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Week 13 picks by lombardiave editor Ray Rivard


Nov 14, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush (24) makes a tackle during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Vikings 45-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Well, here we go once again.

It’s time to take a look at all of the upcoming Sunday and Monday games in this all-important National Football League Week 13 games.

I won’t bother to explain myself any further. Take a look at my picks and see if you can do any better.

Minnesota at Green Bay: The Packers got smoked in New York last week, the Vikings are coming off a beatdown in Chicago. The game is at Lambeau Field. It’s Adrian Peterson vs. the Packers defense. It’s Aaron Rodgers against the Vikings defense. Rodgers comes out angry, the offensive line does enough to protect him and the Packers come away with a convincing win.

Packers 31 Vikings 16

San Francisco at St. Louis: Didn’t we just see these two teams battle to the season’s only tie? Yup. However, this time around it won’t be a tie. The Niners are playing much better with a new quarterback and a hot defense. The Rams have nothing to play for this week.

49ers 27 Rams 17

Arizona at New York Jets: ZZZZZZZ – yeah, I’ll be taking a nap during this one … well , Ok I won’t be watching, but neither will most of the nation. Regardless, they will strap it up in New York and the Jets will win.

Jets 26 Arizona 19

Romeo Crennel. Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

 

Carolina at Kansas City: Despite the tragedy that occurred outside the Chiefs’ training facility Saturday, the league says these two teams must play. Carolina will send the Chiefs to its 11th defeat despite a spirited effort by the Chiefs.

Panthers 20 Chiefs 17

Indianapolis at Detroit: Andrew Luck will pick apart the Lions at Ford Field, leaving the Lions looking at the draft board.

Colts 24 Lions 14

Jacksonville at Buffalo: Another sleeper of a game between two teams that are holding player auditions for next season. Jacksonville, one of the better losing-record teams in the league, will come away with a hard-fought win.

Jaguars 17 Bills 13

Tom Brady
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New England at Miami: Don’t expect this game to play out like so many other matchups between these two teams. It won’t be close and Tom Brady will again show why he is an elite quarterback.

Patriots 34 Dolphins 13

Houston at Tennessee: The Texans keep rolling with that intimidating defense they throw out on the field each week. Tennessee won’t have a chance and this one is over early.

Texans 29 Titans 10

Tampa Bay at Denver: This is one of the most intriguing games of the day. While it will no doubt be a matchup of the league’s ugliest uniforms, I’m picking the Buccaneers to come away with an upset here. It will be a long day for Peyton Manning.

Buccaneers 22 Broncos 16

Joe Flacco
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Pittsburgh at Baltimore: Because Baltimore is riding high off their amazing win over the Chargers last week and Pittsburgh doesn’t have a quarterback, this one should be easy to pick. The Ravens come away with a convincing division win.

Ravens 24 Steelers 10

Cleveland at Oakland: Cleveland’s defense has been impressive all season and today will be no different. I see Oakland continuing to struggle to score points, and Cleveland getting just enough for a win.

Browns 16 Raiders 13

Cincinnati at San Diego: The Chargers were burned in that loss to the Ravens last week, while Cincinnati is looking to continue a push toward the Playoffs. Norv Turner’s days are limited and this is just one more to scratch off to the end of the season.

Bengals 23 Chargers 16

Philadelphia at Dallas: The Eagles only get worse as the season goes on. Dallas has some incentive to try to stay in the Playoffs race. This game is only interesting to Philly and Dallas die-hard fans.

Cowboys 27 Eagles 13

New York Giants at Washington: The Giants are coming into this rematch with the Redskins high on their beatdown of the Packers last week. However, RGIII is looking for redemption for having not pulled through in these teams’ last two meetings. RGIII has a big Monday night and Eli Manning comes back down to earth.

Redskins 24 Giants 17

 

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