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Washington is tied with Dallas and New York for the NFC East lead but owns the tiebreaker over both teams. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins led the Redskins to their fifth straight win - a 38-21 victory over the Browns last week in the absence of Robert Griffin III. Griffin (knee) was a full participant at practice Thursday and received clearance to start against the Eagles. Philadelphia fell 34-13 to Cincinnati in its last effort, committing a season-high five turnovers in the process. Running back LeSean McCoy (concussion) was carted off in the final minutes of a 31-6 loss to the Skins on Nov. 18, but is expected to suit up Sunday. The Redskins are 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson trampled the Rams for 210 yards and a score in last week's 36-22 victory, a result that kept Minnesota's playoff hopes alive. The Vikings will be in tough against a Texans team that owns the AFC's top seed and is coming off a 29-17 win over Indianapolis. Peterson has amassed 1,313 rushing yards in the last eight weeks - equaling Arian Foster's output for the entire season. Peterson is in the midst of the most incredible stretch of games by any running back in the history of football. A year removed from major knee surgery, the 27-year-old is just 294 yards away from breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season record of 2,105 set in 1985. The Texans are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning record.
Spread: Giants minus-2.5
Public consensus pick: 63 percent picked Giants
Public perception: Both teams are reeling, but the public is on Giants as it's crunch time and Eli Manning usually excels -- especially on the road. The Giants also "need" to win or they could miss the playoffs while the Ravens are already in.
Wiseguys' view: There are certainly wiseguys that are also backing the Giants for the same reason, but some others believe the Ravens aren't dead yet and are ready to take them plus-3 or in teasers. The books are not going to want to see a Giants win by 3 to 8 points.
Tuley's Take: I'll likely be on both these teams in the playoffs, but can't separate them now. The pick: Pass (pool play: Giants).