Redskins (7-7) vs Titans (8-6) 4:30 NFL Network
Jay: Home team, short week, better defense, better quarterback…Titans by 7.
Jules: Titans, and I don’t care who wins, neither team is in any condition to get to Atlanta, but the game is in TN and they have a better defense and run game.
Ravens (8-6) vs Chargers (11-3) 8:20 NFL Network
Jay: This is going to be a very fun game and I have a sneaking suspicion that Baltimore walks into LA and wins by 3. I’m looking forward to being proven wrong though.
Jules: The word is Baltimore will give LA’s defense fits because of Lamar Jackson and their defense. The thing is, LA’s run game and defense is very close, but they have a better passing game. In warm LA, I’m going with Rivers.
SUNDAY 1:00 GAMES
Texans (10-4) vs Eagles (7-7) CBS
Jay: Wentz-Magic….I just trust Houston’s defense more here. Houston by 4
Jules: I’m reluctantly picking Houston, but with little film on Foles, I think Philly has a good chance to win. If Wentz plays, the Teams win.
Packers (5-8-1) vs Jets (4-10) FOX
Jay: Blah. Jets
Jules: Who cares? I’m going with home team.
Bills (5-9) vs Patriots (9-5) CBS
Jay: New England in a game that will be tougher than most people think it should be.
Jules: NE* because the game is there.
Vikings (7-6-1) vs Lions (5-9) FOX
Jay: Lean on Dalvin and Latavius…lean away from Stafford.
Jules: Dalvin Cook, not Cousins. Dude can’t carry a team.
Buccaneers (5-9) vs Cowboys (8-6) FOX
Jules: I trust Jameis over Dak, but the game is in Dallas, so I’m picking Zeke to be responsible for a win.
Jay: I have zero trust in Jameis Winston, and the game is in Dallas, so I will go with Dallas here.
Bengals (6-8) vs Browns (6-7-1) CBS
Jay: Browns in the battle for mediocrity (which is a huge upgrade for Cleveland).
Jules: Williams over Lewis. Cincy needs to make bold changes at HC and QB.
Falcons (5-9) vs Panthers (6-8) FOX
Jay: My guess is go with the better QB here. I’ll take Atlanta even with or without Julio.
Jules: Last season, this would’ve been a good game. Newton is playing poorly due to injury, even so, I’m going with them because their run game will give the Falcons fits.
Jaguars (4-10) vs Dolphins (7-7) CBS
Jay: Miami…they need this and Jacksonville stinks out loud.
Jules: Miami, two sons will be at the game, but I think they may leave heartbroken, Jax offense is pitiful.
Giants (5-9) vs Colts (8-6) CBS
Jay: Colts need this. Giants don’t. Home team.
Jules: While NY has looked better with Shumur, Eli is so hit or miss, tough to see him outscoring Luck.
Bears (10-4) vs 49ers (4-10) FOX
Jules: the one fear is this could be a trap game. First year starter vs this defense and they made Denver look silly, but Chicago has seeding on the line, so going to say Nagy doesn’t let them take any W for granted.
Jay: Very much a trap game, but the 2 seed is still technically in play here, so Chicago gives it their all and wins by 3 in San Francisco.
Rams (11-3) vs Cardinals (3-11) FOX
Jay: LA. Blah
Jules: Just what LA needs, a team they should beat to get their confidence back. If they lose, and the Bears win, I say Chicago is SB bound.
4:25 GAME CBS
Steelers (8-5-1) vs Saints (12-2)
Jay: Saints at home is very safe
Jules: Saints, that home crowd will be rocking and NO is 2/3’s better.
8:20 GAME NBC
Chiefs (11-3) vs Seahawks (8-6)
Jay: I love this game. Just because my brother in law is a Chargers fan, I’m taking Seattle just out of family loyalty.
Jules: Oh, this could be a real slugfest. Three top games this week – Chargers, Bears and this one. If Russell Wilson is on his game, I think they could pull off the win in that loud stadium. Losing Kareem Hunt hurt KC and Gus Bradley is a Pete Carroll disciple.
MONDAY 8:15 ESPN
Broncos (6-8) vs Raiders (3-11)
Jay: Home team because of sentimental, nonsense reasons. Oh, and Denver is checked out.
Jules: Why these two teams have a Monday night game is beyond me. Gruden’s job is safe, Vance is out the door, so could see an easy win go out the same door with him. The players have bad-mouthed him, so can see them playing without any heart.