Las Vegas Raiders (-6) at Los Angeles Rams
Guess who’s back? Yes, Baker Mayfield, who might start against the Rams. Unfortunately, not even Baker can save the Rams in this game. Raiders are hot on both sides of the ball, and are clicking on all levels.
Prediction: Raiders 24 Rams 13
New York Jets at Buffalo Bills (-9.5)
Buffalo is a very tough place to play even if your the New York Jets. Mike White has been playing well, but I think the Buffalo D will be too much this week. Interesting matchup to watch: Stefon Diggs vs Sauce Gardner. Sauce has gone up against all the best wide receivers in the league, and has been pretty successful. In this game though, I like Diggs to score at least one TD and have 75 yards or more.
Prediction: Bills 27 Jets 20
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals (-6)
Cleveland picked a bad time to play the Bengals. The Bengals fresh off a great win over the Chiefs, are looking as dominant as ever. As well as they’ve been playing, Joe Mixon should be back this week which will give them that extra boost. On the Cleveland side of the ball, Deshaun Watson looked well, rusty, and if it wasn’t for the defense they would of lost.
Prediction: Bengals 31 Browns 13
Houston Texans at Dallas Cowboys (-16)
One team is playing for the #1 draft pick, and the other is playing for the #1 seed. The Dallas defense has been exceptional and on the offensive side of the ball, they will put up big numbers this week! Expect them to be up by so much, they rest Dak and put Cooper Rush in.
Prediction: Dallas 38 Houston 7
Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions (-2)
This matchup is very intriguing as both teams have a lot to play for. The Vikings are looking to keep pace with the Eagles, while the Lions are fighting for a playoff spot. The Lions have been playing well led by their true player coach Dan Campbell. This game will come down to a last minute field goal by the Vikings. Even though Detroit is at home, I like the Vikings in this one.
Prediction: Minnesota 24 Lions 21
Philadelphia Eagles (-7) at New York Giants
The Eagles are a complete team on both sides of the ball. The Giants started out hot and have struggled as of late. I think the Eagles win, but not as much as one would think. New York is fighting to stay in the playoff picture after an uninspiring tie last week against Washington.
Prediction: Philly 30 New York 24
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers (-2.5)
No Lamar most likely in this one. Tyler Huntley will step in and play well as a dual threat QB. The Ravens got “lucky” last week with a one point win, and I think this week they put away the Steelers. Mark Andrews is due to come back and I think that’s good for Tyler Huntley. He will most likely be running or dumping it to Andrews out in space.
Prediction: Ravens 20 Steelers 17
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (-4)
The Titans got exposed last week against the Eagles and embarrassed. Their “star” WR put up big numbers on his old team and it provided to be too much for Tennessee. In this game they will be too much for the Jaguars who will have a hurt QB and Trevor Lawrence. Derek Henry will run well in this game along with Ryan Tannehill leading their offense.
Prediction: Titans 24 Jaguars 17
Kansas City Chiefs (-9.5) at Denver Broncos
Two teams going in opposite directions. The Denver Broncos seems to be dysfunctional right now led by their high profile QB Russell Wilson. The Chiefs will be too much this week even playing in the altitude. Look for Mahomes to have 4 touchdowns passes.
Prediction: Chiefs 37 Broncos 14
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Francisco 49ers (-3.5)
What will the 49ers look like in Brock Purdy’s first start under center? In the game last week, he looked good leading the 49ers to a win over the Dolphins. It’s one thing though to come in during the game, and its another to start a game and then be consistent. Its a different mindset. Tampa Bay narrowly escaped a victory last week with some Brady magic. The Bucs have struggled this year scoring which is surprising looking at the talent they have on that side of the ball. In this game, the 49ers will prevail and it’s the defense that will lead them to victory.
Prediction: 49ers 21 Bucs 16
Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks (-3.5)
Everybody remember Sam Darnold? Well, he will be starting this week against the Seahawks. Carolina is coming off a bye but the Seahawks will be too much for them, especially in Seattle. Seattle also has a lot to play for as they want to stay in the top 7 in the NFC.
Prediction: Seattle 27 Panthers 17
Miami Dolphins (-3) at Los Angeles Chargers
The red hot Dolphins ran into a buzzsaw last week against the formidable San Francisco 49ers. I think they have bad taste in their mouth, and take care of the Chargers in LA. Look for Tyreek Hill to have a big game!
Prediction: Dolphins 30 Chargers 20
New England Patriots (-1.5) at Arizona Cardinals
The well coached Patriots are going up against a fairly healthy Cardinals club. Kyler Murray is coming off a great start and had a week to rest. Between Deandre Hopkins and James Connor at running back, the Cardinals will win a close one in Arizona.
Prediction: Cardinals 21 Patriots 17
Week 13 Record 13-1-1