Gerry Dulac's NFL Forecast: Week 13
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Last week: 10-6 (.625)
Season record: 119-73 (.620)
Denver Broncos (8-4) at Oakland Raiders (3-9), 8:20 p.m. -- The Broncos have won a league-high seven in a row and already clinched the AFC West title for the second year in a row. And they have not a lost a division game, either. Peyton Manning is the hands-down winner of Comeback Player of the Year with 29 TD passes, most in a single season in Broncos history. And this is a franchise that employed John Elway.
Prediction: Broncos, 34-20
San Diego Chargers (4-8) at Steelers (7-5), 1 p.m. -- The Chargers have lost four in a row, including the past two to the Ravens and Bengals in which they managed just 13 points each game. And those games were at home. West coast teams don't fare too well in 1 p.m. games on the east coast.
Prediction: Steelers, 27-13
Dallas Cowboys (6-6) at Cincinnati Bengals (7-5), 1 p.m. -- The Bengals have won four in a row to stay in the hunt with the Steelers for a wild-card spot. And they have allowed just 42 points during their winning streak But the Cowboys find themselves back in the division race after beating the Eagles
Prediction: Bengals, 23-16
Baltimore Ravens (9-3) at Washington Redskins (6-6), 1 p.m. -- The Battle of the Beltway looks even more intriguing after the Redskins beat the Giants at home for their third victory in a row. And the AFC North race will get a little more intriguing if the Redskins manage to make it four in a row.
Prediction: Ravens, 17-13
Tennessee Titans (4-8) at Indianapolis Colts (8-4), 1 p.m. -- We already know Andrew Luck will be rookie of the year, or should be, after how he has performed with the Colts. And Bruce Arians, who is 7-2 since stepping in for Chuck Pagano, should be coach of the year.
Prediction: Colts, 27-14
St. Louis Rams (5-6-1) at Buffalo Bills (5-7), 1 p.m. -- Any team that can have a winning record in a series with the 49ers (1-0-1) -- and not wilt in overtime both times -- should be able to beat the Bills. But the Rams have been inconsistent. Of course, so have the Bills, who can really surrender the points (337).
Prediction: Bills, 24-20
Atlanta Falcons (11-1) at Carolina Panthers (3-9), 1 p.m. -- Matt Ryan has won his past five starts and seven of the past eight against the Panthers, and there is little reason to think that might change. Sure, the Falcons have already clinched the division title, but the Panthers are 1-5 at home.
Prediction: Falcons, 26-13
Kansas City Chiefs (2-10) at Cleveland Browns (4-8), 1 p.m. -- The Browns are on a roll after back-to-back wins, but that is becoming a familiar tale in Cleveland. They put on a late-season surge and dupe their following into thinking next year is the year. Romeo Crennel, once fired by the Browns, will get the same in KC.
Prediction: Browns, 24-9
New York Jets (5-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10), 1 p.m. -- Not being an apologist for Mark Sanchez, but he shouldn't get the blame for what's happened to the Jets. Blame the person who brought in Tim Tebow and messed with Sanchez' head. Gee, didn't the Jets do this once before with Brett Favre?
Prediction: Jets, 16-10
Chicago Bears (8-4) at Minnesota Vikings (6-6), 1 p.m. -- The Vikings have gone the other direction after their 5-2 start, losing four of the past five. And they just can't seem to beat Jay Cutler, who has won his past five starts against them. The Bears' OT loss at home to Seahawks could cost them division title.
Prediction: Bears, 20-17
Philadelphia Eagles (3-9) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6), 1 p.m. -- Do not be fooled by the Bucs' back-to-back losses -- they were close defeats to two of the league's best teams, Falcon and Broncos. And do not be fooled by the Eagles' eight consecutive losses -- they are that bad.
Prediction: Buccaneers, 28-12
Miami Dolphins (5-7) at San Francisco 49ers (8-3-1), 4:05 p.m. -- It's a tough stretch for the Dolphins, who have to play the 49ers on the road after losing at home to the Patriots. And it's been a tough stretch for the 49ers because they haven't beaten the Rams in two meetings in the past four weeks (0-1-1).
Prediction: 49ers, 20-10
New Orleans Saints (5-7) at New York Giants (7-5), 4:25 p.m. -- Not only has Drew Brees never lost to the Giants (4-0), he has never thrown an interception against them, either. That streak will continue if the Giants continue on the slide that has seen them lose three of the past four and re-open the NFC East race.
Prediction: Giants, 30-23
Arizona Cardinals (4-8) at Seattle Seahawks (7-5), 4:25 p.m. -- The Seahawks are one of only two teams unbeaten at home (5-0). And they kept themselves in good wild-card position with their OT victory in Chicago. The Cardinals won the first meeting in Arizona, back before they lost eight in row.
Prediction: Seahawks, 23-9
Detroit Lions (4-8) at Green Bay Packers (8-4), 8:20 p.m. -- This is not good news for the Lions, who keep finding ways to implode during a four-game loising streak: The Packers have won 10 consecutive division games and Aaron Rodgers has never lost to Detroit (7-0).
Prediction: Packers, 31-21
Houston Texans (11-1) at New England Patriots (9-3), 8:30 p.m. -- The Texans are the only unbeaten road team in the league (6-0) and can all but assure themselves of the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a victory. But the Patriots have won 12 consecutive games in December. An early AFC title game preview?
Prediction: Patriots, 23-20
First Published December 7, 2012 2:13 pm