Week 13 Recap: Went 4-1 on my picks and my season record is now 35-30. I could have easily gone 5-0, but instead I had to watch Geno Smith lead the Giants to a backdoor cover against the Raiders. I’m not mad, Geno, I’m just disappointed.
Carolina +2.5 vs. Minnesota
If the Vikings are ever going to lose again this season, this feels like it could be the game. Minnesota has been dominant all year, and right now they’re riding an 8 game winning streak. However, this will be their third road game in a row, and the last two games they played were decided by one possession. Carolina is coming off a tough loss against the Saints, but I think their defense is going to step up here and surprise people. Panthers pull off the upset and win, 20-17.
Dallas -3.5 at NY Giants
Giants fans rejoiced this week as Ben McAdoo was fired (long overdue) and Eli Manning got his starting gig back. The parade might have to be postponed though, because now they’re playing the Cowboys with a healthy Sean Lee. Dallas is still alive in the playoff hunt, so I’m betting on them to shut down the Giants’ abysmal offense. Cowboys win 27-16.
Washington +5.5 at LA Chargers
The Chargers are one of the hottest teams in football, but laying 5.5 against the Redskins is still too many points. Even with Washington out of the NFC playoff picture, Kirk Cousins is still playing for that big contract in the offseason. I think this game is going to be close, and I like LA to win late without covering. Chargers win 26-23.
Arizona +3.5 vs. Tennessee
The Titans are 8-4 and have a legitimate shot to win the AFC South, despite not being very good. They’ve won 6 of their 7 games, but those wins have come against the Colts twice, Browns, Ravens, Bengals, and Texans. Tennessee is due for a let-down game, and they have a tough matchup going into Arizona. I’m taking the home underdog Cardinals here to win outright, 24-20.
Philadelphia +1 at LA Rams
Everything seemed to go wrong for the Eagles last week on Monday Night Football. Between Carson Wentz fumbling into the end zone and a weird forward lateral that should have been challenged, Philly just could not get out of their own way in Seattle. Despite this loss, the Eagles are still one of the best teams in the league, and I expect them to be motivated for this potential NFC Championship Game preview. Philadelphia wins 31-28.
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