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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
Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017
 
Baltimore
Ravens
30
This is a Colts team playing for nothing, while the Ravens need two victories to get into the playoffs. The Ravens have played well on offense the past few weeks, and I think that continues for Joe Flacco. Ravens big.
Result: Baltimore Ravens 23, Indianapolis Colts 16
Indianapolis
Colts
13
 
 
Minnesota
Vikings
27
The Packers have to decide whether or not to play Aaron Rodgers. It sounds like they won't since they are eliminated. The Vikings are playing for a chance to be the top seed in the NFC. If Rodgers doesn't play, it will be the Vikings easily.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 16, Green Bay Packers 0
Green Bay
Packers
14
 
Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017
 
Carolina
Panthers
33
The Bucs are playing on a short week on the road with nothing to play for against a good team playing for a lot. That's going to make this a blowout. Tampa Bay put a lot into Monday night's loss to the Falcons at home, but they won't compete here. Panthers win it big behind Cam Newton.
Result: Carolina Panthers 22, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
17
 
 
Chicago
Bears
19
Is this the Browns' chance to win a game? It is, but it won't happen. The Bears are the better team and they are at home against a team playing for nothing. Look for the Bears to run it a bunch here to win it and keep the Browns winless.
Result: Chicago Bears 20, Cleveland Browns 3
Cleveland
Browns
10
 
 
Detroit
Lions
31
The Lions are still alive and need the game. The Bengals have packed it in. Look for Matt Stafford to have a big day throwing it against a beat-up Bengals defense. Lions take it.
Result: Detroit Lions 17, Cincinnati Bengals 26
Cincinnati
Bengals
17
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
27
The Dolphins are playing consecutive road games and playing for nothing against a team playing for a division title. Bad combination. The Chiefs have turned their season around the past two weeks, and I think they stay hot. Chiefs win it.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 29, Miami Dolphins 13
Miami
Dolphins
17
 
 
New England
Patriots
31
The Bills are playing for the playoffs, with the Patriots playing for seeding. There is more motivation for the Bills, but the Pats are the better team. Tom Brady and the offense have a big day.
Result: New England Patriots 37, Buffalo Bills 16
Buffalo
Bills
21
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
31
This is the game of the week and will go a long way to deciding the division champ. The Falcons beat the Saints in Week 14, but this is a much bigger challenge. And they are playing on a short week after Monday night's win. Even so, I think the Falcons will pull off an upset here as their offense finally looks like the 2016 team.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 13, New Orleans Saints 23
New Orleans
Saints
30
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
31
The Chargers are alive but need help. The Jets are playing out the string. Los Angeles was awful against the Chiefs last Saturday, but they will respond here. Philip Rivers keeps the Chargers alive.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 14, NY Jets 7
New York
Jets
20
 
 
Los Angeles
Rams
28
The Titans have lost two straight and could be in jeopardy of missing the playoffs. They need this much more than the Rams, who clinched the division title last week. But the Rams seem to be riding high after dominating the Seahawks. That carries over, even on a second-straight week on the road. It will be close.
Result: Los Angeles Rams 27, Tennessee Titans 23
Tennessee
Titans
25
 
 
Washington
Redskins
21
The Broncos have won two straight games and have played much better on both sides of the ball. But this is a second-straight road game against a better team on the other side of the country. How motivated will they be? The Redskins haven't looked great the past month, but I think they will do better here.
Result: Washington Redskins 27, Denver Broncos 11
Denver
Broncos
16
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
24
The Jaguars need to be careful here. The 49ers are 3-0 with Jimmy Garoppolo under center. But Blake Bortles is playing even better. The Jaguars can lock up the AFC South with a win here, and they will get it.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 33, San Francisco 49ers 44
San Francisco
49ers
17
 
 
New York
Giants
23
This is a game between two teams playing out the string. The Cardinals are going back to Drew Stanton, which isn't a good thing. The Giants seemed to find their offense last week, which will carry over here. Giants take it in an upset.
Result: NY Giants 0, Arizona Cardinals 23
Arizona
Cardinals
20
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
26
These two are still alive, which makes this a playoff game of sorts. The Seahawks are a shell of the team we've come to expect. Dallas gets Ezekiel Elliott back, and I think he runs wild. The Cowboys stay alive.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 12, Seattle Seahawks 21
Seattle
Seahawks
17
 
Monday, Dec. 25, 2017
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
30
The Steelers are playing with seeding on the line. They will do so without Antonio Brown, but that shouldn't matter here. The Texans are decimated by injuries. The Steelers roll.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 34, Houston Texans 6
Houston
Texans
13
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
27
The Raiders are done, while the Eagles are playing for a top seed. Plus, this is a long trip for the Raiders on Christmas. How motivated will they be? The Eagles need to tighten up their defense, and I think they will here. Eagles roll.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 19, Oakland Raiders 10
Oakland
Raiders
13