Lines accurate as of Wednesday 10AM Eastern*
San Diego (+5) @ Oakland
Niko: Back in October, the Raiders almost dropped 40 on the Chargers in San Diego. Before a garbage time Chargers run, Oakland was up 37-6. I’ll go with Derek Carr and co to complete the season sweep. Raiders cover.
Pete: I really like the Chargers. Phillip Rivers is a great quarterback, Keenan Allen has a ton of potential, and who couldn't love Danny Woodhead? Unfortunately, it looks like the Bolts will be headed to Los Angeles at the end of the season. It sucks for the city of San Diego and players like Rivers that have been there forever. In this matchup, Oakland is just the far superior team. They cover.
Jordan: I really like Oakland here by a lot. The Chargers have just been awful this year and cannot get out of their own way with all of their injuries. Oakland should beat SD handily.
Washington (+3) @ Philadelphia
Niko: This is essentially a playoff game for both squads. I’ll go with the home team Eagles in a close, ugly contest. Fletcher Cox is one of the most underrated defenders in football.
Pete: Sneaky Great Game of the Week. Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives and, like Niko said, this is essentially a playoff game. Philly has a lot of good skilled players, but they just never seem to be able to put it all together. The Redskins are playing far above their skill set and Kirk Cousins is finally developing into a good quarterback. I will take the Skins in an extremely close and competitive match up.
Jordan: If there was a way for both these teams to lose, they'd find a way. However, I like Washington here. I expect Desean Jackson to have a huge game and Kirk Cousins to finally show that he can play in a big game.
Carolina (-7) @ Atlanta
Niko: Other than the fact I think the undefeated record is starting to weigh on the Panthers, there’s no rhyme or reason to why I’m going with the Falcons and the points at home. Thanks to Josh Norman, Julio Jones, and Roddy White, this should be another very chippy game.
Pete: Read the Pick 'Ems from last week. Falcons.
Jordan: I'd love to believe Atlanta could knock off the Panthers, but that's just not the case. Regardless of where these teams are playing, Carolina should roll to another monster win over Atlanta. I still think that Arizona is the best team in the NFC, despite the undefeated record the Panthers have.
Dallas (+6) @ Buffalo
Niko: Buffalo let their season slip last weekend and appear ready for a complete facelift this offseason. Kellen Moore is making his first career start, though… Bills cover.
Pete: Wanna hear a joke? The Dallas Cowboys. Bills.
Jordan: Cowboys are just a horrendous ball club this season. Atarting their fourth QB this season, it appears as though the Boys are doing their best impression of the Cleveland Browns. With Kellen Moore starting Sunday, Bills cover.
San Francisco (+9) @ Detroit
Niko: In what world is Detroit giving 9 points? Yes, they’re at home, yes, they’re playing San Fran, but I think that number is a little too generous for the lowly Lions. For mainly principal, I’ll go with the points and take the 49ers.
Pete: Talk about a meaningless game. I will go with Detroit just because I'm a huge Calvin Johnson and Matt Stafford guy. Plus, the 49ers should be looking at securing a top pick and not winning a nothing game against Detroit in December.
Jordan: I really like the Lions here. They have been playing some really inspired football as of late and look like a team that could make a good run next season. Also, they're facing a shoddy offense in San Fran so I expect a big win for Detroit.
Houston (off) @ Tennessee
Niko: Since getting torched by Miami in week 7, Houston’s D has been amongst the top units in football. I think Brandon Weeden can muster just enough offensively against a soft Tennessee secondary to get it done on the road. I’ll take the Texans.
Pete: The Patriots Murder Tour has unfortunately continued onto the lowly Titans and claimed their next victim: Marcus Mariota. I like the kid and he has a bright future in the NFL, but without him, it is going to be hard for the Titans to put any points on the board. To be fair, Zach Mettenberger came in and did a pretty good job against a terrific Patriots front 7. Nonetheless, I will take Houston.
Jordan: Mettenberger vs. Weeden. What a matchup! In this game where I expect the defenses to shine, I see Houston winning. There is just no reason for me to believe that Tennessee can muster up enough points to win.
Cleveland (+12.5) @ Kansas City
Niko: Kansas City will win this ballgame against a dysfunctional Browns team, but I like Johnny Football with the backdoor cover. A 13-point spread is too much for an offensively limited Chiefs team. I’ll take the points and go with Cleveland.
Pete: 12.5 points?! Thats crazy. I understand the Browns suck, and at home a 10 point cover would suffice. Moreover, at times, Kansas City has struggled to put points on the board. I will take the points as well, and go with Cleveland.
Jordan: Cleveland covers, Kansas City wins. The Browns shouldn't get blown out because the Chiefs offense isn't that explosive as it has been in years past. However, Johnny Football is all hype, don't expect him to do much Sunday.
Indianapolis (off) @ Miami
Niko: Indy is done. Stick a fork in them. They couldn’t be any worse and I couldn’t be enjoying it any more. I’ll take the home team Dolphins.
Pete: LOL, Indy. Miami.
Jordan: Like Niko said, Indy is done. However, I expect them to play out the season as if these are big games because they do still have some meaning to them. Hasselbeck has looked shaky lately, but what do you expect? The guy is 40 and hasn't been a full time starter in years. I still expect Indy to pull this one out in a dog fight that might even take OT to decide.
New England (-3) @ New York Jets
Niko: I have a very uneasy feeling about this game. We are banged up, we are on the road, and we know a desperate Jets team will throw the kitchen sink at us. I’ll anxiously go with the Pats to squeeze this one out, led by a Herculean defensive effort. Extended thoughts coming in the Roundtable this weekend.
Pete: Gonna be an extremely tough game. But I wouldn't be a true Pats fan if I didn't pick them in every game this season. Extended thoughts in Roundtable.
Jordan: While I believe that New England will win this game, I doubt it's going to be easy. With a banged up receiving core and a new RB added to the mix, I expect the offense to struggle a little bit. That being said, the Pats defense has been superb and I believe that this week will be no different. The Pats take this game.
Chicago (+3) @ Tampa Bay
Niko: Teddy Bridgewater went 17-20 for 231 and 4 TDs against this Bears’ D last weekend. Going to go with Jameis Winston and the home team Bucs in this one.
Pete: I haven't watched a lot of Tampa Bay this season, but last week I caught Jameis Winston's team and it was truly eye-opening to watch. Out of college, everyone thought that Winston may have problems in the NFL, like he did at Florida State, but instead he has been a true leader of this team. The Bucs have a bright future ahead and should win this game easily.
Jordan: I've learned to like Jameis Winston since he's come into the NFL. He's got that kind of fiery passion that it takes to play QB in the NFL and he's got the Buccaneers playing some good football and they look like a potential threat next year. I see the Bucs snatching this one.
Pittsburgh (-10) @ Baltimore
Niko: Pitt will blow Baltimore out. Ignore the points; feel free to roll with Big Ben and that scorching hot offense.
Pete: Pitt. Watch out, AFC.
Jordan: Ha, Pittsburgh by 25+.
Jacksonville (+3.5) @ New Orleans
Niko: Over the last month, the Jags lost to San Diego and Atlanta at home, and the Titans on the road. They haven’t improved as the season progressed like it seemed they were going to. I’ll go with the Saints here in what should be a shootout.
Pete: Think I will hesitantly go with the Saints. Neither team has much going for them, but New Orleans defended the wall in our time of need.
Jordan: Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson have really burst on to the scene here and are pro bowl snubs in my opinion. I think they'll show their worth and out gun the Saints who may even be without Drew Brees because of a torn plantar fascia. Jags win.
Green Bay (+4.5) @ Arizona
Niko: The Cards have won 8 straight and just look a little more fluid offensively than the Packers at this point. Zona rookie running back David Johnson should be a long-term difference maker for this team. Cardinals cover at home in a very entertaining playoff preview.
Pete: Forget Cincy and Denver, this is the Game of the Week. Arizona is scorching hot, but I have a feeling that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will show up to play and make this a game. I will take the points and go with Green Bay. GO PACK GO.
Jordan: This would be a very great game to watch in the playoffs. I think the Cardinals are the best team in the NFC but, with Tyrann Mathieu on the shelf with a torn ACL, it's tough to see Arizona making any sort of noise. Their defense may not be lockdown, but I think it still is good enough to beat the Packers, in Arizona. Cardinals cover.
St. Louis (+13.5) @ Seattle
Niko: St. Louis always seems to play the Seahawks tough. I just don’t see it this time around, especially in Seattle. I like the hot Seahawks to cover at home this weekend.
Pete: Regardless of how the team is performing, Seattle is always tough to play at home. With them fighting for their playoff lives, I think that the Seahawks will show up and kick some ass.
Jordan: With the Seahawks clinching a playoff birth last week, expect all the bandwagon 12th man fans to be in full effect at the Legion of Boom on Sunday. While the Rams beat Seattle back in week one, I don't see the same thing happening this time around. Red-hot Seahawks cover.
New York Giants (+6) @ Minnesota
Niko: The Giants have officially imploded. Didn’t get a chance to watch their game vs. the Panthers from start to finish, but from the looks of bits and pieces of it, Odell Beckham won’t be winning his appeal. No Odell, no chance. Vikings cover in Minnesota.
Pete: Sidenote, what a game last week against the Panthers. In my opinion, however, that was the Giants' last hoorah. They have nothing left, and, without Odell Beckham, will have a tough time against Sota. Minnesota takes this one at home.
Jordan: No Odell, Giants are a completely different ball club. Had he won his appeal, I see New York taking this one, however, he isn't, so I expect the Vikings to cover at home.
Cincinnati (+3.5) @ Denver
Niko: Really looking forward to this one. I like a banged up Cincy team somehow getting it done on Monday night on the road. There’s something about AJ McCarron I like. Don’t look now, but Denver may not even win their division…
Pete: Like Niko, I love AJ McCarron. He is winning in all aspects of life (Have you seen his wife?) and just has that Tom Brady-esque feel about him. He went to Bama, but was never THE guy, and now has to prove himself in the NFL. Go Cincy, baby.
Jordan: While AJ McCarron threw a couple crucial picks in relief of Andy Dalton last week, I saw some impressive things out of him. I can see broadcasters everyone calling an AJ to AJ (McCarron to Green) connection. I like the Bengals in this one.