NFL Week 13 Odds + Predictions
Looking for NFL Week 13 Odds and free NFL picks? Week 12 of the NFL season is in the books – time to look ahead at Week 13 and its slate of games. There are definitely some intriguing battles on the schedule – ones that could help shape what is a murky playoff picture in both the NFC and AFC.
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It all kick off Thursday night with an intriguing between the Cowboys and the Vikes and ends with the Colts taking on the Jets on Monday night.
Let’s take a look at all of the games on the NFL Week 13 schedule, examine the odds that accompany the games and TRY to determine what will play out on another scintillating week of NFL action.
Cowboys (10-1) at Vikings (6-5)
Opening line: Cowboys, 2.5 points, Thursday
This is an interesting matchup of Dallas’ stellar offense against Minnesota’s stout defense – a defense that has been a tad exposed the last few weeks.
The oddsmakers have this as a pretty close game – Minnesota is 4-1 SU and ATS at home this year and the Boys are 5-0 SU and ATS on the road this season. So what gives?
My guess is that Dallas scores their usual share of points while Minnesota stalls to frequently again. Forget the fact that Dallas hasn’t won in Minnesota in 21 years – take the Cowboys to roll to a 27-17 win here.
Broncos (7-4) at Jaguars (2-9)
Opening line: Broncos, -5 points
Really? Do we have to convince you to stay away from Jacksonville? The Jags are 0-4 SU and ATS at home this year and don’t match up well at all with the stout defense of Denver.
The Broncos will be out for blood after their tough loss Sunday night in KC and will get their revenge at the hands of Jacksonville this week. Take Denver to easily cover here – 27-14 looks about right.
Chiefs (8-3) at Falcons (7-4)
Opening line: Falcons, -4 points
The question here is – can the Chiefs defense do what no other team has been able to do this year – slow down the Falcons top ranked offense? Give me the Falcons offense that dropped 38 points last time out in another good defense – Arizona.
Add in the fact that KC hasn’t won in Atlanta in 22 years and this choice looks easy – for me at least!
Texans (6-5) at Packers (5-6)
Opening line: Packers, -3.5 points
The Packers really showed up on the road Monday night against Philadelphia – they look all the way back don’t they? Meanwhile the Texans are underwhelming… still.
The Texans are an ugly 1-4 straight-up on the road this year and 0-4-1 ATS and have the displeasure of playing at Lambeau in December.
I just can’t see Houston scoring enough in this one to keep it close. I am expecting a blowout in this game with the home team making some more noise.
Eagles (5-6) at Bengals (3-7-1)
Opening line: Eagles, -1 points
The Eagles will be favored in this one despite not looking great the last six weeks or so. Truth be told the Bengals are a team in disarray.
So far Philadelphia is 1-5 ATS on the road this year but they catch the Bengals at precisely the right time – on a three game losing streak with little reason for optimism going forward.
Simply put Phili is the better team here – I expect them to add to Cincinnati’s woes and prevail by 7.
Lions (7-4) at Saints (5-6)
Opening line: Saints, -4.5 points
This is a pretty interesting matchup indeed. It pits a Saints team that has averaged almost 36 points per game at home versus a Lions team that seems to be willing itself to victory each and every week.
New Orleans is 7-3-1 ATS this year – I like then to build on that record this week.
They will score and score and score against Detroit’s sketchy defense – I can’t see Matt Stafford and company keeping up.
49ers (1-10) at Bears (2-9)
Opening line: Bears, -3 points
The race for a top 3 pick goes down this week in Chicago when the 49ers take on the Bears. San Francisco is 2-8-1 ATS this year and the Bears are 4-7.
Two pretty bad teams go at it in a game that will feature a QB battle of Matt Barkley and Colin Kaepernick. The latter has been on fire statistically as of late – I like Kaep and the 49ers to pull the minor upset here in what has the potential to be a high scoring affair.
I may take a look at the Over in this game as well.
Rams (4-7) at Patriots (9-2)
Opening line: Patriots, -13.5 points
The Patriots are huge favorites in this game for good reason – they are deadly at home and they haven’t lost to the Rams in 15 years. That said Rob Gronkowski is still iffy to play and Tom Brady looks dinged as well.
Is there a chance that LA’s stingy defense can keep this game close? Na – Coach Bill will take away Todd Gurley and make life miserable for Jared Goff. This is an easy win for the Pats.
Dolphins (7-4) at Ravens (6-5)
Opening line: Ravens, -3.5 points
One of the hottest teams in the NFL – the Miami Dolphins, winner of six straight games head out on the road to take on the Ravens this week.
The Fins are 5-1 ATS during their six game win streak while the Ravens has remained in the thick of the AFC North picture.
It is Baltimore’s defense that I am looking at here – they should be able to slow Jay Ajayi and when that happens, the Dolphins will be in trouble. This looks an awful lot like a 17-13 game to me with the home team prevailing.
Bills (6-5) at Raiders (9-2)
Opening line: Raiders, -3.5 points
Who would have thought at the beginning of the year that this game would have so many implications? The Raiders have been money against the AFC so far this year – 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS.
And this week get a crack at a team that hasn’t won in Oakland in 50 years! I’m rolling with the hot team here – Oakland has beaten some quality teams in 2016 and at home should be able to maintain the string. Take Oakland 24-17.
Buccaneers (6-5) at Chargers (5-6)
Opening line: Chargers, -5.5 points
The hot Buccaneers, winners of three straight travel across country to take on the San Diego Chargers who are once again one of the more difficult teams in the NFL to figure out.
Tampa is 4-1 SU and ATS on the road this year – their defense has become an integral part of their culture. I like that defense to harass Philip Rivers on Sunday as they did Russell Wilson last week and for Tampa Bay to provide the upset Sunday.
Redskins (6-4-1) at Cardinals (4-6-1)
Opening line: Cardinals, -2.5 points
The Cardinals are reeling folks. The Redskins on the other hand are 8-3 ATS this year and have been competitive every time out. This game could come down to the availability of Jordan Reed but either way you have to like Washington’s offense to do some damage in this one.
I don’t know if Arizona keeps up – I see a similar outcome as the one in Atlanta last week – the Cards coming out on the wrong end of a shootout.
Giants (8-3) at Steelers (6-5)
Opening line: Steelers, -6 points
It’s kinda hard to believe that Pittsburgh is 6 point favorites over a Giants team that has won 6 straight games and has gone 5-1 ATS over that span. I see this game being closer than advertised – New York’s improved defense will make it so.
Take the G-Men to cover the 6 points here – an upset wouldn’t be a shock either.
Panthers (4-7) at Seahawks (7-3-1)
Opening line: Seahawks, -6.5 points
Both of these teams come off ugly losses. Carolina enters this game seriously banged up – two O-linemen were sent to IR this week – not good news when Cliff Avril and a finally healthy Michael Bennett are on the horizon.
Luke Kuechly may miss the game as well for the Panthers. Seattle has been notoriously good after a loss – at home after one of those such losses, I like them to exact some revenge this week.
Seattle is still a top tier team folks – Carolina just isn’t that great! Take Seattle in a walk here – in Prime Time on home turf where they seem invincible.
Colts (5-6) at Jets (3-8)
Opening line: Colts, -2.5 points, Monday
It looks like Andrew Luck will play in this one after sitting out last week with a concussion. That gives Indianapolis a huge edge in this game against New York’s brutal pass defense.
Indy’s defense hasn’t been all that great itself but the Jets offense hasn’t shown they can move the ball against any team this year. The Colts will score in this game – I don’t see the Jets keeping up. Take the road team on Monday night.
BYES: Browns, Titans
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