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NFL Week 13 Picks: Green Bay Ends New England’s Run

Mario Mergola looks at every game in the NFL and offers up his week 13 picks.

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New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3.5)

Whatever is going on in New Orleans has yet to be solved, and the Saints are squandering every single opportunity to grab hold of an NFC South race that no one wants to win. Pittsburgh finds itself in the exact opposite position, three games over .500 yet tied with three other teams in the AFC North, and percentage points behind the Bengals for first place.

Pittsburgh has a few bad losses to its name this season – Jets and Buccaneers – but the Steelers overcame a late deficit to beat the Titans when they last took the field heading into their bye week. In fact, the comeback was strikingly similar to their win over the Texans – albeit at different times of the game – where the Steelers put up points in bunches, then followed it up by blowing out the Colts. Factor in that the Saints are playing at a much worse level than the Colts were when Pittsburgh crushed them, and you have another explosion in the making.

Pittsburgh and head coach Mike Tomlin improve to 7-1 after a bye week with a two touchdown win at home, covering the spread.

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