NFL Week 13 Look-Ahead Lines: Browns Favored In Watson’s Return

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on November 25, 2022
NFL Week 13 look ahead lines

NFL Week 13 look-ahead lines are out. One of the big stories of Week 13 will be the return of Browns QB Deshaun Watson after a lengthy suspension and, prior to that, a full season in limbo. The team is favored, albeit by less than a touchdown, against his old team, the Texans.

Every week, usually on Friday, TheLines will post look-ahead lines from FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook. These look aheads give an early snapshot of the current market opinions of teams absent the week-to-week bias that can take hold following weekend results.

NFL Week 13 Look-Ahead Lines

Compare NFL Week 13 odds below and click to bet now.

Game
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Bills at Patriots
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Bills -5.5
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Bills -5.5
Titans at Eagles
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Eagles -6.5 (-115)
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Eagles -6.5 (-115)
Broncos at Ravens
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Ravens -6.5
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Ravens -7 (-105)
Jaguars at Lions
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Lions -1
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Lions -1 (-105)
Commanders at Giants
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Commanders -1
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Commanders -1 (-105)
Jets at Vikings
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Vikings -3.5 (-105)
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Vikings -3.5 (-105)
Packers at Bears
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Packers -2.5 (-115)
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Packers -2.5 (-115)
Steelers at Falcons
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Falcons -1.5
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Falcons -1.5
Browns at Texans
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Browns -6
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Browns -5.5
Dolphins at 49ers
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49ers -4.5
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49ers -4.5
Seahawks at Rams
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Seahawks -3
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Seahawks -3 (-118)
Chargers at Raiders
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Chargers -3
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Chargers -3
Chiefs at Bengals
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Chiefs -3 (-105)
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Chiefs -3
Colts at Cowboys
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Cowboys -9
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Cowboys -9
Saints at Buccaneers
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Buccaneers -6.5 (-105)
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Buccaneers -6.5 (-108)

Week 13 NFL Primetime Games

Thursday Night Football Odds

Thursday Night Football brings a crucial AFC East clash as the Bills endeavor to not let the division slip through their fingers after mid-season slump.

While the Patriots have put together a solid season, this looms as a tough test. The Bills thoroughly dominated this series last year outside of a unique weather-marred game the Patriots squeaked out. Buffalo stomped them 33-21 and then 47-17 in the playoffs.

If the Bills somehow lose to the Lions on Thanksgiving, and the Patriots manage to pull a slight upset of the Vikings, we could see this line nudge down to -3.5. But, there’s almost no way to imagine it getting shorter than that aside from Josh Allen re-aggravating his elbow injury somehow. Only a thorough Vikings domination would get this to -7 on the road.

Sunday Night Football Odds

This represents a bit of a brutal spot for the Colts. They enter the game on short rest after playing on Monday Night Football, but the Cowboys get extra rest following their traditional Thanksgiving game. Things line up even further for the Cowboys this week, with the opposing Giants dealing with a litany of injuries.

Perhaps it’s the Jeff Saturday effect, but the market has not shown the Colts any respect even after the return of Matt Ryan. They remained sizable home underdogs to the Eagles, and they’re laying short of a field goal in what figures to be an ugly game against the Steelers. Given the low total and their 32nd-ranked offense, it’s hard to imagine a dominating win being in the cards. Yet, the Cowboys probably can’t lay double digits here either, so this line seems likely to stay where it’s at.

Monday Night Football Odds

It’s a tall task for sure, on the road against an elite team, but the Saints do have a big chance to impress this week. If they can pull off a road upset of the 49ers, then they might sway market opinion. Catch-call stats like DVOA believed in this team for much of the season, but Andy Dalton has appeared to come back to earth in recent weeks after a fairly hot start. The Buccaneers also have a tricky test against a Browns team that has the horses at pass rusher and corner to make life tough for Tom Brady. Still, the most likely outcome would see this line nudge up to Bucs -7. The Saints have not impressed this season against the better opponents on their schedule. Grabbing -6.5 cheaply makes some sense.

MORE POTENTIAL WEEK 12 IMPACT ON WEEK 13 LOOK-AHEAD LINES

Browns At Texans

What to expect of Deshaun Watson in his return from injury remains anyone’s guess. The man hasn’t played in multiple seasons now. It seems impossible to imagine he simply steps in and performs like his old self, a player who looked like arguably a top-five quarterback. Given the variables swirling there, we must look to the Texans to try to divine where this line could move.

Given they face a Dolphins team that has a prolific passing offense and no qualms about running up the score, it’s not hard to see a scenario where Browns -7 pops onto the screen, or even -7.5, come Sunday night. While Houston routinely kept things close early in the season, three of their last five losses have come by double digits.

Chiefs At Bengals

Last season’s Bengals bedeviled this Chiefs team, and they’ve surely had this one circled for awhile after a shocking upset loss at home in the AFC Championship Game. The market does not expect a repeat, installing the Chiefs as pretty solid road favorites here considering the caliber of the competition.

Watch for Ja’Marr Chase’s potential return from injury. Nobody expects anything but domination from KC in Week 12, but the Bengals have a tough road game against the Titans. If Chase returns and this offense keeps dominating, this could potentially tick down a hair to Chiefs -2.5. Remember that the market had this game as a toss-up in the preseason, and while the Chiefs look great, Bengals stock has been on the rise in recent weeks.

HOW TO USE NFL LOOK-AHEAD LINES

The look-ahead lines allow you a sneak peek at the projected lines for the following week’s games. This information from a leading online sportsbook will help provide lessons in understanding lines and projections before the current week’s games are played.

Many bettors tend to overreact to the previous week’s scores and results. The NFL Week 13 look-ahead lines provide a sense of stability from the oddsmaker. They sometimes offer a clear, unbiased snapshot of perceived team strength.

Bettors can also gain an edge or find value in the lines once the weekend results take hold. See if you can find any over- or under-reactions by the market.

Of course, always take note of key injuries, travel and scheduling situations, and NFL power rankings. Making adjustments is part of the process, along with accounting for teams’ strengths, weaknesses, against-the-spread angles and personnel matchups.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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