Week 16 Matchup Predictions
Falcons (12-2) @ Lions (4-10): The Falcons are riding high after a dominant win over the Giants, while the Lions are feeling like they hit rock bottom, recently losing to the Cardinals, who had previously lost nine straight games. The Falcons have already locked up the NFC South, and need just one more win to clinch the best record in the NFC - they'll get that win this week.
Falcons win 31-24.
Saints (6-8) @ Cowboys (8-6): The Cowboys have had a pretty un-Cowboy-like month of December, winning all three of their games this month. They've won five of their last six games, the past two coming against some strong AFC North playoff hopefuls. This week, they'll have their hands full with the Saints, who just smacked around a pretty solid Buccaneers' team 41-0. However, the Saints will now have to head out on the road, where they always have a tougher time putting up points, and the Cowboys have surprisingly been playing with a sense of urgency as of late.
Cowboys win 31-28.
Titans (5-9) @ Packers (10-4): The Titans are coming off a nice home win over the Jets, but that isn't saying much considering many are calling that game the most embarrassing moment in the history of Jets football. The Packers are coming off another great game against the Chicago Bears, have clinched the NFC North, and will be fighting for a first round bye with the 49ers. They've won eight of their last nine games, and the Titans - who haven't beaten a team with a winning record all season - are not going to slow down Aaron Rodgers and company.
Packers win 35-17.
Colts (9-5) @ Chiefs (2-12): A win for the Colts locks them into the playoffs, while a win for the Chiefs... gets them a worse draft pick? The biggest issue with the Colts is their turnover margin, but the Chiefs are one of the only teams in the league with a lower number in that category. Andrew Luck can put points up on the board, while Brady Quinn - or whoever the Chiefs put behind center - can not.
Colts win 27-14.
Bills (5-9) @ Dolphins (6-8): Both of these teams are essentially playing for pride, but one player in particular is playing for a bit more - Ryan Fitzpatrick. With Bills' GM Buddy Nix recently stating that now is the time to pick a quarterback high in the draft, Fitzpatrick is going to want to play his best for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, he'll be facing a Dolphins' defense that - despite being ranked 26th against the pass - gives up the 6th least points in the league. Over the past four weeks, Miami has smoked the Jaguars, played tight with the Patriots and 49ers, and topped the Seahawks. The Bills beat the Dolphins in Buffalo by five earlier this season, but I say the tables turn this week.
Dolphins win 21-17.