Get ready for an exhilarating Week 13 in the NFL. As we approach the business end of the season, let’s dive deep into the predictions of the week’s biggest games. We bring you a comprehensive analysis of the top four teams that are expected to win.
Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints
The 8-3 Lions are heading into their game against the Saints with a strong chance of victory at a 71.2% win probability. Despite a setback against the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day, the Lions have been displaying strong form, with victories in seven of their previous nine games. On the other side, the Saints are struggling this season at 5-6 and come in dealing with injuries at wide receiver. Michael Thomas is already ruled out, and star receiver Chris Olave could potentially miss the game as well. Still, the Saints are only an underdog by 4.5 points, with the bookmakers taking into account home-field advantage.
This may be a closer game than the stats suggest, and it will certainly be a thrilling matchup to watch. Would it be safer to side with the Lions next week against the Chicago Bears? Only time will tell.
Miami Dolphins at Washington Commanders
A lot of bettors will want to go with the Dolphins this week, as they’re favored to win by 9.5 points against the Commanders. The Commanders have had their struggles of late, losing three in a row, including embarrassing losses to the Giants and Cowboys. A loss could be the final nail in the coffin for Ron Rivera as head coach. Contrastingly, the Dolphins have been showing promising form this year and are geared toward trying to win the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC.
With their upcoming home games against the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets, the Dolphins have a favorable schedule in the short term before a challenging final three games against the Cowboys, Ravens, and Bills. So, if you’ve been saving them for your survivor pick, now might be a good time to use them.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers
It’s not that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been anything great this year at 4-7; it’s just that the Carolina Panthers have been incredibly bad.
Despite some recent struggles, where they’ve lost six of their last seven games, the Bucs are still 5.5-point favorites and have a win probability of 69.2%. The Panthers, on the other hand, come in at 1-10 record and just fired Frank Reich as their head coach. But the recent coaching change could provide the spark they need to overcome the sports betting odds.
Todd Bowles may also be coaching for his job, and if the Bucs have any chance of winning the NFC South, they must win this game, especially at home. They should be able to take care of business against a putrid Panthers offense.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Jaguars are in a dominant position heading into their Monday Night showdown with the Bengals. Without Joe Burrow, the Bengals will have a hard time moving the ball against Jacksonville’s 12th-ranked defense.
The Jags have been on a winning streak, securing seven victories in their last eight games, and just won a huge game last week against the Houston Texans that gave them some breathing room in the division. They are currently 7.5-point betting favorites and have a solid 67.5% win probability on Monday. It’s not surprising that the Jags are securing the second-highest pick rate this week at 22.49%. For the Bengals and new signal-caller Jake Browning, a road primetime game against such a formidable opponent might prove to be a tough challenge.