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2016 NFL Predictions Week Sixteen
Winter has come and the dead come with it. In other words, we get a good clear picture of what playoff teams are for real in these next two weeks. Happy Holidays to you all.
Giants @ Eagles: Eli Manning and the Giants can clinch a playoff berth with a win adding pressure to the Cowboys to win the NFC East. They've won eight of their last nine games with Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard having heavy contribution in those games. There will be a wild moment or two in your typical divisional contest the week before New Years.
Dolphins @ Bills: Matt Moore played well in his first start last week this season in New Jersey giving the Dolphins optimism for these last regular season games (if Ryan Tannehill can't suit up). Buffalo will make it tough with Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy in what might be Rex Ryan's last year as coach.
Jets @ Patriots: The Patriots have the AFC East wrapped up but need to continue to win the last two games with Oakland or Kansas City at their heels. More reason to pick New England as the first game against the Jets was closer than expected.
Titans @ Jaguars: Against a good young playoff team in the Titans, this will be a good first test for Jacksonville interim coach Doug Marrone. Tennessee's win last week in Kansas City could be looked at as the best win they have gotten all season. The young Jaguars players respond to Marrone but the Titans squeak out the victory.
Vikings @ Packers: With last week's rushing performance, the Green Bay Packers became the 16th team (8th in NFC) to rush for over 200 yards this season. That is quite a performance for a receiver in a running back role (Ty Montgomery) and a true running back (Christine Michael) who just played in his fifth game with the team. Minnesota struggled defending the Colts run game last week paving the way for the action. With Aaron Rodgers and the offense heating up, Minnesota's playoff hopes will run out.
Chargers @ Browns: The Chargers theme for the season has been blown fourth quarter leads. Luckily, they won't have to go through that again as they won't have a lead entering the final quarter. Philip Rivers snatches the hope away from Northeastern Ohio. It is the final opportunity for Cleveland to get their first win.
Redskins @ Bears: From wild card team to sitting at third place in their division, a golden opportunity slipped for Washington after Monday night's loss to Carolina (eliminated from the postseason, they're just posting up as a seeding spoiler). With Matt Barkley making the most of the weapons provided, he'll make it a close one.
Falcons @ Panthers: After their first meeting in October, the end result pretty much highlighted where these teams will be for the rest of 2016. The Panthers have fallen out of the division while Atlanta rose as a favorite to win the South. Matt Ryan's squad will keep soaring high thanks to the offense.
Colts @ Raiders: Party like it is 2002, the last time Oakland played January football. Their next goal is to try to get a first round bye. It was a good win for Indianapolis last week but the defense won't have as much success against Derek Carr. We could be looking at a new quarterback rivalry in the AFC.
Buccaneers @ Saints: A second meeting in a three-week span, can the Bucs defense hold Drew Brees to another goose egg in the touchdown column? It will be tough to do, considering New Orleans' offense probably had its best game in the last month last week. Certainly, Jameis is capable of playing better than what we saw in the fourth quarter in last weeks loss in Dallas.
Cardinals @ Seahawks: In parts of 2013 to 2014 you had the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry and last year was Cardinals-Seahawks. The only thing that has been consistent in the last four years has been Seattle's success. Arizona will get smacked around on the offensive side of the ball.
49ers @ Rams: The 28-0 beating San Francisco gave to Los Angeles on opening week looked like they could be on to something for the season. Shockingly, it was their only win while the Rams had some ups and downs as the season progressed. One team will be looking for a new coach for 2017 while the other could see a shift in their front office.
Bengals @ Texans: Tom Savage will try to salvage the season for Houston after coming in for Brock Osweiler last week and giving them the comeback win. Despite being out of playoff contention, the Bengals continue to play tough. Andy Dalton gets A.J. Green back to spark the offense and gets his long-awaited victory over the Texans.
Ravens @ Steelers: Le'Veon Bell has struggled in his career when playing against the Ravens posting just three total touchdowns and an average of 103.3 total yards. Pittsburgh's offense has at least scored 24 points during their 5 game win streak but have averaged a little over 20 points when facing Baltimore with Bell, Brown and Big Ben on the field together. In short, it will be your typical Steelers-Ravens slug fest.
Broncos @ Chiefs: The Chiefs haven't lost two consecutive home games since 2013, the first year under Andy Reid. Those two teams they lost to were the Chargers and the Broncos. If Trevor Siemian plays like he did the last time he faced the Chiefs, they have a shot. Don't expect any special teams gaffes this time around as Denver is in a desperate situation.
Lions @ Cowboys: Detroit's run game has been lacking and the busted finger has effected Matt Stafford's throws. The defensive front will see alot of Elliott and the other-worldly Cowboys offensive line as the Lions slips in the playoff standings while Dallas locks up the first overall seed in the NFC.
2016 Season: 112-80-2
Last Week: 11-5