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Detroit Lions to beat Green Bay Packers –

The Lions are officially out of playoff contention after losing to the Cincinnati Bengals last week, but they should finish their season with a win against a Packers side missing its star quarterback.

Green Bay have lost seven of their 10 games since Aaron Rodgers was injured in Week 6, beating three teams with a combined record of nine wins and 36 defeats.

They lost 31-24 when Rodgers returned for one game against the Carolina Panthers a fortnight ago, and were shut out by the Minnesota Vikings last week when he returned to the sideline.

Detroit won by 13 when these teams met in Green Bay in Week 9, and this game should go the same way given that the Packers are averaging just over 17.2 points per game since Rodgers’ injury.

Carolina Panthers to beat Atlanta Falcons –

Atlanta need to win on Sunday to guarantee a spot in the playoffs, but a tough match-up with the Panthers could leave them watching the postseason at home this season.

Carolina have won three successive games and seven of their last eight, and they have only lost two of their seven road games this year.

The Falcons lost to the New Orleans Saints last weekend, managing to score just 13 points, and they should struggle again offensively when they face an impressive Carolina defence.

The Panthers have allowed the sixth-fewest rushing yards in the NFL this season and just seven touchdowns on the ground – the league’s third-lowest mark.

Seattle Seahawks to beat Arizona Cardinals –

Should Atlanta lose to the Panthers, the Seahawks will be in pole position to take the NFC’s final playoff spot.

All they’ll need to do is beat the Cardinals at home, which shouldn’t be too much of a problem given that Arizona have lost five of seven on the road this season, beating only the 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts.

The Cardinals have nothing to play for on Sunday and lost 22-16 at home to Seattle back in Week 10.

A similar result looks a safe bet in the return fixture.

San Francisco 49ers to beat Los Angeles Rams –

Rams head coach Sean McVay has hinted that he will rest some of his starters for Sunday’s visit of the 49ers, with Los Angeles already guaranteed either the NFC’s third or fourth seed in the playoffs.

It might be in the Rams’ best interest to lose this game and set up a meeting with the vulnerable-looking Philadelphia Eagles in the second round.

The 49ers have won four successive games after causing an upset against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, and would have a chance of beating Los Angeles even if both teams are at full strength.

They lost by just two points when these teams played in San Francisco back in Week 3, and are worth backing to avenge that defeat this weekend given how much better they’ve been since quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo’s debut almost a month ago.