Prisco's Picks: Week 18

 
 
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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, Jan. 5, 2019
 
Indianapolis
Colts
27
The Colts come in here as the hottest team in the league. Andrew Luck is the key to their offense, and he's having an outstanding season. The offensive line in front of him is a big reason why. They are among the best in the NFL and their battle with the Texans front will be big in this one.
Result: Indianapolis Colts 21, Houston Texans 7
Houston
Texans
26
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
20
This should be a physical game between two teams that want to run it and play good defense. The Seahawks led the league in rushing, which helped Russell Wilson make a lot of big plays off play-action throws.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 24, Seattle Seahawks 22
Dallas
Cowboys
23
 
Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
19
The Ravens beat the Chargers in Week 16 in Los Angeles thanks to an impressive defensive performance and a nice game by quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Ravens ran for 159 yards in that game, averaging 4.5 per rush. I don't think that will happen again. That was the first time the Chargers saw the Ravens and their scheme with Jackson, which can be tough the first time you see it. I think with a grasp of it, the Chargers will handle it better.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 23, Baltimore Ravens 17
Baltimore
Ravens
16
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
20
The Eagles are a hot team right now behind Nick Foles, but this is a big challenge heading to Chicago to face the Bears' No. 1-ranked scoring defense.
Result: Chicago Bears 15, Philadelphia Eagles 16
Chicago
Bears
21