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NFL Picks Week 13
Last week this article went 1-2 for the first time this year to bring my “Money Where Your Mouth Is” record to 18-4. Our entire staff is still making great picks on our NFL picks section (which you can find here). Jonathan is still leading our straight up picks and has increased his correct pick percentage to 72.47% with a 12-4 record last week. My against the spread pick percentage increased last week to 54.29%, as I picked a 10-6 record.
Chicago at -4.5
The Bears are hosting a underrated Seahawks that play well at home but are 1-5 on the road this season. The only team they have beaten is Carolina and they only won by 4 points. The Bears are 5-1 at home. Chicago will will have their star running back Matt Forte, but look for the very capable Michael Bush to see some decent workload this week. Chicago will try to attack this Seattle run defense that allowed 189 yards on the road to Miami last Sunday. While the Seahawks will try a similar strategy with the run first play calling, the Bears run defense has been very dominant this year, and Seattle will be forced to change up their game plan. I see the Bears covering the spread with very few points being scored in this one.
Houston at -5
The Texans take on one of the worst teams in the league this year that just happen to be in their division, the Tennessee Titans. This will be a home game for the Titans where they have posted a very dismal 2-3 record. The Texans are in the top 10 in every major category except opponents passing yards against where they fall around the middle of the league at 17th. The Titans on the other hand are outside the top 20 in every major category except rushing yards where they fall just inside the line at 19th. The Texans need as many wins as possible to clinch the number 1 spot headed into the playoffs. Houston is looking to keep it’s undefeated streak on the road record alive this week and that should be no problem against a Titans team that has nothing left to play for this year.
Houston will shake their recent stumbles and win and cover this week.
Denver at -6.5
A very tough game for the Broncos this week as they take on the Tampa Bay Buc’s at home. The Broncos have consistently won but have not been impressive since their week eight 34-14 beat down of the Saints. Denver is in the top 5 in two categories (passing yards and opposing passing yards allowed) 9th in opposing rushing yard allowed and 20th in rushing yards.While the Tampa Bay is 13th in passing, 11th in rushing, 32nd in passing yards allowed, and 1st in rushing yards allowed.
This game set up to the strengths of the Broncos offense and their defense. While the Bucs will be trying to run against a pretty solid run defense and pass against a top 5 pass defense. Both teams have good records this year and both are playoff potential. But I see the Broncos getting it done at home and covering the spread.
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The Chicago Bears' belief that they have the depth to withstand injuries is being tested.
They officially ruled out return specialist and receiver Devin Hester and guard Chris Spencer for Sunday's game against Seattle.
The good news is that linebacker Lance Briggs and running back Matt Forte made it clear they expect to be ready after injuring ankles against Minnesota,...
The Chicago Bears have officially ruled out wide receiver
Devin Hester and offensive lineman Chris Spencer for Sunday’s game against the Seattle
Seahawks, reports Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com.
Ruled out on Thursday for a home game against the Seahawks
Chris Spencer (knee) and receiver Devin Hester (concussion).
Spencer and Hester were each injured...
Bears receiver Earl Bennett has left Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks because of a concussion.
Bennett got hit hard in the closing seconds of the first half, after Steven Haushka kicked a field goal to put Seattle ahead 10-7. Bennett fielded the kickoff and was drilled by Jeron Johnson. He did not come out for the second half.
Chicago safety Chris Conte was also ruled...
Jay Cutler continues to play at a high level, but the Chicago Bears' offense continues it's struggle to put points up on the board. The Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall show combined for another 10 receptions for 167 yards but the Bears only scored 17 points.
This seems to be the weekly theme that has now developed, the Bears can rack up yards and receptions between...
Not quite as good as Jerome Simpson’s flip with the Bengals, but this was a valiant effort by Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett to somersault in for the score.
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was fined $10,000 for taunting Minnesota Vikings cornerback A.J. Jefferson, the NFL announced Friday. Cutler, apparently thinking Jefferson hit him late or unnecessarily, flipped the ball at him after a play during the Bears' 28-10 victory on Sunday.
December hasn’t been the kindest of months to the Chicago Bears in recent years. The club has struggled in the season’s final month as injuries mount and depth erodes.The 8-3 Bears hope to change that trend beginning Sunday when they play host to Seattle in a key NFC game with playoff implications for both squads. The 6-5 Seahawks aren’t exactly [...]
The Chicago Bears needed to keep Jay Cutler upright if they were going to defeat the Seattle Seahawks. They did that but it was their defense who could not contain Seattle’s Russell Wilson late in Sunday’s game.
Earlier in the week, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said that the training wheels were off of the offense. Wilson attempted a career high 37 passes against the Bears...
Bears RB Matt Forte told the media that he’ll be suiting up and playing in Sunday’s game for Chicago, per Sean Jensen.
On Wednesday, Bears head coach Lovie Smith said that Forte “looked fine in practice”, which was an encouraging sign for the team.
Forte’s ankle injury allowed Michael Bush to get an increased workload against the Vikings last Sunday, but Bush utlimately...
Bears running back Matt Forte (ankle) said he plans on playing Sunday against the Seahawks. SOURCE: Sean Jensen, Chicago Sun-TimesFantasy Spin:We'll see if the Bears intend to play him. The running back practiced on a limited basis Thursday. Fantasy owners should keep Michael Bush on stand-by.