Really tough games played last weekend, and I read all about them. Because of work schedule (I worked both days last weekend) The only game I got to watch was Tampa Bay and Dallas. Truly a worthwhile game. To be honest, that entire Dallas offensive line should be Pro-Bowl bound. They are that good.
I've gone back over some history past, and it's actually a rare thing that so few teams have clinched playoff births going into week 16. The only 'ins' are the Patriots (for the 8th time in a row), the Raiders (for the first time since 2002), the Cowboys (still tied for the best record in the league with rookies at the two skill positions), and the Seahawks. Only New England and Seattle have actually clinched their divisions. New England, as impressive as they've been, still hasn't clinched home-field in the AFC. This kind of competition is really 'un-presidented'. The Giants can clinch tonight with a win over Philly, and I think they will. The Raiders are still in trouble if Carr can't line up under center, and I really think that Del Rio should consider benching him with a playoff spot locked up. No, that opinion is not based on the fact that my Broncos have to win out, the last game hosting Oakland, and get help to even make January play. There will be a ton of tough games this weekend, and I like that only two games will be played on Christmas, both important divisional matchups. On with the picks.
New York Giants (10-4) at Philadelphia (5-9) - Giants (19-24, Eagles)
The confidence coming from that NY defense is frightening.
Minnesota (7-7) at Green Bay (8-6) - Packers (25-38, Packers)
The Vikings got blown out by the Colts. The COLTS.
Tennessee (8-6) at Jacksonville (2-12) - Titans (17-38, Jaguars)
The Titans are looking really good for the 6th playoff spot.
New York Jets (4-10) at New England (12-2) - Hatriots (3-41, GodIHateThoseGuys)
San Diego (5-9) at Cleveland (0-14) - Chargers (17-20, Browns) BROWNS WIN!!!
I really don't think Cleveland will win a game this year.
Washington (7-6-1) at Chicago (3-11) - Taterskins (41-21, Taterskins)
The Bears are playing tough so this might be the upset pick of the week.
Atlanta (9-5) at Carolina (6-8) - Falcons (33-16, Falcons)
Atlanta could earn a playoff birth this week if a few other things happen.
Miami (9-5) at Buffalo (7-7) - Dolphins (34-31, Dolphins)
Risky pick of the week, but I think the Fish are inspired right now.
Indianapolis (7-7) at Oakland (11-3) - Raiders (25-33, Raiders)
Kahlil Mack devours Andrew Luck.
San Francisco (1-13) at Los Angeles (4-10) - Rams (22-21, 49ers)
The Kelly coaching death watch continues.
Arizona (5-8-1) at Seattle (9-4-1) - Seahawks (34-31, Cardinals)
Not much to say. The Cardinals haven't been for shit.
Tampa Bay (8-6) at New Orleans (6-8) - Saints (24-31, Saints)
I really would like Tampa to make the playoffs, but I favor the upset in the Super Dooper Dome.
Cincinnati (5-8-1) at Houston (8-6) - Bengals (10-12, Texans)
If ever a pick is "I don't know why" this is it. I favor the Bengals here.
Sunday, Christmas Day:
Baltimore (8-6) at Pittsburgh (9-5) - Steelers (27-31, Steelers)
LeVeon Bell is some kind of God or savior. Hallelujah Noel.
Denver (8-6) at Kansas City (10-4) - Chiefs (10-33, Chiefs)
And Denver is out. It would take a Christmas miracle ...
Detroit ( 9-5) at Dallas (12-2) - Cowboys. (21-42, Cowboys)
It's time for the 'Boys to seal the deal.
Last Week's Score: 13 - 3, 81% Overall: 142 - 82, 63%