Sunday games and Monday Night Football game are subject to change. I’ll revise my picks based on available information during the week (injury report).
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Atlanta Falcons, Thursday 8:20 PM (ET). Falcons need to keep on winning in order to secure themselves a playoff spot. Jaguars are the team without any playoff chances and have to travel to Atlanta on a short week. Atlanta’s air attack will be too much to handle for otherwise solid Jacksonville defense.
Pick: Falcons, 26-17
Against The Spread: Jaguars (+11.5)
Dallas Cowboys @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Saturday 8:20 PM (ET). It’s December and Cowboys are performing the way we’ve seen them perform in the month of December in the recent years. Luckily for Dallas, they’ll face a Buccaneers team which’s falling apart. Cowboys bounce back after tough loss last week with a win against Tampa.
Pick: Cowboys: 31-17
Against The Spread: Cowboys (-6.5)
Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Miami could be without QB Matt Moore, that leaves them with J.P.Losman at quarterback which means Dolphins will struggle to get anything going on offense. Stout Miami defense won’t be enough for the second straight week as Bills get to win after a long time.
Pick: Bills, 27-21
Against The Spread: Bills (-0.5)
Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Bears’ defense continues to play well but without QB Jay Cutler and RB Matt Forte Chicago is an average team on offense at most. I expect from Bears to play another close game in front of home crowd. With a win they’ll keep their playoff hopes alive.
Pick: Bears, 20-17
Against The Spread: Seahawks (+4.5)
Cincinnati Bengals @ St. Louis Rams, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). That was a tough loss to swallow for Cincinnati last week against Houston. Good news for Bengals, they play the Rams next. The Rams are bad on offense and with key injuries on defense they just don’t have a chance against talented team from Cincinnati.
Pick: Bengals, 24-16
Against The Spread: Bengals (-4.5)
Green Bay Packers @ Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Packers will stay on path leading them to a perfect 16-0 season, they will get their 15th win against Kansas city Chiefs who fired Todd Haley as their head coach. With a win Packers will secure home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs.
Pick: Packers, 27-13
Against The Spread: Packers (-13.5)
Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Just like Packers, the Colts will also stay on their path, their course dough is completely different. With another loss they’ll come within one game to finish 0-16 for the season.
Pick: Titans, 27-18
Against The Spread: Titans (-6.5)
New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Saints are fighting for 2nd seed in NFC playoffs. Vikings are playing for pride and will try to ruin Saints’ plans, with healthy RB Adrian Peterson their chances get considerably bigger. They might come close but in the end Brees and Company will be too much for Viking’s pass defense.
Pick: Saints, 30-21
Against The Spread: Saints (-7.5)
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Redskins beat the Giants in Week 1, that’s a long time ago and now it’s time for the Giants to have their revenge. Giants will build on momentum gained with a win at Dallas last week with another win, this time at home against Washington.
Pick: Giants, 27-23
Against The Spread: Redskins (+7.5)
Carolina Panthers @ Houston Texans, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Texans continue to play good despite their injuries on offense. They play good enough on defense and QB T.J.Yates is playing above expectations. Seems like Panthers QB Cam Newton’s play regressed in recent weeks and it shows again against Houston defense.
Pick: Texans, 25-17
Against The Spread: Texans (-6.5)
Detroit Lions @ Oakland Raiders, Sunday 4:05 PM (ET). Ndamukong Suh will be back for the Lions after 2-game suspension which might spark the whole Lions team. In order to be successful Lions must establish running game with RB Kevin Smith. Could be a high-scoring game with Lions coming out with an important win on the road.
Pick: Lions, 34-30
Against The Spread: Lions (-1.5)
Cleveland Browns @ Arizona Cardinals, Sunday 4:15 PM (ET). At 6-7 the Cardinals still have a slim chance to make the playoffs, with the way their defense is playing recently they shouldn’t have problems beating the Browns at home. Arizona keeps on winning, staying alive in playoff race.
Pick: Cardinals, 24-20
Against The Spread: Browns (+6.5)
New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos, Sunday 4:15 PM (ET). Maybe Bill Belichick can finally crack the code of Tebow Magic. Patriots defense has surrendered way to much yards through the air, but that shouldn’t be the problem against Denver and Tim Tebow’s offense. On the other side, Patriots posses weapons on offense and they’ll be able to score against tough Denver defense.
Pick: Patriots, 24-10
Against The Spread: Patriots (-6.5)
New York Jets @ Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday 4:15 PM (ET). Theoretically Eagles are still in the hunt for the playoffs, that might change after this game against the Jets. Jets are also playing for playoff spot and with QB Mark Sanchez finally playing some consistent football they might just have enough on offense to beat the Eagles.
Pick: Jets, 27-23
Against The Spread: Jets (+2.5)
Baltimore Ravens @ San Diego Chargers, Sunday 8:20 PM (ET). Ravens have been able to run the ball efficiently over the past few weeks, they’ll face a bad rushing defense in San Diego and that could be the difference in this game, Ravens being able to run on the Chargers, and Chargers struggling to stop the run.
Pick: Ravens, 31-27
Against The Spread: Ravens (-2.5)
Pittsburgh Steelers @ San Francisco 49ers, Monday 8:30 PM (ET). Big game for both teams, 49ers will be looking to bounce back after a loss in Arizona last week, and Pittsburgh will try to stay in contention for AFC North division title. A lot will depend if, and in what state, QB Ben Roethlisberger will play on Monday Night at San Francisco.
Pick: 49ers, 24-17
Against The Spread: 49ers (-1.5)