Week 13 Matchup Predictions
Bengals win 28-21.
Steelers (6-5) @ Ravens (9-2): The Steelers couldn't top the Ravens in Pittsburgh a couple weeks ago, in large part due to the absence of Ben Roethlisberger. The Ravens are a whole different team when they're on the road - a much, much worse team. Reports out of Pittsburgh say it "doesn't look good" for Big Ben returning from injury this week, and if the Steelers couldn't beat the Ravens in Pittsburgh, they have no shot of beating them in Baltimore without Ben.
Ravens win 38-16 (assuming Roethlisberger doesn't play; Ravens will win by smaller margin if he does).
Eagles (3-8) @ Cowboys (5-6): The Cowboys are in a situation in which every game is absolutely crucial to their hopes of making the playoffs. The Eagles are a depleted, discouraged team that hasn't won a game since September - the Phillies have won a game more recently than the Eagles. The first time these teams met this year, the Cowboys won by 15, and that game was in Philly. With Sunday night's contest going down in Dallas, I can't see the Cowboys losing this one.
Cowboys win 30-20.
Giants (7-4) @ Redskins (5-6): If the Redskins can pull this one off, the NFC East will become extremely interesting, with RG3 breathing right down the neck of the Giants. Of course, the Giants are coming off one of the most impressive wins of the season, beating the Packers by 28. However, the Giants tend to regress just when you think they've got things figured out, and they have struggled to beat the Redskins in recent years. Remember - the Giants beat the Redskins at home this year thanks to a late bomb to Victor Cruz over the top of blown coverage. After playing on Thanksgiving, the Redskins will have a long week to prepare for this one. I've wavered back and forth on my pick for this game about five times since I started writing this paragraph. I'm going to say the Giants don't regress, play like they did against the Packers, and win an incredibly close, back and forth thriller. As a matter of fact, I'm going to say it goes to overtime, because that's how tough of a time I'm having with this one.
Giants win 27-24 on a 42-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal in OT.