Week 13 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Beazley)
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Earlier this week, I picked one of the Thanksgiving Day games and now here are my other two picks for Week 13:
Indianapolis Colts -4 (over Tennessee Titans)
Earlier this week, I revealed that the Titans would be my pick for the 6th seed in the AFC playoff race. A win here against Indianapolis would definitely help, but the Colts absolutely own the Titans as of late. The Colts have won nine out of the last 10 of this series and have covered against the number in four straight.
The loss of Titans safety Michael Griffin to suspension will be devastating today as backup George Wilson isn't going to be a good option vs the Colts No. 1 weapon TE Coby Fleener. Fleener abused Titans nickel back Cody Sensabuagh for most of their Week 11 matchup. The Titans are going to need to get a little creative to stop Fleener. I don't think it is going to happen, and I believe Andrew Luck and Fleener have a big day today.
The ship has finally sailed on the Kenny Britt days in Tennessee (thank god) as I expect to see rookie WR Justin Hunter utilized in a big way today. I think Hunter will have another 100-yard receiving day with a touchdown as he solidifies himself as the team's new No. 2 WR behind Kendall Wright. I think this game comes down to the wire, and a pick-six when the Titans are driving to win is the difference. Colts, 30-20.
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New Orleans Saints +5 (over Seattle Seahawks)
I'll take the points with Drew Brees as my QB any day of the week. I usually love the Seahawks at home, but I think it is going to be awfully tough to contain the Saints passing attack especially with Jimmy Graham back to near 100 percent. Graham is going to be the difference in this one, and I think he connects with Brees for two touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball, the news that Percy Harvin aggravated his hip injury again and is doubtful to play this week is a huge loss for the Seahawks offense. They need Harvin in the lineup to contend and score points when playing high-powered offenses like the Saints. They are not going to go far with the likes of Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin as their best receiving options.
This is a must-win game for the Seahawks as a loss here could lose them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Winning a game in New Orleans in January is going to be very tough, and unfortunately for Seattle they are going to have to, as I have the Saints pulling the upset here and winning big, 27-16.
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