So many great games on tap, including the New Orleans Saints hosting the San Francisco 49ers, and the New England Patriots awaiting the Kansas City Chiefs.
I’m ashamed. Last week, we broke a long streak of solid weeks by going 5-11. The Colts let me down. The Jaguars let me down. The Chargers let me down. The Eagles let their families down.
In short, I let myself down. Won’t happen again this week. The good ones lose occasionally. The great ones rise like a phoenix after defeat. Let’s get it.
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Dallas Cowboys (-3) at Chicago Bears
This is a game between two disappointing teams. The Bears (6-6) and Cowboys (6-6) have the same record, but one is the No. 4 seed while the other is out of the race. Dak Prescott is so much better than Mitchell Trubisky, and that’s the difference.
Pick: Dallas 22, Chicago 18
Baltimore Ravens (-5.5) at Buffalo Bills
Buffalo is going to be charged up for this one. The Bills (9-3) are legitimately good for the first time in 20 years. However, the Ravens (10-2) have won eight straight. They’re the best team in football. Lamar Jackson will see a terrific defense, but he’s up to the test.
Pick: Baltimore 27, Buffalo 23
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-3)
Ron Rivera is gone. The Panthers (5-7) are cooked. The Falcons (3-9) aren’t good, but they should win against a lifeless team in their own building.
Pick: Atlanta 30, Carolina 17
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (-8.5)
It wouldn’t be surprising if the Browns (5-7) officially bow out of the playoff chase by losing to the Bengals (1-11) at home. Still, it’s insane to pick Cincinnati on the road.
Pick: Cleveland 28, Cincinnati 24
Denver Broncos at Houston Texans (-9.5)
Drew Lock won his first start for the Broncos (4-8), but this is a different animal. The Texans (8-4) are coming off a signature win over New England, and Deshaun Watson should light up an injured Denver secondary.
Pick: Houston 31, Denver 20
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