Our first recommendation is seek help if you’re considering betting on more than a select few of these games. Most have no relevance whatsoever. But for all you sickos out there, here you go…
*Lines accurate as of Thursday at noon Eastern Timing
New Orleans (+4) @ Atlanta
Niko: Going to go with a rejuvenated Falcons team here. Expect Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, and company to have their way with a soft Saint defense. Atlanta covers.
Pete: This should actually be a relatively decent game. New Orleans and Atlanta have had tough years, but the Saints are fresh off their fifth win of the year against the Jaguars, while Atlanta just gave the Panthers their first loss of the season. I am going to go with Atlanta here, just because it is at home.
New York Jets (-3) @ Buffalo
Niko: Most interesting game of the week for me. These are exactly the type of games that have extended the lease on Rex Ryan’s coaching career. Buffalo’s out of it, but if you don’t think Ryan will throw the kitchen sink at New York and try to spoil their season, you’re crazy. I’ll go with the Bills at home for the hell of it, and because I don’t want to see the Jets again this season.
Pete: Like Niko said, this is a very interesting game for both teams. For the Jets, if they win they are in the playoffs. For Buffalo, this has been a lost season. HOWEVER, the Bills are playing on house money right now, and Rex Ryan would like nothing more than to spoil the Jets' chances for a playoff spot. Nonetheless, the Jets are rolling right now. They should win this game, but I would be surprised if the Bills squeak this one out.
Detroit (off) @ Chicago
Niko: Sans Alshon Jeffery, and with Matt Forte dealing with a bad back, I’m going to take the Lions here on the road. They tend to play their best football in meaningless games.
Pete: Not sure if more than 10 people will be in the stadium for this one, but Detroit still has Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson. I have to go with the Lions here.
Baltimore (+7.5) @ Cincinnati
Niko: Baltimore’s season is over. After upsetting the Steelers, they’re riding high into the offseason. I’ll go with the Bengals to cover. Based on what McCarron showed Monday night, the Bengals should continue to function just fine without Dalton.
Pete: Wouldn't it be something if Baltimore handed another team vying for playoff position a loss? With what we saw from Cincinnati's defense last Monday, I think that this will be a really tough game for the Ravens on the road. Bengals should win this one with ease.
Pittsburgh (-10) @ Cleveland
Niko: Pitt’s back is officially against the wall. I think they erupt this Sunday at Cleveland, but is it too late? Steelers cover.
Pete: I want to think that the Browns will be able to lend Pittsburgh another loss, but its not going to happen. Steelers win, but, like Niko said, it may be too late.
Washington (off) @ Dallas
Niko: Neither team has anything to play for. RG3 maybe? That’d be fun. Washington gets the W.
Pete: What a tough year it has been for Dallas. From a perennial Super Bowl contender, to a bottom dweller in one of the worst divisions in football. Washington.
Tennessee (off) @ Indianapolis
Pete: Tennessee in Pagano's last game in Indy.
New England (-10) @ Miami
Niko: If Miami wasn’t such a dumpster fire right now, I’d be tempted to take the points here. The Pats never play well in Miami, won’t show much on defense, and will likely try to get a ground game going. No matter, we need home field, so the sense of urgency still remains. Pats cover.
Pete: Extended thoughts in roundtable. Not even sure who I am going to pick at this point, but I will continue the trend I have stuck with all season and stay with the Pats.
Philadelphia (+3) @ New York Giants
Niko: Philly is in shambles. I bet Odell Beckham goes off this Sunday coming off his one-game suspension. Giants cover at home.
Pete: Toss up game. Both teams suck. Giants just because Philly does have a coach.
Jacksonville (+6.5) @ Houston
Niko: Houston is playing solid football, but I think this game will be very close. Bortles can sling it, and those receivers go up and get it. I’ll take the points and go with the Jags, but I see Houston winning in a tight one.
Pete: I'm not sure about this game. Its meaningless, but both teams had good stretches this season. I will take the Jags just because Houston legitimately doesn't have a quarterback.
San Diego (+8.5) @ Denver
Niko: The San Diego v. Oakland game was PAINFUL last Thursday night. This is just a bad football team. The Chargers doesn’t have much of a shot at Mile High on Sunday. Broncos cover.
Pete:I hate how bad the Chargers are. If you have followed us at all this season, then you know that I am a Chargers guy. I want them to stay in San Diego, but if they get drummed on Sunday, their poor chance of that will just further deteriorate. Broncos.
Oakland (+6.5) @ Kansas City
Niko: Kansas City is cooking right now. Tough to go against them right now, especially at home. Chiefs cover.
Pete: Kansas City should roll.
Seattle (+6.5) @ Arizona
Niko: See Kansas City above. Cardinals cover. Could be an NFC playoff preview.
Pete: Probably the Game of the Week. Two teams that are actually heading to the playoffs. I will take Arizona, just because Seattle scares the hell out of me still.
St. Louis (-3.5) @ San Francisco
Niko: Watch something else. Rams cover on the road.
Pete: St. Louis.
Tampa Bay (+10.5) @ Carolina
Niko: I’ll take the Panthers to bounce back and cover at home. Winston and the gang are going to have a tough time moving the ball on an angry Carolina defense.
Pete: Tampa Bay has had a very productive season: They have their franchise quarterback and played some good stretches of football. Screw it, I'll take the Bucs.
Minnesota (+3) @ Green Bay
Niko: If Arizona beats Seattle, the loser of this one plays Washington in the first round of the playoffs. The winner hosts Seattle. I’m not sure either team wants to win this football game, but I’ll go with the home team Packers to bounce back, cover, and sweep the season series.
Pete: Should be a great game. However, I don't think that the Vikings are quite there yet. Give them another year and they may win this game, but the Packers are still the Packers.