If you’re looking for great NFL Week 13 picks, there are several teams that stand out. The Seattle Seahawks are coming off a shocking six-game losing streak, while the Philadelphia Eagles should bounce back against the Cincinnati Bengals. You should also pay attention to the Los Angeles Chargers, who have lost six of seven games. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings are a good divisional rival and should bounce back in this game as well.
Seattle Seahawks have lost six of seven games
The Seattle Seahawks have lost six of their last seven games. This is a terrible start to the season for a team that has struggled all year. The offense is abysmal, converting only 32.4 percent of their third downs. They’ve been outscored in the fourth quarter 78-50 this year. With the season still young, the team has time to turn the tide and turn their season around.
The Seahawks’ struggles started early this season when injuries ravaged the team. The first game featured the season-ending knee injury to Nate Burleson. They were outgained by 267 yards on third downs and had just 233 yards passing. Russell Wilson finished 20 of 31 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions. Tyler Lockett was the best option for Wilson to throw to, but the secondary was a mess. Jamal Adams had nine tackles.
During this time, the Seahawks have struggled to keep the ball in the air. They have allowed scores to run over the team’s defense. This is a recipe for disaster. With only a single touchdown scored in the last seven games, the Seattle Seahawks are unlikely to win any more games this season. They need to find a way to win more games. If they can’t do that, they’ll be eliminated from the playoffs.
Philadelphia Eagles need to bounce back
After a crushing defeat at the hands of the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles need to bounce back and cover the spread this week. The Eagles turned the ball over four times in Week 12, but had a chance to win anyway. Despite a hammering from Jalen Reagor this week, they still rolled up 208 yards rushing and held the Giants to just 17 first downs.
On paper, the Eagles should be able to sweep the Giants easily. They have an edge on both offensive lines and the pass rush should make the difference in the second half. They could also use a big performance from DeVonta Smith, who showed signs of frustration during the Giants’ loss. Although the Jets are a bad matchup, they have been unable to beat them in the past three weeks and must bounce back to win the division.
The Eagles have the necessary credit in the bank to get back on track after the Giants’ loss and need to rebound against the Jets in week 13. In fact, Philadelphia is 9-4 ATS following a loss, and has covered in four of seven road games this season. The Eagles’ top-ranked ground game is also expected to rip holes in the Jets’ run defense. If they can bounce back and cover, they should be in a great position to win this week’s playoff game.
Los Angeles Chargers face Cincinnati Bengals
The Chargers face off against the Bengals in a Week 13 matchup. It’s a game that could be a playoff kicker, and the Bengals have had a rough start to the season. In Week 12, the Chargers were shut out by the Denver Broncos and nearly went scoreless in the first half. However, they did win a divisional game over the Pittsburgh Steelers, and their defense came to life against the mighty Steelers. However, they’ve also lost two tough games in a row.
This game is an excellent opportunity to get some early season momentum going. The Chargers have dropped four of their last five games, and their defense can take advantage of dropped passes. That’s a problem because the Bengals’ top two playmakers have dropped at least five passes each. Luckily, the Bengals’ offense is on a roll after a bye week, and if they can get Joe Mixon rolling, they should have no problem claiming victory.
If the Bengals are favored, you should bet on the under. Chargers’ offense has been underwhelming this season. Fans had high expectations for this team, but it didn’t live up to the hype. Last week’s loss to the Broncos was a major setback for them. On Sunday, they’ll face the Bengals and need a win to get their season back on track. A win could improve their record to 7-5 or 6-6.
Minnesota Vikings are a good divisional rival
The Vikings have a long history of being a wild card contender. They’ve never been awful enough to start over and never good enough to go after a championship. Still, they have a number of exciting weapons, including Dalarius Cook and Justin Jefferson. Their defense is better balanced than ever with new additions Eric Kendricks, Za’Darius Smith, and Jordan Hicks at linebacker.
The Vikings have one of the top-ranked defenses in the NFL, and they can get after Jared Goff. Last week, they did a great job getting after Jimmy Garoppolo, and if they can get enough pressure against him, they should be able to suffocate him. The Lions have lost three of their last five games, and it’s unlikely that they’ll win without Goff.
Rams are a great team, but they can’t be underestimated. They’re 10-4 and could jump ahead of the Arizona Cardinals if they lose to the Colts on Christmas. The Vikings are a tough task for anyone, but Dalvin Cook’s positive COVID-19 test may have hurt the team’s chances. However, the Vikings are a good team and have beaten the Chicago Bears in their last game.
Atlanta Falcons are a mess on offense
Atlanta is a mess on offense and the Buccaneers are a solid opponent, but the Falcons have been abysmal all season. Last week, the Falcons almost choked away a huge lead against the Jaguars, and they will likely lose to division rival Baltimore on Sunday. The Falcons’ running game has been awful and quarterback Matt Ryan has struggled all year. Even their defense is a mess.
In addition to being a mess on offense, the Atlanta Falcons have a mess of injuries to contend with. Julio Jones is out, and Justin Fields is a doubt. Akiem Hicks and Roquan Smith are unlikely to play on defense. Khalil Mack is out for the season. But regardless of whether or not they play, you’ll still have to bet against Atlanta this week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a tough road to the playoffs
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a position where they should have the division title locked up, but they’ve already had their hardest road games. The Bucs lost to the Rams and Saints this season. The team also lost 3-0 in the playoffs last year. Going 6-3 this year would help the Bucs improve their playoff seeding, as they are now ahead of the Cowboys for the No. 3 seed, and a loss would still put them behind the Packers and Cardinals for the No. 2 seeds.
The Buccaneers are still missing some key players on their roster. Aaron Rodgers and Shaq Barrett are currently sidelined with a quad injury, while Ali Marpet and Mike Evans are dealing with oblique injuries. Those two players are the most important pieces of the Buccaneers’ offensive line. The other key pieces to the defense are rookies Devin White and Mike Evans, who have yet to prove they’re ready to play in the playoffs.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a difficult road to the playoffs. While they have had a good start to the season and are on track to reach the NFC playoffs, they have been plagued by injuries this season. The team has lost several key veterans and has a depleted pass-catching core. They also lost several veteran defenders, which has hurt their pass-catching core.