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NFL Week 13 Schedule And Picks: AFC South Is Up For Grabs, Big Tests For All Four Teams

Houston Texans (5-6) @ Philadelphia Eagles (7-4), 7:20 PM CT (Thursday), NFL Network (CW39 in the Houston market)
The Line: Eagles -8.5
The Experts: ESPN, CBS, and Yahoo are all taking Philadelphia.

I would love to believe that Houston will come out with the same effort as they did in Sunday's shutout victory over Tennessee, but the Texans are consistently inconsistent. The Eagles dominated a poor defense a few weeks ago, and I don't see any reason why they won't here.

The Pick: Texans 23, Eagles 34

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Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5) @ Tennessee Titans (5-6), 12 PM CT, CBS
The Line: Jaguars -3.5
Expert Picks: CBS has it 5-0 Jacksonville, ESPN has it 6-2 for the men in teal, and Yahoo goes Jaguars.

The last time these teams played, the Titans thoroughly dominated the Jaguars on "Monday Night Football." This was before the Vince Young drama, the four-game losing streak from Tennessee, and Jacksonville's rise to the top of the AFC South.

The Jaguars are running the ball much better, and their defense has tightened up. I think they'll stack the box against Chris Johnson which would force the Titans to air it out. If it is Rusty Smith, the Jaguars win. However, it's looking more like it'll be Kerry Collins - who already beat the Jaguars this season. I'd back the Collins-led Titans if so.

The Pick: Jaguars 23, Titans 24

Dallas Cowboys @ Indianapolis Colts (6-5)
The Line: Colts -5.5
Expert Picks: CBS is 5-0 for Indy, Yahoo is 2-1 Dallas, and 5 of ESPN's 8 experts are taking those Cowboys.

With nine interceptions over the past four weeks, Peyton Manning has had a rough go of things. Indianapolis has lost two of its last three and doesn't look like a playoff team. Meanwhile, Dallas has united behind new interim coach Jason Garrett.

Line-wise, this is a mismatch in Dallas' favor. Their front-seven is more than talented enough to beat up a bad Indy offensive line. Offensively, they should really focus on using their heavyweights to maul the small front four of the Colts. If they kept it simple, Dallas would dominate, but the Cowboys will make it closer than it should be.

The Pick: Cowboys 27, Colts 24

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