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Game Plan: NFL Week 13 Preview and Best Bets

49ers-Eagles tops the list of matchups on tap for Week 13 in the NFL. Check out our picks for Best Bets in each game.

November 28, 2023

There will be 26 NFL teams in action in Week 13, with the Bears, Bills, Giants, Raiders, Ravens, and Vikings on bye. Some teams are battling for playoff position, while the fans of some teams have already started to look forward to the 2024 NFL Draft.

Below are some top spread, moneyline, or point total bets found on Tipico Sportsbook for each Week 13 NFL game:

Seahawks at Cowboys (Thursday, 8:15 p.m. EST)

Best Bet: Cowboys -9 (-112)

Dallas is 5-0 at home and has outscored opponents by a mind-boggling 29 points per game at AT&T Stadium this season. Seattle has dropped its last three road games, and the banged-up Seahawks are unlikely to keep pace with the Cowboys, especially with starting running back Kenneth Walker (oblique) in danger of sitting a second straight game for the visitors.

Falcons at Jets (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

Best Bet: Under 34 points (-112)

A Falcons offense quarterbacked by Desmond Ridder will have a hard time generating many points against the stout Jets defense, especially since the Falcons have gone just 2-11 on the road since the start of last season. Scoring won’t be any easier for a Jets offense helmed by Tim Boyle, who has a career 4:11 TD:INT ratio.

Pittsburgh’s improving offense has a nice opportunity to build on last week’s success…

Cardinals at Steelers (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

Best Bet: Over 40 points (-108)

Last week, the Steelers ended a 58-game drought of 400-yard performances on offense in the first game since firing offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Meanwhile, the Cardinals gave up 37 points to the Rams, marking the fifth time that an Arizona opponent has topped 30 points this season. Pittsburgh’s improving offense has a nice opportunity to build on last week’s success, while Arizona should also trend up offensively as quarterback Kyler Murray grows more comfortable in his fourth game back from a torn ACL.

Colts at Titans (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

Best Bet: Titans moneyline (+110)

Tennessee has a couple of trends working in its favor. The Titans are 4-7 overall but 4-1 at home, and they have won five of their last six meetings with the AFC South rival Colts. Even though star running back Jonathan Taylor is heating up for the Colts, Tennessee’s the better value as a slight home underdog.

Broncos at Texans (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

Best Bet: Broncos +3.5 (-112)

Denver has won five straight games, so the surging Broncos should keep this one within a field goal. Rookie quarterback C.J.Stroud has been outstanding for the Texans and has topped 300 passing yards in four consecutive games, but Houston has struggled to run the ball, which will make it tough to sustain drives against a Denver defense that is allowing just 16 points per game during its winning streak.

Dolphins at Commanders (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

Best Bet: Under 50 points (-110)

Miami’s averaging just 24.2 points on the road compared to 38.8 at home, while Washington’s defense will likely put forth a spirited effort in the first game since the firing of defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. On the other side of the ball, the Dolphins are giving up an average of just 16 points in four games since star cornerback Jalen Ramsey recovered from a knee injury.

…even a visit from the inconsistent Chargers defense may not be enough to solve the problems plaguing the Patriots’ pathetic offense.

Chargers at Patriots (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

Best Bet: Under 40 points (-112)

New England’s last two games have been 10-6 and 10-7 losses, and five of the Patriots’ last seven games have finished with 38 or fewer combined points. The Chargers have been involved in some high-scoring games, but with this game being in chilly Foxborough rather than sunny Los Angeles, New England’s defense should put forth a strong effort. But even a visit from the inconsistent Chargers defense may not be enough to solve the problems plaguing the Patriots’ pathetic offense.

Lions at Saints (Sunday, 1 p.m.)

Best Bet: Saints moneyline (+175)

Detroit has looked shaky lately, beating the Chargers and Bears by a combined eight points before losing at home to the Packers on Thanksgiving. The Lions have allowed an average of 31 points over that three-game span, and if Detroit’s defense continues to struggle, the offense will be hard pressed to put up enough points to win on the road against a Saints team that’s holding opponents to just 20.2 points per game this season.

Panthers at Buccaneers (Sunday, 4:05 p.m.)

Best Bet: Panthers +5.5 (-112)

Perhaps the 1-10 Panthers will be invigorated by the firing of head coach Frank Reich. After all, the team’s only win this season came the week Reich gave up playcalling duties on offense. With starting quarterback Baker Mayfield battling an ankle injury for the Buccaneers, this clash between NFC South rivals could come down to the wire.

Jalen Hurts has a history of playing his best against tough opponents.

49ers at Eagles (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.)

Best Bet: Eagles moneyline (+125)

It isn’t always pretty, but Philadelphia just finds ways to win games. The Eagles are 10-1 while the 49ers are 8-3, and Jalen Hurts has a history of playing his best against tough opponents. That makes Philadelphia a nice value as a home underdog in this premier matchup.

Browns at Rams (Sunday, 4:25 p.m.) 

Best Bet: Browns moneyline (+170)

The Browns are 2-1 in games in which PJ Walker has played the majority of snaps under center, so Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s concussion is unlikely to have a large negative impact on the team. Myles Garrett’s shoulder injury could prove more significant, but coach Kevin Stefanski gave the star pass rusher an encouraging day-to-day label Monday, and a Browns defense that is allowing a league-low 247.9 scrimmage yards per game would be formidable even without Garrett. Moving the ball against Cleveland will be tough for the Rams with Cooper Kupp playing at less than 100 percent due to an ankle injury.

Chiefs at Packers (Sunday, 8:20 p.m.)

Best Bet: Chiefs -6.5 (-112)

The Packers have strung together a couple wins to get to 5-6, but they’re simply outclassed by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Kansas City iz 8-3, with seven of those wins coming by at least a touchdown. Mahomes and the offense just racked up 31 points in Vegas, while Kansas City’s defense is allowing just 16.5 points per game.

Bengals at Jaguars (Monday, 8:15 p.m.)

Best Bet: Jaguars -8.5 (-112)

Cincinnati’s offense has understandably struggled since Joe Burrow (wrist) went down. Jake Browning threw a garbage-time touchdown against the Ravens in Week 11, then led the Bengals to just 10 points in a Week 12 home loss to the Steelers. The 8-3 Jaguars should pull away at home against the depleted Bengals, as Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville offense will likely have no trouble moving the ball against a Cincinnati defense that’s allowing 389.3 scrimmage yards per game, which is second-most in the NFL.

Sasha Yodashkin
Sasha Yodashkin has been contributing NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB and Tennis content to RotoWire since 2015, with an emphasis on DFS. He is a huge New York sports fan who has been playing fantasy sports since middle school.
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