Packers (+3) over PANTHERS
We’ve seen this movie before. Aaron Rodgers has been out for weeks with a broken collarbone yet the Packers have held it together. Credit to Brett Hundley who looked anemic when he first took over for A-Rod but in the end did his job. Now Rodgers has to come in and win three games to have a chance at yet another playoff berth. His first game back he gets a tough, but beatable opponent in the Panthers secondary. This should be a close one throughout but Rodgers always seems to win these late season games somehow some way. I’m rocking with the Pack in this one.
Prediction: Packers 23, Panthers 21
BROWNS (+7) over Ravens
Last year this was the game the Browns won. The Ravens need to win this game to remain in that Wild Card spot where they have somehow found themselves in. They collapsed last week in Pittsburgh thanks to Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell being the best at what they do. This week they face a Browns team desperate for a win and while they still might not get it there is one thing I do like–their run defense. It’s quietly one of the best units in the league which means Alex Collins should have an average rushing day which translates to a slow day for the Ravens offense.
Prediction: Ravens 17, Browns 14
SEAHAWKS (-1) over Rams
One of the great late games on the slate this NFC West championship game will be a close one. The Seahawks are banged up on defense which should partially neutralize the difficulty Jared Goff and the electric Rams offense will have. Russell Wilson was bad in Jacksonville last week but he’s a completely different player at home. He can look like pure crap for 50 minutes then turn it on late to steal a win. I can see that happening or simply Wilson taking over from the jump to get a crucial win and get his squad into the playoffs.
Prediction: Rams 24, Seahawks 27
STEELERS (+2.5) over Patriots
It’s time for some revenge. Mike Tomlin has been getting his ass handed to him by the GOAT, Bill Belichick for far too long. If this were a playoff game I would probably lean towards Pats, even though the stakes in this game are playoff-like. The winner gets home field throughout the playoffs which means more for the Steelers than it does for the Pats. Antonio Brown and Le’Veon have been white hot and Big Ben is always better at home. Being home dogs should only further their focus. Tom Brady and Gronk will not make it easy but I think AB and Le’Veon make enough plays to get the biggest win in a long time.
Prediction: Patriots 27, Steelers 31
The Other Guys
SAINTS (-16) over Jets
BILLS (-3.5) over Dolphins
Texans (+10.5) over JAGUARS
Bengals (+12.5) over VIKINGS
Eagles (-7.5) over GIANTS
Cardinals (+4.5) over REDSKINS
Titans (+2.5) over 49ERS
Cowboys (-3) over RAIDERS
Falcons (-6.5) over BUCCANEERS
This Week: 2-1
Last Week: 7-9