Panthers 21 – Jets 17
Patriots 42 – Dolphins 13
Chiefs 30 – Bills 17
PICK: Chiefs win 24-17 but fail to cover the spread.
After a bad road loss against the Bears several weeks ago, the Panthers won’t take anything for granted here. Away from prime time and Charlotte, Cam Newton will need to be more of a grinder than Superman, as Todd Bowles’ defense will do its best to contain his running and downfield passing. Former Panthers backup Josh McCown will make it interesting with a few big pass plays in the second half, but the Jets will fall a little short at home.
PICK: Panthers win 24-20 but fail to cover the spread.
You know the Patriots are getting close to can’t-miss Super Bowl favorites when the spreads start ballooning past two touchdowns. Miami is an absolute mess, far removed from the second AFC East playoff team under Adam Gase a season ago. The Dolphins’ defense has numerous holes for Tom Brady to exploit, while New England’s suddenly sound defense will stop whoever is the quarterback the other side.
PICK: Patriots win 40-14 and cover the spread.