EAGLES (-3) over Jets: How about a Christmas miracle? That's what the Birds need to get back to the playoffs for a fourth straight year. Having Michael Vick back under center always changes the complexion of a game, but it was the "D" that turned in an heroic performance Sunday. The stop-unit allowed a season-low 204 yards, 95 passing, with three turnovers and nine sacks. And if you're wondering about the Jets winning three in a row and four of six, don't. Those four wins came against, you guessed it, the cupcakery of the NFL. Two wins against Buffalo (5-8), a win against Washington (4-9) and a win against Kansas City (5-8). The New Yorkers are also 0-8 lifetime against the Eagles, so we're rocking Midnight Green.
Packers (-14) over CHIEFS: To be or not to be . . . perfect, that is. That's the 12,000-pound elephant in the room, and head coach Mike McCarthy will figure it out. Remember the last time Green Bay lost a game? It was last December at New England, and since then, the Packers have ripped off 19 in a row. And it doesn't appear that they're about to take their foot off the pedal. At least they didn't Sunday, destroying Oakland, 46-16. Now the Pack can clinch home field throughout the playoffs, and this should be another blowout. Apparently, Kansas City is putting the great Tyler Palko on the bench and going with Kyle Orton. Problem? Nah! Green Bay faced Orton earlier this season when he was with the Broncos and picked him three times en route to a 49-23 win. Green Bay is the highest-scoring team in the NFL (466), while Kaycee is at the botton of the AFC (173). And the Packers have covered 13 of the last 17. That spells Best Bet.
VIKINGS (+7) over Saints: This totally should be a New Orleans win, but not so fast on the cover. Looked over Minnesota's work at home this season, and it has not been terrible. The Vikings have played six home games. They have one win, and have lost by four, three, six, six and three. The Purple People will have Adrian Peterson back, and with New Orleans heading back home to face Atlanta next week, Minny should be able to sneak away with a backdoor cover.
BRONCOS (+6) over Patriots: If it were strictly a choice between Tim "The Mile High Messiah" Tebow, or Tom Brady, probably the greatest QB of his generation, it would be easy. But it ain't. Brady will get his, he always does, but so will Tebow and Denver against a New England defense that is playing two wide receivers (Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater) at safety. And don't forget that the Pats are 2-15 since 1969 at Mile High, while Brady is only 1-6 vs. the Broncs.
CARDINALS (-6) over Browns: Arizona will probably miss the playoffs for the second straight season, but these Cardinals have bounced back big time after opening the year at 1-6. They have won five of the last six and covered six of the last seven. And since Cleveland has won only one of the last eight on the road straight up, while covering only six of the last 21 overall, you can pencil in another spread W for 'Zona.
Seahawks (+3) over BEARS: Since losing QB Jay Cutler, Chicago has dropped three in a row and failed to cover each time. Seattle comes into the Windy City on one hellacious moneymaking roll, covering eight of the last 10, with one push.
CHARGERS (+2) over Ravens: Not the biggest fan of Norv Turner and his lame San Diego club, but you have to respect the work the Lightning Bolts have done in the last four games of the season, winning an astounding 20 of the last 21.
Cowboys (-7) over BUCCANEERS: After losing seven in a row, Tampa will be wearing golf attire to the game, and leaving midway through the second quarter.
Redskins (+7) over GIANTS: The New Yorkers coming off two emotional games have just enough for a W, but will not cover the spread.
BILLS (Pick) over Dolphins: If Matt Moore is out, a light tickle to the Buffs. If he plays, we will not. Wallet closed.
Panthers (+6) over TEXANS: Houston just clinched the AFC South Sunday and might not be firing on all cylinders.
COLTS (+6) over Titans: Indy still looking for win No. 1, which probably will not happen, but this smells like a three-point final margin.
Bengals (-6) over RAMS: Cincy's last four L's have been to Pittsburgh (twice), Baltimore and Houston. The cream of the NFL. No cream in St. Louis.
Lions (-1) over RAIDERS: Oakland has given up 80 points combined the last two times out. That ain't gonna win you many games.