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Pats Pulpit Sunday Picks: Week 13

Greg Knopping of Pats Pulpit makes his Sunday NFL Picks for week 13!

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Greg Knopping of Pats Pulpit makes his Sunday NFL Picks for week 13:

Jacksonville Jaguars at Buffalo Bills: The Jaguars made a switch from the anemic Blaine Gabbert at quarterback to Chad Henne, and the results have shown. Buffalo is fledging right now, and a loss today would really get #firechan trending on Twitter. Jaguars 20 Bills 19

Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears: I could really see this one going either way. We've heard all about how Chicago is so much better with Jay Cutler. But there's a reason why: it's true. Bears 23 Seahawks 20

Indianapolis Colts at Detroit Lions: Detroit really deserved to win last week against the Texans, and it has to be frustrating. Now they're on the verge of implosion: do they stand strong and pull out a win against 7-4 Indianapolis, or do they collapse? Colts 27 Lions 24

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers: At 6-5, this is do or die time for the Vikings. Unfortunately, I just don't think they're as good as their record suggests, certainly not good enough to be a desperate Green Bay at Lambeau. Packers 31 Vikings 20

Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs: Tragedy in Kansas City with the murder-suicide. You've got to feel for the child, the families affected, the players and teammates, the Kansas City community, and Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli, who witnessed the whole thing. I think the team, uses the emotion to rally for a win. At least, that's what I hope. Chiefs 20 Panthers 13

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins: The Patriots have historically, uh, sucked in December at Miami. But with a division title within their grasp, I think they focus and get the job done. Won't be easy against the division's second best, who are also holding on for their playoff lives. Patriots 34 Dolphins 24

Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets: Ryan Lindley is one of the few NFL quarterbacks that Mark Sanchez could actually be better than. The Jets were embarrassed on Thanksgiving, so I think they could maybe possibly get a win today. Jets 16 Cardinals 13

San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams: No, I don't agree with Jim Harbaugh's decision to start Kaepernick over Smith. What message does that send to a locker room mid-season? The time to make that move was the offseason, not now. Still, 49ers won't tie the Rams this time - they'll win. 49ers 27 Rams 10

Houston Texans at Tennesee Titans: At 4-7, Jake Locker and the Titans are clinging to their playoff hopes by a thread. While I could see them hanging with Houston for a bit, I don't see them doing enough to pull of the upset. Texans 34 Titans 17

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos: The Buccaneers have a young, explosive offense coupled with a growing, opportunistic defense. After losing a close one to the Falcons, they need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Could they pull of the big upset at Denver? Maybe. Broncos 28 Buccaneers 27

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens: I'd really like to see Brian Hoyer get a chance with the Steelers as long as Ben Roethlisberger is out. But since Charlie Batch is starting this game, I don't see any way they win AT Baltimore. Ravens 24 Steelers 10

Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders: Mike Holmgren is officially out as team president, and Joe Banner is in. Nonetheless, the Browns are coming off of a big win over the Steelers, and I kind of like their formula. They have a good run defense, can create turnovers, and run the ball consistently with Trent Richardson. And their opponents, the Oakland Raiders - I'm not even sure they know what a formula is. Browns 17 Raiders 13

Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers: With a win today, Marvin Lewis will be inching closer something he's never done in his head coaching career: making the playoffs two consecutive seasons. Bengals 31 Chargers 24

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys: As bad as the Cowboys have been a times this year, a win today against the lowly Eagles should move them back to .500. And if the Redskins can pull off the upset against the Giants, the NFC East could get a whole lot more interesting down the stretch. Cowboys 28 Eagles 13

New York Giants at Washington Redskins: RGIII is special. The rest of his roster? Very average. Nonetheless, the Redskins look like they finally might be starting to gel, which could mean for a potential upset against the Giants, a team they play tough every time out. Redskins 31 Giants 27