EAGLES (-8) over Redskins: Is 8-8 really that significant? Actually, it is. After opening at 1-4, then dropping 4-8, you better believe that 8-8 is quite a feat. We can thank Michael Vick. Coming back for the Miami game, Vick has used his arms and legs to lead the Birds to three straight wins, and not just ordinary wins. The Eagles have outscored the last three opponents by 91-36, or an average of more than 18 points. More than enough to cover this snowman. And it has obviously jacked up the defense, who has allowed a meager 12 ppg the last three. Then there is Vick's crazy-good stats against Washington, throwing for five TDs and running for two in the last two games. Now look at Rex Grossman's last effort against the Green, a 20-13 win for the good guys. Grossman was picked four times, and it could be just as ugly Sunday. Birds end with a bang.
PATRIOTS (-11) over Bills: This is all about Tom Brady and New England ending the season strong. Brady is sitting only 190 yards short of the new Drew Brees record of 5,087. Chances are, New Orleans will sit Brees and make sure there is nothing that resembles an injury heading into the playoffs. Brady can get the 190 in a quarter, and should be able to rocket past Brees for the new all-time record. Bill Belichick has always been a huge proponent of ending the season real strong at home. How strong? The last 5 years, the Patriots have whipped Houston (40-7), Miami (28-7), Arizona (47-7), Jacksonville (35-7) and Miami (38-7). Notice a theme? Like the Pats give up only one TD per game, and they've outscored the opposition by 188-35. Wow! And by the way, Buffalo has never, ever won a game at Gillette Stadium, so that makes this the Best Bet.
FALCONS (-11) over Buccaneers: Last week, when we picked against Tampa Bay, we thought the Bucs would come to the Carolina game in their golf shoes instead of their football cleats. They did, and got stomped, 48-16. This week, the Bucs will be wearing their Speedo swimsuits and carrying their boogie boards. Atlanta is desperate to wash the bitter taste of Monday night's 45-16 loss to the Saints out of its mouth, and will not stop till the final margin is at least 25.
Panthers (+8) over SAINTS : Will he or won't he . . . bench Drew Brees for the final game? That's the question for New Orleans head coach Sean Payton. Scroll back to 2009. The Saints just so happened to go on to win a little thing called the Super Bowl. The final regular-season game was against, yup, Carolina. Did Brees play? Nope! Final score, Panthers, 23-10. Love when history repeats itself.
DOLPHINS (-2) over Jets: Miami is not in the postseason mix, while the New Yorkers from the AFC need several miracles to make the Super Bowl party. Yet, it's the Dolphins who are playing way above their heads. The Fish have won five of their last eight, but where it counts, on the spread charts, they have covered eight of the last nine, for a gorgeous 89 percent win ratio. Since the Jets have covered only two of the last eight on the road, you know which way Double V is swimming.
GIANTS (-3) over Cowboys: Win and in, NFC East champion. It's that simple for New York. And playing against Tony Romo with a "bruised" hand, should make life much easier. Eli is the only Manning standing, and he's gonna do his family proud.
JAGUARS (-3) over Colts: Jaguars franchise owner Wayne Weaver is bowing out after 19 years, and Maurice Jones-Drew is going for the rushing crown. With Indy still looking to lose and grab Andrew Luck, Jax has gotta be the play in this spot.
49ers (-10) over RAMS: Ever hear of a team that rest its starters to lose? Watch St. Louis post an L to stay alive in the Luck Derby.
VIKINGS (-1) over Bears: Chicago is on an 0-5 roll, 0-4-1 against the spread, and does not deserve your attention.
Lions (-3) over PACKERS: Assuming Green Bay rests the starters after a quarter, Detroit should win by at least a TD.
Titans (-3) over TEXANS: Tennessee is looking to avenge an embarrassing, 41-7 loss in Nashville in October. Buy the Titans in this clash.
BENGALS (+2) over Ravens: Cincy has the fans stoked for a win and a playoff spot. Might not get it, but should squeeze out a cover.
BROWNS (+7) over Steelers: Cleveland has covered five of the last six and with Big Ben Roethlisberger in for a 20- to 25-play cameo for Pittsburgh, the Brownies are my side.
RAIDERS (-3) over Chargers: San Diego fell flat Saturday against Detroit, and will be flatter still against the Silver & Black.
Chiefs (+3) over BRONCOS: Kyle Orton is so ready to battle the Denver team that threw him on the scrap heap for Tim Tebow.