Lines accurate as of Tuesday 9:00PM*
Los Angeles Rams (+15) @ Seattle Seahawks
Niko: The Rams really couldn’t be any more dysfunctional. Firing a guy two weeks after extending him is essentially waiving the white flag for the next handful of seasons. Better late than never, but this healing process won’t be a quick one. Seahawks ROLL.
Pete: Both teams are actually trending in the wrong direction, surprisingly. The Seahawks were TROUNCED by the Packers last week, and the Rams are really one of the worst teams in the NFL. While Seattle is spiraling out of control, we are talking about the Rams here.
Will: The game is in Seattle, who is coming off an embarrassing loss to Green Bay. With Earl Thomas out for the season, it's gut-check time for perhaps the best secondary in the league, even without Thomas. I'd be amazed if the Rams reach double-digit points here, and the offense is due for several big plays. Seahawks cover easily.
Jordan: Like Niko said above, the Rams are as dead as a doornail and couldn't be any worse than they already are. Gurley cannot get anything going due to their terrible O-Line, and Goff is... well, he's Goff. He's been terrible so far. For those reasons alone, Seahawks should win. However, I doubt they'll cover.
Miami Dolphins (-2.5) @ New York Jets
Niko: Let’s go Jets at the Meadowlands because why not. The wheels are off the bus for the Dolphins, who are 2-4 on the road this season. This is a total toss up.
Pete: Correct me if I am wrong (and I know you all will), but if the Dolphins lose this week, the Patriots are ensured to win the AFC East. For that reason, and for that reason alone, I am rooting for the Jets. J-E-T-S, JETS, JETS, JETS!
Will: Tannehill being out makes this a very tough pick, even with the Dolphins fighting for a playoff spot (and the Jets "fighting" for a top-3 pick). Still, Miami has two big advantages. First, the Jets can be run on, and budding star Jay Ajayi will be a central part of Miami's rushing attack. Second, Matt Moore (Tannehill's backup) has six years' tenure in Miami, a year longer than even Tannehill. He is comfortable running the offense, and if he isn't afraid to throw at Revis, will have some severe mismatches featuring Jarvis Landry. Miami beats the spread.
Jordan: No Ryan Tannehill is a huge red flag for the remainder of the Dolphins games this season. Their playoff hopes are definitely not as high as they were heading into last week. However, Matt Moore is a very serviceable backup and I think that could play a huge role. Dolphins cover.
Cleveland Browns (-10) @ Buffalo Bills
Niko: Yes, Cleveland is winless. But this is a lot of points. They’ll cover this, right? Maybe? Browns with the points.
Pete: The Buffalo Bills give Tyrod Taylor tens of millions of dollars, now there are rumors that he may be benched, plus everyone hates the coach? This is the Browns' chance.
Will: Much like the Seahawks, Buffalo's defense gets to stymie a God-awful Browns offense, while the Bills' own offense gets to feast. At home in the winter, Buffalo covers.
Jordan: I made the mistake of saying the Browns would win last week. I'm done going in depth on them, chalk up another L for the Browns. Hey, there's still Lebron.
Green Bay Packers (-6.5) @ Chicago Bears
Niko: Damn, maybe we all should have “R-E-L-A-X-E-D”. A-Rodge and his squad are firing on all cylinders after putting a beating on the Seahawks. I’ll take the Pack to cover on the road.
Pete: Packers need this game. Facing a rival and right in the mix for a playoff spot, this is where Rodgers earns his money.
Will: If there's one lesson to be learned in the NFL, it's this: NEVER underestimate a divisional opponent, especially one with nothing to lose. Chicago certainly fits that description, and Aaron Rodgers must face a hostile and raucous Chicago crowd. Still, he's been as effective as any quarterback not named Tom Brady in the past few weeks, This is a must-win game for the Pack, and win they shall; Packers cover in the process.
Jordan: The Bears are competing with the Browns for the worst franchise in the league this year. Surprises me that anybody thought they'd be decent this year. Packers cover and move closer to the playoffs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+7) @ Dallas Cowboys
Niko: Dent in the Dallas armor? Tampa is cooking too. I think the ‘Boys find a way to bounce back, but not by more than a touchdown. Bucs with the points on the road.
Pete: The Bucs have quietly put together a great season, and the Cowboys are trending in the wrong direction. Could it just be a blip in the radar? Yes, and it probably is. But screw it, I'm going with the upset.
Will: How is Dallas favored by a whole touchdown? All due respect to the 'Boys, but the Buccaneers have faced some of the league's best teams and survived. Dallas can not throw anything at them that they haven't already seen. The primetime spotlight could get to them, but it's unlikely. Bucs beat the spread, and I'd go so far as to say they'll pull off the upset victory.
Jordan: This game will definitely be close. It would be hard to see the Bucs defense allowing Dak Prescott a ton of time to make throws. They have a good defense. Boys win, Bucs cover.
Tennessee Titans (+5.5) @ Kansas City Chiefs
Niko: Arrowhead is not an easy place to play, just ask Derek Carr and the Raiders. Especially in the cold. Chiefs take care of business, but as they showed last week, Tennessee cannot be taken lightly.
Pete: No reason to think the Chiefs won't be able to get the W in their place against a middle of the road team.
Will: A Chiefs loss helps the Patriots immensely, especially if Oakland reels from their previous loss. But at home in Arrowhead, even a tough Titans squad won't overcome that suffocating defense or the slow but dangerous offense. Chiefs cover.
Jordan: Chiefs are easily the most feared defense in the league, in my opinion. Especially at home. I mean, they're crazy. The Titans played a hell of a game last week against Denver. The Titans should be able to keep it close, but he Chiefs ultimately take this one.
Indianapolis Colts (+4) @ Minnesota Vikings
Niko: After losing at home to division rival Texans, the Colts’ season is effectively over barring a small miracle. Following two tough fought L’s against the Lions and Cowboys, the Vikings bounce back this weekend against this soft Indy squad.
Pete: Sneaky great game here. The Colts have been trending in the right direction and both of these teams are desperate for a victory. Both teams truthfully suck, but I have to take the better quarterback here. Colts in a close one.
Will: This Colts team is as inconsistent as can be, and the divisional loss to Houston sure looks crushing for a team--and their quarterback--who have shown an inability to cope with true pressure. As long as Sam Bradford plays turnover-free football and they establish the run even moderately, they could blow this game open. Vikings cover.
Jordan: The Vikings defense should really go to work against a pretty crappy Colts O-Line. I almost feel bad for Andrew Lu... wait, screw the Colts. Vikings bounce back with a convincing win.
Detroit Lions (+4.5) @ New York Giants
Niko: Maybe the best game of the week. Major NFC playoff seeding implications on the line, with both clubs sitting at 9 wins. When in doubt, go with the home team. G-men by a score.
Pete: Great game here. The Giants have been able to put together wins this season, but many of them have not been in convincing fashion. On the flip side, the Lions may be the hottest team in the NFL. I have to take the hot hand here and roll with Matt Stafford and Detroit.
Will: On one hand, you have a Lions team that has set NFL records for coming through in the clutch. On the other hand, you have the team that crushes the spirits of good teams and built their 2016 squad to prevent the repeating of their 2015 error...NOT coming through in the clutch. Give me the Giants at home, in yet another convincing victory.
Jordan: I like this game. Definitely going to want to tune in to this matchup. Lions are a fantastic 4th quarter team, but I don't think Matt Prater's heroics will be in play Sunday. Giants take this one at home.
Philadelphia Eagles (+6) @ Baltimore Ravens
Niko: The Eagles have been terrible on the road and have accepted this season as a rebuilding one. Balty needs it more, they’ve done it before, and they’re angry after getting bullied by the Pats on Monday. Ravens roll.
Pete: I think the Ravens are a good team, but everyone overrated them last week, especially AT Gillette Stadium. That being said, this team is going to be pissed off and they should make quick work of the Eagles.
Will: The Ravens are talented, fighting for a playoff spot, coming off a tough loss, and are at home. The Eagles have lost four straight and are essentially finished. The Ravens will help them throw in the towel.
Jordan: Had this game been in Philly, the outcome would surely be different. The Eagles are a completely different team in front of their fans. In this matchup though, a different bird is pissed off after their awful offensive output against New England on MNF. Ravens bounce back.
Jacksonville Jaguars (+6) @ Houston Texans
Niko: Jacksonville stinks. Billy O and his Texans squad get the dub, inching closer to a back to back the AFC South division title.
Pete: Texans. No reason to believe in the Jaguars, especially this late in the season.
Will: There's something intriguing about this young Jacksonville team, and it's led me to make some incredibly stupid predictions in favor of them. What's one more? Jaguars cover.
Jordan: Crappy game. Texans.
San Francisco 49ers (+13.5) @ Atlanta Falcons
Niko: San Fran is done. Complete overhaul coming this offseason starting at GM, head coach, and quarterback. Falcons win big at home.
Pete: Falcons in a big way.
Will: This really is the perfect game for Colin Kaepernick to make an (on-field) statement, but he doesn't have the weapons around him to make explosive plays. Atlanta's offense is going to annihilate a terrible 49ers defense; Falcons cover easily.
Jordan: The Falcons should be eliminated from playoff contention entirely if they lose Sunday. They better not be beaten by the Niners. Falcons roll.
New Orleans Saints (+2.5) @ Arizona Cardinals
Niko: The Cardinals just shut down both their starting safeties and have already been playing without their star nickel corner Tyrann Mathieu. The one thing the Saints do well is chuck the rock. Drew Brees and co. pull the slight upset in the desert. New Orleans.
Pete: The Cardinals have so many pieces, but they could just never put it together and be a good team. I'll roll with the Saints, and expect to see a big day out of Drew Brees.
Will: What a disappointment Arizona has been this season, and it's funny knowing that if Carson Palmer were even close to the level he was last season, they'd be one of the NFC's premier teams yet again. Welp, that's what you get for slighting Brady. Saints cover.
Jordan: After their loss to Miami last week, the Cards should go for draft position at this point. Shutting down members of their secondary is a start. And after cutting Michael Floyd, they're just a mess of a franchise. Saints win.
New England Patriots (-3) @ Denver Broncos
Niko: 12 is on a mission. Angry Brady is the best Brady. Pats go into Mile High and give the Broncos a good old-fashioned ass kicking in their own place. Revenge game. More on this coming in the roundtable this weekend.
Pete: Make no mistake about it, this isn't the same Denver Broncos team from last year. They are barely in the playoff picture right now. Patriots, with more thoughts coming later.
Will: Denver is a shell of their 2015 selves, and fans are taking notice. Great teams, like Oakland, Atlanta and Kansas City have thoroughly destroyed them. Decent teams, like San Diego and Tennessee, have embarrassed them. Hell, they'd be 6-7 if not for a missed FG against the Panthers and TWO missed calls by the officials on the blocked extra point against the Saints. Patriots will cover here easily.
Jordan: Pats are undefeated on the road this year, just saying. Brady is also as angry as he's ever been. Recipe for success for the Pats on Sunday. More on the RoundTable this weekend.
Oakland Raiders (-3) @ San Diego Chargers
Niko: This one has the makings of a shootout. I’ll take Oakland to bounce back, but wouldn’t mind Phil Rivers doing the Pats a favor knocking them off another game either.
Pete: Again, there is no reason for me to think the Chargers are going to pull of the upset. Their season is over. Raiders in a laugher.
Will: Oakland strikes me as a lucky team, even with how good their offense has been. Their game plan is basically to score 28-plus points, and let Khalil Mack make a big play to ice the game. Well, it's worked so far, and it'll work here again. Raiders cover.
Jordan: I feel for the Chargers. Injuries screwed them. Rivers can really ball but he just doesn't have the guys around him to achieve any success in San Diego. Raiders out-slug Rivers.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) @ Cincinnati Bengals
Niko: Two words: Le’Veon Bell. Steelers bring down their division rival Bengals and keep their grasp on the AFC North division lead.
Pete: I am going to pick the Bengals just because the Steelers still absolutely terrify me as a Patriots fan. They can still score a hell of a lot of points.
Will: A Steelers team hitting their stride, versus a reeling Bengals team on the cusp of finally firing Marvin Lewis. Even in Cincy, the Steelers covering is a no-brainer.
Jordan: Bell and Big Ben should handle the terrible Bengals Sunday night. The Steelers will have to win in order to keep their lead in the division. Marvin Lewis' job is in jeopardy.
Carolina Panthers (+4.5) @ Washington Redskins
Niko: It is incomprehensible how bad Carolina’s defense has been on the road (1-5) this season. Point totals allowed: 21 (Denver), 48 (Atlanta), 41 (New Orleans), 10 (Rams), 35 (Oakland), 40 (Seattle). The only respectable performances were against anemic offenses. Washington certainly doesn’t qualify as one. ‘Skins by a score. At least.
Pete: Similar to the Broncos, this isn't the same Panthers team. Not even close. I think the Redskins win this one pretty easily.
Will: Redskins need a big win here, and they get it, covering in the process.
Jordan: Remember when the Panthers were good? Lol. That little run was cute. Kirk Cousins is a G and should be in the MVP talk, in my opinion. Plus, with a bad Panthers secondary, Desean Jackson should be able to break free for a couple big catches. Skins in convincing fashion.