NFL Week 16 Preview
With 2 weeks remaining in the regular season, playoff spots, draft positioning, and jobs are on the line. Jeff Fisher and Gus Bradley have already been relieved of their coaching duties, but will there be more to follow? The pro bowl rosters were announces yesterday. The Oakland Raiders led the league with 7 pro bowlers. 6 teams didn't have one pro bowler.
I went 10-6 with my picks last week. I am 143-79-2 on the year.
New York Giants 31, Philadelphia Eagles 17: Carson Wentz almost carried the Eagles to victory last week. However, they failed on a 2-point conversion late. The Giants defense has been balling lately, and will make the Eagles offense lives look shaky. Odell Beckham Jr. will bail out Eli Manning on offense.
Miami Dolphins 21, Buffalo Bills 28: Miami doesn't enjoy Buffalo weather at this time of year. The weather conditions will play a major factor into this game. LeSean McCoy will run the ball down the Dolphins throat. Matt Moore looked good last week, but the Bills defense will be playing for Rex's job.
Atlanta Falcons 28, Carolina Panthers 17: Carolina played with a passion on Monday night against the Redskins. The problem is the Falcons offense will match the Panthers passion and outscore them.
Washington Redskins 30, Chicago Bears 23: Washington has lost 3 out of 4, but these games are still meaningful for the Redskins. They are trying to make the postseason. Jordan Howard can spark the Bears to upset the Redskins.
San Diego Chargers 24, Cleveland Browns 10: Phillip Rivers should retire from football if he can't beat the Browns on Saturday. The Chargers have beat themselves constantly this season, but not as badly as the Browns have.
Minnesota Vikings 14, Green Bay Packers 42: The Packers are rolling right now, and the Vikings have hit a wall. Minnesota wasn't inspired by the return of Adrian Peterson. The defense got shelled and Aaron Rodgers will have another big week, although Skip Bayless doesn't want to hear about it.
Tennessee Titans 35, Jacksonville Jaguars 14: This is the perfect time for the Titans to slip up after wins against the Broncos and the Chiefs. However, they are developing an winning identity as a team and why they could be dangerous in the playoffs. Marcus Mariota will play solid again, and the DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry tandem will flourish.
New York Jets 10, New England Patriots 45: If the Jets get destroyed against a so-so Dolphins team, what should they expect against the Patriots? A big whooping by Tom Brady and company.
Indianapolis Colts 21, Oakland Raiders 24: Andrew Luck vs Derek Carr sounds like an entertaining quarterback battle. It will be really fun if both of them are slinging it and not turning it over. At the end of the day, the Raiders are a better football team.
San Francisco 49ers 31, Los Angeles Rams 24: The 49ers only win of the year came against the Rams. San Francisco will run the ball effectively. The Rams will make a bad 49ers defense look like the Denver Broncos defense from last season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31, New Orleans Saints 27: If Jameis Winston cuts down on the turnovers, the Bucs will be very successful. Cameron Brate is becoming a solid target for him. The Saints defense has been struggling all season long. Drew Brees will have a solid day, but his defense will put him in a bad spot.
Arizona Cardinals 14, Seattle Seahawks 17: Arizona's talent didn't seem to gel together this season, and they are playing for pride at this point. I don't think they will spoil Seattle's chance of claiming a first round bye since Seattle already clinched the division. Russell Wilson will play well for the second straight week.
Cincinnati Bengals 17, Houston Texans 27: The Texans have decided to start Tom Savage over Brock Osweiler. Yet they are in the playoff race and made the move and meanwhile the Bengals won't make the playoffs this season, and maybe they should switch out Andy Dalton in favor of A.J. McCarron. The Texans play well at home. DeAndre Hopkins played well with Savage last week.
Baltimore Ravens 28, Pittsburgh Steelers 24: The Ravens have the Steelers number right now. The stats and records don't mean everything in this game. However it will on Sunday. If the Ravens win, they will control their own destiny heading into week 17. If the Steelers win, they win the AFC North crown. Joe Flacco will test the Steelers secondary and it will succeed.
Denver Broncos 17, Kansas City Chiefs 20: The Broncos offensive line will struggle against a solid Chiefs pass rush. The speed of the Chiefs will also give the Broncos problems on defense. Trevor Siemian outplayed Alex Smith the last time they met, but Smith made more plays when he needed to.
Detroit Lions 20, Dallas Cowboys 30: Matthew Stafford played alright last week. He will look fierce against the Cowboys. The problem is, they will have a difficult time stopping the Cowboys offense. The Cowboys might have a first round bye already clinched heading into the game, but they want to play to keep their rhythm going.