Ok well I am back from a very refreshing vacation away from NEW JERSEY and day to day life. Anyways, Week #12 in the NFL saw Aaron and I both go 10-4. The standings through Week #13 with 4 weeks left are Jason- 93-64/ Aaron-90-67. So with Four Weeks Left we are neck and neck so this is anyone’s for the taking. In the NFL, Atlanta continues to be the toast of the NFC and appears to be on their way to a Divisional Title as well as Home Field Advantage throughout the playoffs. The 49ers, Bears, Giants, and Packers are also contenders. in the AFC, Houston looks to be on the same path as the Falcons. However, New England and Baltimore are RED HOT! On to my picks for Week #13.
1)New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons- The last time these two teams met, the Saints won a close one at home. Atlanta is the best team in the NFC and they are trying to lock up home field throughout the playoffs. The Saints on the other hand have been on a role after beginning the season 0-4. The Falcons are favored by 3.5 points at home so expect them to win at home…paybacks are a bitch.
2)Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears- The Bears have been dominant on both sides of the ball and they are set up well as the colder weather arrives. They run the ball with authority along with a deep passing game and they get after the quarterback with the best of them. Seattle on the other hand has been good one week and bad the next. Chicago is favored by 3 Points at home so I am taking the Bears to win and cover.
3)Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers- The PACK was embarrassed by the struggling Giants last week and appear to be slumping at the wrong time. Green Bay is favored by 8 points in this one, which I feel is very odd being that Adrian Peterson is the leading rusher in the league and the Packers have struggled on Defending the run. I am going against the grain and say that the Vikings will eke out a last minute upset in this one.
4) San Francisco 49ers @ Saint Louis Rams- The Niners are back to playing consistently on both sides of the ball. The Rams have been playing much better as of late. The 49ers are favored by 7.5 in this one on the road. I say the Niners win but the Rams will cover at home.
5) Arizona Cardinals @ New York Jets- Both of these teams have struggled and disappointed their coaches and fans after fast starts. The Cardinals are in a tailspin after starting the year at 3-1, and the Jets have been the circus of the AFC. The Jets are favored by 5 points in this one, and although Mark Sanchez has been terrible…they can run the ball. Arizona has been incompetent on offense. The Jets will win and cover.
6)Carolina Panthers @ Kansas City Chiefs- As if its not bad enough that the Chiefs are the worst team in the NFL up till now. Now they must deal with a terrible tragedy which saw one of their players, unnamed as of yet, murder his girlfriend in front of her mother and their 3 month old baby and then proceed to the Chiefs practice facility where he shot himself after coaches and players pleaded for him to surrender. It’s another sad, sad, sad day in the NFL, which seems to have the most tragedies as far as the sports world goes. Carolina is coming off their Monday Night Win against Philly. They are favored by 3 but its hard to pick a game under these circumstances.
7)Indianapolis Colts @ Detroit Lions- The battle of 2 Dome teams in close proximity. 2 Teams having different seasons. Detroit has been a disappointment thus far as Indy has been a surprise. Detroit is favored by 6 points at home but I’m Going with Andrew Luck and the Colts to win this one on the road to go to 8-5.
8)Jacksonville Jaguars @ Buffalo Bills- The Bills are favored by 6 points at home. The Jaguars are one of the worst teams in the NFL and have been decimated by injuries. The Bills have one of the most potent rushing attacks so expect them to pound the ball in the cold. The Bills win and cover.
9)New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins- The Fish have been better as of late and these games always seem to be close and entertaining. LOOK OUT…New England has put the league on notice the past few weeks…they are making their run. The Pats are favored by 7.5 in this one and I say they win easily and cover.
10)Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans- The Titans lost last week to a horrible Jaguars team. Houston is seeking the Division as well as home field advantage in the playoffs. The NFL’s most balanced team is favored by 6.5 points on the road. Houston wins easily by double digits.
11)Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Denver Broncos- Peyton Manning is the hands down COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR in the AFC. Denver has been potent in offense and their defense continues to improve. Denver is favored by 7.5 against the surprise Buccaneers. If Tampa was at home I would say they would cover, but this game is in Denver so take Denver and the points.
12)Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens- The Ravens are one of the top teams in the AFC after being decimated by injuries on the Defensive side of the ball. Ray Rice is the best Third Down Back in the game and their still Nasty on D. The Steelers are much different without Big Ben. He is one of the best leaders at the quarterback position in the NFL. They struggle without him. Baltimore is favored by 8 points and will win and cover at home in this one.
13)Cleveland Browns @ Oakland Raiders- This is a battle of two of the worst teams in the NFL. Darren McFadden is once again healthy for the Raiders. Both of these teams are bad and Cleveland is favored by 2.5. I say Oakland wins outright at home.
14)Cincinnati Bengals @ San Diego Chargers- Ok so both of these teams expected to make the playoffs. Well, it doesn’t look like they will accomplish this fact. Phillip Rivers is having his worst statistical season of his career and the Bengals only bright spot has been Wideout AJ Green. The Bengals are also favored by 2.5 points and that’s a safe bet, Bengals win and cover.
15)Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles- C’MON….broken record. Well again…I have to do a better job of putting my players in positions to make plays. What is the over/under on the times you have heard this phrase leave Reid’s lips after a loss?!!!! Anyways, this will be the last game that Andy will coach the Eagles against the Cowgirls as he will likely be replaced at the end of the season. The Cowboys are favored by 10.5 points at home and this should be another blowout against a horrible Philly Team.
16)New York Giants @ Washington Redskins- RJ3 has been incredible…better than advertised. The Redskins will be a force to reckon with once they surround him with more weapons. The Giants broke out of their slump last week with a big week against the PACK. The Giants need this game to stay ahead of the Cowboys in the NFC Least. Anyways…The New York Football Giants will win and cover the 3 points.
Stay tuned to Aaron’s Picks later in the day. Anyways, as far as Fantasy Football goes my team has won 3 straight to go to 6-6. My best players have been Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Alfred Morris. The Giants Defense was my best waiver pick up. Aaron continues to lead the Division as anyone who has Brady always has a good chance to compete for the Division.
1) Atlanta Falcons, 2) Houston Texans, 3) New England Patriots, 4) San Francisco 49ers, 5) Baltimore Ravens, 6) Denver Broncos, 7) Chicago Bears, 8) New York Giants, 9) Green Bay Packers, 10) Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
1) Kansas City Chiefs, 2) Philadelphia Eagles, 3) Oakland Raiders, 4) Carolina Panthers, 5) Cleveland Browns.
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