Jets (7-4) at Minnesota Vikings (9-2), 1 p.m., CBS
Line: Vikings -3 | Total: 45.5
For the second time in two seasons, Mike White swooped in for a game and upgraded the Jets offense. White had 22 completions on 28 passes for 315 yards and three touchdowns last week against the depleted Bears, but this can be a Jets team that beat Miami and Buffalo this season behind Zach Wilson, due to talent around the sphere including the league’s fourth-best red-zone defense. The Vikings have weapons of their very own, including Justin Jefferson, who has one fewer receiving yard (1,232) than the league leader, Tyreek Hill. Minnesota’s defense, nevertheless, is second only to Detroit in yards allowed per game and per play, so White could have one other showcase. Pick: Jets +3
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-7) at Atlanta Falcons (5-7), 1 p.m., CBS
Line: Falcons -1 | Total: 41.5
Atlanta had a shot to beat the Commanders last week, but Marcus Mariota’s pass from the 4-yard line was picked off with 58 seconds left in the sport. It was a well-recognized ending for the Falcons, who’ve lost five games by 6 points or fewer this season. Still, Atlanta is just a half-game back of the Buccaneers within the N.F.C. South, and their remaining schedule has only one team with a winning record. The Steelers should not that team. Despite Kenny Pickett having perhaps the most effective game of his season in a 24-17 win over the Colts on Monday night, the Steelers still average the second-fewest yards per play of any team within the N.F.L. Pick: Falcons -1
Green Bay Packers (4-8) at Chicago Bears (3-9), 1 p.m., Fox
Line: Bears +4 | Total: 43.5
There are still questions on who will play quarterback for each of those teams. Aaron Rodgers, already fidgeting with a broken thumb, left last week’s loss with a rib injury. He said he expected to be ready for Sunday’s game though Jordan Love took the snaps in his absence and accomplished 6 of 9 passes for 113 yards, leading the Packers to 10 points in two possessions.
For the Bears, Justin Fields sat out last week with a separated shoulder and Coach Matt Eberflus had not said, as of Wednesday, whether Fields would play this week. The Bears have lost eight of their last nine, and 7 of those losses got here despite Fields’s putting up impressive numbers. If he’s out, it’s hard to picture Chicago covering this number. If he’s in, the Packers should still have a bonus with either of their quarterbacks under center. Pick: Packers -4
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7) at Detroit Lions (4-7), 1 p.m., Fox
Line: Lions +1.5 | Total: 51
Trevor Lawrence threw for an astounding 173 yards and two touchdowns within the fourth quarter of the Jaguars’ 1-point upset over the Ravens last week. It might be silly to expect a repeat, especially given the Jaguars’ struggles on the road, where the team has lost 21 of twenty-two games.
They match up well, though, with the Lions: The 2 teams can move the ball on offense, and their defenses are similarly atrocious. The market was nearly evenly split by midweek. In a fair contest, take the points at home. Pick: Lions +1.5