Locks of the Week
‘Tis the season for waistlines and game lines to get bigger, fatter and jollier. Go big and go home teams.
Broncos (-12) vs. Titans
What could have been a Peyton Manning homecoming in Tennessee will instead be a stomping at Mile High.
Patriots (-11.5) vs. Browns
New England has a 48–8 record in December under Bill Belichick. Cleveland has an 0–2 record when Josh Gordon goes for 200-plus yards.
Bengals (-6.5) vs. Colts
Cincy is 5–0 at home, with only one of those victories coming by fewer than a TD margin — a 34–30 victory in Week 3 vs. Aaron Rodgers’ Packers.
Ravens (-6.5) vs. Vikings
Baltimore has been mediocre but it has taken care of business against bad teams like the Browns (14–6), Texans (30–9) and Jets (19–3).
Straight Up Upsets
Heavyweight divisional fights in the NFC West and South will be won by the red hot underdogs and road dogs at that.
Seahawks (+3) at 49ers
Colin Kaepernick is 0–2 against Seattle, losing by a combined score of 71–16.
Panthers (+3) at Saints
Carolina is on an eight-game winning streak, including wins over the Niners and Pats.
Monday Night Moolah
Monday nighttime is the right time to double down (or double back) on this week’s winnings (or losses).
Bears (-1) vs. Cowboys
The last time Tony Romo played Chicago on Monday Night Football, he threw five INTs in a 34–18 loss.
Stay away from these games unless you’re a degenerate or a hometown homer who has to have action on all the action.
Cardinals (-6.5) vs. Rams
Zona let an 11-point lead fade away en route to a 27–24 loss at St. Louis back in Week 1.
Packers (-3) vs. Falcons
Double-check: Title Town is 0–4–1 without its mustachioed star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Chiefs (-3) at Redskins
What’s in a name?
Jets (-3) vs. Raiders
Get ready to hear at least one story about the infamous 1968 “Heidi Game.”
Eagles (-3) vs. Lions
Throw the ball in the air and watch it come down in the end zone when the 26th- and 32nd-ranked pass defenses play.
Chargers (-3) vs. Giants
Archie Manning may not let Eli play in San Diego. He wouldn’t back in 2004. Why now?
Steelers (-3) vs. Dolphins
Mike Tomlin’s wallet is $100K lighter AND Pittsburgh lost on Thanksgiving? Good grief.
Buccaneers (-2.5) vs. Bills
Is this a Big East game between Rutgers and Syracuse or is that just Greg Schiano and Doug Marrone?
Locks of the Week