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Houston vs NEW YORK JETS – Sam Darnold pretended he was back at USC last Sunday, rallying Jets to a win like he did several times in his college career with the Trojans But remember the Jets had dropped their preceding six, and it was only Buffalo last week, so not sure that was any buy signal at Orchard Park. Now Darnold has to deal with J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney and the disruptive Houston pass rush now on 43 sacks TY. And even after last week’s 24-21 loss to Indy, the Texans retain a legit chance at a playoff bye thanks to slips by the Patriots and Steelers. Houston -7 over NY Jets
Cleveland vs DENVER – If they dig deep enough in Denver, they’ll find some bulletin-board material for this one, as long-ago Browns owner Art Modell once said he never wanted the Broncos to play in his stadium during pre-merger days. That’s a reach, but it’s desperation time in Denver after last week’s stinko vs. 49ers caused the value of the “FireVanceJoseph” URL to spike in Broncos Country. Minus key cogs CB Chris Harris and WR Emmanuel Sanders, not sure Denver proves as resilient as it did earlier this season. Meanwhile, Browns have a playoff pulse (it’s faint, but detectable) with wins in 3 of 4 and Baker Mayfield pretending he’s back at Oklahoma, with more than 500 YP in last 6 Qs. Cleveland +2.5 over Denver
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Miami vs MINNESOTA – Buoyed by a new “Miami Miracle” from Kenyan Drake vs. Bill Belichick’s Patriots that now ranks alongside Tony Nathan’s hook-and-lateral TD right before halftime of the unforgettable ‘81 playoff game vs. Chargers in franchise lore, the Dolphins remain very much in the mix for an AFC wild card. And no question the presence of Ryan Tannehill (now 12-4 SU last 16 as starter!) is an upgrade from midseason stretch with fillin Brock Osweiler. Into December, no indication yet that Minny any better off in 2018 with Kirk Cousins, who’s been more prone to mistakes than Case Keenum LY. Minnesota -7 over Miami
Oakland vs CINCINNATI – Forgive the Cincy fans wondering if last week’s near-miss vs. the Bolts is enough to grant Marvin Lewis yet another
reprieve. (If Mike Brown is looking for a low-cost alternative at HC, there’s always last season’s Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman, who works cheap). The bigger question this week is if we can lay points with a Bengals team that’s lost 7 of 8 SU, is minus big-play WR A.J. Green, and proceeds with backup QB Jeff Driskel, who hasn’t won a game since his college days at La Tech. Jon Gruden coaxing competitive efforts last two weeks out of Raiders and a revived Derek Carr (5 TDP & 0 picks L2)…who don’t seem overly interested in helping Oakland secure top pick in next April’s draft. Oakland +3.5 over Cincinnati
BALTIMORE vs Tampa Bay – Both off bitter defeats last week, though Baltimore likely to take more encouragement from holding Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs to their lowest point total of the season at Arrowhead. And when Ravens returned to BWI they realized they didn’t lose any ground to Steelers (who face Patriots this week) in tight AFC North race, while wild card ramp still open. Note Lamar Jackson also off of his first NFL multi-TDP game. Meanwhile, we’ll see how Jameis Winston responds to the challenge of the NFL’s highestranked defense after poor pass protection and other mistakes cost Bucs in late-game meltdown vs. Saints. Baltimore -7 over Tampa Bay
INDIANAPOLIS vs Dallas – Oldtimers might recall the most famous of all Colts-Cowboys battles in the “Blunder Bowl” Super Bowl V. And there’s a chance that Adam Vinatieri might be called upon to provide some Jim O’Brienlike heroics in the late going. But Indy stated its intentions in AFC wild card chase with gut-check win at red-hot Houston, suggesting that puzzling shutout loss on Dec. 2 vs. Jags was indeed a one-off. It’s now 6 wins in 7 for Andrew Luck, who bounced back with 399 YP vs. the Texans. Amari Cooper’s addition making Jerry Jones look very smart, but Dak has been a bit too careless with the ball in pocket lately. More-urgent situation for Indy with Cowboys now almost home and hosed in NFC East. Dallas +3 over Indianapolis
BUFFALO vs Detroit – After splitting thus far in 2018 vs. Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen, Detroit gets to see another rookie QB in Buffalo’s Josh Allen, who has resembled a modern-day right-handed Bobby Douglass by gaining 100+ YR in back-to-back games (a first for a QB in the Super Bowl era!). With only 5 TDP and 7 picks, Allen not much more effective thru the air than Douglass was in the 70s, but when Buffalo wins games it’s usually because of its D. Not sure Matthew Stafford and a recently-misfiring Lions offense can operate smoothly in the Buffalo chill after Lions needed a pick-6 off Rosen to finally put away the Cards last week. Buffalo -2 over Detroit