NFL picks Week 13: Falcons-Buccaneers and every other game
November 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; General view of the line of scrimmage between the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Chiefs 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos (-4.5) at San Diego Chargers
The Chargers (3-8) are struggling to stop the run, which will help C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman. With all the injuries on offense, they will struggle to break through the Broncos (9-2) defense.
Pick: Denver 24, San Diego 10
Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) at Oakland Raiders
The Chiefs (6-5) are on fire after winning their past five games. The Raiders (5-6) got back on track with a win last week, but they will find life difficult up against this Chiefs team. Kansas City is playing excellent defense, and Travis Kelce could find success exploiting the middle of the field.
Pick: Kansas City 29, Oakland 19
Carolina Panthers (-7.5) at New Orleans Saints
Road divisional games are always tough, and playing on the road to the Saints (4-7) is never easy. But the way the Panthers (11-0) have brushed aside challengers this season, they will keep rolling.
Pick: Carolina 30, New Orleans 17
Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots (NO LINE)
It doesn’t matter if the Patriots (10-1) don’t have Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola or Rob Gronkowski. Against the Eagles defense (4-7) they will be just fine. Hey, Tom Brady could go out to the field on his own with no offensive line or wide receivers and still carve open the secondary.
Pick: New England 27, Philadelphia 13
Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers (NO LINE)
This game becomes interesting if Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t play, but nonetheless I’m picking the home team. The Steelers (6-5) keep their playoff ambitions on track against a Colts (6-5) team hanging in there without Andrew Luck.
Pick: Pittsburgh 28, Indianapolis 24
Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (-4.5)
Any hopes of a miracle playoff fightback by the Cowboys (3-8) were dashed when Tony Romo‘s season ended after re-injuring his collarbone. Washington (5-6) are a good team, and will put away Dallas to stay atop the NFC East.
Pick: Washington 30, Dallas 10
Last week: 8-8