ProFootballDoc: Actionable Health Issues for NFL Week 18

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The final Sunday of the NFL regular season is here and we hope to close strongly. The Cowboys dominated given the Eagles’ COVID “gamesmanship” and “bye week” mentality of resting starters gets us off to a great start and hopefully we can finish with a double digit win margin on the season.

When teams have nothing to play for, it is hard to predict effort and this makes the final Sunday tricky, but there are some actionable health issues. As always, make your own decisions but use the Field View and SIC score to confirm them. Here are the rest of our top five picks (with Dallas in the books) plus honorable mentions. We factor in matchups, recent health trends and other factors but in general a 15 point or greater SIC score differential is a play and a 10-point differential is an honorable mention.

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Written by Dr. David Chao

David Chao, MD -- known digitally as Pro Football Doc -- is an expert contributor for Outkick. Chao spent 17 seasons as the team doctor for the San Diego Chargers (1997-2013) and is part of the medical team at OASIS in San Diego where he treats and specializes in orthopedic sports injuries, working with high-profile professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

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