2018 NFL Week 13 Odds Overview & Predictions for Each Game
“We’ve just got to simply play our game.”QB Dak Prescott says the #DallasCowboys can’t stray from their identity and have to handle their business in effort to match the NFL’s top-ranked scoring offense.📰 https://t.co/VzvkOY4UZV pic.twitter.com/DZFi3zra4v— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) 26 de noviembre de 2018
New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys (+7.5)Matchup of division leaders and the Saints could clinch the NFC South this week with a win and a Carolina loss in Tampa on Sunday. The first meeting between these teams since 2015.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his past four games, leads the NFL with 1,074 rushing yards this season. The Saints lead the NFL in rush defense. Take Dallas and the points.
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5)The imploding Jaguars were busy Monday. The team fired offensive coordinator Nathan Hackett and benched starting QB Blake Bortles. Bortles’ play had left the Jags with little choice.
Running a risk-averse offense the past two weeks, Bortles was allowed to convert just 22 passes. Cody Kessler takes over. Indy is surging on a five-game winning streak. That includes 29-26 over Jacksonville in Week 10. Take the Jags and the points here.
Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Bucs (+3.5)Carolina is on a three-game skid but looks for the season sweep. It beat the Bucs 42-28 in Charlotte in Week 9. Cam Newton completed 19 of 25 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns, running back Christian McCaffrey racked up 257 total yards and scored twice and second-year wide receiver Curtis Samuel scored on a 33-yard double reverse and hauled in a 19-yard TD catch midway through the fourth quarter. Go Tampa.
Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons (+2.5)Who starts at QB for the Ravens? As of now, we don’t know Lamar Jackson has been terrific the past two weeks, but starter Joe Flacco might be ready to go off a hip injury. The Falcons are just playing out the string on a three-game skid but we like them here.
Cleveland Browns at Houston Texans (-4.5)This line could change after Houston won 31-17 against the Titans on Monday Night. Cleveland has won back-to-back games and snapped a 25-game road losing streak on Sunday with a 35-20 win in Cincinnati. We like Houston here.
Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (-5)Buffalo upset the Jaguars on Sunday – minor miracle that team has four wins. The Fins came out of their bye and blew a fourth-quarter 10-point lead in losing at the Colts. First meeting this year between these AFC East rivals. Take Miami.
Chicago Bears at NY Giants (+4.5)The big question here is whether Bears starting QB Mitchell Trubisky will play. He didn’t due to a minor shoulder injury on Thanksgiving in Detroit, but the Bears won anyway. The Giants blew a 19-3 lead in Philadelphia on Sunday and lost to the Eagles. Take Giants and the points.
Denver Broncos at Cincinnati Bengals (+3.5)The season of Bengals starting QB Andy Dalton is over. He was placed on IR on Monday with torn ligaments in his thumb. Dalton, who turned 31 last month, finished the year with a 21:11 TD-to-INT ratio and averaged 7.0 yards per attempt. Not great. Jeff Driskel takes over. We’ll take Cincy and the points.
LA Rams at Detroit Lions (+10)The Rams come off their bye at 10-1. The Lions lost on Thanksgiving to the Bears and are simply playing out the string. The Lions are 6-1 SU in their last seven games when hosting a West Coast team. The Rams are 12-32 SU in their last 44 games on the East Coast. Take Detroit to cover.
Arizona Cardinals at Green Bay Packers (-14.5)Should the Packers really be more than 14-point favorites against anyone? The Pack is0-6 on the road this year after losing at Minnesota on Sunday night.
Yes, they have five winnable games considering their remaining schedule is tied with the Rams for the easiest in the NFL. But after losing the tiebreaker to the Vikings, they could still miss the playoffs at 9-6-1. Take the points.
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (+15)The Chiefs are an amazing offensive team and off their bye. The Raiders stink. But getting 15 points at home? Yep, I’m taking that all day. Oakland won’t win as it’s 1-14 in its past 15 as a dog but can lose by just 14.
NY Jets at Tennessee Titans (-10.5)Will the Jets have rookie QB Sam Darnold? He has missed the past two with a foot injury. It will be hard to gauge Darnold’s status until he resumes practicing. Sixteen-year vet Josh McCown will continue to fill in at QB for the struggling Jets. Take the Jets.
Minnesota Vikings at New England Patriots (-5.5)Super Bowl preview? Might be. The Vikes were NFC runners-up last year and the Patriots Super Bowl runners-up. New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 20 of 31 passes (64.5 percent) for 283 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 115.4 passer rating in the Patriots’ 27-13 victory at the New York Jets on Sunday.
Brady has 79,416 career passing yards (including the postseason) and surpassed Peyton Manning (79,279) for the most passing yards in NFL history, including the playoffs. Go Pats.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (-9.5)The Seahawks are off an upset win in Carolina, stopping the Panthers’ 10-game home winning streak. Russell Wilson, who completed a 43-yard pass to wide receiver Tyler Lockett to set up the game-winning 31-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski as time expired in the fourth quarter, has led 22 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime in his career, the most in franchise history. Go Seattle.
LA Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3)Could be an AFC playoff preview, but the Chargers will be without Pro Bowl running back Melvin Gordon. The Chargers have confirmed that Melvin Gordon is dealing with an MCL sprain and is week to week.
Gordon will miss this week’s game trip to Pittsburgh and almost certainly Week 13 against the Bengals. Take Pittsburgh.