NFL Week 13 Picks: Miami Dolphins and Cellar Dwellers Who Will Triumph

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 3, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24:   Matt Moore #8 of the Miami Dolphins during the Thanksgiving Day game at Cowboys Stadium on November 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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There are many teams that saw this 2011 NFL season going differently than the way things have unfolded.

Yes, for every winner there has to be a loser. Somebody has to suffer defeat.

The Indianapolis Colts didn't expect to be winless and on the verge of having Andrew Luck handed to them.

Other teams didn't expect disappointment this season either.

However, they are all still playing. At this point, it may just be for pride, but they still struggle to come out on top every weekend.

Here are three cellar dwellers who will achieve victory this weekend.

Miami Dolphins

After a horrible start to the season, the Miami Dolphins have really turned things around in recent weeks.

After starting 0-7, they are 3-1 in their last four starts.

Their only loss came by a single point to the Dallas Cowboys last week on Thanksgiving day.

The main reason for the turnaround has been due to the play of the defense. Over the past few games they have started to really take over games.

This weekend the Dolphins play the Oakland Raiders, who are suffering from the injury bug worse than any other team in the league.

They have multiple players out on defense, along with their star running back, quarterback and wide receiver.

It's the perfect timing for a Miami upset win.

San Diego Chargers

It feels weird to label the San Diego Chargers as cellar dwellers, but they are just that. At 4-7, the Chargers are actually last in the AFC West.

However, this weekend marks the perfect time for them to pick up a win and rebound back from their six straight losses.

The Jaguars just fired head coach Jack Del Rio and really have not sustained any offense all season.

The defense has played well, but not enough to cover up the poor play from Blaine Gabbert and company.

Phillip Rivers and the Chargers are actually still in the race in the weak AFC West division. This should be an easy win for them to take.

However, that was said about their last couple losses as well.

Minnesota Vikings

The Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings each have an opportunity for the AFC West to become a really interesting race this week.

The Vikings take on Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos, who have really taken the league by storm.

This is going to be a defensive battle.

The Broncos run the spread option, but Minnesota keys in pretty well against the run. Like always, it will be on the Denver defense to hold the Vikings to a low point total.

The Vikings will have to do it without Adrian Peterson, yet again.

This game may come down to who doesn't commit turnovers. Tebow has done a good job with it this season, but we may see a few more pass calls than usual.

The Vikings will take advantage of the opportunity and walk away with a win.