2019 Week 13 NFL Picks
By the Football Garbage Time StaffIf you followed last year, you won over 60% of your picks, and we aim to do even better this year.
And if you’ve been following us, you know that we here at Football Garbage Time have gone head to head against Wally, Will and Ray at Urban Sports Scene on our NFL Picks for the last 4 seasons. Why? Because they’re awesome competitors, they KNOW their sports, and, heck, they’re just good guys! This year we’ll have their picks up right HERE, so keep it tuned in, to both us and them, because we’ll be picking all season all long.
Without further to do, here we go:
Week 13 Games
Ha Kung Wong’s Picks
Ha Kung’s Thoughts:
Last year I ended up with a 66% record for the season, so that’s four years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. I had a solid week 12, going 12-2, putting me back in sole possession of 2nd place and only one pick off 1st with a 114-61 record (65.1%).
Plus, I had a 94% record on Locks of the Week last year. This year, I’m 11-1 for Locks of the Week, and I’m now 6-6 on Upsets of the Week.
Let’s get to that Lock and Upset for Week 13…
Lock of the Week => Carolina Panthers (-10) over Washington Redskins
As a reminder, since I’m running this column Eliminator style, I’ll continue with NOT picking a team that previously picked as a Lock. So that means, this week, I got the Panthers over the Redskins.
Honestly, the Panthers should have beat the top rated Saints last week, but being a Bears fan, I know all about missed field goals. What I learned though is when Kyle Allen is clicking with DJ Moore, things can go atomic in no time. Add the top NFL player on essentially all RB categories in Christian McCaffrey, and I really don’t see how the Panthers don’t manage to put away Washington’s 21st ranked defense. Carolina’s defense isn’t much better, but they should be able to handle Dwayne Haskins and the Redskins’ LAST PLACE offense.
Upset of the Week => Tennessee Titans (+2.5) over Indianapolis Colts
It’s strange to say, but Ryan Tannehill has been one of the best QBs in the NFL over the last five weeks, managing to get the Titans wins in 4 of their last 5, including over the mighty Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. After manhandling the Jaguars in Week 12, I think they should be able to handle the 15th ranked Colts defense and contain a lackluster Colts offense that’s unlikely to have TY Hilton back, or at minimum, not at 100%. Plus, Derek Henry looks like he’s channeling his inner “Beast Mode”, which should have no issues with the Colts defense that ranks just 19th against the run.
Joanne Kong’s Picks
Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) @ Miami Dolphins (2-9)
The Miami Dolphins have won two games this season – against the New York Jets (week 9) and the Indianapolis Colts (week 10). In week 12, the Dolphins lost 41-24 to the Cleveland Browns. This doesn’t bold well for the 2-9 Dolphins against the Philadelphia Eagles in week 13.
- Quarterback vs. Quarterback
Ryan Fitzpatrick, over 10 games played, has 1,901 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and 28 sacks.
Carson Wentz, over 11 games played, 2,530 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and 6 interceptions and 28 sacks.
- Deciding factors of the game:
The availability of right tackle, Lane Johnson, will be crucial for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Although he practiced, he is still on concussion protocol and hasn’t been cleared to play in Sunday’s game. Even against a sub-par Dolphins defense, it’s clear Carson Wentz suffers in terms of sacks and completion percentage without Johnson.
Nelson Agholor (knee), Alshon Jeffery (ankle) and Jordan Howard (shoulder) were all listed limited participants at practice on Wednesday, so it’s unclear how depleted the Eagles will be at the offensive skills positions. And with Zack Ertz suffering from a hamstring injury and not practicing on Wednesday, the Eagles may be without their leading receiver who has 67 catches, 712 yards and 3 touchdowns so far this year. Ertz has been an integral part in moving the ball in the last three games, having 30 catches and 288 yards and 3 touchdowns. His absence will most like be filled by second-year tight-end Dallas Goedert and Josh Perkins, both who have totaled 36 catches and 356 yards for the season.
With regard to a Dolphins offense, whether “3-TD Ryan Fitzpatrick” shows up or not will be key. There’s no doubt that Ryan Fitzpatrick still has some magic left, and he’ll need it on Sunday against the Eagles.
It’s a fact that the Miami Dolphins won’t make it past the regular season, but with an injured Eagles team, who’s had a roller coaster of a season, they can look to spoil the Eagles desperate hunt to win the NFC East.
Scott King’s Picks
Another week, another week of grinding. This was actually a very challenging week. Several division match-ups and overall quality games. This is a tough one and I’m sure this is not where I’ll land throughout the week. Keep an eye on the Twitter for the most current picks.
Check out Wally’s thoughts also at the 57:22 minute mark of the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
— Wole USS (@UrbanSportScene) November 27, 2019
Check out Ray’s thoughts also at the 57:22 minute mark of the most recent Urban Sports Scene Podcast!
There’s questions about Jeff Driskel’s health for the Turkey Day game with the Bears but I am not picking Mitch Trubisky on the road.
And I don’t care about Dallas’ struggles lately I am also not buying Josh Allen in a big road game on TV. Nope!
Going for an upset with Arizona to finish off the L.A. Rams playoff hopes. Bill Belichick to get one over on his former assistant yet again when the Pats win in Houston.
And yes I am taking Seattle to thump Minnesota and remind everyone that this is still Kirk Cousins, who still doesn’t do well in big primetime games.
Week 12 Results
Check back next week for our Week 13 results and Week 14 picks!