NFL Week 13 Preview, Odds, And Predictions

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Sam Herder Jun 16, 2021, 2:16 PM
Carlos Hyde of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Week 13 of the NFL season is here. Here’s what you need to know for each Sunday matchup and what the NFL betting lines are. BetMGM has all the NFL betting action you need, including futures, weekly betting lines, and live online sports betting. 

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Sunday Games Predictions

New Orleans (-3) @ Atlanta

The Skinny: The Saints are rolling right now, winners of eight straight games. With no Drew Brees and New Orleans being on the road, Atlanta (4-7) can make this a competitive game. The Saints are favored by just three points and are 6-5 against the spread this season.

The Prediction: Saints 28-24

Detroit @ Chicago (-3)

The Skinny: This should be a classic NFC North game. In other words, a defensive (and sometimes ugly) battle. The Bears are looking to hit .500 while the Lions just fired head coach Matt Patricia. Sometimes that can ignite a team to play with more energy. Plus, Chicago hasn’t performed all that well against the spread this season (5-6).

The Prediction: Lions 21-17

Cleveland @ Tennessee (-5.5)

The Skinny: Expect a great game between these two 8-3 ball clubs. Total points is set for 54.5. Tennessee holds a 4-2 record at home this season and is 6-0 when they hit or exceed their scoring average (29.5). The Titans have scored 30 and 45 points in their last two games, both on the road.

The Prediction: Titans 35-27

A.J. Brown and Ben Jones of the Tennessee Titans celebrate. Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images
(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Cincinnati @ Miami (-11.5)

The Skinny: This is the second-biggest spread in Week 13. A game like this is what makes online sports betting so fun. Miami is the heavy favorite, but can it cover? If trends are any indication, the answer is yes. The Dolphins are 8-3 against the spread this year.

The Prediction: Dolphins 31-17

Jacksonville @ Minnesota (-8.5)

The Skinny: The Vikings kept their playoff hopes alive last week with an ugly win. And speaking of ugly, Jacksonville is staring at a 1-10 record coming into this game. It’s hard to trust this Minnesota team. The Vikes have competed well with some top teams and also had close calls or losses against inferior teams. 

The Prediction: Vikings 28-21

Las Vegas (7.5) @ New York Jets

The Skinny: Will the Jets get their first win of the season this week? Probably not. The Raiders are 6-5 and fighting for a Wild Card spot out of the AFC West. Las Vegas is a cool 7-4 against the spread this season. 

The Prediction: Raiders 31-17

Indianapolis (-3) @ Houston

The Skinny: The Colts are in the playoff hunt, but Houston can disrupt those plans this week. The Texans own a two-game winning streak while their offense put up 41 points on Detroit last week. Houston is 4-1 when scoring at least 24.4 points per game this season. If the offense can carry last week’s performance over to Sunday, Houston can notch another big win.

The Prediction: Texans 27-24

Los Angeles Rams (-3) @ Arizona

The Skinny: This a key matchup in the NFC West race and the playoff picture. LA is 7-4, and Arizona is 6-5, with Seattle sitting atop the division at 8-3. Kyler Murray and the Arizona offense have been stifled in recent weeks as the Cardinals have gone 1-3 in the last four games. The Rams have a great opportunity to increase their playoff chances this week.

The Prediction: Rams 21-17

Los Angeles Rams’ Austin Blythe gets ready to snap the ball. Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

New York @ Seattle (-7.5)

The Skinny: New York may have a successful day offensively against the Seattle defense, but the Seahawks will be too much offensively. With the Rams aiming for their eighth win of the season, Seattle (8-3) will want to stay a game ahead and avoid a letdown performance against the 4-7 Giants.

The Prediction: Seattle 38-28

Philadelphia @ Green Bay (-9.5)

The Skinny: The Eagles don’t have it offensively this year. No weapons, a beat-up offensive line, and Carson Wentz has regressed. And yet Philadelphia is still not out of the playoff picture with a 3-7-1 record. Green Bay, who is 7-4 against the spread this season, should roll here.

The Prediction: Packers 35-14

New England @ Los Angeles Chargers (-1)

The Skinny: Here’s a coin-flip game between two teams below .500. New England did have two impressive wins in November against Baltimore and Arizona. Maybe this team can find its way into the playoffs with a late-season push.

The Prediction: Patriots 24-21

Denver @ Kansas City (-13.5)

The Skinny: The Chiefs have the best player in the NFL at quarterback. Last week, Denver had to start a converted practice squad wide receiver to be their starting quarterback. This spread of 13.5 points is the biggest this week. And expect Kansas City to cover as the top team in the league should.

The Prediction: Kansas City 38-10

Ronald Jones II of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers carries the ball. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

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Sam Herder is a writer for BetMGM. A North Dakota State journalism grad, he has written for several newspapers and magazines. Along with BetMGM, he currently writes online for HERO Sports.

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Sam Herder is a writer for BetMGM and HERO Sports. A North Dakota State journalism grad, he spent several years in the print media industry before writing for online outlets. Sam has covered sports at all levels — high school, college, and professional — since 2011.

Sam Herder is a writer for BetMGM and HERO Sports. A North Dakota State journalism grad, he spent several years in the print media industry before writing for online outlets. Sam has covered sports at all levels — high school, college, and professional — since 2011.