House group in CAPS:
Buccaneers (-10.5) over PANTHERS
Tampa Bay has shifted key personnel — together with Chris Godwin, Lavonte David, Leonard Fournette and Pat O’Connor — to the IR. Nonetheless imagine highway chalk must be good, on condition that Panthers are anticipated to proceed to make use of Cam Newton at quarterback.
EAGLES (-10) over Giants
With their superior floor recreation, complemented by the stable discipline generalship of QB Jalen Hurts, the Eagles must be anticipated to proceed on their merry manner. Jake Fromm seems good to go beneath heart for Large Blue, however Hurts is able to using far more of the sphere and is taking advantage of his alternatives.
JETS (-2.5) over Jaguars
The latest prime two draft decisions — Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson — face off right here. The Jets had 19 gamers on the COVID-19 listing as of Friday. Key Jacksonville edge rusher Josh Allen has additionally contracted the present pestilence.
FALCONS (-6) over Lions
With Lions QB Jared Goff testing constructive for COVID, Tim Boyle or David Blough could also be “subsequent man up” beneath heart.
BENGALS (-3) over Ravens
Laid low by a number of COVID- compelled personnel losses, veteran journeyman QB Josh Johnson is in for the Ravens. His most-recent NFL look was a rousing three-touchdown (317-yard) effort, when main the Jets in a tricky 41-27 loss to Jacksonville in early November.
Rams (-3) over VIKINGS
Each of those groups are presently on the correct facet of the playoff-qualification line, however at 10-4, the Rams have extra room for error, and the Vikes (7-7) nonetheless have a recreation remaining towards the modest Bears. Adam Thielen stays questionable for the homestanding Vikings — together with RB Dalvin Prepare dinner, already out right here because of COVID.
PATRIOTS (-2.5) over Payments
Invoice Belichick continues to coax efforts no different NFL head coach is usually in a position to match — even with a rookie quarterback reminiscent of Mac Jones. Buffalo counts on QB Josh Allen to amplify its pedestrian floor recreation, and with a relevantly steady defensive effort, anticipating the Pats to outlast this foe.
CHARGERS (-9.5) over Texans
Houston has managed simply three straight-up wins this season. This is good news for the Bolts — that, and league historical past reflecting the utter dominance of AFC West groups over AFC South competitors (a fulsome 80 p.c over the previous dozen years or so). Justin Herbert rakes in one other win.
SEAHAWKS (-7) over Bears
Taking part in out the string, two distressed league disappointments make one of the best of it. The Bears have by far the worst passing assault within the league, simplifying Seattle’s defensive activity to a marked extent. Nick Foles is predicted to begin at quarterback for the Bears, whose group over/beneath was final seen within the “17” vary. Contemplate the Bears’ group Over/Below within the 17.5 vary.
Steelers (+7.5) over CHIEFS
Don’t doubt coach Andy Reid’s troops will win this recreation, however the margin is an open query, as soon as Pittsburgh defensive minds decide the optimum stop-unit deployments at halftime. The Steelers’ underdog tenacity is well-known and should be revered.
RAIDERS (-1.5) over Broncos
Not at all times thrilled to put with the Silver and Black — particularly late within the season — however the dwelling facet has registered particular enchancment behind Derek Carr. We’ll see if some year-to-year enchancment will stick.
Washington (+10.5) over COWBOYS
Proprietor Daniel Snyder’s membership is significantly fortified with the return of two QB Taylor Heinicke, backed up by established No. 2 QB Kyle Allen. After all, old-enemy customer can be thrilled and delighted to spoil Dallas’ day. Sustaining its depth beneath stress shall be Washington’s situation.
Dolphins (+3) over SAINTS: Off their epic shutout of the Buccaneers final trip (sweeping the season collection), the Saints had one sound quarterback on the roster — ex-Notre Dame operative Ian Guide, who is predicted to make his league debut right here earlier than veteran Blake Bortles was signed as insurance coverage. That leaves us with the Sea Mammals, in a recreation we anticipate will boil right down to a defensive battle.
Final week: 8-5