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NFL Pro Picks: Packers, Browns waning; Raiders, Patriots tough

With Thanksgiving Day’s three games in the rearview mirror, the rest of the weekend is shaping up nicely.

PICKS:

No. 23 San Diego (plus 1) at No. 13 (tie) Texans - Texans got raw deal in Mexico City, make up for it at home. TEXANS, 23-20

No. 24 Green Bay (plus 3 1-2) at No. 13 (tie) Philadelphia, Monday night - No way we can pick this version of the Packers. EAGLES, 30-22

No. 27 Los Angeles (plus 7) at No. 25 New Orleans - No way we can pick Jared Goff's Rams. SAINTS, 26-10

No. 20 Tennessee (pick-em) at No. 29 Chicago - Line reflects QB issues in Chicago — among many other issues. TITANS, 21-12

No. 6 (tie) New York Giants (minus 7) at No. 32 Cleveland - Time for the Browns to end that 0-fer? Think not. GIANTS, 27-10

No. 2 Seattle (minus 5 1-2) at No. 19 Tampa Bay - An intriguing game, despite the disparity in records. SEAHAWKS, 20-17

No. 22 Carolina (plus 4) at No. 4 Oakland - Panthers will play Raiders tough, but won't get the win. RAIDERS, 28-27

No. 6 (tie) Kansas City (plus 3) at No. 5 Denver - Winner here is in great shape for playoff spot. BRONCOS, 23-21

No. 3 New England (minus 8) at No. 28 New York Jets - Not getting burned by Patriots as Best Bet again. Still ... PATRIOTS, 30-20

No. 30 Jacksonville (plus 7 1-2) at No. 18 Buffalo - Almost a must win in Bills' pursuit of elusive postseason berth. BILLS, 20-16

No. 26 Cincinnati (plus 2 1-2) at No. 15 Baltimore - Bengals have returned to Bungles status, and are banged-up. RAVENS: 14-13

No. 21 Arizona (plus 3) at No. 9 Atlanta - Among the many disappointing teams, Cardinals might be biggest flop. FALCONS, 31-27

No. 31 San Francisco (plus 7 1-2) at No. 12 Miami - Beginning to believe in gritty Dolphins. DOLPHINS, 23-10

Last Week: Against spread (11-3). Straight up: (11-3)

Season Totals: Against spread (74-78-6). Straight up: (92-66-2)

Best Bet: 5-6 against spread, 7-4 straight up.

Upset special: 5-5-1 against spread, 5-6 straight up.