N.F.L. Picks Week 13: Eagles Look to Lock Up a Division Title

Nothing quiets the raucous crowds at CenturyLink Field quite like the team’s secondary being burned for deep touchdowns, and Carson Wentz will have his full array of receiving options available to pick apart a unit that is without Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor. Shaquill Griffin is expected to return after a concussion, but he and Jeremy Lane will have a hard time containing Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor, which should open up the middle of the field for Zach Ertz. Pick: Eagles

Panthers at Saints, 4:25 p.m., Fox

Line: Saints by 4

It was three years ago when the N.F.C. South was won by Carolina despite its losing record. Now the Panthers (8-3, 79 percent) and the Saints (8-3, 91 percent) are two of the league’s most polished teams.

New Orleans had an eight-game winning streak stopped by the Rams last week. The loss led to calls from pundits and fans to put the ball in the rookie Alvin Kamara’s hands more, as he has been explosive and drawn comparisons to Marshall Faulk.

As good as Kamara is, Coach Sean Payton was not ready to compare his young running back to the fulcrum of the Greatest Show on Turf.

“Nope, nope, nope, stop,” Payton told reporters. “Marshall Faulk’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. We’re not doing that to a rookie running back.”

A win at home would go a long way toward securing the Saints’ first division title since 2011. Pick: Saints

Vikings at Falcons, 1 p.m., Fox

Line: Falcons by 3

Case Keenum should be fitted for a black suit and red tie so he can complete the Rodney Dangerfield look. He gets no respect. Keenum’s coach, Mike Zimmer, reiterated that the quarterback situation was week-to-week, despite Keenum’s having led the Vikings (9-2, 98 percent) to seven consecutive wins (six times as a starter, and once in relief).

The best assurance Zimmer could offer about not replacing Keenum with Teddy Bridgewater was, “I’m not looking to pull him, but every week’s a different week in this league.”

Regardless of his job security, Keenum was named the N.F.C.’s offensive player of the month for November.

The Falcons (7-4, 59 percent) have mostly recovered from a brutal stretch earlier this season, and they certainly present a challenge to Minnesota’s winning streak, but it might be time to stop waiting for the other shoe to drop on the Vikings. Pick: Vikings

Rams at Cardinals, 4:25 p.m., Fox

Line: Rams by 7

The Rams (8-3, 84 percent) have improved in so many aspects from…

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