The NFL's playoff picture still has a lot of scenarios to play out, but this weekend could be serving up some potential playoff previews. AFC division leaders Pittsburgh and Buffalo are going head-to-head in one of the main attractions this weekend, while Kansas City is heading to Miami to take on a surging Dolphins team with rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Elsewhere, Tagovailoa's former teammate at Alabama, Jalen Hurts, is getting a chance to make his first career start as he hopes to give the struggling Eagles a chance to play their way back into the NFC East picture. Those are all among some of the games to watch this weekend with regard to the point spread.
This week's picks have a little something for just about everybody. And with any luck, we'll have our own rebound after coming up just shy of a winning Week 13.
Note: All times are ET and games are on Sunday, Dec. 13.
Miami (+7.5) vs. Kansas City, 1 p.m.
The Dolphins have been on a bit of a hot streak, winners of seven of their last eight games, and the defense has been on fire the last two weeks. Miami has allowed just 10 points in their last two games combined. They'll give up a few more than that to the Chiefs though, but Miami manages to keep this one close as they inch closer to a spot in the AFC playoffs. Chiefs 26, Dolphins 23
Tampa Bay (-6.5) vs. Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are in a bit of a funk, having lost three of their last four games, including back-to-back 27-24 setbacks coming into this week. The Vikings, on the other hand, have won five of their last six and have shown a knack for winning close games. Tampa Bay is due for a couple of breaks though. Buccaneers 27, Vikings 20
Seattle (-13.5) vs. New York Jets, 4:05 p.m.
The Jets came oh-so-close to picking up their first win of the season last weekend. Now they must go on the road and play a Seahawks team that is looking to rebound after a bad loss at home to New York's other team, the Giants. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks won't mess around in this one and take care of the J-E-T-S in a big way. Seahawks 34, Jets 17
New Orleans (-7) at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m.
The Eagles will be making a change at quarterback by starting rookie Jalen Hurts instead of Carson Wentz. The Saints may or may not have Drew Brees. It won't matter. The Eagles are a lost cause and the Saints will continue to own this series. Saints 34, Eagles 20
Buffalo (-2.5) vs. Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. (SNF)
After losing their first game of the season, could the Steelers be ready to go down once again? The Bills have only lost one game at home all season, and that was to Kansas City. Josh Allen continues to prove his doubters may have been quick to dismiss him as the Bills are making their way to an AFC East title. They'll take one more big step toward that goal by sending the Steelers home with a second straight loss. Bills 33, Steelers 26
Last Week: 2-3