Lucky 13

Here we are in Week 13. Some people are in the last week of regular season of fantasy football, but the real players have five long weeks to go. Without further ado, my Lucky Week 13 picks, home teams in CAPS.

EAGLES (-8.5) over Texans
There is something just depressing about the Texans. Every year they come in with promise, and every year they end the season at 8-8. Except this year. This year they’re not even getting to .500.

Saints (-6.5) over BENGALS
I don’t get this line. The Saints are really good … and the Bengals are really bad. This game will be over fast. This is your Bojangles Lock o’ the Week!

LIONS (+3.5) over Bears
Maybe I have too much faith in the Lions. Maybe I have an irrational disliking for this Bears team. Maybe I feel bad for Detroit after they had a win in Week 1 ripped from their hands against Detroit. But I’ll take the Lions and the points here.

PACKERS (-9.5) over Niners
As many injuries as the Packers have had, they’re still a really talented team. Troy Smith just will not cut it matched up against Aaron Rodgers, and this game won’t be close on the Frozen Tundra at Lambeau Field.

Doesn't Rusty Smith sound like the name of a mechanic?

Doesn't Rusty Smith sound like the name of a mechanic?

Jaguars (+3.5) over TITANS
Kerry Collins or Rusty Smith, I’ll take the Jags. They’re completely uninspiring, but they’ve found a way to place themselves atop the AFC South, and they deserve props for that.

CHIEFS (-8.5) over Broncos
I cannot put any trust in KC Coach Todd Haley, but he has so much great help around him, specifically coordinators Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel. KC wins at home, and they’re playing at Arrowhead Stadium today.

DOLPHINS (-4.5) over Browns
As long as Tyler Thigpen isn’t playing, I’ll take Miami.

VIKINGS (-6.5) over Bills
Ugh….what a terrible game. At least Leslie Frazier can motivate his team to step up their game against one of the four worst teams in the league.

GIANTS (-7.5) over Redskins
I generally don’t trust Eli, but against the Redskins, this is an easy pick. Even without Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith, Eli should find a way not to throw four picks and lose the game.

CHARGERS (-12.5) over Raiders
Phillip Rivers does not lose games in December.

Falcons (-3.5) over BUCCANEERS
Is this the game where the NFC South last placed team takes over? You all know the stat, so I don’t need to repeat it. Right now, Tampa is tied with New York and Chicago for the last playoff spot. Unfortunately, today is not the day. They can win the next three games after this one (Washington, Detroit, and Seattle), but not against Matty Ice.

SEAHAWKS (-5.5) over Panthers
The Panthers are bad, and the Seahawks win at home. Simple choice.

Rams (-3.5) over CARDINALS
Do people realize the Cardinals absolutely suck? Like Carolina basketball suck?

COLTS (-5.5) over Cowboys
Peyton in a must-win? Yes, sir.

Steelers (+3.5) over RAVENS
I really trust Big Ben in these games. Of course, we haven’t seen a Baltimore offense like this in decades, but the Steelers still have the best defense in the league.

PATRIOTS (-3.5) over Jets
In a league largely run by quarterbacks and head coaches, I’ll take Brady and the Hoodie over Sanchize and Rex Ryan. The Patriots do not lose these games at home, and this is the time of year when they finally hit full stride.

Last Week: 6-10

Season: 71-78

Bojangles Lock o’ the Week: 9-2

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