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NFL Week 13 expert picks, predictions: Lions vs. Saints

Our expert staff makes their picks and predictions for the Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints in Week 13.

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The Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints are in desperate need of wins this week. For the Saints, every game is critical to their playoff chances, which have dipped below 50% after their loss to the Atlanta Falcons last week. For the Lions, it’s a matter of building up confidence. They’re in a perfectly fine position to make the playoffs and take the NFC North, but they’re trending in a concerning direction after a couple of questionable performances against the Bears and Packers, respectively.

Confidence doesn’t appear to be shaken with our staff. Everyone here at Pride of Detroit is expecting the Lions to bounce back this week, although to varying degrees. Only three people on staff are predicting the Lions to win by more than a single possession. Here’s a look at our picks and predictions for Week 13.

Brandon Knapp (9-2): 27-14 Lions
Ryan Mathews (9-2): 27-21 Lions
Jerry Mallory (8-3): 27-16 Lions
Alex Reno (8-3): 30-21 Lions
Kellie Rowe (8-3): 34-20 Lions
Meko Scott (8-3): 28-20 Lions
Hamza Baccouche (7-4): 27-22 Lions
Morgan Cannon (7-4): 31-24 Lions
Jeremy Reisman (7-4): 31-26 Lions (full preview here)
Erik Schlitt (7-4): 27-20 Lions (keys to victory)
Kyle Yost (7-4): 28-23 Lions
John Whiticar (6-5): 34-30 Lions
Chris Perfett (0-0-11): 11-11 Tie

You can see all of our Week 13 picks here.

Now it’s time for you all to make your picks! Vote for the winner in the poll below, and then scroll down to the comment section to share your specific score prediction.


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