NFL Week 13 Picks: 4 Playoff Contenders Who Will Suffer Crushing Losses

Daine PavloskiAnalyst IINovember 27, 2012

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have put up some big wins. Sunday won't be one of them.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks have put up some big wins. Sunday won't be one of them.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

It's that magical time of year again. NFL teams are starting to make their presence felt. Teams are cementing themselves as contenders or pretenders. 

Week 13 is a big week for a few teams that, unfortunately, won't get the job done. 

Here are four teams that will suffer heartbreaking losses this week. 


Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have been a strange team all season. They went and got former Packer backup Matt Flynn to be their quarterback of the future. During training camp, they realized that rookie Russell Wilson was the man for the job. 

Wilson has had a great rookie campaign, getting big wins over New England, Green Bay and Dallas. 

With Wilson playing well and Marshawn Lynch having a great season, the Seahawks are sitting in the second NFC Wildcard spot...for now. 

Unfortunately for Seattle, this could very easily be their last week of playoff hopes. 

The Seahawks take on the 8-3 Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Bears have lost just one game at home this season and won't make it two on Sunday. 

The Bears defense is way too good and will have Russell Wilson and Golden Tate running around like lost kids on Black Friday. 

Chicago wins big on Sunday, pushing the Seattle Seahawks to 6-6 and into a huge mess in the NFC playoff picture. 


Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota will be another NFC team that gets its hopes and dreams crushed on Sunday. The Vikings are being dealt a rough situation. They got beat up by the Bears in Week 12 and face the angry Green Bay Packers in Week 13. 

The Packers looked UGLY on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants. Unfortunately for the Vikings, the Packers haven't lost two games in a row all season. 

The Vikings running game will get it's share of yards against a porous Green Bay defense, but the Vikings won't be able to keep up with the high-powered Packer offense lead by Aaron Rodgers

Packers will beat down the Vikings sending them, like the Seahawks, to the 6-6 mess that will be the NFC playoff standings. 


Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh is having a terrible month. The Steelers started November with two close wins over the Giants and Kansas City. Yes, Kansas City. The Steelers then lost Ben Roethlisberger and their backup Byron Leftwich, and also lost games to Baltimore and Cleveland. 

The Steelers' hopes lay on their third-string quarterback Charlie Batch (for now) and will face the Ravens for the second time in three weeks. 

Pittsburgh is barely hanging on to the second wildcard spot in the AFC, but with another loss to Baltimore in Week 13, they'll continue their downward spiral. 

Even if Big Ben is healthy enough to play, is a banged-up Roethlisberger a fair match for the Raven's defense? Heck no.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

The Bucs are sitting just under the playoff line in the NFC. They're looking up at the Seahawks, hoping that Coach Carroll's boys lose to the Bears in Week 13. 

Sadly for the Bucs, they aren't going to win either. 

The Bucs are one of the three teams at 6-5 in the NFC playoff picture. A Seahawks loss and a Tampa Bay win would all but bring Josh Freeman and the Bucs into the second wildcard spot. 

Unfortunately, they are preparing for a Week 13 matchup with the 8-3 Denver Broncos. Peyton Manning has performed so well as a Bronco that other players are asking for his autograph. Manning and the Broncos receivers are most likely drooling as they prepare for the worst pass defense in the NFL. 

Tampa will go down to the Broncos on Sunday, bringing them to 6-6 overall, which won't matter much since Seattle holds a tie-breaker over them.