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NFL picks Week 13: Could Browns and Bengals face trouble this week?

Predictions for the rest of the NFL's games.

This old school Browns fan will hope his team can get past the Jaguars this Sunday.
This old school Browns fan will hope his team can get past the Jaguars this Sunday.
Matt Sullivan

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts (-4.5)

The Colts have been reeling lately and don't have a consistent receiving threat to rely on with Reggie Wayne out for the year. The running game is also non-existent. Oh, should I mention the defensive issues lately? Point is, the Titans get the upset. Prediction: Titans 24, Colts 21

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cleveland Browns (-7)

The Browns have returned to being the Browns this year, a lot of that due to offensive injuries. The Jaguars shouldn't win this game but the Browns will keep it interesting. Prediction: Browns 17, Jaguars 14

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (-8)

Over the past three weeks, the Buccaneers have been the most intriguing team. If the season started now they'd have a lot more respect as Mike Glennon has been impressive. I think Carolina wins but not by the 8-point spread. Prediction: Panthers 26, Buccaneers 23

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (-1)

The Vikings should be able to run the ball at will against a horrible Bears front seven. Conversely, the Bears should be able to match the Vikings in offensive production. Look for a high-scoring game, but with a better Bears team coming away victorious. Prediction: Bears 34, Vikings 30

Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles (-3)

The Cardinals have to make the dreaded west coast-to-east coast trip for a 1 p.m. game. The Cardinals have been one of the NFL's hottest teams, though the Eagles are up there as well. With Week 12 off, the Eagles were able to devote more time to the Cardinals. The Eagles get the win and cover. Prediction: Eagles 27, Cardinals 20

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (-2)

With the way the Jets have played lately, the Dolphins shouldn't have any problems turning them over. Look for Miami to get a divisional win as the Jets begin a slide down to the bottom of the division. Prediction: Dolphins 20, Jets 10

New England Patriots (-7.5) at Houston Texans

The Patriots are among the best teams in the NFL once again, with the offense looking more and more like the one of old each week. The Texans have been a disappointment. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to put two and two together and realize this could get ugly. Prediction: Patriots 34, Texans 13

Atlanta Falcons at Buffalo Bills (-3)

The Falcons can chalk this season up as a blip on Mike Smith's otherwise impressive coaching career. But this game will be no different. The Bills should come away with a win due to having a better defense. Prediction: Bills 24, Falcons 16

St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers (-8.5)

Don't sleep on the Rams. The running game, even if Zac Stacy is out, has been impressive. Backup Bennie Cunningham is a capable back too, which makes you wonder why the Rams were big on giving Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead the ball early in the year. This could be much closer than the experts think. Prediction: 49ers 24, Rams 21

Denver Broncos (-5) at Kansas City Chiefs

These two teams meet again in a span of three weeks, with the Chiefs looking to get their defense back on track after abysmal games against the Broncos and Chargers. But can it happen against a Peyton Manning-led team that's still mad after this past Sunday's loss to New England? Prediction: Broncos 31, Chiefs 27

Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers (-1)

The Chargers needed a win last week to keep their playoff hopes alive. Another one this week would go along way as well. Hosting the Bengals could be the difference. Prediction: Chargers 26, Bengals 24

New York Giants (-1) at Washington Redskins

Have you seen the Redskins play? It hasn't been pretty. And considering the Redskins locker room, coaching staff and Robert Griffin III seem to all be on different pages, how can anyone think Washington wins this one? Prediction: Giants 31, Redskins 17

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (-5)

This game pits two of the five best NFL teams this season, making this a clear game of the week. The Saints' offense should be slowed down a tad due to Seattle's strong defense (even without Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond). But all eyes will be on Percy Harvin as he won't be limited on a snap count this week. Prediction: Seahawks 31, Saints 27