Pick 4: New York (NFC) vs. Minnesota and Cincinnati vs. Denver

Pick 4: New York (NFC) vs. Minnesota and Cincinnati vs. Denver

The Teaser: Pair New York (NFC) and Cincinnati

Game 1: New York (NFC) vs. Minnesota

The Initial Line:

New York (NFC) +7 away vs. Minnesota

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to New York (NFC)’s line

The Final Line:

New York (NFC) +14.5

The Breakdown:

New York was down 35-7 to Carolina in the 3rd quarter and rallied back to tie it, but in the end they lost 38-35. Minnesota got a dominant home win, as they defeated divisional foe Chicago 38-17. Minnesota is going to grab a playoff spot, it’s just a question of whether they win the division or get a wild-card spot. New York is 1 game back in the NFC East race, and needs to win their last 2 games to have a shot. They showed that they can match the play of the best in the league, as they almost were able to hand Carolina their first loss and were a play away from defeating New England and New York (AFC). Minnesota will be ready to fight back, and they will have a slight advantage now that Odell Beckham’s been suspended (although he is appealing Wednesday). Regardless Eli Manning is having one of his best seasons, as he ranks in the top 10 in pass yds and TD passes. This should be a hard-fought game, as there are playoff implications for both teams. Getting New York with a 2 TD cushion is a safe bet here.

Final Stat: New York has not lost by more than 6 points over the last 8 games.

Game 2: Cincinnati vs. Denver

The Initial Line:

Cincinnati +3.5 away vs. Denver

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to Cincinnati’s line

The Final Line:

Cincinnati +11

The Breakdown:

Cincinnati was able to pull out the road win despite a change at QB, as they beat San Francisco 24-14. Denver couldn’t hang on in the road game, as they fell to Pittsburgh 34-27. This is the matchup everyone’s excited to see, although it doesn’t have quite the original cast as Peyton Manning and Andy Dalton are both out. It will also have major playoff implications, as Cincinnati can clinch a much-needed first round bye with a win. Denver has now lost 2 straight games, and there’s an outside chance that they could not make the playoffs if they lose their last 2 games. Both of these teams have stout defenses, as they rank in the top 5 in PPG allowed (Cincinnati #1, Denver #4). Despite his first career start, AJ McCarron had a solid game going 15/21 for 192 yds and a TD. As long as he can move the team down the field, the defense will do their part to stop Brock Osweiler. This should be a low-scoring defensive matchup, with the winner likely coming in the last couple minutes. Taking Cincinnati with an 11 pt cushion seems like a sure bet, as they might even win the game.

Final Stat: Cincinnati ranks 4th in turnover differential at +9, while Denver sits at 14th with 0.

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