Nov 23, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterbackAaron Rodgers
(12) points during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. The Packers defeated the Vikings 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Here are my week 13 NFL picks:
Patriots 34 Packers 23
The difference in this game is simple: New England has a much better defense than Green Bay. They have the best secondary in the league, two of the best linebackers in the game, and a front four that has improved tremendously over the last couple of games. They can match up with the Packers, while the Packers will struggle to match up with the diverse Pats offense.
I’m not saying Bill Belichick will shut-down Aaron Rodgers, because that is just not possible. But he will slow that offense down with those two corners of his, and he will produce a couple turnovers in the process. Look for the Patriots to pound the ball on offense, as Green Bay currently has the 30th ranked run defense in the league. The Pats have shown they can pound the ball for 60 minutes, and that is exactly what they will do tomorrow.
Brady utilizes the mismatches of Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright in the red zone to toss three touchdowns, and Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner prove once again they are the best cornerback duo in the league. This one won’t be a blowout, but it won’t feel that close, either.
Colts 34 Redskins 28
You have no idea how bad I want to pick my man Colt McCoy in this one. He went to Dallas on Monday night a few weeks ago and played very well to get the win, and this Colts defense is no better than that Cowboys unit. Unfortunately, I don’t see the porous Washington defense slowing down Andrew Luck at all, and that will give Indy the win.
Texans 23 Titans 17
If Ryan Mallett hadn’t gotten injured, this game would be a blowout. But since Houston has to go back to Ryan Fitzpatrick, this will be close. However ultimately, the Texans have too many playmakers on both sides of the ball for Tennessee, and hold off a Titans’ rally to get the tight win.
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