With Week 16 beginning on a Saturday, I'm writing this weeks picks a day early. Two games left in the season and many playoff scenarios that are creeping closer to being decided. Here's my picks for the weekend.
Atlanta (-3.5) over DETROIT- Can't see the Falcons wasting away this game and put their likely home-field chance on the line in Week 17.
Oakland (+8.5) over CAROLINA- Battle of my fantasy QB's. In a related story, I missed the playoffs this year in that league.
New Orleans (+3) over DALLAS- Yeah, I have the Cowboys sticking it to their fans at home and a week earlier than they did last year.
GREEN BAY (-12.5) over Tennessee- Plenty for the Packers to play for, don't see the Titans coming close to win, especially if they play like they did in their win last Monday.
Minnesota (+8) over HOUSTON- Yes, Adrian Peterson is the sole reason I'm picking the Vikings.
New England (-14.5) over JACKSONVILLE- This is going to be a bloodbath.
Indianapolis (-7) over KANSAS CITY- Win here, and the Colts clinch and likely avoid a second trip to New England in the wild card round. I think that's important.
MIAMI (-4.5) over Buffalo- The Dolphins begin play with faint playoff hopes. Expect them to not be the ones who dash them, at least not against the Bills.
Washington (-6.5) over PHILADELPHIA- Honestly, I'd have more faith in the Eagles pulling an upset if they were on the road. As a Giants fan, I hope the last win in the Andy Reid Era comes tomorrow. If not, then I hope it happened already.
PITTSBURGH (-3) over Cincinnati- No, I don't think the Bengals man up and win their way to the playoffs. Steelers continue their smoke and mirrors act for another week.
St. Louis (+3) over TAMPA BAY- This is the "What Could've Been" Bowl since this could have been a huge game for NFC purposes. At least the Rams aren't self-destructing, so I'll take the points.
San Diego (+2.5) over JETS- I really don't want to discuss about either team. Let's move on.
Cleveland (+13) over DENVER- I'm probably being a little cute picking the Browns, but perhaps the Broncos win a closer game than expected as they prepare for the playoffs. Plus, the Browns aren't all bad.
Chicago (-5.5) over ARIZONA- The cushiest schedule left for any playoff contender (who needs to win both games) begins for the Bears. No excuse if they lose tomorrow.
BALTIMORE (+2.5) over Giants- Figure the Ravens to get over their losing ways tomorrow. Just don't see the Giants winning down there. Always feel a little worried playing them.
San Francisco (Pick) over SEATTLE- If anyone's capable of winning in Seattle, it's the 49ers. Can't see the same success for Russell Wilson against Aldon Smith and Co, forcing the Seahawks to win the following week to clinch.
Last week: 7-8