NFL Picks – Week 16

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (Thursday 8:20pm)
This one looked a whole lot more interesting six months ago. Now, it’s TJ Yates vs. Dan Orlovsky.
Winner: Texans

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (Saturday 1pm)
This one will be closer than you think. QB Tom Brady threw for over 500 yards against the Dolphins in week 1, he won’t do it again here, but he’ll do enough to keep the Patriots atop the AFC.
Winner: Patriots

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (Saturday 1pm)
Amazingly enough, the Chiefs actually hold the AFC West’s fate in their hands to a certain extent. After a bizarre upset of previously undefeated Green Bay, the Chiefs can win the West with a win here and a victory in Denver next week (along with a Broncos loss this week to Buffalo).  Interim head coach Romeo Crennel has them playing hard again, so watch out.
Winner: Chiefs

Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins (Saturday 1pm)
They call this a friends and family game for a reason.
Winner: Redskins

Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals (Saturday 1pm)
Both teams are barely alive in the playoff race. The Cardinals won’t be after this one.  But give both teams credit, if nothing else, they’ve found solid QB’s in John Skelton and Andy Dalton respectively.
Winner: Bengals

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (Saturday 1pm)
The Bucs have fallen off the NFL map. Cam Newton will keep them on that route as the offensive rookie of the year comes through with another solid week.
Winner: Panthers

New York Giants at New York Jets (Saturday 1pm)
The Battle of NY means everything for both teams, who desperately need wins to stay alive in the playoff race.  If the same Jets team that showed up in Philly last Sunday plays here, QB Eli Manning and mates could have a field day.
Winner: Giants

Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills (Saturday 1pm)
Tebow Mania comes East.  Thankfully for Tim and the Broncos, these Bills are nowhere near as good as the Patriots.
Winner: Broncos

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (Saturday 1pm)
At the very least, you can watch a good RB battle between Maurice Jones-Drew and Chris Johnson.
Winner: Titans

St. Louis Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers (Saturday 1pm)
It looks like the Steelers will rest Ben Roethlisberger this week after blowing a shot at the AFC North top spot (and #1 seed in the AFC) with a loss in SF.  The good news is that they shouldn’t need him.
Winner: Steelers

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (Saturday 1pm)

The good news for Baltimore is that they seem to follow up a bad loss with a solid victory.  Last Sunday, they were embarassed in San Diego.
Winner: Ravens

San Diego Chargers at Detroit Lions (Saturday 4pm)
The Lions got a big boy win with a last second rally in Oakland to put themselves in the driver’s seat for the NFC Wild Card. A win here clinches that.
Winner: Lions

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (Saturday 4:15pm)
Seattle will put up more of a fight than you might think.
Winner: 49ers

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Saturday 4:15pm)
It’s the battle of “what team will show up this week.”  The Eagles looked great the past two weeks with Michael Vick back at QB.  The Cowboys righted the ship after two last second losses.  Incredibly, the Eagles can stil win the NFC East.
Winner: Eagles

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (Sunday 8:20pm)
Christmas Night in Green Bay without QB Jay Cutler and RB Matt Forte was not on the Bears wish list for 2011.
Winner: Packers

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (Monday 8:30pm)
This one has huge impacts on the NFC Playoff Race. Both teams can still win the NFC South or clinch at least a wild card berth. A shootout in the Dome to end the Holiday Weekend should be a must see.
Winner: Saints

Last week: 10-6
Season: 145-79


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