NFL Week 13: Some Bold, Some Not So Much Predictions

Sam FaderContributor IDecember 12, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 06:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints gives instructions against the Washington Redskins on December 6, 2009 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Bold Prediction No. 13 : In one of the many (no offense) Irrelevant Games of the Week (IGotW), Kansas City will wear down Buffalo with the running of Jamaal Charles and will take it in a close one, 17-13.


Bold Prediction No.12 : Cleveland will beat Pittsb -- oh wait. I'm a few days late.


Bold Prediction No.11 : Cincinnati will cover the spread against Minnesota. This team is built for close games, and they are the 6.5 point 'dog against Minnesota this week. With an excellent rushing game and an even better defense, this game will be close.

Either way, there's no way that Cincinnati can't at least cover this spread, and there's a good chance they steal this game from Minnesota as well.


Bold Prediction No.10 : There is pretty much no way that Baltimore covers the 13 point spread against Detroit. I'm not even convinced that their offense can put up 13 points. That being said, I'm sure there will be a defensive touchdown or two—Daunte Culpepper is at the helm this weekend.  Either way, this will be a pretty terrible game.


Bold Prediction No.9 : Jacksonville won't sell out this week or next Thursday against Indy, and will be moved. Look, Jacksonville has their loyal fans. However, the NFL is a business, and the city simply is not providing enough revenue to the league. Los Angeles Jaguars?

Bold Prediction No.8 : Washington vs. Oakland will be one of the most entertaining games of the weekend. Both of these sub-par teams are playing pretty solid football at the moment. Who knows how long Gradkowski will last before everyone realizes he's a career backup again.

But for the time being, he's playing like he deserves to be the franchise quarterback. Jason Campbell has been stepping it up as well, and Washington has been covering spreads left and right lately. I think Washington will pull this one off, but it should be a pretty good game.


Bold Prediction No.7 : Green Bay will dominate Chicago on the way to the playoffs. They have a stout defense, and Aaron Rodgers looks like he'll be excellent for years to come. Jay Cutler has an arm, but it seems that he is lacking a brain and/or any sort of emotion. The Bears are, well, terrible once again and Green Bay is finally playing up to their full potential.


Bold Prediction No.6 : Arizona and San Francisco will be yet another extremely boring, uninteresting Monday night game. Maybe it's just because I'm an AFC guy.


Bold Prediction No.5 : New England will remind the league why they are still a team to be reckoned with. If they can't cover the 13.5 point spread this week against Carolina, it may be a lost season. New England needs a dominating performance on Sunday so pundits will stop the talk of Brady's fall from the elite and the "end of the dynasty." No more nonsense—the Pats will dominate.


Bold Prediction No.4 : Five underdogs will straight out win this week: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Seattle, San Diego, and Philly.


Bold Prediction No.3 : Miami will lose to Jacksonville, ending their playoff hopes. This is a tricky one—this game could easily go either way. Still, Miami is wildly inconsistent. Look for them to screw this one up and end their playoff hopes.


Bold Prediction No.2 : Denver will cover the spread against Indy. As the seven-point underdogs, Denver is in prime position to cover.

Let's look at Indy's last six games: beat (obviously) Tennessee by 10, Houston by eight, Baltimore by two, New England by 1 (though this game is an aberration—the Pats gave it away), Houston by three, and San Francisco by four.  

So, in two of the games, they won by more than seven points. However, one could have a very valid argument that Denver is better than any of those teams.

Indy doesn't like to win big. They like to make comebacks, or just do enough to win. Denver is a good team looking to return to the position they were in during the first six games of the season, and I really like their chances on Sunday.


Bold Prediction No. 1 : Atlanta will pull off the upset at home. Yeah, Chris Redman is playing, and Atlanta is a banged-up squad. It's a division game, which means anything can happen, and Atlanta is in dire need of a W to have hopes of making the playoffs, rather than finishing up with yet another mediocre year. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I look for those measures to pay off.