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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. 30, 2017
 
Washington
Redskins
28
The Cowboys have major problems right now, especially on offense. Dak Prescott hasnít picked up his play without Ezekiel Elliott. He has to do so in this one, or the Cowboys will be done. I think Kirk Cousins is playing well, and Philip Rivers shredded them last week. Cousins will get the best of it here.
Result: Washington Redskins 14, Dallas Cowboys 38
Dallas
Cowboys
24
 
Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017
 
Atlanta
Falcons
26
This is the game of the week. The matchup between the Vikings defense and the Falcons offense will be a treat to watch, but this game will be decided by the Vikings offense against the Atlanta defense and I think the Falcons get the best of that. Atlanta keeps on winning.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 9, Minnesota Vikings 14
Minnesota
Vikings
16
 
 
Baltimore
Ravens
19
The Ravens donít do a lot on offense, but that defense is playing outstanding football. That will make it tough for Matt Stafford in the Lions. At some point, though, Joe Flacco has to start driving the ball down the field. Is this the time? I think he does here. Ravens take it.
Result: Baltimore Ravens 44, Detroit Lions 20
Detroit
Lions
16
 
 
New England
Patriots
34
The Bills were impressive in winning at Kansas City, but their defense isnít good enough to beat New England Ė even at home. Look for a monster game from Tom Brady as the Pats continue to dominate the division.
Result: New England Patriots 23, Buffalo Bills 3
Buffalo
Bills
17
 
 
Chicago
Bears
17
This is the dog game of the week. This could be Jimmy Garoppolo getting is first start for the 49ers. That will make it interesting. The Bears, though, are the better team and they will find a way at home.
Result: Chicago Bears 14, San Francisco 49ers 15
San Francisco
49ers
13
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
27
The Packers lost to the Steelers on Sunday night, but Brett Hundley was impressive. The Bucs are playing consecutive road games, which is tough. They might have Jameis Winston back in this one, but even if they do the Packers will win it and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Result: Green Bay Packers 26, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
21
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
23
The Jaguars have to get more production out of their offense, and that has to start here. The Colts have been better on defense lately, but they are still vulnerable. The Jaguars shut out the Colts the first time they met, and will have another dominant defensive game here. Jaguars big.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Indianapolis Colts 10
Indianapolis
Colts
7
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
27
This looked like it would be a big game when the schedule came out, but itís two teams that have flopped in a big way. This is a long trip for a team not playing for anything, which is why I think Miami is the pick.
Result: Miami Dolphins 35, Denver Broncos 9
Denver
Broncos
23
 
 
New York
Jets
20
The Chiefs just arenít playing well, and the offense has become a problem. The last time they played in this stadium, two weeks ago, the Giants upset them. The Jets are better than the Giants, and they will get the Chiefs here as well. Jets win it.
Result: NY Jets 38, Kansas City Chiefs 31
Kansas City
Chiefs
13
 
 
Tennessee
Titans
23
The Texans are pretty much done in terms of the playoffs, but they would love to knock off their division rival. Big problem: They are playing a consecutive road game off a Monday night roadie. Thatís tough to overcome. Look for the Titans to handle the Texans with Marcus Mariota getting back on track.
Result: Tennessee Titans 24, Houston Texans 13
Houston
Texans
14
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
30
The Chargers are rolling and playing well on both sides of the ball. Philip Rivers is coming off his best game of the year and that will continue here against the Browns. Also watch out for Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram to have big days. Chargers win it easily.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 19, Cleveland Browns 10
Cleveland
Browns
13
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
31
This game will go a long way in deciding the NFC South. The Saints beat the Panthers earlier this year, and I think they will again here. The Panthers are playing consecutive road games, and they are coming off a game where Josh McCown carved them up. Drew Brees does the same here.
Result: New Orleans Saints 31, Carolina Panthers 21
Carolina
Panthers
24
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
21
This game will likely decide whether the Cardinals have a chance to make the playoffs. They won a tight one against the jaguars last week, and I think they have a chance here. In fact, I think they squeak out a close one behind their defense. Upset special.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 16, Los Angeles Rams 32
Los Angeles
Rams
20
 
 
Oakland
Raiders
20
The Giants are toast and face a long trip. Thatís not usually a good combination. But the Raiders have issues as well, even though they beat the Broncos last week. I think the Giants and their defense will show up here and keep it close. Oakland will win it late, but the Giants keep it closer than expected.
Result: Oakland Raiders 24, NY Giants 17
New York
Giants
17
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
24
The Seahawks have lost two straight at home, which is unlike them, but this isnít the same team. The Eagles are flying high and have the pass rush to get after Russell Wilson. Carson Wentz and the Eagles keep it rolling.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 10, Seattle Seahawks 24
Seattle
Seahawks
17
 
Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
23
This will decide the Bengals season. Itís that big. They are still alive in the playoff chase, but they need this one. The Steelers are coming off a tight victory against the Packers and didnít look right on defense. I think at home the Bengals will do enough on offense and play good defense. Upset.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 20, Pittsburgh Steelers 23
Pittsburgh
Steelers
20