The NFL is coming down the final stretch with just four weeks remaining. All but 3 teams are still mathematically eligible to make the playoffs.
There are two huge games on Sunday. The 9-3 Carolina Panthers travel to New Orleans (9-3) in a NFC South battle. The Saints are off an ugly loss in Seattle Monday night where they were totally dominated. The Panthers are the NFL’s hottest team having won 8 in a row.
The best team in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks, will face the 49ers in San Francisco. The Seahawks are actually a 3-point underdog in this contest. Seattle is 11-1 on the season as they continue there hunt for home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Kansas City Chiefs (-3) at Washington Redskins
Matchup:The Kansas Chiefs, the toast of the town at 9-0 just a few weeks ago, has now lost 3 in a row. The Redskins never got started this year, and have only managed 3 wins this year. This line seems small (too easy), so be careful.
Steve’s Pick: Redskins 31 Chiefs 27
Dan’s Pick: Chiefs 30 Redskins 24
Matt’s Pick: Chiefs 24 Redskins 17
Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens (-6)
Matchup:The Ravens haven’t played since Thanksgiving, were they defeated the Steelers. The Vikings have had a rough year at 3-8-1, but have been competitive of late with a win and tie. The question will be if the Vikings have anything left in the tank after the going to OT the last two games.
Steve’s Pick: Ravens 23 Vikings 14
Dan’s Pick: Ravens 27 Vikings 16
Matt’s Pick: Ravens 20 Vikings 13
Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots (-11)
Matchup:The Patriots survived a scare down in Houston last week 34-31, their second game at that score. December is usually Patriots time as New England is 28-2 SU in recent years. Tom Brady warming up as he’s completed 70% of his passes the last 4 games, but Pats are 6-19 ATS as double digit favorite.
Steve’s Pick: Patriots 37 Browns 23
Dan’s Pick: Patriots 22 Browns 20
Matt’s Pick: Patriots 28 Browns 20
Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers (-6)
Matchup:Aaron Rodgers is out for this game, and the line today stands favors the Packers by 3. The Packers have not found the win column since Rodgers went down. They’ve managed on tie against the Vikings. The Falcons have been a disappointing this year, but did manage a road win at Buffalo last week.
Steve’s Pick: Packers 23 Falcons 20
Dan’s Pick: Packers 17 Falcons 14
Matt’s Pick: Packers 16 Falcons 13
Oakland Raiders at New York Jets (-3)
Matchup:You have to be a big fan to lay your eyes on this dog of a game. The Raiders are off a touchdown loss at Dallas on Turkey day. The Raiders are have lost 2 in a row, while the Jets have loss their last 3. Turn the dial.
Steve’s Pick: Jets 24 Raiders 23
Dan’s Pick: Jets 20 Raiders 16
Matt’s Pick: Jets 20 Raiders 13
Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals (-6)
Matchup:These are two similar teams, but Indianapolis has struggled since veteran team leader Reggie Wayne went down for the season in the Bronco game. Both teams are off close wins last week, and both stand at 8-4. The Bengals are 5-0 this season at home, and snow/freezing rain expected which doesn’t fair well for the dome Colts.
Steve’s Pick: Bengals 30 Colts 17
Dan’s Pick: Bengals 28 Colts 24
Matt’s Pick: Colts 24 Bengals 17
Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles (-3)
Matchup:These two high powered teams meet in Philadelphia. This has all the makings of a shootout, but keep in mind that inclement weather is expected in Philly. The Eagles have won 4 in a four, and QB Nick Foles has been off the charts with 19 TD’s and 0 interceptions this year. Detroit is 0-11 ATS after scoring 30 points or more the previous week.
Steve’s Pick: Eagles 27 Lions 20
Dan’s Pick: Lions 34 Eagles 30
Matt’s Pick: Eagles 31 Lions 27
Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3)
Matchup:The Steelers suffered a tough loss at Baltimore Thanksgiving night. That might have been the dagger for this Steelers team in 2013. The Dolphins easily defeated the Jets in New Jersey last week, and at 6-6 are right in the middle of the Wild Card picture. Interesting trend here, the Dolphins have lost 13 straight after playing the Jets.
Steve’s Pick: Dolphins 24 Steelers 20
Dan’s Pick: Steelers 27 Dolphins 21
Matt’s Pick: Steelers 24 Dolphins 17
Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2.5)
Matchup:The another tough one to watch Sunday afternoon. Tampa had been playing well for the last few weeks, but were unimpressive last week at Carolina. The Bills seem to be in every game, and lost a close one at home against the Falcons last week.
Steve’s Pick: Bills 27 Buccaneers 24
Dan’s Pick: Bills 28 Buccaneers 23
Matt’s Pick: Bills 20 Buccaneers 17
Sunday 4:05 PM
Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos (-12)
Matchup:The Broncos have had an interesting 3 weeks, defeating the Chiefs twice and blowing a huge lead to the Patriots in a loss to New England. Peyton Manning and the Broncos are back home to face the Tennessee Titans. The game time temperature is expected to be in the teens. Manning has often struggle in cold weather games, while Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was the starter in Buffalo for a number of years. Titans 5-1 on road this season, but this is their third in a row away Nashville.
Steve’s Pick: Broncos 34 Titans 24
Dan’s Pick: Broncos 33 Titans 20
Matt’s Pick: Broncos 34 Titans 20
Sunday 4:25 PM
St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals (-6.5)
Matchup:Arizona has been solid this year with their 4 losses coming against the best teams in the NFL. They haven’t been historically been this big of a favorite, but they are 5-1 at home where they’ve beaten Carolina, Detroit, and blew out Indianapolis.
Steve’s Pick: Cardinals 29 Rams 17
Dan’s Pick: Rams 27 Cardinals 24
Matt’s Pick: Rams 28 Cardinals 24
New York Giants at San Diego Chargers (-3)
Matchup:The Giants bounced back from the Dallas loss with a win in Washington. The Giants have 5 of 6 after the very poor start. The Chargers seem to be right there in every game, but just can’t seem to get over the hump. The Giants are 18-3 on the road after a road win. The Chargers face Denver on Thursday.
Steve’s Pick: Giants 27 Chargers 19
Dan’s Pick: Chargers 28 Giants 24
Matt’s Pick: Chargers 24 Giants 17
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (-3)
Matchup:This should be a good one in San Francisco. These teams are very familiar with each other, and Seattle handled the 49ers 29-3 easily this year at home. Strong trends for both teams in this clash. Peter Carroll is 15-3 ATS when getting points, and Jim Harbough is 10-0-1 ATS against team with a win percentage greater than .700.
Steve’s Pick: Seahawks 23 49ers 17
Dan’s Pick: Seahawks 30 49ers 27
Matt’s Pick: Seahawks 21 49ers 20
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-3)
Matchup:This should be a dandy. Drew Bees and the Saints were a total no-show last Monday in Seattle. I hope Brees donated his paycheck, because he was awful. He’ll end up in Canton, but not to show up in a marque game on Monday night is inexcusable. Meanwhile the Carolina Panthers have won 8 in row, and are tied with the Saints at 9-3 in the NFC South. The Saints haven’t lost ATS at home under coach Payton in last 15. Panther have covered 7 straight as a road dog.
Steve’s Pick: Panthers 24 Saints 23
Dan’s Pick: Saints 33 Panthers 27
Matt’s Pick: Saints 28 Panthers 25
Monday 8:40 PM
Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears (-1)
Matchup:It will be an ice box Monday night in Chicago with wind chill expected to be in the single digits. Bears blew one against the Vikings last week in OT. Coach Marc Trestman has been hammered locally for opting for a 47-yard field goal on 2nd down in overtime. Definitely not a chip shot, and Robbie Gould’s FG that sailed wide right. Dallas trends here are ugly. Dallas is 1-13 ATS after a win, and 1-7 ATS on Monday night.
Steve’s Pick: Bears 23 Cowboys 16
Dan’s Pick: Cowboys 24 Bears 21
Matt’s Pick: Bears 24 Cowboys 20
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