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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. 29, 2018
 
Dallas
Cowboys
24
The Cowboys are playing well and lead the division after three straight victories. But the Saints are the best team in the league right now. Even so, the Dallas defense is good and can match up with that explosive offense. They will slow the Saints and run the ball to keep Drew Brees off the field. Cowboys win in an upset.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 13, New Orleans Saints 10
New Orleans
Saints
21
 
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018
 
Atlanta
Falcons
34
The Ravens have won two straight with Lamar Jackson, who has done some good things. I cant wait to watch him on the fast turf in this one. But he is still limited some as a passer. Matt Ryan is not and that will show up here. The Falcons are much better at home, and they will get a tight victory in this one.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 16, Baltimore Ravens 26
Baltimore
Ravens
30
 
 
Denver
Broncos
28
The Bengals will start Jeff Driskel at quarterback for the injured Andy Dalton. He will face a tough challenge against the Denver defense. He could have A.J. Green back at receiver. Even so, the Broncos are playing well and will get a tough road victory in this one.
Result: Denver Broncos 24, Cincinnati Bengals 10
Cincinnati
Bengals
17
 
 
Los Angeles
Rams
35
The Rams are coming off their bye, which they hopefully used to help improve the defense. They might have corner Aqib Talib back here, which will help. The Lions are awful on defense and their offensive line has issues that won't help against Aaron Donald. Rams big.
Result: Los Angeles Rams 30, Detroit Lions 16
Detroit
Lions
18
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
37
The Cardinals are playing consecutive road games and looked lifeless against the Chargers last week. That's not a good thing going to the cold of Green Bay to play a Packers team in need of a victory. This will be an Aaron Rodgers game as he lights up the Cardinals.
Result: Green Bay Packers 17, Arizona Cardinals 20
Arizona
Cardinals
13
 
 
Houston
Texans
30
The Texans have won eight straight games to make them one of the hottest teams in the league. But the Browns have also been playing well after firing coach Hue Jackson. This will come down to Baker Mayfield against Deshaun Watson and I think Watson will get the best of it.
Result: Houston Texans 29, Cleveland Browns 13
Cleveland
Browns
20
 
 
Indianapolis
Colts
26
The Colts are riding high after ripping off five straight victories, while the Jaguars have lost seven straight and fired their offensive coordinator and benched quarterback Blake Bortles for Cody Kessler. They also won't have Leonard Fournette. The Colts will continue to stay hot with Andrew Luck having a big game.
Result: Indianapolis Colts 0, Jacksonville Jaguars 6
Jacksonville
Jaguars
14
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
24
The Bills did some good things in beating the Jaguars last week, and Sean McDermott has squeezed a lot out of this team, but I think the Dolphins will get back on track here after a tough loss to the Colts last week. Miami's defense will get the best of Josh Allen.
Result: Miami Dolphins 21, Buffalo Bills 17
Buffalo
Bills
16
 
 
Chicago
Bears
27
The Bears will likely start Chase Daniel at quarterback again in this one for the injured Mitchell Trubisky. That will hurt the offense, but this game will be about their defense. It will get all over Eli Manning here. The Bears will win a road game behind their impressive defense.
Result: Chicago Bears 27, NY Giants 30
New York
Giants
20
 
 
Carolina
Panthers
35
The Panthers have lost three straight games, while the Bucs are playing out the string. Carolina's defense has been a major issue the past three weeks, so look for a lot of points here from both teams. The Panthers will get back on track and win a high-scoring game.
Result: Carolina Panthers 17, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
30
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
41
The Chiefs are coming off a bye and face their rivals on the road in what should be an easy game for Kansas City. The Oakland defense isn't good and Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City offense will roll. Chiefs win it big.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 40, Oakland Raiders 33
Oakland
Raiders
17
 
 
Tennessee
Titans
30
The Titans are playing on a short week after losing to the Texans Monday night. They didn't look right in that game, but the Jets are a good team to get back on the good side. Look for the Titans offense to have a good day here as they win this one easily.
Result: Tennessee Titans 26, NY Jets 22
New York
Jets
13
 
 
New England
Patriots
30
The Patriots haven't been as prolific on offense this year, but I think this will be a game where Tom Brady throws it a lot and has success. The Vikings are good against the run and OK against the pass. The New England defense will get after Kick Cousins, who plays behind an average line. The Patriots will take it.
Result: New England Patriots 24, Minnesota Vikings 10
Minnesota
Vikings
23
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
27
The Seahawks have impressed the past few weeks and are on the verge of a soft part of their schedule, starting with this one. Russell Wilson is playing outstanding football and that will carry over here. Look for a big game from Wilson and the Seahawks in an easy rout.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 43, San Francisco 49ers 16
San Francisco
49ers
10
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
26
The Chargers will be without Melvin Gordon in this one, which will hurt, but I think Philip Rivers will make enough plays down the field against the Steelers secondary to put up points. Then the Chargers will turn their pass rushers loose. Chargers will win in an upset.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 33, Pittsburgh Steelers 30
Pittsburgh
Steelers
23
 
Monday, Dec. 3, 2018
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
23
This is an enormous game in the division, with the loser in big trouble. The Redskins will have extra rest after playing on Thanksgiving, but their offense is limited with Colt McCoy. The Eagles' banged-up defense will show up here.
Washington
Redskins
16