For The Win: Week 13

NFL picks against the Las Vegas lines.

Here we are again this year, back for more NFL picks. It is with great pleasure that I take the reins from Jeff Pasquino after writing a guest edition last year. As someone who has won and lost their fair share of money on the NFL (and many other sports), this is bound to be a fun and unpredictable ride. Join me, won’t you?

As with the format in previous years, this article will help those of you who compete in confidence pools and in ranking selections, which may come in handy on those Las Vegas trips. Games are rated based on preference for both the point spread and other angles (such as totals or over/unders) with 1-3 “Stars”, which basically highlight the best bets for the week. Those games which have zero stars are not preferred one way or the other, but will still be covered, discussed and a winner will be predicted for those trying to get some advice for their weekly office pools.

A dismal betting week has set my personal record back; my only hope is that you weren’t as badly affected as I was with a regrettable 4-10 record. I should note that this follows two strong weeks, so hopefully, your bankroll hasn’t been dented too much. Setbacks happen when we wager on football, but now is no time to slump our shoulders. Let’s dig into this week and get back on the horse.

The byes are in the rear-view mirror, so we have a full slate of games to sink our teeth into.

Note that the over/unders are taken from

(Thursday - Thanksgiving) CHICAGO (-1) at DETROIT (Over/Under 39)

The Lions suffered the ultimate ignominy last week – a loss to the down-and-out Washington Redskins (whose quarterback is Dwayne Haskins). Not exactly the ideal script heading into a tradition like the Thanksgiving early game. The loss of Matthew Stafford has turned this team from a lively one into a moribund unit, seemingly bereft of a spark with a rash of injuries. Picking up the pieces against a Bears defense that itself appeared to have some life against the Giants will be tough for Jeff Driskel and his offensive teammates.

The hope for the Lions, of course, rests on the talents of Mitchell Trubisky. Talents that, most would acknowledge, have been lacking over the 2019 season. Against subpar opponents like the Giants, Trubisky is more than capable of holding his own and even notching a couple of scores. The Detroit defense at home tends to play hard, though, making things a little less easy and breezy for the Windy City’s quarterback. If nothing else, Driskel is a fighter; Trubisky, meanwhile, feels like a mistake waiting to happen. The spot here is good for the home team – Thanksgiving, at home and coming off an embarrassing loss.

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