Finally, the end of the regular season is here. There are only a couple of games that are going to change the playoff brackets, but for the most part, things are set. With that, the trap game could come into effect this Sunday. Teams that would normally defeat an inferior opponent may end up losing as they try to rest their superstars.
Keeping all of that in mind, here are your picks against the spread. The divisonal battles are on! As always, the lines come courtesy of Bovada.
New York Jets +3 1/2 vs. Buffalo Bills
How fitting would it be if the Jets lost the final game of the season with Mark Sanchez back under center? I think the collapse completes.
Baltimore Ravens +3 vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Ray Lewis looks like he will play, but will that make that much of a difference? Joe Flacco has looked mediocre recently.
Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers- no line
I think the Steelers win this game, but if the line is over 7 points, take the Browns. They have been good as of late and are a bit underrated.
Houston Texans -7 vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are locked into the five seed, but that does not mean they won't be looking for momentum heading into the playoffs. I don't know if they will win, but I think it will be close either way.
Jacksonville Jaguars +4 vs. Tennessee Titans
The Titans have been awful as of late. It's looking like Jake Locker was a bust.
Philadelphia Eagles +7 vs. New York Giants
This probably won't be even close, even if Michael Vick is playing. The Giants still have an outside shot at making the playoffs, so they will play their hearts out.
Chicago Bears -3 vs. Detroit Lions
Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler have a special connection going, even if they have been on a landslide as of late (which they coincidentally halted in Arizona).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3 1/2 vs. Atlanta Falcons
This is the kind of trap game you have to look out for. I think the Falcons will still crush the Bucs, especially at home, but you never know.
Carolina Panthers +5 1/2 vs. New Orleans Saints
Neither of these teams are making the playoffs, so don't worry about the trap here. The Saints will be looking for some revenge by beating Cam Newton's Panthers.
Miami Dolphins +10 vs. New England Patriots
Another possible trap game. The Dolphins never play good in Foxboro, though. I still like the Pats.
Green Bay Packers -3 1/2 vs. Minnesota Vikings
Will Adrian Peterson break Eric Dickerson's record? Who knows. Either way, this figures to be a good game. Can Minnesota's secondary hold up against a suddenly rejuvenated Packers offense?
Kansas City Chiefs +17 vs. Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning won't let his team miss a beat, even against the abominable Kansas City Chiefs and their 5 Pro Bowl players.
Oakland Raiders +10 vs. San Diego Chargers
It looks like Terrelle Pryor will start for the Chargers. This should go swimmingly.
Arizona Cardinals +17 vs. San Francisco 49ers
This game figures to be another blowout, with Brian Hoyer set to make his first NFL start as well. The Cardinals' offense is downright inept.
St. Louis Rams +11 vs. Seattle Seahawks
Another game that could easily be a blowout with the Seahawks still vying for the division title. They have been on fire as of late, scoring almost 50 points their last game against the 49ers' vaunted defense.
Dallas Cowboys +3 1/2 vs. Washington Redskins
Tony Romo and the Cowboys always choke in big games. Robert Griffin III is going to put on a show. 'Nuff said.
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