seahawks, as the Jets barely beat the Bills. Even though Washington finally won a game, they’re still a horrible team. Not that the Jets are some kind of powerhouse or anything, but they’re definitely a better, more talented team than Washington.
Prediction: New York 24, Washington 10
Atlanta at Houston: Even though the Texans are down to their #3 QB, it’s not an end of the world situation for the AFC leaders. Even so, their next test is a good test to start him out. They host the Falcons, who took care of the Vikings last week. Houston’s D is playing real well this season, while Arian Foster is a force in both the run and pass. This will also mark Andre Johnson’s 2nd week back. Hopefully a more productive one. The Falcons are favoured in this game. And it’s not like they shouldn’t be with a 3rd string guy starting for the opposition. But I wouldn’t count the Texans out at all. If Houston can stop Matt Ryan, they can win this game.
Prediction: Houston 34, Atlanta 27
Baltimore at Cleveland: The Browns lost again last week, but only barely. They lost by 3 to the Bengals, which is a good effort for a disappointing team. The Ravens triumphed over the 9ers in their Thanksgiving match-up, where there was a total of 22 points scored (OLD SCHOOL FOOTBALL!!!). Cleveland are still floundering, while the Ravens seem to have gotten it together to play some good Football. Just be aware that the Ravens struggle on the road, though the Browns should be much of a test.
Prediction: Baltimore 26, Cleveland 3
Green Bay at New York: This is deemed the game of the week. And I can kind of see why. The Giants, despite losing 3 in a row, do have a shot at beating the undefeated Packers. But I believe people are giving them too much credit. The Giants D is horrible, as shown by the game last week against New Orleans, where Brees and co put up 49 points (eep). The Packers D is still vulnerable, but Giants D seems to be playing much worse. I’m going to go with the educated pick and stick with the Packers.
Prediction: Green Bay 30, New York 21
Dallas at Arizona: The Cowboys pulled it out of the fire on Thanksgiving against the Dolphins. The Cardinals also won a close one against the (yet again) hapless Rams. Arizona currently has, in my opinion, the most enjoyable player to watch right now, in Patrick Peterson. The kid’s just a freak on special teams, and seems to have gotten better in the passing game, as the season’s progressed. I think the Cowboys will have too much for the Cardinals to handle, both on the ground and through the air. Dallas should be getting a fairly easy win here.
Prediction: Dallas 31, Arizona 17
St. Lous at San Francisco: Again, I’ll be short and sweet. The 49ers can stop anyone. The Rams can’t really move the ball. Rams are shut out.
Prediction: San Francisco 20, St. Louis 0
And then there were two…
Detroit at New Orleans: The Lions get another rare primetime game, their 2nd this year. They head to New Orleans to take on the offensive juggernaut Saints. God I’m worried. The Lions will be without defensive starters Louis Delmas and Chris Houston. Two huge losses for the defense. And Kevin Smith will probably see a limited workload, with a bum ankle. This is all lining up for a Lions pounding. Drew Brees has the most passing yards of any QB so far this year, and although the Lions have held a lot of QB’s to lowish passing yard totals, Brees has all the tool to tear this defense apart. I want to see a miracle upset, but I don’t think I will.
Prediction: New Orleans 38, Detroit 30
San Diego at Jacksonville: I keep wanting to pick Jacksonville in this game. They have a new coach, a presumed new feel of vigour and pride, as well as their 2nd Monday Night Football game this year. This has all the makings of a big upset, and the end of Norv Turner’s tenure at the helm of the Chargers. I know a lot of Chargers fans who want nothing more than to see the back of Norv Turner, and with them well out of playoff contention, they may be rooting for the Jaguars. I just can’t bring myself to tip Jacksonville, though.
Prediction: San Diego 25, Jacksonville 17
I hope everyone has a good weekend, and good luck to your teams.