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Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are rated as four point favourites by the Globe and Mail's NFL football experts in Sunday's road game against Atlanta. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are rated as four point favourites by the Globe and Mail's NFL football experts in Sunday's road game against Atlanta. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Predictions

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SUNDAY

Carolina Panthers (1-4)

at Atlanta Falcons (2-3)

CAROLINA plus 4

Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton has been able to scrape up those garbage-time points almost at will.

The pick: PANTHERS

Indianapolis Colts (0-5)

at Cincinnati Bengals (3-2)

INDIANAPOLIS plus 7

Following its Week 1 blowout loss, teams appear to be playing down to Indianapolis's level.

The pick: COLTS

San Francisco 49ers (4-1)

at Detroit Lions (5-0)

SAN FRANCISCO plus 5

Both went 6-10 in 2010, both lead their respective divisions in 2011. Should be very close.

The pick: 49ERS

St. Louis Rams (0-4)

at Green Bay Packers (5-0)

ST. LOUIS plus 16

Two teams going the opposite direction in a hurry. No reason not to roll with Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Co.

The pick: PACKERS

Buffalo Bills (4-1)

at New York Giants (3-2)

BUFFALO plus 3

Embarrassed last week at home by Seattle, the Giants face a bigger test with tenacious Buffalo in town.

The pick: BILLS

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-4)

at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2)

JACKSONVILLE plus 13

The lowly Jaguars have won their past three games at unfriendly Heinz Field. But in football terms, 2008 was a long time ago ...

The pick: STEELERS

Philadelphia Eagles (1-4)

at Washington Redskins (3-1)

PHILADELPHIA minus 2

The “Dream Team” has been loudly crashing and burning, while division-rival Washington has quietly crept up to be first in the NFC East.

The pick: REDSKINS

Cleveland Browns (2-2)

at Oakland Raiders (3-2)

CLEVELAND plus 7

The Raiders will honour the memory of Hall of Fame owner Al Davis with a ceremony prior to kickoff. Oakland will be fired up.

The pick: RAIDERS

Houston Texans (3-2)

at Baltimore Ravens (3-1)

HOUSTON plus 8

The rested Ravens (coming off the bye week) get the banged-up Texans (minus Andre Johnson, Mario Williams) ...

The pick: RAVENS

Dallas Cowboys (2-2)

at New England Patriots (4-1)

DALLAS plus 7

Until someone shows they can slow down this New England offence, roll with quarterback Tom Brady and Co.

The pick: PATRIOTS

New Orleans Saints (4-1)

at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)

NEW ORLEANS minus 4

The young Bucs may have had their confidence shattered by the 49ers last week, and now Saints quarterback Drew Brees steps up to finish the job.

The pick: SAINTS

Minnesota Vikings (1-4)

at Chicago Bears (2-3)

MINNESOTA plus 3

Vikes running back Adrian Peterson is starting to look like his old self, and the Bears are struggling against the run (giving up 135.6 yards a game).

The pick VIKINGS

MONDAY

Miami Dolphins (0-4)

at New York Jets (2-3)

MIAMI plus 7

After a disastrous three-game, three-loss road trip, the Jets get some home cooking against the always disastrous Dolphins.

The pick: JETS

Bye week: Denver, Tennessee, Kansas City, Arizona, San Diego, Seattle

Last week: 8-4-1

Season: 38-36-3

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