NFL Week 13 Bold Predictions

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NFL Week 13 Bold Predictions


NFL Week 13 Bold Predictions

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With just a handful of games left until the playoffs, the NFL is surely to heat up. Check out our NFL analysts bold predictions for week 13.

Daryan Martin

Chiefs vs Bengals Will Be Under 50 Total Points

The biggest NFL game this week is an AFC Championship rematch between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City is currently leading the NFL in points per game (PPG) as they are averaging 29.6 PPG and Cincinnati is fifth in PPG with 25.9. Both teams are treating this game as a must win, so both quarterbacks will play with patience. There will be long drives that will result in field goals on both sides, due to big plays being nearly impossible to come by. Lou Anarumo and Steve Spagnuolo will reiterate the importance of keeping everything in front of his defense. I am predicting the final score to be 23-20 in favor of the Bengals.

Indianapolis Colts Will Beat the Dallas Cowboys 

The Indianapolis Colts have had a disappointing season this year due to inconsistent play. Colts fans have experienced extreme highs and lows, proving something needs to change within the organization. This week will be one of the highs of the season for the Colts as they play the Cowboys in primetime. In week 10, the Cowboys defense gave up 203 rushing yards to the Green Bay Packers. Interim head coach Jeff Saturday believes in running the ball, and Jonathan Taylor will have every opportunity to impact the game. Dallas will have trouble stopping the run and will lose in a close contest against Indianapolis. 


Elie Gaffen

The Denver Broncos Will Beat the Baltimore Ravens

The Denver Broncos have truly struggled this season. However, that struggle is very one sided. On offense, the Broncos have had a lot of trouble finding the end zone. They only average 13 points per game and have only scored over one touchdown in a game three times out of their 12 total games.

The Ravens have really been struggling as of late. Blowing leads has been a problem for them all season and it can’t happen against the Broncos. Although they don’t score a lot, the Broncos have one of the best defenses in the league and the highest number of touchdowns they allowed in a game this season was only two. The Ravens will have to use unconventional methods if they want to win. For the Broncos, they need their offense to make plays. The Ravens are a dangerous team, especially with Lamar Jackson’s versatility. I do think the Broncos can win as long as they play at a slow pace and stretch out their drives methodically.

The Miami Dolphins Will Beat the San Francisco 49ers

In a game between two of the hottest teams in the NFL right now, I am predicting the Miami Dolphins to beat The San Francisco 49ers. The reason why this is bold is because the 49ers have only lost one game at home this season where they play in week 13. With one of the best defenses in the league, beating them will be tough for Miami. I expect them to pressure Jimmy Garoppolo early to skew their game plan.

On offense, the Dolphins definitely have the capabilities to outsmart their defense. This game truly comes down to a coaching battle. Mike McDaniel has been under Kyle Shanahan for five straight seasons, including their time in Atlanta. This is the biggest test of apprenticeship because it is a matter of whether or not he can outsmart his former boss. With their talent on all sides of the ball, I definitely think they can win.

Rishi Rastogi

Saints Lockdown Tom Brady and Buccaneers, Prove History Repeats Itself

The New Orleans Saints have had Tom Brady’s number in the past, and I don’t expect it to change this year. Both teams enter this game under .500, yet there’s a feeling the Bucs are a much stronger team on paper. Mike Evans has struggled producing against Marshawn Lattimore and the Saints defense, and the trend should continue Monday. Overall, I expect a low scoring game with much of the Bucs firepower being simmered by their division opponent.

Matt Levine

Raiders beat the Chargers

Las Vegas struggled out of the gates but has won two straight games and has looked better of late. The Chargers are coming off a last second win over the Cardinals last week and while they are still in the playoff hunt, Los Angeles has had their own issues this season. For a team that was so highly perceived as Super Bowl contenders prior to the year, the Chargers haven’t looked the part. Injuries have played a role in this but the fact still remains. They are very inconsistent week to week and I think the Raiders have found something that works.

Aaron Rodgers finally throws for 300 yards

Rodgers hasn’t thrown for 300 yards this season yet but that will all change after Sunday. He faces the Bears this week, who don’t have the best defense. All week there has been talk about the team sitting Rodgers for Jordan Love after Rodgers left their last game with an injury. But he is healthy and ready to go. I see this as a pride game for the veteran star quarterback and he finally gets over the hump this game.

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