NFL Week 13 Preview and Picks: Broncos and Steelers Pull Off Upsets
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Not even the Lions are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention just yet, but it’s quite likely that several teams will see their playoff hopes go up in smoke by this time next week. Here’s a look ahead to Week 13’s slate of games.
Record entering this week: 109-70-1
Teams on bye: Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans
Thursday Night Football
Dallas Cowboys (7-4) at New Orleans Saints (5-6)
Dallas is getting healthy while New Orleans has failed to win without Jameis Winston in the lineup. Should be a relatively easy night for Dallas in the grand scheme of things.
Pick: Dallas Cowboys
1 PM Eastern Time Slot
New York Giants (4-7) at Miami Dolphins (5-7)
A strange game that will see Mike Glennon start at QB in the year 2021. Miami takes it and probably takes a few picks as well.
Pick: Miami Dolphins
Indianapolis Colts (6-6) at Houston Texans (2-9)
Indy couldn’t quite get past the Bucs a week ago but I think they crush the Texans this week. It’s a bit of a trap game, but the Colts have a physical identity that I think they stick with.
Pick: Indianapolis Colts
Minnesota Vikings (5-6) at Detroit Lions (0-10-1)
This NFC North battle could be the Lions first win or could be a step in the right direction for Minnesota to make the playoffs. Both teams are missing their starting running backs which you never want to see, but I think it hurts the Lions more.
Pick: Minnesota Vikings
Philadelphia Eagles (5-7) at New York Jets (3-8)
I *should* be able to pick the Eagles with confidence against the Jets…right?
Pick: Philadelphia Eagles
Arizona Cardinals (9-2) at Chicago Bears (4-7)
Andy Dalton is virtually guaranteed to start under center and could be playing for Matt Nagy’s job once again. The Cardinals are (obviously) a very different team from the Lions and Dalton can’t do enough.
Pick: Arizona Cardinals
Los Angeles Chargers (6-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (7-4)
Both of these teams are still very much alive in their divisional races. LA just dropped one to Denver while Cincy trounced the Steelers. Does momentum or pride win out? I’m going to opt for momentum.
Pick: Cincinnati Bengals
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-3) at Atlanta Falcons (5-6)
Picking the Bucs is the easy choice and I also think it’s the right choice. Atlanta will probably have a splash play or two, but Tampa is just too much to handle.
Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4:05 PM Eastern Time Slot
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9) at Los Angeles Rams (7-4)
No part of me expects the Jaguars to win, but that was true against the Bills as well. I still expect the Rams to finally get back in the win column.
Pick: Los Angeles Rams
Washington Football Team (5-6) at Las Vegas Raiders (6-5)
Both teams are coming off of close wins, but the Raiders have been much more consistent on the season. They’re defense has also overachieved in comparison to how Washington’s has underachieved.
Pick: Las Vegas Raiders
4:25 PM Eastern Time Slot
Baltimore Ravens (8-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5-1)
I think it’s a close one, but I think Pittsburgh might just win it. Baltimore is in the middle of a brutal stretch and are coming off an ugly game against Cleveland. Pittsburgh can take advantage as they try and rebound from their own ugly loss to Cincinnati.
Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers
San Francisco 49ers (6-5) at Seattle Seahawks (3-8)
Both teams have struggled a bit more than I anticipated they would this year, but the 49ers are going to be without one of their best offensive weapons in Deebo Samuel. They might get the edge still, but Seattle could push them to their limit.
Pick: San Francisco 49ers
Sunday Night Football
Denver Broncos (6-5) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)
Give me Denver. They’ve got the defensive playmakers necessary to give the KC offense headaches and are coming off of a big win over the Chargers.
Pick: Denver Broncos
Monday Night Football
New England Patriots (8-4) at Buffalo Bills (7-4)
Definitely the toughest game to pick this week. I’m opting for the Bills, almost entirely because they’re the home team. I’m expecting a close game filled with aggressive decisions and playcalling.
Pick: Buffalo Bills