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Another 4-3 week last week and we are 24 over .500, sitting at 58% or so. This week really tests your faith in the approach because I gotta tell you — I don’t know who is playing for teams and I don’t care. The old something-to-play-for vs nothing-to-play-for … add in a little “this team stinks” and it’s a bonanza of picks that make you make the face my puppy makes when he hears a weird noise. Anyway … I’m not boring you with explanations — there aren’t any. These are the sides — take them or don’t. I completely understand and don’t take it personally.

Season: 86-62-4

NFL Week 18

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons (-4, 40)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

Van Pelt’s pick: Falcons (-4)

Why would you be on Atlanta? I don’t know. Because you like to party?

SVP: 6-2 all time when picking NFC South games

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (-9, 39.5)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET, Paycor Stadium, Cincinnati

Van Pelt’s pick: Ravens (+9)

How about Baltimore — is Lamar Jackson ever playing for them again? He’s not on Sunday — we are on the Ravens.

SVP: 0-7 all time when picking against the Bengals

Minnesota Vikings (-6, 42.5) at Chicago Bears
Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET, Soldier Field, Chicago

Van Pelt’s pick: Bears (+6)

Hey — want to back Nathan Peterman? Sure you do.

SVP: 3-2 all time when picking the Bears

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos (-3, 39.5)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Empower Field at Mile High, Denver

Van Pelt’s pick: Broncos (-3)

I am Broncos country. One last time: Let’s ride.

SVP: 5-4 all time when picking the Broncos

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (-15, 42)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

Van Pelt’s pick: Eagles (-15)

Fly Eagles Fly laying a massive number. Most we have ever given in the NFL; I’d have to think. (Editor’s note: SVP had never laid more than 10 points in an NFL pick)

SVP: 7-4 all time when laying at least 14 points

Dallas Cowboys (-7, 40) at Washington Commanders
Sunday, 1:05 p.m ET, FedExField, Landover, Maryland

Van Pelt’s pick: Commanders (+7)

Sam Howell gets the start. Handsome beard on Sam — that’s the move here.

SVP: 3-1-2 all time when picking against the Cowboys

CFP National Championship presented by AT&T

No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs vs. No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs (-12.5, 63)
Monday, 7:35 p.m. ET on ESPN, SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California

Van Pelt’s pick: Georgia (-12.5)

And let’s close shop Monday night, and one last time sing it with me: Who’s that coming down the track? A mean machine in red and black. The Dawgs are laying an enormous number to a very capable team.

If you understand how we see the world, you get that we liked Ohio State because the number was less than a touchdown, and we like Georgia because this number is so high.

SVP: 9-1 all time when picking Georgia

There you go. Happy New Year, America. I hope you like slop, because that’s what we have in the old birdcage.

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