Remember when it was NFC Beast? Now, it’s a pussy cat.

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<pRemember when it was called the NFC Beast? Now, it's a pussy cat.

<pWashington leads the division at 2-2, followed by Dallas and Philadelphia at 2-3, New York<p"We obviously don't condone those kinds of mistakes," Groh says. "The guys that are responsible for that, we've talked to those guys. Those things can't happen. I mean, they just can't happen. That's simple football. We've got to get out of the huddle, we've got to get lined up, and we've got to know where we're supposed to be and what our assignment is. We've got to do a better job collectively of teaching that, and then when we get out there, everybody has to know what to do and where to line up. Those things have to be eliminated."

<pThe Giants eliminated a lot of those things at Carolina last Sunday and made an impressive comeback, only to fall on Graham Gano's 63-yard field goal with 1 second remaining.

<p"These guys love to play the game, it's their livelihood, but they certainly play it with great emotion and great passion and they just keep playing," coach Pat Shurmur says.

<p"As we get better — I think we played better last week — we need to find 63 more yards somewhere to get the win. But we played better and we've got to continue on that path. Then eventually it will crack."

<pPhiladelphia, ranked 15th in the AP Pro32, is a 3-point favorite over the No. 28 Giants. The short week probably is more damaging to the Eagles.

<pGIANTS, 22-20

<pKNOCKOUT POOL: Thanks, New England. Very tough choice this week, will gamble on TEXANS.

<pNo. 6 Carolina (pick-em) at No. 18 Washington

<pGetting Panthers at a bargain price.

<pBEST BET: PANTHERS, 26-20

<pNo. 12 Pittsburgh (plus 2 1-2) at No. 5 Cincinnati

<pReally like what Bengals are doing, but pick them here? Sorry.

<pUPSET SPECIAL: STEELERS, 21-20

<pNo. 1 Los Angeles Rams (minus 7) at No. 25 Denver

<pNFL's most talented roster keeps unbeaten season going.

<pRAMS, 30-20

<pNo. 2 Kansas City (plus 3) at No. 4 New England

<pExpect a load of points, and a victory for …

<pPATRIOTS, 37-31

<pNo. 11 Los Angeles Chargers (minus 1) at No. 16 Cleveland

<pChargers remember that 2016 loss to Browns, who went 1-15 that season.

<pCHARGERS, 22-17

<pNo. 19 Seattle (minus 2 1-2) vs. No. 31 Oakland at London

<pIs Jon Gruden wondering about going back to ESPN booth?

<pSEAHAWKS, 25-20

<pNo. 8 Chicago (minus 3) at No. 17 Miami

<pBears favored on road? Dolphins should have won last week, will this week.

<pDOLPHINS, 19-17

<pNo. 29 Indianapolis (plus 2) at No. 24 New York Jets

<pIf only Colts were healthier, this would be upset special.

<pJETS, 30-26

<pNo. 22 Tampa Bay (plus 3 1-2) at No. 27 Atlanta

<pInjuries have ruined Atlanta's season already.

<pBUCCANEERS, 31-29

<pNo. 26 Buffalo (plus 7) at No. 21 Houston

<pBills are gutsy, Texans are gutsy and more talented.

<pTEXANS, 21-10

<pNo. 10 Baltimore (minus 2 1-2) at No. 13 Tennessee

<pTitans are gutsy, Ravens are more talented. But …

<pTITANS, 20-16

<pNo. 7 Jacksonville (minus 3) at No. 23 Dallas

<pIs anyone more inconsistent than Jacksonville? Well, maybe Dallas is.

<pJAGUARS, 19-17

<pNo. 30 Arizona (plus 10 1-2) at No. 9 Minnesota

<pSo the Cardinals got a win. Big deal.

<pVIKINGS, 30-16

<pNo. 32 San Francisco (plus 10) at No. 14 Green Bay, Monday night

<pPackers make too many mistakes to be so heavily favored.

<pPACKERS, 27-20

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<p2018 RECORD:

<pLast Week: Against spread (5-9-1). Straight up (9-6)

<pSeason Totals: Against spread (33-40-3). Straight up: (48-28-2)

<pBest Bet: 2-3 against spread, 5-0 straight up

<pUpset special: 3-2 against spread, 2-2-1 straight up

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