With precious few weeks left in the NFL season, it is put up or shut up time. The NFC playoff picture is basically set but for the NFC East division winner. The AFC is much more open as we head into the home stretch of the season. Let’s peer into our crystal ball to predict what will happen on football fields across the nation this weekend.
Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills
The Bills are hitting their groove at just the right time. It is quite possible Buffalo will win 10+ games this season and have at least one home playoff game. The Bills are healthy on both sides of the ball. Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay has been limited in practice due to a foot injury. The Bills will win this home game with ease.
Pick: Bills -4 and moneyline -215
Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns
The Browns are heavy favorites against the Dolphins even though defensive end Myles Garrett will miss the game following his suspension for hitting Mason Rudolph over the head with his own helmet. The Browns might fall flat on their face in this matchup as they have been off for 10 days and might need some time to get their spirit back up following the Garrett debacle. Miami should still struggle to score more than 20 points against a Garrett-less Browns defense.
Pick: Under 44.5
New York Giants at Chicago Bears
The Bears defense looked solid last week against the Rams. However, Chicago lost the game as their offense is one of the worst in the league. Mitchell Trubisky is allegedly nursing an injury so there is hope for a Bears squad led by Chase Daniel. The Giants might put up 17 points in this contest. The Bears will struggle to top 20 points.
Pick: Under 40.5
Detroit Lions Washington Redskins
The Redskins Dwayne Haskins is set to start yet another game, this time against the Lions. Detroit will be without Matthew Stafford once again. Jeff Driskell will be under center for the Lions. Though the Lions have better skill players, the Redskins should win this home matchup simply because Haskins is much better than he has showed in limited action.
Pick: Redskins moneyline +150
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
Though Nick Foles is back for the Jaguars, Jacksonville under-performed last week against the Colts. The Titans will roll out Ryan Tannehill once again even though he is not much better than Marcus Mariota. SugarHouse has the Titans as three point favorites primarily because this is a home game. Look for the Jaguars offense to get back on track and put up around 17 points. The Titans should score 14-20 points.
Pick: Under 41
Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots
The Cowboys just might pull off this upset on the road. Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will miss this game due to an ankle injury. Fellow wide receiver Phillip Dorsett might also miss the game to boot. The Cowboys have a weak pass defense yet they have just enough pass rush talent to disrupt Brady in the pocket, stuff the run and chew up the clock with Zeke toting the rock.
Pick: Cowboys +6.5 and moneyline +240
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are still dealing with injuries on both sides of the ball yet SugarHouse has them listed as three point favorites as this is a home game in prime time. Packers wide receiver Davante Adams is dealing with a toe injury yet he should suit up for action. Look for the Packers to upset the 49ers simply because San Francisco does not have the firepower on offense to keep pace with Green Bay.
Pick: Packers moneyline +148
Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Rams
The Rams looked quite average last week against the Bears. Unfortunately, the Ravens are coming to town this week. Led by Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram, the Ravens offense seems unstoppable. The Rams might be able to score 20 points on the Ravens yet the Ravens should easily put up 24-30 against the Rams even with newly-added cornerback Jalen Ramsey in the mix.
Pick: Ravens moneyline -162