NFL Week 13: Picks and Predictions

Taylor SmithAnalyst IDecember 1, 2010

Santonio Holmes and the Jets are flying high.
Santonio Holmes and the Jets are flying high.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

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Picks are as follows:

Houston Texans (5-6) at Philadelphia Eagles (7-4)

The Texans are still very much alive in the AFC South race, while the Eagles look to rebound from their recent setback in Chicago.

NFL Soup Verdict: Eagles (Eagles: 3, Texans: 1)

 

Buffalo Bills (2-9) at Minnesota Vikings (4-7)

Buffalo suffered another heart-wrenching loss (this time to the Steelers), while the Vikings will look to improve to 2-0 under interim head coach, Leslie Frazier.

NFL Soup Verdict: Push (Bills: 2, Vikings: 2)

 

Cleveland Browns (4-7) at Miami Dolphins (6-5)

The Dolphins, who have stuffed some prolific running backs already this season, will now look to deal with "The Avalanche," Peyton Hillis.

NFL Soup Verdict: Push (Browns: 2, Dolphins: 2)

 

Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5) at Tennessee Titans (5-6)

The Jags will look to stay in first place, while the Titans hope to have Kerry Collins back to replace the ineffective Rusty Smith.

NFL Soup Verdict: Jaguars (Jaguars: 4, Titans: 0)

 

New Orleans Saints (8-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (2-9)

The Saints have appeared to finally find their rhythm. The Bengals...haven't

NFL Soup Verdict: Saints (Saints: 4, Bengals: 0)

 

Denver Broncos (3-8) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)

The Broncos have lost two in a row, while the Chiefs will look to maintain their slim AFC West lead over the surging Chargers.

NFL Soup Verdict: Chiefs (Chiefs: 3, Broncos: 1)

 

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

The inconsistent Redskins take their talents to the Meadowlands to take on the Giants, who will try and get back on track following a string of inconsistent efforts.

NFL Soup Verdict: Giants (Giants: 4, Redskins: 0)

 

Chicago Bears (8-3) at Detroit Lions (2-9)

Chicago is rolling right now, while Detroit may be down to its third-string quarterback.

NFL Soup Verdict: Bears (Bears: 4, Lions: 0)

 

San Francisco 49ers (4-7) at Green Bay Packers (7-4)

The 49ers are (amazingly) just one game out of the playoffs right now, while the Pack looks to rebound from the tough loss in Atlanta. 

NFL Soup Verdict: Packers (Packers: 3, 49ers: 1)

 

Oakland Raiders (5-6) at San Diego Chargers (6-5)

The Raiders appear to have lost all pre-bye week momentum, while the Chargers are doing what they do every year.

NFL Soup Verdict: Chargers (Chargers: 4, Raiders: 0)

 

Atlanta Falcons (9-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4)

A loss here would deal a critical blow to the Bucs' chances at an unlikely NFC South title.

NFL Soup Verdict: Falcons (Falcons: 4, Buccaneers: 0)

 

Dallas Cowboys (3-8) at Indianapolis Colts (6-5)

Jason Garrett will look to improve to 3-1 as Cowboys head coach, while the Colts haven't looked like themselves in several weeks.

NFL Soup Verdict: Colts (Colts: 3, Cowboys: 1)

 

St. Louis Rams (5-6) at Arizona Cardinals (3-8)

St. Louis continues its push towards the playoffs, while the Cardinals may be looking at future quarterback options right about now.

NFL Soup Verdict: Rams (Rams: 4, Cardinals: 0)

 

Carolina Panthers (1-10) at Seattle Seahawks (5-6)

The Panthers nearly got win No. 2 against the Browns last week, while the Seahawks were trounced embarrassingly by the Chiefs at home.

NFL Soup Verdict: Seahawks (Seahawks: 3, Panthers: 1)

 

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-3) at Baltimore Ravens (8-3)

AFC North supremacy is on the line here. The Ravens will look to sweep the Steelers.

NFL Soup Verdict: Push (Steelers: 2, Ravens: 2)

 

New York Jets (9-2) at New England Patriots (9-2)

In the end, this game could effectively determine home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

NFL Soup Verdict: Patriots (Patriots: 4, Jets: 0)

 

 

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