Thursday Morning Picks: Week 16

By Bryan Jeon

Season: 147-77
Last week: 10-6
Brandon Funston and Cris Carter (top Yahoo! experts): 145-79

MOmentum:

Minnesota (8-6) – W Chicago 20-13, Washington (7-7)
San Diego (9-5) – W Detroit 51-14, Denver (6-8)

Baltimore (4-10) – L Miami 22-16 OT, at Seattle (9-5)
Detroit (6-8) – L San Diego 51-14, Kansas City (4-10)

My Power Rankings:

  1. New England (14-0) – W NY Jets 20-10, Miami (1-13)
  2. Indianapolis (12-2) – W Oakland 21-14, Houston (7-7)
  3. Dallas (12-2) – L Philadelphia 10-6, at Carolina (6-8)
  4. Green Bay (12-2) – W St. Louis 33-14, at Chicago (5-9)
  5. Jacksonville (10-4) – W Pittsburgh 29-22, Oakland (4-10)

Week 16 picks:


Thursday:
Pittsburgh (9-5) over St. Louis (3-11)
Saturday:
Dallas (12-2) over Carolina (6-8) – A loss to Philly last week dropped the ‘Boys into a tie for first with the Packers, meaning the two will likely play hard the last two weeks to gain homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
Sunday Morning:
Jacksonville (10-4) over Oakland (4-10)
New Orleans (7-7) over Philadelphia (6-8) – The Saints look to keep pace with the Vikings for the final NFC wild card spot. Aaron Stecker has played well in lieu of Reggie Bush the last two weeks, rushing for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has the Saints’ only 100-yard rushing game of the season, as Bush failed to top the mark in 12 games played.
Detroit (6-8) over Kansas City (4-10) – The Lions have dropped six straight and after starting the season a hopeful 6-2 and visions of taking a wild card if not the division, they will probably finish below .500.
Cleveland (9-5) over Cincinnati (5-9) – Week 2: Cleveland 51 – 45 Cincinnati.
Green Bay (12-2) over Chicago (5-9) – Week 5: Green Bay 20 – 27 Chicago. The NFC champions are last in their division.
Buffalo (7-7) over NY Giants (9-5) – The Giants’ slip from the playoffs began last week. You heard it here first, the New York Giants will not make the playoffs. After a red-hot 6-2 start, they’ve split the last six games and will drop their last two for the Saints to squeak by. That’s because in Week 17, the Giants will host the New England Patriots for all the marbles.
Indianapolis (12-2) over Houston (7-7) – Week 3: Indianapolis 30 – 24 Houston. Look for a much easier win this time around in the RCA Dome.
Sunday Afternoon:
Tampa Bay (9-5) over San Francisco (7-10)
New England (14-0) over Miami (1-13) – Week 7: New England 49 – 28 Miami. This just might be the most lopsided game in NFL history, based on records.
Arizona (6-8) over Atlanta (3-11)
Seattle (9-5) over Baltimore (4-10) – The Ravens have lost eight straight and last week, really hit rock bottom when they fell to the Fins.
Tennessee (8-6) over NY Jets (3-11) – The Jets made Spygate II a respectable one, losing by just 10 on the road and holding Tom Brady to his first game of the season without a passing touchdown. The Titans might see the end in sight, being a game back of the second wild card spot and with a Week 17 match up at Indianapolis.
Sunday Night:
Minnesota (8-6) over Washington (7-7) – Game of the week. The Vikings have seemingly found a new way to win in each of their last five games, and their stout defense has allowed just 14 points per game in that span. A ‘Skins loss would eliminate Washington from the playoffs.
Monday Night:
San Diego (9-5) over Denver (6-8) – Week 5: San Diego 41 – 3 Denver. The Bolts’ stunning blowout in Denver turned their season around, as they look to make it 5 straight and 9 of their last 11.

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