NFL Week 13 NFC North Picks

As this most unusual 2020 NFL season enters December, the 8-3 Green Bay Packers regulate the NFC North. After taking down the Chicago Bears, the next 5 video games outlined perfectly for them. The reeling Philadelphia Eagles are successive. As well as only the Tennessee Titans in Week 16 seem to pose a real obstacle.

The Packers still need to keep their foot on the gas, nonetheless, with the 5-6 Minnesota Vikings positioned to make a playoff run behind Dalvin Cook. Their path will be a little harder, with a Wild Card area as a more sensible objective. The Vikings deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, among the NFL’s worst groups, in Week 13. Yet matchups with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also New Orleans Saints adhere to later on in the month.

The 5-6 Bears have gone down 5 straight games, after jumping bent on a 5-1 begin. Their newest loss to the Packers wasn’t virtually as affordable as the 41-25 rating might suggest. Two of their touchdowns came in the 4th quarter, after Green Bay leapt out to a 31-point lead. They’ll host the 4-7 Detroit Lions, who aren’t in any better shape. After shedding 2 straight, and much more over the last 2 seasons, the Lions fired head train Matt Patricia and also general manager Bob Quinn.

SportsLine’s Kenny White, the Wizard of Odds, breaks down NFC North matches in Week 13.

 Detroit Lions @ Chicago Bears, Sunday, December 6, 1:00 p.m. (FOX)

Much of the focus of the Bears’ struggles falls on the offensive side of ball. Mitchell Trubisky had a hard time early in the period, even as the Bears won some video games. He was replaced by Nick Foles, that was partially much better, also as the losing started. Currently it’s Trubisky’s turn again. With everything the Bears’ ground video game has actually been abysmal. They presently balance a league-low 82.2 yards per video game.

The defense likewise has problems. “I assume most individuals believe it’s the crime, yet I’m worried about the defense currently,” claims White. “Akiem Hicks, their defensive deal with, among the very best in the league at stopping the run, was out against the Packers. Currently when he was out in 2015, they allowed greater than double the amount of factors than when he remained in the game. He’s such a huge component of that protection. He didn’t play, reached ensure he remains in the schedule. Their defense is what I’m concerned regarding.”

At the same time, the Lions will move ahead under interim head trainer Darrell Bevell. With Patricia out, the former offensive planner takes control of. A mid-season mentoring change could in fact exercise in the Lions favor. According to White, “both instructors that have been discharged until now, Atlanta’s instructor Quinn, they were 0-5, since then they’re 4-2. And the Texans firing their instructor after a poor begin, they’re 4-3 currently in the 7 games without their trainer. So it’s made a distinction for those 2. I believe it’ll make a difference for Detroit.”

The Bears are 3-point faves in the house, yet momentum might favor the Lions. “I’m going to go with Detroit,” states White. “I’m mosting likely to choose the brand-new mentoring team, the team with a bit extra feeling of seriousness currently. Chicago just entering the incorrect direction on a losing streak. And if Akiem Hicks does not play, I believe the Lions win this game quickly.”

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, December 6, 1:00 p.m. (CBS)

The Vikings have located their crime once again, which can be attributed to the return of Dalvin Cook. The running back had a little bit of a rough outing versus the Carolina Panthers, yet that adhered to 4 solid showings. Chef is 2nd in the NFL in rushing to date with 1,130 yards; he’s balancing 113 lawns per game. And he has the group legitimately believing playoffs.

” They played so well given that Dalvin Cook came back from injury,” White explains. “They’ve been just one of the top five offending groups in football over that time, as well as a top-10 defensive team. There’s not too many groups in the organization that can say that. I like the Vikings chances. I believe they’re mosting likely to make the playoffs.”

The expanded playoff format will certainly help. But the initial step is defeating the Jaguars. The Vikings are 10-point faves, and also the Jaguars possibly don’t wish to win anyhow. “Jacksonville [is] still tanking for Trevor” states White. Despite the fact that they played well last week with Mike Glennon, this team still desires that number-one pick, I believe, to obtain Trevor Lawrence. I’m opting for the Vikings to win this one by two goals.”

Philadelphia Eagles @ Green Bay Packers, Sunday, December 6, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

While the Packers conveniently lead the NFC North, the Eagles have actually lost 3 straight to fall to third in the NFC East. They still have a lot of time to restore the division lead, especially in a department where 7 victories might be sufficient to take the title. The actual problem is whether or not they’re qualified. The Eagles crime handled -4 backyards in the very first quarter of their recent loss to the Seattle Seahawks, as well as their very first 5 possessions were three-and-outs.

The Packers, on the other hand, drove for touchdowns on their initial 3 belongings against the Bears and also led 41-10 by the beginning of the fourth quarter. Environment-friendly Bay is preferred by 8.5 factors over Philadelphia, as well as evaluating by their most recent performances, it’s simple to see why. These teams seem to be headed in opposite instructions.

Yet it may not be that straightforward. The Packers have actually been a little irregular recently. And as White mentions, people, “… remember what they saw last. So they’re going to bear in mind Green Bay as well as a big win. They might not keep in mind the Eagles coming back and racking up a touchdown late to cover versus Seattle. However I do, as well as I believe the Eagles still have life, and also I believe they’ll still play hard. I assume this can be a disappointment video game by the Packers after defeating the Bears. I’m going to be one that will be taking the factors with the Eagles.”

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