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NFL Week 13 Handicapping Tips

NFL Week 13 Match-Ups

After 12 weeks of football, 11-0 Indianapolis is the first team to officially clinch their division and in the case of 11-0 New Orleans and 10-1 Minnesota it is just a matter of time. Every other division is still up for grabs with some races being much closer than others. New England, Cincinnati, and Arizona all have a two game lead, while San Diego and Dallas each lead by one.

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The wildcard race is all over the board as any team with a 5-6 record or better still has a good shot at making the post season.

Here is a brief look at all the match ups with some keys to the game.

Thursday, Dec. 3

New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills at Toronto, 8:20 p.m.

Since Ryan Fitzpatrick has taken over as Buffalo’s QB, Terrell Owens is averaging 90 receiving yards per game. In their first meeting in week six, Jet’s QB Mark Sanchez threw five interceptions.

Sunday, Dec. 6

Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

Eagles’ RB Brian Westbrook and WR DeSean Jackson appear to be out of this game with a concussion. Falcon’s QB Matt Ryan is out with a turf toe and RB Michael Turner will be a game time decision.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.

Matt Moore will get the start at QB for Carolina, his 4th of his three year NFL career. Tampa has lost the last five out of seven in this series.

St. Louis Rams at Chicago Bears, 1 p.m.

Ram’s RB Steven Jackson leads the NFC in rushing yards with 1120. Bear’s QB Jay Cutler has thrown 17 interceptions on the road, but only three at home.

Detroit Lions at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.

RB Cedric Benson, who is averaging 4.2 yards per carry should be back in the lineup for Cincinnati. The Bengals are only giving up,a leagues best 15.8 points per game.

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m.

These two teams have split their last six meetings with Indianapolis winning earlier this season 31-9. Titan RB Chris Johnson has run for at least 125 yards in the past six games.

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m.

In his three career starts against Jacksonville, Houston QB Matt Schaub has a 105.3 passer rating. Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew is over 1000 yards rushing for the first time in his career.

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m.

These teams have split their last 20 meetings. This is the first meeting this year as they will play each other again in the final game of the season.

Oakland Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.

Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger should be ready to go after missing last week’s game with a concussion. Look for Oakland to try and work RB Darren McFadden into some Wildcat formations to try and add a spark.

New Orleans Saints at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m.

Washington has won four out of the last six meetings including a 29-24 victory in week two of last season. The Saints have the most balanced offensive attack in the league, ranked 4th in passing and 5th in rushing.

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.

WR Wes Welker remains the key to New England’s offense as they are 4-0 this year when has at least 100 receiving yards. Since 2000 the Patriots have the highest winning percentage in the league in the month of December.

San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns, 4:05 p.m.

San Diego has won each of their last six games by an average of 17 points. The weather forecast could be the Browns only hope as there is the potential for bitter cold and snow.

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants, 4:15 p.m.

Dallas is just 5-8 in the month of December over the past three years. The Giant’s defense is ranked 4th in total yards allowed (290.5), but 25th in total points allowed (23.7).

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, 4:15 p.m.

San Francisco has lost four out of five games on the road this year while three of Seattle’s four wins were at home.

Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals, 8:20 p.m.

Arizona QB Kurt Warner is expected to start after missing last week’s game with a concussion. Viking QB Brett Favre has thrown 24 TD passes and only 3 interceptions this season.

Monday, Dec. 7

Baltimore Ravens at Green Bay Packers, 8:30 p.m.

Baltimore has not won two games in a row since opening the season 3-0. In the last three games, all victories Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown six TD’s and no interceptions.

The month of December will separate the contenders from the pretenders as losses now do not just hurt your playoff chances, they knock you out of them.

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