Kansas City at Pittsburgh (-3)
Wow. What a game. Each team needing to win to stay in the playoff chase. A loss and you’re all but out of it. That being said, we’ll take Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell over the weapons Kansas City has. The Steelers know they’ll need to win out in order to make the playoffs. It starts this weekend.
THE PICK: Steelers (-3)
Cleveland at Carolina (-3.5)
Johnny Football or Johnny Manziel in this case, looked like a rookie and played like a rookie in his NFL debut as starter last week home against Cincinnati. Now he has to go on the road to Carolina, face a team who is playing inspired football trying to make a playoff run and lift his team who is out of the playoffs to victory. If Derek Anderson gets another start at quarterback this week, he’ll face the team who he had his only NFL success with years back. He’ll be inspired as well. Panthers have too much to play for in this one and Johnny has a long way to go.
THE PICK: Carolina (-3.5)
Baltimore (-5.5) at Houston
Can someone tell us who is playing quarterback for the Houston Texans? Tom Savage? Case Keenum? Warren Moon? Houston is a mess at the most important position in football. Baltimore has a good offensive line and will be ready for J.J. Watt. They gave a lackluster effort against Jacksonville in Week 15 and have they too know they need to win out in order to ensure a playoff spot.