The level of parity in the NFL is unlike anything we have seen before. You need only look at the current standings to get an idea of how tight things are. This is especially true in the AFC, where 12 of the 16 teams in the conference are at or above .500. If this continues, we are going to have some teams with good records sitting at home watching the playoffs. It goes without saying that the final few weeks of the season are going to be crucial for all of the teams sitting close to the playoff line. A losing streak now could spell disaster for any team with designs on a trip to the postseason. There are some big games with playoff implications in Week 13, so let’s see if we can put together some winning SU NFL Betting picks.
Week 13 SU Picks for the 2021 Season | NFL Betting
Indianapolis Colts over Houston Texans
We are starting out this week’s picks with a game that would appear to be a bit of a lock, but if you have been paying attention to the NFL this season, you will be well aware that those types of bets do not exist. We have seen far too many upsets this season to feel totally comfortable about any selection. The Colts are sitting at 6-6 on the season and are one of the teams below the playoff line, while the Texans, who are 2-9 are already out of the postseason conversation. The Colts lost to the Bucs last weekend, ending a positive streak of form that has seen them 5 out of 6. After upsetting the Titans, it was back to business as usual for Houston last week with a loss. This is a matchup that Indianapolis has dominated, winning 6 of their last 7 meetings with Houston.
Cincinnati Bengals over LA Chargers
This is a game that has massive playoff implications, as both of these teams are very much in the hunt for a postseason spot. Cincinnati is in a very good position right now, as they still have a good shot at taking the top spot in the AFC North, which would mean not having to worry about tiebreakers and what other teams are doing. For the Chargers, this season has been all about a lack of consistency. They are at 6-5 on the year, but they have also had difficulty putting together consecutive wins. The Chargers have won in 5 of their last 7 trips to Cincinnati, but those came at a time when the Bengals were down. The Bengals are winners of 2 straight and I think they make it 3 here.
Minnesota Vikings over Detroit Lions
While all the focus at the moment is on the teams engaged in a playoff battle, there is still a strange little obsession that many of us have with the Detroit Lions. After all, it’s not that often we get to see a team make it through the entire season without picking up a win, and while it wouldn’t be a total shutout given that they tied a game, the Lions still look like a good bet to go winless. We talked about the playoff race in the AFC, but things are also tight in the NFC, where we have several teams below .500 still in the hunt. The Vikings are one of those teams and you would certainly like them to win here, as they have won 8 in a row versus Detroit. They are also 5-1 SU in their last 6 visits to Detroit.