Week 16 Predictions

nfl_a_cardinals01jr_576x324It’s hard to believe, but we only have two more weeks of regular season football remaining. Six of the 12 playoff berths have been clinched with five divisions still up for grabs so plenty of intrigue remains heading into this slate. Due to the holidays, I’ll be making all of my predictions for this week a day earlier. With injury news not as clear, this plan very well could backfire as player availability obviously plays a huge part. With the holidays, being around family and plenty of football, this should be an enjoyable weekend regardless of what your team is playing for.

Last week: 12-4, Season: 147-77

Last week against the spread: 8-8, Season: 115-109

Game of the weak: 49ers vs Lions: Early on in the season, both these teams looked like heavy favorites to land top three picks. Now, both have won just enough that depending on how the next two games go they could be picking anywhere from the five to twelve range. Storylines such as Blaine Gabbert playing to open 2016 as the 49ers starter, Matthew Stafford’s continued improvement with Jim Bob Cooter and Calvin Johnson being used as a decoy being paid $20 million do add intrigue. But overall, this matchup is one on the slate that clearly stood out as a matchup for draft position. 49ers 16 Lions (-9.5) 26

Game of the week: Packers vs Cardinals: This matchup is the only one that features two teams that have clinched playoff berths and it has some big implications. The Cardinals seem locked into the number two seed, but the Packers could really use a win to avoid a matchup next week for the division against the upstart Vikings. For the Cardinals, it will be interesting to see how they respond to the season ending injury of defensive back Tyrann Mathieu. This season Mathieu had been fantastic playing at an All Pro level and would have been an ideal for the matchup opposite Randall Cobb. And on top of all this, we also get a showdown between Aaron Rodgers and Carson Palmer so a shootout obviously wouldn’t be surprising. Packers 23 Cardinals (-4.5) 28

Chargers 17 Raiders (-5.5) 23

Redskins 20 Eagles (-3.5) 23

Patriots 26 Jets (+3.5) 21

Texans 17 Titans (+3.5) 13

Browns 14 Chiefs (-12.5) 27

Colts 16 Dolphins (-1.5) 21

Cowboys 17 Bills (-6.5) 27

Bears 20 Buccaneers (-3.5) 23

Panthers 27 Falcons (+6.5) 20

Steelers 34 Ravens (+10.5) 21

Jaguars 27 Saints (-3.5) 23

Rams 14 Seahawks (-13.5) 31

Giants 17 Vikings (-5.5) 21

Bengals 20 Broncos (-3.5) 24

 

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