Week 13 of the NFL season was scheduled to start on Thursday night, but COVID-19 continues to affect the league's scheduling. Week 12 of the NFL season won't even wrap up until Wednesday night when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Baltimore Ravens, leading to the Ravens' Thursday night contest against the Dallas Cowboys being postponed to Tuesday.
The league is doing everything it can to get all of the games played, but there are a number of COVID-19 concerns facing the league. The playoff races continue to heat up in each conference, and there are some big showdowns on tap this week.
Here is a brief look at all 15 games scheduled in Week 13 with a quick betting preview of each game.
The 4-7 Detroit Lions will face the 5-6 Chicago Bears in an NFC North rivalry game set to take place at Soldier Field. Chicago has dominated this rivalry of late, but both teams have really struggled in recent weeks.
Detroit fired head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn after an embarrassing performance on Thanksgiving Day. The Detroit defense has been a mess all season long, and injuries continue to plague the offense.
Chicago gave up 41 points to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, and the defense appeared to give up in that game. The Bears are averaging just 82 rushing yards per game, and the passing attack hasn't been much better.
Both of these teams could desperately use a win, but it will be the Bears that get it on Sunday. Bet the Chicago Bears -3.0 over the Detroit Lions.
NFC South rivals will meet up in Atlanta when the 4-7 Falcons host the 9-2 New Orleans Saints. New Orleans is looking to earn the top seed in the NFC, while the Falcons will be looking to play the role of spoiler.
The Saints continue to be without quarterback Drew Brees, but the team is 2-0 in his absence. Taysom Hill doesn't do much throwing but did run for a pair of touchdowns in the blowout win over Denver in Week 12.
Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown for over 3,100 yards this season, and the Falcons want to throw the ball deep. The Falcons don't have much of a defense, but their offense is good enough to win this game.
Look for this to be a slight upset as the Falcons are able to steal this game from the Saints without Drew Brees.
A pair of 8-3 teams will meet up in Tennessee on Sunday afternoon as the Cleveland Browns visit the Tennessee Titans. This has the potential to be a playoff preview in the AFC, and there will be plenty of running in this one.
The Browns lead the league with 161 rushing yards per game, but this team needs to find more balance on offense. Cleveland is one of the worst passing teams in the league at just 194 yards per game.
Tennessee running back Derrick Henry has run for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, and opposing defenses have no answer for him. The Titans have been giving up some points of late, but Henry will look to wear down the Browns.
Cleveland has had a great season, but it is no match for Tennessee on Sunday. Bet the Tennessee Titans -5.5 over the Cleveland Browns.
The 7-4 Miami Dolphins host the 2-8-1 Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, and the hosts are big favorites. Miami still has a shot at winning the AFC East, while the Bengals don't have anything to play for the rest of the way.
Cincinnati rookie quarterback Joe Burrow is out for the season, which is a huge blow to this offense. Wide receiver Tyler Boyd does have 725 receiving yards, but the Bengals don't pose much of a threat on offense.
The Dolphins are also playing without their rookie quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, but veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick has done plenty of damage. Fitzpatrick has thrown for 1,909 yards and 12 touchdowns, and the Dolphins should have a huge game on offense.
Don't expect this one to be close at all as the Dolphins take control early and easily cover the 11-point spread.
The 5-6 Minnesota Vikings host the 1-10 Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in a game that could feature a ton of points. Both teams will likely miss the playoffs this season unless the Vikings go on a big run.
Jacksonville has now lost 10 straight games, and quarterback Gardner Minshew is out with an injury. Running back James Robinson has run for 890 yards and six touchdowns this season to be a lone bright spot for this offense.
Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook has run for 1,130 yards this season, and he is a hard man to bring down. The Vikings still need more from quarterback Kirk Cousins, and defense has been an issue as well.
Look for this to be a high-scoring affair, but the Vikings are comfortable with that. Minnesota will win this game and cover the 9.5-point spread.
The 0-11 New York Jets will be looking for their first win of the season when they host the 6-5 Las Vegas Raiders. New York has not been competitive for much of the season, while the Raiders are trying to snap a two-game skid.
The Raiders are led by Derek Carr, who has thrown for more than 2,600 yards this season. Defense has been a struggle for the Raiders, especially of late, but that shouldn't be much of an issue in this matchup.
New York is the lowest-scoring team in the NFL, and it is also the worst passing team. It will be Sam Darnold under center for the Jets, but he has completed just 58 percent of his pass attempts in 2020.
The Jets are a complete mess, and it's hard to see them slowing down the Raiders. Take the Las Vegas Raiders -8.0 over the New York Jets on Sunday.
The AFC South has been a fun race to follow this season, and two division rivals will meet up on Sunday. The 4-7 Houston Texans will host the 7-4 Indianapolis Colts in what will likely be a shootout.
Indianapolis suffered a blowout loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday to knock them out of first place. The Colts are holding opponents to just 23 points per game, but that unit needs to bounce back in a hurry after giving up 45 to the Titans.
Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson has thrown for more than 3,200 yards this season, but he is running out of help. Wide receiver Will Fuller is now out of the lineup due to suspension, and that will force the Texans defense to step up.
Houston has been on a nice run of late, but that ends Sunday. Take the Indianapolis Colts -3.0 over the Houston Texans.
The NFC West is one of the best divisions in football this season, and two of the top teams will meet up on Sunday. The 6-5 Arizona Cardinals host the 7-4 Los Angeles Rams, and each team can still win the division at this point.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff has thrown for more than 3,000 yards this season, but he struggled in a Week 12 loss to the 49ers. Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd have powered the Rams defense that can get after the quarterback.
Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray is battling through an injury, and he did not play well against the New England Patriots. Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins have connected on 77 pass plays for 967 yards, and that duo needs to shine on Sunday.
This game is extremely important, and playing at home will help the Cardinals. Look for Arizona to win this huge NFC matchup outright.
A pair of division leaders are set to square off on Sunday when the 8-3 Seattle Seahawks host the 4-7 New York Giants. Even though both teams could be playoff teams in 2020, the Seahawks are heavy betting favorites in this matchup.
The Giants will be without quarterback Daniel Jones, which is a huge blow for an offense that averages less than 20 points per game. Jones has thrown for over 2,300 yards and is also the team's leading rusher.
Seattle just picked up an impressive road win over the Philadelphia Eagles, and the offense continues to shine. Quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown for 3,216 yards and 31 touchdowns, and wide receiver DK Metcalf has been a monster.
The Giants simply don't have the offense to keep up as the Seahawks easily win this game and cover the 7.5-point spread.
The Eagles suffered a loss on Monday Night Football, and they are now just 3-7-1 on the season. Green Bay put on a show on Sunday night against the Chicago Bears to improve to 8-3.
Philadelphia continues to get poor play from quarterback Carson Wentz as he leads the league in both interceptions and taking sacks. The Eagles do have a dominant defensive line, but the offense needs to do its part.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 3,100 yards and 33 touchdowns and could win the MVP Award. Green Bay does have some defensive issues, but the offense continues to bail them out.
Green Bay is the much better team in this matchup, and the Packers will cover the 7.5-point spread at home.
The 5-6 New England Patriots will travel to Los Angeles to take on the 3-8 Chargers on Sunday afternoon. New England is trying to play its way back into the AFC Playoff race, while the Chargers are trying to build momentum for next season.
New England is averaging just 197 passing yards per game, but this team can run the football. The Patriots also have a tough defense that slowed down an explosive Cardinals offense in Week 12.
Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert has thrown for more than 3,000 yards, and this offense can be lethal. The defense has been an issue as the Chargers are allowing 27.3 points per game.
Bet the New England Patriots over the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13.
Sunday Night Football will feature an AFC West rivalry, but a game that is also a mismatch. The 10-1 Kansas City Chiefs are heavy favorites over the 4-7 Denver Broncos on Sunday night.
The Broncos were forced to play in Week 12 without a quarterback due to COVID-19 concerns. The team will get back its three quarterbacks for this one, but it likely won't matter.
Kansas City is leading the NFL in points per game, and the Chiefs are loaded with weapons. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has thrown for 3,497 yards, and he will have a huge game in this one.
Even at full strength, the Broncos are no match for the Chiefs. Take the Kansas City Chiefs -14.0 over Denver on Sunday night.
The Steelers could still be undefeated when they host the 4-7 Washington Football Team on Monday night. Pittsburgh still has a Week 12 game against the Baltimore Ravens to play, assuming the game doesn't get postponed again.
Washington is now tied atop the NFC East standings, and the defensive line has been leading the way. The Washington Football Team has racked up 36 sacks to lead the team to two straight wins.
Pittsburgh also features a great defense that is allowing just 17.4 points per game. The Steelers have a much more explosive offense as they are scoring nearly 30 points each week.
The Steelers are the better team, but 10.5 points is too large of a spread. Take the points, and look for the Washington Football Team to keep this game close.
The 5-6 San Francisco 49ers will "host" the 8-3 Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football in Week 13. This game will be played in Arizona as the 49ers were forced to relocate from Santa Clara County.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen has thrown for 3,028 yards and 22 touchdowns this season to carry the offense. Buffalo was able to get the running game going in Week 12, which needs to continue in this matchup.
San Francisco is dealing with a number of injuries, but it picked up a 23-20 win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The defense is allowing just 23 points per game, and that unit will need to play great in this one.
Buffalo is a Super Bowl contender this season, and it should take control of this game. Bet the Bills to cover the three-point spread over a relocated 49ers squad.
The Ravens are now set to host the Cowboys on Tuesday night, and betting lines are not yet available. Both teams were expected to be Super Bowl contenders, but injuries and COVID-19 have affected each team.
Dallas was embarrassed by the Washington Football Team on Thanksgiving, and this team is searching for answers. The defense has been a disaster, and running back Ezekiel Elliott continues to fumble the ball.
Baltimore is running out of healthy players, and quarterback Lamar Jackson is one of those players out with COVID-19. The Ravens want to run the football, and that offense will need to score against a bad Dallas defense.
It's hard to predict this game with so much uncertainty surrounding it, but the Ravens are the much better team. Look for Baltimore to get things straightened out against the Cowboys and win the game.
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