Yule have lots of football

DARREN FRIESEN -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:43 PM ET

There's nothing better than lounging on the couch during days off watching football.

But a full slate of games during the holidays? That's one of best presents fans of the NFL could ever receive. Merry Christmas!

* TENNESSEE +51/2 AT MIAMI: The Dolphins' playoff hopes were dashed last weekend but they're still riding a four-game winning streak, which gives them motivation to prove their system is working. Dolphins 28 Titans 13

* NEW YORK GIANTS +21/2 AT WASHINGTON: The Redskins' pass rush likely will put the same pressure on Eli Manning as it did on Drew Bledsoe last weekend. Meaning, if the Giants quarterback isn't ready, the 'Skins will keep their playoff hopes alive. Redskins 35 Giants 27

* ATLANTA +21/2 AT TAMPA BAY: It's do-or-die for the Falcons, who looked awful against the Bears last Sunday. However, with their playoff hopes hanging in the balance, Atlanta will simply fold under the pressure of the league's second-ranked defence. Buccaneers 20 Falcons 17

* PITTSBURGH -71/2 AT CLEVELAND: Nothing would please the Browns more than to knock their archrivals out of post-season contention. Although, with the way the Steelers' defence has played the last couple of weeks, that's going to be hard for an inconsistent Cleveland offence. Steelers 31 Browns 21

* DETROIT +31/2 AT NEW ORLEANS: Quarterback Joey Harrington will return to the pocket after former Stamps pivot Jeff Garcia has failed to produce any results in the Lions' last three losses. Too bad, Lions fans, I feel for you. Saints 13 Lions 6

* SAN DIEGO -1/2 AT KANSAS CITY: It's a shame that after beating the best team in football just to keep your playoff hopes alive, you're going to head home out of the playoffs. Chiefs 30 Chargers 27

* BUFFALO +131/2 AT CINCINNATI: The Bengals not only want to match and beat the winningest season in team history, they desperately want an extra week to rest during the first round of the playoffs. Bengals 38 Bills 21

* SAN FRANCISCO +81/2 AT ST. LOUIS: The Rams will try and salvage some pride this weekend. Rams 24 49ers 13

* JACKSONVILLE -61/2 AT HOUSTON: The Jaguars should be sending Christmas cards to the NFL's schedule-makers. With the Texans and Titans left on the docket, the Jags should clinch the wildcard. Jaguars 17 Texans 6

* DALLAS +41/2 AT CAROLINA: The Panthers have been for real all season long and should pose a major problem for the Cowboys, who have lost three of their last four. Panthers 28 Cowboys 24

* PHILADELPHIA +11/2 AT ARIZONA: A couple of injury-plagued teams going at it. But the Eagles, with rookie Ryan Moats running the ball, should easily take care of the Cards, who somehow managed to lose last week against the lowly Houston Texans. Eagles 20 Cardinals 17

* INDIANAPOLIS -41/2 AT SEATTLE: Quite possibly this year's Super Bowl matchup. Although, it won't be a Super Bowl- style game as the Seahawks will hand the Colts their second-straight loss as Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison and Edgerrin James likely being held back. Seahawks 31 Colts 24

* OAKLAND +131/2 AT DENVER: The Broncos will be the AFC West champs by day's end. Broncos 34 Raiders 17

* CHICAGO -61/2 AT GREEN BAY: Rex Grossman's start at QB should only complement the Bears' stellar defence. Bears 24 Packers 7

* MINNESOTA +11/2 AT BALTIMORE: The Vikings still can't beat teams over .500 but they won't have to worry about that this weekend. Vikings 27 Ravens 24 in Upset of the Week

* NEW ENGLAND -51/2 AT NEW YORK JETS: The Patriots are poised to end their season on a winning note.

Coach Bill Belichick is treating this like a regular week and will have this team ready come January. Pats 31 Jets 21

HOW I DID: Last week I was 6-10 against the spread bring my total to (71-74). Straight up: 10-6 (98-47).


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