NFL WEEK 16 PREDICTIONS
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2018 NFL Football Season
Tampa Bay @ St. Louis
The Bucs didn’t do themselves any favors when they lost to New Orleans last week. At 6-7, Tampa Bay’s playoff hopes are all but gone. They travel to St. Louis where the Rams are coming off a win over Detroit, their first after five straight losses. Running backs Todd Gurley and Tre Mason give the Rams a powerful one-two punch… St. Louis 20, Tampa Bay 17.
NY Jets @ Dallas
It’s a special Saturday night edition of the NFL featuring two teams headed in opposite directions. The 8-5 Jets are right in the thick of the AFC playoff hunt while the Cowboys are watching their season go right into the tank. Dallas has still not won a game without Tony Romo, who is out for the rest of the season. Jets head coach Todd Bowles needs this win. New York plays Buffalo and New England to close the regular season… NY Jets 33, Dallas 19.
Chicago @ Minnesota
The Vikings cannot afford to lose ground in the NFC North. Minnesota lost a close game to 11-2 Arizona last week but is still a legitimate contender. The Vikings defense is solid and RB Adrian Peterson leads the NFL in rushing. Teddy Bridgewater continues to improve at quarterback, but the Bears Jay Cutler (19-of-31 for 315 yards and two TDs) can be dangerous. At home, the Vikings take care of business… Minnesota 27, Chicago 24.
Atlanta @ Jacksonville
The Falcons’ season continues to spiral out of control. They were 6-1 after a 10-7 win over Tennessee in late October. Atlanta has not won since. To make matters worse, their seventh loss in a row last week was a 38-0 demolishing by the unbeaten Carolina Panthers. The Jags, on the other hand, erupted for 51 points in a win over Indianapolis. It seems hard to believe that Atlanta could lose eight in a row, but Jacksonville is getting better…and they are at home… Jacksonville 28, Atlanta 27.
Houston @ Indianapolis
The Colts have fallen apart. A 51-16 loss last week to Jacksonville puts their playoff hopes in peril. Without starting QB Andrew Luck, the Indianapolis offense is not the same. The Texans were on a roll, a four-game win streak until they ran into Buffalo and New England. The winner of this game takes control of the AFC South. Houston DE J.J. Watt has a broken hand, but Jadeveon Clowney doesn’t… Houston 24, Indianapolis 17.
Carolina @ NY Giants
Can anyone beat Carolina? Three more weeks to an unbeaten regular season. The Giants can’t seem to win a close game. QB Eli Manning and WR Odell Beckham Jr are one of the league’s best passing combinations, but they have not faced a defense like Carolina’s. The Panthers have stifled receiver after receiver this season. Expect them to do it again… Carolina 37, NY Giants 24.
Denver @ Pittsburgh
The Steelers can’t afford another loss. QB Big Ben Roethlisberger and company took down AFC North Division leading Cincinnati last week. Now, they face AFC West leader Denver. The Broncos are coming off a 15-12 loss to Oakland, the first with Brock Osweiler at quarterback. Osweiler was pressured heavily by the Raiders. Pittsburgh will do the same… Pittsburgh 33, Denver 30.
Kansas City @ Baltimore
The hottest team in the NFL is the Kansas City Chiefs. You know things are going well when you don’t play well and still beat San Diego 10-3. Last week’s win over the Chargers was the Chiefs seventh in a row. They will take on a Baltimore team that cannot wait for the offseason. The Ravens (4-9) lost to Seattle last week 35-6. Without QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore’s offense is listless… Kansas City 24, Baltimore 10.
Green Bay @ Oakland
Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary touchdown pass to defeat Detroit has recharged the Packers, who defeated Dallas 28-7 last week. Green Bay is now in first place in the NFC North and in control of its spot in the postseason. They will visit Oakland, which pulled a big upset of Denver last week. The Packers need a win before facing Arizona and Minnesota to close the season… Green Bay 31, Oakland 27.
Cincinnati @ San Francisco
The Bengals will play with A.J. McCarron at quarterback after Andy Dalton fractured a thumb in last week’s loss to the Steelers. The good thing for Cincinnati is that they play the 49ers. San Francisco has a hard time scoring and isn’t very good on defense either. Even though he is a backup, expect McCarron to do just enough to give the Bengals a win… Cincinnati 23, San Francisco 17.
Buffalo @ Washington
After an ugly win over Chicago last week, the 6-7 Redskins are now in control of the NFC East, a division that no one seems to want to win. QB Kirk Cousins is playing very well and will have to do so again against a pretty stout Buffalo defense. Can the Washington defense slow down Buffalo RB LeSean McCoy? The Bills will make this one very interesting… Washington 24, Buffalo 23.
Arizona @ Philadelphia
The Eagles can still win the NFC East. They will have to beat Arizona on Sunday night if they are to keep pace with Washington and the Giants. That may be too tough a task. The Cardinals have the league’s best offense and are playing very well on defense. Even at home, the Eagles won’t be able to overcome… Arizona 34, Philadelphia 27.
Detroit @ New Orleans
After three straight wins, the Lions thought they might have a shot at the playoffs. Then, the Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary hit, and that was on a Monday night. The Lions lost last week to the Rams and are now 4-9. The Saints beat Tampa Bay last week to end a four-game losing streak. Detroit doesn’t fare too well on Monday night… New Orleans 33, Detroit 27.