This article is part of our Beating the Book series.
This week, I picked a ton of favorites, something with which I'm not remotely comfortable. I was tempted to change the Ravens, Rams, Packers, Steelers, Texans and Chargers picks, but I held off. My method of setting lines before looking at the actual ones has worked well all year, and I'm not going soft now. There are two lines not yet on the board - the Seahawks-Cardinals and Panthers-Saints. Instead of making up a line like I have in the past, I predicted the score and will choose my side on that basis as soon as the line comes out.
I especially like the Chiefs this week, and I'm sure one or two others will come to me in the next few days.
As usual, I'll put my Supercontest picks in the comments.
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Cowboys +6.5 at Giants
I made this line 7.5 because I don't think the Cowboys will play their starters for very long as they're locked into the No. 4 seed. The Giants seem to be trying in anticipation of next year, and I could see Saquon Barkley having a big game. Lay the wood.
Giants 24 - 16
Panthers +9* at Saints
I'd set this line as a pick 'em as the Saints have locked up home field advantage and have nothing for which to