While there are six teams on a bye this week, there are still plenty of underdogs with favorable matchups in this week’s NFL slate. Here are some of our favorites.
NFL Week 13: Underdog picks
Denver Broncos vs. Houston Texans (Broncos +3)
I love the Broncos as underdogs here, which is due in large part to the fact that both of these teams love playing in close games. Four of the Texans’ last five games have been decided by three points or less (with the fifth game being decided by five points). The Broncos have looked unbeatable over the past month, and I’m backing that trend to continue this weekend.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (Cardinals +6.5)
There’s no doubting the Steelers are the better team, but they have a habit of playing down to their competition, which should lead to Arizona staying in this game. I wouldn’t play this lower than +6, but the Cardinals have looked like a better team since Kyler Murray returned from injury and should be able to hang around the Steelers and their new-look offense.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennesse Titans (Titans +1)
Yes, Will Levis has cooled down after having an incredible debut. But I still like them as one-point dogs at home against a Colts team that’s quarterbacked by journeyman Gardner Minshew. Derrick Henry’s had plenty of big games against the Colts in his career, and should help keep this game close as the Titans look to put together their first winning streak of the season.