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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 13 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | December 3-6

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, December 3

Green Bay Packers (-3, 46 1/2) at Detroit Lions 8:25 pm - Pakcers suddenly on the ropes after 17-13 loss to Chicago last week, seek to avenge their 18-16 loss to the Lions three weeks ago.

Green Bay has been the victim of injuries to their offensive players, particularly at wide receiver. Since their 6-0 start, he Pack has packed it in offensively, losing four of their last five, scoring 10, 16 and 13 points in three of those losses.

Detroit hasn't exactly resurrected their season, but they've won three in a row. However, their 1-7 start to the season has left them on the outside of the playoff hunt. Go with the flow here as the Lions excite their hometown fans and the Packers say adios to a NFC North title.

Prediction: Lions 27 Packers 20


Sunday, December 6

Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills (-3, 41 1/2) 1:00 pm - Bills players and their fans are just beginning to awaken to the fact that Rex Rya isn't a very good head coach. Numerous mistakes by Ryan and his coaching staff may have cost the Bills a number of games and the team morale is being negatively affected.

Meanwhile, in Houston, the team has rallied around J.J. Watt and QB Brian Hoyer. The Texans have four straight wins coming in and are in control of their fate, tied with the Colts for first place in the AFC South. With games against the Patriots and Colts following their trip to Buffalo, this is a must-win for Houston and they should not disappoint against the stumbling Bills.

Prediction: Texans 24 Bills 16


San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears (-7 1/2, 43 1/2) 1:00 pm - Bears are heavy favorites to win at home (where they are a quixotic 1-4) against the denuded 49ers, 3-8 overall and 0-5 on the road.

At 5-6, the Bears are on the outskirts of playoff-town, but a win here puts them in better shape. The wild card race is crowded and a win here - over a sub=par, rebuilding team - should be a requirement with just four weeks left to play after this weekend.

Prediction: Bears 34 49ers 18


Cincinnati Bengals (-10 1/2, 43 1/2) at Cleveland Browns 1:00 pm - These two met on November 5th in Cincinnati, the Bengals rolling to a 31-10 victory. Since then, the Browns have lost to Pittsburgh and Baltimore, both AFC North foes, and a sweep of the series by the Bengals is the expected outcome.

Cleveland, at 2-9, has nothing left to play for except possibly a high first-round draft pick. They are currently tied with Tennessee for the worst record in the league.

Cincy, since their meeting with the Browns, lost to Houston and Arizona, but got back on track last week with a 31-7 rout of St. Louis. Chalk up another win for the probable division champs.

Prediction: Bengals 26 Browns 13


Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins (-4, 43) 1:00 pm - This trip to Miami marks the third and final time this season that the Ravens have had to play back-to-back road games. They've lost the previous four, but last week's surprise, 33-27, win at Cleveland may have marked a turning point for the struggling Baltimore squad.

Miami isn't a threat to anyone except their interim coaching staff at this juncture of the season and the 4-7 Ravens could put themselves back into the wild card picture with a win. Matt Schaub has a game under his belt, which should serve the entire offense well.

Prediction: Ravens 31 Dolphins 20


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Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (even, 41 1/2) 1:00 pm - In what is likely the most important game of the week, Seattle travels to meet the Vikings, who are 4-1 at home.

Finally getting some breaks, the Seahawks improved to 6-5 with their 39-30 win over Pittsburgh, but will face a more determined foe in Minnesota, currently holding sole possession of first place in the NFC North at 8-3.

While Seattle's defense has been a little less imposing than in the recent past (20.2 ppg.) Minnesota is second overall in points allowed (17.6) and should manage to do a better job than what the Steelers allowed last week.

Prediction: Vikings 22 Seahawks 13


New York Jets (-1, 45) at New York Giants 1:00 pm - Toss-up game between two Big Apple teams struggling to stay relevant.

The Giants can put up big numbers, but turnovers and the propensity for their defense to allow big plays and bigger scores has been a sore spot all season long.

With Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB, the Jets' offense is in stable hands and, while the Giants' defense cannot defend the air attack, the Jets should be able to do whatever they like when they have the ball, which could result in a grinding loss for the Giants.

Prediction: Jets 24 Giants 20


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Arizona Cardinals (-7, 43) at St. Louis Rams 1:00 pm - The Rams have had their ups and downs this season, but lately, it's been mostly down, with four straight losses, the latest a 31-7 body slam by the Bengals.

Arizona continues to dominate the NFC West with a 9-2 mark, and a win here with a Seattle loss would clinch at least a tie for the division crown. While a Cardinals win is a near certainty, recall that the Rams were the first to top Arizona this season, with a 24-22 win in their first match-up.

Getting a TD at home is always a plus in divisional contests for the home team. This is no exception.

Prediction: Cardinals 26 Rams 21


Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1, 46) 1:00 pm - The Falcons have completely fallen apart, losing four in a row and five of their last six. At this point, with QB Matt Ryan seriously off his game and the 5-6 Buccaneers breathing down their backs in the wild card race, this becomes a huge test for the young home team.

Jameis Winston has proven himself at QB and RB Doug Martin is the surprise of the league, with four 100-yard games.Right now, the Bucs have more going for them than does Atlanta, and, if the defense chips in with some stops, this can only go one way.

Prediction: Buccaneers 34 Falcons 14


Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (-1, 43) 1:00 pm - Two weeks ago, the Jaguars topped the Titans, 19-13, and both teams lost last weekend, making this rematch all the more important.

Being 2-9, Tennessee has nothing to lose here, but 4-7 Jacksonville could insert itself into the wild card conversation in the AFC with a victory. Despite having Heisman winner Marcus Mariota at QB, the Titans' offense is ranked 30th in the league, scoring just 18.5 ppg. Having beaten them once already, the Jaguars should have their number.

Prediction: Jacksonville 27 Titans 13

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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