An early look at the five biggest storylines of Week 13

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Josh Allen and the Bills have a big-time matchup in Week 13. Photo from CBS.

The list of NFL Week 13 matchups 2021 features some of the most exciting games of the season. The playoff picture is getting mistier as the weeks go by and it seems like there’s no more room for error among contenders.

NFL Week 13 matchups 2021

Three teams have the same record in the AFC West, two teams will square off for the top of the AFC East, and the AFC North is also up for grabs. Also, the Colts could still take the AFC South away from the Titans.

The NFC picture isn’t much clearer. Even if the Packers, Buccaneers, Cardinals, and Cowboys look like locks to win their divisions, playoff seeding changes with every game. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the Week 13 NFL schedule in 2021.

Cowboys need to bounce back against Saints

Even though the Dallas Cowboys got off to an impressive start of the season, some were still skeptical about their ability to deliver when it matters the most. They’ve now dropped three of their past four games and are in desperate need of a statement win.

The Cowboys hope to get both CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper back on the gridiron to get their offense a much-needed boost. The Saints are tough at home but Trevor Siemian has been far from good this season, so this Thursday Night Football game could go under the total of 48 points.

Read: Things we learned from Week 12

Chargers and Bengals look to prove they’re for real

The Los Angeles Chargers are already one of the most public NFL picks today for bettors looking to get an early edge in the lines. They’ve been better as an underdog than as a favorite but they won’t have it easy bouncing back on Sunday.

The Cincinnati Bengals have been quite good at home and this is a must-win game for both teams. The Bengals are currently favored by 2.5 points with the game total set at 50.5 points. We expect this to be a high-scoring affair and maybe the most exciting game of the Week 13 NFL schedule in 2021.


Dolphins want to make a push for the wildcard against Giants

The Miami Dolphins lost six straight games and were pretty much out of the playoff picture. Then, out of the blue, they won four games in a row and are right back in the mix for a Wild Card berth. They now need to keep it rolling when they host the New York Giants.

The Giants are coming off a huge divisional win against the Philadelphia Eagles and their defense will represent a tough task for the Dolphins’ pedestrian run offense. This is why the game total set at 41.5 points might not be low enough.

Chiefs and Broncos square off at Arrowhead

With the Denver Broncos win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, the AFC West is even more wide open. Now, they’ll have to try and replicate that defensive performance in a hostile environment when they visit Arrowhead Stadium.

The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off their bye week and looked like a much better team over the past couple of games. They have a one-game lead over the rest of the division but covering 9.5 points against a top-notch defense could be a lot to ask from a team that hasn’t been great against the spread.

Patriots and Bills put the division on the line for Monday Night Football

The best among all NFL Week 13 matchups 2021 will take place in primetime. The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills will have a lot at stake when they meet in New York in a game with dire playoff implications. The fight for the AFC East is as close as it’s been in decades.

Josh Allen and the Bills are coming off an impressive win after a couple of subpar performances but the Patriots are the hottest team in the league right now. Mac Jones and Bill Belichick are riding a 6-game winning streak and will hit the road as 3-point underdogs.

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