Happy Thanksgiving folks! Turkey isn’t the only thing I’m looking forward to tomorrow … we’ve got a full schedule of NFL games, and I’m making my picks for every single one – Thursday, Sunday and Monday!
Will I be a winner, winner turkey dinner? I was 4-1 in my preferred picks and 10-3 overall last week, and it’s one of my favorite holidays – despite the infamous butt fumble – so it’s looking good!
I’m ready to load up my plate with a full slate of NFL football … let’s dig in with my picks for Week 13:
Pittsburgh is an underdog at home … which is very rare. But it’s because they are down their starting center, and they are playing their third-string quarterback Duck Hodges – yes, that is his nickname. Devlin “Duck” Hodges will start against Cleveland.
The reason I love the Steelers – this is probably my favorite pick of the week – is a Mike Tomlin revenge special, okay? They just lost a couple weeks ago to the Browns, which finished with that huge fight at the end … you just know the Steelers want that sweet revenge. They haven’t been swept by Cleveland in many, many, many years – there’s just no way Mike Tomlin is going to let happen. This game screams domination by their defensive line … I think they obliterate Baker Mayfield and win handedly. Give me the Steelers getting 2.5 points at home against the Browns.
Interesting update from the Broncos: We don’t know if Brandon Allen is going to be the starter. Apparently, rookie Drew Lock has been seeing the majority of the reps in practice. It’s Wednesday, but who knows what can happen come Sunday.
Also, keep an eye on Von Miller – he’s injured. He did not practice this week … so we’ll see if he suits up on Sunday. With all these factors, I like the Chargers here. I like Derwin James returning off IR, their star safety – he’s a huge factor. And I’m not ready to count the Chargers out … they just watched the Raiders lose last week, and they could sneak back into this playoff mix. I love Philip Rivers going to Denver, winning and covering three.
I know, I know, that’s a big number for the Panthers … but here’s why I like them: Their defensive line is filthy. They are second in the NFL in sacks – the Redskins simply cannot protect their rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins. I like Carolina to rattle Haskins with their Top 5 pass defense.
You have to remember: Washington is 28th in the league against the run. Christian McCaffrey … he could end up leading the league in rushing. This is easy! I’m taking the Panthers favored by 9.5 at home against the Redskins.
This is an inflated line folks! Remember: San Francisco has only lost one game this year. But even so – I’m sorry – I just have to back Baltimore again. I have been cashing out since that Marcus Peters trade.
The Ravens are the best team in the NFL people, seriously! Since the trade they have shut down Jared Goff, Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady – I don’t think Jimmy Garoppolo has a chance. And Baltimore, boy, that rushing offense … No. 1 in the league by a mile: Averaging 210 yards on the ground. I’ve said this before, San Francisco doesn’t have a great run defense … not even Top 10. It’s simple, I’m all over the Ravens covering six at home against the 49ers.