NFL Week 16 Picks

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Week 16 NFL Picks

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With two just weeks left to go in the regular season to go, there are playoff spots up for grabs and plenty of great matchups to watch. There are only four divisional games but there are good games to watch this week that have big time playoff implications. There are matchups with teams in the playoff race against each other and there are games where a division rival could ruin your favorite team’s playoff chances. It’s going to be fun to watch, unless you’re the nervous kind, then it’ll be fun to watch you at the bar because there are also plenty of Super bowl matchups in fantasy leagues all over the USA this weekend.

This weekend, the games actually start on Saturday night and end on Sunday night so don’t get all excited for that Thursday or Monday night matchup because they aren’t coming. Some of the better games this weekend include the New York Giants and the Baltimore Ravens, as well as the New Orleans Saints traveling to Dallas to take on the hot Cowboys. There’s also plenty on the line in Pittsburgh where the Steelers host the Cincinnati Bengals in a game that just may decide which team makes the playoffs. Want some more fun, the 49ers take to the highway to battle the Seattle Seahawks as Seattle tries to win out and possibly take the NFC West crown away from San Francisco.

So grab your favorite beverage and some buffalo wings because I’m about to pick all the games in this week’s picks. *I went 13-3 last week, that’s more like:

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Falcons Win

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Things kick off for the weekend on Saturday night when the Atlanta Falcons travel to Detroit to take on the Lions. Stafford and the Lions are coming off possibly their worst game of the game season and will look to play much better at home, which is usually the case. The Falcons dominated last week and put a full effort together and are looking like a very good 12-2 team. The Falcons should be able to put points up against Detroit and get a stop of two they need to win a close game, Atlanta wins.

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Saints Win

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The New Orleans Saints blasted the Bucs last week and their defense showed signs of life in the shutout. The Cowboys are getting hot and finding ways to win. The bottom line is I’m not sure if the Cowboys defense is healthy enough to stop Brees and the passing game of the Saints. New Orleans wins a shootout and holds off the Cowboys in the end. Saints win.

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Panthers Win

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In Carolina the suddenly hot Panthers welcome the scorching hot Raiders. Well, any win makes Oakland scorching hot so here they are riding a one game winning streak going to Charlotte. The Panthers have looked great in the past few weeks and they will stay hot, Panthers win.

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Packers Win

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Tennessee comes to Lambeau after a nice win on Monday night to battle the Packers. If the Packers can slow Chris Johnson, they should be fine because Jake Locker still hasn’t figured it out yet. Green Bay will pass all over the fatigued Titans who played on Monday night, Packers win big.

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Texans Win

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In what may be one of the more interesting games on the week, the Minnesota Vikings travel to Houston to play the Texans. The Texans have locked up the AFC South and are looking to secure home-field advantage for the playoffs as well. The Viking are back into playoff contention because of the legs of Adrian Peterson. Dude is a freak and it will be interesting to see if the Texans can stop him. The Texans will win because Christian Ponder will not be able to run free this week since the Vikings will be playing from behind. Texans win.

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Patriots Win

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The Jaguars host the Patriots this week in probably the worst game of the week. Can the Jags keep it close? Probably not, Pats romp.

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Chiefs Win

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The Chiefs welcome the Colts to town and usually the Colts don’t play real well on the road. The Chiefs can’t play any worse than they did last week so they may give their best effort. Kansas City has a pretty good secondary and maybe able to slow Andrew Luck in the passing game. I have just convinced myself, Chiefs win.

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Dolphins Win

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In Miami, a divisional matchup awaits with the Dolphins and the Bills. The Bills have looked pretty bad in the last few weeks, while the Dolphins got a nice win last week. Hard to see the Bills winning this one, Miami is the better team. Dolphins win.

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Eagles Win

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There’s a big time game between the Eagles and Redskins in Philly and the Eagles will have had the extra time off to prepare for the Redskins. Will it be Kirk Cousins or RGIII at QB for Washington, no one knows yet but I do know this, it is Andy Reid’s last game as Philly’s head coach and the team will battle for Reid, no matter what’s happened this year. I don’t care who plays QB for the Redskins, Philly and the fans send out Reid a winner at home. Eagles win.

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Steelers Win

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The Steelers and Bengals have huge game in Pittsburgh with a possible playoff berth on the line. The winner likely goes to the playoffs, the loser is likely out. The Steelers haven’t played winning football in a few weeks and the Bengals have the benefit of the extra time to prepare after last Thursday’s win. I like the Steelers to get back on the winning track. Steelers win.

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Buccaneers Win

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The Buccaneers are headed in the wrong direction and the Rams are hanging to playoff hopes with the thinnest of threads. The Buccaneers haven’t looked good in the past few weeks but playing at home should give them a nice boost. I’m sensing a really good game here and Tampa Bay will squeak out a win, Buccaneers win.

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Chargers Win

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In New York, the Jets welcome a new era at quarterback when Greg McElroy takes over for Mark Sanchez. He’ll take on the San Diego Chargers who followed up a great game in Pittsburgh with an awful effort last week at home. As bad as Sanchez is, McElroy isn’t the answer either and in the game that boasts the battle of the big disappointments, the Chargers will win, unless Tim Tebow plays a ton, then the Jets win and the circus spirals even further out of control. Chargers win though.

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Broncos Win

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The Broncos have won nine straight games and looking downright scary as they host the Browns. Cleveland will battle but I can’t see them keeping it too close, the Broncos roll to their 10th straight win.

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Bears Win

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The Chicago Bears return to Arizona and the scene of “they are who we thought they were.” In one of the greatest post game pressers ever, Bears fans are hoping Ken Whisenhunt will be screaming the same things after this game. Bears will get off the losing streak and the Cards will go back into the tank. Bears win.

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Ravens Win

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In a matchup of teams who are going in the wrong direction, the Giants head to Baltimore in a game that could cost one team a playoff spot and the other a division title. Actually, maybe both teams can lose a division title with a loss. I can’t see both teams playing that poorly again but maybe the Giants are getting a little tired near the end of the year. Can Joe Flacco take advantage of a porous New York secondary? Flip a coin on this game and I’ll take the home team, Ravens win.

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Seahawks Win

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On Sunday night, the 49ers travel to Seattle to try and win the NFC West title. The Seahawks are looking like one of the best teams in the NFL right now and they are killing team’s up front on both sides of the ball. We all know they play well at home and the Niners are coming off of an impressive win in New England. It’s very hard to play any better than both of these teams played last week but in the end, I like the Seahawks to get it done at home. Seattle wins.