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NFL Week 13 schedule: 5 teams on upset alert

Looking at the NFL Week 13 schedule, these five favorites are on upset alert with live underdogs on the other sideline.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (-3) vs. Los Angeles Chargers

The Bengals are the better team both lately and overall, but the Chargers have an elite quarterback in Justin Herbert and ample weapons around him. If Cincinnati doesn’t play its best game, it opens the door for Los Angeles, which at 6-5 desperately needs to find a victory in the Queen City. Cincinnati is hoping to move into first place in the AFC North with a win, along with the Baltimore Ravens losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers later in the day.


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4. Minnesota Vikings (-7) at Detroit Lions

The Vikings should never, ever lose this game. Of course, they never should have needed a field goal in the final seconds to beat the Lions when they played each other the first time in Minneapolis. Detroit is growing more frantic by the week in hopes of avoiding the first 0-17 campaign in NFL history. For the Vikings, a loss here would essentially end their season by dropping them to 5-7 in the NFC playoff chase. Keep an eye on Detroit if this is close in the second half.

3. Buffalo Bills (-2.5) vs. New England Patriots

The best game of the weekend, and the Bills are trying to avoid being picked off at home by their long-time division rivals. At 8-4, the Patriots have won six straight and are leading Buffalo by a half-game in the AFC East. Now, with the Bills back in their place, they have a chance to climb back into first place before the two sides have a rematch the day after Christmas.


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2. Las Vegas Raiders (-1.5) vs. Washington Football Team

The Raiders put themselves back in the playoff mix with a 36-33 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Now, they host Washington, which has won three straight games and is actually holding an NFC wild card berth despite having a 5-6 record. Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke is avoiding turnovers and the defense has stepped up despite losing edge rusher Chase Young to a torn ACL.

1. Baltimore Ravens (-4.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers

For the Steelers, this is it. At 5-5-1 and winless over their last three games, it’s over with another loss. Meanwhile, the Ravens are playing almost every game down to the proverbial wire. In one of the league’s best rivalries, expect a close affair led by defense and rushing. Pittsburgh should cover, and could very well outright win the game.

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