Giants at Steelers (-6.5)
The Giants are rolling right along since their early season slump and the circus surrounding Odell Beckham. Pittsburgh is coming off extra rest after taking care of the Andrew Luck-less Colts on Thanksgiving. I thought for sure the line would be much lower to start off with given the Giants winning streak coupled with the up and down nature of Pittsburgh this season. The Giants defense is playing well after the Brinks truck was backed up during the offseason. However, they haven’t faced an offense like the Steelers with weapons like Leveon Bell and Antonio Brown. The line was speaking to me and I’m going with the Steelers to cover at home.
Bucs at Chargers (-3.5)
Tampa has taken care of two playoff teams the last two weeks with the caveot that Kansas City and Seattle were missing key players. This week Jameis Winston and crew travels to the West Coast to face off with Philip Rivers. Rivers and the Chargers are coming off an impressive somewhat dominant road win at Houston. This was the first home loss on the season for the Texans. When Rivers is rolling he is one of the hardest quarterbacks in the league to face. I like the Chargers at home as the Bucs make the long trip out to the West Coast after two physical games.
Bills at Raiders (-3)
The legend of Derek Carr grew last week as he returned from a gruesome looking pinky finger injury to keep Oakland atop the AFC in a comeback win against Carolina. The Raiders defense still has holes specifically in the secondary and the cornerback position. Sammy Watkins is back for the Bills, but I don’t believe he’s still anywhere near 100 percent. The ball can be moved on the Bills defense as evidence by the Jags offense last week. I love the weapons on the outside for Oakland that Carr has, and Bills starting corner Ronald Darby will miss this game. The Bills also make the long trek out to the Bay Area which I’ll never overlook.
2016 Record: 22-25
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