With three weeks remaining in the regular season, playoff races are heating up. With certain results, more postseason spots will be clinched.
All lines are courtesy of OddsShark.
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5)
The Chiefs (11-2) are trying to lock up the AFC West and a first-round bye. While the Chargers (10-3) are excellent, it’s a big ask for them to come out to Kansas City on a short week and beat the Chiefs, in the cold, at Arrowhead Stadium. Especially without Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler.
Pick: Kansas City 34, Los Angeles 27
Houston Texans (-6) at New York Jets
The first of two Saturday games is between Houston (9-4) and New York (4-9). The Jets are playing out the string while the Texans can clinch their division with a win coupled by an Indianapolis loss. It’s tough to see Houston losing in this spot.
Pick: Houston 30, New York 23
Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos (-3)
A week ago, it seemed like the Broncos (6-7) would need this game for their playoff push. Now, it’s about whether the Browns (5-7-1) can shock the world by running the table and putting themselves in the mix for the AFC North crown. It’s unlikely, but it’s possible if Baker Mayfield and Co. can win in Denver.
Pick: Denver 23, Cleveland 21
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons (-8.5)
Who would watch this game? Atlanta (4-9) has no reason to care. The Cardinals (3-10) aren’t good enough to win without major help. Just an ugly game.
Pick: Atlanta 27, Arizona 20
Dallas Cowboys at Indianapolis Colts (-3)
A very good game rife with playoff implications. If the Cowboys (8-5) can win their sixth straight game, they will clinch the NFC East. A win for the Colts (7-6) would move them much closer to a potential wild card berth, although a loss would all but doom them. A huge contest for both sides.
Pick: Indianapolis 28, Dallas 24
Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills (-2.5)
Why would you do this to yourself? However, has to be said… Josh Allen would be the best running back the Lions have had since Barry Sanders.
Pick: Buffalo 19, Detroit 16