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MARC LAWRENCE NFL UPSETS: THE BIRDS VS THE BIRDS AND THE CLAWS VS THE CLAWS

PHILLY over Baltimore by 6

For the Eagles, there are must-win games and there are must-win games. THIS is a must-win game. We can’t put it any plainer than that.

Somehow sitting atop the NFC East at 1-2-1 this season, Philly knows Dallas is a wakeup call away from breathing down their necks.

They’ll turn to the sanctity of Lincoln Financial Field where they are 5-1 SUATS at home under Doug Pederson versus non-division foes coming off consecutive wins.

In addition, the green birds are 10-2 SUATS in Game Six of the season the past dozen years, including 5-0 SUATS when coming off a SUATS loss.

Meanwhile, the Ravens fly in on name and reputation behind an offense that ranks No. 24 overall in the loop, averaging a mere 339 YPG.

THE CLINCHER: The Eagles are 5-0 SUATS at home in the first of three consecutive home games

Chicago over CAROLINA 4

If the season ended last week, the Panthers would be one of the first No. 7 seeds to earn a playoff spot (along with the Raiders).

New head coach Matt Rhule has instilled a winning attitude in Carolina and it’s paying dividends as his troops enter on a 3-game win skein – upset wins all.

However, the Cats are only 4-10-1 ATS as favorites versus NFC North opposition, including 1-5 ATS when coming off a win of 7-plus points. Enter the Bears.

Our well-oiled machine cements the call noting that NFL favorites, coming off consecutive SU underdog wins, are 8-17-2 ATS since 1996, including 3-14-1 ATS in non-division contests.

With Chicago now firmly entrenched with Nick Foles at quarterback, you know what to do.

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