Good morning, NFC Westers.
I'll be heading to Illinois later Saturday for a Seattle-Chicago matchup with playoff implications for both teams. In the meantime, pull up your preferred device for a few more predictions.
Ross Tucker, Matt Williamson and Jay Soderberg are back with their weekly NFL predictions on the latest Football Today podcast for Week 13.
I've been singling out NFC West-related highlights for those interested. The full podcast is worth a listen as well.
19:47 mark: Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears. Tucker picks the Bears somewhat reluctantly. He thinks the Seahawks' defensive line could pressure Jay Cutler into taking chances against a Seattle secondary that could capitalize. Williamson expects an "extremely low-scoring game" featuring strong play from the Seahawks' Richard Sherman against Brandon Marshall. Williamson uses the word "reluctant" when picking the Bears.
27:14 mark: San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams. Tucker points to the 49ers' play over the past two weeks as evidence San Francisco should beat a Rams team that has been inconsistent. Williamson uses the term "juggernaut" to describe the 49ers. He sees this game as a potential "speed bump" for San Francisco, but he thinks they'll win anyway.
32:37 mark: Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets. Tucker was particularly harsh in evaluating Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley for throwing in Week 12 what he considered to be some of the worst passes he's ever seen in the NFL. He's taking the Jets by double digits. Williamson called this the toughest game of the week to predict. He thinks the Cardinals will win the game, but he cannot explain why.
Tucker, Williamson and Soderberg pick outcomes for all games in Week 13, so check out the full podcast if you can.
Related: Check out ESPN's expert picks for the week. Chris Mortensen and Tom Jackson are taking Seattle. Keyshawn Johnson is taking Arizona. Adam Schefter is taking St. Louis.