NFL Predictions Week 13: Games with Biggest Blowout Potential

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 30, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls a play at the line against the New York Jets in a game at MetLife Stadium on November 22, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Patriots defeated the Jets 49-19. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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It's never fun when you get walloped and exposed as a football team, no matter how you were doing before that disastrous day.

Just ask the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers, who all lost by double digits in Week 12.

Well, fortunately for those of us who are anarchists, complete destruction is inevitable for some teams this week, too.

Here's a look at the games with the biggest blowout potential in Week 13.


Houston Texans (10-1) at Tennessee Titans (4-7)

When facing explosive offenses, the Titans defense has not fared well this season.

Tennessee gave up 51 points to the Chicago Bears, 38 points to the New England Patriots and, yes, 38 points to the Texans in Week 4.

Beyond that, the Titans are best when running the football, but the Texans rank in the top 10 in yards per carry allowed (4.0). The Texans also have the pass defense to make life miserable for the Tennessee passing game.

Prediction: Texans 33, Titans 14


San Francisco 49ers (8-2-1) at St. Louis Rams (4-6-1)

Yes, the 49ers tied the Rams on Nov. 11, but they have looked much better the past two weeks against the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints.

Beyond that, the Rams are much better on offense when they can run the pigskin, but the 49ers have allowed 3.6 yards per carry this season, third in the NFL.

You add the dual-threat ability that Colin Kaepernick provides, and you have an entirely different result than what we saw on Nov. 11.

Prediction: 49ers 30, Rams 17


New England Patriots (8-3) at Miami Dolphins (5-6)

The Dolphins don't have the offense to compete with the Patriots; it's really that simple.

The Patriots have averaged 37 points per game this season (first in the NFL), including the 49 points they dropped on the Jets last week, while the Dolphins have averaged 19.2 points (26th).

On top of that, the New England run defense has been much better this season, allowing 3.9 yards per carry (eighth in the league).

I wouldn't be surprised if this ended up like the 30-10 loss to the Texans in Week 1 for the Dolphins.

Prediction: Patriots 40, Dolphins 17


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