Lines accurate as of Tuesday 9:00PM*
New York Giants (-2.5) @ Philadelphia Eagles
Niko: Although Philly has been strong at home this season (4-2), the Giants are simply the team with more to play for at this point. G-men in a tight divisional battle at Lincoln Financial.
Pete: Tough to bet against the Giants right now. They are one of the hotter and better teams in all of football, much to the dismay of Patriots Nation. I don't think the Giants are as good as in year's past, but it simply seems as if they find ways to win. I think we will see that again on Thursday night.
Jordan: Too much star power on the New York end to bet against them. Unless some sort of drastic injury happens, they're my pick to come out of the NFC. Yes, beating the Cowboys (only 2 losses for the Boys are against the Giants. Giants take this one too.
Miami Dolphins (+3.5) @ Buffalo Bills
Niko: I like Buffalo to play spoiler for the Dolphins’ playoff hopes. Rex always keeps things interesting, especially when his job is on the line. Bills win by a score at home.
Pete: Matt Moore has been a pretty decent backup in the absence of Ryan Tannehill, who still has an uncertain return date. With their backs up against the wall and the threat of Rex Ryan losing his job (reportedly to Tom Coughlin), I think the Bills pull this one off at home.
Jordan: Rexy always seems to pull wins out of his ass when he's on the hot seat. A big divisional win against the Dolphins, who looked primed for the playoffs. I'll roll with the Bills.
Washington Redskins (-3) @ Chicago Bears
Niko: Led by Matt Barkley, the Bears have played surprisingly competent over the last month or so. This is no cakewalk for the ‘Skins, but I think their offense bounces back after a putrid performance on Monday night. Look out for their running back “Fat Rob” Kelley to lead a balanced attack. Washington on the road.
Pete: There is no reason to think the Bears will give the Redskins any type of trouble.
Jordan: Not a chance the Bears can pull it off this week. They're just not good at all. Although they gave the Packers a run for their money last week. I'll still go with the 'Skins.
San Diego Chargers (-6) @ Cleveland Browns
Niko: Chargers. Cleveland is going 0-16 this season. I wonder why we don’t see Lebron prancing around in his RG3 jersey…
Pete: Yuck. Not the bet game on the schedule this season, that is for sure. I will roll with the Chargers here. It ultimately always comes down to quarterback play and Philip Rivers is a damn good QB.
Jordan: At least the Cavs are good, Cleveland. Chargers.
Minnesota Vikings (+6.5) @ Green Bay Packers
Niko: Green Bay is cooking at the right time and Minnesota’s early season success has dried up at the worst time. Packers get the job done at Lambeau.
Pete: Decent game. Both teams vying for a playoff spot. Like I mentioned above, it always comes down to the quarterback. With Aaron Rodgers playing some of the best football of his season at the right time, I think the Packers take this one at home.
Jordan: Flip of a coin on this one. Both are on the verge of making the playoffs, and both teams have major flaws. Expect a defensive shootout. But I'll take Green Bay on the scoreboard, Vikes cover.
New York Jets (+16.5) @ New England Patriots
Niko: This spread is genuinely absurd. I don’t know if I’ve seen one this high, ever. It would be irresponsible for me to recommend taking the Pats here, but I’m going to anyways. The Jets are going to have a very tough time scoring against this hot defensive unit. Pats (somehow?) cover, more on the Roundtable coming this weekend.
Pete: Truthfully, I am happy the Jets have decided to give the nod to rookie Bryce Petty over Ryan Fitzpatrick, who seems to always have his best game of the year against the Pats. Like Niko said, that is a massive spread, but the Patriots are cooking at home right now. Much like the Giants, it is hard to bet against this team right now.
Jordan: Pats. This defense is coming off of their best outing of the year since the Collins deal. And with the Jets and their struggles, it's hard to see them posing much of a threat against this Pats juggernaut. The spread is massive, but I'll take the Pats on the scoreboard for sure. But I'm not sure if they cover the 16.5. More on the Roundtable.
Atlanta Falcons (-2.5) @ Carolina Panthers
Niko: I’ll take Atlanta on the road. Yes, they looked good Monday, but Carolina has been too inconsistent to have any faith in them on a week-to-week basis.
Pete: The Falcons are PRETENDERS (Sorry, Will, who probably doesn't even read these). I have no reason to bet against the better team this season in the Atlanta Falcons, but I just have a hunch the Panther are going to be able to hand the Falcons a loss this week. The Panthers look like a better football team since that horrid start.
Jordan: Tell you the truth, I don't really know what to think of either team. I'll take the Falcons on the road though, considering they need to win to hold onto their lead in the NFC South. And, in doing so, crushing the Panthers hopes for the playoffs (called it back in August).
Tennessee Titans (-5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Niko: Tennessee has knocked off Denver and Kansas City in back to back weeks. They should (literally) run all over the lowly Jaguars, who just last weekend blew a double digit lead and fired their coach. Titans roll.
Pete: Yuck. Hopefully this game is better than the Thursday night debacle back in October where the Titans took home the W. I expect more of the same this time around with Tennessee's two-headed monster at running back.
Jordan: The Titans are pretty damn good this year. Weird. I thought the Jags would be in this position back in training camp, vying for a playoff spot. However, that isn't the case. Gus Bradley was fired after blowing the game against Tom Savage and the Texans. Titans should roll on the road this week.
Indianapolis Colts (+3.5) @ Oakland Raiders
Niko: Could the Colts do the Patriots a favor by knocking off Oakland and effectively handing the good guys the top overall seed in the AFC? Sure, why not. Indy with the upset on the road.
Pete: I like the way Niko thinks. I will say much of the same. Colts pull off the upset.
Jordan: Can't believe I'm saying this, but I hope the Colts win on Saturday. Oakland has shown some holes the past few weeks, especially since Derek Carr suffered that pinky injury. The Colts also should be motivated, being as though they're still in the hunt for the playoffs. Colts pull it off.
San Francisco 49ers (+3.5) @ Los Angeles Rams
Niko: It simply doesn’t get any worse than this. I’ll take the points and roll with the 49ers on the road. That being said, if you dedicate any financials to this game, please go see somebody. Fast.
Pete: Yeesh. If you think Jacksonville vs. Tennessee is going to be a stinker, you may not want to tune into this one. I will say the Rams are able to pull this one off against a truly terrible 49ers team. Big day for Goff and company.
Jordan: Santa might be getting a head start on his present giving, just so he can miss this puke fest. I'll go with the Rams this week, solely because I don't think the Niners can stop Todd Gurley. Plus their offense stinks. Rams cover.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3) @ New Orleans Saints
Niko: I’ll take Jamies and the Bucs on the road; New Orleans has a long offseason ahead.
Pete: The Bucs really let me down last week against the Cowboys in a pretty winnable game, but I think they right the ship here against the Saints.
Jordan: Agree with Niko. Definitely some decisions for the Saints in the near future. I'll go with the Bucs as well in a slugfest.
Arizona Cardinals (+8) @ Seattle Seahawks
Niko: Talk about a long offseason ahead. ‘Zona just gave up 48 points last weekend at home. This team is terrible. ‘Hawks cover.
Pete: The Seahawks are the better team and simply don't lose very often in front of the "12" (Please kill me for saying that).
Jordan: Cards are done. Hawks cover. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to grant Pete's wishes ^.
Cincinnati Bengals (+1.5) @ Houston Texans
Niko: If Tom Savage is the answer, I don’t know what the question is. Bengals with the upset on the road.
Pete: Good looks from the Houston Texans and, lets not forget, the Denver Broncos for offering stupid money for the fraud that goes by Brock Osweiler. Getting benched for a rookie freshly off a massive payday? Yeesh. Again, I am going to the quarterback matchup. Say what you want about Andy Dalton, but he should be able to beat a rookie. Bengals.
Jordan: One thing I noticed when Tom Savage came in last week for Brock Osweiler, was that Deandre Hopkins became the top target again. I'll go with the texans taking this one. Just feeling some optimism for the rookie QB.
Baltimore Ravens (+5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Niko: Now this is a game. Division/Playoffs on the line. Two perennial contenders with teams, quarterbacks, and coaches that have done it before. Give me the Steelers at Heinz in what should be a 4-quarter battle.
Pete: If you mashed these two teams together, then you would have the, well, New England Patriots. However, that is neither here nor there. Back to the matchup. I will always take defense over offense. Ravens pull off the upset on the road.
Jordan: The Ravens always play the Steelers tough. Pretty sure they won both matchups last year. Any way, I'll take the Ravens as well this week.
Denver Broncos (+3.5) @ Kansas City Chiefs
Niko: The Patriots mutilated the Broncos, both physically and mentally. Tempers flared on the field and it spread back to the locker room. As undisciplined as they can be, they’re not going to just lie down. I’ll take Denver at Arrowhead, in what should be a slugfest.
Pete: Theoretically, the Broncos lost to a worst defense at home last week against the Patriots. Against a better secondary at one of the hardest stadiums to play in the NFL? Please. Chiefs, effectively ending the Broncos' season, if the Pats had not done that already.
Jordan: Ahhh the Broncos: stick a fork in them, they're done. Chiefs can't possibly lose back-to-back games at Arrowhead.
Detroit Lions (+7) Dallas Cowboys
Niko: I see the ‘Boys winning this one in similar fashion as their bout last weekend against the Bucs. It was the same spread, and they just missed the cover. Give me the points and the Lions, but Dallas will pick up their 13th win.
Pete: The Lions don't necessarily do anything great, but they are a pretty solid team. However, they are going up against one of the more solid teams in the NFL in Jerry's World. Can't pick against the 'Boys here.
Jordan: Another pretty good primetime game. This will definitely be close, in my opinion. Teams will definitely be throwing their best at them each week. Don't think that'll be enough this week, though. Boys win by a FG.