20 December 2011

2011 NFL Week 16 Picks

No game this week in the NFL may be more important than Jets-Giants. The Jets need the win to solidify their position for a wild card slot in the AFC while the Giants need the win to solidify their lead in the NFC East over the Cowboys. In this battle for New Jersey (both teams are Jersey teams...sorry), who will prevail? It's time for my week 16 NFL picks.
Last Week: 11-5
2011: 141-82

Thurs., Dec. 22:
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (NFL Network, 8:30)
The Colts finally got a win last week and I foresaw it. No, I actually did. Anyways good for the Colts, who don't have to suffer the agony of going 0-16. But even after a disappointing loss for the Texans in which T.J. Yates was atrocious, I don't see two in a row for Indianapolis. But it will be close.
Texans 20 Colts 18

Sat., Dec. 24:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (Fox, 1:00)
This Buccaneers team is just so wayward, it's become a joke. Their performance last Saturday night was just embarrassing for all parties. It made my meal at Buffalo Wild Wings a little less enjoyable. And the Panthers will have their way with them, led by a huge performance by Mr. Cameron Newton. Carolina shall be my Lock.
Panthers 35 Buccaneers 10

Minnesota Vikings at Washington Redskins (Fox, 1:00)
Well the Redskins did just smack the Giants pretty hard last week but that is probably more a result of the Giants falling asleep and just playing like garbage. I'm feeling the Vikings here to get a nice win as they try to put the close on an atrocious season. I'm feeling a plus performance from Christian Ponder.
Vikings 27 Redskins 24

Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals (Fox, 1:00)
Both of these teams survived really bad clubs last week to keep their playoff hopes, realistic for both, alive. But I have not seen the play from Andy Dalton to have much confidence in him against a solid Cardinals defense as the running game as not been there. John Skelton has given the Cardinals a spark and I think he will give Arizona a victory, barely and put them in position to seize a playoff berth potentially.
Cardinals 27 Bengals 26

St. Louis Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers (Fox, 1:00)
The Steelers really stunk up the joint in the Bay Area on Monday night, hell not even the lights wanted to shine down on the game it was so bad. But the Rams are just so bad right now. The Rams should sit Sam Bradford for the rest of the season if they have not already to not risk further injury.
Steelers 30 Rams 6

New York Giants at New York Jets (Fox, 1:00)
This game is huge for these two Jersey NFL teams. The Jets need to rebound from an embarrassing beatdown at the hands of Philadelphia to keep pace in the AFC Wild Card race. The Giants need to rebound from an embarrassing beatdown at the hands of Washington to keep pace in the NFC East race. I think this showdown is going to be decided by the quarterback play for both teams and while I think Mark Sanchez won't have any struggles with the Giants' secondary, Eli Manning won't be for an easy day against the solid Jets defense. That was lengthy.
Jets 21 Giants 20

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (CBS, 1:00)
Now I understand that Blaine Gabbert has really struggled in his rookie campaign. But come on, who the hell is he throwing to? Jarett Dillard? Chastin West? Taylor Price? Mexican Jeremy? The Titans' playoff chances have really taken a hit from the loss to Indianapolis but I think that Mike Munchak's team will soldier on.
Titans 15 Jaguars 6

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS, 1:00)
In case you did not realize, the Chiefs, in their first game under interim coach Romeo Crennel, shockingly defeated the undefeated Packers on Sunday in a performance that was just about dominant. And many times you see strong performances in the first game of an interim coach's tenure. That emotion does not often last and I just think the Raiders are a better team.
Raiders 19 Chiefs 14

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens (CBS, 1:00)
I just don't get this Ravens. At times they look like the top club in the AFC, at others they look like garbage. Joe Flacco has been very erratic in 2011 thus far and the offense has too much focus on Ray Rice. Fortunately for them, the Browns' offense is about as prolific as The Grand Parl.
Ravens 20 Browns 3

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (CBS, 1:00)
Remember what I just told you about how teams do in the first game under an interim coach? The theory applies here with Todd Bowles and the Dolphins. But I think that the Dolphins will stun much of the football world and upset the Patriots, who are riding a high horse after smoking the Broncos. Expect more good work from Reggie Bush.
Dolphins 20 Patriots 18

Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills (CBS, 1:00)
So the Broncos' recent run of success came to a crashing halt in Foxborough on Sunday, even after a nice start. Could I see this team stinking up the joint and falling to the Bills? Sure. But this Bills team has been free falling, it's darn shocking. Tebow rolls.
Broncos 21 Bills 9

San Diego Chargers at Detroit Lions (CBS, 4:05)
The Lions really need this victory because you know with being only a win away from the playoffs, they don't want to have to need it going to Lambeau on New Year's. The Chargers have thrust themselves into the wild AFC West race and need a victory to have a chance. But I think the Lions really saved their season with that killer last minute drive against the Raiders last week and I think it gave them the confidence that they had lost.
Lions 34 Chargers 28

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (Fox, 4:15)
You try telling me how this Seahawks team is in position for a potential playoff berth, considering the fact they have no quarterback. But we saw the 49ers pound ass, in a good way, on Monday night once the lights came on and they will be way too physical for the Seahawks to handle.
49ers 20 Seahawks 9

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Fox, 4:15)
This Cowboys team looked really impressive on Saturday night smoking the Buccaneers, but what is that really worth? Meanwhile the Eagles put it all together in crushing the Jets at home on Sunday. I think Michael Vick will be electric and Philadelphia will keep their divisional title hopes alive for another week with a big divisional win.
Eagles 35 Cowboys 31

Sun., Dec. 25:
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (NBC, 8:20)
Nothing like a Black and Blue division matchup to culminate your Christmas celebration. So this Packers team, well, lost last week to the Chiefs and the game was not as close as the score made it appear to be. Now with the pressure of an undefeated season off their backs, now they can concentrate on locking up homefield throughout the playoffs. This Bears team is floundering in the wind right now and they won't even have the motivation of trying to stop 16-0.
Packers 38 Bears 24

Mon., Dec. 26:
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (ESPN, 8:30)
This Falcons team has been starting to put it together of late and look to be dangerous. The only problem in this matchup is the fact that the Saints' offense has been kicking ass and taking names of late with no end in sight. The Falcons defense is not good enough to get that stop they will need if they want to win. But make sure you tune in because I think this will be the game of the season. It probably won't because I just said that but alas...
Saints 49 Falcons 42

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