CAROLINA (-3.5) over Seattle
Seattle’s defense, particularly its pass rush, have been impressive this year, but I think the Panthers have the formula to beat them. They have a lot of quality ball carriers, who should do a consistent job of moving the chains. This will take the edge off Seattle’s pass rush and allow Cam Newton to take some shots late in the game. Panthers by a TD.
CHICAGO (-5.5) over Jacksonville
The Bears defense should slow down Maurice Jones-Drew, which will put pressure on the Jaguars passing game. Blaine Gabbert doesn’t have it in him, especially not with Peppers and up-and-coming DT Henry Melton in his face all day.
Tennessee (+5.5) over MINNESOTA
I expect Tennessee to try to keep Chris Johnson involved in the offense through the screen game today. They obviously can’t get anything going on the ground, and despite his lackluster season to date, he’s still their best offensive weapon.
Denver (+6.5) over NEW ENGLAND
Manning vs. Brady once again. I can’t help but think this game will be tightly contested. I expect a high scoring game. Ultimately, I think the Pats escape with the W, but it could take some late game heroics.
SAN FRANCISCO (-9.5) over Buffalo
The Bills have been gashed on the ground this year, which makes the 49ers a tough matchup. Combine that with the Niners fierce defense, and this looks like a long afternoon for the Bills. Per usual.