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Stampede Blue’s NFL Week 13 staff picks

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Things are heating up with four weeks left in the NFL regular season, and I’m not just talking about on the gridiron. The majority of the Stampede Blue is neck and neck atop the leaderboard, with the top six staffers within four picks of each other. This week offers a great variety of enticing primetime slugfests, with a few poop matchups in there as well.

Let’s break down the coming slate, update some weekly awards, check the current standings and see everyone’s picks for Week 13.

Can’t miss contests:

Bills @ Cowboys

49ers @ Ravens

Raiders @ Chiefs

Patriots @ Texans

Vikings @ Seahawks

Could be surprisingly fun:

Saints @ Falcons

Titans @ Colts

Browns @ Steelers

Buccaneers @ Jaguars

Rams @ Cardinals

Hit the snooze button:

Bears @ Lions

Jets @ Bengals

Eagles @ Dolphins

Redskins @ Panthers

Packers @ Giants

Chargers @ Broncos

Now for the weekly awards ...

The boldest upset award: Matt Danely (MIA over PHI)

Third time’s the charm? Danely makes it three weeks in a row where the Dolphins are picked as the biggest upset of the week. They weren’t able to get it done against the Bills or the Browns, but maybe Miami has caught Philly at just the right time.

The Chucky Chalk award: Andrew Aziz

Every single one of his picks lines up with the majority of staffers this week, which hopefully will boost his name a little further up the leaderboard.

The road warrior award: Matt Danely & Mateo Caliz (10)

Two awards for Matt this week and a split one here with Mateo, as the two have only four teams defending home turf in Week 13. Of the road winners, two underdogs (Bills and Titans, according to Vegas) will have uphill battles.

Take a look at the updated standings and picks for Week 13 ...

Chris Blystone: 117-58 (66.9%) / Elliot Denton: 116-59 (66.3%) / Greg Rader: 116-59 (66.3%) / Mateo Caliz: 115-60 (65.7%) / Blake Pace: 114-61 (65.1%) / Brett Mock: 113-62 (64.6%) / Matt Danely: 92-56 (62.2%) / Andrew Aziz: 103-72 (58.9%) / Stephen Reed: 102-73 (58.3%) / Chris Shepherd: 92-68 (57.5%) / Zach Hicks: 83-62 (57.2%)

Thursday 12:30 pm ET

Bears @ Lions (5) | Contrarians: Mateo Caliz, Matt Danely, Blake Pace, Greg Rader, Stephen Reed

Thursday 4:30 pm ET

Bills @ Cowboys (6) | Contrarians: Chris Blystone, Danely, Rader, Chris Shepherd

Thursday 8:20 pm ET

Saints (9) @ Falcons | Contrarian: Blystone

Sunday 1:00 pm ET

Titans @ Colts (7) | Contrarians: Caliz, Danely, Rader

49ers @ Ravens

Jets (9) @ Bengals | Contrarian: Shepherd

Browns (8) @ Steelers | Contrarians: Rader, Reed

Eagles (9) @ Dolphins | Contrarian: Danely

Redskins @ Panthers

Packers @ Giants

Buccaneers (6) @ Jaguars | Contrarians: Caliz, Brett Mock, Reed, Shepherd

Sunday 4:05 pm ET

Rams (6) @ Cardinals | Contrarians: Blystone, Caliz, Mock, Rader

Sunday 4:25 pm ET

Raiders @ Chiefs

Chargers (7) @ Broncos | Contrarians: Danely, Pace, Rader

Sunday 8:20 pm ET

Patriots @ Texans

Monday 8:15 pm ET

Vikings @ Seahawks

Who do you have coming out on top in Week 13?