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PETE PRISCO
Senior NFL Columnist
Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and can be seen throughout the week on CBS Sports' NFL shows. When he's not watching game tape you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
MATCHUP SCORE ANALYSIS
Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014
 
Detroit
Lions
27
The Bears have won two consecutive games to show some life and get to 5-6. The Lions have lost their past two, both on the road. The offense hasn't done much the past few weeks, but that changes here. The Bears' defense is the perfect tonic. Matt Stafford gets it going.
Chicago
Bears
24
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
31
This game features two of the top-10 scoring offenses in the league, so expect a lot of good offense. The Eagles have a tough task traveling on a short week. That gives the Cowboys a huge edge in this first meeting between the two. Tony Romo outplays Mark Sanchez.
Philadelphia
Eagles
23
 
 
San Francisco
49ers
23
This should be a physical war, like these games have been in recent years. The Seattle defense looked much better last week, and San Francisco's has improved the past three months. Look for both quarterbacks to struggle to get it going. I think the 49ers will find a way behind Colin Kaepernick to win it late.
Seattle
Seahawks
20
 
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
 
Baltimore
Ravens
30
The Ravens impressed Monday night in beating the Saints, and now must get ready for San Diego on a short week. But the Chargers long trip will offset that. The Ravens' lines are playing at a high level, and that will be the difference. Baltimore's front gets all over Philip Rivers.
San Diego
Chargers
23
 
 
Buffalo
Bills
20
The Browns are playing a second consecutive road game, while the Bills will be happy to just be home after snow moved their game with the Jets to Detroit. The Bills' pass rush is fierce, but the Browns have a good line. Even so, I think the Bills defense will be the difference here. Brian Hoyer is starting to show some issues.
Cleveland
Browns
16
 
 
Houston
Texans
21
With Ryan Mallett out for the season, it's back to Ryan Fitzpatrick for the Texans. The Titans will counter with rookie Zach Mettenberger, who played well at Philadelphia last week. Even with Fitzpatrick back, I expect the Texans to win this with their running game.
Tennessee
Titans
14
 
 
Indianapolis
Colts
28
The Redskins are playing consecutive road games, and it's even tougher facing a good team. But the Colts were shaky up front on offense last week in beating the Jaguars. That could be a problem with the Washington blitz. Alfred Morris should be able to run for the Redskins. But that passing game is limited. The Redskins can't keep up with Andrew Luck.
Washington
Redskins
13
 
 
New York
Giants
27
The Jaguars are struggling, which is especially true for quarterback Blake Bortles. But the Giants are coming off a tough loss that dropped them to 3-8, and their playoff hopes are done. Jacksonville will stay around against former coach Tom Coughlin's team. But the Giants will find a way late.
Jacksonville
Jaguars
23
 
 
Minnesota
Vikings
20
The Panthers are coming off a bye, but they were really struggling on both sides of the ball before the break. Minnesota has played better in recent weeks, and they're at home. That's good enough for me. The Vikings take it.
Carolina
Panthers
14
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
33
The Saints are 2-9 in their past 11 on the road, and lost three consecutive games at home the past three weeks. That's unreal. They just aren't good right now. The Steelers are coming off a bye, and they are getting guys back on defense. The Saints continue to flounder. Steelers take it.
New Orleans
Saints
27
 
 
St. Louis
Rams
17
The Raiders showed life in beating Kansas City last week, while the Rams are coming off a tough loss to the Chargers. The St. Louis defense is starting to look like the one we expected to see. They get after Derek Carr in a close one.
Oakland
Raiders
14
 
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
23
The Bengals are playing a third straight road game, which can be brutal. They won the first two, mainly behind good defensive showings. Tampa Bay isn't good on defense, so this is the week the offense can get it cranked up. The Bengals make it three straight on the road.
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
17
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
24
This is a long trip for Arizona after a tough, physical game with Seattle. That will be challenging. The Falcons blew a game last week, but at 4-7 they are in first place and alive in the playoff chase. They will keep it close here, but the Arizona pass rush will be too much for a struggling offensive line.
Atlanta
Falcons
23
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
34
This is a quarterback-lovers dream matchup. Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers for the first time ever. What's not to like? Green Bay has scored 50 or more the past two times they've taken the field at Lambeau. They won't get that, but they will win it with Rodgers outgunning Brady.
New England
Patriots
27
 
 
Denver
Broncos
24
The Broncos got back their running game last week, and it paid off against the Dolphins. The Chiefs are coming off a bad run-defense game against the Raiders. Look for Denver to run it, and throw over the top for two long scores. Kansas City can't keep up with that passing game.
Kansas City
Chiefs
17
 
Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
 
Miami
Dolphins
28
The Jets are a disaster, but this is a rivalry game and the Dolphins are playing a second consecutive road game. So it should be close, right? Nope. Does it really matter who plays quarterback for the Jets? They are done. Miami is still playing for something, and it shows.
New York
Jets
20
 
 
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