NFL Week 13 predictions: Take Patriots over Eagles, Seahawks over Vikings, Redskins over Cowboys

Here are our NFL Nation reporters' predictions for Week 13:


New York Jets: Get ready for a shootout. Since Week 7, the Jets have given up a league-high 1,702 passing yards and the Giants aren't far behind at 1,610. The Jets won't have CB Darrelle Revis (concussion), which could result in a monster day for Odell Beckham Jr. This will be an entertaining game for the fans, especially with both teams battling for playoff spots. In the end, the Giants will prevail because they have a little too much firepower for the Jets to handle. Giants 34, Jets 27. -- Rich Cimini

New York Giants: So many of these games between 6-5 teams and 5-6 teams feel like coin flips. At this point in the Giants' season, there's no outcome Sunday that would surprise me. But since I have to make a pick, I'm looking at the quarterback situations and favoring the Giants. I'm remembering Ryan Fitzpatrick coming in here last year with Houston and having no idea where the ball was going when he threw it. I'm looking at a Jets secondary that doesn't seem as if it'll have Darrelle Revis to cover Odell Beckham. And I'm looking at Eli Manning and thinking he's due for a big-game QB-type of game. Giants 24, Jets 20. -- Dan Graziano


Arizona Cardinals: This game will be a telling one for Arizona about what life without Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington looks like. Rookie David Johnson and his 35 career carries will get the start, and beyond him the Cards are short on depth in the backfield with Stepfan Taylor and Kerwynn Williams. This might be the ideal game for Arizona to kick off its new run game, however. The Rams are ranked 21st against the run, giving up 111 yards per game. Cardinals 24, Rams 17. -- Josh Weinfuss

St. Louis Rams: The Rams haven't lost to an NFC West opponent this year, but those three wins came when the offense had at least a semblance of a pulse. The Cardinals have a lot to play for and almost certainly will be searching for a measure of revenge after the Rams gave them one of their two losses earlier this season. The Rams benefited from some lucky bounces in that first meeting. It'll take more to get another win and that seems unlikely. The Rams' tailspin continues here, with their losing streak reaching five. Cardinals 27, Rams 6. -- Nick Wagoner


Atlanta Falcons: The players-only meeting the Falcons had Monday should spark an inspired effort on both sides of the ball. Matt Ryan moved the offense with ease the first time the teams met, but turnovers and penalties hurt in the end. The return of top running back Devonta Freeman (concussion) after a one-game absence should provide a jolt as well, as should the season debut of Devin Hester, the greatest return man of all time. Falcons 24, Buccaneers 17. -- Vaughn McClure

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Wide receiver Vincent Jackson did not play in the first meeting between the teams, and Tampa Bay won despite a season-low 177 passing yards. Jackson will play Sunday and rookie quarterback Jameis Winston is playing better. I like the Bucs in what could be an NFC elimination game. Buccaneers 27, Falcons 21. -- Rick Brown


Seattle Seahawks: In the past two games, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is 45-of-59 for 605 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions. He's operating from the pocket better than ever before, and the offense finally is finding a rhythm. The Seahawks' issues on defense have come against prolific, high-powered passing attacks. That's not what the Vikings present. Look for another tight game that is decided in the final five minutes. In the end, the Seahawks win their third straight. Seahawks 24, Vikings 20. -- Sheil Kapadia

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings will have their hands full with Seattle's second-ranked running game, particularly with the availability of nose tackle Linval Joseph in doubt because of a foot injury. Anthony Barr and Harrison Smith are dealing with injuries, too, meaning the Vikings could have a key defender at less than 100 percent at every level of their scheme. Against a Seahawks team that has lost twice in December since 2011, that might be a little too much for the Vikings to handle. The best way to exploit the Seahawks has been to come up with a few big-play strikes, and unless the Vikings are able to do that, they could find themselves on the short end of a physical game. Seahawks 19, Vikings 17. -- Ben Goessling


Houston Texans: J.J. Watt has had a lot of success against the Buffalo Bills. The last time he faced them he had nine quarterback hits and essentially ended EJ Manuel's time as a starting quarterback. Tyrod Taylor poses more of a challenge than Manuel did, but I don't see Watt slowing down. He has figured something out in the last 4.5 games, during which he has had 9.5 sacks. Texans 21, Bills 9. -- Tania Ganguli

Buffalo Bills: This is the Bills' first home game in four weeks and probably their last chance to turn around a season that is teetering on major disappointment. If the Bills' recent history is any indication -- they played their best game of last season at home in Week 15 against the Green Bay Packers -- they'll stay alive and make their upcoming trips to Philadelphia and Washington more interesting by beating the Texans. Brian Hoyer has the fourth-best Total QBR this season, but if the Bills' defense isn't shutting him down Sunday, something is seriously wrong with Rex Ryan's unit. Bills 20, Texans 13. -- Mike Rodak


Baltimore Ravens: All 11 of the Ravens' games this season have been decided by eight points or fewer, and quarterback Matt Schaub has thrown eight interceptions in the fourth quarter in his past eight starts. That's not a good combination and negates the fact the Dolphins are the 28th-ranked defense in the NFL. The Ravens can't bank on two special-teams touchdowns saving them the way they did Monday night. Dolphins 23, Ravens 17. -- Jamison Hensley

Miami Dolphins: The Ravens are 4-0 against Miami since 2008 and continue to be a tough matchup. The Dolphins also have a lot of issues with their 27th-ranked offense entering Sunday's game. They fired former offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, and interim replacement Zac Taylor will call plays for the first time in his career. That is too much change on the fly. Ravens 20, Dolphins 17. -- James Walker


Cincinnati Bengals: Typically, December in Cleveland means two things: bitterly cold temperatures and some form of frozen precipitation off Lake Erie. That combination usually forces teams visiting FirstEnergy Stadium this time of year to focus on running the football. The Bengals and Browns might not have to do that Sunday. The early forecast calls for sun and temperatures in the low 50s. So don't be surprised if Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson keeps the ball in quarterback Andy Dalton's hands. Only once this season has Dalton had fewer than 200 passing yards in a game. During his previous outing against the Browns in November, Dalton's three-touchdown performance sparked a 21-point blowout. Like that week, the Browns again are dealing with key injuries in their secondary. Bengals 30, Browns 17. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns: In each of the last three seasons, the Browns have won a game against the Bengals -- against many odds. For whatever reason, they seem to play the Bengals well once each season. Austin Davis gets the chance this week, and it's a tough draw against a 9-2 team. It'll be close, but the trend ends. Bengals 27, Browns 20. -- Pat McManamon


Jacksonville Jaguars: The teams have split the season series in seven of the past eight years, and the Jaguars won the first meeting on Nov. 19. The teams are evenly matched, though the Jaguars certainly have the edge at receiver with Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns (he might not play because of a concussion) and at tight end with Julius Thomas. However, there is one glaring difference: The Titans are seventh in the NFL in red zone efficiency, scoring touchdowns on 62.1 percent of their trips inside the 20. The Jaguars are 30th (41.7 percent) and have scored TDs on only five of their last 18 trips to the red zone. One big reason the Jaguars won on Nov. 19? They kept the Titans out of the red zone. It's unrealistic to expect that again. Titans 23, Jaguars 20. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans: The Jaguars and Titans have split their season series for six years running. A Titans victory Sunday can make it seven. Marcus Mariota has the NFL's best red zone passer rating at 115.7, and the Jaguars have allowed TDs to opponents a league-worst 67.5 percent of the time they've moved inside the 20. Titans 17, Jaguars 13. -- Paul Kuharsky


San Francisco 49ers: The last time the 49ers faced a team coming off 10 days rest, they were blown out, 43-18, at the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2. Now the Niners face someone who is intimately familiar with them in former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, and the 49ers are giving up more than 35 points per road game. With the Bears rested up, this should be more of the same. Bears 31, 49ers 13. -- Paul Gutierrez

Chicago Bears: The timing feels right for Chicago to make a run. The Bears ought to send a thank-you card to 49ers general manager Trent Baalke for hiring Jim Tomsula over Vic Fangio or Adam Gase. Unless the offense repeatedly coughs up the football, the Bears should improve to .500. This is essentially a must-win if Chicago has serious postseason aspirations. Bears 28, 49ers 14. -- Jeff Dickerson


Denver Broncos: San Diego's three victories this season have come against teams with a combined 10 wins through Week 12 (Detroit, Cleveland and Jacksonville). The Chargers have won only one game in the last seven and opposing offenses have averaged 6.3 yards per play. It will be Brock Osweiler's first extended look at the Chargers' defense, a unit that has made things difficult on Peyton Manning at times in recent seasons. Philip Rivers also has been a significant thorn in the Broncos' side through the years. But the Broncos have the better roster and their sights on home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Broncos 30, Chargers 20. -- Jeff Legwold

San Diego Chargers: The Broncos are the more talented team, but the Chargers are the healthiest they've been all season, and veteran players such as Philip Rivers remain focused on finishing the season the right way. I also like the matchup between first-year starter Brock Osweiler and Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano. Since 2013, the Chargers have an 8-5 record against first- and second-year QBs, holding them to 19 points a game. Chargers 23, Broncos 20. -- Eric Williams


Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs, tied for fifth in the league in scoring at 26.1 points per game, have devoured defenses similar to what the Raiders offer. Oakland is 26th in scoring defense (25.5 points per game) and 27th in total defense (391 yards per game). In recent games against defenses similar statistically, the Chiefs scored 45 points against the Lions and 33 against the Chargers. They'll score enough to win this one, too. Chiefs 26, Raiders 20. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders snapped a three-game losing streak last week at Tennessee more so because of the Titans' 2-9 woefulness than Oakland truly figuring out its issues. I'm not sure all is fixed in Oakland, but I'm sticking with them this week, even though the Chiefs have won five consecutive games. Derek Carr has thrown three or more touchdowns in five of 11 games this season, so I expect the Raiders to do just enough to even their record at 6-6. Raiders 24, Chiefs 23. -- Bill Williamson


Carolina Panthers: Nothing suggests New Orleans should win this game. The Saints rank 30th in rushing yards allowed, 31st in passing yards allowed and 32nd in points allowed. They've been gashed by quarterbacks, tight ends and running backs. Carolina's biggest weapons are quarterback Cam Newton, tight end Greg Olsen and running back Jonathan Stewart. Carolina also ranks second in the NFL defensively. Panthers 37, Saints 17. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints: You can't completely rule out the idea of the 4-7 Saints knocking off the unbeaten Panthers. Division rivalries make for great equalizers, as the Saints proved by knocking off the 5-0 Falcons at home earlier this year, and the 8-0 Falcons at home in 2012. However, the Panthers are so hot right now, and the Saints are so cold. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Carolina has scored at least 20 points in 12 straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL. New Orleans has given up at least 20 points in 13 straight games, also the longest active streak in the league. Panthers 27, Saints 20. -- Mike Triplett


Philadelphia Eagles: It's tempting to pick the Eagles for the upset over the injury-riddled Patriots. But New England hasn't lost back-to-back games since September 2012. And the Patriots can clinch the AFC East title with a win. They'll be motivated. Patriots 23, Eagles 16. -- Phil Sheridan

New England Patriots: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is 40-8 in games following a loss over his career. Even though the offense will be without two top weapons in Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, it should get a boost from the expected return of receiver Danny Amendola. Look for the Patriots to attempt to generate more of a running game than they did against Denver, as the Eagles' defense has shown some vulnerability in that area. Patriots 24, Eagles 17. -- Mike Reiss


Indianapolis Colts: A road game. A quarterback who threw for 522 yards against them last season. A defense that's 27th in the league against the pass. That's not a good situation for the Colts to be in when facing the Pittsburgh Steelers. Matt Hasselbeck has proven he can make the safe throws. The 40-year-old has yet to show he can make the deep throws. It's going to take big plays to match Ben Roethlisberger (assuming he plays) and the Steelers' offense. The Steelers are 30th in the league against the pass, but it's going to be tough for the Colts to match Pittsburgh's offense, and that's why Hasselbeck (4-0) will get his first loss of the season. Steelers 38, Colts 17. -- Mike Wells

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers were shaken by Russell Wilson's five-touchdown performance last week. The defense, 30th against the pass at 284 yards were game, won't let Matt Hasselbeck have the same success as Wilson. The Steelers are averaging 24 points per game but need to score more touchdowns in the red zone. The Steelers know the playoffs can slip away in a hurry if they fall to 6-6. Plus, they have two home losses and need to be better at Heinz Field. Steelers 35, Colts 24. -- Jeremy Fowler


Dallas Cowboys: The last time a Cowboys' quarterback not named Tony Romo won a game came in Week 17 of the 2010 season when Stephen McGee beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 14-13. Kyle Orton (0-1), Brandon Weeden (0-4) and Matt Cassel (0-4) have not been able to post a victory filling in for Romo. Cassel gets another chance as the Cowboys' starter with Romo out because of the second break of his left collarbone this season. Cassel's comfort level with the offense should be better than during his first run, and he has seen how Romo runs the offense, which could open up some new ideas. But Washington is a different team at FedEx Field even if the Cowboys have won in their last two trips there. Kirk Cousins hasn't thrown an interception at home since the season opener and Washington is 5-1 at home this year. The Cowboys and takeaways simply do not go together this year. For the first time since 2010, the Cowboys will finish with a losing record. Redskins 24, Cowboys 20. -- Todd Archer

Washington Redskins: Don't be fooled by Dallas' record. The Cowboys are 3-8 but still lead the NFL in time of possession, and their defense is rated middle of the pack in most categories. So it will be a challenge. The best part for Washington, though, is that Dallas does not force turnovers (only seven this season) and that's the way the Redskins typically lose. They're 5-0 when quarterback Kirk Cousins doesn't throw an interception. They’ll make it 6-0 and extend their home win streak to six, their best since 1991. Redskins 20, Cowboys 17. -- John Keim