Lines accurate as of Tuesday 9:00PM*
Oakland Raiders (+3) @ Kansas City Chiefs
Niko: Yeesh. Jump out of the gate with a bang here. KC beat Oakland at the Raiders’ own place in October very handily (26-10) and this time around they meet at Arrowhead. I think Andy Reid and co. do the Pats a favor and sweep their division rivals. Chiefs get the job done at home.
Pete: Finally, an awesome Thursday Night Football game. As a Patriots fan, there is a lot of implications to keep an eye on as you crack a cold one and start your weekend a little early. Both of these teams are right at the top of the AFC with the Patriots, so it would be awesome if they could both lose. That being said, I agree with Niko and see the Chiefs banging out a win. It is impossible to play at Arrowhead and I think KC's defense will slow down a banged up Derek Carr.
Jordan: It's about time the NFL doesn't have puke scheduled on Thursday night. Given the fact that the Chiefs are unstoppable at home, it'll be tough to see the Raiders sustain much success. Then again, it's a TNF game, crazier things have happened. Push comes to shove, I see KC taking this one and covering the spread.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-2) @ Buffalo Bills
Niko: Pitt finally seems to be doing their thing, and Buffalo is coming off an embarrassing collapse to the aforementioned Raiders. These teams’ respective seasons are going in very different directions. Steelers effectively end the Bills’ season this Sunday.
Pete: Another decent game. I know the Bills have been struggling this season, but I think they get the job done against the Steelers at home, or at least I hope. As a Pats fan, the Steelers terrify me.
Jordan: I like this matchup a lot, actually. However, it would've been much more exciting a few months ago. At this point, after blowing it against the Raiders last week, the Bills are done. And they know it too. Steelers take this one by at least 10.
Cincinnati Bengals (-6) @ Cleveland Browns
Niko: Cleveland is running out of hope to get a W this season. As disappointing as the Bengals have been, they are just too talented to drop one to the hapless Browns. Cincy gets it done.
Pete: This could be the game the Browns win, but they will find a way to cough it up again. The Bengals have not had a good season, and it looks as if this are about to go south in Ohio.
Jordan: Screw it. If RG3 plays on Sunday, things could get interesting. I think the Browns would've been an entirely different team if their QB situation was figured out. I'll take the Browns... I know, I'm stupid.
Chicago Bears (+8) @ Detroit Lions
Niko: The Lions just keep winning football games, especially at home (5-1 record in Detroit). Matt Stafford is having a career year and deserves a lot of credit. The train will keep rolling against their inferior division rivals this week. Detroit covers.
Pete: I find it borderline insane that when one of the best wide receivers of his generation in Calvin Johnson retires, the Lions immediately become a better team, at least in the win-loss column. I don't see any way the Bears go into Detroit and upset the Lions.
Jordan: Not a chance that an abismal Bears team can upset the Lions in the Motor City. Matthew Stafford has just been on fire as of late. Lions cover.
Denver Broncos (+1) @ Tennessee Titans
Niko: Call me crazy, but I think Tennessee has just the type of offense that can give the vaunted Denver defense fits. The Broncos are vulnerable against the run and the Titans love to pound the rock with their strong O-line and Demarco Murray. Titans get a huge one for their resume.
Pete: The Broncos truly aren't the same team without Trevor Siemian, which is insane to say, considering their quarterback fiasco last season. I still don't think Denver can cough up this game even if they try.
Jordan: This game relies on the QB situation. I haven't heard anything new on Trevor Siemian, making it apparent that Paxton Lynch will get his 3rd NFL start. Gross. If that's the case, I could see the Titans pulling off the "upset" at home, behind a big day from Demarco Murray.
Houston Texans (+6) @ Indianapolis Colts
Niko: I really want to take Houston here, but a 1-5 road record and the 30th ranked passing offense in football are telling me otherwise. Colts win by a touchdown or more.
Pete: Another decent game with some serious playoff implications in the AFC South. You couldn't pay me to watch this game, but I will take the Texans, Screw Andrew Luck and the Colts.
Jordan: Sweet, sweet karma. I love watching the Colts lose now more than ever. I definitely will be taking a bathroom break if this game even appears on my Redzone feed. Texans pull this one out by a FG.
Arizona Cardinals (+1) @ Miami Dolphins
Niko: After a 38-6 shellacking at the hands of the Ravens last weekend, the Dolphins face a must win to stay alive in the AFC wildcard race. I don’t think they get one. ‘Zona pulls the upset on the road. They’re the more talented team and they played like it last weekend against the ‘Skins.
Pete: Who would have thunk it that the Dolphins would be in the playoff picture this season? Not me. That being said, I think they get the job done at home against an underperforming Cardinals team and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Jordan: LOL, the Dolphins got SPANKED last week. Might this be the end of their little run? I think so. Arizona takes this one on the back of David Johnson.
Washington Redskins (-1) @ Philadelphia Eagles
Niko: Tough to go with the Eagles here as they’ve lost three in a row, and six of their last seven. The 3-0 start was evidently fool’s gold for the Wentz led crew. That being said, half the battle is finding your franchise QB, and Philly has seemingly done so. But, for now, ‘Skins prove to be too much and get the win at Lincoln Financial.
Pete: Both teams suck, but again, playoff implications. I think the Redskins get it done against a struggling Philly squad.
Jordan: Even though the Eagles are bad, they still are very good at home. I can see Wentz having some success against the Skins secondary. However, Kirk Cousins is a boss, and has really excelled this season. You like that?! Skins win this one.
New Orleans Saints (+2.5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Niko: Tampa is cooking, and New Orleans is a different team every week. I’m going to stick with the Bucs, who have put themselves in an interesting position to potentially win the NFC South with their impressive play over the last month.
Pete: Again, good game! Both teams are trending in the right direction. I will take the hotter team and roll with the Bucs.
Jordan: Got to roll with the hot hand on this one. Bucs out slug Brees' Saints.
San Diego Chargers (+1) @ Carolina Panthers
Niko: Carolina’s season has been a flat out disaster. I think they bounce back this weekend, but far too little and far too late. Panthers at home.
Pete: The Chargers may be the worst bad team in the NFL. I know thats like being the tallest midget, but still. I think they pull off the upset on the road against a horrendous and strugglig Panthers team.
Jordan: I'll roll with the Panthers here. Sure, they suck, but they're team is just more talented. It'll be close, though. Probably another game in which the Chargers creatively lose.
Minnesota Vikings (-3.5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Niko: At least the Vikings still have something to play for. The Jags should gut the team in the offseason, starting with their head coach and even quarterback. The Bortles experiment may be over. Minnesota on the road.
Pete: Vikings. They are simply the better team, regardless of how they have looked lately. Side note, but I would love to know what this team would look like if they had Adrian Peterson and Terry Bridgewater. LOADED.
Jordan: Vikings. The Jags are putrid.
New York Jets (+2.5) @ San Francisco 49ers
Niko: Ugh. This ones a real stinker. Let’s go with New York not to lose, because there are no winners in this matchup. Both teams have mailed it in.
Pete: AAAANNNNDDDD there is Roger Goodell's NFL. I knew it was too good to be true. Who do I hate more: Collin Kaepernick's dumb kneeling ass or the New York Jets. Bleh. Count me out on this one.
Jordan: Both teams lose, regardless of the score. You either lose the game, or your draft position gets worse. Gross game, thanks Goodell. No comment.
Seattle Seahawks (-2.5) @ Green Bay Packers
Niko: Great matchup. Curious to see how Seattle responds without their best defensive player, Earl Thomas. I’ll go with the ‘Hawks. They’re better coached, and simply have the top to bottom more talented roster.
Pete: Seattle losing Earl Thomas opens back up the Super Bowl in my opinion. It gives teams like the Patriots some hope, because I don't think they beat a healthy Seahawks squad. Until they give me a reason not to pick them, I will still roll with the Hawks.
Jordan: I'll go with the "upset" and take the Packers at Lambeau. Losing Earl Thomas will certainly open things up for the Green Bay offense.
Atlanta Falcons (-6) @ Los Angeles Rams
Niko: The Falcons should win big in LA. Like, really big. The Rams stink. It’s appalling Jeff Fisher just got extended. Just a total head scratcher in every way, shape, and form.
Pete: Falcons in a laugher. The Rams are legitimately the worst football team I have ever seen. I know the Browns are probably a worse team, but LA's perforamnce at Gillette last week made me throw up. Twice.
Jordan: Nothing is good about this Rams team. In fact, they're the only team to lose to the Niners... LOL. Anywho, Falcons should slap the taste out of the Rams mouths on Sunday.
Dallas Cowboys (-3) @ New York Giants
Niko: The one Dallas loss this season came at the hands of this Giants club. I think they get their revenge. Eli Manning is good for at least a turnover a game, and you simply cannot turn the ball over if you want to beat the Cowboys right now. ‘Boys get it done at the Meadowlands.
Pete: I don't think the Cowboys are as good as their record indicates (suck it, @SECJacob), but I can't pick against them right now. They are the hottest team in the NFL and the favorites to come out of the NFC.
Jordan: This game is going to be close, without a doubt. If the Cowboys lose again this regular season, it's going to be at the hands of the Giants. These games are always dog fights. I'll take the Giants... narrowly.
Baltimore Ravens (+7) @ New England Patriots
Niko: Huge Monday night showdown for our Pats. Almost like a division rival, Balty knows Belichick, Brady, and co. extremely well, and always play tough at Gillette. Pats get it done by a score, but don’t expect this one to come easy. More on this coming in the roundtable this weekend.
Pete: No matter the Ravens' record, they always play the Patriots tough. The Ravens feature the #1 ranked defense in the NFL. Wanna guess Tom Brady's record against top defenses? 6-0 with 12 touchdowns. Pats, baby!
Jordan: No brainer here, the Pats. What are the odds they lose 3 in one season at Gillette? Psssh, more on the Roundtable this weekend.