NFL Picks: Rodgers returns for the PackPublished 12:09am Saturday, December 28, 2013
Here are the picks:
Carolina at Atlanta
The Panthers have a lot more to play for than Atlanta.
PANTHERS 27, FALCONS 13
Baltimore at Cincinnati
As they showed in last week’s 41-7 loss to the Patriots, the Ravens just aren’t that good this year. That’s what happens when you trade Anquan Boldin for nothing and pay Joe Flacco like he’s Joe Montana.
BENGALS 20, RAVENS 13
Houston at Tennessee
The Texans have worked hard to get in position for the top pick in the NFL draft. They’re not about to start trying to win now.
TITANS 27, TEXANS 3
Jacksonville at Indianpolis
The Colts have an outside shot at moving up a seed, so they will play to win this game.
COLTS 31, JAGUARS 17
N.Y. Jets at Miami
I believed in the Dolphins last week and they re-payed me by getting shutout. I think they’ll bounce back.
DOLPHINS 23, JETS 20
Detroit at Minnesota
The Vikings have to win their last game in the Metrodome? Right?
VIKINGS 21, LIONS 20
Washington at N.Y. Giants
The Redskins have been looking towards this week for a long time now. They just want to get it over with.
GIANTS 27, REDSKINS 17
Cleveland at Pittsburgh
The Steelers have been playing real good and they could be a dangerous team if they sneak into the postseason.
STEELERS 27, BROWNS 14
Denver at Oakland
The Broncos have a chance to lock up the top seed in the AFC and Peyton Manning has a chance to add to his TD record against the one of the worst defenses in the NFL. I think I see where this is headed.
BRONCOS 44, RAIDERS 27
Buffalo at New England
The Patriots will take care of business.
PATRIOTS 21, BILLS 13
Tampa Bay at New Orleans
The Saints may have to win this one to get into the playoffs.
SAINTS 27, BUCS 23
San Francisco at Arizona
The 49ers don’t have anything to play for and Arizona will be playing for a chance at the playoffs.
CARDINALS 27, 49ERS 21
Kansas City at San Diego
The Chiefs have nothing to gain and Chargers must win to have a chance at playoffs.
CHARGERS 31, CHIEFS 27
St. Louis at Seattle
The Seahawks let a home game slip last week. I don’t see that happening against the Rams.
SEAHAWKS 27, RAMS 17
Green Bay at Chicago
What better way for Aaron Rodgers to come back then against an arch rival team that initially knocked him out seven weeks ago. The Bears and Lions had their chances to make up ground when Rodgers was out and now the league’s best quarterback is back in the lineup against a Bears’ defense that has struggled all year.
PACKERS 27, BEARS 21
Philadelphia at Dallas
Call it a hunch, but I don’t like how everyone is counting out the Cowboys without Tony Romo. It’s exactly what they want. The Cowboys always play their best when the expectations are low.
Kyle Orton will manage the game and Nick Foles will throw a couple of picks in a high-pressure game.
COWBOYS 20, EAGLES 17
Last week: 11-5; overall: 139-94