There are just five weeks left in the regular season and the popular pick of Cleveland in Week 12 was just able to hold on to a win thanks to a Carolina Panthers missed field goal. Check out my Week 13 game-by-game analysis to see who this week’s popular pick may be …
Week 1 – New York Giants – WIN
Week 2 – Green Bay Packers – WIN
Week 3 – New England Patriots – WIN
Week 4 – New Orleans Saints – WIN
Week 5 – Indianapolis Colts – WIN
Week 6 – Chicago Bears – LOSS
(I will begin giving multiple options for future weeks after my first loss.)
Week 7 –
1. Saints – L /
2. Ravens – W /
3. Chiefs – W
Week 8 –
1. Jets – L /
2. Chiefs – W / 3. Rams – W
Week 9 –
1. Packers – W /
2. Vikings – W
Week 10 –
1. Buccaneers – W /
2. Colts – W /
3. Giants – L
Week 11 –
1. Titans – L /
2. Saints – W /
3. Chiefs – W /
4. Jets – W
Week 12 –
1. Jets – W /
2. Giants – W /
3. Browns – W /
4. Steelers – W
On to Week 13…
Thursday Night Football
Texans @ Eagles – I don’t like picking the Thursday game since it is on a short week and it is tough to judge how a team will respond. Houston is right back in the divisional race, but Philadelphia needs a win to keep pace with New York. Michael Vick should be able to put up points against the Houston secondary, so the Eagles could be a potential pick.
Bills @ Vikings – Buffalo got their heart ripped out last week at home against Pittsburgh. A dropped game-winning touchdown catch by Stevie Johnson allowed the Steelers to escape. It won’t be easy for Buffalo to rebound from that, but they’ve had so many close losses this year that I feel they will be able to hang close in another one. Adrian Peterson’s status is in the air as well. I’d avoid this one.
Browns @ Dolphins – I like the road team here, but I won’t take that much of a risk in Week 13 of a survivor pool.
Jaguars @ Titans – Not sure what to expect when these two meet up. Pass. As for a game pick, I’d go with Tennessee if Kerry Collins suits up.
Broncos @ Chiefs – Despite the eight-point line in the game, I would avoid the AFC West rivalry.
Redskins @ Giants – See above, but make it the NFC East. It looks like the Giants will need to get through one more game before they start getting some starting players back.
Bears @ Lions – Always pick against Detroit on the road, but at home, they’ve been a different team. I liked Detroit to win this week with Shaun Hill at quarterback, but since it appears he won’t be playing, it’s tough to pick them. I wouldn’t go either way on this one.
49ers @ Packers – Green Bay is coming off a tough road loss and the 49ers are coming off a nice Monday night football win. However, there is a big difference in these two games. Green Bay lost on the road to Atlanta (9-2), where Matt Ryan is virtually unbeatable. San Francisco beat Arizona (3-8) on the road on Monday night. The 49ers will be on a short week and also without Frank Gore. He is obviously a major part of their offense and that loss will sting. Brian Westbrook looked impressive last week, but now he will be facing a Green Bay front, not Arizona. I like Packers big by at least 10 points in this one.
Saints @ Bengals – Cincinnati is bound to break that losing streak, but not so sure it happens this week. I think New Orleans is vulnerable outside of the dome, but I still cannot pick Cincinnati. I wouldn’t trust the road team though.
Falcons @ Buccaneers – Big NFC South battle here that will show if the Buccaneers are contenders or not.
Raiders @ Chargers – Tough spot for Oakland here as they lost a game last week they needed to win. Now they walk into a storm in San Diego where they won’t have much luck either. Don’t pick the divisional battle unless you have to, though.
Panthers @ Seahawks – Seattle looks like a solid pick this week at home against a bad Panthers team. They’ll probably be the most popular if you are without one of the top dogs. However, Carolina played tough last week in Cleveland. It’s hard to see Seattle losing back-to-back home games though so I’d feel confident with them.
Cowboys @ Colts – Indianapolis needs a win this week and even though it won’t be easy, Peyton Manning will find a way to get it done this week.
Cardinals @ Rams – Even though Arizona looked horrible on Monday night, I wouldn’t make the Rams an automatic pick this week. They are still on the road for consecutive weeks and in a divisional game.
Sunday Night Football
Steelers @ Ravens – Sit back and enjoy.
Monday Night Football
Jets @ Patriots – See above.
SELECTIONS: In order of confidence: Packers, Eagles, Seahawks, Chargers, Giants.