NFL Picks Week 13: Guaranteed Locks for Sunday's Most Important Games

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2013

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Outside linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos gets around the block of offensive tackle Eric Fisher #72 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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After a wild Thanksgiving holiday featuring three excellent NFL matchups, the attention has turned to Week 13’s most important remaining games and which guaranteed picks that bettors can take to the bank.

With Denver going head-to-head with Kansas City for the second time in three weeks, divisional battles all over the schedule and several potential playoff previews, the rest of the weekend’s festivities should be the perfect cap to an extended holiday weekend.

Here is the full remaining schedule for Week 13, predictions for each game and guaranteed winners in the most important matchups.

Week 13 NFL Schedule and Predictions
Date Time (ET) Away Team Home Team Predicted Winner
Sunday, Dec. 1 1 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars Cleveland Browns Browns
Sunday, Dec. 1 1 p.m. Tennessee Titans Indianapolis Colts Colts
Sunday, Dec. 1 1 p.m. Chicago Bears Minnesota Vikings Bears
Sunday, Dec. 1 1 p.m. Miami Dolphins New York Jets Dolphins
Sunday, Dec. 1 1 p.m. Arizona Cardinals Philadelphia Eagles Eagles
Sunday, Dec. 1 1 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Carolina Panthers Panthers
Sunday, Dec. 1 1 p.m. New England Patriots Houston Texans Patriots
Sunday, Dec. 1 4:05 p.m. Atlanta Falcons Buffalo Bills Bills
Sunday, Dec. 1 4:05 p.m. St. Louis Rams San Francisco 49ers 49ers
Sunday, Dec. 1 4:25 p.m. Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs Broncos
Sunday, Dec. 1 4:25 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals San Diego Chargers Bengals
Sunday, Dec. 1 8:30 p.m. New York Giants Washington Giants
Monday, Dec. 2 8:30 p.m. New Orleans Saints Seattle Seahawks Seahawks


DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back to pass as tackle Orlando Franklin #74 of the Denver Broncos blocks outside linebacker Justin Houston #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mil
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Denver Broncos (9-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (9-2)

The Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs squared off in Week 11 of the regular season. Denver was able to pull out the 27-17 win then, and the Broncos will once again steal the show and the divisional victory in Week 13.

Kansas City needs this redemption victory to show that it is a serious contender for a Super Bowl, but Peyton Manning and the Denver offensive unit is just too good. The Broncos boast the league’s most prolific pass offense, and Manning’s 323 yards and one touchdown in the first matchup gave his team the win.

The Chiefs were defensively stingy to start the season but are coming off a loss to the San Diego Chargers, where Philip Rivers threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns. Add in injuries to linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, and Kansas City’s biggest strength may be its biggest liability now.

Manning and the Denver offense will be looking to avenge the loss to New England in Week 12, and beating the Chiefs on the road would be the decisive statement that the franchise is looking to make.

Predicted Final Score: Denver 33, Kansas City 21


Nov 17, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) carries the ball during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Redskins 24-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard
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Arizona Cardinals (7-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-5)

The Arizona Cardinals squaring off against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13 was not one of the best matchups on paper to start the season, but with Arizona exceeding expectations and Philadelphia holding a share of the NFC East lead, this is now a marquee battle.

Arizona boasts an impressive defense that has played well in 2013, but the team hasn’t played many playoff-caliber organizations. In matchups against Seattle, New Orleans and San Francisco, the Cardinals lost.

There is no hotter team in the NFL right now than the Eagles.

Led by quarterback Nick Foles and the play-calling of first-year head coach Chip Kelly, the team has put together a four-game winning streak and is looking to keep its playoff hopes alive in the putrid NFC East.

The backup quarterback-turned-starter has amassed an impressive 63.6 completion percentage, 1,308 yards, 13 touchdowns and no interceptions in his limited action. He will put the Eagles on his shoulders on Sunday to give his team the edge.

Predicted Final Score: Philadelphia 30, Arizona 20


Nov 24, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after a completed pass against the Denver Broncos during overtime at Gillette Stadium Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
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New England Patriots (8-3) at Houston Texans (2-9)

The Houston Texans may have devolved into one of the worst teams in the NFL, but the New England Patriots understand that this is an important matchup on the road to a possible Super Bowl run.

Destroying Houston in front of the Texans fans would be another step toward that goal.

The Patriots dismantled Houston 41-28 in the 2012 postseason, and that was at a time when the Texans were playing well. In Week 13, the matchup will feature one of the hottest teams in the NFL coming off its biggest win and going head-to-head with a franchise struggling to keep the faith.

The depleted Texans are coming off another loss to the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars and lack any direction. Tom Brady and the New England offense should have no problem racking up big points and walking away with another definitive victory.

Predicted Final Score: New England 40, Houston 24



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