NFL Picks Week 13: Upsets Coming in Sunday's Divisional Rivalry Games

Scott HarrisMMA Lead WriterNovember 30, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 25:  tight end Matthew Mulligan #82 of the St. Louis Rams looks up to quarterback Sam Bradford #8 in the huddle during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Carindals 31-17.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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NFL Week 13 features seven intra-divisional matchups as the regular season enters the final phase. That should make for some excellent TV-watching for all us fans out there. But Sunday's round of rivalry games also presents fertile ground for some upsets. These are three division games that could end with the dog on top. Be warned: these are not for the faint of heart.


Philadelphia (-8.5) over Dallas: Bryce Brown may be something serious. The Dallas run defense may not. The Cowboys are a very inconsistent team, especially at home. Just when you think they're going to zig, they find a way to zag.


Pittsburgh (NL) over Baltimore: Though there's no line for this game, it's not hard to see that 9-2 Baltimore should be favored over 6-5 Pittsburgh, especially at home. It also doesn't look like the Steelers will have Ben Roethlisberger for the game, per So call this one a hunch, but I think the Steelers find a way to upend the Ravens. This rivalry spawns wild games, and that wildness has typically favored Pittsburgh, especially in big games. This one can't get much bigger for the Steelers, who face a virtual must-win situation.


St. Louis (+7) over San Francisco: All right, just simmer down now. I realize this one isn't exactly a lock. But I also don't think San Francisco is quite the Super Bowl runaway everyone's making them out to be. Colin Kaepernick is not Steve Young, and he'll come back to Earth sooner or later. And don't forget that these teams tied when they tangled in San Francisco just a couple of weeks ago. The proud Rams will have a Super Bowl mentality when they welcome the 49ers to St. Louis on Sunday.