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Much better week for me in Week 12 with 11 out of 16 results correct.

Only the Carolina Panthers are undefeated now after the Patriots fell fowl of a Broncos side high on confidence once again.

The Panthers and Cam Newton look unstoppable but do you think they will be 12-0 after this week? The NFL teams I have picked to come out of week 13 victorious are in bold. 

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Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions

There seems to be some unrest in the Packers dressing room which became clear when they were on the field last week - a complete lack of creativity and execution hampered the Packers when they faced a resilient Bears side last week.

Aaron Rodgers has blamed the team's preparation for their four losses in the last five games, even insinuating that some of the rookies have been spending a lot of free time playing video games instead of working on the playbook.

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The Lions are undefeated since their narrow victory over the Packers in week 10 and that win has given them a shot at making a wild card spot in the playoffs.

They have a great balance in the team as it stands which stems from a very strong defense that gives the offense the best chance at taking victory. The Lions' impressive passing game has been the biggest asset in the offense this season ad they will need to keep that going if they are to stand a chance at making the playoffs.

New York Jets @ New York Giants

Eli Manning threw more passes to the Redskins defense than his own receivers last week. If he does that again it will be a demolition by the Jets as I don't see the Giants defense being able to keep them in the game two weeks in a row.

Since signing his new deal, Manning has failed to show any of the form that got him the new contract in the first the place but, luckily for Manning, the QB alternatives the Giants currently have on their roster are no risk to his place.

The Jets have had an up and down kind of season thus far, but sitting 6-5 they are still second in the AFC East division and could well earn themselves a wild card Playoff chance if they put together a run of wins starting with the Giants.

Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams

The Cardinals can do no wrong in recent weeks, their defense has been fantastic at limiting opposing teams to very few scoring opportunities which has provided their offense a fantastic foundation to sweep all before them.

Arizona arrives in St. Louis on the back of a five-game win streak whilst the Rams are staring at five losses in a row if they fail to overcome the inform Cardinals.

To stand any chance, the Rams are going to need to be watertight whilst making sure their sometimes brilliant rushing game is on point.

Atlanta Falcons @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay have found some much-needed form the last few weeks which has thrown them right into the mix for a wildcard spot in the playoffs.

A win against fellow wild card hopefuls the Falcons will mean Tampa will leapfrog this week's opponents in the NFC South standings.

Having already beaten the Falcons in their own back yard in week eight the Bucs should be confident of a repeat performance and result against their own fans this time out.

Since losing to the Buccaneers in week eight the Falcons have failed to win a singer game and they have looked poor, they will need to turn that around this week if they are to stand a chance at a wildcard opportunity.

There doesn't seem to be a quick fix to their problems as it isn't only one department failing, both the defense and offense are struggling and I have seen very little progress the last three games that should give their fans any confidence.

Seattle Seahawks @ Minnesota Vikings

This is a tough game to call, the Seahawks seem to up their game against better opposition so they should give the Vikings a run for their money here.

The Vikings have been playing smart this season, especially their QB Teddy Bridgewater who has learned quickly that controlling the clock is the most efficient way to win an NFL game. He did this particularly well against the Falcons last week - limiting their offense to very few opportunities in the process.

Knowing that the Seahawks offense can cause major problems if they are given an opportunity, Bridgewater's ability to run down the clock could be crucial in securing the Vikings another win.

San Francisco 49ers @ Chicago Bears

On paper, this should be a close game with both teams very evenly matched but it turns out this is one of the easiest games for me to call this week.

The 49ers have been woeful in all areas of the field failing to make any ground in their division and falling to a 3-9 record, any chance they had this season of making the playoffs is now over.

Completely the opposite for the Bears who keep grinding out results, giving them a small chance of making the playoffs. A win at home to the 49ers will go a long way to helping with that goal.

One thing for the Bears to improve on is their protection of QB Jay Cutler, he has been left far too exposed and is suffering as a result, if they can give him the protection needed this Bears side will reach the next level.

Jacksonville Jaguars @Tennessee Titans

This Titans side have been easy pickings for almost all who visit this season but they played a lot better against the Raiders last week.

They may have still lost, but the performance should give them and the fans some confidence for the future.

The Jaguars were on a good run before they suffered a shock defeat to the Chargers last week, and they will need to get back to winning ways in Tennessee this week to keep them in the playoff hunt and take their season record to 5-7.

Houston Texans @ Buffalo Bills

This Texans side has turned into the surprise package of the year for me this season, they have dismantled some extremely tough teams in recent weeks.

Their offense has been fantastic to watch in the last few weeks with some crazy plays and an unreal amount of speed in attack.

If they had started the season the same way as they are playing now they could have found themselves topping an AFC South division crying out for one team to take control.

The Bills have a good home record and they are playing well themselves, but a slight lack of creativity has cost them heavily in previous weeks when teams have been there for the taking, this week the whole team will need to be on point to get a result at home.

Baltimore Ravens @ Miami Dolphins

It looked as though the Dolphins' season had turned around after they fired Joe Philbin and appointed Dan Campbell as interim head coach.

But, just a few weeks down the line, the team are suffering the same old problems once again which has now cost offensive coordinator Bill Lazor his job.

With all of this going on their preparation for the Ravens game will surely be hampered so I can only see one result here when you look at the confidence the Ravens would have gained from their victory over the Browns.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns

The Bengals bounced back from two losses by annihilating the Rams last week to take their record to 9-2, their offense got their act back together and they looked liked the side who were 9-0 just 3 weeks ago.

On the flip side, the Browns have been woeful all season which has left any hopes they had of making the playoffs nothing more than a dream for next season.

The Browns needs to spend the remainder of this season finding out what their best team is because if this team doesn't go through some major changes they will find themselves in the same position next season.

Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders

Both of these teams are very evenly matched, but in the last games I have been much more impressed with the Chiefs as an overall unit compared to the Raiders who struggle in games where they can't get their passing game settled.

Without their passing game, the Raiders seem to run out of options, whereas the Chiefs have good options throughout the field.

Despite the Raiders being at home, I fancy the Chiefs to beat the Raiders in this NFC West division game.

Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers

The Broncos got back to winning ways in week 11 with QB Brock Osweiler at the helm in place of the injured Peyton Manning, and they continued on from that victory with a fantastic overtime victory against the Patriots on Sunday.

Osweiler has settled in straight away in place of Manning, with his fantastic vision and execution he will be putting the Chargers to the sword this week. In doing so he should place his name ahead of Manning in the pecking order.

The Chargers got themselves a good win against the Jags last week, but that was a small victory in a season full of losses that isn't going to get any better.

Philadelphia Eagles @ New England Patriots

The Patriots may have thrown away their perfect start thanks to a late comeback for the Broncos last time out, but that will not be the case this week.

They have control of the AFC east so if they win here and other results go their way they could already begin planning for their playoff appearance.

The Eagles will be hoping they can postpone New England's inevitable playoff party but they have issues in defense and to get anything from this match up they need to be flawless, something they haven't been all season.

Carolina Panthers @ New Orleans Saints

Cam Newton has led the Panthers to a perfect 11-0 start this season, all down to some fantastic offensive football whilst staying solid on defense.

I don't see any team beating them between now and the play-offs whilst Newton is QB. The Saints have been let down massively by their defense this season and, if they play the same way at home to the Panthers, they will be made to look silly.

Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Both teams come into this game with the same records for the season but very different results last week.

If this was to be played in Indianapolis I would have gone with a Colts win but the Steelers at home are a formidable force if Big Ben plays so purely on the likelihood he will play I have to go Steelers.

Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins

Cowboys fans were over the moon to have Romo back before he injured his collarbone once again against the Panthers, this new injury broke Cowboys hearts and has meant the end of any hopes they had of making the playoffs this season.

On the other side, you can see the Redskins currently in a rich vein of form.

If they continue their run they will find themselves a wildcard addition to the playoffs.

Check back here in week fourteen for my predictions.

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