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NFL Picks: Season is winding down

Published 2:36pm Thursday, December 5, 2013

Here are the picks:

Houston at Jacksonville

I respect the Jaguars for picking up their game lately, but I wonder if they realize that the more games they drop the better draft pick they get. The loser of this game will be in pretty good position to land the top pick in the draft.

JAGUARS 24, TEXANS 20

Atlanta at Green Bay

The last time I checked Matt Ryan is healthy and Aaron Rodgers isn’t. The Packers are really, really bad without Rodgers.

FALCONS 27, PACKERS 17

Indianapolis at Cincinnati

Each of these teams are 8-4 with playoff aspirations, but I don’t think either of them will make a deep postseason run. The Bengals are unbeaten at home, so I’ll give them the edge in this one.

BENGALS 21, COLTS 13

Cleveland at New England

The Pats will probably find a way to make this one closer than it should be, because that’s what they’ve done all year. But I don’t think they’ll be in any danger of losing.

PATRIOTS 30, BROWNS 20

Oakland at N.Y. Jets

I can’t believe the Jets haven’t turned to Mark Sanchez yet. Remember when he said he’d be ready to play in the opener?

RAIDERS 27, JETS 10

Detroit at Philadelphia

The Lions did what they had to against the Packers. Now they’ll probably go back to their disappointing ways and back their way into the playoffs.

EAGLES 31, LIONS 21

Miami at Pittsburgh

When Mike Tomlin put his foot in front of Jacoby Jones in the Thanksgiving night game, I said he should be fined. But $100,000 is way too big of a fine for a simple act like that. That $100,000 fine should be assigned to whoever decided to take away a touchdown from Pittsburgh’s Le’veon Bell when he was speared by two defenders so hard that his helmet fell off. I’m no Steelers fan, but how do you punish a guy for being hit in the head?

STEELERS 16, DOLPHINS 13

Buffalo at Tampa Bay

Just move along, there’s nothing to see here; nothing worth watching anyway.

BILLS 24, BUCS 21

Kansas City at Washington

The Chiefs are looking a lot more beatable after dropping three straight games, but the Redskins will help them get back on track.

CHIEFS 27, REDSKINS 20

Minnesota at Baltimore

The Vikings looked like they had lost about three times against the Bears, before they finally sealed the deal. That doesn’t exactly instill confidence in them as they head to Baltimore, which still has a chance at the postseason.

RAVENS 35, VIKINGS 10

Tennessee at Denver

The Broncos will roll and the only drama is how many TDs Peyton Manning will throw. He’s 19 away from 60 TDs with four games to go.

BRONCOS 34, TITANS 10

St. Louis at Arizona

The Rams are a little beat up on their offensive line heading into this one.

CARDINALS 20, RAMS 6

N.Y. Giants at San Diego

They should dub this one the Underachiever Bowl. Both of these teams should be better than their 5-7 record.

CHARGERS 31, GIANTS 30

Seattle at San Francisco

The 49ers have too much pride to let Seattle come into their house and walk all over them. The Seahawks also don’t need this game nearly as bad as the 49ers do.

49ERS 27, SEAHAWKS 20

Carolina at New Orleans

The Saints are a much different offense at home and I see the Panthers’ 8-game winning streak coming to an end.

SAINTS 34, PANTHERS 21

Dallas at Chicago

I can’t trust Tony Romo on the road in the cold in December.

BEARS 27, COWBOYS 24

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