Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Vikings at Lions

12:30, Ch. 10

Line: Lions by 21/2; 411/2

The Lions are the first team to have their first 10 games all decided by seven points or fewer. They've trailed in the fourth quarter of all six of their wins, including against the Vikings three weeks ago. … If the Vikings win, they move into first place in the NFC North with a remaining schedule that has only one team with a winning record.

Tampa Bay Times staff picks: Greg Auman, Minnesota 21-17; Thomas Bassinger, Detroit 23-20; Martin Fennelly, Minnesota 20-19; Ernest Hooper, Minnesota 22-15; Tom Jones, Detroit 24-20; Rick Stroud: Minnesota 21-17

Redskins at Cowboys

4:30, Ch. 13

Line: Cowboys by 7; 511/2

Dallas has tied a record with eight straight games topping 400 yards of offense; Washington has twice exceeded 500. … Dallas QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott could threaten the NFL Thanksgiving rookie records for yards passing yards (329 by Bob Waterfield, 1945) and rushing (157 by Abner Haynes, 1960).

Times staff picks: Auman, Dallas 34-24; Bassinger, Dallas 37-34; Fennelly, Dallas 30-27; Hooper: Dallas, 27-24; Jones, Dallas 31-21; Stroud, Dallas 30-21

Steelers at Colts

8:30 p.m., Ch. 8

Line: Steelers by 9; 48

Colts QB Andrew Luck was ruled out with a concussion. Backup Scott Tolzien last started a game in 2013 and has thrown one pass since. … Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has averaged a 129.1 passer rating in his past three games vs. the Colts. Pittsburgh has won the past two by a combined score of 96-44.

Times staff picks: Auman, Indianapolis 28-21; Bassinger, Pittsburgh 24-14; Fennelly, Pittsburgh 27-16; Hooper, Pittsburgh 24-7; Jones, Pittsburgh 33-16; Stroud, Pittsburgh 35-20

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