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Brett Anderson
Brett Anderson
The Dog Whisperer
A CBS Sports NFL editor, Brett Anderson has been covering the NFL and other sports for 25 years, from the Midwest to Midtown Manhattan to South Florida. He joined his first NFL picks pool at age 12 and has been hammering home dogs ever since. Brett's strategy is a hybrid of data, game film and gut instinct, and he also seeks out prognosticators on a serious streak to either ride along with the red hot or, often more profitably, fade the ice cold. For Brett Anderson media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.
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L.A. Rams 30 @ Tampa Bay 27 | 01/23 | 8:00 PM UTC

L.A. Rams +3

WIN

ANALYSIS: Taking Matthew Stafford over Tom Brady in a playoff game? It certainly doesn't feel right, but nobody's invincible, especially when they're missing a Pro Bowl right tackle. Maybe Brady -- at age 44, without Tristan Wirfs and with Ryan Jensen on a gimpy ankle -- will be able to avoid Aaron Donald and Von Miller and make more postseason magic. But I'll go with the team that doesn't have a ton of injury issues, already proved it can beat the Bucs this season and is getting points. Grab the 3.

+1135 19-7 IN LAST 26 NFL ATS PICKS
+195 3-1 IN LAST 4 LAR ATS PICKS
+91 2-1 IN LAST 3 TB ATS PICKS

San Francisco 23 @ Dallas 17 | 01/16 | 9:30 PM UTC

San Francisco +3

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Cowboys have the NFL's best ATS record at 13-4 and enter the playoffs having won five of six. But unless you're counting last week's beatdown of the Eagles' backups, Dallas hasn't defeated a playoff team since Week 6 (an OT win over the Pats), and the only other playoff team it beat all season was Philly. Only seven teams have allowed more yards per carry this season than the Cowboys, and now they're facing a 49ers squad that can run it and has heated up considerably down the stretch. Grab the points.

+1135 19-7 IN LAST 26 NFL ATS PICKS
+400 4-0 IN LAST 4 SF ATS PICKS

Green Bay 30 @ Detroit 37 | 01/09 | 6:00 PM UTC

Detroit +3.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: Aaron Rodgers is starting, but how much will he play? The Packers have the top seed wrapped up so probably not too much, and the same goes for a lot of Green Bay's key players. Dan Campbell certainly seems like the type of coach who'll want to end on a high note, and with Jared Goff likely back, look for the Lions to improve their 10-6 ATS record. Grab the points.

+1135 19-7 IN LAST 26 NFL ATS PICKS
+300 3-0 IN LAST 3 DET ATS PICKS
+90 2-1 IN LAST 3 GB ATS PICKS

Kansas City 31 @ Cincinnati 34 | 01/02 | 6:00 PM UTC

Kansas City -3.5

LOSS

ANALYSIS: Joe Burrow humiliated the Ravens last week and it'll likely take another big Burrow day to hang with a Chiefs team that's won eight straight. But here's the thing: K.C.'s defense is not the Ravens. The Chiefs have allowed more than 17 points just once since Week 7. The Bengals may be a first-place team, but none of their wins this season came over a team currently in first, and it's unlikely to happen here. Lay the points.

+1135 19-7 IN LAST 26 NFL ATS PICKS
+177 4-2 IN LAST 6 CIN ATS PICKS

Detroit 29 @ Seattle 51 | 01/02 | 9:25 PM UTC

Seattle -7.5

WIN

ANALYSIS: The Lions are tied for the third-best ATS record in the league (10-5) despite having just two wins this season, but there is a time to fade them and that time is when the public comes in heavy on Detroit's side (see: 44-6 loss to Eagles). This week's setup looks very similar to that one from Week 8, with about 75% of the bets on the Lions. A public 'dog that's likely to be starting Tim Boyle at QB? Time to zag and lay the points.

+1135 19-7 IN LAST 26 NFL ATS PICKS
+300 3-0 IN LAST 3 DET ATS PICKS
+90 2-1 IN LAST 3 SEA ATS PICKS