Thursday, December 24, 2009

NFL Week 16 Predictions

What a great time of the year, not only do we have the holiday's but we also have the NFL Playoffs right around the corner! While the NFC is basically decided except for the positioning, the AFC is still a mess of 7-7 teams looking to sneak into the postseason. With so many teams still in the mix, we should have a fun final two weeks.

Here are my picks for Week 16 of the NFL season. Remember, all picks are made strictly based on who I think will win and do not take the spread into consideration.

Record Last Week: 10-6, .625
Overall Record: 154-70, .688

Friday Night Game:

Chargers (11-3) @ Titans (7-7) The only team hotter than our Eagles is the Chargers. Everyone keeps assuming that the Colts will just keep rolling right into the Super Bowl but you can't forget that the Chargers have owned Indy the last few years. The Titans unlikely playoff run officially ends this week. My pick: Chargers

Sunday Day Games:

Bills (5-9) @ Falcons (7-7) Whether Matt Ryan plays in this one or not, the Falcons will win. Mostly because the Bills will be starting third string QB Brian Brohm in this one. Yikes. My pick: Falcons

Chiefs (3-11) @ Bengals (9-5) The Bengals played inspired football last week and nearly knocked off the Chargers. They could be in for a nice playoff run as they play for the memory of Chris Henry. My pick: Bengals

Raiders (5-9) @ Browns (3-11) Hey, the Raiders aren't that terrible after all! After they win this one and then lose to the Ravens next week, their 6-10 record will actually look fairly respectable. If they can just get rid of JaMarcus Russell, they could be a .500 team. My pick: Raiders

Seahawks (5-9) @ Packers (9-5) It's looking more and more likely that the Packers will be facing the Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs in Arizona. Aaron Rodgers should be salivating, he will have a field day throwing against the Cardinal secondary. My pick: Packers

Ravens (8-6) @ Steelers (7-7) There are a ton of playoff implications in this game. If the Steelers can knock off the Ravens and bring them back towards the pack, the AFC playoff picture becomes incredibly muddled, especially if/when the Eagles beat the Broncos. I'm all for muddle. My pick: Steelers

Texans (7-7) @ Dolphins (7-7) Win and you keep your slim hopes alive, lose and you are done. The Texans never win games when they absolutely have to. The Dolphins should run all over them. My pick: Dolphins

Jaguars (7-7) @ Patriots (9-5) Goodbye, Jaguars, from the AFC playoff picture. I still can't believe they were ever in the mix. My pick: Patriots

Bucs (2-12) @ Saints (13-1) This is a nice bounce-back game for the Saints. Look for the offense to get right against Tampa Bay. The loss to Dallas will end up doing more good for the Saints than harm. My pick: Saints

Panthers (6-8) @ Giants (8-6) The Giants offense has looked really good the last few weeks, you have to credit Eli Manning for putting to rest all the talk about how bad he is when the weather gets cold. That said, I wouldn't be surprised if he reverted to his old self in this one. With a slight playoff shot left, you have to expect the G-men will play inspired football. Too little, too late, though. My pick: Giants

Rams (1-13) @ Cardinals (9-5) Congrats on having the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Rams. Too bad with one pick you can't draft a quarterback and a wide receiver. And an offensive line. And a secondary. My pick: Cardinals

Lions (2-12) @ Niners (6-8) With a game against Detroit this week and the Rams next week, the Niners should finish the season at .500. Good for them! My pick: Niners

Broncos (8-6) @ Eagles (10-4) A lot of people seem to have mixed emotions about the return of Brian Dawkins. Look, I wish the guy finished off his career in Philadelphia, too, but would the Birds really be better with him? Would they have 11 wins now instead of 10? Regardless, the guy deserves a standing ovation from us and then the Eagles need to burn him for a few touchdowns so we won't miss him anymore. With the Cowboys playing the Redskins, this is basically a must-win for the Eagles. My pick: Eagles

Jets (7-7) @ Colts (14-0) I've heard a few people mention this: if the Jets want to win and stay in the playoff hunt, they need to hit Peyton Manning early and often and force the Colts to take him out of the game. It won't make a difference, though, the Colts will build themselves a nice lead and coast in the second half. My pick: Colts

Sunday Night Game:

Cowboys (9-5) @ Redskins (4-10) Nice of the Cowboys to get a gift game at this time of the year. Come on, Redskins, you know you have one last fight in you! My pick: Cowboys

Monday Night Game:

Vikings (11-3) @ Bears (5-9) More Brett Favre drama! Wow! All I know is that the rest of the NFC shouldn't be fearing the Vikings as much as they did a few weeks ago. They are slipping and it isn't all Favre's fault. My pick: Vikings

Those are my picks for Week 16 of the NFL Season. Check back every Thursday during the season for the latest predictions. Feel free to discuss, argue or make your own picks in the comment section!


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