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Each week, theScore’s NFL staff puts on their prognosticator hats and offers up selections against the spread for every game, highlighting several marquee matchups.

Game Thomson McClymont Sanderson
Bears at Packers CHI +9 CHI +9 CHI +9
Giants at Rams NYG -3 NYG -3 NYG -3
Saints at Chiefs NO +6.5 NO +6.5 KC -6.5
Colts at Titans IND +2.5 IND +2.5 IND +2.5
Vikings at Eagles MIN -2.5 MIN -2.5 MIN -2.5
Browns at Bengals CIN -10 CIN -10 CIN -10
Redskins at Lions WAS +1 DET -1 DET -1
Raiders at Jaguars OAK +1 OAK +1 OAK +1
Bills at Dolphins MIA +3 BUF -3 BUF -3
Ravens at Jets BAL +1 NYJ -1 BAL +1
Buccaneers at 49ers TB -2 TB -2 TB -2
Chargers at Falcons SD +6.5 ATL -6.5 ATL -6.5
Patriots at Steelers NE -7 PIT +7 NE -7
Seahawks at Cardinals SEA +2.5 SEA +2.5 ARI -2.5
Texans at Broncos DEN -7.5 HOU +7.5 DEN -7.5
Season Record 45-45-2 43-47-2 38-52-2

Marquee Matchups

Patriots at Steelers

Mitch Sanderson: Bill Belichick will have a game plan ready to exploit Landry Jones and get turnovers. Tom Brady may not even need extra possessions against this youthful defense. Patriots -7

Michael McClymont: Brady has scored 30-plus points in two games since his return. Even without Ben Roethlisberger, the Steelers have the horses to keep up on the scoreboard. Steelers +7

Joe Thomson: The Steelers are simply a different – worse – team without Roethlisberger. They don’t have enough on defense to keep up with the Patriots who are looking for their third-straight blowout. Patriots -7

Seahawks at Cardinals

McClymont: Seattle is rounding into form while Arizona is struggling to find its prior form on offense. Their output against the Jets will prove to be an aberration. Seahawks +2.5

Thomson: The Cardinals still don’t quite look right despite two straight wins. The Seahawks will find a way to win a close one on the road and take a stranglehold on the division. Seahawks +2.5

Sanderson: Atlanta poked enough holes in the Seahawks’ defense to give the Cardinals’ offense some hope. As David Johnson makes his case as the NFL’s best all-purpose back, Seattle is the perfect team to make a statement against. Cardinals -2.5

Texans at Broncos

Thomson: Brock Osweiler is headed for a rude awakening. The Broncos will be after their former quarterback from the first snap and it’s likely they’ll be able to force some turnovers. The Texans have yet to win a game on the road this season. Broncos -7.5

Sanderson: The Broncos have a bone to pick with Osweiler, who said he’d have his best shot at a championship with the Texans, and they don’t intend on letting him leave town without knowing he was wrong. Broncos -7.5

McClymont: Losers of two straight, the Broncos will rebound at home, but the play of the Texans’ defense since J.J. Watt’s season-ending injury has been underrated. Texans +7.5

Wild-Card Selections

Raiders at Jaguars

Thomson: The Raiders have done fairly well as road dogs this season and that should continue against the Jags in spite of an ugly Week 6 loss to the Chiefs. The Jags won’t be able to contain Derek Carr’s passing attack. Raiders +1

Buccaneers at 49ers

Sanderson: Tampa Bay seemed to figure out its defense against Carolina before heading into last week’s bye. The 49ers are bad all around, while the Bucs are only bad in a few places. Buccaneers -2

Giants at Rams

McClymont: Odell Beckham Jr. will put on a show in front of a global audience, while the Rams will show the uninformed what those stateside already know. Giants -3