NFL Picks Week 13: Matchups Sure to Be High-Scoring Shootouts

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hands off to  Doug Martin #22 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the New York Giants during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Defensive battles are great and all, but since the NFL season feels so short to its fans, what they really want to see are high-scoring, offensive-heavy matchups—or at least I do.

Week 13 of the NFL season should see some offense, as seven games this week are projected to combine for at least 45 points (h/t Bet Online).

If you're a betting man who's looking to make some money this weekend, here are three games where the over could be an option for you.


New York Giants (7-4) at Washington Redskins (5-6)

Monday Night Football gets a good one, as the Giants and Redskins combined for 50 points when they met in Week 7.

With Eli Manning and New York's offense finding their rhythm against the Green Bay Packers last weekend and Robert Griffin III putting up video-game numbers over the last two weeks, Monday night should see a shootout.

Statistically, the Giants (No. 25) and the Redskins (No. 31) are pretty terrible against the pass, and both defenses are allowing averages of at least 20 PPG to their opponents.

If that Week 7 matchup between these two was any indication of what's to come, Monday night will be a barn burner.

Indianapolis Colts(7-4) at Detroit Lions (4-7)

The football will be flying at Ford Field on Sunday, as the Colts bring their No. 7 passing offense to Detroit, where the Lions rank first in the NFL in terms of passing yardage.

Andrew Luck is playing like a veteran, while Matthew Stafford again finds himself near the top ranks of the NFL in total passing yardage, trailing only Drew Brees and Matt Ryan.

With both of these squads scoring more than 20 PPG, the over is looking pretty good right now.

Neither team boasts a defense worth raving about, and both of these offenses enter Sunday's matchup hot.

Expect a lot of scoring, especially through the air in Detroit on Sunday afternoon.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5) at Denver Broncos (8-3)

Peyton Manning is playing. Need I say more? 

Anytime the future Hall of Famer is on the field, there's a chance for a ton of points to be scored. If you couple that with the high-powered offense that the Bucs have been displaying this season, fans at Mile High should be in for a good one on Sunday. 

The Broncos rank fifth in passing yardage, while Tampa Bay finds itself in the top half of the league in both passing and rushing yards, thanks to Josh Freeman and Doug Martin.

Tampa and Denver are scoring points at high rates this season, each scoring more than 28 PPG and ranking in the top four in the NFL.

This should and probably will be the highest-scoring game in Week 13. 


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