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Here are this week’s picks from Athlon Sports senior editor John Gworek:

Thursday's Game

Minnesota at Arizona

The Cards are the only team in the NFL in the top five in both offense and defense (first and fourth, respectively). The Vikings average 166 yards per game on the ground in their wins but just 77 in their losses.

Gworek's Pick: Arizona, 30–16.

Sunday’s Games

Buffalo at Philadelphia

The Eagles rank third in the NFL in takeaways, so the Bills must take care of the ball. Buffalo has 13 turnovers in its six losses but just one in its six wins.

Gworek's Pick: Buffalo, 27–23.

San Francisco at Cleveland

Johnny Manziel has four games to show the Browns that they don’t need to draft a quarterback with what is at the moment the first pick overall. The Niners are 2–2 since Blaine Gabbert took over at quarterback.

Gworek's Pick: Cleveland, 23–21.

Detroit at St. Louis

After scoring 10 points in the last two games, the Rams made a change at offensive coordinator. That same move sparked the Lions, who won three straight before Aaron Rodgers’ Hail Mary beat them last week.

Gworek's Pick: Detroit, 17–13.

New Orleans at Tampa Bay

The Bucs have won three of four to stay within a game of the last NFC Wild Card spot. Tampa Bay won in New Orleans in September. New Orleans has lost four straight after a three-game winning streak.

Gworek's Pick: Tampa Bay, 28–26.

Tennessee at N.Y. Jets    

The Jets must take care of business against the Titans to stay in playoff position in the AFC. Marcus Mariota accounted for 380 of the Titans’ 467 yards in a shootout win over Jacksonville last week.

Gworek's Pick: N.Y. Jets, 24–20.

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati   

The Bengals won the first meeting (16–10 in Pittsburgh), but that was Ben Roethlisberger’s first game back from a knee injury. Since that loss the Steelers are 3–1 and are averaging 529 yards of total offense.

Gworek's Pick: Pittsburgh, 31–28.

Indianapolis at Jacksonville

The Jaguars took the Colts to overtime in early October when Andrew Luck was healthy. Now Luck is out, and his replacement, Matt Hasselbeck, is also banged up.

Gworek's Pick: Jacksonville, 20–16.

San Diego at Kansas City

The Chiefs won 33–3 in San Diego just three weeks ago, and it’s hard to see this one going much differently. Kansas City has won six in a row, while the Chargers have lost seven of eight.

Gworek's Pick: Kansas City, 27–20.

Washington at Chicago

Since an 0–3 start, Chicago is 5–4. Two of the losses were in overtime, and the others were by two points to 10–2 Denver and three points to 8–4 Minnesota. Three of Washington’s last four are on the road.

Gworek's Pick: Chicago, 17–14.

Atlanta at Carolina

These teams will meet twice in the next three weeks. Atlanta started 5–0 thanks to a plus-6 turnover differential. The Falcons are 1–6 with a minus-7 differential since. And Carolina leads the NFL in takeaways.

Gworek's Pick: Carolina, 31–14.

Seattle at Baltimore

Seattle is 3–1 since its bye week and averages 34.5 points in those games. The Seahawks defense has risen to second in yards allowed and third in points allowed. That’s bad news for Matt Schaub and the Ravens.

Gworek's Pick: Seattle, 27–6.

Oakland at Denver

The Raiders had the red-hot Chiefs on the ropes before three fourth-quarter interceptions thrown by Derek Carr cost them. Brock Osweiler has won all three of his starts for the Broncos.

Gworek's Pick: Denver, 20–16.

Dallas at Green Bay

Dallas somehow managed to keep its slim playoff hopes alive in Washington on Monday night. The Packers need to hope that last week’s Hail Mary win over the Lions wakes them up.

Gworek's Pick: Green Bay, 24–14.

New England at Houston

Houston’s Wild Card hopes took a hit in a loss at Buffalo, but the AFC South title is still possible. The Patriots need to get healthy, but Tom Brady hasn’t lost three consecutive starts since 2002.

Gworek's Pick: New England, 27–21.

Monday’s Game

N.Y. Giants at Miami

Both of these teams are 5–7, but the Giants at least still have something to play for in the ugly NFC East. Unless they get hot in a hurry, Tom Coughlin will likely be out of a job after the season.

Gworek's Pick: N.Y. Giants, 30–24.

Week 13 Record: 10–6

Overall Record: 113–79