Saints vs Buccaneers

Buccaneers vs Saints: The Saints played the Bucs to close last year’s regular season, and now they host the Bucs to open this year. The Super Bowl hopefuls are trying to get their season off on the right foot against a Tampa Bay team trying to find its identity in an utterly stacked NFC South.
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Buccaneers vs Saints

2018 NFL picks: Super Bowl, MVP and all of the major awards:Both of these teams will be without key players. For the Saints, 2017 Rookie of the Year Alvin Kamara will have to step up to start the season, as Mark Ingram is out for four games due to a violation of the league’s PED policy. Ingram led the team last season with 1,124 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns rushing. What does that mean for Drew Brees and the Saints offense? A ton of swing passes and screens to Kamara to compensate for the decided hit to the running game.

The Buccaneers, on the other hand, have an even more impactful player suspended. Jameis Winston will miss the first three games for the Buccaneers, so Ryan Fitzpatrick will be at the helm for the Bucs. Targets like Mike Evans and O.J. Howard should make things a bit more manageable for Fitzpatrick against an up-and-down Saints secondary, and Peyton Barber ran the ball well the last time these two teams met. It’s going to be a tough battle for the Buccaneers, but if they can control the ball, they have a chance against a very talented Saints team.

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Here’s how to catch Sunday’s Buccaneers-Saints showdown.
How to watch, stream

Kickoff: Sunday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m. ET
TV: FOX (Check local listings)
Streaming: fuboTV (try for free)

Who will win?

Our CBSSports.com analysts unanimously have the Saints winning this one, and it isn’t hard to see why. A Hall-of-Fame quarterback, a talented receiving corps and the defending Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year should prove to be too much for a Buccaneers team in flux. However, don’t think that the Buccaneers can’t compete. Fitzpatrick is the wild card, according to Pete Prisco in his Week 1 picks. The firepower of the Saints may prove to be too much, but they may find themselves sweating this one.

Giants vs Redskins

Giants vs. Redskins: Staff picks and predictions

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The New York Giants opened the week as 1.5-point road underdogs against the Washington Redskins, but that has taken a pretty substantial turn throughout the week despite safety Landon Collins landing on injured reserve (IR). They now go into Sunday at -3.5.

Although most experts picked the Giants, there were a small few who went against them and picked the Redskins.

How does the Giants Wire staff see this Week 14 battle shaking out? Here’s a look at our picks and score predictions:

Dan Benton: Giants 24, Bears 23

Last week I said I must have been crazy for picking the Giants to win, but cited their long history of playing up or down to the level of their opponent. And a week removed from a stunning overtime victory against a Bears team they really shouldn’t have beaten, I find myself pondering the exact opposite side of that equation.

The Giants should beat these Redskins, led by long-idle quarterback Mark Sanchez, and that’s exactly what worries me and a lot of older Giants fans. We’ve seen this story play out a time or two.

With all of that having been said, and even with Collins on IR, the Giants would have to try to lose this game. Right? …Right.

John Fennelly: Giants 23, Redskins 16

It’s hard to pick Washington the way they’ve been playing. They’ve lost three of four and appear to be sinking fast. With Mark Sanchez under center, it becomes even harder. He is capable of playing well at times, but will he? Last week was the first time he took a snap since the end of the 2016 season when he was with Dallas. The Giants will be without safety Landon Collins (shoulder), but should still have enough to skate past this injury-riddled version of the Redskins.

Doug Rush: Giants 27, Redskins 19

After last week’s thriller over the Bears, the Giant seem to be playing with a lot more confidence and believing in themselves.

The offense is starting to find ways to put points on the board and everything runs behind Saquon Barkley, who continues his progress towards another 100-plus yard game and 2,000 total yards on the season.

The last time the two met, the Redskins took it to the Giants, but injuries have decimated Washington and they’ve been in an utter free fall since surrendering the NFC East lead.

With the Giants believing in themselves and winning three of their last four since the bye week, they storm into Washington and get a victory to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Tyler Henry: Giants 31, Bears 20

The Giants lost Landon Collins for the season and this will be their first game without him. You can bet the defense will miss him, but going up against the Redskins led by Mark Sanchez might be exactly what the doctor ordered for Big Blue.

Sanchez was signed less than a month ago and if that weren’t enough, the Redskins are also dealing with a slew of injuries, including some across the offensive line.

The Redskins’ passing offense is much weaker than what the Giants saw in Week 8 back when they had Alex Smith under center. As a result, the Giants should be able to focus on stopping Adrian Peterson and the ground game this Sunday.

The Redskins’ defense was solid in the early part of the season, but have struggled in four of their last five games. Meanwhile, the Giants’ offense has found its way during their recent stretch, winning three of their last four games.

I expect Eli Manning and the receivers to have their way early and often, maybe even conjuring up something from the rivalry of Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr. That could bring some true excitement.

Kevin Hickey: Giants 27, Redskins 20

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Despite being on the road, the Giants should be able add another win against the Redskins, continuing the torment of a fan base trying to decide whether they want a high draft pick or a competitive team now.

The Redskins offense is so depleted, they are turning to Mark Sanchez under center and the wide receiver corps is absolutely decimated. Big Blue’s defense should be strong as long as they stop Adrian Peterson, which they couldn’t do in Week 8. The offense should be able to do enough against a Redskins defense that is allowing the fourth-highest third-down conversion rate at 44 percent.

Mike Moraitis: Giants 24, Redskins 14

Christmas is coming early for the Giants this week, as the Redskins will start Mark Sanchez behind center in Week 14. Even if Sanchez is able to avoid the rear-ends of his offensive lineman, he didn’t show much in Week 13 to encourage enthusiasm about his starting prospects the rest of the season. The Redskins defense can be tough, but Eli Manning and company won’t need to do much with Washington’s offense looking dead in the dirt. Expect plenty of turnover opportunities for the G-Men with Sanchez throwing the ball, which should lead to some great field position and easy scores for New York.

Jets vs Bills

Jets vs. Bills preview: Glimpses at hope for the next decade?

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There’s going to come a time when the AFC East supremacy of the Patriots ends, and fans of both the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets hope this Sunday’s matchup provides a window into the future for both teams. It will be the first time Josh Allen will start opposite of Sam Darnold.

Darnold is coming off an injury, and being a rookie, we should expect some rust. That being said, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), the Bills come in with the 15th ranked coverage unit and 23rd ranked run defense in the NFL, and the Jets should find a way to exploit that. If the Jets can establish the run, it would give Darnold the help he needs.

Fans of the Bills are already gushing over Allen. When you read the comments on social media, it feels like the second-coming of Jim Kelly. He’s been playing well as a runner, but Allen (and Darnold quite frankly) needs to be a more accurate passer.

According to NFL.com’s Next Gen Stats, Allen’s expected completion percentage is 7.1 percent lower than it should be, and that’s the highest discrepancy in the NFL. The Jets may find it tough to stop him from running the football, though, and that makes him dangerous.

TV and Live Stream Info

Date: Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Buffalo, NY
Stadium: New Era Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV, NFL Sunday Ticket

Betting Odds (via Odds Shark)

Point Spread: Buffalo -3.5
Moneyline: Buffalo -190, New York +160
Over/Under: 38

According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, this is a revenge game for New York. There’s one problem: Buffalo have more talent than the Jets on both sides of the football. So, it doesn’t matter how much revenge is on the Jets minds.

NEXT: 2018 NFL picks, score predictions for Week 14

Even though the game is in Buffalo, the last game was an aberration. The game won’t be a blow out this Sunday. The Jets will keep it close for the entirety of the game, and may even have a lead like they did in Tennessee, but the Bills will edge the Jets in the fourth quarter and sneak away with a victory.

Final Score: New York 17, Buffalo 20

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Packers vs Falcons

Packers vs. Falcons odds, line: Picks, predictions from expert who’s 44-13 on Green Bay, Atlanta games

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Two of the top quarterbacks in the NFL square off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET when the Green Bay Packers host the Atlanta Falcons. Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan are used to meeting under different circumstances, with their clubs colliding in the playoffs or with postseason positioning at stake. This time around, they are searching for answers as both division favorites have failed to meet expectations. Green Bay (4-7-1) fired coach Mike McCarthy following last week’s loss to the Cardinals as a two-touchdown favorite, while Atlanta (4-8) dropped its fourth straight in a home loss to the Ravens. Green Bay is a 4.5-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 51 in the latest Packers vs. Falcons odds. Before you make any Falcons vs. Packers picks, you should listen to what SportsLine Expert R.J. White has to say.

White was SportsLine’s most profitable NFL analyst last season and returned $100 bettors a profit of nearly $2,000. He is having another strong season for SportsLine members and enters Week 14 on an impressive 28-13 run with his NFL selections. The renowned prognosticator has cashed big in the prestigious Las Vegas SuperContest two of the last three years.

White also has unparalleled credentials involving these clubs. In fact, he boasts an incredible 44-13 record on spread picks involving the Falcons or Packers over the past three seasons. One of those winners came last week when White advised SportsLine members that the Ravens (+1) would use their top-ranked defense to control the game against the Falcons. Baltimore rolled to a 26-16 victory, and anyone who followed White’s advice pocketed a comfortable winner.

Now. White has analyzed Falcons vs. Packers from every angle and released a confident point-spread selection that is available only at SportsLine.

White knows both clubs are desperate for a win, primarily to reverse their losing ways and provide hope for a strong finish. The Packers’ last victory came in a 31-12 rout of the Dolphins at home. They have since lost three straight, and the low point came last week against the woeful Cardinals. This prompted the unlikely in-season dismissal of McCarthy, who had been at the helm for 13 years.

Rodgers has led Green Bay to the NFL’s No. 8 overall offense at 380.6 yards per game and the sixth-ranked passing attack (274.9). The Packers will need an efficient outing in order to cover against a similarly desperate Falcons team that has dominated this series of late.

Two seasons ago, the Falcons rolled to a 44-21 win against Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game in Atlanta. They followed it up with a 34-23 win in the regular season last year against the Packers.

The Falcons have been felled by a shaky defense, but Ryan and friends are still producing on the offensive side. Atlanta is still No. 5 in passing yards per game at 298.6 and No. 10 in total offense at 377.6.

We can tell you White is leaning toward the Under, but his much stronger play is on the spread. He has scrutinized this matchup, crunched the stats and found a crucial X-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

Who covers in Falcons vs. Packers? And what crucial X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on Sunday, all from the top NFL analyst who’s hitting an astounding 77 percent of his spread picks involving these teams.

Chiefs vs Ravens

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Baltimore Ravens: Expert predictions

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The Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens are set for a tantalizing showdown at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday (1 p.m. ET), but even though most analysts are picking the Chiefs, this one is by and large expected to be close.

The Chiefs come into this game ranked number one in points per game (37.0) while the Ravens rank first in points allowed (17.8). It’ll be a matchup of strength against strength in that regard, but also interesting will be how Kansas City’s defense fares against a Ravens offense that will likely look to chew up clock and keep the Chiefs offense off the field.

The Ravens are riding a three-game win streak with rookie Lamar Jackson filling in for the injured Joe Flacco (hip) at quarterback, although this will be the toughest atmosphere he’s faced to date on an NFL level.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs will be in their second game without running back Kareem Hunt and will also likely be without Sammy Watkins at wide receiver, which won’t make their task easier against the Ravens defense.

Here’s a roundup of what the experts are saying about this week’s game.

Patriots vs Dolphins

New England Patriots vs Miami Dolphins: Score updates, time, TV channel, how to watch live stream online

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The New England Patriots’ run of excellence is one of the great achievements in sports. The Patriots clinched their 18th consecutive winning season with a win against the Minnesota Vikings last week. As everyone knows, clinching a winning season isn’t nearly good enough for the Patriots. They have much bigger goals ahead as they face the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on CBS, DirecTV or try FuboTV (free trial).

You can also watch the live stream of the game on cbs.com/all-accessverizonwireless.complaystation vue, AppleTV, or SlingTV.

The Patriots (9-3) remain in the race for the best record in the AFC and home field advantage. They trail Kansas City by one game and home field advantage makes a big difference for the Patriots in the playoffs. The Patriots are 19-2 in playoff games at home since 2001, but 3-5 in playoff games on the road since 2001.

The Dolphins (6-6) are in the hunt for a wild card spot after squeezing by the Buffalo Bills in Week 13. The Dolphins have given the Patriots trouble at home in recent history. The Dolphins have won four of the last five games against the Patriots in Miami and have posted a 10-7 record at home against the Patriots since Bill Belichick became coach.

You can get the latest score and stats from the game in the box score provided above and here’s everything you need to know in order to watch the Patriots vs. Dolphins game:

What: New England Patriots vs Miami Dolphins

When: Sunday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET

Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

TV: CBS, DirecTV

Watch online: You can watch the live stream of the game on cbs.com/all-accessverizonwireless.complaystation vue, AppleTV, SlingTV or FuboTV (free trial).

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