NFL picks, predictions in opposition to unfold Week 13: Payments cease Patriots; Chiefs sluggish Broncos; 49ers, Dolphins keep scorching

The NFL supplied some coin-flip video games in Week 12, with that, there was certain to some ups and downs the sport picks and predictions in opposition to the unfold. Week 13 provides just a few extra challenges in a slate of 14 extra contests.

There are extra strong favorites this week, some falling into the double-digit unfold realm. There are additionally an uncommon quantity of area aim (3 factors) spreads, that are the equivalents to home-field benefits

Here is how Sporting Information navigates all the most recent numbers in one other late-season version of our professional soccer fearless forecast:

(Recreation odds courtesy of FanDuel)

NFL POWER RANKINGS: 
Patriots, 49ers, Buccaneers surge as Rams, Steelers tumble into Week 13

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NFL picks in opposition to the unfold for Week 13

Monday 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

Mac Jones faces his hardest take a look at but as a rookie QB, in a hostile surroundings, on the street, within the parts, with first place on the road in opposition to a nasty protection. The Patriots even have a frightening protection that can include the large performs from counterpart Josh Allen. It is a little bit of grinding sport for each side with restricted dashing success, so the distinctive twin risk playmaking of Allen will make the distinction in a sport that stays tight and relatively ugly deep into the fourth quarter.

Choose: Payments win 23-19 and canopy the unfold.

Thursday 8:20 p.m. ET, Fox, NFL Community and Amazon Prime Video

The Cowboys and Saints each have a daily week enjoying on Thursday once more after each groups misplaced at house on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys will likely be occurring the street with out coach Mike McCarthy however ought to have large receivers Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb again to spice up Dak Prescott. The Saints would possibly get optimistic offensive well being information with their working backs and offensive line to provide them a greater likelihood at house with Taysom Hill set to start out. Dallas has been nonetheless a greater workforce at house than on the street however is now in just a little extra attrition mode to win video games.

Choose: Cowboys win 27-23 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Sunday 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox

The Rams can’t lose 4 consecutive video games with this sort of gifted workforce beneath Sean McVay, can they? Assuming Matthew Stafford can cease his pick-six streak, L.A. will likely be sitting fairly in a much-needed get-well sport at house. Former Jaguar Jalen Ramsey will hang-out Trevor Lawrence in protection, who additionally can have loads of Aaron Donald and Von Miller in his face. It is a likelihood for the Rams to batter a workforce with Darrell Henderson and the working sport and be much less reliant on Stafford’s deep passing.

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Choose: Rams win 31-10 and canopy the unfold.

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  • Upset of the Week: Washington Soccer Workforce (+2.5, 49.5 o/u) over Raiders 

Sunday 4:05 p.m. ET, Fox

Washington has flashed the offensive expertise that allowed it to win the NFC East as a sub-.500 workforce final season. The protection has shored up some basic points even whereas lacking some key items for Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio. Las Vegas is coming off an enormous street win in Dallas, however simply when the workforce appears most spectacular is when it begins going again to falling flat due to inconsistency in all places. 

Choose: Washington wins 27-20.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Vikings appear locked into one-possession video games each week and the eight-point margin of defeat in San Francisco was in impact a blowout for them. Minnesota is seeking to be with out working again Dalvin Prepare dinner and its personal wiling run protection will give immediately run-heavy Detroit an opportunity to remain in one other low-scoring sport. Kirk Cousins and the Vikings’ rather more dynamic receiving corps are the distinction late.

Choose: Vikings win 23-17 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Cardinals’ offense ought to look nearer to its explosive and balanced finest with Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins set to return. The bye was well-timed to relaxation for the stretch run towards nailing down a prime seed within the NFC playlffs. The Cardinals additionally should not neglect how the Bears stole the ultimate wild card from them final season. The Bears have restricted ability place firepower in relation to them and have too many defensive holes as properly.

Choose: Cardinals win 27-17 and canopy the unfold.

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  • Buccaneers (-10.5, 50.5 o/u) at Falcons 
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Sunday 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Buccaneers are reinventing their offensive id on the proper time, with much more emphasis on the working and brief passing video games. That is been key with them lacking a big-play ingredient with out Antonio Brown and nonetheless eager to restrict the publicity of their struggling move protection. Search for them to floor and pound this one house as soon as Brady picks aside a weak secondary indoors. Matt Ryan will likely be beneath duress for a lot of the second half attempting to catch up in a one-dimensional assault.

Choose: Buccaneers win 34-20 and canopy the unfold.

  • Colts (-8.5, 46.5 o/u) at Texans

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Colts needed to change into a pass-happy workforce to strive to stick with the Buccaneers final week however can be ok with going again to a heavy dose of Jonathan Taylor and the working sport as Houston’s defensive entrance can’t cease him. Indianapolis will dominate on each strains of scrimmage to get again over. 500 whereas forcing extra key turnovers vs. Tyrod Taylor.

Choose: Colts win 24-10 and cowl the unfold.

  • Eagles (-7, 45.5 o/u) at Jets

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Eagles compelled the difficulty just a little extra within the passing sport final week with unhealthy outcomes as Jalen Hurts battling interceptions and nailing down connections along with his receivers and tight finish Dallas Goedert downfield. They’ll return to their run-heavy, grinding methods with Hurts and Boston Scott main the change with Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard hurting. Their protection can have little hassle irritating Zach Wilson, however the zone will open up sufficient performs for the Jets to maintain it shut. This second consecutive journey to MetLife Stadium works a lot better.

Choose: Eagles win 20-14 however fail to cowl the unfold.

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Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Chargers’ run protection woes rear their ugly heads once more with the Bengals turning their offense over extra to Joe Mixon and the working sport with the climate beginning to flip. Joe Burrow will likely be comfy for play-action passing downfield in consequence. Justin Herbert, his counterpart younger gun from the 2020 first spherical, will face extra of a move rush whereas not leaning on a lot of an influence working sport.

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Choose: Bengals win 31-27 and canopy the unfold.

Sunday 1 ET, Fox

The Giants beat the Eagles will all protection and virtually zero offense at house final week. The Dolphins are driving a four-game successful streak and discovering their offensive pop round Tua Tagovailoa, because of rookie large receiver Jaylen Waddle breaking out and Myles Gaskin trying a lot better out of the backfield. Miami’s sturdy intermediate passing sport and extra energetic playmaking protection vs. Daniel Jones units up one other strong victory.

Choose: Dolphins win 20-16 and canopy the unfold.

  • Ravens (-3, 44 o/u) at Steelers 

Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The Ravens don’t get many model factors of late with Lamar Jackson producing some sloppy passing with extra turnovers. However they’re nonetheless successful sufficient to be the No. 1 seed within the AFC and the Steelers’ putrid run protection will take strain off Jackson. The Steelers will maintain it shut with their fast passing sport and hard working from Najee Harris, however the Ravens will grind one other one away with Justin Tucker kicking house the sport winner.

Choose: Ravens win 23-20.

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  • 49ers (-2.5, 46.5 o/u) at Seahawks

Sunday 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

The 49ers are in a complete offensive groove and that can proceed with out Deebo Samuel, nonetheless with Elijah Mitchell, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk. They’re executing within the energy dashing assault and getting massive performs in all places within the passing sport. The Seahawks’ protection has few solutions for that multiplicity and flexibility. Russell Wilson and his large receivers maintain them within the sport, however that is about it.

Choose: 49ers win 27-24 and canopy the unfold.

  • Broncos at Chiefs (-9.5, 47.5 o/u)

Sunday 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

The Broncos bought off the mat with a robust defensive efficiency in opposition to the Chargers that ought to have happy Vic Fangio. They need to get extra out of their passing sport right here with Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams giving them extra dependable dashing manufacturing. Teddy Bridgewater will not outduel Patrick Mahomes by any means, as Kansas Metropolis will ship because the extra full AFC West workforce at house.

Choose: Chiefs win 31-23 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Vinnie Iyer’s 2021 picks:

  • Week 12 report in opposition to the unfold: 9-6
  • Week 12 report straight up: 12-3
  • Season ATS: 98-80
  • Season straight up: 118-61



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