Jacked Up Picks: Week 13

Posted by Jack Tumen

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Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

So far this season, I’m 99-62-1.

Browns (7-4) @ Bills (6-5): Both teams come off wins as they try to keep pace in the AFC playoff hunt. Buffalo gets to be at home for the first time since that epic snow storm hit and should be pumped to get back to business. I think the Bill’s defense is better than the Browns’ offense and Mario Williams is the guy to watch in this one. BUF 28, CLE 20

Chargers (7-4) @ Ravens (7-4): This is a key game as far as the AFC wild card is concerned. San Diego has the misfortune of traveling cross-country for a 1:00 game and that’s always a disadvantage for those west coast teams. I think the Ravens are a better team in general at this point in the season and I like them at home in this one. The Chargers have a tough road ahead of them if they want to make it to January. BAL 29, SD 24

Panthers (3-7-1) @ Vikings (4-7): Carolina comes off the bye as they inexplicably try to keep up in the wretched NFC South. Minnesota was able to keep pace with the Packers last week for a while there and have shown the ability to match their opponent’s play. I think this is a horrible matchup for the Panthers and I see them falling to the Norsemen. MIN 25, CAR 13

Bengals (7-3-1) @ Buccaneers (2-9): Tampa Bay has been a relatively tough outing as of late thanks to the emergence of Mike Evans in that offense. The Bengals seem to be the team that’s taking care of business down the stretch; winners of two straight. It would be hard for the Bucs to pull the upset here – but not impossible. The Bengals are playing good football right now and I think they escape a close one. CIN 21, TB 18

Titans (2-9) @ Texans (5-6): After falling last week, Houston is at a disadvantage as far as making the AFC wild card goes. The Titans have looked like a slightly better team with Zach Mettenberger at the helm but that’s really not saying much. With Ryan Mallet lost for the year, the Texans will turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick to sling and ding the offense down field. If Arian Foster plays, all should go well for the Texans. HOU 28, TEN 24

Redskins (3-8) @ Colts (7-4): With RGIII finally benched, Colt McCoy gets another shot to play some ball for Jay Gruden. Their team seems to play better when he’s at the helm so there’s some upset appeal here. Pierre Garçon returns to Indy for the first time. The Colts should be just too much to handle, though. IND 27, WAS 20

Giants (3-8) @ Jaguars (1-10): The Giants expended a lot of energy trying to beat Dallas last Sunday night. Obviously, Odell Beckham has arrived, which is always great for any offense. This is an easy place to slip for New York. They’re only two games better than the Jags and Gus Bradley wants another win this season. The Giants are just the better team, though. NYG 27, JAX 17

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Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Saints (4-7) @ Steelers (7-4): Right now, the Saints are hapless and couldn’t win any games during their three game home stand. Pittsburgh comes off the bye and should take care of the Saints at home. PIT 31, NO 24

Raiders (1-10) @ Rams (4-7): Oakland comes off its first win of the season as they travel to St. Louis to take on the capable Rams. Is a winning streak in the cards for Derek Carr and co.? Nah. STL 27, OAK 16

Cardinals (9-2) @ Falcons (4-7): It’s easy to think the Cards could start slumping after their loss to Seattle. Drew Stanton needs to play better and the loss of Carson Palmer was more than apparent. But the Falcons are just as bad as any other NFC South squad this year. The Cardinals are still one of the best teams in the NFL. AZ 28, ATL 23

Patriots (9-2) @ Packers (8-3): The game of the week takes place in Lambeau in what many are calling a Super Bowl preview. Whether is it or it isn’t, this is certainly a game to determine who the elite of the elite are in the NFL. Rodgers has been amazing this month and the Packers have home field advantage at their disposal. But Brady and the Pats have been unstoppable and are in one of their late-season grooves. It’s hard to stop New England right now and I think they get the job done in this primetime showdown. NE 36, GB 28

Broncos (8-3) @ Chiefs (7-4): Kansas City has to be feeling pretty shitty about losing to Oakland last week. Denver pulled out an amazing win over the Dolphins; simply outscoring them pound-for-pound. Denver should be out of its slump and I like the Broncos to continue rolling in KC. DEN 35, KC 24

Dolphins (6-5) @ Jets (2-9): The Jets hit rock bottom against the Bills on Monday in the neutral site game. Miami showed its tenacity by keeping with the Broncos in Denver for the majority of the game. With New York turning back to Geno Smith, who knows what this offense will produce on Monday Night Football. Fins-Jets is always a classic MNF rivalry; but this year the quality of the teams are just too lopsided for me to think New York can play with Miami. MIA 31, NYJ 19

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