Week 16 Matchup Predictions
Texans win 27-20.
Browns (5-9) @ Broncos (11-3): Most people just assume that the Browns are a joke year in and year out, but they actually have not terrible this season. Previous to last week, they had won three in a row, and have lost some tight games to some good teams (Cowboys by three, Colts by four). However, they just let Kirk Cousins and the Redskins hang 38 points on them, and now they're heading to Denver to take on MVP candidate Peyton Manning.
Broncos win 31-17.
Bears (8-6) @ Cardinals (5-9): The Cardinals did it! They won a game! They broke their nine game losing streak! But they'll get another losing streak started this week when they face a Bears team that will be putting up their toughest fight to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Cardinals beat the Lions last week thanks two a couple defensive touchdowns and two other turnovers, but I expect the Bears to be more careful with the ball than the Lions were. In addition, the Cardinals' offense will be completely stymied by the Bears' 3rd ranked scoring defense.
Bears win 27-14.
Giants (8-6) @ Ravens (9-5): This is an interesting matchup, as both teams seem as if they could easily win or lose any game at any time. I like Eli to bounce back in this game and play at his best with his team in a must-win situation, while Joe Flacco will show us his bad side when dealing with a Giants' defense that forces the 3rd most turnovers in the NFL.
Giants win 27-21.
49ers (10-3-1) @ Seahawks (9-5): The Seahawks may be the first team since 1950 to score 50+ points in two straight games, but their streak will stop there, as they'll be facing the 49ers' top ranked scoring defense. Colin Kaepernick proved to us last week that he can get a win in the face of a barrage from Tom Brady and the Patriot offense, and he won't have to put up quite as many points this week against the Seahawks' 11th ranked scoring offense. The Niners are in a fight for a first round bye in the NFC, and they'll be fired up to take down a division opponent this week.
49ers win 24-20.