Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay head to the East Coast after another no-show out west
This column has gone 7-1 in NFL picks the last two weeks and is hoping to keep rolling with Thanksgiving coming up. Turkey day is always a day for feasting but it’s a few of those lines in Week 13 that we're focused on at the moment. You may even say...
Note: All times are ET and all games are on Sunday, Dec. 1 unless otherwise noted.
Here are this week's best NFL picks against the spread:
Green Bay Packers (8-3) at New York Giants (2-9), 1 p.m. ET
The Pack have to make the long trip from Green Bay to the Bay Area back out to the Big Apple. That’s a lot of travel and when combined with the no-show against the 49ers on Sunday night, could be a factor in the line dropping under a TD. It’s hard to pass that up though, given that Aaron Rodgers has to lick his chops at facing a truly awful Giants secondary that will be without Jabrill Peppers. The Pick: Green Bay -6.5
Los Angeles Rams (6-5) at Arizona Cardinals (3-7), 4:05 p.m. ET
The Rams got trounced by Lamar Jackson on Monday night and have to follow that up with a short week and a trip to Arizona to face off against Kyler Murray. The Cardinals play well at home and will be well-rested coming off a bye. The Pick: Arizona +4
New England Patriots (10-1) at Houston Texans (7-4), 8:20 p.m. ET
Bill O’Brien has played his old boss four times and hasn’t won any of them. Deshaun Watson and company have some awesome weapons but mustered just 20 points against Indianapolis and now face the best secondary in the league. Something says Tom Brady and the offense break out of their slump with a bunch of quick passes and an improved run game to knock off both teams from the Lone Star State in the span of a week. The Pick: New England -3
Minnesota Vikings (8-3) at Seattle Seahawks (9-2), 8:15 p.m. ET (Mon.)
Kirk Cousins and the Vikings have played really well the past month and have even shaken off the narrative they can win in primetime too. These Seahawks are a whole different beast, however, even as they look a little banged up. This figures to be a close NFC playoff preview but the home side winning by a field goal is the way to lean. The Pick: Seattle -3
Last Week: 3-1
— Written by Bryan Fischer, an award-winning college football columnist and member of the Athlon Contributor Network. You can follow him from coast-to-coast on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @BryanDFischer.