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NFL Picks Week 13: Pride Versus Shame

Week 12 saw the Saints hit their lowest point of the season, and now things may get even more bleak. Let’s look at everything Week 13 has in store.

Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints face the Detroit Lions this week, and honestly, it won't be pretty. The Lions, the pride of Detroit this season, overmatches the Saints, the shame of New Orleans this season, in every conceivable way. For the first time in a very, very long time, its appears inconceivable that the Saints have any path to victory this week. We will just have to wait and see. Let’s take a look at this and all of the NFL action in Week 13.

Last week I went 9-7

I told you so: Eagles over Bills!

What do I know: Saints over Falcons?

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WEEK 13

Thursday, November 30th - Thursday Night Football

Seahawks(6-5) at Cowboys(8-3)

Dallas wins this close contest by doing what Seattle won't ultimately be able to do, run the ball effectively. Dallas wins 30-28.

Pick: Cowboys

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Sunday, December 3rd - Early Games

Chargers(4-7) at Patriots(2-9)

Justin Herbert will make the plays needed to leave New England with a win. Los Angeles wins 23-21.

Pick: Chargers

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Falcons(5-6) at Jets(4-7)

A clutch performance by Jets quarterback Tim Boyle will be the catalyst for the Jets’ most dominant performance of the season. On the other side of the ball, the Jets defense will completely shut down Bijan Robinson and the Atlanta ground game, effectively ending any chance they have. The MetLife crowd will finally have something to celebrate in this one. New York wins 31-6.

Pick: Jets

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Cardinals(2-10) at Steelers(7-4)

The Pittsburgh ground game will have a big game, leading the Steelers to victory. Pittsburgh wins 27-17.

Pick: Steelers

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Colts(6-5) at Titans(4-7)

Indy’s defense will face little difficulty against their AFC South rivals in Tennessee. Indianapolis wins 20-17.

Pick: Colts

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Dolphins(8-3) at Commanders(4-8)

Miami’s top-ranked offense against Washington’s last-ranked defense is a colossal mismatch, and that will show on the scoreboard. Miami wins 36-12.

Pick: Dolphins

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Broncos(6-5) at Texans(6-5)

Sean Payton’s Broncos have been on an absolute tear, winning their last five-consecutive games, but CJ Stroud comes through with the game-winning touchdown on the final drive in Houston. Houston wins 21-14.

Pick: Texans

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Lions(8-3) at Saints(5-6)

Sunday afternoon is a great time to get some chores done. Detroit wins 42-12.

Pick: Lions

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Sunday, December 3rd - Late Games

Panthers(1-10) at Buccaneers(4-7)

New coach for Carolina will equal the same results, as Baker Mayfield comes through with a big performance against one of his former teams. Tampa Bay wins 23-17.

Pick: Buccaneers

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Browns(7-4) at Rams(5-6)

The Rams passing game will make the difference in this one, as Cleveland won't be able to get their own going. Los Angeles wins 21-17.

Pick: Rams

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49ers(8-3) at Eagles(10-1) - Game of the Week

This replay/preview of the NFC Championship Game won't look like the last time these two NFC powerhouses played, as San Francisco was devastated by multiple quarterback injuries at the worst time imaginable back in January. Both teams will give their absolute best efforts at they know this game should ultimately determine homefield advantage in the NFC playoffs. Homefield advantage in this game will make all the difference, as Philadelphia secures victory in the end, in this NFC Game of the Year. Philadelphia wins 24-23.

Pick: Eagles

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Sunday Night Football

Chiefs(8-3) at Packers(5-6)

Green Bay has been on a bit of a roll, winning three of their last four games, but that comes to a halt against a Kansas City team looking to keep pace with the other three AFC division leaders. Kansas City wins 38-17.

Pick: Chiefs

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Monday, December 4th - Monday Night Football

Bengals(5-6) at Jaguars(8-3)

Without Joe Burrow, Cincy’s season is headed down its descent off a cliff, and the Jags will speed up that descent in Jacksonville on Monday Night. Jacksonville wins 26-13.

Pick: Jaguars

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That’s how I see Week 13 going down. Leave us your picks, comments, and insight below!