“Dr. Alan” Dumond, Wizardraceandsports.com, @WizardPicks
Jets (7-5) at Bills (9-3)
Time: 10 a.m., KLAS-8
Line/total: Bills -10, 43
Evaluation: The Bills have won three straight and enter this key AFC East matchup in search of revenge from a loss to the Jets earlier this season in Recent York. The Jets are coming off a disappointing loss last week at Minnesota, where they only scored one touchdown in six red zone trips. However the Jets have been far more productive since Mike White took over the QB reins from Zach Wilson. Recent York’s defense has kept it competitive in most of its games, and I expect to see one other good defensive effort here. Nonetheless, the decision here is for the Bills to prevail and get their same-season division revenge.
By the numbers: Bills WR Stefon Diggs has caught a TD pass in each of the last three games and 6 out of eight. … The Jets are 4-2 straight-up and ATS on the road.
Pick: Bills 24, Jets 14
Browns (5-7) at Bengals (8-4)
Time: 10 a.m.
Line/total: Bengals -5½, 46½
Evaluation: The Bengals enter this AFC North battle as one among the NFL’s hottest teams, having won 4 in a row and eight of 10 after an 0-2 start. Cincinnati is in search of revenge from a blowout loss to the Browns earlier this season in Cleveland. Browns QB Deshaun Watson was rusty and lower than impressive last week in his season debut, a 27-14 win over Houston. I expect Watson to play a lot better in his second game and for Nick Chubb, the NFL’s second-leading rusher, to be fed the ball early and infrequently. This might be a much closer game then most persons are predicting.
By the numbers: The Browns have won the last five meetings and eight of the last nine. … Bengals QB Joe Burrow is the NFL’s second-ranked QB with 3,446 passing yards, 25 TD passes and eight interceptions.
Pick: Bengals 27, Browns 23
Texans (1-10-1) at Cowboys (9-3)
Time: 10 a.m.
Line/total: Cowboys -17, 44
Evaluation: That is the NFL’s version of David vs. Goliath, with the biggest point spread of the NFL season. The Cowboys are the far superior team on either side of the ball, and now have an enormous coaching advantage. But laying double digits within the NFL is at all times dangerous, as evidenced by indisputable fact that double-digit underdogs are 11-7 ATS this season. The Texans can have a puncher’s likelihood to cover the inflated line with QB Davis Mills back under center — in the event that they can get the run game going with Dameon Pierce to limit the Cowboys’ offensive possessions.
By the numbers: Dallas is third within the NFL in scoring (27.7 points per game), trailing only the Chiefs and Eagles. … Despite their terrible record, the Texans have lost just one game by not less than 18 points this season. … Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has thrown for 10 TDs and five interceptions since coming back from his thumb injury.
Pick: Cowboys 31, Texans 17
Vikings (10-2) at Lions (5-7)
Time: 10 a.m.
Line/total: Lions – 2, 51½
Evaluation: The Vikings lead the NFC North with a surprising 10-2 record, and may clinch the division title with a win. Minnesota has won nine games by eight points or fewer. The Lions are playing their best football straight away, as they’ve gone 4-1 straight-up and 5-0 ATS of their last five games. Detroit might be be fidgeting with same-season division revenge after losing 28-24 to the Vikings earlier this 12 months at Minnesota. I expect one other close, high-scoring game.
By the numbers: The Lions average 26.3 ppg, but they permit an NFL-worst 27.0 ppg. … The Vikings average 24.1 ppg and surrender 23.3 ppg. … Minnesota RB Dalvin Cook is the NFL’s fifth-leading rusher with 927 yards.
Pick: Lions 31, Vikings 27
Eagles (11-1) at Giants (7-4-1)
Time: 10 a.m., KVVU-5
Line/total: Eagles -7, 45
Evaluation: The Eagles have vastly overperformed preseason predictions. They’ve already flown over their season win total of 9½ and may clinch a playoff berth with a win. Philadelphia QB Jalen Hurts is having an MVP season, and the defense has limited eight of 12 opponents to 17 points or fewer. The Giants have also overperformed, already equaling their season win total of seven. Philadelphia coach Nick Sirianni and Recent York coach Brian Daboll have done implausible jobs. Laying points on the road in a division game is at all times dangerous. To maintain this one competitive, the Giants will need to determine the run game with Saquon Barkley to limit the possessions of the explosive Eagles offense.
By the numbers: The Eagles rank second within the NFL in scoring at 28.2 ppg. … Barkley is the NFL’s fourth-leading rusher with 1,055 yards. … The Giants have an 8-4 under mark.
Pick: Eagles 24, Giants 20
Ravens (8-4) at Steelers (5-7)
Time: 10 a.m.
Line/total: Steelers -1½, 36½
Evaluation: Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson is out, and backup Tyler Huntley will start. The Ravens have won five of their last six games, while the Steelers have won three of 4. Five of the last six meetings have been decided by five points or less. Three of the last 4 meetings have produced 39 points or fewer. With the Ravens starting Huntley and the Steelers starting rookie QB Kenny Pickett, expect one other close, low-scoring game.
By the numbers: The Ravens have held three of their last 4 opponents to 13 points or less. … The Steelers have held three of their last 4 opponents to 17 points or fewer. … Pittsburgh has won the last 4 meetings.
Pick: Ravens 20, Steelers 16
Jaguars (4-8) at Titans (7-5)
Time: 10 a.m.
Line/total: Titans -3½, 41
Evaluation: Each teams were blown out on the road last week and might be seeking to bounce back. The Jaguars have an abysmal 1-5 road record. The Titans fired general manager Jon Robinson in response to last week’s embarrassing 35-10 loss to the Eagles, and this could help motivate Tennessee. Titans RB Derrick Henry is the NFL’s third-leading rusher, with 1,078 yards, and Tennessee looks primed to get the bounce-back win at home. Division games are likely to be lower scoring, and this sets as much as be a lower-scoring affair.
By the numbers: The Titans have held opponents to three.6 yards per rush and 83 rushing yards per game, and have allowed only five rushing TDs. … Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence played two awful games against Tennessee last season, throwing just one TD and five interceptions.
Pick: Titans 23, Jaguars 16
Chiefs (9-3) at Broncos (3-9)
Time: 1:05 p.m.
Line/total: Chiefs -9, 43½
Evaluation: Each teams are coming off narrow losses. The Chiefs have bounced back after their previous two defeats this season, winning each subsequent game by double digits. On the flip side, it’s the standard story for the Broncos. Their defense continues to play well, but their pathetic offense can’t rating enough points to get a much-needed win. The Russell Wilson trade has turned out to be colossal mistake for Denver. Laying points on the road in a division game is at all times dangerous, but it surely’s impossible that the Broncos will give you the chance to attain enough points to cover against the Patrick Mahomes-led, high-powered Chiefs offense.
By the numbers: The Broncos rank dead last within the NFL in scoring at 13.8 ppg. … The Chiefs lead the league in scoring with 29.2 ppg. … Denver is the NFL’s best under team (11-1).
Pick: Chiefs 28, Broncos 13
Buccaneers (6-6) at 49ers (8-4)
Time: 1:25 p.m., KVVU-5
Line/total: 49ers -3½, 37
Evaluation: We’ve a lopsided QB matchup as Tom Brady, aka the GOAT, squares off against Brock Purdy, aka Mr. Irrelevant. However the 49ers are favored. On top of that, during coach Kyle Shanahan’s tenure in San Francisco, the Niners are 8-29 straight-up and 15-22 ATS in games not began by QB Jimmy Garoppolo. The Bucs have struggled on offense this season and are an NFL-worst 3-8-1 ATS. But there is just too much value in getting Brady as an underdog vs. Purdy to look another way. Each defenses are rock solid, and this shapes as much as be a lower-scoring affair, likely decided by a field goal.
By the numbers: The 49ers lead the league in scoring defense, giving up only 15.8 ppg. … The Bucs rank fifth in scoring defense, allowing only 18.3 ppg.
Pick: Bucs 20, 49ers 17
Panthers (4-8) at Seahawks (7-5)
Time: 1:25 p.m.
Line/total: Seahawks -3½, 44½
Evaluation: Seahawks QB Geno Smith is playing one of the best football of his NFL profession. Seattle has already exceeded preseason expectations, surpassing its season win total of 5½, and it’s very much alive within the NFC playoff hunt. On the flip side, the Panthers, coming off of their bye week, have gone 3-3 straight-up and 5-1 ATS under interim coach Steve Wilks. Carolina will start QB Sam Darnold, who’s coming off a well-played game vs. the Broncos. This shapes as much as be an in depth game and may very well be decided by a field goal.
By the numbers: The Panthers have limited their last three opponents to fifteen points or fewer while posting a 3-0 under mark. … The Seahawks have scored 27 points or more in five of their last six while posting a 4-2 over record.
Pick: Seahawks 24, Panthers 21
Dolphins (8-4) at Chargers (6-6)
Time: 5:20 p.m., KSNV-3
Line/total: Dolphins -3, 53½
Evaluation: This can be a bad scheduling spot for Miami, which is playing the second of back-to-back road games on the West Coast, and is favored. The Dolphins have a high-powered offense, and they’ll likely have success against a Chargers defense that provides up a median of 25.8 ppg. On the flip side, Los Angeles must win this game badly to remain in contention for a wild-card playoff spot. The Chargers have played close games recently, with their last five games decided by seven points or fewer and three of those games decided by three points or fewer. One other close game is anticipated here, and a higher-scoring affair seems likely.
By the numbers: Chargers QB Justin Herbert is the NFL’s fourth-ranked passer with 3,339 passing yards, 20 TDs and 7 interceptions. … In 15 road starts in his NFL profession, Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa is 6-8-1 ATS.
Pick: Chargers 30, Dolphins 27
Patriots (6-6) at Cardinals (4-8)
Time: 5:15 p.m. Monday, ESPN
Line/total: Patriots -1½, 43½
Evaluation: Each squads wish to snap a two-game losing streak. The Cardinals have an awful 1-6 home record, while the Patriots are 3-3 on the road. Recent England’s offense looked horrible last trip in a 24-10 loss to the Bills, but it surely should find success against Arizona’s No. 31 scoring defense, which allows 26.8 ppg. On the flip side, the Cardinals also should find some success against a Patriots defense that has given up 57 points within the last two games. Recent England has the coaching advantage with Bill Belichick over Arizona’s Kliff Kingsbury, and that would transform the difference in what is going to almost definitely be a higher-scoring affair.
By the numbers: The Cardinals are riding a 5-0-1 over run. … The Patriots have won and covered five of their last eight games.
Pick: Patriots 27, Cardinals 24