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Dallas Cowboys (-11) at Tennessee Titans

Tennessee will be depleted in this game, meanwhile the Cowboys are playing for that #1 seed. Cowboys all the way in this one.

Dallas 27 Titans 10

Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons (-3.5)

Colt McCoy appears to be back this week but with Arizona out of the playoff hunt, I like the Falcons in this game. They are fighting for the division. On a positive note, Tyler Allgeier is playing extremely well for Atlanta.

Atlanta 24 Arizona 21

Cleveland Browns at Washington Commanders (-2)

Cleveland has been eliminated from the playoffs while the Commanders are hanging on to the 7th spot in the NFC. Ron Rivera yesterday announced his new starting QB in Carson Wentz. In recent reports, Carson Wentz took time to reflect on what he needs to work on if he did come back. I think we see a different Wentz in this game. Someone that is confident, understands the offense and will be asked to continue the same game plan they had with Heinicke. The only difference is that he may be asked to make some deep throws. The defense needs to step up in this game and stop their two playmakers, Chubb and Cooper. I want to see the defensive line disrupt Deshaun Watson and reek havoc.

Commanders 27 Cleveland 21

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (-6)

This should be a good NFC North battle between the Bears and Lions. The Lions are still fighting for that 7th spot while the Bears have been eliminated. I think the Bears play well in this game and beat the Lions by a field goal.

Bears 20 Lions 17

Jacksonville Jaguars (-4.5) at Houston Texans

Jacksonville is a hot team right now and seem to be clicking at the right time. They’ll need some work to get in the playoffs but should be able to handle the Texans with ease.

Jacksonville 30 Texans 17

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (-13.5)

The Broncos are in turmoil coming off an embarrassing 51-17 loss to the Rams. At this point, they will be playing a lot of backups and the Chiefs are playing for the #1 seed. Take KC by a lot.

Chiefs 33 Broncos 10

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-3)

Tua Tagovailoa is in concussion protocol and the reeling Dolphins have a tough matchup in New England. This will be a low scoring ugly kind of game with the Patriots winning.

Patriots 17 Dolphins 13

Indianapolis Colts at New York Giants (-6)

Giants have a firm hold on the 6th seed in the NFC but still would like to win the last two games. They shouldn’t have a problem this week against a Nick Foles led Colts team.

Giants 24 Colts 14

New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (-6.5)

Philly will be short handed once again without Jalen Hurts. But that’s OK as Gardner Minshew looked pretty darn good last week. The Eagles are just too good on both sides of the ball even with Lane Johnson out. The Saints have a lot to play for but the Eagles are a complete team.

Eagles 31 Saints 17

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3)

The Panthers are another team peaking at the right time while the Bucs look like they don’t even want to play in the playoffs. This should be another low scoring affair. My mind tells me take the Panthers but then I remember who the Bucs have at quarterback. Brady hasn’t been playing well but I think he does just enough to squeak out a victory in Tampa.

Bucs 20 Panthers 16

San Francisco 49ers (-7) at Las Vegas Raiders

Derek Carr was benched this week and the Raiders are out of the playoffs. At this point, they are evaluating players for next year. 49ers all the way.

49ers 28 Raiders 10

New York Jets (-1.5) at Seattle Seahawks

Mike White is back as the Jets starting quarterback but he’s playing in a tough city in Seattle. This is a do or die game for Seattle who is trying to get that #7 seed. I think Seattle plays their best game in a while and take care of the Jets in this one, even with Mike White.

Seattle 23 Jets 17

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers (-3.5)

This should be a classic. Minnesota already clinching a playoff spot is just one game out for the #1 seed. The Packers have won three in a row and appear to be clicking. The fact that there in Green Bay has me swaying towards the Packers in this one. They are fighting for their playoff lives.

Packers 27 Vikings 23

Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5)

The Rams came alive last week, but not against the Chargers D this week. The Chargers D will have at least two takeaways and control this game.

Chargers 24 Rams 13

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens (-3)

The Steelers are mathematically still alive in the AFC playoff race. The Ravens also need to play well to stay in the #5 spot. Huntley will once again be at the helm. Take the Ravens by a field goal.

Ravens 24 Steelers 21

Buffalo Bills (-1) at Cincinnati Bengals

Could this be a preview of the AFC Championship? Maybe, but the Chiefs might have something to say about that. Is this a statement game? The fact that the game is Cincinnati makes me think they have a slight advantage. In Buffalo, well that’s a different story. Take the Bengals in a close one.

Bengals 34 Bills 31

Last weeks record 10-6

Written by
Brian Fuhr

Father of five who loves all things sports. Big Commanders, Orioles and Caps Fan!

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