NFL Week 13 Odds, Television Coverage and Distribution
NFL Week 13 kicks off with a rarity, a quality game on Thursday night. The 10-1 Cowboys travel to Minnesota to face a 6-5 Vikings team battling for the NFC North lead. Thursday night games have been sloppy and often unwatchable in recent years. Some of that is due to the NFL expanding the Thursday night schedule from a slate of eight games to a weekly affair. As a result every team plays on Thursday at some point, and many of the matchups have not been worthy of prime time.
However the biggest reason for the decrease in performance has been due to the short time between games. Players need more than three days to physically recover from their previous games, and the coaches and players need more time to adequately study, prepare and game plan for the next game. Since both the Vikings and the Cowboys played on Thanksgiving, that will not be an issue this week.
This week finishes off byes for the 2016 season, so with teams no longer off we should an increase in the number of quality games. With only Cleveland and Tennessee off with a bye the schedule is filled with interesting games; the only notable dog is San Francisco at Chicago.
The odds below are initial lines as of Monday and the television schedules are preliminary. The broadcast coverage will surely change in some television markets between now and next Sunday.
NFL Week 13 Early Games
★★★★★ 10-1 Dallas Cowboys at 6-5 Minnesota Vikings
Thursday, December 1 at 8:25 pm ET on NBC; Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Cowboys -3½ . . . . over/under 44
Broadcast in all markets.
★★ 7-4 Denver Broncos at 2-9 Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday December 4 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots
Broncos -5 . . . . over/under 41½
Broadcast in Colorado, Gainesville FL, Jacksonville FL, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
★★★★★ 8-3 Kansas City Chiefs at 7-4 Atlanta Falcons
Sunday December 4 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl
Falcons -3½ . . . . over/under 49½
Broadcast in Alabama, Arkansas, Tallahassee FL, Tampa FL, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana (except Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Shreveport), Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Roanoke VA.
★★★★ 6-5 Houston Texans at 5-6 Green Bay Packers
Sunday December 4 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson
Packers -6½ . . . . over/under 45½
Broadcast in Alaska, San Diego CA, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois (except Chicago), Indiana, Kentucky, Shreveport LA, Michigan (except Detroit and Flint), Minnesota, Las Vegas NV, NYC, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.
★★★ 5-6 Philadelphia Eagles at 3-7-1 Cincinnati Bengals
Sunday December 4 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Peter Schrager
Eagles -1 . . . . over/under 42½
Broadcast in DC, Wichita KS, Salisbury MD, New Mexico, NYC, North Dakota, Ohio (except Toledo), Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, eastern Tennessee, Texas (except Houston), Virginia and West Virginia.
★★★★ 7-4 Detroit Lions at 5-6 New Orleans Saints
Sunday December 4 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale
Saints -6 . . . . over/under 53½
Broadcast in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida (except Jacksonville, Miami and West Palm Beach), Georgia (except Atlanta), Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Toledo OH, South Carolina, Chattanooga TN, Memphis TN, Houston TX and Wisconsin TX.
★ 1-10 San Francisco 49ers at 2-9 Chicago Bears
Sunday December 4 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin
Bears -1½ . . . . over/under 43½
Broadcast in northern California, Illinois, Indiana, Reno NV and Medford OR.
★★★★ 4-7 Los Angeles Rams at 9-2 New England Patriots
Sunday December 4 at 1:00 pm ET on FOX; Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver
Patriots -13½ . . . . over/under 44½
Broadcast in New England, Alaska, Arizona, southern California, Colorado, Miami FL, West Palm Beach FL, Hawaii, Idaho, Topeka KS, Missouri, Nebraska, Las Vegas NV, New York, Oregon (except Medford), Tennessee (except Chattanooga and Memphis), Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
★★★★ 7-4 Miami Dolphins at 6-5 Baltimore Ravens
Sunday December 4 at 1:00 pm ET on CBS; Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
Ravens -3½ . . . . over/under 41
Broadcast in DC, Florida (except Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Tampa), Maryland, Ohio (except Cincinnati), Pennsylvania (except Philadelphia), Virginia (except Roanoke) and West Virginia.
NFL Week 13 Late Games
★★★★ 6-5 Buffalo Bills at 9-2 Oakland Raiders
Sunday December 4 at 4:05 pm ET on CBS; Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn
Raiders -3 . . . . over/under 49½
Broadcast in New England (except Hartford), Yuma AZ, California (except San Diego), Chicago IL, Baton Rouge LA, New Orleans LA, Detroit MI, Flint MI, Reno NV, New York (except NYC), Cincinnati OH, Medford OR and Philadelphia PA.
★★★ 6-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 5-6 San Diego Chargers
Sunday December 4 at 4:25 pm ET on FOX; Sam Rosen, David Diehl, Holly Sonder
Chargers -4 . . . . over/under 47½
Broadcast in San Diego CA and Florida (except Miami and West Palm Beach).
★★★ 6-4-1 Washington Redskins at 4-6-1 Arizona Cardinals
Sunday December 4 at 4:25 pm ET on FOX; Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman, Kristina Pink
Cardinals -2½ . . . . over/under 49½
Broadcast in Arizona, DC, Maryland and Virginia.
★★★★ 8-3 New York Giants at 6-5 Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday December 4 at 4:25 pm ET on FOX; Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
Steelers -6 . . . . over/under 49½
Broadcast in all markets except for those televising either the Bucs-Chargers or Redskins-Cardinals. Also not broadcast in San Francisco Bay area due to NFL broadcast rules.
★★★★ 4-7 Carolina Panthers at 7-3-1 Seattle Seahawks
Sunday December 4 at 8:30 pm ET on NBC; Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Seahawks -6½ . . . . over/under 44½
Broadcast in all markets.
★★ 5-6 Indianapolis Colts at 3-8 New York Jets
Monday December 5 at 8:30 pm ET on BSPN; Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, Lisa Walters
Colts -1½ . . . . over/under 49½
Broadcast in all markets.
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