Welcome to Week 13 of the NFL season. Week 12 saw some of the elite teams separate themselves from the rest of the pack. The San Francisco 49ers proved to everyone they’re real as they destroyed the Green Bay Packers. New England used their stout defense to shut down the Dallas Cowboys. On Monday night, Lamar Jackson showed why he’s the favorite to win the MVP. The Baltimore Ravens manhandled the Los Angeles Rams on the road and Jackson didn’t play the fourth quarter. The Seattle Seahawks continue to chase the 49ers as they beat the Eagles in a close one. New Orleans got closer to clinching the NFC South by outlasting Carolina 34-31.
The Houston Texans took a one game lead in the AFC South by beat the Colts on Thursday. My record for last week was 6-0, which raised my overall mark to 55-34. The winning percentage jumped from 59 to 61.8%. With Thanksgiving being this week, we will be picking all three games. Overall, we will be predicting a total of 8 games with the hopes of raising that winning percentage more. Let’s get started!
We kick things off with the first Thanksgiving Day game. The Chicago Bears will travel to division rival, Detroit to battle the Lions. Chicago is still in the Wild Card case, but they need to start piling up wins ASAP. The Bears are still in contention for the Wild Card, but the offense needs to step it up. The defense of the Bears is still one of the best in the league. If Chicago can put together some offense, they have a shot at beating Detroit. As far as Detroit is concerned, it seems they another promising season will end with a losing record. Matthew Stafford is still injured, and it seems like they are not motivated. With this being the Thanksgiving game, the Lions could put together an impressive performance. I’m thinking they’ll do just enough to upset Chicago.
Detroit Win 27-17
The second game of the day features the Buffalo Bills traveling to Dallas to battle the Cowboys. The Bills have quietly had an amazing season as they come into this game with a 8-3 record. Buffalo still have hopes of winning the division as they trail the Patriots by two games. Currently, they have a two game cushion as the leaders in the Wild Card Race. The defense is one of the better ones in the league and will be tested by the Cowboys offense. Can the Bills beat the Cowboys on the road? Dallas is coming off a disappointing loss in New England last week.
The Cowboys still lead the NFC East by a game over Philadelphia, but they want to increase that lead as they face off in three weeks. The offense will have their hands full with the Bills defense. Dallas’s defense will be tested by Josh Allen as he’s similar to Dak as far as being on the move. In the end, I’m thinking Dallas will walk away with the win.
Dallas Win 26-17
The final game on Thanksgiving will be between NFC South rivals. The New Orleans Saints travel to the ATL to battle the Falcons. The Saints were shocked three weeks ago when the Falcons blew them out at home. The defense of the Saints has been struggling the last few games. New Orleans can clinch the division with a win over Atlanta. Can they get revenge and beat the Falcons? Atlanta started the second half of the season as one of the hottest teams. Last week, Tampa Bay invaded Atlanta and put up 35 points on that defense. Can the Falcons put together a similar game plan against the Saints that left them frustrated? I’m thinking New Orleans will get revenge on Atlanta and leave with the win.
New Orleans Win 34-24
We have a huge AFC South matchup between the two teams that’s a game behind Houston. The Tennessee Titans travel up north to Indianapolis to battle the Colts. Tennessee have been looking great as Ryan Tannehill is running the offense effectively. Derrick Henry have been damn near unstoppable. The defense is getting better on a weekly basis. Can they beat the Colts on the road and put pressure on the Texans? Indianapolis suffered a huge loss when they lost Eric Ebron for the year due to injury. The Colts have lost three of their last four games and need a win badly. Both of these teams are in a four way tie for the final Wild Card spot. Indianapolis is dealing with a lot of injuries and could be too much for them to handle. I’m going with Tennessee to win this one on the road.
Tennessee Win 24-17
This game could be a preview to the upcoming Super Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers will travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens. The 49ers have had their share of doubters this season. After dismantling the Packers on a nationally televised game, San Francisco let everyone know they’re real. The defense is one of the best in the league, will they be able to slow down Lamar Jackson? How will Jimmy Garoppolo and the offense disrupt the Ravens defense? Baltimore has been the talk of the league, more specifically Lamar Jackson. Ever since the New England game where he made that defense look average, they have been unstoppable. Two weeks ago, they took apart division leading Houston 41-7.
This past week, they went into Los Angeles and made Aaron Donald a non-factor as they dismantled the Rams. With this potential Super Bowl matchup, can the Ravens continue their unstoppable run? This should be a tough and competitive game, but my money is on Baltimore.
Baltimore Win 24-20
We have a matchup here that’s for first place in the AFC West. The Oakland Raiders travel to Arrowhead Stadium to battle the reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Oakland was on a little hot streak until they made that trip to New York. The Jets blew out Oakland 34-3 and it exposed a lot of faults on both sides of the ball. Despite the blowout, Oakland is still a game out of first place in the division. The Raiders is also locked in a four-way tie for the last Wild Card spot in the AFC. Can they beat the Chiefs and force a tie in the division? Kansas City rebounded from their loss to Tennessee by edging the Los Angeles Chargers. Patrick Mahomes had an awful first half and the defense came up big in that game.
If the Chiefs defense continues to improve, that could spell trouble for the AFC. I’m picking the Chiefs to get closer to another division title as they beat Oakland.
Kansas City Win 31-21
We have the Sunday night game between a pair of teams that’s leading their division. The New England Patriots travel to Houston to battle the Texans. New England comes into this game with a game lead over Baltimore for the home field advantage. The Patriots also have only a two game lead over Buffalo in the division. For the last couple of weeks, the offense has struggled only putting up 30 points. Can they control Deshaun Watson and his plethora of weapons at receiver? Houston is fighting for the division title as they have a pair of teams a game behind. They’re also looking to have a home game in the playoffs also. Can this Texans offense penetrate the stout defense of New England? Will the defense get enough pressure on Tom Brady? This is a hard one, but I’m going with the upset and picking Houston.
Houston Win 19-17
We have the Monday night game, and this will be a damn good one. The Minnesota Vikings will travel to the Pacific Northwest to face the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks and Vikings are atop of the NFC Wild Card Race. The Seahawks come into this game with a 9-2 record and one game behind the 49ers that they’ve defeated. Minnesota’s record is 8-3 and they’re tied with Green Bay atop of the NFC North. Green Bay beat them earlier in the year, but they face off again later in Minnesota. This could be a potential playoff matchup as both teams have an MVP candidate. Russell Wilson is definitely in the top-5 conversation for the MVP. On the other side, Dalvin Cook is enjoying a breakout season as he’s leading the league in rushing.
Can Minnesota pull off the upset over Seattle on the road? I’m seeing Russell Wilson leading Seattle on a last-minute drive for the win.
Seattle Win 24-23
Are you ready for the 2019 Week 13 NFL weekend? What game intrigues you the most for the 2019 Week 13 NFL schedule? Do you see any upsets taking place during the 2019 Week 13 NFL weekend? Leave some feedback below about anything related to the NFL or the 2019 Week 13 NFL schedule. Below are my top 5 from both conferences.
- Baltimore Ravens
- New England Patriots
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Buffalo Bills
- Houston Texans
- San Francisco 49ers
- New Orleans Saints
- Seattle Seahawks
- Minnesota Vikings
- Green Bay Packers