Week 16 NFL picks
Last Week’s Prediction Records:
Overall Prediction Records:
Kevin: 81-50 (Started Week 7)
Josh: 66-37 (Started Week 9)
Dan: 60-43 (Started Week 9)
Christan: 43-33 (Started Week 11)
Dennis: 12-4 (Started Week 15)
Congrats to Kevin Dannaher on being our weekly picks leader in Week 15. Once again, Congrats to Cullen Jekel on being our season leader after Week 15. The rest of have two weeks to catch Cullen, so we better start getting our picks right! There’s a tight race heading into the final two weeks.
Unfortunately we don’t get a Thursday night game this week. The good news is there are two games on Saturday for us to enjoy. If we can wait that long, they should be good! Let’s find out who we’ve all got winning every Week 16 game!
Redskins vs Titans (Saturday)
“The Derrick Henry show had an encore this past week, as he scored another pair of touchdowns and ran 140 yards. This game should be much of the same, as the Titans look to remain in the playoff hunt while other teams start to fall back down.” – RahimAli Merchant
I agree with Rahim that Derrick Henry should have another nice game running the ball. That seems to be the formula for the Titans to win, which they need in order to remain in playoff contention. Derrick Henry must get going on the ground.
Ravens vs Chargers (Saturday)
“The Chargers continue to win games without star players. Last week against the Chiefs was the best win of the season for them. In that win, the Chargers played without their top three receiving options (Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen), but that was no problem for MVP candidate QB Philip Rivers and WR Mike Williams. This week they play against a tougher defense. However, the Chargers have their pieces coming back and they will not look to slow down.” – RahimAli Merchant
Buccaneers vs Cowboys
As a Dallas fan who has seen my fair share of collapses in the final weeks of the season, I can’t help but think this year may hold another one. After the Cowboys scored zero points against the Colts last week, I don’t really have a reason to believe the worst won’t happen. What can happen, will happen. Dallas has had a good season so far, because they’ve been better than many expected. Can they shake off a bad performance and get back to being the team who was on a five game win streak?
One piece of good news is that the Cowboys are playing this game at home. They’re 6-1 at home this season. The Buccaneers are 1-6 on the road. Just because the Buccaneers are 5-9 and 1-6 on the road, that doesn’t mean the Cowboys can take this game lightly. They’re playing the 12th ranked scoring offense in the NFL this week. We just saw the Ravens hold the Bucs to 12 points. The Dallas D will need to do that to help the terrible, horrific and scoreless offense the Cowboys displayed last week.
Vikings vs Lions
The Vikings are coming off a monster game in which they crushed the Dolphins 41-17. They really needed that confidence boost as they try to secure a playoff spot. Can the Lions play spoiler and help another NFC team take that playoff spot from the Vikings? It’ll be tough to do if the Vikings explode again. This Lions defense will have to find a way to stop the Vikings offensively, because I’m not sure their offense is up to the task of piling the points on the Vikings’ defense.
Falcons vs Panthers
Neither of these teams will be in the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have anything to play for. This is a division game between two NFC South rivals. These two teams want to beat each other. For the Falcons, they’d love to complete the season sweep of the Panthers after beating them earlier this season. The Panthers would love to get revenge on the Falcons for beating them. This may not be the most exciting game to watch this week, but it still holds some interest.
Texans vs Eagles
“It’s going to be a tough game if the Eagles’ defense can out play the Texans’ offense. But at the same time, the Eagles’ offense needs to play like they did last week against the Rams if they want a chance at the playoffs. This game is very important to the Eagles for the playoff picture and I think the Eagles can get this one.” – RahimAli Merchant
This is an interesting game because of how the Eagles played last week against the Rams. Sitting at 7-7, the Eagles are playing for their playoff lives. If they lose this game, they likely won’t be in the playoffs this season. However, if they win and the Cowboys lose, they’ll be tied for the division lead. They’d still need Dallas to lose again to win the NFC East, but if Dallas loses this week, they’re probably not going to win a game in which they have to win to make the playoffs. I stated in a recent post that the Eagles seem to play better without Carson Wentz in the lineup. If they can play with the same intensity they had last year in the playoffs and last week against the Rams, the Texans better watch out.
This game is important for the Texans also. Right now they sit as the two seed in the AFC playoff picture. That means they’d have a first-round bye if the playoffs started today. Only one game in front of the Patriots, the Texans can’t afford to lose this game. They have to stay sharp, especially against an Eagles team who wants a chance to defend their Super Bowl title.
Giants vs Colts
After shutting out the Cowboys last week, the Colts get another NFC East team who was shut out a week ago. Can the Colts continue to play lights out and help their playoff chances? This week is a great opportunity for the Colts to put themselves in playoff position. The Ravens are playing the Chargers. If they lose, all the Colts need to do is win and they’ll be in that final spot in the AFC. If the Ravens beat the Chargers, the Colts will have to win this game and next week’s game in hopes the Ravens drop one. First things first. The 5-9 Giants currently stand in their way.
Bengals vs Browns
“The Browns chances of winning this game just went up a lot with the recent news of the Bengals losing WR Tyler Boyd for the rest of the season. It’s going to be a tough day for the Bengals, especially if the Browns’ tough run defense can slow down Joe Mixon. I think it is very possible and we could very well see the Browns have a winning record by the time this season is over. Let’s see if they can get some help to be in the playoffs. You can find out what the Browns need to have done to get into the playoffs here.” – RahimAli Merchant
Bills vs Patriots
Tom Brady and the Patriots are in a must win situation this week. It’s not because they’re in danger of losing their division lead, but rather because they’re in danger of not getting a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. That’s what most of us want to see, but the Patriots don’t want to lose out on that. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are usually at their best around this time of year. They weren’t last week, but don’t expect that to happen again this week as they make their late season push.
Packers vs Jets
Three of us are taking the Jets over the Packers in this game. They gave the Texans a hard time last week, almost beating them. Can they give the Packers a hard time this week? This Packers team is still trying to find themselves as they finish off the season. This is the same team who lost to the Cardinals a few weeks back, so the Jets winning isn’t out of the question here.
Jaguars vs Dolphins
The Dolphins suffered a big loss to the Minnesota Vikings last week, but they’re still 7-7 and fighting for a shot at the playoffs. They need the Ravens, Colts and Titans to lose. That may be a lot to ask, so they’ll just have to control what they can control. The Jaguars may have a good defense, but the biggest difference between them and the Vikings is their offense. This offense hasn’t played well all season long. The Jaguars may be able to slow down the Dolphins’ offense, but can they slow them down enough for their offense to outscore them?
Bears vs 49ers
If the Bears want a chance at a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs, they’ll have to win this game. That shouldn’t be a problem for them based on how they’ve been playing lately, but the 49ers have been looking better. They just knocked off the Seattle Seahawks last week to hurt their playoff chances. Can they do the same thing to the Bears this week? We don’t think so, but anything can happen.
Rams vs Cardinals
The Rams are in need of a win after losing two straight games. This game seems like the perfect game for them to do so. A key to victory for the Rams, is Jared Goff playing well. For whatever reason, Goff has been awful over the past two weeks. He’s thrown five INTs and zero TDs. That must change. This team needs to get their confidence back before heading into the playoffs. This is also an important game because they need to stay ahead of the Bears in order to get a first-round bye in the NFC.
Steelers vs Saints
“Neither team had impressive wins last week, but they still got the win. For the Saints, it was holding on to the lead in the NFC. But the Steelers needed to win a game and snap their three-game losing streak, which was what they called “Redemption Sunday.” With the win, the Steelers were able to maintain their lead in the AFC North. Getting this win over the Saints will help them clinch the division after the Ravens lose to the Chargers.” – RahimAli Merchant
Chiefs vs Seahawks (Sunday Night)
“Okay, so despite both of these teams losing, they are still likely going to be in the playoffs. It’s a must-win for the Seahawks, as they let their chance of clinching a playoff spot get away from them. This game against the Chiefs will be the most important game of the Seahawks’ season, as they try to beat the AFC West leader. The Seahawks will bring out everything and find a way to win this exciting Sunday night game.” – RahimAli Merchant
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs are fighting to stay the best team in the AFC. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are fighting for a Wild Card spot in the NFC. This should be a fun game to watch. Both teams are coming off a loss last week, and neither of them can afford to lose again this week. I believe this game will come down to whichever QB plays the best. Both Mahomes and Wilson are top five in passer rating this season.
The defense’s of both teams will also play a factor. Seattle has a better defense than the Chiefs, but they struggled last week against the 49ers. The Chiefs played well for most of the game against the Chargers, but struggled in the most crucial time of the game. Which defense will give their QB more help this week?
Broncos vs Raiders (Monday Night)
Just when you think the Raiders aren’t tanking anymore, they start tanking again. After beating the Steelers two weeks ago, the Raiders lost to a Bengals team led by Jeff Driskel. This week they play a Denver Broncos team who has been eliminated from the playoffs. That won’t stop the Broncos from playing their best. With the Broncos at 6-8, they’re likely playing to have a winning season. They can still do that, and it starts with a win over the Raiders. Plus, with the Raiders trying to officially own the worst record in the NFL, they won’t play as hard as the Broncos.