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Super Computer Week 13 Contest Picks

I’m sure you could hear the sigh of relief from all the number crunchers when the OddsShark Super Computer went 3-2 last week, its first winning week in over a month.

If you are looking for some guttural reactions and picks for Week 13, make sure to check out Team OddsShark members Nick Kostos and Joe Ostrowski as they give you their top picks on the slate this weekend.

Broncos (-4) Visiting the Chargers

The San Diego Chargers have been struggling at home as they have lost four-straight at Qualcomm Stadium while being outscored by 11.3 points per game. Those four games have seen the Chargers go down early, outscored 52-32 in the first half, which has forced Philip Rivers to try and put the team on his back. That has led the quarterback to throwing six touchdowns and four interceptions in those games.

The Broncos have scored first in eight of their 11 games this season, which has caused opponents to start chucking the ball around. Denver’s defense is at their best when they can pin their ears back and rush the passer, forcing turnovers, which is exactly what the Chargers do not want to happen.

Texans (+3.5) Travelling to Buffalo

Don’t look now, but the Houston Texans are one of the hottest teams (and bets) in the NFL. Heading into Week 13’s matchup with the Buffalo Bills in New York, the Texans have covered the spread in four straight and five of their last six.

Oddsmakers aren’t giving enough respect to the Texans just yet, which means getting them as the dogs in this one is a steal. Buffalo has been far from the model of consistency this season, and stringing together solid performances has proven to be Herculean task for the Bills.

Brian Hoyer is not the biggest headline-grabbing quarterback in the league, but he has been quietly effective under center for the Texans. The Texans’ defense has been the largest reason for their resurgence, as the unit is has allowed opposing offenses to average just 9-points per game during their four-game winning streak.

Seahawks (Pick’Em) against the Vikings

The Seahawks were last season’s best second half team, going 8-1 in the final nine games last season.  That trend might be carrying over to this season, as Seattle has won four out of their last five games.

The Vikings are 8-2 this season, but their success is deceiving. Only two of the Vikings’ eight wins have come against teams who currently have winning records, with one of those being against the Falcons who’ve lost four in a row. Their one major test this season came two weeks ago vs the Packers and they showed up flat, losing 30-13.

Raiders (+2.5) Hosting the Chiefs

The Raiders have been a hard puzzle to solve this season but have some things working in their favor as home dogs vs the Chiefs. Kansas City has been a poor bet on the road recently, going just 3-6 ATS in their last nine road games.

Oakland, meanwhile, is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games as home underdogs. The passing attack of Derek Carr and Amari Cooper should be able to exploit a Kansas City defense who’s near the bottom of the league in average yards per reception and touchdown passed allowed.

Bengals (-9.5) Laying Chalk in Cleveland 

The Cleveland Browns are starting Austin Davis.

That really is all you need to know.