Miami better not look over Buffalo this week. Easy to forget the Bills won the first meeting between these 2 teams. That said, the Fins have shown me alot in how they’ve responded especially with adversity the last month. They’ve earned some trust.
Panthers (-3) over Saints
A bit scary as everyone literally EXPECTS Carolina to roll in this spot here especially considering the opponent. Yes, New Orleans is a completely different team outside the confines of the Superdome but you have to expect Drew Brees and company to be absolutely up for this game. Alot at stake including a first round bye and a NFC South championship. Taking Carolina slightly but not without a fight from ‘Nawlins.
Cowboys (-3) over Redskins
This is the Redskins Super Bowl here. As bad as this season as gone for Washington, if they can ruin the Cowboys playoff chances it will be a very positive distraction even for a few days from the otherwise dreadful issues with the Redskins. The time is now for Dallas to put up or shut up. Margin of error is zero.
Bucs (+4.5) over Rams
Wouldn’t bet this game either way.
Bears (+3) over Eagles
Flexed into the Sunday Night spot this week, the Bears are back in 1st in the North due to the Detroit Lions open door policy for the rest of the division. Jay Cutler is back and looking much better. If Chicago’s defense was playing much better I would have them as the dark horse in the NFC. Philly meanwhile will be scoreboard watching prior to kickoff and if Dallas loses that may be a bad sign for the Bears as Philly will be presented the opportunity to wrap up the NFC East by the end of this ball game.
Jets (-2) over Browns
Do I really have to talk about this?
Chiefs (-6.5) over Colts
This is a preview of a possible Wild Card game in 2 weeks. Only thing Indy can do at this point is maybe move into the 3 spot in the AFC or if chips fall into their favor maybe even a first round bye. A statement opportunity for Indy here. KC meanwhile are 9-0 outside the AFC West and their offense has exploded positively over the last month. Plus they’re playing in Arrowhead Sunday, one of the 3 best home-field advantages in all of football in my opinion.
Vikings (+8) over Bengals
Minny has guys playing for possible roster spots next season so this is a big trap position for Cincy especially since they have opened the door for Baltimore to possible win the AFC North . Good thing they end the year with their final 2 games at home.
Broncos (-10.5) over Texans
No Wes Welker for the remainder of the regular season but don’t expect Denver to miss a beat. Houston meanwhile in a backwards race towards the first pick in the ’14 draft.
Jaguars (+5) over Titans
Cardinals (+10.5) over Seahawks
‘Zona ends the season playing a murderers row of opponents who in my opinion happen to be the 2 best teams in the NFL in Seattle and San Francisco. It’s alot to ask this team to win out at this point but if they do they would’ ve earned it. Bruce Arians needs serious consideration for Coach Of The Year.
Lions (-9) over Giants
The Lions are the new accident waiting to happen. They must win out by any means necessary and even that doesn’t guarantee a playoff spot at this point. The Giants meanwhile have already packed it in for the winter and the speculation over Tom Coughlin’s future in New York should keep us entertained over the course of the next 10 days.
Raiders (+10) over Chargers
San Diego has this annoying habit to play to their competition. Take Oakland with the points here.
Packers over Steelers
No Aaron Rodgers once again but fear not, Matt Flynn is here. Green Bay needs this one to set up a Week 17 showdown at Soldier Field for the NFC North title.
Patriots (+2.5) over Ravens
Baltimore does have New England’s number as of late and with a late season surge are now dubbed as this year’s “team no one doesn’t want to face in the playoffs even though in reality the running game stinks”. Should’ve hashtagged that last sentence. The Pats need this one to secure a first round bye. The more home games in the postseason the better for Brady and Belichick.
49ers (-12.5) over Falcons
The Niners are getting stronger and stronger with each passing week. Every game at this point is a tune up for the postseason.