The middle of November is when the NFL's playoff picture starts to take form. Division races are heating up while others will begin to see their playoff bubbles begin to burst. This weekend's NFL action features a good mix of key division battles, young franchise quarterbacks going head-to-head, and yet another painful-to-watch NFC East division tilt.
Our picks this week attempt to dabble in a little bit of it all. We're also trying to rebound from a tough Week 9 against the spread and get back to .500 or better.
Note: All times are ET and games ate on Sunday, Nov. 15.
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has drawn plenty of criticism this season, but he did help orchestrate a come-from-behind victory against the Giants just a few weeks ago. As is typically the case, expect another slugfest of a game between the Birds and Giants, but this time the Eagles manage to cover. Eagles 27, Giants 23
Las Vegas (-5.0) vs. Denver, 4:05 p.m.
The Raiders have won three of their last four games, winning each by at least five points. Derek Carr looks to keep a string of games without an interception going after four straight without throwing a pick. Raiders 34, Broncos 28
Miami (-2.5) vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m.
Two rookie quarterbacks go head-to-head as Miami's Tua Tagovailoa looks to out-duel Chargers rookie Justin Herbert. Herbert has looked poised in his first NFL season, and the Dolphins are hoping their rookie can keep them in the playoff hunt. Dolphins 26, Chargers 23
New Orleans (-9.5) vs. San Francisco, 4:25 p.m.
Fresh off a demolishing of Tampa Bay, the Saints look to do some more damage to another opponent. Enter the defending NFC champions from San Francisco. The 49ers have been ravaged with injury and COVID-related issues. They are a massive underdog in New Orleans this weekend, and the Saints will show no mercy. Saints 40, 49ers 20
Seattle (+1.5) at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.
The NFC East race is heating up, and this week Russell Wilson and the Seahawks play the role of underdog against the Rams. Seattle has lost two of their last three, making them a tricky pick this weekend, but Wilson will rise to the occasion and deliver an outright win. Seahawks 31, Rams 30
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