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Against the Spread: Conference Round Picks
Thu, Jan 18
Against the Spread: Conference Round Picks
Game: Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots (-9)
Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars (+9)

Game: Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)
Pick: Minnesota Vikings (-3)
Can the Eagles score more than 17 points with Nick Foles at quarterback? The magic number as far as I'm concerned this week is 20 - as in the team that hits that mark will win - and I have my doubts Philly can get there. The Eagles' one saving grace is how much worse the Vikings' defense plays on the road. With that said, Philadelphia's biggest weakness on defense (perimeter corners) will need to solve Minnesota's biggest offensive strength (Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs), and I don't see how the Eagles overcome that.

Which game pick are you most confident with?
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)

Against the Spread: Divisional Round Picks
Sat, Jan 13
Against the Spread: Divisional Round Picks
Game: Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles (+3)
Pick: Atlanta Falcons (-3)

Game: Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots (-13.5)
Pick: Tennessee Titans (+13.5)
There's no question in my mind the Patriots of the better team, but 13.5 for any NFL team over another is a ridiculous spread, especially considering the Patriots aren't exactly lighting it up on offense. When you consider the Titans could trail by 20 for most of the game, score a late touchdown and beat the spread, this seems like the safest pick of the bunch.

Game: Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers (-7)
Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars (+7)

Game: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings (-4.5)
Pick: Minnesota Vikings (-4.5)

Which game pick are you most confident with?
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots (-13.5)

Against the Spread: Wild Card Picks
Fri, Jan 5
Against the Spread: Wild Card Picks
Game: Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (-8)
Pick: Tennessee Titans (+8)

Game: Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams (-5)
Pick: Los Angeles Rams (-5)

Game: Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars (-8.5)
Pick: Jacksonville Jaguars (-8.5)

Game: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-6)
Pick: New Orleans Saints (-6)
Perhaps a bit of recency bias is factoring in here, but Carolina looked pathetic on offense against Atlanta in Week 17. Cam Newton was inaccurate and showed no chemistry with Greg Olsen, while Devin Funchess should get neutralized somewhat by the combination of Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley. The Saints are going to score - especially at home - and I'm not overly confident the Panthers in their current state can keep up.

Which game pick are you most confident with?
Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-6)

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