The playoff picture is firmly taking shape as teams position themselves for deep January runs, while others battle it out for a strong end to the season while developing rookies. We look forward to some of the most exciting matchups in this week’s NFL action.

Eagles @ Giants

An NFC East matchup with playoff implications, but any playoff appearance from either of these teams won’t help paper the serious cracks that have appeared. The Eagles are 3-4-1 and atop the division, while the Giants hold last place at 2-7 but that could all change in an instant.

Philadelphia have been well below par this season, with serious questions now surrounding Carson Wentz at quarterback, while the Giants will continue to build around second-year signal caller Daniel Jones.

The Eagles are 4/7 favourites, while the home side are 31/20. The spread sits at just three points, showing just how close this one could be, but the Eagles have to think they are better than their performances so far this season. If they are to save any face from this season, any turnaround needs to start now. Philly -3 at 4/5 looks the call here.

Chargers @ Dolphins

Two rookie quarterbacks face off in this fixture, with Justin Herbert excelling since taking over the reins in LA, while Tua Tagovailoa has kept the Dolphins winning as they sit in second place in the AFC East.

The Chargers have flashed brilliance this season but throw away winning positions far too often, while there is suddenly a feel-good factor in Miami which hasn’t been there for a while. The Dolphins will be looking at catching Buffalo and possibly squeezing into the postseason, especially if they can continue their recent run.

Miami are 20/27 favourites, with the Chargers 23/20 to make the long return journey home with the win in their pockets. However, both these teams can score in serious volume, and an over/under of just 48.5 looks low for two teams that combined for 60 in their last outings. Take the over at 10/11.

49ers @ Saints

For many, this a fixture that could easily have been this year’s NFC Championship game, that outcome looks unlikely now. The Saints have held up their end of the bargain, sitting atop a competitive NFC South with a 6-2 record, but last year’s Super Bowl finalist Niners are bottom of the NFC West at 4-5.

Injuries have seemingly taken too much of a toll on the San Francisco side, who will now be turning their heads towards another Super Bowl tilt next season.

Sean Payton’s New Orleans side has quietly gone about its business as it gears up for another playoff campaign, while Drew Brees continues to excel under centre.

The Saints are 5/21 favourites, with San Francisco 17/5. The spread sits at a high nine, but the way the 49ers have been in recent weeks against this Saints offense, it could be a tough evening. New Orleans -9 is 10/11 and looks a good option.

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