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14
 
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, Dec. 7, 2017
 
Atlanta
Falcons
31
If the Falcons are to have any chance to win the division, they have to win here. They didn't look good on offense last week against the Vikings, but they will get the offense back on track. The Saints will keep up as well with Drew Brees. I expect a shootout like a lot of games between these two. Enjoy the fireworks.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 20, New Orleans Saints 17
New Orleans
Saints
27
 
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017
 
Buffalo
Bills
28
This is a game between two teams going nowhere. The Colts are playing consecutive road games, but the Bills might start Nathan Peterman at quarterback for the injured Tyrod Taylor. Even so, I think the Bills will find a way to win a close one.
Result: Buffalo Bills 13, Indianapolis Colts 7
Indianapolis
Colts
23
 
 
Carolina
Panthers
19
This is one of the games of the week. The Vikings are playing consecutive road games outside the division, which is tough. I think that will catch up with them here. I think the Panthers get back on track after losing to the Saints. Cam Newton has a big day with his legs.
Result: Carolina Panthers 31, Minnesota Vikings 24
Minnesota
Vikings
16
 
 
Cincinnati
Bengals
27
The Bengals blew a chance Monday night to stay in the playoff race by losing to the Steelers, but now must re-group on a short week. The defense has been solid this year, and I think that will present problems for Mitchell Trubisky.
Result: Cincinnati Bengals 7, Chicago Bears 33
Chicago
Bears
17
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
23
Could this be the week the Browns win? I don't think so. The Packers will need more from Brett Hundley in the passing game than they got against the Bucs, but I think they will get it. Packers take it in a close one.
Result: Green Bay Packers 27, Cleveland Browns 21
Cleveland
Browns
20
 
 
Houston
Texans
17
The 49ers won in Jimmy Garoppolo's first start, but this is a second straight road game. That's tough, and the Texans will be home for the first time in three weeks. Tom Savage played better last week against the Titans and I think that carries over. Texans win it.
Result: Houston Texans 16, San Francisco 49ers 26
San Francisco
49ers
13
 
 
Oakland
Raiders
33
These two are tied for first place in the division. But the Chiefs have lost four straight and have fallen apart on defense. The Raiders haven't been great on offense, but they will get Derek Carr going here. The Raiders win in a shootout.
Result: Oakland Raiders 15, Kansas City Chiefs 26
Kansas City
Chiefs
30
 
 
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
27
The health of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford bears watching after he injured his hand last week. Even if he plays, this is a consecutive road game for a team not playing well. Tampa Bay will play better on offense this week against a Lions defense that made Joe Flacco look good last week. Jameis Winston will lead the Bucs to a home victory.
Result: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21, Detroit Lions 24
Detroit
Lions
24
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
24
This should be Eli Manning back under center playing for interim coach Steve Spagnuolo for the Giants. This is New York's Super Bowl, but they aren't good enough. The Cowboys got the running game back on track last week, and it continues. Cowboys stay alive.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 30, NY Giants 10
New York
Giants
14
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
23
This is a tough trip for the Titans, who aren't playing great but are still winning. Arizona didn't look good against the Rams Sunday, but I think it gets back on track here. Its defense will be the difference. Cardinals take it.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 12, Tennessee Titans 7
Tennessee
Titans
21
 
 
Denver
Broncos
20
The Jets have overachieved, while the Broncos have underachieved. Why? It's the quarterback play. Josh McCown has been good for the Jets, while the Broncos have been a disaster at the position. But I think Denver's defense shows some pride here and they pull out a close one.
Result: Denver Broncos 23, NY Jets 0
New York
Jets
16
 
 
Los Angeles
Chargers
31
The Redskins are pretty much done, and this is a long trip. The Chargers are a hot team right now. Philip Rivers is playing good football and I think he will hit a few big shots against the Redskins. Washington won't keep up.
Result: Los Angeles Chargers 30, Washington Redskins 13
Washington
Redskins
21
 
 
Jacksonville
Jaguars
20
This focus of this game will be the Jaguars defense against Russell Wilson. But I think the other matchup Jacksonville's offense against the Seattle defense will decide this one. Blake Bortles played well against the Colts last week, and I think it will carry over here. It won't be as good, but good enough. The Jaguars win a low-scoring game.
Result: Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Seattle Seahawks 24
Seattle
Seahawks
14
 
 
Los Angeles
Rams
23
This is the game of the week and a big game in terms of NFC seeding. The Eagles didn't play well at Seattle last week, and they stayed on the West Coast to practice to cut down on jet lag. That will help, but I think the improved Rams defense will show up and slow Carson Wentz while Jared Goff gets the best of it. Rams win it.
Result: Los Angeles Rams 35, Philadelphia Eagles 43
Philadelphia
Eagles
20
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
20
The Steelers are playing on a short week and had to scrape to beat the Bengals Monday night. The Ravens got the offense going last week against the Texans, which is a good sign. As usual, this will be a tough AFC North game, but the Steelers will pull it out in the fourth quarter.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 39, Baltimore Ravens 38
Baltimore
Ravens
17
 
Monday, Dec. 11, 2017
 
New England
Patriots
31
The Patriots have traditionally had problems in South Florida. Not this week. New England is playing a second straight road game, but it won't matter, even without Rob Gronkowski. Miami was better last week, but the Patriots are the pick.
Miami
Dolphins
17