Friday, December 3, 2010, 4:11 p.m.
By Ryan OHalloran
The Week 13 picks
Steelers (plus 3) at Ravens: Both teams will have significantly longer injury reports next week because theyre two of the most physical teams in the NFL. Steelers 19-15.
Redskins (plus 7) at Giants: Even though its a new Meadowlands stadium, the Swamp has been a house of horrors for the Redskins, who have simply run out of quality players. Giants 23-13.Bills (plus 5.5) at Vikings: Minnesota beat the Redskins last week despite losing Adrian Peterson in the first half, a sign of just how bad Washingtons offense performed. Vikings 28-21.Browns (plus 4.5) at Dolphins: Cleveland showed some of its true mediocre colors by escaping against woeful Carolina last week and even though the Dolphins are 6-5, they need wins and a ton of help to snag a wild card spot. The Browns pull the mild upset. Browns 30-27.Jaguars (plus 1.5) at Titans: Weirdest spread of the week Tennessee was blanked by Houstons woeful defense last week (the Texans didnt look like they were using 11 players in the first half against Philadelphia). The Jags are in contention for the AFC South crown. Jaguars 20-17.Broncos (plus 8.5) at Chiefs: Denver has allowed at least 24 points in each of the last six games (1-5 record). Kansas City has a one-game lead over San Diego in the AFC West and seeing the Chargers on fire puts a sense of urgency on KC. Chiefs 43-24.Bears (minus 4.5) at Lions: Detroit was robbed in the teams first meeting but Chicago is just a better team now. The Bears dont have enough offense to win the playoffs but as long as they pick on cornerback Alphonso Smith, theyll be fine. Bears 31-17.49ers (plus 9) at Packers: Tough turnaround for San Francisco road Monday night game followed by long trip to Wisconsin. Temperatures will be in the high 20s combined with the Packers having superior personnel equals a blowout. Packers 38-13.Saints (minus 6.5) at Bengals: The game is blacked out in the Cincinnati area, which is probably best considering its team has lost eight straight games and already in playing-out-the-string mode. Saints 34-23.Falcons (minus 3) at Buccaneers: Big one in the NFC South race. Matt Ryans win at New Orleans earlier this year showed hes not just a win-at-home quarterback. Its time for Josh Freeman to win a gotta-have-it game. Buccaneers 21-17.Raiders (plus 13) at Chargers: Norv has the Bolts rolling even though theyre 5-6 but Vegas has taken note. The Raiders had their great few weeks but reality continues to set in. Chargers 37-20.Panthers (plus 6) at Seahawks: Many observers have this as the lock of the week Buffalos recent surge leaves Carolina as the worst team in the NFL. Will the Panthers be so bad that the head coaching position isnt all that attractive. Seahawks 23-3.Cowboys (plus 5.5) at Colts: Indianapolis is in big trouble and only has a little to do with Peyton Mannings recent interception total. The Colts are simply running out of bodies. Dallas had a mini-bye to re-group from the Saints loss. Cowboys 27-23.Rams (minus 3.5) at Cardinals: Sam Bradford got his first road win last week; Derek Anderson got his first taste of what being looked at as an idiot last week. Edge to Bradford and his streaking team. Rams 14-6.Jets (plus 3.5) at Patriots: Look for a Monday Night ratings record (for cable) 9-2 Pats vs. 9-2 Jets. Winner gets a leg up in the division and home-field. Tom Brady hasnt lost a regular season home game in years. Patriots 31-30.RecordsStraight: 7-6 last week, 97-66 season.
Spread: 5-8 last week, 70-96-2 season.
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