NFL Week 16 picks

12/22/13 in NFL   |   jakeryanbrown   |   28 respect

Dolphins (8-6) @ Bills (5-9)
 
The Dolphins find themselves in the middle of a playoff push with the Bills and Jets on their radar.  They have the easiest remaining schedule and seem to be in perfect position to find themselves making the playoffs.  They will face Thad Lewis and a banged up Bills squad playing for nothing.  The Dolphins keep their playoff hopes alive headed to week 17.
 
PREDICTION:
DOLPHINS BY 7
 
 
Browns (4-10) @ Jets (6-8)
 
An irrelevant football game will end with a Jets loss. 
 
PREDICTION:
BROWNS BY 3
 
Dec 15, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) runs the ball during the third quarter against the New York Jets at Bank of America Stadium. Panthers defeated the Jets 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY SportsSaints (10-4) @ Panthers (10-4)
 
It doesn’t get any better than this.  Two teams fighting for the NFC South title in week 16 with playoff hopes still on the line.  The Saints took care of business two weeks ago at the SuperDome when they destroyed the Panthers.  The scene now shifts to Carolina where the Panthers fans will be rowdy.  Their front seven will come after Drew Brees all day long.  The Saints have been two different football teams at home and on the road.  That trend will continue today when the Panthers take first place in the NFC South.
 
PREDICTION:
PANTHERS BY 3
 
Vikings (4-9-1) @ Bengals (9-5)
 
This is a must win for the Bengals.  They won’t let the Vikings play spoilers in their building today.  The Bengals will make it 7-0 at home and clinch a playoff spot.
 
PREDICTION:
BENGALS BY 7
 
Cowboys (7-7) @ Redskins (3-11)
 
The Cowboys somehow found a way to collapse last week against the Packers.  This week, they take on Kirk Cousins and the Redskins, who are playing for a draft pick right now.  The Cowboys season will come down to next week against the Eagles.  They will take care of business against the Redskins.
 
PREDICTION:
COWBOYS BY 10
 
Broncos (11-3) @ Texans (2-12)
 
The Broncos may put up 100 against the Texans.  This one won’t be close.
 
PREDICTION:
BRONCOS BY 17
 
Colts (9-5) @ Chiefs (11-3) Dec 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) catches a 71 yard touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 56-31. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
 
We might be looking at a preview of the first round of the playoffs in this one.  The Colts have been inconsistent, have no running game, and a horrid offensive line.  Despite all their issues, they are the AFC South champs and can still find themselves as a two seed if they can get some help.  The Chiefs have been overlooked after losing three straight games, but their offense is finally starting to light up the scoreboard.  Jamaal Charles had a field day last week against the Raiders defense.  Expect the same from the Chiefs this week as they remain alive for an AFC West title.
 
PREDICTION:
CHIEFS BY 3
 
Titans (5-9) @ Jaguars (4-10)
 
Yawn.  Jaguars win a tight one.
 
PREDICTION:
JAGUARS BY 3
 
Bucs (4-10) @ Rams (6-8)
 
Another stinker.  Rams win by a field goal.
 
PREDICTION:
RAMS BY 3
 
4:00 games:
Giants (5-9) @ Lions (7-7)
 
The Lions have been one of the most bizarre teams in the NFL week-in and week-out, but luckily they get the Giants this week.  Detroit had their chance last week to put a stranglehold on the NFC North, but were plagued by turnovers once again against the Ravens at home.  The Giants have all sorts of issues and were shutout at home last week for the first time since 1995.  The Lions will keep their slim playoff hopes alive with an absolute must-win in Detroit.
 
PREDICTION:
LIONS BY 7
 
Cardinals (9-5) @ Seahawks (12-2)
 
You have to give the Cardinals a ton of credit for remaining alive in the NFC playoff race, but with the Seahawks and 49ers on their schedule, the road ends here.  The Seahawks don’t lose at home and they want to get that number one seed so they can play in Seattle all January.  Carson Palmer will have one of his worst games of the season against the Seahawks fierce defense and electric 12th man. 
 
PREDICTION:
SEAHAWKS BY 7
 
Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) celebrates after kicking a 61 yard field goal during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Baltimore Ravens defeated the Detroit Lions 18-16. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY SportsPatriots (10-4) @ Ravens (8-6)
 
The Ravens keep rolling after a 61-yard field goal by Justin Tucker lifted them over the Lions on the road last week.  Now they return home to take on Tom Brady and a banged up Patriots team.  The Ravens are 6-1 this season at home and they have no problem beating the Pats in big games, a la AFC Championship last season.  Too much is going right for the Ravens and the Pats struggled last week in a loss to the Dolphins.  Always go with the hot team in December and the Ravens are in a situation where a loss could end their season.  Tucker seals the deal late once again.
 

PREDICTION:
RAVENS BY 3
 
Steelers (6-8) @ Packers (7-6-1)
 
The Steelers slim playoff hopes are alive, but it would take nothing short of a miracle.  Too much needs to happen for them and even with Matt Flynn at QB, the Packers won’t lose at Lambeau as their playoff hopes are very much alive.  Flynn had a great second half last week, leading the explosive comeback in Dallas.  Look for him to keep the ship sailing in Green Bay.
 
PREDICTION:
PACKERS BY 3
 
Raiders (4-10) @ Chargers (7-7)
 
The Raiders can’t stop a nose bleed after giving up 59 points last week.  Phillip Rivers holds the playoff hopes of the Chargers by a thread with a win this week.
 
PREDICTION:
CHARGERS BY 10
 
Sunday Night Football: Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) carries the ball during the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Bears (8-6) @ Eagles (8-6)
 
Jay Cutler led the Bears to a victory last week and first place.  The Eagles gave up an astounding 48 points to a banged up Vikings team playing for nothing.  Nick Foles will make sure that doesn’t happen back home this week.  LeSean McCoy is going to have a field day against this horrid Bears rush defense.  McCoy has erupted in the second half of the season, looking like a MVP candidate.  The Eagles won’t lose at home in a game that could clinch them the NFC East if the Cowboys lose. 
 
PREDICTION:
EAGLES BY 3
 
Monday Night Football:
Falcons (4-10) @ 49ers (10-4)
 
This isn’t even worth of Monday Night Football.  The 49ers are playing tremendous football right now and they keep it going Monday with a blowout at home over the abysmal Falcons.
 
PREDICTION:
49ERS BY 14
 
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