Saturday, Dec. 28
Giants 19, Eagles 17: The Giants have new life after whipping Indy and seeing the Bengals upset New Orleans. Expect NY to take advantage with Philly forced to play without McNabb at QB. Giants are destined to make playoffs and won’t be denied. GIANTS (+4).
Chiefs 24, Raiders 20: Raiders may be lackadaisical after clinching AFC West title. KC came up with a great effort to squeak past San Diego. Should be a good play with the points. CHIEFS (+7).
Sunday, Dec. 29
Patriots 23, Dolphins 17: Miami head north, not to Alaska, but a place just as cold and damp. By virtue of Sunday night’s loss to Jets, the Patriots need this game. That’s bad news for the Dolphins. PATRIOTS (—3).
Redskins 27, Cowboys 10: Two teams playing mostly for pride, however Redskins haven’t beat Dallas since General Custer ran out of Indians. Custer can rest easy cause Washington destroys more Cowboys here. SKINS (—5).
Bills 20, Bengals 9: Cincinnati’s winning streak is 1. How long did you think it was going to last? Should they win in finale, will have a hard time resting all summer. Will be too busy dreaming about Super Bowl in 2004. BILLS (—6).
Browns 20, Falcons 17: The Cardiac Browns have more games decided in the last two minutes than the rest of the NFL combined. Can see Cleveland winning here in OT, just to make it interesting. BROWNS (+2).
Vikings 29, Lions 15: The Vikes are on a roll and should win their third consecutive game. Minnesota looking good for next year. Not so with Detroit. VIKINGS (—4).
Titans 16, Texans 13: Tennessee could be laidback for this encounter. Pass on this one. NO PICK.
Panthers 24, Saints 19: The Saints are not playing like a team interested in the playoffs. Carolina, though long out of the mix, has been playing inspired football. We like the team taking this one seriously. PANTHERS (+7Â½).
Steelers 24, Ravens 20: Which Ravens team will show? Feeling is Baltimore’s dislike for Pittsburgh brings out the best. Baltimore doesn’t figure to win, but should stay close. RAVENS (+7Â½).
Colts 24, Jaguars 10: The Jags could be without QB Mark Brunell, which is a serious loss. The Colts are a scary proposition under most circumstances. But they need this game. COLTS (—6).
Jets 17, Packers 16: Hard to say what the mood of the Packers will be. They want homefield advantage, but will be a moot point if Eagles beat the Giants. What we do know is that this game definitely matters to the Jets, who are suddenly alive. JETS (pick).
Broncos 24, Cards 7: Denver ran into all sorts of disasters last week against Oakland. Who knows which team shows up against Arizona? Cards playing decent ball lately. Could be live dog, but we will side with the home boys. BRONCOS (—10).
Seahawks 27, Chargers 21: Don’t expect Seattle to rollover and play dead. They have found an offense with Hasselback and are playing for next year. The Chargers will have a hard time bouncing back from devastating loss at KC. SEAHAWKS (+4).
Bucs 12, Bears 2: The Bucs manage their first-ever win below 34 degrees. However, this pick is based on the assumption that neither Chandler or Miller are ready to go at QB. If either one play and survives, take the Bears on money line. NO PICK.
Monday, Dec. 30
49ers 28, Rams 7: Same story here. Bulger is done and Rams have no able bodied QB. The Niners will treat this as an exhibition game, but they hate the Rams. 49ERS (—6).
Last week: 6-9