If you are old enough to remember "streaking" from the 1970’s those memories will hardly be related to how that concept applies to today’s NFL. No fewer than 5 teams are riding winning streaks of at least 4 games heading into the final 3 weeks of the regular season and building momentum for the upcoming Playoffs. Three of the teams have won at least 8 in a row including, of course, both unbeaten teams, New Orleans and Indianapolis.
Here’s a look at this week’s 16 games which includes an attractive Saturday tilt.
Indianapolis at Jacksonville (No Line): Indianapolis has clinched home field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs and thus their regulars are likely to play less than a full game. UNDER the Total.
Dallas (+7) at New Orleans (Over/Under 53): Dallas’ post season hopes took a severe blow last week in their rather lackluster loss to surging San Diego. NEW ORLEANS.
Green Bay (Pk) at Pittsburgh (40): Barring a miracle the Steelers will not be defending their Super Bowl championship in the Playoffs. We could see a number of drives thwarted by QB sacks on both sides. UNDER the Total.
Miami at Tennessee (No Line): The loser of this game is practically eliminated from the Playoffs. Miami is 7-6, a game better than the Titans, but is playing a second straight road game. UNDER the Total.
New England (-7) at Buffalo (40½): The Patriots are dealing with uncharacteristic internal problems as they try to make the Playoffs. BUFFALO.
Arizona (-11) at Detroit (46½): Arizona is off of Monday night’s game against San Francisco in which a win would have clinched the NFC West title. ARIZONA.
San Francisco (+8½) at Philadelphia (44½): Philadelphia has won 4 straight since midseason and have the lead in the NFC East. OVER the Total.
Atlanta at N. Y. Jets (No Line): Injuries continue to hamper Atlanta although they were very game in last week’s FG loss to New Orleans. With a pair of games against Division leaders to finish the season, a win for the Jets here is imperative. N. Y. JETS.
Chicago (+10) at Baltimore (40½): The Bears will miss the Playoffs and the future of their coaching staff is very much up in the air. BALTIMORE.
Cleveland (+2½) at Kansas City (36½): Congrats to the Browns for their win over arch rival Pittsburgh last Thursday that all but knocked the Steelers out of the Playoffs. KANSAS CITY.
Houston at St Louis (No Line): As expected, with the pressure off Houston played their best game of the season last week in routing Seattle at home. HOUSTON.
Cincinnati (+6½) at San Diego (44): This is the most attractive game of the weekend with the winner likely securing the second seed in the AFC playoffs and earning a first round bye. UNDER the Total.
Oakland (+12) at Denver (37): Denver’s momentum was stalled with last week’s loss at Indianapolis. DENVER.
Tampa Bay (+7) at Seattle (39½): It’s been a long and disappointing season for both teams and while Tampa was known to be in rebuilding mode there was some hope for Seattle to return to prior form following an injury filled 2008. SEATTLE.
Minnesota (-7) at Carolina (42½): Minnesota can effectively clinch the NFC’s number 2 seed with a win over the Panthers who will miss the Playoffs after having themselves been the second seed in last season’s. CAROLINA.
N. Y. Giants (-3) at Washington (42): Washington is playing better over the second half of the season. WASHINGTON.
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