NFL Tipsheet: Mini previews and recommended bets for all Week 13 fixtures

Will the Vikings get the better of the Panthers on Sunday?
Will the Vikings get the better of the Panthers on Sunday?

Tips on all week 13 games in the NFL from our man Luca Bercelli...

"As the betting suggests, this could be tight, but whereas one quarterback is on the rise, Teddy Bridgewater, another is on the slide, Cam Newton. Teddy is progressing nicely and showed poise in last week's narrow loss to barnstorming Green Bay. He should lead the Vikes to victory here."


Carolina Panthers @ Minnesota Vikings
Sunday 18:00

As the betting suggests, this could be tight, but whereas one quarterback is on the rise, Teddy Bridgewater, another is on the slide, Cam Newton. Teddy is progressing nicely and showed poise in last week's narrow loss to barnstorming Green Bay. He should lead the Vikes to victory here.

Recommended Bet
Back the Minnesota Vikings to win @ 1.84/5
Best Bet


Cincinnati Bengals @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday 18:00

With no running game to speak of the Bucs are under pressure here due to Cincy's decent pass defense. On top of that Ginge and the gang have plenty of offensive weapons and are bang in form. Tampa fans might want to watch this from behind the sofa, it could be yet another car crash in their shocking season.

Recommended Bet
Back the Cincinnati Bengals to win @ 1.68/13


Cleveland Browns @ Buffalo Bills
Sunday 18:00

By his own admission, Browns' quarterback Brian Hoyer has been horrible in the last two weeks, but despite that, another win was notched up and Cleveland now sit at 7-4, one W better than the Bills. If I had to pick a winner, it'd be the Browns, but both teams have a huge play-off incentive, so this game will no doubt be tight, edgy and defensive. Take the unders.

Recommended Bet
Back under 42.0pts @ 2.01/1
 


New Orleans Saints @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday 18:00

I keep waiting for New Orleans to turn the corner and they keep plowing straight ahead into the ditch marked 'manure'. The offensive parts of the jigsaw are all in place and clicking; they just need something from their D to keep them competitive. It probably won't happen this week as the Steelers are a nightmare match-up for the Saints and I have to take them even -4.5pts.

Recommended Bet
Back the Pittsburgh Steelers -4.5pts @ 2.01/1


New York Giants @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday 18:00

The Giants' Odell Beckham Jr looked absolutely unplayable in a losing cause against Dallas last week and is the most exciting player in the league. If he's shaken off the slight injury he sustained during that game he'll be the dominant factor here. He could rip the Jacksonville secondary apart, and with the Giants coming off a brutal schedule and dismal results, I reckon they'll want to vent some frustration. The Giants -2.5pts is 'must bet' material.

Recommended Bet
Back the New York Giants -2.5pts @ 1.875/6


Oakland Raiders @ St Louis Rams
Sunday 18:00

The Raiders finally broke their duck last week with a real upset against the Chiefs, but it's hard to see them building on that against a team who whacked Denver 22-7 only two weeks ago. No, it's back to the college highlight reels and deciding who to take first in the draft, after loss number 11 here.

Recommended Bet
Back the St Louis Rams -7pts @ 2.111/10 


San Diego Chargers @ Baltimore Ravens
Sunday 18:00

The Chargers have O-line problems, the Ravens have 24 sacks in their last six games. This is only going one way, especially since Philip Rivers will struggle to exploit the Ravens' achilles heel, covering the long ball. I don't like -6pts but I do like over 45.5pts.

Recommended Bet
Back over 45.5pts @ 2.01/1
 


Tennessee Titans @ Houston Texans
Sunday 18:00

I don't know about you but this match-up fills me with nothing but boredom. Two nothing teams, with nothing at stake, both heading for mediocre records. The biggest interest is the off-field saga of Houston's number one overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, and his push for bust of the year. He should walk it. 

Recommended Bet
Back the Houston Texans -6.5pts @ 1.910/11


Washington Redskins @ Indianapolis Colts
Sunday 18:00

Who thought it would happen this quickly; life without RG III in Washington? Not many. Well, it's happened, and not a moment too soon. RG III has regressed faster than Liverpool and his career is in tatters. Colt McCoy gets another chance and he'll do well in time, just not today against a very good team in the Colts.

Recommended Bet
Back the Indianapolis Colts -9.5pts @ 2.01/1


Arizona Cardinals @ Atlanta Falcons
Sunday 21:05

I'll be absolutely inconsolable if the Cards don't put the Falcons to sleep in their own back yard. They've played well all season, and now with divisional rivals Seattle breathing down their necks, need to keep on winning to take the division. Their superb defense will shut down Atlanta and lay the foundations for another grinding win.

Recommended Bet
Back the Arizona Cardinals to win @ 1.910/11
 


New England Patriots @ Green Bay Packers
Sunday 21:25

I think the market has got this one the wrong way round. Yes, the Packers are dominant at home, yes Aaron Rodgers is probably the best quarterback in the league and yes, the Pack can outgun anyone on their day. But, and it's a big but; Green Bay can't stop the run, and with the Pats experts at targeting a weakness, they should be favourites to win.

Recommended Bet
Back the New England Patriots +3.0pts @ 2.01/1


Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
Monday 01:30

Stuttering Denver need to send out a message here and I think they will against a KC side that suffered the embarrassment of losing to wooden-spoon favourites Oakland last week. The Chiefs are better than that, but I doubt if they'll be able to handle Denver's pass rush, and shining light Jamaal Charles should be bottled up by a stingy defense.

Recommended Bet
Back the Denver Broncos to win @ 1.9520/21
 


Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets
Tuesday 01:30

It's been a long, long season for poor old Jets' fans such as yours truly, and it's not going to get any better against fierce rivals Miami. I have to admit it, the Fins are a far better outfit than us in all facets of the game. They've got a quarterback who is maturing handsomely in his third season, unlike Geno Smith, who will be on his way out of New York next year with Rex Ryan, the kit man and the tea lady for company.

Recommended Bet
Back the Miami Dolphins to win @ 1.374/11


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