Week 13 Matchup Predictions
Texans win 35-19.
Panthers (3-8) @ Chiefs (1-10): The Panthers are one of the more impressive 3-8 teams you'll ever see, as six of their eight losses have come by six points or less. They have trouble closing games, but were able to finish off the Eagles on Monday night behind a very strong performance from Cam Newton. When Cam is on, he's a nightmare for opposing defenses to deal with, and the Chiefs - who haven't scored more than 16 points in any game since September - won't be able to counter Super Cam the way he's playing right now.
Panthers win 24-16.
49ers (8-2-1) @ Rams (4-6-1): The only two teams with a tie square off again. With Colin Kaepernick now behind center, the 49ers won't go through an entire 15 minutes of overtime without generating a mere three points, and I think that the 24 points the Rams put up on the Niners in the first game is just about the best they're able to do.
49ers win 27-14.
Patriots (8-3) @ Dolphins (5-6): The Dolphins win games by shutting down the run and steadily, efficiently generating points. Do you think that will work against Tom Brady? I don't. Brady doesn't need a run game to put points on the board, and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is going to be forced to sling the football to keep up with the Patriots offense, which will result in turnovers. The Dolphins are 1-5 when turning the ball over 2+ times, and are 4-1 when turning it over once or less.
Patriots win 35-21.
Cardinals (4-7) @ Jets (4-7): The Jets may be a mess right now, but one thing you have to give them credit for is that they beat the teams they're supposed to beat - they are 3-1 against teams with sub-.500 records. The Cardinals, coming off their seventh straight loss, are walking into the Meadowlands hoping rookie quarterback Ryan Lindley will lead them to victory, but it won't happen.
Jets win 23-13.
Buccaneers (6-5) @ Broncos (8-3): I must say, I have really liked what I've seen out of the Bucs since their bye week, but we've all seen what Peyton Manning has been doing to the league over the past seven weeks. Peyton and the Broncos have won six straight games, and their smallest margin of victory over that span has been 7 points, which happened only once. With Peyton going up against the Bucs' 32nd ranked pass defense, Josh Freeman will have to have a career day to even come close to taking down the Broncos.
Broncos win 38-27.