NFL Week 13: Picks and Predictions for Every Game on the Slate

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IDecember 4, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 27:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets in action against the Buffalo Bills during their game on November 27, 2011 at  MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The NFL is heating up as we enter the last few weeks of the regular season. Many teams are vying for a playoff spot, while others are simply fighting for a solid position in next year's draft. All the games will be hard fought and entertaining, but only one team will be the winner of each.

After 12 weeks, I sit at 109-68. Here are all my Week 13 picks.


Fab Five

Falcons 27, Texans 17

Atlanta and Houston both look like playoff teams, and this game could have serious postseason implications. Dynamic rushers Arian Foster and Michael Turner will both face tough tests against stiff run defenses, so this game could be decided through the air.

Matt Ryan outclasses T.J. Yates and leads the Falcons to a huge road win.


Steelers 24, Bengals 10

If the season ended today, the Steelers and the Bengals would both claim wild card spots. However, Pittsburgh is just the superior team. Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Wallace will connect for big yardage numerous times, while the Steelers stifling defense will shut down Andy Dalton and company for most of the game.

Cincinnati's fall from grace begins now.


Jets 24, Redskins 13

The Jets manage to stay in postseason contention with a huge road victory over the struggling Redskins. Rex Grossman will have a lot of trouble dealing with a terrific Gang Green secondary, as Revis and Co. will force mistakes early and often.

Washington's underrated defense will give Mark Sanchez and New York's offense some trouble early on, but the Jets will still find a way to gut out a win behind their stellar defense.


Packers 27, Giants 21

After embarrassing themselves in front of a national audience, the Giants will be looking to prove they are still postseason contenders. However, the undefeated Packers will be too much, as Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay's amazing offense will be too much for Big Blue's defense to handle.

Expect New York to give it their all though, and keep this game close.

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 26:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is congratulated by Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants after their game at Lambeau Field on December 26, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images


Saints 31, Lions 15

The New Orleans Saints have finally put it all together. The dynamic offense, led by elite quarterback Drew Brees, is clicking on all cylinders, while the defense is playing at its highest level so far this season.

Detroit seems to be falling apart in front of our eyes as they have lost three of five and are quickly falling out of postseason contention. Stafford and Johnson will keep the Lions competitive, but the Saints offense will light up a Detroit defense with no Ndamukong Suh.


Rest of the Slate

Titans 24, Bills 17

Bears 23, Chiefs 16

Dolphins 16, Raiders 14

Broncos 13, Vikings 10

Patriots 31, Colts 13

Buccaneers 24, Panthers 23

Ravens 20, Browns 3

Cowboys 30, Cardinals 24

49ers 21, Rams 13

Chargers 17, Jaguars 13