We’re going to have a lot of fun with NFL Week 13 odds and predictions. The schedule has gotten a tad weird given the most-recent COVID-19 outbreaks. That now includes a doubleheader on Monday and a game between the Ravens and Cowboys on Tuesday.
Again, let’s get weird.
Even then, there are some pretty big games around the NFL world. Can the Cleveland Browns move to 9-3 against another AFC contender in that of the Tennessee Titans? Will the San Francisco 49ers ride last week’s win over the Rams to playoff contention against the Bills in Arizona?
Here, we give you our NFL Week 13 odds and predictions with a brief blurb about each game on the schedule.
Update: Dec. 6, 10:20 AM EST
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NFL Week 13 Sunday games, Vegas odds
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons
Saints-Falcons Week 13 point spread: Saints -3.0 (over/under 46.5)
Under the leadership of defensive-minded interim head coach Raheem Morris, the Falcons boast a 4-2 record. They just forced five turnovers in a 43-6 blowout Week 12 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. That represented the most turnovers Atlanta has forced since Week 3 of the 2014 season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The moral of the story? New Orleans at -3.0 on the road is not the safest of bets, especially with Julio Jones active and the Saints missing defensive starters.
Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans
Browns-Titans Week 13 point spread: Titans -4.0 (over/under 53.0)
For just the second time since 1972, the Browns find themselves at 8-3 on the season. That came by virtue of a narrow win over the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 12. It’s not all great news for Cleveland. Only one of their victories have come against a team with a winning record. In fact, the Browns are being outscored by an average of 28-11 against winning teams. That does not bode well for Baker Mayfield and Co. in Week 13.
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears
Lions-Bears Week 13 point spread: Bears -3.0 (over/under 44.5)
Update: Mitchell Trubisky to start for Bears
Here’s something to look at following the firing of head coach Matt Patricia. The two teams who had fired their head coaches prior to Detroit (Houston and Atlanta) are a combined 8-5 after starting the season with 0-9 marks. As for the Bears, they have now lost five in a row since a 5-1 start to the season. Everything seems to be setting up nicely for a Lions win here.
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
Colts-Texans Week 13 point spread: Colts -3.0 (over/under 51.0)
Over the course of the past six games, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has tallied 16 total touchdowns compared to zero interceptions. Despite this, Houston is just 3-3 in those six games. Overall, Watson is just 2-2 with six touchdowns and four interceptions in four career starts against Indianapolis. Sure the Colts were blown out back in Week 12, but expect a rebound performance here.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings
Jaguars-Vikings Week 13 point spread: Vikings -10.0 (over/under 51.5)
After falling down 21-10 to the Panthers through three quarters this past Sunday, Kirk Cousins and his Vikings knew it was gut check time. What followed was a tremendous fourth-quarter performance to potentially save Minnesota’s season. The team won by the score of 28-27. Cousins led three different drives of 72-plus yards in the final 20 minutes, completing 20-of-23 passes for 228 yards in the process. What’s the moral of the story here? Facing a Jaguars team that’s now lost 10 consecutive, take Minnesota and the points in Week 13.
Las Vegas Raiders at New York Jets
Raiders-Jets Week 13 point spread: Raiders -7.5 (over/under 47.0)
Despite their disastrous 0-11 start to the season, these Jets have been more competitive in recent weeks. In fact, Adam Gase’s squad has lost its past three games by a combined margin of 26 points. Compared to earlier in the season, that’s an improvement. As for the Raiders, they are coming off a mistake-filled 43-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Interestingly enough, Las Vegas took on the Jets about a calendar year ago while boasting the same 6-5 record. The end result? 34-3 Jets win. While I am not predicting that here, expect New York to cover.
Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins
Bengals-Dolphins Week 13 point spread: Dolphins -11.5 (over/under 42.5)
We’re going to give Cincinnati credit for staying competitive against the Giants last week after losing rookie No. 1 pick Joe Burrow for the season to a serious knee injury. The team could have very well called it quits after said injury. Instead, Zac Taylor had his squad playing inspired football in a 19-17 loss. Despite boasting a 2-8-1 record, five of the Bengals’ losses have come by one score. I don’t like Miami at -11.5 here.
New York Giants at Seattle Seahawks
Giants-Seahawks Week 13 point spread: Seahawks -11.0 (over/under 47.0)
Update: Giants QB Daniel Jones (hamstring) questionable
New York sits in first place in the NFC East with a 4-7 record despite its quarterbacks throwing eight touchdowns compared to nine interceptions in 11 games. Meanwhile, Seattle was giving up north of 355 passing yards per game before taking on the struggling Carson Wentz this past week. Something will obviously have to give here. However, the Seahawks as 11-point favorites at home with Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (hamstring) out seems pretty safe.
Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals
Rams-Cardinals Week 13 point spread: Rams -3.0 (over/under 48.0)
Since opening the season with a 5-2 record, Arizona has lost three of its past four. In fact, the team is now just one game ahead of the San Francisco 49ers for last place in the ultra-competitive NFC West. Arizona’s most-recent loss came at the hands of the New England Patriots despite the fact that Cam Newton tallied 69 net passing yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Things are not looking great for Kyler Murray and Co. heading into NFL Week 13.
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers
Eagles-Packers Week 13 point spread: Packers -8.5 (over/under 49.0)
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers heads into this matchup on pace for north of 4,500 yards with 48 touchdowns and just six interceptions. In fact, Rodgers has thrown just 10 interceptions in his past 43 starts. As for Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, he has thrown 14 interceptions in 11 starts this season alone. The math really shouldn’t be hard with Green Bay at -8.0 here.
New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers
Patriots-Chargers Week 13 point spread: Chargers -1.5 (over/under 47.0)
Los Angeles has won a total of three games this season. Those wins have come against teams with a combined record of 3-29-1. That’s impressively bad. In their other eight games, the Chargers are winless. That includes losses against mediocre squads such as the Panthers and Broncos. With Anthony Lynn clearly on the hot seat, one has to wonder if his team will show up here. As for the Patriots, they have won three of four with two of those victories coming against playoff contenders in that of the Ravens and Cardinals.
Week 13 Sunday Night Football, NFL betting lines
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Broncos-Chiefs Week 13 point spread: Chiefs -13.5 (over/under 51.0)
Playoffs included, the Chiefs are 19-1 in their past 20 games. That span has also seen Patrick Mahomes combine for 52 total touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. That’s not the only reason Kansas City finds itself as near two-touchdown favorites here. Broncos quarterbacks have combined for 47 touchdowns compared to 44 interceptions in in 43 games since the start of the 2018 season. You can’t make this stuff up.
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Washington Football Team at Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington-Steelers Week 13 point spread: Steelers -7.0 (over/under 44.0)
Update: Game moved to Monday night
In the three games Alex Smith has started since taking over for an injured Kyle Allen, Washington is averaging a whopping 29.3 points per game. To put this into perspective, Washington reached the 29-point plateau just three times in its previous 46 outings. With Pittsburgh coming off an abnormally short week and set to take on a solid defense, this seven-point spread seems a bit high.
Buffalo Bills at San Francisco 49ers
Bills-49ers Week 13 point spread: 49ers -1 (over/under 47.0)
A team without a permanent home, San Francisco will take its traveling party to Arizona over the course of their next two “home games.” This comes after COVID-19 restrictions in Santa Clara banned the 49ers from hosting games at Levi’s Stadium. While it might not matter in the grand scheme of things, it’s important to note that San Francisco has lost six of its previous seven games in Arizona. Although, all of those seven games came with it as a road team against the Cardinals. Perhaps, some food for thought here.
NFL Week 13 Tuesday Night Football
Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens
Cowboys-Ravens Week 13 point spread: Ravens -8.0 (over/under 45.0)
A loss on Tuesday would have Dallas at 3-9 on the season for the first time since 1989. That’s an amazing stat given it was Jerry Jones’ first season as the Cowboys’ owner. In fact, head coach Mike McCarthy was a mere graduate assistant with the Pittsburgh Panthers the last time this happened. The moral of the story here? Don’t expect Dallas to keep this close after getting blown out by Washington, 41-16, on Thanksgiving.