Jay’s Plays NFL picks: Week 13 bettor’s guide
Jay's Plays

Jay’s Plays NFL picks: Week 13 bettor’s guide

Faith the Prediction Cat picked right up where she left off last season, going a stellar 7-1 last week, 3-1 in teasers, bringing our AWITP/Golf News Net season totals to 38-12, 15-10 in teasers. Her lone loss was the Chargers shocking upset of Dallas on Thanksgiving Day (and nobody got that right).

Faith also increased her lifetime record percentage filling in for Ernesto the Prediction Iguana to 27-6-1 lifetime, making her the top reliever in the bullpen for when Ernesto takes his yearly vacation.

As always we do two-team teasers here, so we can move the line six points either way. We use the lines from Vegas Insider, HOME TEAM IN CAPS.


SAINTS-Panthers OVER 42
COWBOYS-Washington OVER 38

The NFL is an over league; points sell tickets (except for this year; patriotism sells more tickets). The Cowboys have too much talent to continue this horrible skid. They may not beat Washington, but they’ll give them a game. Does any good team shoot themselves in the foot more than Washington? Either the Saints OR the Panthers can score 40 on any given day. Both of them in a dome? They could blow out the scoreboard lights.


Lions (+9) at RAVENS
Pats (-1.5) at BILLS

Just like every year, ride the Pats until they give you a reason not. The Ravens only beat a poor Texans team by a touchdown. Nine is a tall order against the fiery offense Matthew Stafford leads.



I haven’t had this much fun watching the Rams since Kurt Warner. See what a change of scenery can do? Even without Carson Palmer, the Cards have a potent offense, too. Ditto for the Minny-Atlanta game, which will see plenty of touchdown celebrations as well.


Browns (+20) vs CHARGERS
Panthers (+10) at SAINTS

Once again we’re putting the 20-point rule to the test. Last week the Dolphins proved it true, getting 22.5 in a teaser pick, but losing only by 18. Yes, the Browns are putrid and the Chargers are rising, but can the Chargers win two games in a row by 20 points? Meanwhile get ready for a track meet in New Orleans that will either give the Saints separation or keep the Panthers’ hopes for a home playoff game alive.

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Jay Flemma

Jay Flemma

Starting with a blog and a dream, Jay Flemma launched his first sports-writing website in 2004. Some 13 years and 25 major golf championships later, Jay has won multiple national sports writing awards. Besides GNN, his work has appeared in numerous books as well as on-line at Cybergolf, PGA.com, GolfObserver, GolfChannel.com and many other sites and print magazines. When not trying to find a lost golf ball, Jay is an entertainment, copyright, Internet, sports and trademark lawyer in Manhattan. His clients have been nominated for Grammy and Emmy awards, won a Sundance Film Festival Best Director award, performed on stage and screen, and designed pop art for museums and collectors. Jay lives in Forest Hills, N.Y., and is fiercely loyal to his alma maters, Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and Trinity College in Connecticut.