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Steve’s Weekly NFL Bettor’s Guide: Week 13 (Thanksgiving!)

Image courtesy of Mike Morbeck/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Mike Morbeck/Flickr.

Last week’s NFL picks didn’t exactly go to plan so just watch this video of Odell Beckham Jr’s catch over and over.


I feel better now. It’s Thanksgiving week which means football and uncles who know nothing about football trying to talk about how they would have won state if coach would have put them in. No uncle Rico, you wouldn’t have. But that’s OK, because you won’t have to see him again until Christmas when he goes on his annual rant against the “overpaid basketball guys”.

Anyway, there are three games on Thanksgiving and they are all NFC division battles featuring five teams with winning records, and one with Jay Cutler.

But even the one with Jay Cutler should be able to cover the seven points given to them on an early game in a short week. Just ask Richard Sherman and cardboard Doug Baldwin about how great short weeks are.

The Dallas Cowboys get the soaring (wait) Philadelphia Eagles (nailed it) at home in the annual showcase in Dallas. This game goes to Dallas due to the absence of Nick Foles. Never go with Mark Sanchez. It’s a safe way to live and to bet.

The last game is one that should feature very few points. The Seattle Seahawks, who are coming off a 19-3 destruction of the Arizona Cardinals, head to San Francisco to take on the 49ers who have won three straight. That’s great and all, but last week against Arizona is enough for me to stick with the Seahawks going forward.

There are other games this week, but the only one anyone seems to be talking about is about the possible Super Bowl matchup in Green Bay between the Packers and the New England Patriots. New England has not played a game that has finished with them winning by less than 22 in four weeks, while the Packers are just a week removed from their second 50-point performance in a row. Toss up but taking the Patriots with the points. A reason: Gronk.

A curious spread comes in Tampa Bay where the Cincinnati Bengals are only four-point favorites over the 2-9 Buccaneers. The Bucs are still technically in the NFC South division race, but the Bengals will easily handle them by at least a touchdown.

I sincerely hope everyone reading this has a great Thanksgiving doing just what this family is doing.


Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (-7): Bears +7

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (-3.5): Cowboys -3.5

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (-1): Seahawks +1

Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts (-10): Redskins +10

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (-6.5): Texans -6.5

Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills (-2.5): Browns +2.5

San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens (-6.5): Chargers +6.5

New York Giants (-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars: Giants -3

Cincinnati Bengals (-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bengals -4

Oakland Raiders at St. Louis Rams (-7): Rams -7

New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4.5): Steelers -4.5

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings (-2.5): Panthers +2.5

Arizona Cardinals (-3) at Atlanta Falcons: Cardinals -3

New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers (-3): Patriots +3

Denver Broncos (-2.5) at Kansas City Chiefs: Broncos -2.5

Miami Dolphins (-7) at New York Jets: Dolphins -7

Last Week: 6-9

Yearly Record: 91-84-1


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