NFL capsules for Week 13

November 30, 2021 09:41 PM
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Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints

The Dallas Cowboys (7-4 SU, 8-3 ATS) visit the New Orleans Saints (5-6 SU and ATS) on Thursday night as both look to rebound from losses on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys were 6-1 and had won six in a row but have lost three of four, giving their competitors in the NFC East hope of making up ground for the division title. They have been without wide receivers Amari Cooper (COVID-19) and CeeDee Lamb (concussion), and now running back Ezekiel Elliott might sit out due to a knee injury. The Saints can relate to injury woes. Their top two running backs, Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, missed Thursday’s loss to the Bills, and Kamara has not played since Week 9. The Saints averaged just over 3 yards per play in their last game and are 5.5-point home underdogs. Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy will be unavailable due to COVID-19. The total is 48.

Arizona Cardinals at Chicago Bears

The Arizona Cardinals (9-2 SU, 8-3 ATS) visit the Chicago Bears (4-7 SU and ATS) with both teams on extra rest. The Cardinals are off their bye, and the Bears edged the Lions on Thanksgiving. Extra rest is not the only commonality, as both teams hope for the return of their starting quarterbacks. Bears rookie Justin Fields injured his ribs a couple of weeks ago against the Ravens and sat out against the Lions. Kyler Murray hasn’t played since Week 8 against the Packers but might be able to return for this matchup. The Cardinals are holding on to the No. 1 seed in the NFC, while the Bears are still in contention for a wild card. The Cardinals are favored by 7, and the total is 46.5.

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

The Minnesota Vikings (5-6 SU, 6-5 ATS) visit the Detroit Lions (0-10-1 SU, 7-4 ATS) with the road team favored by 7. Both teams are facing uncertainty regarding their top running back, with the Vikings’ Dalvin Cook (torn labrum) and the Lions’ D’Andre Swift (shoulder) seemingly long shots to suit up. The Vikings are tied for the final NFC playoff spot, while Detroit somehow is not mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. Despite both teams having losing records and the Lions winless on the year, these teams have been profitable covering the spread. The total is 47.5.

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