Steelers vs Chargers

Chargers vs. Steelers odds, line: Sunday Night Football picks and predictions from proven model on 13-2 roll

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In a potential playoff preview, the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Los Angeles Chargerson Sunday Night Football as part of the Week 13 NFL schedule. Kickoff from Heinz Field is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET. The game features two of the most balanced clubs in the NFL, as both teams rank in the top 10 in total offense and defense. Pittsburgh (7-3-1) hopes to bounce back from a loss in Denver last week and gain separation from Baltimore in the AFC North. Los Angeles (8-3) leads the AFC Wild Card race and is assured of staying within a game of Kansas City in the AFC West with a win. The Steelers are favored by 3.5, while the over-under for total points scored has dipped slightly to 52 in the latest Chargers vs. Steelers odds. Before you lock in your Chargers vs. Steelers picks for Sunday Night Football, listen to what SportsLine expert Micah Roberts has to say.

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The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 13 on a blistering 13-2 run. For the season, it is now 27-11 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 75-45. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model went 12-3 last week and is 118-56 for the season, ranking in the top five on NFLPickWatch.com.

Now the model has dialed in on Chargers vs. Steelers on “Sunday Night Football” (stream live on fuboTV). We can tell you it’s leaning Under, and it’s also generated a strong point-spread pick that’s hitting in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see that one over at SportsLine.

The model knows the Steelers have battled inconsistency over the past few seasons, particularly in the early going. But their history suggests they are at their best both down the stretch and on the game’s biggest stages. The Steelers are 27-8 in prime-time games at Heinz Field and an NFL-best 18-3 in December games since 2013.

They also have dominated this series, going 15-3 straight-up at home all-time against the Chargers. They are 5-2 against the spread in the last seven meetings in Pittsburgh and 8-3 against the spread overall in the last 11 games. Pittsburgh also has covered six straight times coming off a straight-up loss.

But just because the Steelers are back home in a favorable spot doesn’t mean they’ll cover over a field goal against the playoff-bound Chargers on “Sunday Night Football.”

The Chargers have won seven of their last eight games and are yielding only 15.8 points per contest during that stretch. Five of L.A.’s eight victories have been decided by double-digits thanks in large part to Philip Rivers. The veteran quarterback is enjoying a sizzling season, completing 70 percent of his pass attempts tor over 3,100 yards with 26 touchdowns. Last Sunday against the Cardinals, Rivers was nearly flawless, completing a record-setting 28-of-29 throws.

Workhorse running back Melvin Gordon won’t play because of a knee sprain, but Austin Ekeler (5.8 yards per carry) is a shifty backup who can keep the defense honest. He caught a career-high 10 passes for 68 yards last week. L.A. has covered four of its five road games this year.

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Raiders vs Chiefs

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  • Google+The Arizona Cardinals are hoping to build upon a strong showing against the Chiefs last week when they host the single-win Oakland Raiders this afternoon in the desert.

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Arizona (2-7) has put together two strong outings with rookie quarterback Josh Rosen despite winning only one of the contests.

Last week the Cardinals had a chance to take the lead at the Chiefs and a costly interception on a screen pass derailed the drive and the game. Arizona’s defense was all over Patrick Mahomes and held the star quarterback under 300 yards passing.

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Oakland (1-8) have lost five games in a row since their overtime win against the Browns. Last week was another exercise in futility as the offense could only muster six total points against the Chargers.

The Cardinals playmaking safety Budda Baker will not be playing due to injury. His absence will help Derek Carr find targets down the field and take away a blitzing option for Arizona.

49ers vs Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers, 12/2/18 Predictions & Odds

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Will the Seattle Seahawks avoid a letdown performance at home today when they host the San Francisco 49ers at 4:25PM ET?

Game Snapshot & Odds

377 San Francisco 49ers at 378 Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, December 2, 2018

4:25PM ET – CenturyLink Field

TV: FOX

Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Seahawks are the clear favorite at home, as they are getting odds of -10 points against the 49ers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 45.5 points. The public betting for this game currently has 71 percent going on the Seahawks at home.

Seahawks seek third straight win

The Seattle Seahawks have picked up back-to-back wins over the Packers and Panthers to get right back in the NFC playoff mix. Seattle is now 6-5 overall, 6-3-2 against the spread and 6-5 with the under. Seattle is 5-1-1 against the spread in its last seven games.

Seattle has the league’s top rushing attack, as the Seahawks average 147.1 yards per game. It has led them to 25.1 points and 355.3 yards per contest. Chris Carson leads the way with 635 yards and four scores while two others have over 300 yards. Russell Wilson has rushed for 231 yards while throwing for 2,531 yards and 25 touchdowns with just five interceptions. Tyler Lockett has emerged as the leading receiver with 43 catches for 661 yards and eight scores. On defense, Seattle is giving up just 22.1 points and 359.7 yards per game. Frank Clark has amassed 10 sacks to lead the unit.

49ers back on a losing streak

The 49ers are back on a losing streak, losing their last two to the Giants and Bucs. San Francisco is now 2-9 overall, 3-8 against the spread and 6-5 with the over. They have hit failed to cover in four of their last five games.

For being a 2-win team, the 49ers don’t have the worst stats. They rank near the middle of the pack in a lot of key offensive and defensive categories. While they give up 26.6 points per game, they are allowing just 350.4 yards per game on defense. Their rush defense actually ranks 10th in the NFL (102.7 ypg). Offensively, San Fran averages 21.7 points and 355.2 yards per contest. They have the fifth-best rushing attack in the NFL at 134.9 yards per game. Matt Breida is the leading rusher with 738 yards and three touchdowns. Nick Mullens has came on as the QB over recent weeks. He has thrown for 733 yards and five touchdowns with four interceptions. George Kittle is the leading receiver with 56 catches for 823 yards and three scores.NFL Betting Trends

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The Seahawks are 14-2 ATS in their last 16 Week 13 games and 21-9-1 ATS in their last 31 games in December.

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The 49ers have failed to cover in four straight conference games and in five of their last six division contests.

Prediction:

The Seahawks have won nine straight meetings with the 49ers, six of which have been by 10 points or more. They are 6-2-1 against the spread in those nine wins as well. The 49ers don’t have anything to play for and it has shown the last two weeks in losses to two of the worst teams in the NFL. Seattle has plenty to play for and is playing with a lot of confidence right now. Their defense is back to creating turnovers and their run game hasn’t met its match. That’s a recipe for success moving forward and definitely a recipe for a cover today.

Vikings vs Patriots

The 8-3 Patriots will host the 6-4-1 Vikings in a game between two teams likely headed for the playoffs. The Vikings are coming off a solid win against the Packers last Sunday night, while the Patriots bounced back from their worst loss of the season against Tennessee with a road win against the Jets.

All week Bill Belichick has raved about the job Mike Zimmer has done with the Vikings and Zimmer returned the favor by calling him the greatest coach of all-time.

Minnesota is led by its defense and will certainly be a tough test for the Patriots offense.

Vikings vs. Patriots

Sunday, December 2, 2018

4:25 p.m., FOX

Patriots -5, over/under 49.5

3 keys to the game

Spread them out and go on offense

The Vikings defense is very good, not only against the run, but also the pass. But, starting cornerback Xavier Rhodes is questionable with a hamstring injury and even if he does play, he likely will not be 100 percent. The best plan for the Patriots offense may be to spread things out and let Tom Brady go to work. Minnesota has struggled with covering No. 2 and 3 receivers this season, so it could be a big day for the likes of Josh Gordon, Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett. Also, don’t be surprised if the Patriots go up-tempo to help offset the Vikings’ pass rush.

Be ready for Vikings blitzes

Minnesota doesn’t blitz much (25 percent, 17th in NFL), but when they do it is very effective. When blitzing this year, they have allowed only one touchdown and have four interceptions, good for the best in the league. They also employ some of the same pressures as the Titans did, which gave the Patriots offense all kinds of trouble a few weeks ago. Having Rob Gronkowski, Rex Burkhead and a healthy Sony Michel, as well as playing at home could make a big difference.

Keep Dalvin Cook in check

The Patriots’ struggles with covering running backs is well known, so don’t be surprised if the Vikings try and scheme up some plays to get some favorable matchups for Dalvin Cook. In six games, Cook has caught 19 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown. Also, rain is expected for much of the game, so that may limit Kirk Cousins in the passing game, so there could be more check downs and designed plays for Cook.

Fun facts

1. With a win, the Patriots will guarantee their 18th straight winning season, extending their own NFL record. The previous record was by the 49ers and Cowboys, who each had 16 straight winning seasons.

2. Since 2001, the Patriots are 116-1 when leading at home after three quarters (includes playoffs).

3. Rob Gronkowski doesn’t have a single catch in the red zone this season (0-for-5).

4. The Patriots have scored in 39 straight second quarters. The last time the Patriots did not sore in the second quarter was Oct. 2, 2016 against the Bills.

5. Dorsett has caught the last 10 passes thrown his way.

Prediction 

Patriots 27, Vikings 24

This has the makings of being a very good game that comes down to the final minutes. Ultimately, we see Cousins making one too many mistakes and that will be the difference in the game. But, if Cousins and the Vikings offense take care of the ball, they have a good chance of pulling off the upset. This is a statement game for the Patriots, who need one to show they have what it takes to make a deep playoff run.

Chargers vs Steelers

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Two of the AFC’s best teams do battle in prime time when the 7-3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers host the 8-3 Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night. Oddsmakers have the Steelers favored by a field goal in this tight matchup that could go a long way in determining playoff seeding. When break down the best ways to wager this pivotal AFC clash.

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Phillip Rivers opened the Chargers’ last game by completing 25 consecutive passes (an NFL record) and while they didn’t score in the opening quarter in that game, they’ve been one of the best team’s in the league at getting off to good starts on the road. Only the Broncos and Chiefs score more than the Chargers’ 7.4 first quarter road points per game.

On the other side of the ball, we know Big Ben loves being in the national spotlight, going 22-4 at Heinz Field in prime time while averaging 285.9 passing yards per game. On the surface the Chargers have a good pass defense, but the only legit quarterbacks they have faced this year are Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff and Russell Wilson and they averaged 281.7 passing yards and three passing touchdowns in those games. Both teams will get off to a good start in this one.

Prediction: Both teams to score in the first quarter (+125)

The Chargers first quarter success spills over into the second. Los Angeles ranks fourth in the league in first half scoring at a tick over 17 points per game over the opening two quarters and rank first when it comes to first half scoring on the road at 16.8 points per game. Losing Melvin Gordon to injury will be a blow, but Austin Eckler can fill in nicely especially in the pass game. And while the Steelers’ defense has good numbers against the pass as well, they haven’t faced a team in the top half in the league in passing since Week 5. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s offense really starts to get rolling in the second quarter, especially at home, where they notch 18.6 first half ppg.

Prediction: First half total – Over 25.5

In addition to setting the NFL record for consecutive completions to start a game, Rivers has been rolling since coming off their bye week. In the four games since he is completing just over 70 percent of his passes for 1,111 yards with nine touchdowns to three interceptions and a quarterback rating of 110.2. Over that span Rivers seems to have re-found his chemistry with wide out Keenan Allen. The star receiver is getting almost 10 targets a game in those games, hauling in 28 receptions for 342 yards and three scores. With Gordon out of this one, expect the Chargers to rely even more on the passing game, making Allen a good bet to go over his reception total in this one.

Prediction: Keenan Allen Over 6.5 receptions (+100)

The Steelers get stronger the longer games go on it seems. Even more so, when they’re playing at Heinz Field. Only the Rams score more second half points than the Steelers’ 16.8 per game. That’s thanks in large part to the fact that Big Ben is cookin’ right now. He has thrown for over 300 yards in three of his last four games, including his 462-yard performance in the loss at Denver last week.

Even so, the total in this matchup opened at 52.5 and is currently down to 51.5. That may be due to Gordon being out for the Chargers. It also may be because that even though this is a matchup of top 10 offenses that combine to score 56.6 points per game, oddsmakers may expect their top 10 defenses will clamp down in this close matchup. However, those defensive numbers may be a bit padded as both teams tend to beat up on lesser opponents.

Prediction: Over 51.5

Oddsmakers expect this to be a tightly contested game, as evidenced by the fact that this good Steelers team is only laying three points at home. The narrative here is the matchup of the two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks taken in the same draft and while both should find success on Sunday night this will come down to which defense is able to make the most plays. Give the edge to the Chargers who rank 10th in turnover margin (+10) and sixth in interceptions (11), while the Steelers rank 26th in turnover margin (-7). And with Joey Bosa getting up to full speed (2 sacks last week) after missing most of the season with an injury we like the Chargers (4-1 ATS on the road) to keep this one close.

Browns vs Texans

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The Houston Texans battle the Cleveland Browns in Week 13 of the NFL

Today’s Texans/Browns matchup will air on CBS, which means, depending on your market, it will also be available to stream on CBS All Access. CBS All Access has partnered with the NFL so you can stream local market games each Sunday to your computer, tablet, or OTT device. All-Access is available for as little as $5.99, but football fans looking for a free Browns game live stream can sign up for a free trial of CBS All Access right here.

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Panthers vs Buccaneers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will try to make it two wins in a row as they host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. The Panthers have lost three straight games and are looking to snap that streak and sweep the Bucs this year.

The Buccaneers defense is a completely different animal at home than it is on the road. At Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay’s defense is a fierce creature, allowing no more than 23 points in any home game this year, while allowing an average of 18.3 points per game to be scored – 16 points per game under new defensive coordinator Mark Duffner. Yet those defensive performances have come against Pittsburgh and four average offenses in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Washington and San Francisco.

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On the road, the Bucs defense has been a cowardly beast, allowing an embarrassing 38.3 points per game, including surrendering 42 points at Carolina the last time Tampa Bay played the Panthers. The Bucs defense got embarrassed the Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey and the Panthers razzle-dazzled Tampa Bay with plenty of misdirection on screen passes, end-arounds and reverses. The good news for the Bucs is that this game is at home, and the Color Rush-clad pirates will hope that the trend of good defense continues at home where the defense has allowed 20 fewer points per game.

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Unfortunately for the Bucs, they are a bit banged up on defense with cornerback Brent Grimes questionable for the game with a knee injury, and rookie cornerback Carlton Davis out with a knee injury. Linebacker Lavonte David (knee) and free safety Justin Evans (toe) have missed the last two games due to injury and are questionable to play. The 6-5 Panthers come in as the healthier – and better – team, and need to snap a three-game losing streak to stay in the hunt for an NFC Wild Card spot, or perhaps the NFC South title.

Wide receiver Mike Evans and left tackle Donovan Smith need to amend for awful games at Carolina in this rematch, and quarterback Jameis Winston will have to play another turnover-free game for the Bucs to come away with a victory in back-to-back home games and improve to 5-7. More importantly, the Bucs defense needs to have another big-sack showing from bookend defensive ends Carl Nassib and Jason Pierre-Paul, create some more takeaways and not let McCaffrey eclipse 100 yards of total offense, which will be a challenge.

If the Bucs were healthier, I’d like them in the upset, but the Panthers will prevail and send Tampa Bay to 4-8 on the season with a close road win.

Reynolds’ Score Prediction: Panthers 27, Buccaneers 24
Reynolds’ Pick-To-Click: TE Cameron Brate

PewterReport.com Editor and Bucs Beat Writer Mark Cook
There’s no chance the Bucs win this game, right?

I mean the Panthers are too good and the Bucs are essentially playing for a draft pick, right?

Well, the more I think about this game the more I am not chalking it up as a sure-fire loss for Tampa Bay. I do think ultimately the Panthers end up winning, but I won’t be shocked if the Bucs somehow surprise us all. For whatever the reason, and I am sure there are some good ones, this team does seem to fight for head coach Dirk Koetter. We saw it last year, and despite a 5-11 record, the Bucs never folded up their tent. They played hard, came up short a bunch, but didn’t mail it in.

I think that trend continues this year. Will it be enough to save Koetter’s job? Impossible to say at this point, but in order to do so, they have to win some games and not just lose them closely.

I can’t bring myself to pick the Bucs this week, however. I just don’t trust them. I want to be able to, but until they get a signature win – and the Week 1 victory in New Orleans seems like a lifetime ago, I just can’t. At least not against a team of Carolina’s caliber.

The Bucs should be able to keep the game close, and like the homes games this season (not counting the Pittsburgh game), I don’t think it will be this huge, high-scoring shootout affair. The Bucs defense plays much better at home, particularly under defensive coordinator Mark Duffner. While the Panthers put up 42 points on Tampa Bay last month in Charlotte, I think the defense was embarrassed and wants to make amends. That will mean slowing down Christian McCaffrey and not allowing Cam Newton to beat them with his feet. Playing sound, fundamental football with good eye discipline is essential if they are going to have a chance.

Offensively it all starts and ends with protection. Give Jameis Winston time and he can pick apart this Carolina secondary. I see a back-and-forth affair for most of the afternoon with the Panthers making a couple more plays in the fourth quarter than the Bucs.

Cook’s Score Prediction: Panthers 24, Buccaneers 23
Cook’s Pick-To-Click: TE Cam Brate

PweterReport.com Buccaneers Beat Reporter Trevor Sikkema
If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and head coach Dirk Koetter specifically, have any hope of making this 2018 season a success and savaging some coaching jobs, it has to start with Carolina – they realistically have to run the table, but that still starts with Carolina, so it still counts.

A win against the struggling Panthers would not only be one win closer to the playoffs, it would not only be one win picked up in the division, it would also be a double win with a team they’re chasing in the wild card also picking up a loss.

In order to beat the Panthers, the Buccaneers’ offense will have to start much better than they did against Carolina when they visited them earlier this season. With Winston as the quarterback now, it’s going to be up to him and Mike Evans to get this thing going early. Winston has to be able to build off the turnover-free game he had last week.

The Bucs need to be able to get up on the scoreboard early for two reasons. One: They need to score more points than the Panthers by the time the game is over — thanks, genius. Two: They need to be able to let their defensive line go after Cam Newton and rough him up a bit. That only happens if you’re forcing the Panthers to pass. That’s the way you beat Carolina. You have to make Newton uncomfortable.

The Panthers are coming into Tampa Bay on a three-game losing streak, and have been terrible on the road this season, so this all bodes well for the Buccaneers. However, I have seen too much bad Bucs football to say that they are the favorites in this one.

If they win this week, maybe I’ll believe in them again. But for now, I’ve been burned too many times, and I still think the Panthers are a good team. It’ll be close, the Bucs will have a chance and a drive at the end, but I think it comes up short.

Sikkema’s Score Prediction: Panthers 31, Buccaneers 24
Sikkema’s Pick-To-Click: QB Jameis Winston 

PewterReport.com Intern Matt Matera
All the fun and games are over now. It was nice to see the Bucs defense come alive against the 49ers, but that’s a two-win football team, and Carolina dropped 42 on them the last time these teams played. Carolina has lost their last three, but that may hurt the Bucs even more, as the Panthers are fighting for their playoff lives.

The Bucs have some momentum going on their defensive line at the moment. Jason Pierre-Paul and Carl Nassib have become a nice bookend when disrupting the quarterback, and Vita Vea just played the best game of his career. As good as the line was, the linebackers are struggling, starting players that are third-string and practice squad guys. This bunch has a horrendous time stopping the simplest of misdirection plays, which the Panthers seem to excel at. The Bucs better pray that Lavonte David is healthy enough to go, because they are going to have tough time stopping Christian McCaffrey in any sort of capacity. The defense does play better at home, but they won’t against a guy like this.

Each week is the “most important” game to players, but this week and next truly are for Jameis Winston. He had his first game of the year where he didn’t turn the ball over, again though, that was the 49ers. Winston will have to prove this week against an aggressive defense that last week wasn’t an anomaly, and this is a new Winston that can protect the ball.

Keep a lookout for Mike Evans as well to have a better game than the last time he faced corner James Bradberry. Evans is as competitive as they come, and his last game against Carolina brought only one catch for 16 yards. While I expect Evans to have a big game, the Bucs will revert to playing behind for most of the game and cost themselves a chance to win in one way or another.

Matera’s Score Prediction: Panthers 30, Buccaneers 20
Matera’s Pick-To-Click: WR Mike Evans

PewterReport.com Intern Taylor Jenkins
Last week was a welcome respite for fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

For one week – if only for a week – all of the problems this team has had on defense seemed minimal and the offense executed largely without a hitch. Unfortunately week 12 is over and the Carolina Panthers aren’t the San Francisco 49ers.

Looking ahead to this game you can bet that the Bucs’ defense probably won’t hold the Panthers to just nine points, they probably won’t come out of the game with two more interceptions and Jameis Winston probably won’t play a complete game of mistake-free football.

The Panthers gashed the Bucs earlier in the year, setting a franchise record with 35 points on the board by halftime. I can’t see the score ever being quite as lopsided this time around, but I don’t predict the result to be any different. The Panthers are coming off of a tough three-game skid but they still bring a top-10 scoring offense into Tampa, led by a run game that’s producing 138.4 yards per game on a league-best 5.3 yards per carry.

Carolina is going to run the ball often and run it well, this is known, but it’s how the Bucs respond that will determine how bad this game gets. Will the offense start fast, play a consistent sixty minutes of football and limit turnovers? Will the Bucs be able to cover electric weapons like D.J. Moore and Christian McCaffrey – who have over 2000 combined yards from scrimmage – while stopping the run? Will the Bucs be able to contain Cam Newton while dropping into coverage? Having Lavonte David back in the lineup this week will help, but only time will tell and history says no.

On offense, it’ll all be about execution, per usual. The Panthers surrender the sixth-lowest rushing yards per game and Winston will be without key weapons in O.J. Howard and Desean Jackson, in addition to a questionable designation for starting RT Demar Dotson. Should Dotson be forced to miss time, third-year OT Leonard Wester will likely be his replacement.

The Bucs tend to play better at home, but their performance this week will not look nearly as good as the Color Rush uniforms they’ll be wearing. Like I said before, it probably won’t ever be 35-7 bad, but barring a perfect football game Tampa will likely fall to 4-8 on the season and 0-4 in their all-reds on Sunday.

Jenkins’ Score Prediction: Panthers 31, Bucs 20
Jenkins’ Pick-To-Click: WR Mike Evans

Packers vs Cardinals

GREEN BAY – The Packers, 4-0-1 at home in 2018, look to stay undefeated at Lambeau Field against the Cardinals.

Here are five things to keep an eye on:

1. Opposite rankings: Arizona’s defense is ranked fourth in the league in passing yards allowed but 30th in rushing yards allowed. That could mean a lot of touches for Packers RBs Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. Jones needs to average 79 yards per game over Green Bay’s final five contests to become the team’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2014.

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2. Trench matchup: One reason for the Cardinals’ strong ranking against the pass is sack leader Chandler Jones, who tops the squad with 11 this season, his fifth double-digit sack season in the last six years. Normally, the Packers would just let All-Pro LT David Bakhtiari handle it with little worry, but Bakhtiari is questionable with a knee injury, so Green Bay’s plan for Jones could change if Jason Spriggs steps in for Bakhtiari.

3. Perimeter stars: Another reason for Arizona’s pass-defense ranking is star CB Patrick Peterson, who almost certainly will match up against Packers WR Davante Adams. The duel should be a treat to witness as Aaron Rodgers’ top target looks to build on his 1,000-yard, 10-TD season.

4. Struggling offense: The Cardinals’ offense ranks dead last in the NFL in numerous categories, including total yards, rushing yards, passing yards, first downs, third-down conversion rate, and most important, points. The Packers’ defense could finally be getting a little healthier at cornerback if Kevin King and Bashaud Breeland, both questionable, can return to action on Sunday. If there’s a game for Green Bay’s defense to set the stage for a late-season run, it’s this one.

5. Scoreboards: If the Packers are to win to stay alive in the playoff hunt, it would help if some other results go their way as well. Green Bay would like to see the following: Giants over Bears, Buccaneers over Panthers, Patriots over Vikings, 49ers over Seahawks, and Eagles over Redskins on Monday night.

Rams vs Lions

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The Los Angeles Rams are in the drivers seat in the NFC West and could wrap up the division with a win over the struggling Detroit Lions on Sunday. While a divisional title is a foregone conclusion, home field advantage throughout the playoffs is the bigger prize at stake.

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The start time for Sunday’s Los Angeles and Detroit football game is 1 pm EST / 10 am PST and Fox is the television channel to tune into. Watch LA Rams vs Lions live streaming online without cable using one of the following options:

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Los Angeles (10-1) almost clinched the division last week while they were bye. A Seattle loss would have done the job, but the Seahawks took out the Panthers.

More importantly, the Saints lost to Dallas on Thursday night so currently the Rams are ahead of them for NFC home field advantage in the postseason. A win today will extend that lead to a game.

However, the Saints hold the tiebreaker against LA so the Rams need to finish ahead of New Orleans.

The Lions (4-7) have lost four of five and cannot seem to get their offense and defense to play well in the same game. Last week’s 23-16 loss to the Bears just about eliminated them from any postseason hopes.

Bears vs Giants

Three keys and prediction: Bears vs. Giants

1. Don’t turn the ball over.
Chase Daniel was particularly adept at not only taking care of the football against the Detroit Lions, but also not only not really throwing any dangerous passes. The only turnover was a Trey Burton lost fumble; the Bears can probably afford one mistake against the Giants, but not two. The Giants took the ball away at least twice in all three of their wins, and hit that mark in a two-point loss to the Carolina Panthers, too. The Giants average 30.8 points per game when they force two or more turnovers; when they don’t, they average 16 points per game.

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2. Go to mass…and trust your defense.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio quipped the best way to stop wide receiver Odell Beckham was by “going to mass on Saturday night.” As for running back Saquon Barkley: “It’s gonna take all 11 people to stop him,” Fangio said. Interestingly, though, Beckham and Barkley have gone over 100 yards in their respective categories in the same game once this year — Week 1, a 20-15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. For an offense with two of the league’s best weapons, and a good left tackle, this isn’t a particularly impressive group on the whole. Eli Manning struggles under pressure (38 sacks in 153 drop backs, with four touchdowns and four interceptions), so trusting the defense to get after him and force some poor decisions is probably the best tactic for Fangio on Sunday.

3. Be yourself. 
The Bears’ worst game of 2018 came after an off week, when they went to Miami and played uncharacteristically poorly against the Dolphins in that 31-28 overtime loss. As coach Matt Nagy put it: “we weren’t ourselves” in that game. The Bears will play the Giants coming off a “mini” off week, with nine full days between games. Luckily, it won’t be 95 with extreme humidity on an early December afternoon in New Jersey, but the Bears are better than the Giants, and as long as they don’t do anything out of character, they should emerge from Sunday with their ninth win of the year.

Prediction: Bears 25, Giants 17.
Each of the Giants’ last five games have been decided by seven points or fewer, and only two of their games this year — home losses to New Orleans (by 15) and Philadelphia (by 21) have been decided by more than one score. New York, on the surface, resembles the 2017 Bears, then: A team that can keep games close, but probably doesn’t have enough to turn those close games into wins unless the opposition is bad (like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers). The Bears have an immense trust in Daniel to get the job done, and a well-rested defense should be able to mute Barkley and Beckham to a point where this game may appear close, but won’t feel it.

1. Don’t turn the ball over.
Chase Daniel was particularly adept at not only taking care of the football against the Detroit Lions, but also not only not really throwing any dangerous passes. The only turnover was a Trey Burton lost fumble; the Bears can probably afford one mistake against the Giants, but not two. The Giants took the ball away at least twice in all three of their wins, and hit that mark in a two-point loss to the Carolina Panthers, too. The Giants average 30.8 points per game when they force two or more turnovers; when they don’t, they average 16 points per game.

2. Go to mass…and trust your defense.
Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio quipped the best way to stop wide receiver Odell Beckham was by “going to mass on Saturday night.” As for running back Saquon Barkley: “It’s gonna take all 11 people to stop him,” Fangio said. Interestingly, though, Beckham and Barkley have gone over 100 yards in their respective categories in the same game once this year — Week 1, a 20-15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. For an offense with two of the league’s best weapons, and a good left tackle, this isn’t a particularly impressive group on the whole. Eli Manning struggles under pressure (38 sacks in 153 drop backs, with four touchdowns and four interceptions), so trusting the defense to get after him and force some poor decisions is probably the best tactic for Fangio on Sunday.

3. Be yourself. 
The Bears’ worst game of 2018 came after an off week, when they went to Miami and played uncharacteristically poorly against the Dolphins in that 31-28 overtime loss. As coach Matt Nagy put it: “we weren’t ourselves” in that game. The Bears will play the Giants coming off a “mini” off week, with nine full days between games. Luckily, it won’t be 95 with extreme humidity on an early December afternoon in New Jersey, but the Bears are better than the Giants, and as long as they don’t do anything out of character, they should emerge from Sunday with their ninth win of the year.

Prediction: Bears 25, Giants 17.
Each of the Giants’ last five games have been decided by seven points or fewer, and only two of their games this year — home losses to New Orleans (by 15) and Philadelphia (by 21) have been decided by more than one score. New York, on the surface, resembles the 2017 Bears, then: A team that can keep games close, but probably doesn’t have enough to turn those close games into wins unless the opposition is bad (like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers). The Bears have an immense trust in Daniel to get the job done, and a well-rested defense should be able to mute Barkley and Beckham to a point where this game may appear close, but won’t feel it.