NFL Picks for 1/21/23
4:30 PM EST
Chiefs -8.5 over Jaguars (loss)
The Jaguars have improved this year but have outstayed their welcome in the NFL playoffs. We had to give Jacksonville credit for their monster comeback last week, but they did it against a Chargers defense that ranked in the bottom 1/3 in the league. The Chiefs had two weeks to prepare for this divisional game, and their offensive line will protect Patrick Mahomes all day. Andy Reid is a great coach, and Eric Bienemy is a great offensive coordinator. Look for Mahomes to find his receivers and all-world tight end Travis Kelce. Jags QB Trevor Lawerence had an awful first-half performance and was let off the hook by the collapsing Chargers. Did you know the Chargers won the turnover battle 5-0 and lost the game? That’s impossible. The Kansas City crowd will be electric, and the noise will force Lawrence into more turnovers. The Chiefs’ offense won’t let them back into the game. The talent and coaching edge favor Kansas City. Take the Chiefs.
8:15 PM EST
Eagles -7.5 over Giants (win)
The Giants’ offense looked outstanding on the road in Minnesota last week, but the Vikings’ defense was 31st in the league this season. Did you know the best team in the NFL at covering spreads is the Giants? The general public is backing the GMen because they have made them money. The last vegas oddsmakers figure out a way to balance out all edges. The Eagles were the best team in the NFC and now, with Jalen Hurts healthy and the offensive line back in order, the Eagles should put up a lot of points against a weak defense. The Giants have talent, but their staff is new this season, and it will take an offseason to get things right. Philadelphia is better in the trenches on both sides of the ball and should get a big win at home today. Take the Eagles.