Week 13 NFL Football Betting Power Rankings-Ratings Courtesy of Alex Smart, An Award-Winning Professional Football Handicapper Featured on Touthouse.com. If you are Betting on NFL Football in Week 13, Be Sure to Buy Alex’s Expert NFL Picks
1: New York Giants (9-2 ATS, 10-1 SU) (LW: 2) It doesn’t seem to matter who is getting in New York’s way right now. The G-Men are pummeling one and all, including last week’s victim, Arizona. They beat the Cards 37-29, and now turn their sights to the Skins, a game which could effective wrap up the NFC East crown with four weeks to play.
Next Up: Away @ Redskins (-3.5)
2: Tennessee Titans (9-2 ATS, 10-1 SU) (LW: 1) The unbeaten dream is no more for Tennessee, as they were crushed by the Jets 34-13 last weekend, failing to cover the spread by a mere 26.5 points. The perfect remedy for the first loss of the season is on the horizon though, as the Titans take on the winless (and hapless) Lions on Turkey Day.
Next Up: Away @ Lions (-11)
3: Baltimore Ravens (8-3 ATS, 7-4 SU) (LW: 5) Dear Pittsburgh: Objects in your rear view mirror are closer than they appear. The Ravens are hanging tough in the loaded AFC after dismantling Philadelphia 36-7 last weekend. With a game in Cincinnati this week and three of their final four in Baltimore, this could be a team for sports bettors to keep a close eye on heading into December.
Next Up: Away @ Bengals (-7)
4: New York Jets (7-4 ATS, 8-3 SU) (LW: 6) The Jets have been absolutely sparkling for football betting fanatics this month. They are 4-0 SU and ATS, and have covered the spread in those four games by an average of a whopping 20.1 points per game after throttling the previously unbeaten Titans 34-13. New York should be favored in each of its final five games of the season, a spot in which they are 4-2 ATS in this season.
Next Up: Home vs. Broncos (-9)
5: Atlanta Falcons (7-4 ATS, 7-4 SU) (LW: 7) The ’08 Atlanta Falcons are looking more and more like legitimate contenders with each passing week. In arguably one of the biggest games in the history of the team, the Falcons beat then NFC South leading Carolina 45-28 and muscled their way back within a game of the division lead. They’re just 1-3 SU and ATS on the road this season though, and that’s where their next two games are at.
Next Up: Away @ Chargers (-5.5)
6: Arizona Cardinals (7-4 ATS, 7-4 SU) (LW: 4) It’s hard to fault Arizona for losing to the smoking hot Giants last weekend. The eight-point defeat was a strong showing, but the probable NFC West champs can make a statement on Thanksgiving Day if it can go into Philadelphia and knock off the Eagles. They’re 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS in their L/3 road games.
Next Up: Away @ Eagles (+3)
7: New Orleans Saints (7-4 ATS, 6-5 SU) (LW: 10) The Saints still have a lot of work to do to get into the playoffs, but they had their way with the Pack in their 51-29 win on MNF. New Orleans has been outscored 64-27 in their two divisional road games this season, and probably need to find a way to break that trend this week to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Next Up: Away @ Buccaneers (+3.5)
8: Green Bay Packers (7-4 ATS, 5-6 SU) (LW: 3) A year after going 13-3 and coming within an overtime period of playing for the Super Bowl, the Packers could be set to face the harsh reality of having to watch the playoffs from the couch. They dropped to 5-6 with their 51-29 loss in New Orleans, and now must turn around on a short week and face a very dangerous Carolina squad in a critical NFC showdown.
Next Up: Home vs. Panthers (-3)
9: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4 ATS, 8-3 SU) (LW: 9) The Bucs spotted the Lions nine points on the football betting line and 17 points in the first quarter, but still found a way to cover the spread in their 38-20 romp in the “Motor City.” This week poses a tremendous test for the Bucs pass defense, which ranks 2nd in the NFL, as QB Drew Brees will bring his record-pacing 3,500+ yards in Raymond James Stadium this weekend.
Next Up: Home vs. Saints (-3.5)
10: New England Patriots (6-5 ATS, 7-4 SU) (LW: 14) Those cash registers you hear in the background are the sounds coming from QB Matt Cassel’s head. Once Tom Brady’s clipboard holder, Cassel has thrown for 400+ yards in back-to-back weeks, but will likely get tested against a ferocious Steelers defense this week. The Pats knocked off the Fins 48-28 in Miami, avenging their 38-13 loss at Gillette Stadium earlier this year to Miami.
Next Up: Home vs. Steelers (-1)
11: Cleveland Browns (6-5 ATS, 4-7 SU) (LW: 8 ) Cleveland is starting to look like a team more interested in moving up in the draft than winning football games. It lost 16-6 LW in a very uninspired game against the Texans, and have now split their meetings with AFC South teams this season at 1-1 SU and ATS. With games remaining against Indianapolis, Tennessee, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, that draft stock sure could look really good, really quickly.
Next Up: Home vs. Colts (+4.5)
12: Carolina Panthers (5-5-1 ATS, 8-3 SU) (LW: 11) Carolina ran into a buzz saw in Atlanta last weekend, dropping by three scores to the Falcons. They’ve played questionable ball on the road this season, going 2-3 SU and ATS, and must improve in that category to win the crowded NFC South.
Next Up: Away @ Packers (+3)
13: Philadelphia Eagles (6-5 ATS, 5-5-1 SU) (LW: 12) QB Donovan McNabb has had a rough couple weeks. After suffering the embarrassment of tying the Bengals and admitting that he had no clue that there was such a thing as a tie in the NFL, he laid an egg against the Ravens, throwing two picks and getting benched. He’ll be under center on Thursday night against Arizona, but who knows how the Philly faithful will treat him?
Next Up: Home vs. Cardinals (-3)
14: Washington Redskins (5-5-1 ATS, 7-4 SU) (LW: 17) Washington survived a scare in its 20-17 win in Seattle over the weekend, pushing the field goal spread. All of the chips are all on the table this week at home against the Giants, but the fact that the Skins are just 1-3 SU and 0-4 ATS in their L/4 games at FedEx Field is a scary proposition.
Next Up: Home vs. Giants (+3.5)
15: Miami Dolphins (5-6 ATS, 6-5 SU) (LW: 13) The four-game winning streak for the Fish is over courtesy of the Pats handing them a 48-28 loss over the weekend. Even worse news for Miami bettors is that they have lost three straight. The good news is that they’re winners of three straight betting decisions on the road, where they play four of their final five games.
Next Up: Away @ Rams (-7.5)
16: Chicago Bears (5-5-1 ATS, 6-5 SU) (LW: 20) The Bears couldn’t afford a slip in St. Louis, and they avoided that slip up in dominant fashion, taking care of St. Louis 27-3. A victory against Minnesota this weekend will give them a hammerlock on the NFC North and put them in prime position for a playoff run.
Next Up: Away @ Vikings (+3.5)
17: Dallas Cowboys (5-6 ATS, 7-4 SU) (LW: 18) Dallas rolled over San Fran 35-22 last weekend, notching its second straight victory SU and ATS since the bye week. QB Tony Romo appears to be healthy, and will be looking to erase the demons of botching the final snap of his rookie season in the playoffs against Seattle.
Next Up: Home vs. Seahawks (-12.5)
18: Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6 ATS, 8-3 SU) (LW: 19) There was no last second controversy in this victory for Steelers bettors. They beat the Bengals 27-10, and will take their #1 rated defense in the NFL into Gillette Stadium against a Patriots team that is 7-1 ATS against them since 1998.
Next Up: Away @ Patriots (+1)
19: Kansas City Chiefs (5-6 ATS, 1-10 SU) (LW: 15) Someone is going to have to explain to HC Herm Edwards why his Chiefs may not win another game this year, still may not have the #1 overall pick. A win against Oakland this week would be twice as bad as an average victory, as that could put the Raiders in a position to hop the Chiefs in the draft as well. Oh, the game last week? Only a 54-31 loss against the Bills.
Next Up: Away @ Raiders (+3)
20: Indianapolis Colts (5-6 ATS, 7-4 SU) (LW: 22) Indy has very quietly strung together four straight wins, and is now 6-1 in games decided by seven points or less after beating San Diego 23-20 at the gun over the weekend. The Colts have won all three meetings with the Browns since their return to the league, but are just 1-2 ATS in those three.
Next Up: Away @ Browns (-4.5)
21: San Diego Chargers (4-6-1 ATS, 4-7 SU) (LW: 16) The wheels appear to have completely fallen off for the Bolts, who dropped their fourth game in their L/5 with a 23-20 loss to Indianapolis. No one has a worse pass defense in the NFL than San Diego, but with games against Atlanta, Oakland, and Kansas City on the horizon, football bettors shouldn’t count the Chargers out quite yet.
Next Up: Home vs. Falcons (-5.5)
22: Oakland Raiders (5-6 ATS, 3-8 SU) (LW: 27) Huh? What got into this Oakland team last week? They crushed the Broncos 31-10 in Denver last weekend, and could put together its first winning streak of the season with the Chiefs coming to town. With Denver struggling, don’t totally discount this team still finding a way to be competitive down the stretch.
Next Up: Home vs. Chiefs (-3)
23: Buffalo Bills (5-6 ATS, 6-5 SU) (LW: 24) Buffalo put up a strong showing on Sunday, knocking off the hapless Chiefs by the whopping final of 54-31. Buffalo returns Orchard Park for the final time until the last week of the season next week against San Fran, another game that is a must-win if the Bills hope to make the playoffs.
Next Up: Home vs. 49ers (-7)
24: Seattle Seahawks (4-6-1 ATS, 2-9 SU) (LW: 25) There really isn’t much more to say about how badly this season has gone for Seattle. The Seahawks lost 20-17 to the Skins last weekend, but at least salvaged a push for their football bettors. Three of their four covers this season are on the road though, so consider taking the points on Turkey Day.
Next Up: Away @ Cowboys (+12.5)
25: Minnesota Vikings (4-7 ATS, 6-5 SU) (LW: 30) The Vikes hopped out to a quick 14-0 lead against Jacksonville and never looked back, beating the Jags 30-12 and keeping pace in the NFC North. If they can find a way to beat the Bears this weekend, they’ll have control of the division. The game becomes even more important, as they lost to the Bears 48-41 in October.
Next Up: Home vs. Bears (-3.5)
26: Detroit Lions (4-7 ATS, 0-11 SU) (LW: 21) Will the Lions ever win a game? Even after getting spotted 17 points against the Bucs, they got outscored 38-3 to end the game. The 10-1 Titans don’t look to be the best of candidates, but Thanksgiving Day always seems to bring out the best in the boys from the “Motor City.”
Next Up: Home vs. Titans (+11)
27: San Francisco 49ers (4-7 ATS, 3-8 SU) (LW: 23) San Fran was beaten by 12 in “Big D” last weekend, and look for just its second win of the season on the road in Buffalo. They’re already 0-3 SU and ATS against teams from the East Coast this year.
Next Up: Away @ Bills (+7)
28: Houston Texans (4-7 ATS, 4-7 SU) (LW: 31) Houston is probably one of the better 4-7 teams you’ll ever see in the NFL, and the oddsmakers see that. In what will be the first MNF game in Houston since the Oilers left town, the Texans are favorites against a divisional opponent that they always seem to play well against. They’re coming off of a hard-fought 16-6 victory in Cleveland last weekend.
Next Up: Home vs. Jaguars (-3)
29: Cincinnati Bengals (4-7 ATS, 1-9-1 SU) (LW: 26) The Bengals gave Pittsburgh a good fight with Ocho Cinco on Thursday, but ultimately dropped 27-10 and failed to cover the spread. Don’t underestimate how frisky this team has been of late and could be down the stretch, starting with a visit from the surprising Ravens this weekend.
Next Up: Home vs. Ravens (+7)
30: St. Louis Rams (3-8 ATS, 2-9 SU) (LW: 28) Boy have first halves been impressive for St. Louis lately. In the Rams’ 27-3 loss to the Bears, they got outscored 24-3 in the first half, running their impressive L/3 games to a composite score of 99-6 for the opposition.
Next Up: Home vs. Dolphins (+7.5)
31: Denver Broncos (3-7-1 ATS, 6-5 SU) (LW: 29) Denver’s two-game win streak is over after getting shlomped by Oakland 31-10 over the weekend. A road trip to the Meadowlands is starting to seem more like a pipe dream than a winnable game with the Jets playing great ball. This division might be a matter of which team reaches seven wins first.
Next Up: Away @ Jets (+9)
32: Jacksonville Jaguars (3-8 ATS, 4-7 SU) (LW: 32) Last week the question was whether the Jags were finished or not. This week, the statement is that they are. At 4-7, Jacksonville is all but eliminated from playoff contention, and now they have to face the embarrassment of being underdogs against the lowly Texans.
Next Up: Away @ Texans (+3)