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NFL pick, Week 13 forecast: Ravens destroy Steelers;  The Bengals beat the Chargers to a duel;  The Lions upset the Vikings

The AFC playoff race is again at the center of a week 13 which features four pivotal games between the contending teams.

The Chargers (6-5) travel to the West Coast to face the Bengals (7-4) in a 1 p.m. game on Sunday. Ravens (8-3) and Steelers (5-5-1) resume rivalry in big spot for Pittsburgh at 4:25 p.m.

Prime-time games are even better. The Broncos (6-5) visit the Chiefs (7-4) on Sunday Night Football and the Patriots (8-4) visit the Bills (7-4) on Monday Night Football.

Each week, Sporting News selects NFL games directly. An overview of our achievements to date:

  • Week 12: 7-7
  • Total: 109-69-1

Patriots, 49ers, Buccaneers soar as Rams, Steelers tumble in Week 13

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NFL picks, predictions for week 13

  • Dallas Cowboys (-5.5) at New Orleans Saints

Thursday, 12:30 p.m., FOX

Both teams have just lost Thanksgiving, and Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy (COVID-19) will not be sidelined. Saints quarterback Trevor Seimian has struggled the past two weeks. New Orleans will be in desperation mode, but the Cowboys are the better team. They should also pick up Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb.

To take: Cowboys 28, Saints 21

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-10.5) vs. Atlanta Falcons

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

Tampa Bay is 5-6 ATS as a favorite this season, but they are surprisingly 4-1 ATS when the line is in double digits. The Falcons are ranked 31st in the league in pass defense. Tom Brady will exploit that for the second time this season, but it’s a bit closer on the road.

To take: Buccaneers 35, Falcons 20

  • Arizona Cardinals (-7.5) vs. Chicago Bears

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

The Cardinals are coming off a week off and are hoping to recover Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins from injuries. Justin Fields still suffers from rib injuries so Andy Dalton could do it again. The Cardinals are winning on the road, but it’s harder than it looks.

To take: Cardinals 26, Bear 19

NFL pick, Week 13 forecast: Ravens destroy Steelers;  The Bengals beat the Chargers to a duel;  The Lions upset the Vikings
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  • Los Angeles Chargers v Cincinnati Bengals (-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Bengals have just completed a decisive game against the Steelers, and now the Chargers will perform the cross-country flight for an early kick-off. Los Angeles defeated Cincinnati 16-13 in Week 1 last season. The Bengals are 3-2 S / U at home this year, but Joe Burrow defeats Justin Herbert in a game with AFC Wild Card sentiments.

To take: Bengals 27, Chargers 24

  • Minnesota Vikings (-7) vs. Detroit Lions

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

It’s a clash between two of the league’s worst defenses, but Detroit’s DeAndre Swift and Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook could both miss with injuries. The Lions lost a hard blow 19-17 in the first meeting. Would this be the time to get this first victory? Flip the score this time.

To take: Lions 19, Vikings 17

  • New York Giants vs. Miami Dolphins (-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

It’s a battle of former Bill Belichick assistants with Joe Judge and Brian Flores. Both offenses average less than 20 points per game. The Giants need to put Saquon Barkley on the right track against a Miami run defense that allows 104.9 rushing yards per game.

To take: Dolphins 23, Giants 17

NFL pick, Week 13 forecast: Ravens destroy Steelers;  The Bengals beat the Chargers to a duel;  The Lions upset the Vikings
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  • Philadelphia Eagles (-7) vs. New York Jets

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Eagles were missed in Week 12 against the Giants, but Jalen Hurts should be able to rebound against a Jets defense that allowed 266.2 yards per game. Zach Wilson is on his second start since returning from a knee injury, but the Eagles will make the key turnover in a time of crisis.

To take: Eagles 26, Jets 20

  • Indianapolis Colts (-8.5) vs. Houston Texans

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

The Colts moved away from the running game early in the loss to the Buccaneers, but Jonathan Taylor is expected to have a full workload against a Texans defense that allows 135.6 yards per game. Carson Wentz also adds a pair of passing TDs.

To take: Colts 31, Texans 22

  • Washington football team at Las Vegas Raiders (-2.5)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., CBS

The Raiders had extra time after a crucial Thanksgiving win over the Cowboys, and tight end Darren Waller avoided a major injury. Washington will be working a short week, and the team is 2-3 S / U on the road. Las Vegas keeps their AFC playoff push alive with a home win.

To take: Raiders 29, Washington 23

NFL pick, Week 13 forecast: Ravens destroy Steelers;  The Bengals beat the Chargers to a duel;  The Lions upset the Vikings

  • Jacksonville Jaguars vs Los Angeles Rams (-13)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOX

It’s the biggest line of the week, but be careful. The Rams have lost three games and have failed to cover each of the past five weeks. Jacksonville is also 2-0 ATS as a double-digit underdog. Matthew Stafford will get back on track at home, but the Jaguars will show a fight in the second half.

To take: Rams 30, Jaguars 20

  • Baltimore Ravens (-3) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

The Steelers are suddenly in desperation mode against the Ravens, who can take control of the AFC North with a convincing road victory. Baltimore can count on the running game against a faltering Pittsburgh defense, but the Ravens need to protect football better. Pittsburgh might steal the surprise here, but we love that Lamar Jackson gets rid of turnovers in a close game.

To take: Ravens 27, Steelers 26

  • San Francisco 49ers (-2.5) to Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

The Seahawks have the worst passing defense in the league at 279.6 yards per game. San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo can work with that, but a receiver-level playmaker will have to step in if Deebo Samuel (groin) runs out of time. Seattle won the first game 28-21, but the 49ers repay themselves and cover for the fifth time in six games.

To take: 49ers 28, Seahawks 21

NFL pick, Week 13 forecast: Ravens destroy Steelers;  The Bengals beat the Chargers to a duel;  The Lions upset the Vikings
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  • Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs (-9.5)

Sunday, 8:20 p.m., NBC

The Chiefs got a week off and the Broncos scored an impressive victory over the Chargers. It sets up what should be a fun showdown between rivals AFC West. Kansas City is 4-7 ATS this season and has had three straight home defensive bouts. This one will have more points.

To take: Chefs 28, Broncos 20

  • New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills (-3)

Monday, 8:15 p.m., ESPN

The Bills are 5-5 ATS as a favorite, and they face the hottest team in the league in what should be a live atmosphere. They’re the two best defenses in the league, so it’s going to be tight. Will the Patriots extend their winning streak to seven games? We think they will.

To take: Patriots 23, Bills 20

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