Sando's best guesses: Week 13 predictions


The NFC West is entering the second of three consecutive weeks with a prime-time game.

The Thursday night matchup featuring Seattle and Philadelphia moves up the regularly scheduled predictions column once again.

The record was only 1-2 last time out, thanks in part to the 10-point lead the Seahawks blew against the Washington Redskins.

Seattle is the one team in the NFC West that has pretty much met expectations in overall record, but picking the Seahawks' games from week to week has been a challenge. They beat the New York Giants, lost to Cleveland, beat Baltimore and lost to Washington.

I've been leaning against picking them against the Eagles, but the feel is changing as I imagine just how eager the Dream Team must be to face the Seahawks in Seattle.

  • Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. ET. The Eagles' receivers aren't exactly the most physical bunch. Seattle's run defense should improve quite a bit with Alan Branch back in the lineup. Marshawn Lynch leads the NFL in rushing since Week 9. The Eagles went into this season with Super Bowl aspirations. Can they get up for the Seahawks? I'm a little skeptical. Also skeptical regarding Tarvaris Jackson's health and the Seahawks' ability to put up points. Sando's best guess: Seahawks 20, Eagles 17.

  • St. Louis Rams at San Francisco 49ers, 4:15 p.m. ET. Just about all the matchups favor the 49ers, who also have a division title to win. This one has the feel of a get-right game for San Francisco. Sando's best guess: 49ers 27, Rams 7.

  • Arizona Cardinals vs. Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys own one victory over a team that currently has a winning record (49ers). That is one more than the Cardinals possess, although they led the Ravens, 24-6, before losing. An Arizona victory would not shock me. Sando's best guess: Cowboys 23, Cardinals 20.

Programming note: I'll be attending the Seahawks' game Thursday night and the Rams-49ers game Sunday.