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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. 26, 2015
 
Detroit
Lions
27
This is a must-win for the Eagles if they are going to have a chance to win the division. They aren't playing well, and the Lions are -- especially on defense. That carries over. Lions take it.
Result: Detroit Lions 45, Philadelphia Eagles 14
Philadelphia
Eagles
21
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
24
This is a huge game for the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. They won Tony Romo's first game back, and he shook off some rust. Can it carry over against a good Carolina defense? I think it can. The Cowboys pull off the upset.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 14, Carolina Panthers 33
Carolina
Panthers
21
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
33
The Packers got back on track last week against the Vikings, and now get their rivals at home. Aaron Rodgers looked much better against Minnesota and he will continue that here. Packers roll.
Result: Green Bay Packers 13, Chicago Bears 17
Chicago
Bears
21
 
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015
 
Minnesota
Vikings
23
The Falcons blew a 14-point lead against the Colts at home, and now face a tough Vikings team. The Falcons just don't look right on offense, and that's not a good thing against the Minnesota defense. Adrian Peterson will get it going on the ground and be too much for the Atlanta defense.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 20, Atlanta Falcons 10
Atlanta
Falcons
21
 
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
28
The Bengals are on a two-game losing streak, but they played well at Arizona last week. This is a much easier NFC West test. The Bengals will get it going again against a Rams team playing consecutive road games. Bengals easily.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 31, St. Louis Rams 7
14
 
 
Houston
Texans
24
The Saints come off a bye with a new defensive coordinator after Rob Ryan was fired. Will that matter? The Texans are playing good defense right now, and they can do just enough on offense against a bad New Orleans unit. Texans take it.
Result: Houston Texans 24, New Orleans Saints 6
New Orleans
Saints
17
 
 
Indianapolis
Colts
24
The Bucs are a young team playing consecutive road games. They've grown as a team in the past month, especially Jameis Winston. I look for Winston to continue to play well here and keep it close. But can he win it? Not quite.
Result: Indianapolis Colts 25, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
21
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
28
The Chargers have had so many injuries and they hardly resemble the team they were early in the season. The Jaguars are surging, winning three of four. This should be a shootout of some sort, but Blake Bortles will outduel Philip Rivers, who is shorthanded.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 25, San Diego Chargers 31
San Diego
Chargers
20
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
21
The Bills played well against the Patriots, but now must travel for a third straight road game. That's brutal. The Chiefs are playing well, but this won't be easy -- no matter who plays quarterback for the Bills. Look for a slugfest, with Kansas City finding a way.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 30, Buffalo Bills 22
Buffalo
Bills
20
 
 
Tennessee
Titans
21
The Raiders are playing consecutive road games, which is a problem. Tennessee will be off for 10 days by the time they kick if off. The Titans defense is playing good football, and they will limit the Raiders' passing game, with Marcus Mariota making some plays down the field to win it.
Result: Tennessee Titans 21, Oakland Raiders 24
Oakland
Raiders
17
 
 
New York
Giants
28
The Giants come off their bye in first place for what is a key division game. The Redskins can tie for the division lead with a victory here. New York's offense should be a tough challenge for the Redskins defense. I'll take Eli Manning over Kirk Cousins.
Result: NY Giants 14, Washington Redskins 20
Washington
Redskins
20
 
 
New York
Jets
20
These two teams are going in the wrong direction. The Jets need a victory in the worst way to stay in the hunt. I think they find a way with a better showing from Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Result: NY Jets 38, Miami Dolphins 20
Miami
Dolphins
13
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
30
The Cardinals are riding high behind Carson Palmer, and the 49ers can't stop anybody. Look for a lot of points again for a Cardinals team that could be the best offense in football. Blaine Gabbert won't keep up.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 19, San Francisco 49ers 13
San Francisco
49ers
17
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
27
The Seahawks have had trouble with good quarterbacks, and here comes Ben Roethlisberger. Is the Legion of Boom up to defending him? I don't think they are anymore. The Steelers steal a road victory.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 30, Seattle Seahawks 39
Seattle
Seahawks
24
 
 
Denver
Broncos
24
It will be Brock Osweiler time this week in Denver, and you know Bill Belichick will throw everything at him. This, though, is a game that will come down to the Denver defensive front against Tom Brady. His line had troubles against the Bills, and will here as well. I liked the Patriots initially in this game, but now it's the Broncos with that front creating havoc.
Result: Denver Broncos 30, New England Patriots 24
New England
Patriots
21
 
Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
 
Cleveland
Browns
20
This is Matt Schaub for the Ravens with Josh McCown for the Browns after Johnny Manziel blew his chance to start. The Ravens are really banged up and without Joe Flacco. I just don't see them winning this one. Browns take it.
Result: Cleveland Browns 27, Baltimore Ravens 33
Baltimore
Ravens
17
 
 
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