Desperation can sometimes make picking games a tough thing to do.

Take last week. The Washington Redskins, with four of their five starting offensive linemen out, went to Seattle and beat a Seahawks team that seemed to be rolling.

Why? The Redskins’ season was on the line.

This week, two teams we expected to be good before the season, the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos, are facing off against good teams with desperation certainly in play.

The 4-4 Falcons play host to the surging Dallas Cowboys, while the 3-5 Broncos will face the New England Patriots. Both Atlanta and Denver are in must-win situations.

That’s why I am picking Atlanta, but I don’t think the Broncos are good enough on offense to pull off an upset – even with desperation as a motivator.

Now for the rest of the picks:

Seattle (5-3) at Arizona (4-4)

Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET (NFL Network)

Read more at CBS Sports



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