NFL picks against the spread: Broncos set to make noise against the Chiefs

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NFL picks against the spread. Week 13 edition. There’s some rather interesting games on this week’s slate, including huge divisional games featuring the Denver Broncos going up against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers .

Will either of these games be featured in our NFL picks against the spread for Week 13? Find out below.

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Game Time (EST) TV
Cowboys (-4.5) @ Saints 8:20 PM (Thursday) FOX, NFLN, Amazon
Giants @ Dolphins (-2.5) 1:00 PM CBS
Colts (-8.5) @ Texans 1:00 PM CBS
Vikings @ Lions (+7.0) 1:00 PM CBS
Eagles @ Jets (+6.5) 1:00 PM CBS
Cardinals (-7.5) @ Bears 1:00 PM FOX
Chargers @ Bengals (-3.0) 1:00 PM FOX
Buccaneers (-11.0) @ Falcons 1:00 PM FOX
Washington (+2.5) @ Raiders 4:05 PM FOX
Jaguars @ Rams (-12.5) 4:25 PM CBS
49ers (-2.5) @ Seahawks 4:25 PM FOX
Ravens (-3.5) @ Steelers 4:25 PM CBS
Broncos (+10.0) @ Chiefs 8:20 PM NBC
Patriots (+3.0) @ Bills 8:15 PM (Monday) ESPN, ESPN2

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NFL picks against the spread: Best Week 13 bets

Detroit Lions (+7.0) to cover against Minnesota Vikings
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Minnesota is unlikely to have Dalvin Cook ( shoulder ) for this NFC North matchup against the winless Lions. With Kirk Cousins coming off a season-worst performance in a huge loss to the San Francisco 49ers, that must be taken into account when placing your bets.

As for the Lions, they’re also coming off an ugly late-game meltdown against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving. At 0-10-1, they are still looking for their first win of the Dan Campbell era. While that’s highly unlikely against a vastly superior Vikes squad, expect Detroit to cover. Half of their losses this season have come by one score with a tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers mixed in.

  • NFL picks: Vikings 27, Lions 23

New York Jets (+6.5) over Philadelphia Eagles
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The return of Zach Wilson aided New York this past Sunday as the team won for the first time since all the way back in Week 8. Outside of a blowout Week 10 loss to the Buffalo Bills, this team has been much more competitive in recent weeks. As Wilson continues to gain traction, that should extend into the final six weeks of the regular season.

As for the Eagles, they’ve played the Jekyll and Hyde role to a T. That included a disastrous 13-7 road loss to the Giants in Week 12 after Philadelphia won its previous two games while scoring a combined 70 points. With Jalen Hurts (ankle) hobbled in this one, we’re not expecting Philadelphia to return to form. Hence, this is one of our most-confident NFL picks against the spread for Week 13.

  • NFL picks: Jets 24, Eagles 20
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Denver Broncos (+10.0) to cover against Kansas City Chiefs
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At 6-5 on the season , Denver is firmly in both the AFC West and playoff conversation. The team saved its season with an impressive 28-13 victory over the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers in Week 12. Riding an elite defense, the Broncos have won three of four. That span has seen them force a whopping seven turnovers.

This is bad news for a turnover-prone Chiefs squad that is giving it away an average of two times per game . Sure Kansas City is in the midst of a four-game winning steak. But the team’s turnover issues with keep this to within a one-score game when all is said and done. Also Read:
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  • NFL picks: Chiefs 27, Broncos 23

New England Patriots (+3.0) over Buffalo Bills
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Two teams going in completely different direction. Riding the hot performance of rookie quarterback Mac Jones , New England earned its sixth consecutive victory with a blowout win over the Tennessee Titans last week. Throughout that six-game span, the Pats’ defense has yielded 63 total points while forcing 17 turnovers . That’s just incredible for Bill Belichick and Co.

On the other side of the ledger, Buffalo has dropped two of its past four games. Sure Thanksgiving night’s 31-6 win over a hapless Saints squad gives Josh Allen and Co. confidence heading into a huge Monday Night Football outing. We’re just not seeing this team being able to take out one of the hottest squads in the NFL.

  • NFL picks: Patriots 27, Bills 24

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