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Michael Taylor 29th Nov 2008 - 18:07

New Orleans hoping 13 is their lucky number

It's make or break time as the NFL season reaches week thirteen and a number of teams, including the New Orleans Saints, need vital wins in order to maintain a play-off challenge.

Once again William Hill is offering punters the opportunity to betlive on all televised games over the weekend; so who looks good when most others feel unlucky?

New Orleans at Tampa Bay

For the Saints to keep on marching they need a win, if they lose they may as well start preparing for next season.

Despite boasting a winning record, New Orleans find themselves at the bottom of the NFC South while the Buccaneers are riding high, two wins ahead.

I like the Saints in this one and at 7/4 to win look great value. We all know how good Drew Brees is and, with Reggie Bush back running, the Bucs may be in for a surprise.

Carolina at Green Bay

Green Bay are in the same boat as New Orleans, knowing that a loss effectively brings their season to a premature close.

The Packers have never fully recovered from losing Brett Favre and while Aaron Rodgers has been better than expected, injuries have wrecked any momentum.

Carolina will also be desperate for the win as they look to solidify their play-off run and, apologies to Packers fans, I think they have the quality to manage it. I would back the Panthers in this one, and the 7/5 price looks very tempting.

Atlanta at San Diego

Matt Ryan has been a sensation this season in leading the young Falcons to a 7-4 record, while the Chargers have been the NFL's biggest underachievers with a miserable 4-7 record.

Every week you expect San Diego to raise their game but it just has not happened, but like many others I am staying faithful to Phillip Rivers and LaDainian Tomlinson and tip them to win at home.

The 10/21 about the Chargers is very short but with a -4.5 handicap on the spread, 10/11 is where my money would lie.

Denver at New York Jets

Favre, Favre, Favre....that's all you hear about the Jets but with good reason. The ex-Green Bay star has been the centre piece of the New York revelation leading them to an 8-3 record.

The Broncos are play-off bound, more due to the weakness of the AFC West than their own good play, and are also the bookies dream - they lose when they should win and win when they should lose.

I cannot see Denver winning this time but with an eight point start they could run the Jets close. The 10/11 about Denver winning with the handicap could prove to be the best bet.

Chicago at Minnesota

The match of week thirteen. The top two in the NFC North will give everything for the win.

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Jacksonville at Houston

The Monday Night Football match is something of a non-event as both teams have no realistic play-off chance.

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