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NFL picks

Published December 7, 2003

Bucs (5-7) at Saints (6-6)

The Saints have won three straight against the Bucs, a team that can't string together wins. But didn't the Eagles once win three in a row against the Bucs?

Mills pick: Bucs 23, Saints 20

Texans (5-7) at Jaguars (3-9)

One week ago, this would have been a real snoozer. Now, it's more like a short nap.

Mills pick: Jaguars 17, Texans 14

Chargers (2-10) at Lions (4-8)

Sadly, both teams have to play this game because it's on the schedule. Happily, at least one of them will get another win.

Mills pick: Lions 21, Chargers 20

Bears (5-7) at Packers (6-6)

Remarkably, a Bears win puts them within one game of the division lead. But the Packers can't afford to slip.

Mills pick: Packers 30, Bears 21

Raiders (3-9) at Steelers (4-8)

Two teams many considered the cream of the NFL crop are now playing like sour milk. But internal friction makes things worse for the Raiders.

Mills pick: Steelers 25, Raiders 13

Redskins (4-8) at Giants (4-8)

Going nowhere and going there quickly, both teams are playing out the string. But the games are important to their coaches.

Mills pick: Giants 20, Redskins 17

Colts (9-3) at the Titans (9-3)

Classic match up between two of the game's best quarterbacks, but it will come down to a special teams play.

Mills pick: Titans 34, Colts 28

Bengals (7-5) at the Ravens (7-5)

The storybook debut season for Marvin Lewis is already special. But the Ravens defense is beginning to look like the one that won the Super Bowl.

Mills pick: Ravens 19, Bengals 18

Cowboys (8-4) at Eagles (9-3).

The Cowboys have a win over the Eagles already this season. But this is not the same Eagles team.

Mills pick: Eagles 21, Cowboys 19

Seahawks (8-4) at Vikings (7-5).

Daunte Culpepper's turnovers do not bode well for the Vikings. The fact that the Vikings are determined to run Michael Bennett doesn't bode well for the Seahawks.

Mills pick: Vikings 28, Seahawks 24

Dolphins (8-4) at Patriots (10-2)

Considering the way things have gone for the Patriots, this should be a slam dunk. But this rivalry always means close games.

Mills pick: Patriots 24, Dolphins 23

Cardinals (3-9) at 49ers (5-7)

San Francisco is not yet out of it, but needs a miracle, or the next best thing, a game against the Cardinals.

Mills pick: 49ers 32, Cardinals 27

Jets (5-7) at Bills (5-7)

Their spirits and productivity has been lifted by the return of quarterback Chad Pennington. That's good news for the Jets, bad news for the Bills.

Mills pick: Jets 24, Bills 18

Chiefs (11-1) at Broncos (7-5)

Kansas City has the best record in the NFL for a reason. And the smack talk coming from receiver Eddie Kennison only adds to it. Too bad. Denver prevails.

Mills pick: Broncos 30, Chiefs 28

Panthers (8-4) at Falcons (2-10)

With Michael Vick at the helm, the Falcons dominated the Panthers last year. Well, he's back.

Mills pick: Falcons 27, Panthers 25

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