NFL Odds: 2011 Week 13 Thursday NFL Picks Philadelphia vs. Seattle

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NFL betting action in wacky and wild Week 13 gets started on Thursday night in a do or die for both teams. The Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles will battle it out at CenturyLink Field to try to keep their respective seasons alive.

Year To Date Record: 37-46 ATS
Upset Record: 10-22, -$1,120

Week 13 NFL Matchup: Philadelphia Eagles @ Seattle Seahawks
Date: Thursday, December 1st, 8:20 ET
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
NFL Lines: Philadelphia -3
Over/Under 43
Week 13 NFL TV Schedule: NFL Network

Eagles Notes: There is a legitimate possibility that this could be the last time that Head Coach Andy Reid, the longest tenured coach in the league, is on the sidelines with the Eagles. There is a growing sentiment in the City of Brotherly Love that is calling for Reid to be given his pink slip. As long as there is still a chance to make the playoffs, Reid is probably safe, but in the event that Philly gets eliminated, it is anyone’s guess how long he has before getting the hook. There is some real trouble in this game with both WR Jeremy Maclin and QB Michael Vick on the sidelines. The good news is that QB Vince Young has put up some decent numbers in his two starts, including throwing for 400 yards last week in a loss against the New England Patriots. The truth of the matter though, is that this team only goes as far as its defense takes it. This unit is allowing 22.8 points per game this year, but things just aren’t panning out for what many thought was going to be a fantastic unit.

Seahawks Notes: The Seahawks continue to shoot themselves in the foot. They are a 4-7 team that has lost a slew of games that it had a real shot in during the fourth quarter. Last week was yet another one of these games in which Seattle managed to snap defeat from the jaws of victory against the Washington Redskins. This offense is definitely a work in progress, as QB Tarvaris Jackson just isn’t cutting it, while the defense is allowing over 340 yards and 21.1 points per game. Against an offense that is putting up over 400 yards per game has to be a scary situation. WR Sidney Rice was put on IR on Wednesday, and that really takes away the most dynamic player on this offense. The only hope is really if can get a good game out of WR Marshawn Lynch, who has shown the ability to put together 100+ yard performances on the ground.

The Final Word: These two teams are just dreadfully underachievers, but one of them is going to have to win. In the end, we just don’t trust the hype around this Philly team, knowing that both its starting quarterback and one of its two best receivers. On top of that, WR DeSean Jackson was benched in the fourth quarter and seems disgruntled. It’s just not a good recipe for Philly.

Week 13 NFL Pick: Seattle Seahawks +3

NFL Football Prediction: Seattle 22 – Philadelphia 17

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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