NFL picks Week 16: Falcons-Panthers and every other game
Sep 21, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) is stopped by the Philadelphia Eagles defense during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Redskins, 37-34. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (-3) – Saturday
This is a tough one to predict. Philadelphia (6-8) and Washington (7-7) both need the win in what is essentially an NFC East decider. I’m edging towards Washington pulling off a tough road win.
Pick: Washington 23, Philadelphia 20
Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills (-7)
Dallas (4-10) fought hard against the Jets last week, but ultimately fell short. Buffalo (6-8) fell out of playoff contention with defeat to Washington, but they will pick up the win here.
Pick: Buffalo 24, Dallas 14
San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions
The Lions (5-9) are getting it going on offense, and they host a struggling 49ers (4-10) team at Ford Field this week. Matthew Stafford leads his team to another victory.
Pick: Detroit 32, San Francisco 21
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (-14)
Kansas City (9-5) has won eight games straight. Cleveland (3-11) is well, Cleveland.
Pick: Kansas City 28, Cleveland 14
Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins (NO LINE)
The Colts (6-8) will be without Andrew Luck once again, and this spells trouble, even against a struggling Dolphins (5-9) team. At home, Miami ends Indianapolis’ season.
Pick: Miami 23, Indianapolis 14
New England Patriots (-3) at New York Jets
Can New York (9-5) beat the Patriots (12-2)? Absolutely. They are talented on both sides of the football, while the Patriots have a number of injuries. Let’s not forget, the Jets almost pulled off the upset on the road to the Pats earlier in the year. The Jets need it more, and get it done.
Pick: New York 24, New England 21
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3)
The Bears (5-9) have been in free fall since winning at Lambeau Field, while the Buccaneers (6-8) have now lost two straight. At home, the Bucs get it done.
Pick: Tampa Bay 20, Chicago 14
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (NO LINE)
Tennessee (3-11) has made improvements, but the health of Marcus Mariota is a concern. Houston (7-7) is closing in on the AFC South title, and they will clinch the division this week.
Pick: Houston 17, Tennessee 10
Pittsburgh Steelers (-11.5) at Baltimore Ravens
This Steelers (9-5) offense can’t be slowed down by anyone, not even the Broncos. The Ravens (4-10) have been decimated with injuries. This is almost unfair.
Pick: Pittsburgh 35, Baltimore 17
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