Residence staff in CAPS:
SAINTS (-3) over Panthers
With the likes of flashy again Alvin Kamara doing his factor, and with rookie receiver Rashid Shaheed about all you might ask for, Dem Saints are working their method up the size. Head coach Dennis Allen is trying higher and higher by the week. Experience the recent squad.
DOLPHINS (-2) over Jets
Regardless of having dropped 5 straight, the Fins have earned their 8-8 seasonal report and may make the January match with a win over the Jets along side the Payments caring for the Patriots. Miami will probably be compelled to start out younger QB Skylar Thompson, who misplaced to the Jets earlier.
EAGLES (-14) over Giants
Quarterback Jalen Hurts might be able to get again into the saddle for Philadelphia, sending Gardner Minshew again to the bench. For the reason that venerable New Yorkers are settled into the six-seed slot within the NFC grid playoffs, we don’t anticipate the they’ll threat lots of their frontliners for very lengthy on this spot. Birds, as they please.
FALCONS (-4) over Buccaneers
With Tampa Bay locked into the No. 4 seed, protecting the frontliners comparatively wholesome will probably be a significant precedence, given the circumstances. Atlanta seems to be dedicated to its youth motion, with Desmond Ridder to make his fourth straight begin at QB instead of Marcus Mariota.
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Vikings (-7.5) over BEARS
Minnesota wants a San Francisco loss to Arizona, which might facilitate the Vikings passing the 49ers for the second seed. That’s doable, however unlikely. The Bears have been sport sparring companions in lots of this season’s outings, however the Windy Metropolis roster stays a draft or two away.
Patriots (+7) over BILLS
Damar Hamlin’s heartening steps towards full restoration following his scary harm Monday has solid a pall on the high-flying Payments, however they soldier on, as they battle to concentrate on hitting potential new heights for the franchise. Guests could make sport of this.
BENGALS (-7) over Ravens
Cincinnati was taken down, partly, by 4 Justin Tucker area objectives in a Week 5 loss at Baltimore. QB Tyler Huntley, questionable with shoulder/wrist issues, however anticipated to play, continues to toil beneath heart for the guests, standing in for Lamar Jackson (knee), who has been out since Week 13.
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Texans (+2.5) over COLTS
Give Houston coach Lovie Smith a justifiable share of the credit score for cranking a sequence of respectable efforts out of the doing-their-best Texans. Too typically, the Indy offense is a research in sustained frustration, driving the fan base to distraction.
Browns (+2.5) over STEELERS
This could rapidly evolve right into a traditional AFC slugfest, alongside the traces of the various classics these outdated rivals have conjured up. The Browns boast appreciable motivation, since a Cleveland win would frustrate old-rival Pittsburgh to no finish.
Chargers (+2.5) over BRONCOS
Teaching chaos for the Broncos might be the type of distraction that might put the Chargers in optimum place for a win right here, although Denver has been something however pleasant territory for the Bolts. It’s onerous for us to withstand such worth.
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49ERS (-14) over Cardinals
QB David Blough having proven to raised benefit by performing decently final Sunday versus the Falcons, has earned extra time, although the Playing cards have been broadly erratic all through this season. The Niners are greater than able to naming the rating.
SEAHAWKS (-6) over Rams
The Rams are enduring a really draining case of Tremendous Bowl hangover, and there’s not a lot they’ll do about it this season. We’ve thought the ’Hawks have been greater than slightly underrated.
Cowboys (-7) over COMMANDERS
Even after seeking to grant the Commanders a re-evaluation on this storied rivalry, should grant that the Cowboys seem to have too many weapons to return up quick in opposition to this foe at the moment.
PACKERS (-4.5) over Lions
Not going to agonize over this one. If Aaron Rodgers is primed to placed on one other spectacular January present, we’d be silly to be cynical about it. When Rodgers is sweet, he’s excellent, certainly.
Final week: 7-7Season: 114-102-3