Thanksgiving Day fostered a trio of exciting NFL games, and with the majority of Week 13's games still to come, it's worth looking ahead to see which upsets to watch for.
One of these prospective shockers doesn't have the postseason implications of the other two divisional matchups, but how some of the lesser teams fare down the stretch will go a long way in determining positions for the 2014 draft.
The incoming class of pros looks to be loaded, so between that and the tight playoff races in each conference, pro football seems as exciting and unpredictable as ever.
Here is a look at the biggest upsets remaining on the Week 13 schedule, along with a complete list of picks for the other games.
Note: Spreads referenced in analysis are courtesy of Topbet.
Tennessee Titans over Indianapolis Colts
Fitzpatrick also led a sweet game-winning drive to claim a 23-19 victory in Oakland last week. He capped it off by hitting the exponentially progressing 2012 first-round pick Kendall Wright for a 10-yard touchdown.
The Colts are struggling as of late. Aside from a couple of Andrew Luck-willed comebacks against the Houston Texans and the Titans, it has been rather ugly for Indy. It culminated in a 40-11 loss in Arizona in Week 12, with Luck throwing for only 163 yards on 39 attempts and a pick-six.
Perhaps more concerning, resurgent running back Donald Brown had just three touches for minus-1 yards.
Colts owner Jim Irsay was concerned, as he professed in the beginning of an extensive Twitter rant:
Luck is feeling the impact of not having Reggie Wayne on the field anymore. Tennessee's aggressive defense will be able to pin its ears back and attack last year's No. 1 overall draft pick, since draft classmate Trent Richardson (No. 3 overall) has failed to provide a spark to the backfield since arriving in a trade.
7-4,2 game lead,5 to go with our injurIes n schedule is something we'd take 3 months ago/But the play n last 10 out of 12 quarters-ALARMING— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) November 26, 2013
Thanks to the parity—or, ahem, mediocrity?—in the AFC, the Titans are the No. 6 seed in the playoff picture, but they could be thinking about the division title after pulling off a win in Week 13.
Prediction: Titans 31, Colts 24
Jacksonville Jaguars over Cleveland Browns
A bit of a spark has come in the form of two wins in the past three games.
Even the 27-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals was by far the worst showing of the year for a secondary that is rather underrated given the league-low 17 sacks that the Jags have produced as a team.
Now it will be interesting to see how Jacksonville handles the success when it travels to Cleveland as a seven-point underdog.
The Jaguars have makings of a heck of a secondary. Those young safeties are improving. Gratz can be really good. And Ball is playing well— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) November 26, 2013
What a brash bet by oddsmakers: The Browns are favored at home by seven points with Brandon Weeden—who has not won a game in 2013 as a starter—under center.
Hard pass. Weeden stares down his receivers and holds the ball too long, which will neutralize the Jags' inability to get to the quarterback. They can get to Weeden, who has an even worse QBR than Jacksonville QB Chad Henne's 29.2.
Plus, the Jags have racked up five of their 17 sacks in the past two weeks, so there is improvement in that regard.
Brandon Weeden starts for Cleveland this week. His 23.9 Total QBR this season is 3rd-worst among qualified QB.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 27, 2013
Facing a statuesque, hesitant quarterback will help, as will the fact that the Browns' best running back is pseudo fullback Chris Ogbonnaya. That limits the amount of power run plays Cleveland can executive with effectiveness to exploit the Jags' leaky rush defense.
This game won't be pretty, but Jacksonville will edge it out and keep its late-season momentum going.
Prediction: Jaguars 17, Browns 13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Carolina Panthers
The Bucs are on a three-game winning streak and are getting phenomenal quarterback play from Mike Glennon, who has the looks of a long-term answer with his massive frame, arm talent and precocious poise.
Both of these head coaches seemed to be on the way out at some point this season—Ron Rivera in Carolina after a 1-3 start and Greg Schiano after beginning 0-8 and enduring the Josh Freeman saga.
Mike Glennon named Off Rook of the Month for Nov. - the first QB in NFL HISTORY to throw a TD pass in each of 1st 8 games to begin a career.— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 27, 2013
Which favorite is likelier to escape Week 13 with a victory?
Glennon's counterpart Cam Newton has come through in the clutch for the Panthers as of late, but bear in mind that before and after his landmark win over the New England Patriots, he posted passer ratings of 52.7 in San Francisco and 60.6 last week in Miami.
Carolina is due for a letdown, and this eight-point spread seems a bit disrespectful considering how well the Bucs have been playing. Three of Tampa Bay's first four losses were by three points or less, and before this recent run, it pushed the Seattle Seahawks to overtime on the road.
Schiano's bunch is better than advertised. That will reveal itself on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.
Prediction: Buccaneers 24, Panthers 20
|Away Team||Home Team||Winner|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Cleveland Browns||Jaguars|
|Chicago Bears||Minnesota Vikings||Vikings|
|Miami Dolphins||New York Jets||Dolphins|
|Tennessee Titans||Indianapolis Colts||Titans|
|Arizona Cardinals||Philadelphia Eagles||Eagles|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Carolina Panthers||Buccaneers|
|New England Patriots||Houston Texans||Patriots|
|Atlanta Falcons||Buffalo Bills||Bills|
|St. Louis Rams||San Francisco 49ers||49ers|
|Denver Broncos||Kansas City Chiefs||Broncos|
|Cincinnati Bengals||San Diego Chargers||Chargers|
|New York Giants||Washington Redskins||Giants|
|New Orleans Saints||Seattle Seahawks||Seahawks|
Picks are strictly opinion