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Heading into Sunday night, it seemed like we were poised for our most successful week yet. With two games remaining in the week, our record was a sparkling 12-2, and wins from the Broncos and Eagles would have made us season-best 14-2.

Alas, it was not to be. Cairo Santos clanged his game-winning field goal off the left upright to give Kansas City a 30-27 win over Denver, and Aaron Rodgers turned in a 313-yard performance in Green Bay’s 27-13 victory over Philadelphia. Though the ending wasn’t ideal, we’ll hold our heads high after another strong week, as 12-4 is nothing to sneeze at.

Looking ahead to Week 13, there are 15 games on the schedule, which kicks off with the Dallas Cowboys visiting the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night. PointAfter, a sports data site powered by Graphiq, predicted the winner of each game using data from Bing Predicts. Bing Predicts uses web activity and social sentiment — in addition to historical player, team and match stats — to predict the outcome of NFL games. Web and social data allow Bing Predicts to capture real-time information about lineup changes and reaction to them to tune the strengths of teams.

The Cowboys have won 10 straight games and own the league’s best record, while Minnesota lost a close game to the Lions on Thanksgiving. On Sunday night, the Carolina Panthers face the Seattle Seahawks in a rematch of last year’s NFC Divisional Round. We’ll run through each game starting with the most competitive of the week and offer our analysis as we move through every matchup. In the event of ties, the earlier game was shown first. If games had the same kickoff time, we then broke ties based on each game’s opening line.

Note: Also included with game predictions are the opening lines for each game, courtesy of Vegas Insider.

#1. Dallas Cowboys (10-1) @ Minnesota Vikings (6-5)

Dak Prescott

Bing Predicts winner: Cowboys (52 percent)

Opening line: DAL -2.5
Kickoff time: 8:25 p.m. EST (Thursday)

The Cowboys’ offense has been among the best in the league, and last week was no different. Dallas won a shootout with Washington on Thanksgiving, 31-26, thanks in large part to another efficient performance by Dak Prescott. The rookie quarterback posted a 108.9 passer rating — his ninth game with a 100 passer rating or better of the season — and rushed for 39 yards and a score.

Dallas will face a tough test in the Vikings’ defense, which ranks second in points allowed per game (17.5) and third in total yards (307). Minnesota has lost five of its last six after starting the season 5-0, and the offense struggled again in the team’s 16-13 loss to the Lions on Thanksgiving. The passing game in particular has lacked explosiveness, with Sam Bradford ranked 22nd in yards per pass attempt (6.94).

#2. Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) @ Cincinnati Bengals (3-7-1)

Carson Wentz

Bing Predicts winner: Bengals (52 percent)

Opening line: PHI -1
Kickoff time: 1:00 p.m. EST

The Eagles’ struggles continued on Monday night, as the offense was held to 292 total yards in a 27-13 loss to the Packers. Philadelphia has lost four of its last five, and rookie quarterback Carson Wentz has looked every bit like a rookie during that stretch. His passer rating in the last five games is 75.1. In his first four games, he posted a 103.5 rating as the Eagles went 3-1. Bing gives Cincinnati the slight edge here despite the Bengals being winless in their last four games.

#3. Miami Dolphins (7-4) @ Baltimore Ravens (6-5)

Ryan Tannehill

Bing Predicts winner: Ravens (52 percent)

Opening line: BAL -3.5
Kickoff time: 1:00 p.m. EST

The Ravens have won three straight home games, including last week’s 19-14 victory over the Bengals to put Baltimore in a tie for first place in the AFC North. The Ravens ranks second in yards allowed per game (297.8) and fourth in points (18.3), though the Dolphins’ offense has been good as of late.

Miami has won six straight games and has averaged 26.8 points per game during that run. Ryan Tannehill has a passer rating of 104.7 over the course of the winning streak, with nine touchdowns and just one interception.

#4. Houston Texans (6-5) @ Green Bay Packers (5-6)

Aaron Rodgers

Bing Predicts winner: Packers (53 percent)

Opening line: GB -3.5
Kickoff time: 1:00 p.m. EST

Is it time to R-E-L-A-X in Green Bay? The Packers are still in a tough spot to make the playoffs, but Aaron Rodgers looked like his old self against Philadelphia on Monday. The former MVP posted a 116.7 passer rating and averaged 8.03 yards per attempt as the team snapped its four-game losing streak. A home game against Houston seems like a perfect setup to continue the righting of the ship.

#5. Washington Redskins (6-4-1) @ Arizona Cardinals (4-6-1)

Kirk Cousins

Bing Predicts winner: Cardinals (53 percent)

Opening line: ARI -2.5
Kickoff time: 4:25 p.m. EST

The Redskins lost a tough one to the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, but Kirk Cousins continued to shine. He posted his second 400-yard game of the season by completing 77.4 percent of his passes with three touchdowns. The Cardinals have allowed a 76.5 passer rating to opposing quarterbacks — third-best in the league — and have allowed only nine touchdown passes on the season, the fewest in the NFL. That matchup between Washington’s passing game and Arizona’s secondary will be the focal point this week, and the Cardinals playing at home gives them a slight edge.

#6. Indianapolis Colts (5-6) @ New York Jets (3-8)

Andrew Luck

Bing Predicts winner: Colts (55 percent)

Opening line: IND -2.5
Kickoff time: 8:30 p.m. EST (Monday)

The Colts expect to have Andrew Luck back this week after Luck missed the team’s 28-7 loss to Pittsburgh with a concussion. He’ll face a Jets defense that ranks 23rd in passer rating allowed (94.5) and is tied for 29th in sacks (19), so Luck should be able to play well if he’s able to suit up.

#7. San Francisco 49ers (1-10) @ Chicago Bears (2-9)

Matt Barkley

Bing Predicts winner: Bears (57 percent)

Opening line: CHI -3
Kickoff time: 1:00 p.m. EST

Given the records of each team, we won’t spend too much time on this matchup. San Francisco ranks last in yards allowed per game (424.5) and points allowed per game (31.3). The Bears lost their third consecutive game last week to Tennessee, but backup quarterback Matt Barkley showed some promise. He threw two interceptions but also had 316 yards and three touchdowns, and since the Bears are at home, expect the 49ers to lose their 11th straight game.

#8. Buffalo Bills (6-5) @ Oakland Raiders (9-2)

Derek Carr

Bing Predicts winner: Raiders (57 percent)

Opening line: OAK -3.5
Kickoff time: 4:05 p.m. EST

The Raiders are on a roll, and Derek Carr continued to have the hot hand in the team’s 35-32 win over the Panthers. With the running game nonexistent, Carr completed 26 of 38 pass attempts for 315 yards and two scores, despite playing with a dislocated right pinkie finger. Buffalo has won two consecutive games thanks in large part to Tyrod Taylor’s improved play. Taylor had his third game with a passer rating over 100 in last week’s win over Jacksonville, though all three have come at home.

#9. Kansas City Chiefs (8-3) @ Atlanta Falcons (7-4)

Matt Ryan

Bing Predicts winner: Falcons (63 percent)

Opening line: ATL -4
Kickoff time: 1:00 p.m. EST

In a game between two teams fighting to stay in their playoff positions, Bing favors the home team fairly comfortably. The Chiefs have won four straight road games, including last week’s overtime thriller in Denver. Atlanta has the league’s highest-scoring offense, which has been slightly better at home (34.6 points per game) than on the road (30.8). In four out of five home games, Matt Ryan has had a passer rating of 106.1 or higher, so expect the Falcons to put up enough points to win this week.

#10. New York Giants (8-3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)

Le'Veon Bell

Bing Predicts winner: Steelers (63 percent)

Opening line: PIT -6
Kickoff time: 4:25 p.m. EST

The Giants continued their winning ways in a ho-hum 27-13 win over the Browns. They’ll face a tougher test in the Steelers, as Pittsburgh has won two straight after dropping its previous four games. Le’Veon Bell has totaled 479 yards from scrimmage in his last three games with four touchdowns, but he’ll face a Giants defense that ranks fifth in rushing yards allowed per game (89.1).

#11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5) @ San Diego Chargers (5-6)

Mike Evans

Bing Predicts winner: Chargers (64 percent)

Opening line: SD -5.5
Kickoff time: 4:25 p.m. EST

The Chargers sit in last place in the AFC West but remain a team that no one wants to face. They beat the Texans in Houston last week and face a Buccaneers team that’s won its last three games, including last week’s 14-5 win over Seattle. Wide receiver Mike Evans has averaged 106 yards per game in the past four weeks. He’ll face a tough Chargers secondary that’s allowed an 83.2 opponents’ passer rating, sixth-lowest in the NFL.

#12. Denver Broncos (7-4) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9)

Trevor Siemian

Bing Predicts winner: Broncos (69 percent)

Opening line: DEN -5
Kickoff time: 1:00 p.m. EST

The Broncos lost a heartbreaker to the Chiefs last week, sending Denver to the fringes of the AFC playoff picture. The road gets considerably easier this week, as Jacksonville has lost its last seven games. Trevor Siemian is coming off perhaps his best performance of the season, and he should feast on the Jaguars’ sub-par pass defense.

#13. Carolina Panthers (4-7) @ Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1)

Russell Wilson

Bing Predicts winner: Seahawks (69 percent)

Opening line: SEA -6.5
Kickoff time: 8:30 p.m. EST

The Seahawks saw their three-game winning streak end in Tampa Bay, as Seattle’s offense was shut down all game. Russell Wilson had his worst game of the year, with a season-low 38.8 passer rating and two interceptions. A return to CenturyLink Field should help Seattle rediscover its form, particularly against a Panthers defense that ranks 24th in points allowed per game (25.5).

#14. Detroit Lions (7-4) @ New Orleans Saints (5-6)

Drew Brees

Bing Predicts winner: Saints (70 percent)

Opening line: NOR -5
Kickoff time: 1:00 p.m. EST

The Saints shredded the Rams’ defense last week, putting up a season-high 49 points. New Orleans had 555 total yards and did whatever it wanted to on offense, with Mark Ingram rushing for 146 yards and Drew Brees tossing four touchdown passes.

The Saints have always been tough to stop at home, and Brees should have his way with the Lions’ secondary. Detroit has allowed a league-worst 106.4 passer rating to opposing quarterbacks, which spells trouble for the Lions’ chances.

#15. Los Angeles Rams (4-7) @ New England Patriots (9-2)

Tom Brady LeGarrette Blount

Bing Predicts winner: Patriots (81 percent)

Opening line: NE -13.5
Kickoff time: 1:00 p.m. EST

Rookie quarterback Jared Goff looked better in his second start last week, but still turned the ball over twice and was largely shut down in the second half. Expect a blood bath at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, as the Patriots rank third in points allowed per game (17.9) and sixth in points scored (26.6).

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