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NFL Week 13 Betting Odds

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Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is just around the corner. It’s Week 13 and the NFL playoff pictures are really starting to take form. My pick for game of the week is Tennessee at Indianapolis. The Titans are on a tear and the Colts are unbeaten in their last 11. Can the red-hot Titans come from 0-6 to .500 while snapping Indy’s winning steak?


Lot’s of football this week with no byes, so lets get at it.

Thursday, December 3 8:20 pm New York Jets (3-6) @ Buffalo Bills (4-7)
Line: New York –3 (Total 37)

The likelyhood of the Jets finsishing the sesaon with a postseason record in unlikely, but if they have even a sliver of a chance they need to start wining games now, starting with this one on Thursday night. The Jets’ Mark Sanchez is a little banged up but is likely make the start. Terrell Ownens and Ryan Fitzpatrick looks like they may have found some chemistry but it may be a little to late coming. This is the 98th meeting between the two teams. The Bills lead 53-44. The first meeting this season on Oct. 18 saw the Jets lose 16-13 in overtime. New York has won 10 of 19 meetings this decade. Look for the Jets to win this by a field goal.

Sunday, December 6 1:00 pm – St. Louis Rams (1-10) @ Chicago Bears (4-7)
Line: Chicago -9 (Total 41)

The Bears have stuggled and are coming off a pounding by the Vikings, who racked up 537 yards of total offense and sacked Jay Cutler four times. Chicago needs to pick up wins against sttruggling teams and the Rams are one. Jay Cuttler needs to get his game back and lead the Bears to a win, but with 20 interceptions through 11 games it’s hard to imagine much changing. Look for this to be a tight game with Chicago eeking out a win.

Sunday, December 6 1:00 pm – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-10) @ Carolina Panthers (4-7)
Line: Carolina –6 ½ (Total 40)

Jake Delhome’s broken finger could be the best thing to happen to the Panthers. Back up quarterback Matt Moore is expected to get the start for Carolina and will get the opportunity to prove himself to head coach John Fox who for some reason has stuck with Delhome despite all the picks. I am sure that Panthers fans are ready to see what someone else can do. Moore will get a prime opportunity against a Bucs team that is already sttruggling and are coming into Sunday’s game with seven injured starters. The Panthers get some life and grab one at home.

Sunday, December 6 1:00 pm – Oakland Raiders (3-8) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)
Line: Pittsburgh –13 ½ (Total 37 ½)

The Steelers are on a three-game losing skid and things could get worse. Pittsbutrgh will most likely be with out starting QB Ben Roethlisberger, still out with a concussion. Back up Dennis Dixon looked good for the most part in a 20-17 loss to the Ravens last week. The Raiders Bruce Gradkowski is heading to his home town where his two previous starts in Pittsburgh have been a disaster. As a rookie for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gradkowski was 20-for-34 for 175 yards and five interceptions in a 20-3 defeat. Oakland is coming off a 24-7 loss to Dallas. Gradkowski completed 18 of 35 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in the loss. Look for the Steelers defense to hold the Raiders just enough to end the skid.

Sunday, December 6 1:00 pm – New Orleans Saints (11-0) @ Washington Redskins (3-8)
Line: New Orleans –9 ½ (Total 47 ½)

Can anybody beat the Saints? The Patriots were most likey the best candidate to end the Saints unbeaten streak, but were pounded 38-17 on Monday night. Washington’s offense is all but deceased and the team has won just five of their last 19 games. There doesn’t seem to be any signs of improvnment as the injuries just keep piling up. Drew Brees and the Saints should have little difficulites disposing of the Redskins in this one.

Sunday, December 6 1:00 pm – New England Patriots (7-4) @ Miami Dolphins (5-6)
Line: New England –5 (Total 46)

The Patriots showed they don’t have the ability to win the big games on the road after Mondays routing by the Saints. New England’s young, inexperienced secondary has a lot of work to do if the Patriots are going to be able to take down high-powered teams in the postseason. Miami’s dreadful loss to Buffalo last week most likely ruined any division hopes, and possibly its overall playoff chances. The Fins fell to to the Pats 27-17 earlier in the season. Dolphins drop this one and fall three games back of the Patriots, and out of the playoff race.

Sunday, December 6 1:00 pmPhiladelphia Eagles (7-4) @ Atlanta Falcons (6-5)
Line: Atlanta –13 (Total 46)

Michael Vick will return to Atlanta, the place where he became a force to be reckoned with and one has to wonder, is this the week he takes on a bigger role in the Wildcat? It could make for quite the homecoming. Atlanta will have to play without QB Matt Ryan and a banged up Michael Turner while the Eagles will be without a much needed Brian Westborrk and DeSean Jackson. This match up is critical for both teams as they head down trhe stretch. This could be preview to a wild-card game. The Falcons are very tough to beat at home, and the Eagles are battling just to get wins. The Falcons will have their hands full but will pull of a late quarter victory at home.

Sunday, December 6 1:00 pm – Tennessee Titans (5-6) @ Indianapolis Colts (11-0)
Line: Indianapolis -7 (Total 47)

This could prove to to be the best game of the week. Can the rejuvenated Titans, who are currently riding a five-game win streak end the Colts wild ride at 11? Peyton Manning is not playing his best football the last few weeks and the Colts have had to pull of some momentus comeback. They can’t afford to fall behind to Tennesee, as the Titans’ secondary will shut down any late drive by Manning. If the Titans win this game, they’re back to 6-6 and right in the heart of the playoff scene. Could this be history in the making? Vince Young hasn’t lost a start in two years, and I think that Sunday will be more of the same. Titans win in Indy.

Sunday, December 6 1:00 pm – Denver Broncos (7-4) @ Kansas City Chiefs (3-8)
Line: Denver -4 ½ (Total 38)

This has all the makings of a great AFC West rivalry game. Denver is cominng off huge win over the Giants on Thanksgiving Day and with two games left against Kansas City and one at home against Oakland – appear to be in a good position to make a run for a wild-card spot. The Chiefs are tough to play at Arrowhead Stadium and have made quick work of some unsuspecting teams. I see Denver getting this one on the road to move into prime position to make a run at the division leading Chargers.

Sunday, December 6 1:00 pm – Detroit Lions (2-9) @ Cincinnati Bengals (8-3)
Line: Cincinnati -13 (Total 42)

The Lions dropped their last game 34-12 against Green Bay and has now lost 17 straight road games dating back to Oct. 28, 2007, when the Lions won at Chicago. Mark Stafford started the game despite speculation that he would remain sidelined due to a left shoulder injury. He threw four interceptions in the loss. Detroit also lost Brandon Pettigrew to a season-ending injury to his left knee. After a surprising loss to Oakland the Bengals bounced back beating the lowly Browns last week. The Bengals could expect to get Cedric Benson back, and coupling him with Larry Johnson could be too much for the Lions to handle. The Bengals get back-to-back wins.

Sunday, December 6 1:00 pm – Houston Texans (5-6) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5)
Line: Houston -1 (Total 47)

Niether team has proven to be a playoff contender. Jacksonville has benefited from a easy schedule, but it’s about to get tougher. The Texans have lost three in a row within their division . The Jags have won three of their last four falling to the 49ers in their last outing. The losses by Houston and Miami, plus Baltimore’s victory over Pittsburgh, means the Jaguars are tied for the second wildcard spot — one game ahead of Houston and Miami, the Jets and Titans. So the Jaguars’ fate is still in their own hands. Look for Maurice Jones-Drew to have a good game as the Jags down the Texans.

Sunday, December 6 4:15 pm – San Diego Chargers (8-3) @ Cleveland Browns (1-10)
Line: San Diego -13 (Total 43)

This should be an easy win for the Chargers. Cleveland is beyond repair and losing Shaun Rogers is just another blow to a dreadful Browns team. San Diego’s LaDainian Tomlinson will have a field day putting up huge numbers on the ground harkening back to his heyday. The Chargers cruise to 9-3 for a comfortable lead in the AFC West.

Sunday, December 6 4:15 pm – Dallas Cowboys (8-3) @ New York Giants (6-5)
Line: Dallas –2 ½ (Total 45)

This will be the Giants first of three games against NFC East oppenents. A loss will put New York in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs. The Giants beat Dallas earlier ths season behind a late wining drive from Eli Manning. The Cowboys are leading the NFC East and will not be facing the same Eli Manning they did earlier this year. Manning has been banged up quite a bit, thanks in part to the poor pass protection by the Giants O-line. Dallas is coming off a win against Oakland, and now starts a tough schedule to finish the season, starting this week at New York. The Cowboys then play the Chargers, the Saints, the Redskins and the Eagles. So a win against the Giants will be highly sought by the Cowboys. Dallas gets the win in this one.

Sunday, December 6 4:15 pm – San Francisco 49ers (5-6) @ Seattle Seahawks (4-7)
Line: San Francisco -1 (Total 41)

San Francisco has an chance at sneaking into the playoffs if they can pull off as many wins as they have left against NFC opponents–five. Alex Smith is coming off a good game and we know that Vernon Davis can run the ball. Matt Hasselbeck and the Seahawks are still a difficult team to beat at home and the 49ers are just 1-4 on the road. This one is too close to call.

Sunday, December 6 8:20 pm – Minnesota Vikings (10-1) @ Arizona Cardinals (7-4)
Line: Minnesota -2 (Total 49)

This contest would have pitted two of the league’s best quartebacks against each other, but Cardinals Kurt Warner is still questionable with what is described as concussion symptoms, and is likely to sit this one out. Backup Matt Leinart played well last week, but now will have to face a tough Vikings defense and even tougher secondary. A win for the Vikings essentially clinches the division and would give them a tiebreaker that would put in them in great shape for securing a top-two seed and a bye. Brett Favre continues to lead the Vikings and its hard to find much fault with Minnesota these days. They are coming off a 36-10 victory Sunday over the Chicago Bears. Minnesota wins this one on the road.

Monday, December 7 8:30 pm

Baltimore Ravens (6-5) @ Green Bay Packers (7-4)
Line: Green Bay -3 (Total 43 ½)

The Packers are on a roll, fresh off a 34-12 victory at the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day, the Packers are riding a season-best three-game winning streak and are in good shape for an NFC wild-card playoff spot. The Ravens plays three in a row against the NFC North, before finishing at Pittsburgh and Oakland. Losing any more than one of these nullifies their chances of a playoff appearance. The Packers’ Aaron Rodgers is playing well but Baltimore’s defense is back to it’s glory days. Baltimore is comingh off a huge win against Pittsburgh. Ray Rice will end up carrying a significant load for the Ravens. This one will be won in the trenches with the Packers edging out the Ravens for the win.

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Matt Martz is a sports writer for the Bakersfield Californian located in Central California. Blessed is the gambler who expects nothing, for ye shall not be disappointed.


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  1. My game of the week is Dallas at N.Y. Giants. believe it or not, this game is going to come down to coaching. Wade Phillips is 8-3 and already feeling the heat as his team heads into the month of December where he is 3-5. Another losing December and he loses his job.

    Tom Coughlin knows how to get his team ready for big games, Wade Phillip does not.