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NFL Week 13: Previews, predictions

Jets at Giants, 1

Line/OU: ?? Giants have won past five regular-season meetings for braggin' rights of New York. Jets' Ryan Fitzpatrick has at least two TD passes in eight games, comes off throwing four against Miami. Chris Ivory leads AFC with 766 yards rushing. Brandon Marshall needs 69 yards to reach 1,000 receiving for eighth time in nine seasons. Jets allowed 12 yards rushing to Miami last weekend, franchise mark for fewest given up on ground. Giants' Eli Manning has 3,021 yards passing, his 11th consecutive 3,000-yard season. Odell Beckham has 30 catches for 481 yards and five TDs in past four games. Three rushing TDs through 11 games are Giants' lowest since two in 1996.

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Cardinals at Rams, 1

Line/OU: ?? Cardinals have won six of seven since losing at home to Rams in Week 4 and have five-game winning streak. Rams have lost four straight after entering November with winning record for first time since 2006 but are 3-0 vs. NFC West. Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu had career-high 13 tackles last week and in four games vs. NFC West opponents has four INTs, one returned for TD, eight passes defensed and a forced fumble. Larry Fitzgerald has 16 TD receptions vs. Rams, most among active players in NFL against single team in regular season. Rams have averaged 10 points in past three games. Todd Gurley had 146 yards rushing vs. Cardinals in first career start but held to 19 last week.

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Bengals at Browns, 1

Line/OU: ?? Bengals 16-6 in past 22 meetings with Browns and 17-8 vs. Cleveland under coach Marvin Lewis. Cincinnati defense ranks first in scoring at 17.5 points per game. With victory, Andy Dalton would have most road wins (23) by QB in first five seasons since 1970. Browns have lost six straight and 2-14 since 7-4 start last season. Starting QB Josh McCown sustained season-ending collarbone break against Ravens, so Austin Davis will be 24th QB to start for Browns since 1999. Browns ravaged by injuries, especially concussions. Pro Bowl CB Joe Haden has had two this season and expected to miss sixth game.

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49ers at Bears, 1

Line/OU: ?? San Francisco 0-5 on road. Former FSU star Anquan Boldin, with 984 receptions, closing in on 1,000. Only 10 players have caught 1,000 or more. Former USF LB Aaron Lynch leads team with 6½ sacks. Four of Chicago's five remaining games are against teams with losing records: 49ers (3-8), Redskins (5-6), Bucs (5-6), Lions (4-7). Jeremy Langford tied for lead among rookies with six rushing TDs. Martellus Bennett leads NFL tight ends with 140 catches since 2014.

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Ravens at Dolphins, 1

Line/OU: ?? Ravens coach John Harbaugh is 5-0 vs. Miami. Ravens have sacked Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill 12 times in two games. Baltimore's seven losses have been by a combined 32 points. Dolphins have trailed by double figures in each of past five games. Miami throws 67 percent of the time, highest rate in league. Dolphins rank second-worst in NFL in third-down conversions at 28 percent. Rookie WR DeVante Parker, slow to recover from offseason foot surgery, saw his most extensive action last week and scored first TD. He might be used even more with Rishard Matthews nursing ribs injury.

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Texans at Bills, 1

Line/OU: ?? Texans have won four straight, best streak since six in row from Oct. 21-Nov. 22, 2012. After allowing 199 points through first seven games, defense has allowed 35 in past four. Since allowing season-high five TDs in 44-26 loss to Miami on Oct. 25, defense has given up two TDs in past four. LB J.J. Watt needs 1½ sacks to reach 15 for third time in five seasons. Bills RB LeSean McCoy plays 100th career game and has topped 100 yards from scrimmage in past five. Tyrod Taylor has six TDs passing and one rushing with no INTs and one lost fumble in past five starts. Bills 0-6 in games QB has 30 or more passes.

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Jaguars at Titans, 1

Line/OU: ?? Teams have split season series past six seasons. Jaguars' Blake Bortles has 22 TDs, needs two to pass David Garrard (23, 2010) for franchise single-season record. T.J. Yeldon leads AFC rookies with 621 yards rushing. TE Julius Thomas had season high with nine catches and 116 yards receiving last week. Titans have lost 11 straight at home. Marcus Mariota leads NFL rookies with 92.8 passer rating and has franchise rookie record 16 TDs. RB Antonio Andrews has 80 or more yards from scrimmage in three of past five games.

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S'hawks at Vikings, 1

Line/OU: ?? Seahawks trail Cardinals by three games in NFC West with five to play. They've scored 100 points over past three games. Russell Wilson has won both previous starts vs. Vikings, with five TDs and no INTs for 139.2 passer rating. Rookie Thomas Rawls leads NFL with average of 5.6 yards per rush, replacing injured starter Marshawn Lynch. With one game lead over Green Bay, Vikings chasing first NFC North title since 2009. They have three of next four at home. Adrian Peterson, who leads league in rushing, has 18 career games of 150-plus yards. That's a three-way tie for fourth-most in history, trailing Barry Sanders (25). Everyone ahead of and tied with Peterson on the list is in Pro Football Hall of Fame. At 9-4, Vikings have highest home winning percentage in NFL history by team playing in temporary stadium.

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Chiefs at Raiders, 4

Line/OU: ?? Chiefs won three of past four meetings, with loss coming last year in Oakland. K.C. is third team in NFL history with at least five straight games in one season with no turnovers. New England holds record with seven in 2010. Alex Smith has 283 straight passes without INT, fourth-longest streak ever. TE Travis Kelce leads Chiefs with four TD catches, and Raiders have allowed 11 TD catches in 11 games to opposing tight ends. RB Charcandrick West averaging 119 yards from scrimmage over past four games. Oakland's Derek Carr has thrown for at least 300 yards in four of past five games. Latavius Murray has 171 rushing yards, two TDs on 16 carries in two games vs. Chiefs. LB Khalil Mack has seven sacks in past nine games. Raiders have allowed 14 sacks, tied for fewest in league.

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Broncos at 49ers, 4

Line/OU: ?? Broncos have won three straight vs. Chargers and six of seven. With Peyton Manning injured, Brock Osweiler is first Broncos QB to win first two NFL starts since John Elway in 1983. Osweiler 10th QB to win his first two starts with the Broncos. Kyle Orton (2009), Craig Morton (1977) hold team record with six straight at start of Broncos career. Chargers coach Mike McCoy is 1-4 against Denver, where he was on staff from 2009-2012. RB Melvin Gordon, team's first-round draft pick, still looking for first NFL TD. Philip Rivers has thrown 76 TD passes to Antonio Gates, the most from a QB to TE in NFL history.

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Eagles at Patriots, 4:25

Line/OU: ?? Teams met in Super Bowl 39 after 2004 season, which New England won 24-21. Pats QB Tom Brady is 4-0 against Eagles, one of eight teams he has never lost to in regular season. Philly QB Sam Bradford has won four of past five starts against AFC. He missed past two games with concussion and injury to AC joint in left shoulder. Eagles have forced 15 fumbles, tied for NFL lead. Patriots clinch AFC East if they win and Jets lose; they clinch playoff berth with win and Steelers or Chiefs loss. Seventh straight AFC East title would tie 1973-79 Rams for longest division win streak in NFL history. Pats looking to go 4-0 against NFC East; went 4-0 against division in 2007 before losing to Giants in Super Bowl. LeGarrette Blount needs 146 rushing yards to reach 4,000 in career. Patriots are 38-4 in next game after loss, with wins in past 10 since 2012.

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Panthers at Saints, 4:25

Line/OU: ?? Carolina's 15-game regular-season win streak began in New Orleans last season. It has won five of past seven vs. Saints. Jonathan Stewart's 832 yards rushing ranks third in league. S Kurt Coleman leads NFC with 5 INTS, has INT in four of past five, including TD return last week. DE Kony Ealy has sack in five straight games. LB Luke Kuechly leads NFL with 548 tackles. Had two INTs last week, one for TD. Saints on three-game losing skid but 3-2 at home this season. Coach Sean Payton is 8-9 vs. Panthers. Drew Brees has TD pass in 51 straight at home. Mark Ingram has 1,095 rushing yards, his second straight season eclipsing 1,000-yard mark.

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Colts at Steelers, 8:30

Line/OU: ?? Colts have won three straight, including last week vs. Bucs the last two with 40-year-old backup QB Matt Hasselbeck, who is 4-0 while filling in for injured Andrew Luck this season. No quarterback in league history has won five straight starts at age 40 or older. Steelers have won three of past four vs. Indy, including 51-34 in October when Ben Roethlisberger set a franchise record with 522 yards passing and six TDs. Colts are 30th in NFL in yards per play (5.08) while Pittsburgh is first (6.41). Colts' Frank Gore is NFL's active leader in career yards rushing (11,730). Steelers eighth in league in rushing but have just 119 yards rushing in past two games. They have allowed 300 or more yards passing in each of past four games.

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Cowboys at Redskins, 8:30 Monday

Line/OU: ?? It's 17th Monday night meeting between Dallas and Washington, tied with Denver-Oakland for most between two opponents on a Monday. Redskins tied with Giants for first in NFC East. Cowboys haven't won a game this season without QB Tony Romo, out with a broken collarbone. Matt Cassel starts in Romo's place. WR Dez Bryant has 4 TDs in past three games vs. Redskins. Jason Witten needs two catches to become second TE in NFL history with 1,000. Redskins have won their past five home games. During that home streak, Kirk Cousins has thrown for 10 TDs and zero INTs, with a 121.2 passer rating, and run for 3 TDs. When Cousins is picked off at least once, Washington is 0-6; when he avoids an interception, it's 5-0.

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Games text from Times wires.

This season we've asked Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones and readers to forecast the NFL results. To make your picks, go to tampabay.com/bucs:

Jets at Giants, 1

Line/OU: Jets by 2½; 46½ Giants have won past five regular-season meetings for bragging rights of New York. Jets' Ryan Fitzpatrick has at least two TD passes in eight games, including throwing four vs. Miami last week. Chris Ivory leads AFC with 766 yards rushing. Brandon Marshall needs 69 yards to reach 1,000 receiving for eighth time in nine seasons. Jets allowed 12 yards rushing to Miami last week, a franchise mark for fewest given up on ground. Giants' Eli Manning has 3,021 yards passing, his 11th consecutive 3,000-yard season. Odell Beckham has 30 catches for 481 yards and five TDs in past four games. Three rushing TDs through 11 games are Giants' lowest since two in 1996.

JONES: Giants 20, Jets 10 READERS: Jets 54.1 percent

Cardinals at Rams, 1

Line/OU: Cardinals by 4; 43 Cardinals have won six of seven since losing at home to Rams in Week 4 and have five-game winning streak. Rams have lost four straight after entering November with winning record for first time since 2006 but are 3-0 vs. NFC West. Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu had career-high 13 tackles last week and in four games vs. NFC West opponents has four INTs, one returned for TD, eight passes defensed and a forced fumble. Larry Fitzgerald has 16 TD receptions vs. Rams, most among NFL's active players against a single team in regular season. Rams have averaged 10 points in past three games. Todd Gurley had 146 yards rushing vs. Cardinals in first career start but was held to 19 last week.

JONES: Cardinals 38, Rams 14 READERS: Cardinals. 91.9 percent

Bengals at Browns, 1

Line/OU: Bengals by 9; 43½ Bengals 16-6 in past 22 meetings with Browns and 17-8 vs. Cleveland under coach Marvin Lewis. Cincinnati defense ranks first in scoring at 17.5 points per game. With a victory, Andy Dalton would have most road wins (23) by a QB in first five seasons since 1970. Browns have lost six straight and are 2-14 since 7-4 start last season. Starter Josh McCown sustained season-ending collarbone break last week, so Austin Davis will be 24th QB to start for Browns since 1999. Browns have been ravaged by injuries, especially concussions. Pro Bowl cornerback and former Gator Joe Haden has had two and will miss his sixth game.

JONES: Bengals 30, Browns 13 READERS: Bengals 100 percent

49ers at Bears, 1

Line/OU: Bears by 7; 43 San Francisco 0-5 on road. Former FSU star Anquan Boldin, with 984 receptions, is closing in on 1,000. Only 10 players have reached that milestone. Former USF LB Aaron Lynch leads team with 6½ sacks. Four of Chicago's five remaining games are against teams with losing records: 49ers (3-8), Redskins (5-6), Bucs (5-6), Lions (4-8). Jeremy Langford tied for lead among rookies with six rushing TDs. Martellus Bennett leads NFL tight ends with 140 catches since 2014.

JONES: Bears 20, 49ers 9 READERS: Bears 91.9 percent

Ravens at Dolphins, 1

Line/OU: Dolphins by 3½; 42 Ravens coach John Harbaugh is 5-0 vs. Miami. Ravens have sacked Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill 12 times in two games. Baltimore's seven losses this season have been by a combined 32 points. Dolphins have trailed by double figures in each of past five games. Miami throws 67 percent of the time, highest rate in league. Dolphins rank second-worst in league in third-down conversions at 28 percent. Rookie WR DeVante Parker, slow to recover from offseason foot surgery, saw his most extensive action last week and scored first TD. He might be used more with Rishard Matthews nursing ribs injury.

JONES: Dolphins 21, Ravens 10 READERS: Dolphins 59.5 percent

Texans at Bills, 1

Line/OU: Bills by 3; 41½ Texans have won four straight, best streak since six in row from Oct. 21-Nov. 22, 2012. After allowing 199 points through first seven games, defense has allowed 35 in past four. Since allowing season-high five TDs in 44-26 loss to Miami on Oct. 25, defense has given up two TDs in past four. DE J.J. Watt needs 1½ sacks to reach 15 for third time in five seasons. Bills RB LeSean McCoy plays 100th career game. He has topped 100 yards from scrimmage in past five. Tyrod Taylor has six TDs passing and one rushing with no INTs and one lost fumble in past five starts. Bills 0-6 in games QB has 30 or more passes.

JONES: Texans 17, Bills 13 READERS: Texans 51.4 percent

Jaguars at Titans, 1

Line/OU: Titans by 2; 43½ Teams have split season series past six seasons. Jaguars' Blake Bortles has 22 TDs, needs two to pass David Garrard (23, 2010) for franchise single-season record. T.J. Yeldon leads AFC rookies with 621 yards rushing. TE Julius Thomas had season high with nine catches and 116 yards receiving last week. Titans have lost 11 straight at home. Marcus Mariota leads NFL rookies with 92.8 passer rating and has franchise rookie record 16 TDs. RB Antonio Andrews has 80 or more yards from scrimmage in three of past five games.

JONES: Titans 19, Jaguars 17 READERS: Jaguars 54.1 percent

Seahawks at Vikings, 1

Line/OU: Seahawks by 2; 42½ Seahawks trail Cardinals by three games in NFC West with five to play. Seattle has scored 100 points over past three games. Russell Wilson has won both previous starts vs. Vikings, with five TDs and no INTs for 139.2 passer rating. Rookie Thomas Rawls leads NFL with average of 5.6 yards per rush, replacing injured starter Marshawn Lynch. With half-game lead over Green Bay, Vikings chasing first NFC North title since 2009. They have three of next four at home. Adrian Peterson, who leads league in rushing, has 18 career games of 150-plus yards. That's a three-way tie for fourth-most in history, trailing Barry Sanders (25). Everyone ahead of and tied with Peterson on the list is in Pro Football Hall of Fame. At 9-4, Vikings have highest home winning percentage in NFL history by a team playing in temporary stadium.

JONES: Vikings 27, Seahawks 20 READERS: Vikings 51.4 percent

Chiefs at Raiders, 4

Line/OU: Chiefs by 3; 44½ Chiefs have won three of past four meetings, with loss coming last year in Oakland. K.C. is third team in NFL history with at least five straight games in one season with no turnovers. New England holds record with seven in 2010. Alex Smith has 283 straight passes without INT, fourth-longest streak ever. TE Travis Kelce leads Chiefs with four TD catches, and Raiders have allowed 11 TD catches in 11 games to opposing tight ends. Chiefs RB Charcandrick West averaging 119 yards from scrimmage over past four games. Oakland's Derek Carr has thrown for at least 300 yards in four of past five games. Latavius Murray has 171 rushing yards, two TDs on 16 carries in two games vs. Chiefs. LB Khalil Mack has seven sacks in past nine gamene games. Raiders have allowed 14 sacks, tied for fewest in league.

JONES: Raiders 16, Chiefs 14 READERS: Chiefs 81.1 percent

Broncos at Chargers, 4

Line/OU: Broncos by 3½; 43½ Broncos have won three straight vs. Chargers and six of seven. With Peyton Manning injured, Brock Osweiler is first Broncos QB to win first two NFL career starts since John Elway in 1983. Osweiler 10th QB to win his first two starts with the Broncos. Kyle Orton (2009), Craig Morton (1977) hold team record with six straight at start of Broncos career. Chargers coach Mike McCoy is 1-4 against Denver, where he was on staff from 2009-2012. RB Melvin Gordon, team's first-round draft pick, still looking for first NFL TD. Philip Rivers has thrown 76 TD passes to Antonio Gates, the most from a QB to TE in NFL history.

JONES: Broncos 27, Chargers 17 }READERS: Broncos 89.2 percent

Eagles at Patriots, 4:25

Line/OU: Patriots by 7½; 49 Teams met in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004 season, which New England won 24-21. Pats QB Tom Brady is 4-0 against Eagles, one of eight teams he has never lost to in regular season. Philly QB Sam Bradford has won four of past five starts against AFC. He missed past two games with concussion and injury to AC joint in left shoulder. Eagles have forced 15 fumbles, tied for NFL lead. Patriots clinch AFC East if they win and Jets lose; they clinch playoff berth with win and Steelers or Chiefs loss. Seventh straight AFC East title would tie 1973-79 Rams for longest division win streak in NFL history. Pats looking to go 4-0 against NFC East; went 4-0 against division in 2007 before losing to Giants in Super Bowl. LeGarrette Blount needs 146 rushing yards to reach 4,000 in career. Patriots are 38-4 in next game after loss, with wins in past 10 since 2012. TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Julian Edelman are out, meaning Brady will be missing his top two targets.

JONES: Patriots 45, Eagles 14 READERS: Patriots 100 percent

Panthers at Saints, 4:25

Line/OU: Panthers by 6½; 49½ Carolina's 15-game regular-season win streak began in New Orleans last season. It has won five of past seven vs. Saints. Jonathan Stewart's 832 yards rushing ranks third in league. S Kurt Coleman leads NFC with 5 INTS, has INT in four of past five, including TD return last week. DE Kony Ealy has sack in five straight games. LB Luke Kuechly leads NFL with 548 tackles and had two INTs last week, one for TD. Saints on three-game losing skid but 3-2 at home this season. Coach Sean Payton is 8-9 vs. Panthers. Drew Brees has TD pass in 51 straight at home. Mark Ingram has 1,095 rushing yards, his second straight season eclipsing 1,000-yard mark.

JONES: Panthers 33, Saints 17 READERS: Panthers 91.9 percent

Colts at Steelers, 8:30

Line/OU: Steelers by 7½; 49 Colts have won three straight, including last week vs. Bucs, the last two with 40-year-old backup QB Matt Hasselbeck, who is 4-0 while filling in for injured Andrew Luck this season. No quarterback in league history has won five consecutive starts at age 40 or older. Steelers have won three of past four vs. Indy, including 51-34 in October when Ben Roethlisberger set a franchise record with 522 yards passing and six TDs. Colts are 30th in league in yards per play (5.08) while Pittsburgh is first (6.41). Colts' Frank Gore is NFL's active leader in career yards rushing (11,730). Steelers eighth in league in rushing but have just 119 yards in past two games. They have allowed 300 or more yards passing in each of past four games.

JONES: Steelers 30, Colts 27 READERS: Steelers 83.8 percent

Cowboys at Redskins, 8:30 Monday

Line/OU: Redskins by 4; 41½ It's 17th Monday night meeting between Dallas and Washington, tied with Denver-Oakland for most between opponents on a Monday. Redskins tied with Giants for first in NFC East. Cowboys haven't won a game this season without QB Tony Romo, out with a broken collarbone. Matt Cassel starts in Romo's place. WR Dez Bryant has 4 TDs in past three games vs. Redskins. Jason Witten needs two catches to become second tight end in NFL history with 1,000. Redskins have won their past five home games. During that home streak, Kirk Cousins has thrown 10 TDs and zero INTs, with a 121.2 passer rating, and run for 3 TDs. When Cousins is picked off at least once, Washington is 0-6; when he avoids an interception, it's 5-0.

JONES: Redskins 24, Cowboys 7 READERS: Redskins 94.6 percent

Games text from Times wires.

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