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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. 23, 2017
 
Minnesota
Vikings
23
This is a big Thanksgiving Day game, which we love. The Vikings are in first place, and if the Lions are to have a chance to win the division they have to win here. I donít think the Lions will move the ball well enough against the Vikings defense. And Case Keenum is playing well for the Vikings. Minnesota takes it.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 30, Detroit Lions 23
Detroit
Lions
17
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
27
The Cowboys have issues on offense with no Ezekiel Elliott or Tyron Smith, who is questionable here. The Chargers have a lethal pass rush with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram that could be a major problem for the Cowboys. Chargers take it in an upset as they limit the Dallas offense.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 28, Dallas Cowboys 6
Dallas
Cowboys
21
 
 
Washington
Redskins
20
The Giants showed some life last week in upsetting the Chiefs. I expect them to be feisty here too against their division rival. The Redskins need to win here to have any real playoff shot. The Giants will make it close, but Washington finds a way.
New York
Giants
17
 
Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017
 
Atlanta
Falcons
27
The Falcons impressed in winning at Seattle and now have three straight at home, starting with the Bucs. The Falcons lost to the Bucs at home last year, but this is a different Tampa Bay team, even after winning two straight. Atlanta wins their third straight here.
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
13
 
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
21
This battle of Ohio isnít a pretty one. The Bengals still have small playoff hopes, but the Browns are trying to play to keep from going winless. The Bengals defense has been solid all year, and will be so here to keep them in the race. Bengals take it.
Cleveland
Browns
10
 
 
Indianapolis
Colts
27
It looks like Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett will play here despite being in the concussion protocol. Heís played well and almost beat the Titans earlier this season on the road. Tennessee is playing consecutive road games and hasnít played well lately. I think this is an upset.
Tennessee
Titans
24
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
30
The Bills might be going back to Tyrod Taylor at quarterback here, which they should do. But does it matter? They are playing consecutive road games against a team that suffered an upset loss on the road last week. The Chiefs will get the offense going in this one. Look for a big game from Kareem Hunt.
Buffalo
Bills
16
 
 
New England
Patriots
33
The Patriots have pretty much locked up the division, and now are playing for a top seed. The Dolphins are in a tailspin and might have to start Matt Moore at quarterback here. The Patriots continue to roll behind Tom Brady. Blowout.
Miami
Dolphins
13
 
 
Carolina
Panthers
20
This will be a tough challenge for Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky facing that Eagles pass rush. Philadelphia is also playing well on offense with Carson Wentz. I think they handle the Bears easily in this one.
New York
Jets
17
 
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
30
This will be a tough challenge for Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky facing that Eagles pass rush. Philadelphia is also playing well on offense with Carson Wentz. I think they handle the Bears easily in this one.
Chicago
Bears
14
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
30
The Seahawks sure havenít looked like the team we expected to see this season as injuries have crippled the defense. But that wonít matter here. The 49ers arenít good on offense, and that will show up. Plus, Russell Wilson will have a big day. Seattle takes it.
San Francisco
49ers
14
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
28
This is the game of the week, but itís a long trip for the Saints. They rallied last week to win behind Drew Brees, and I think they will need him here in a big way. This could be a fun shootout between the old guy in Brees against the new guy in Jared Goff. I think Brees will get the best of it.
Los Angeles
Rams
24
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
21
This is a second straight road game for a young team, which is always tough. But the Jaguars have a dominant defense that travels. They will be facing former Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert for the Cardinals. I think their pass rush is too much for Gabbert and they keep on winning.
Arizona
Cardinals
14
 
 
Oakland
Raiders
23
Both teams have been major disappointments this season and the Broncos are basically done. Oakland needs to get it going to have any playoff chance, and this could be the week. But I think Denver plays a good game here to keep it close with Oakland winning a close one.
Denver
Broncos
20
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
30
This looked like it would be a big game when the schedule came out, but with Aaron Rodgers out itís not that way now. The Steelers played well in beating the Titans last Thursday and they will continue to do so here. Ben Roethlisberger will have another good outing, while Brett Hundley will not.
Green Bay
Packers
10
 
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
 
Baltimore
Ravens
24
The Ravens would be the sixth seed if the playoffs started today, which means this is a big one for them. The defense has been outstanding as of late. That will continue here against the Texans and Tom Savage. Ravens take it.
Houston
Texans
13