NFL Week 13 picks: Our predictions for every game on the slate

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The fact remains that it's the defense that keeps New York winning. The front seven, in particular, consistently thwarts opposing running games. Lev Bell presents a completely different kind of monster than Isaiah Crowell , Jeremy Hill or any of the running backs New York has faced this season save for maybe Ezekiel Elliott , though that was the rookie's first NFL game.

One other interesting note on the G-Men: They've been escaping by the hair of their chinny chin chin, earning all but one of their wins by seven points or less. Do you give them credit for doing what it takes? Or are they a middling team canvased by an record? Well, maybe not by today's standards, but certainly not a defensive struggle. For Washington, the key will be not letting drives fail on the opponent's side of the field, something that happened too much in Dallas.

Which is why the Redskins piled up over yards of offense with no turnovers and lost. Arizona isn't much different in this regard: Bruce Arian's offense is ninth in yards per game , yet the Cardinals are 20th in points per game. As far as the Washington offense is concerned, Kirk Cousins has been hell on wheels recently on throws of plus yards: A perfect passer rating is Put in laymen's terms, he's lit on those deep throws.

Sorry, been on Instagram and Snapchat too much lately. The defense, which is allowing 24 points per game, is improving. Yet, this is one long road trip across the country for a team coming off of its most emotional win in years. While I don't see Jameis Winston losing focus, it wouldn't surprise me if Tampa came out flat in the first quarter.

The key matchup will be Philip Rivers ' pass protection versus a suddenly legit we think Tampa pass rush. Was last week's pummeling of Russell Wilson a product of the Bucs' front seven, or a talent-optional Seahawks offensive line? Considering Rivers has been sacked 26 times this year, the Bucs' pass rush might not need to be legit.

Melvin Gordon , meanwhile, is a different beast entirely from the RB-by-committee Tampa saw last Sunday. Gordon will be the difference. The Seahawks are an embarrassed football team. Well, at least the offense anyway. The Sunday night game should be every bit as physical as the Chiefs-Broncos classic last Sunday night , albeit with a hair less scoring. Carolina must make the tough catches for Cam Newton , who was under siege from a Mack truck late in Oakland.

Ditto Russell Wilson , who, one week after getting sacked over and over again in Tampa, faces a defense that is tied with the Seahawks for most sacks in the NFC. That's why this feels like a Thomas Rawls contest, finally. Seattle definitely would be catching a break if Luke Kuechly were to miss another game, although A. Klein has fared well as Kuechly's replacement. Don't be surprised if Wilson takes advantage, as the fifth-year pro always picks it up during the winter months.

It looks like Andrew Luck will suit up for the Colts on Monday -- and he should benefit from facing a weak Jets secondary. Ryan Fitzpatrick will get the nod from Todd Bowles , despite the disappointing ending in the loss to the Patriots. Matt Forte hit the skids in that game, but will find the Colts ' front seven far more forgiving. Indy's run defense allows opposing running back's a robust 4. That should keep Fitzpatrick in favorable situations -- so, in theory, he could go a second straight week without an interception.

Gang Green is this season when they've lost the turnover battle. Don't think the lovable Jets lose either battle this week. Ezekiel Elliott will find this Vikings front almost as challenging to run on as the Ravens' unit was , but the Minnesota defense needs help from a punchless offense that refuses to go downfield. If safety Barry Church is out for the Cowboys again, that should at least help Sam Bradford test the waters.

The Vikings quarterback has impressed with a Super cool, except he never attempts passes that travel at least 15 yards past the line of scrimmage any more. I've followed Mike Zimmer's career since he was a defensive assistant on the early-'90s Cowboys teams. He's always been highly thought of in league circles -- thus, the respect he's receiving from the masses now is hardly a surprise. Just hope that he's back on the sideline fully healthy sooner than later. You have my pick for Thursday night, but be sure to make yours, as well.

NFL Week 13 game picks: Steelers top Giants; Falcons nip Chiefs. Kirk Cousins is putting up strong numbers 3, yards, second in the NFL , yet is wildly inconsistent from series to series. Dak Prescott would envy that right now. The Bills have managed to beat the Patriots twice in the last four seasons and five meetings That suspension is over.

Two more bubble teams in their respective conferences. Would you be all that surprised if this was an NFC title game preview? Even the Titans likely are surprised to see themselves in first place this late in the season; they struggled too much against the Colts last week, and Marcus Mariota has suddenly turned into a pick machine. But their chance has arrived, and stumbling against a Texans team that misses Deshaun Watson desperately is not an option.

Predicting how entertaining a game will be is harder and more foolhardy than picking who wins, but circumstances indicate that this is the most unwatchable game of the weekend.

The four quarterbacks likely in play: Their seasons are in the toilet for legit reasons. When the Jaguars and Colts last met, in October in Indy, the Jaguars got 10 sacks and pitched a shutout.