The final week of the NFL season is always tough to call, but we take our best shot with three playoff spots still up for grabs.
As always, all lines are courtesy of OddsShark.
Atlanta Falcons (-1) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers (5-10) are trying to win their final home game of the season before firing Dirk Koetter. The Falcons (6-9) are looking to stay away from double-digit defeats. It won’t happen.
Pick: Tampa Bay 30, Atlanta 28
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-7.5)
The Saints (13-2) are resting everybody and they are still going to beat the Panthers (6-9), who have lost seven straight and are basically starting some neighbor of yours at quarterback.
Pick: New Orleans 20, Carolina 13
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (-6)
The Giants (5-10) have been playing much better the last six weeks. The Cowboys (9-6) say they are playing everybody, but both myself and Vegas believe they are liars.
Pick: New York 26, Dallas 16
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (-8)
The Lions (5-10) are terrible. They are going to have a top-five pick. Hopefully Matt Patricia shows up on time so he can watch the Packers (6-8-1) deal his team another loss.
Pick: Green Bay 31, Detroit 20
Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans (-6.5)
The Texans (10-5) aren’t going to blow this division by losing at home to the Jaguars (5-10). Houston will handle business and get into the playoffs as the third seed in the AFC.
Pick: Houston 23, Jacksonville 10
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (-4.5)
Two teams playing for nothing, but at least the Bills (5-10) are showing heart. The Dolphins (7-8) are showing nothing down the stretch save for one miracle play. Enjoy the Ryan Tannehill swan song.
Pick: Buffalo 22, Miami 20
New York Jets at New England Patriots (-13.5)
The Patriots (10-5) clinch a first-round bye with a win over the Jets (4-11). There’s no way New York goes into Gillette Stadium and hands New England it’s first home loss of the year.
Pick: New England 31, New York 21