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And there have been two. We’re as much as Week 16 within the NFL, which suggests there are solely two weeks of 32 complete regular-season video games left to select in 2018.

The season so far has been a wild, unpredictable, largely offensive thrill experience. Though that has made the predictions much more difficult, it’s been a blast making an attempt to determine all of it out. For the penultimate time this 12 months, right here’s our fearless soccer forecast, for leisure functions solely. (Sport traces courtesy of Bovada.)

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Week 16 NFL picks straight up

Week 16 NFL picks towards the unfold

(All occasions ET)

Sport of the Week: Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (-2.5) at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday 8:20 p.m., NBC

The Chiefs’ protection is beginning to present some main holes once more, particularly towards the run. The Seahawks’ skill to play ball management with Chris Carson and the ability operating recreation will assist them pull off the upset at house. They missed their probability to clinch a playoff spot final week, and the 12s will likely be in full pressure underneath the Sunday evening lights. Kansas Metropolis will nonetheless make loads of massive performs when Patrick Mahomes will get his probabilities, however Russell Wilson will discover the ultimate reply within the fourth quarter.

PICK: Seahawks win 31-27.

Sport of the Week II: Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints (-6)

Sunday 4:25 p.m., CBS

The defenses of each groups are enjoying effectively, however Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger and the groups’ respective receivers and operating video games will make this lean towards the high-scoring aspect with no concern for the weather within the Superdome. New Orleans will reply effectively on a brief week by stopping the run and forcing Massive Ben into uncomfortable conditions with a powerful cross rush. Pittsburgh will likely be worn down late by the mixture of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram to disclaim a comeback.

PICK: Saints win 34-24 and canopy the unfold.

AFC Sport of the Week: Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers (-4.5)

Saturday 8:20 p.m., NFL Community

The Ravens gained’t deviate from their run-heavy strategy fueled by quarterback Lamar Jackson, which is the precise approach to assault the Chargers’ protection. However sooner or later, as Philip Rivers is anticipated to have each Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen wholesome round him once more, Los Angeles will throw Baltimore off schedule by making the larger cross performs and ending off drives. This short-week street journey is hard, and the Chargers are merely the extra well-rounded staff.

PICK: Chargers win 24-20 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Lock of the Week: New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts (-9)

Sunday 1 p.m., CBS

The Giants had been shut out by an AFC South foe final week. The Colts shut out an NFC East foe final week. So nothing actually has to present right here in a matchup of 1 No. 1 general QB decide in his prime (Andrew Luck) and one other in his twilight (Eli Manning). Search for Indianapolis to grind out one other win with its operating recreation and protection, this time with a number of shot performs from Luck for good measure. As soon as the Colts can comprise Saquon Barkley, the Giants can have no probability.

PICK: Colts win 30-14 and canopy the unfold.

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Remainder of the Week
Washington Redskins at Tennessee Titans (-10)

Saturday 4:30 p.m., NFL Community

Josh Johnson has given the Redskins each a spark and an actual hope to salvage a playoff spot. However the Titans, with Derrick Henry operating like a Heisman possessed, will hold Mike Vrabel’s bodily freight practice rolling at house. Additionally they can simply shut down the run and tee off on Johnson.

PICK: Titans win 23-16 however fail to cowl the unfold.

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers (-2.5)

Sunday 1 p.m., Fox

The Falcons gained’t be returning to the playoffs. The Panthers are getting ready to elimination, too, however they’ll play with much more pleasure of their closing house recreation. Ron Rivera’s protection will outplay that of Dan Quinn, and Atlanta is just not constructed to deal with fast, quick cogs similar to Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel within the brief passing recreation. Carolina will hold enjoying Cam Newton and hold enjoying laborious to separate with its division rival.

PICK: Panthers win 27-24 and canopy the unfold.

Buffalo Payments at New England Patriots (-13)

Sunday 1 p.m., CBS

Josh Allen will current some challenges for Invoice Belichick’s protection as a result of he is a deep-throwing, mad-scrambling wild card who does issues off-script. However he may also be sloppy with the ball and make bodily errors. New England will likely be centered on eliminating the psychological errors which have precipitated its uncharacteristic December slide and get again to energy operating and establishing simpler throws for Tom Brady.

PICK: Patriots win 34-17 and canopy the unfold.

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (-7)

Sunday 1 p.m., CBS

Baker Mayfield is not carried out ensuring Hue Jackson rues the choice to not give him the possibility to begin instantly. He lit up the Bengals as soon as on the street and can do it once more at house, this time with a fair larger help from Nick Chubb. Cincinnati might be all the way down to Joe Mixon as its solely reliable offensive ability possibility, and that’s not almost sufficient towards Gregg Williams’ surging, assured protection.

PICK: Browns win 27-13 and canopy the unfold.

Inexperienced Bay Packers (TBD) at New York Jets

Sunday 1 p.m., Fox

The Packers are eradicated from playoff rivalry however want to complete sturdy with Aaron Rodgers to hold some momentum into 2019 for his or her new coach. Sam Darnold gained’t be afraid to duel Rodgers, and the Jets will get as aggressive as they will whereas Todd Bowels coaches for his job. However with no actual edge cross rush and with struggling cornerbacks, Gang Inexperienced is ripe to be picked aside by Inexperienced Bay’s No. 12. The Packers will lastly ship on the street in 2018 earlier than it’s too late.

PICK: Packers win 34-27.

Houston Texans at Philadelphia Eagles (-2)

Sunday 1 p.m., CBS

The Texans don’t get a lot respect right here, and the Nick Foles return to Tremendous-stardom is being overblown. He really will face resistance this week from J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney abusing his underachieving offensive line. Houston will put the Austin highschool product in dangerous conditions by stuffing the run. In the meantime, Desahun Watson will escape the Eagles’ strain and hold connecting with DeAndre Hopkins downfield. The Texans will again the AFC South in convincing vogue and bury the reigning champions.

PICK: Texans win 24-16.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins (-4.5)

Sunday 1 p.m., CBS

The Jaguars are again to going by means of the motions for Doug Marrone. The Dolphins are again house, the place they’ve been a totally completely different and generally thrilling staff for Adam Gase. The latter is the higher motivator and offensive adjuster, and Miami’s defensive struggles will get a break towards remedial quarterback Cody Kessler and a shell of a Jacksonville offensive line.

PICK: Dolphins win 20-10 and canopy the unfold.

Minnesota Vikings (-5.5) at Detroit Lions

Sunday 1 p.m., CBS

The Vikings gained’t have the ability to run as simply on the Lions this week on the street, however Kirk Cousins will use loads of Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook dinner within the passing recreation to use all the host’s main protection weaknesses away from Darius Slay. The Lions’ anemic offense will proceed with out the specter of Kerryon Johnson within the backfield, and the mixture of Mackensie Alexander within the slot and Xavier Rhodes exterior will sluggish down Kenny Golladay.

PICK: Vikings win 24-13 and canopy the unfold.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys (-7)

Sunday 1 p.m., Fox

The Cowboys struggled in Indianapolis as a result of they couldn’t stick to the run, and Dak Prescott went erratic being pressured to cross an excessive amount of. Again at house, they’ll have the ability to do no matter they need with Elliott and Amari Cooper once more dealing with a wilting entrance seven and leaky secondary. Dallas’ protection additionally will rebound towards the deep-ball dependent Jameis Winston.

PICK: Cowboys win 27-17 and canopy the unfold.

Chicago Bears (-4) at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday 4:05 p.m., Fox

The Bears haven’t fared as effectively on the street, and the 49ers have performed spoiler at house in back-to-back video games towards the Broncos and Seahawks. The 49ers will attempt to stick to Kyle Shanahan’s system, seeking to be efficient with the zone-blocking operating recreation to arrange extra favorable throws for Nick Mullens. However Khaili Mack and Chicago’s strain will finally get to the younger QB, whereas Mitchell Trubisky will likely be much more snug working towards San Francisco.

PICK: Bears win 23-20 however fail to cowl the unfold.

PLAYOFF PICTURE: Situations for Week 16

Los Angeles Rams (-14) at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday 4:05 p.m., Fox

The Rams survived a scare with the knee damage to Todd Gurley, the very best factor to come back out of a nasty, pricey house loss to the Eagles. Getting away from LA, to some indoor confines within the division, is simply what they want. Gurley can destroy the Cardinals’ run protection a second time to keep away from placing the sport within the palms of slumping Jared Goff towards a superb cross protection.

PICK: Rams win 30-14 and canopy the unfold.

Denver Broncos (-2.5) at Oakland Raiders

Monday 8:15 p.m., ESPN

The Raiders will likely be jacked up for Monday evening, and the second gained’t be misplaced on their emotional coach Jon Gruden. He led Oakland to nice issues up to now within the Coliseum, and he’s getting his staff to reply extra down the stretch; sufficient so to assume 2019 gained’t be the identical type of misplaced trigger, wherever the Silver and Black is enjoying at house. The Broncos, in the meantime, are in lame duck mode with Vance Joseph. Case Keenum will price them once more with extra dangerous errors whereas counterpart Derek Carr continues to play effectively.

PICK: Raiders win 23-20.

MORE: Up to date NFL energy rankings

Final week’s document straight up: 9-7
Final week’s document towards the unfold: 7-9
Season document straight up: 122-70
Season document towards the unfold: 89-99



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