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© Philip G. Pavely | 2018 Dec 16
Tom Brady © Philip G. Pavely | 2018 Dec 16

Don't make your weekend bets without checking our Handicappers Corner, where we'll share our predictions for every weekend game during the NFL season. A few notes before we dive in: Odds come exclusively from VegasInsider.com, and an asterisk indicates that we expect a team to cover the spread but lose.

ATLANTA at MINNESOTA (-4)

Hub Arkush: MIN

Arthur Arkush: MIN

WASHINGTON at PHILADELPHIA (-10)

HA: PHI

AA: PHI

BUFFALO at NEW YORK JETS (-3)

HA: NYJ

AA: NYJ

BALTIMORE (-6 1/2) at MIAMI

HA: BAL

AA: MIA*

SAN FRANCISCO at TAMPA BAY (-1)

HA: TB

AA: SF

KANSAS CITY (-3 1/2) at JACKSONVILLE

HA: KC

AA: KC

TENNESSEE at CLEVELAND (-5 1/2)

HA: TEN

AA: TEN

L.A. RAMS (-1 1/2) at CAROLINA

HA: LAR

AA: CAR

DETROIT (-2 12) at ARIZONA

HA: DET

AA: DET

CINCINNATI at SEATTLE (-9 1/2)

HA: SEA

AA: SEA

INDIANAPOLIS at L.A. CHARGERS (-6 1/2)

HA: LAC

AA: IND*

N.Y. GIANTS at DALLAS (-7)

HA: NYG*

AA: DAL

PITTSBURGH at NEW ENGLAND (-6)

HA: PIT

AA: NE

HOUSTON at NEW ORLEANS (-7)

HA: NO

AA: NO

DENVER (-1) at OAKLAND

HA: DEN

AA: DEN

BEST BET

HA: DEN

One of the things I love about Denver as my lock is giving just a point — I'm basically picking a winner with the worst to fear a push. Next, Denver's defense was playoff-ready before Vic Fangio took the reins, and I can't wait to see what he's done with it, unlike Jon Gruden, who wishes he could wait at least a few more months. Most importantly, though, there is the Antonio Brown fiasco. That the Raiders were dumb enough to trade for him and give him a new contract is unfortunate enough, doubling down and not taking advantage of the opportunity to get out from underneath that contract by suspending or cutting him and allowing him to play vs. the Broncos, it's impossible to envision a scenario in which he won’t be a huge distraction ... if not worse. This one is tailor-made for Fangio, Miller, Chubb and Co.

AA: KC

Nick Foles, debuting in a Jaguars offense devoid of proven playmakers, keeping pace with the MVP and his spectacular weaponry while also contending with an almost brand-new Kansas City 'D' under Steve Spagnuolo feels dicey. The Jaguars easily could be on the upswing again after their worst-to-first-to-worst 2016-18, but the climb will have to begin in Week 2 in Houston. Remember, Mahomes' only regular-season game without a passing touchdown last season came vs. the Jaguars at Arrowhead ... and K.C. led by four possessions early in the fourth en route to a 30-14 romp. Foles isn't Blake Bortles, but the bulletproof coffee connoisseur won't be instant coffee in Jacksonville, either.