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By PFW staff


New England -6 vs. N.Y. JETS

CINCINNATI -7½ vs. Oakland

Denver -10 vs. KANSAS CITY

Atlanta vs. TAMPA BAY (48) OVER

LAST WEEK: 4-0 / SEASON: 22-22



"PFW" refers to the staff consensus pick. HOME TEAM IN CAPS. Asterisk (*) denotes team will cover pointspread but lose game. Boldface (#) selections indicate best bets.

==>   WHO'S HOT - KEVIN   <===

Houston -3 vs. DETROIT (49)
Houston: Hub, Keith(#), Mike H, Eric, Mike W(#), Dan P, Kevin, Arthur, PFW
Detroit: Dan A

DALLAS -3½ vs. Washington (47)
Dallas: Dan A, Kevin, Arthur
Washington: Hub*, Keith*, Mike H(#), Eric, Mike W*, Dan P*, PFW*

New England -6 vs. N.Y. JETS (48½)
New England: Keith, Dan A(#), Eric, Kevin(#), Arthur(#), PFW(#)
N.Y. Jets: Hub*, Mike H*, Mike W*, Dan P*

CINCINNATI -7½ vs. Oakland (48½) 
Cincinnati: Hub, Keith(#), Mike H(#), Dan A(#), Eric(#), Dan P(#), Kevin(#), Arthur(#), PFW(#)
Oakland: Mike W*

Pittsburgh -2½ vs. CLEVELAND
Pittsburgh: Hub, Keith, Mike H, Mike W, Dan P(#), Arthur, PFW
Cleveland: Dan A, Eric, Kevin

INDIANAPOLIS -3 vs. Buffalo (52)
Indianapolis: Hub, Keith, Dan A, Eric(#), Dan P, Arthur, PFW
Buffalo: Mike H, Mike W, Kevin*

Denver -10 vs. KANSAS CITY (44) 
Denver: Hub, Keith(#), Mike H, Eric, Mike W, Dan P(#), Kevin, Arthur(#), PFW(#)
Kansas City: Dan A*

Tennessee -3 vs. JACKSONVILLE (43½)
Tennessee: Mike H, Eric(#)
Jacksonville: Hub, Keith*, Dan A*, Mike W(#), Dan P, Kevin*, Arthur*, PFW*

CHICAGO -2½ vs. Minnesota
Chicago: Hub, Keith, Mike H, Dan A, Mike W, Dan P, Kevin, Arthur, PFW
Minnesota: Eric

TAMPA BAY E vs. Atlanta (48)
Tampa Bay: Mike H, Dan A(#), Eric, Dan P, Arthur, PFW
Atlanta: Hub(#), Keith, Mike W, Kevin(#)

Seattle -3 vs. MIAMI (37)
Seattle: Eric, Arthur
Miami: Hub(#), Keith*, Mike H(#), Dan A*, Mike W, Dan P, Kevin, PFW

Baltimore -1 vs. SAN DIEGO (47)
Baltimore: Mike W, Arthur
San Diego: Hub, Keith, Mike H, Dan A, Eric, Dan P, Kevin, PFW

San Francisco -2½ vs. NEW ORLEANS
San Francisco: Dan A, Mike W, Dan P, Kevin
New Orleans: Hub, Keith, Mike H, Eric, Arthur, PFW

ARIZONA -2½ vs. St. Louis (37½)
Arizona: Hub(#), Keith, Mike H, Eric, Mike W, PFW
St. Louis: Dan A, Dan P, Kevin, Arthur

Sunday night
N.Y. GIANTS -3 vs. Green Bay (49½)
N.Y. Giants: Mike H
Green Bay: Hub, Keith, Dan A*, Eric, Mike W(#), Dan P, Kevin, Arthur*, PFW

Monday night
PHILADELPHIA -3 vs. Carolina
Philadelphia: Hub, Keith, Mike W, Dan P, Kevin, PFW
Carolina: Mike H, Dan A*, Eric, Arthur


Last week vs. spread
Hub(5-9), Keith(9-5), Mike H(8-6), Dan A(7-7), Eric(10-4), Mike W(8-6), Dan P(9-5), Kevin(13-1), Arthur(10-4), PFW(10-4)

Season to date vs. spread
Hub(71-86-3), Keith(73-84-3), Mike H(79-78-3), Dan A(75-82-3), Eric(78-79-3), Mike W(91-66-3), Dan P(79-78-3), Kevin(91-66-3), Arthur(75-82-3), PFW(81-76-3)

Last week best bets
Hub(2-1), Keith(2-1), Mike H(3-0), Dan A(1-2), Eric(1-2), Mike W(1-2), Dan P(3-0), Kevin(3-0), Arthur(2-1), PFW(4-0)

Season to date best bets
Hub(15-18), Keith(16-17), Mike H(15-17-1), Dan A(9-23-1), Eric(15-18), Mike W(16-15-2), Dan P(16-16-1), Kevin(14-18-1), Arthur(12-21), PFW(22-22)

Last week straight-up
Hub(9-5), Keith(12-2), Mike H(12-2), Dan A(10-4), Eric(12-2), Mike W(12-2), Dan P(10-4), Kevin(14-0), Arthur(12-2), PFW(11-3)

Season to date straight-up
Hub(103-56-1), Keith(95-64-1), Mike H(106-53-1), Dan A(105-54-1), Eric(101-58-1), Mike W(108-51-1), Dan P(98-61-1), Kevin(110-49-1), Arthur(93-66-1), PFW(100-59-1)



Which of your picks do you feel strongest about and why?

Hub Arkush: The Bucs may be hot but I’m still looking for the “quality” win in their streak, and I didn’t see anything vs. Carolina that tells me that they’re ready for Atlanta.

Keith Schleiden: The Lions have not won on Thanksgiving since 2003, losing eight in a row. They’ve been outscored 285-113 in those defeats. The Texans roll in this one.

Mike Holbrook: RG3 will use his return to Texas to boost his Rookie of the Year credentials with a big effort vs. a Cowboys “D” that looked vulnerable vs. Brandon Weeden.

Dan Arkush: The Bucs look like a team that could be on a postseason mission. I like them against a Falcons team that looked very sloppy in its win over the Cardinals.

Eric Edholm: The Raiders have not stopped anyone in more than a month — home, away, anywhere — so why would they be able to contain the suddenly hot Bengals?

Mike Wilkening: The Lions played well against Green Bay on Sunday but couldn’t finish. It’s going to take a big effort to avoid going 4-7, and I’m not sure that happens.

Dan Parr: No Raiders can stop A.J. Green. Look for Andy Dalton to connect with his top target early and often in a rough return to Cincy for ex-Bengal Carson Palmer.

Kevin Fishbain: The Bengals have hit their stride, and the Raiders have been a mess. Oakland doesn’t have an answer for A.J. Green and Cincy got its run game going in Week 11.

Arthur Arkush: The Patriots’ “D” has feasted on mistake-prone QBs of late, and I just don’t have confidence in Mark Sanchez to string together solid outings.

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