NFL Picks And Predictions Week 13: Falcons Vs. Texans

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 27: Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates tossing a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at Georgia Dome on November 27, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons are set to take on the Houston Texans who will be rolling with rookie quarterback T.J. Yates at quarterback. Who do the experts think will win?

Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons look to continue their winning ways against the Houston Texans, but what do the experts think?

Peter King at Sports Illustrated likes the Falcons to win the game.

Atlanta Falcons (7-4) at Houston Texans (8-3)
Sorry. I know it'd be a fabulous story, T.J. Yates beating his hometown team and rescuing the Texans in their time of great quarterback need. But the Falcons and Texans with their normal starting quarterbacks are very nearly a wash, and Matt Ryan and T.J. Yates, well, that's not a wash.

Everyone at ESPN picked the Falcons to win, not having much faith in T.J. Yates.

Peter Schrager of Fox Sports likes the Texans and the rookie quarterback to pull off the upset:

Atlanta at Houston: Although it'd be easy to write off the Texans with their messy quarterback situation and a schedule that includes matchups with the Falcons and Bengals in the next two weeks, I can't. Why not? I never thought I'd say this with a Gary Kubiak-coached team, but their defense is simply too good. Wade Phillips' unit is downright ferocious. Rookie Brooks Reed - a guy I ranted and raved about during draft time and before the season - is making his claim for the All-Rookie team with sacks in five straight games and second-year linebacker Conor Barwin recorded four sacks in last week's win over Jacksonville. This defense and that home crowd are going to keep Houston in these next two games. Hell, I'm feeling good. Give me the T.J. Yates-led Texans over the Falcons in an upset on Sunday. When you're hot, you're hot. Houston's hot.
The Pick: Texans 21, Falcons 17

For more on the Falcons head over to The Falcoholic. For more on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog.

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