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New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams (-17, 44) 4:05 pm (Fox) - Can it be this easy? Just find the team playing the Jets and chalk up a win? Well, it has been that way for 13 straight NFL games this season, but the Jets have covered on occasion, though not last week, as the Seahawks welcomed the New Yorkers to the West coast with a 40-3 smackdown.

The Rams, who are 9-4 and leading the NFC West along with the Seahawks, are almost certain to win this game, and its a 50-50 proposition that they'll win by more than 17. Being that the Jets have little to no shot here, we'll lay the points and hope for a blowout. Besides, the Rams have one of the best defenses in the league, and the Jets own the league's least effective offense (14.1 ppg).

Coin Flip: Los Angeles Rams

Prediction: Rams 31 Jets 10

Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals (-6 1/2, 48 1/2) 4:05 pm (Fox) - Tricky call here with both teams still in the playoff chase and Philly looking much better with Jalen Hurts at quarterback for the Eagles, last week engineering a 24-21 victory over the Saints. At 4-8-1, the Eagles really need a win, as they trail 6-7 Washington in the NFC East by 1 1/2 games.

The Cardinals, at 7-6, need to win to remain relevant in the wild card and possibly the division race. They are currently in the #3 spot and a loss would leave them ties with the winner of the Bears-Vikings game earlier on Sunday. This game features Hurts and Kyler Murray for the Cardinals, a pair of former Oklahoma Sooners QBs, so there's a good rivalry built in.

The Eagles are 1-5 on the road and Arizona is 3-3 at home, but Philly has improved recently and will give the Cardinals everything they've got on defense. The key for both defenses will be to contain each other's shifty quarterbacks who aren't afraid to pull the ball down and take off out of the pocket and into the clear. This could go either way.

Coin Flip: Arizona

Prediction: Cardinals 30 Eagles 27

Kansas City Chiefs (-3 1/2, 51 1/2) at New Orleans Saints 4:25 pm (CBS) - The Saints had their nine-game winning streak ended at Philadelphia last week, 24-21, but considering they were playing their third straight road game and had backup Taysom Hill at QB, a three-point loss isn't anything to get upset about.

New Orleans' starter, Drew Brees, is still listed on IR, as he recovers from 11 fractured ribs and a punctured lung, so Hill is likely to get the start, offering the Chiefs a huge edge with all-world, Patrick Mahomes, behind center. Both teams want the win to possibly secure a first-round playoff bye. Kansas City has overtaken Pittsburgh in the AFC, while the loss last week put he Saints behind the Packers due to a tie-breaker (Green Bay won, 37-30, week 3).

The Saints are a worthy opponent, but they'd be better off with Brees. Hill will make the night interesting, but probably won't be able to pull of the upset.

Coin Flip: Kansas City

Prediction: Chiefs 29 Saints 24

Cleveland Browns (-3, 45) at New York Giants 8:20 pm (NBC) - The Giants had won four straight before dropping a 26-7 decision to Arizona at home last week. While they're home again for the Browns, Daniel Jones will have to up his play (only 127 yards passing last week) and the other offensive players need to hold onto the ball.

Jones fumbled once, his backup, Colt McCoy, contributed another, and RB Dion Lewis coughed up a third. Barring mistakes, the Giants can hold their own against most NFL teams, though their only win against a team with a winning record this season was their surprising, 17-12, win at Seattle two week ago.

Cleveland is coming off a 47-42 loss to they visiting Ravens, snapping a four-game winning streak, but still remain the #1 wild card in the AFC at 9-4. If the Browns can generate some consistent drives - which the surely can - it's doubtful the Giants can keep pace.

Coin Flip: Cleveland

Prediction: Browns 27 Giants 13

Monday, December 21

Pittsburgh Steelers (-12 1/2, 40 1/2) at Cincinnati Bengals 8:15 pm (ESPN) - After two straight losses (Washington, Buffalo), the Steelers have the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways against the lowly Bengals, who weren't very good with Joe Burrow, but are now just horrible without him.

The Bengals have dropped five straight. Other than a 19-17 loss to the Giants, their recent losses have all been by 11 point or more, including last week's 30-7 slaughter by Dallas. Pittsburgh won the first contest, 36-10, and that was when Joe Burrow was healthy.

Coin Flip: Pittsburgh

Prediction: Steelers 31 Bengals 13

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