NFL Betting Predictions: 5 Picks for Week 13
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With the NFL season reaching its latter stage, most teams have established themselves as either legitimate contenders or phony pretenders.
There are some intriguing divisional matchups this week, which always make for close games. There are also teams out there looking to play spoiler, which could potentially ruin a nice payday for some bettors.
Here are my five picks for NFL Week 13 action.
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New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (over 51)
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The New England Patriots are scoring points like they're going out of style. Over the last four weeks, the Patriots have scored 190 points, good enough for 47.5 per game.
The Miami Dolphins haven't exactly been lighting up the scoreboards this season, but the Patriots could clear the total by themselves.
Miami was able to score 24 points against the stingy Seattle Seahawks last week, so I'm sure the Dolphins will have no problem scoring a couple touchdowns against the Patriots.
New England has given up nearly 25 points a game over the last three weeks, and with Ryan Tannehill looking more and more like a veteran, the Dolphins will not go down without a fight.
Houston Texans (-6) at Tennessee Titans
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After two long, excruciating overtime games in a four-day span, the Houston Texans will be well rested to take on a divisional foe.
A divisional foe that lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Tennessee Titans are 1-3 against the spread over their last four games, and the Texans are laying a touchdown in this one.
Houston destroyed Tennessee, 38-14, when the teams met in September, and there shouldn't be any reason the Texans don't lay down the law this time either.
Matt Schaub and Arian Foster are sure to have their way with one of the worst defenses in the NFL.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+6) at Buffalo Bills
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After Chad Henne's recent success with the Jacksonville Jaguars, it only proves that the team has legitimate pieces to work with. It also proves that Blaine Gabbert is one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL.
Even without Maurice Jones-Drew, the Jaguars have scored 61 points in their last two games and have looked good doing it. The Buffalo Bills, on the other hand, have only managed to score more than 20 points in two of their last seven games.
The Bills came up completely flat against Indianapolis last week and played just as sloppy against Miami the week before.
Now they come into this game as a six-point favorite against a rejuvenated Jaguars team that is out to prove that they aren't the doormats of the NFL.
I don't trust Buffalo in this one.
Detroit Lions (-5) vs. Indianapolis Colts
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How could a 7-4 team be a five-point underdog to a 4-7 team? It's simple.
Despite Indianapolis' feel-good story this season, the team has not performed well on the road.
Andrew Luck has thrown 10 interceptions to just four touchdowns away from Lucas Oil Stadium, and Matthew Stafford has owned the AFC as of late. In his last eight games against AFC opponents, Stafford has completed 63 percent of his passes and has thrown 19 touchdowns to just one interception.
The Detroit Lions got screwed over by the referees last week, and they hung with the Green Bay Packers for the entire game the week before.
They've underachieved this season for sure, but now they're just hungry for a win. The Colts will have their hands full with Detroit's versatile offense that leads the NFL in passing.
Cincinnati Bengals (-1) at San Diego Chargers
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If the San Diego Chargers had any momentum going toward the rest of the season, it was dashed after the Baltimore Ravens converted on 4th-and-29 against them last week.
Norv Turner is sure to be fired after this season, and the team doesn't have anything left to play for.
Cincinnati, on the other hand, is coming off a 34-10 beatdown against the Oakland Raiders and has won three games in a row. The Bengals are very much alive in the AFC playoff picture and are sure to make a statement against the struggling Chargers.
San Diego has only won one game since Week 4, and it was against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Bengals are averaging 31 points per game over the last three weeks and have all the momentum on their side right now. Take the Bengals.