I'm in Miami going to the Dolphins-Browns game with my girlfriend, but I'm up at 8 a.m. just for you guys to give you my predictions for the NFL games of Week 13. Well, I'm also up because I was sick last night and went to sleep around 9.
I'm coming off a 12-4 week in Week 12 and am 1-0 already this week, so hopefully I can keep it rolling.
Last week's record: 12-4
2010 season record: 114-62 (64.8 percent)
Saints over Bengals — The Bengals look more like the Bearcats right now, and I don't see any way they are able to top a hot, well-rested New Orleans team in this one.
Bears over Lions — Jay Cutler has gotten into this groove, while Detroit has no quarterback or running back and their secondary is still terrible. Easy pick.
Packers over 49ers — San Francisco roughed up a bad Arizona team, but I don't see them having the same success against a Green Bay squad looking to get back on track after a tough loss in Atlanta.
Titans over Jaguars — If the Titans get back to running Chris Johnson more and get Kerry Collins back at quarterback, there's no reason they can't beat the Jaguars on their own field.
Chiefs over Broncos — Dwayne Bowe is playing on another level right now, and should help Matt Cassel exact some revenge and destroy the Broncos.
Dolphins over Browns — Coming off a big win on the West Coast, the Dolphins can win this game if they stop Peyton Hillis. No easy task, but it's really the only advantage I feel Cleveland has in this game.
Vikings over Bills — The Bills continue to lose close games to good teams, which makes it seem as if they aren't nearly as bad as their record. Still, it's hard to go against the Vikings' talent at home.
Giants over Redskins — Anything can happen in these divisional rivalries and the Giants haven't been the most consistent team in the world, but I like them a lot better than Washington.
Chargers over Raiders — San Diego is finally playing up to their talent and dominating teams, which doesn't bode well for an overachieving Raiders team without a quarterback.
Colts over Cowboys — Dallas has looked much better under Jason Garrett and nearly pulled out an upset over the Saint last week, but I think Peyton Manning puts his foot down and gets the Colts a much-needed win.
Rams over Cardinals — Arizona is just purely terrible right now, and it's no laughing matter (boom, roasted!). Rams win this one.
Seahawks over Panthers — This is an ugly matchup to be sure, but Carolina is the worst team in football and is traveling to the West Coast. I like Seattle at home.
Falcons over Buccaneers — This is an extremely tough game to pick with the Bucs at home, but Atlanta has the better team despite Tampa's improved play on defense lately.
Ravens over Steelers — Pittsburgh has actually looked human lately and Ben Roethlisberger may be hobbled, so Baltimore is going to throw everything at the shaky Steelers' offensive tackles. I like Baltimore at home in a great game.
Patriots over Jets — A great Monday night match-up after last week's Niners-Cardinals snore-fest, I'll take the Patriots. They are simply playing better ball right now, and should take advantage of the recent loss of Jim Leonhard.
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Chris J. Nelson majored in journalism at Georgia State University and is currently a programming coordinator for Turner Sports in Atlanta. He operates his own Miami Dolphins website, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and he can be followed on Twitter here.
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