2012 Week 16 NFL picks

The domination by National Football Conference over American Football Conference continued last week as NFC teams won 5 out of 6 interconference games. NFC teams now hold 36-24 record which means they’ve clinched winning record for second consecutive season – something that hasn’t happened since 1994 & 1995 season. In Week 16 we’ll see the last 4 interconference games (Titans @ Packers, Raiders @ Panthers, Vikings @ Texans and the most interesting of them all, Giants @ Ravens) and 4 games between division rivals, probably non bigger than the one in Seattle between Seahawks and 49ers. Week 16 will start with Saturday edition of MNF with a game between Falcons and Lions, here are my picks for all Week 16 games:

1Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions, Saturday 8:20 PM (ET). The last in the series of Monday Night Football games is going to be played on Saturday Night. Atlanta still has a lot to play, with a win they would clinch home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs. Detroit on the other hand is out of the playoffs and would like this season to end as quickly as possible.
Pick: Falcons 30-24, Result: Falcons 31-18
Against The Spread: Falcons (-3.5)

7New Orleans Saints @ Dallas Cowboys, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Cowboys have won their last 3 games with a combined margin of just 10 points. Lately they’ve found a way to win close games and QB Tony Romo leads the NFL with most 4th quarter comeback wins. I expect a close game against the Saints and it will be another chance for QB Tony Romo to lead his team to a victory.
Pick: Cowboys 28-27, Result: Saints 34-31 (OT)
Against The Spread: Saints (+3.5)

3Tennessee Titans @ Green Bay Packers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Packers already clinched NFC North division but would like to avoid Wild Card playoff round. They have to keep on winning and I’d be surprised if the Titans can compete with Green Bay on short week. Green Bay wins this one comfortably.
Pick: Packers 31-17, Result: Packers 55-7
Against The Spread: Packers (-12.5)

11Indianapolis Colts @ Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Last season the Colts finished last in AFC South division with a 2-14 record. This week the Colts have a chance to get their 10th win of the season and a chance to secure themselves a playoff spot. Indianapolis doesn’t play good defense but with a game against the Chiefs coming up their defense might look pretty good.
Pick: Colts 23-16, Result: Colts 20-13
Against The Spread: Colts (-6.5)

9Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphins, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). This game could be similar to the one this two teams played Week 11 in Buffalo. Low-scoring game with a home team edging out the visitors. If the Dolphins win, it will be their 7th win, before the start of the season, 7 wins for Miami would sound more like science fiction.
Pick: Dolphins 24-20, Result: Dolphins 24-10
Against The Spread: Bills (+4.5) 

6San Diego Chargers @ New York Jets, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). The Jets’ coaching stuff made the decision they probably should’ve made long before. QB Greg McElroy will start his first NFL game against the Chargers this week. Hopefully for the Jets, he can make fewer mistakes than QB Mark Sanchez made last week which could result in a win for New York.
Pick: Jets 20-19, Result: Chargers 27-17
Against The Spread: Chargers (+2.5)

5Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). After 3-6 record the Redskins won 5 straight and are now on top of NFC East division. Looks like QB RGIII will be cleared to play Sunday, even without him I think the Redskins are a better team right now.
Pick: Redskins 29-23, Result: Redskins 27-20
Against The Spread: Redskins (-4.5)

4Cincinnati Bengals @ Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). It’s time for the Bengals to prove that they can win a big game. With a win Bengals can achieve 2 things, first they can clinch playoff spot and second they can eliminate the Steelers from the playoffs. The Steelers have been inconsistent all season and I don’t think they will be able to put that inconsistency to rest against the Bengals.
Pick: Bengals 23-20, Result: Bengals 13-10
Against The Spread: Bengals (+4.5)

2St. Louis Rams @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Last week the Buccaneers didn’t play well on both sides of the ball, I expect them to bounce back on offense but it will be the defense that will let them down yet again. Rams should be able to exploit that pass defense and climb back to 0.500.
Pick: Rams 28-23, Result: Rams 28-13
Against The Spread: Rams (+3.5)

8Oakland Raiders @ Carolina Panthers, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Carolina Panthers will be looking for another late season win, this time against the Raiders. Second year QB Cam Newton has been playing great lately and his team shouldn’t have problems with Oakland Raiders who have to travel cross-country for 5th and final time this season.
Pick: Panthers 28-21, Result: Panthers 17-6
Against The Spread: Raiders (+8.5)

12New England Patriots @ Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). You got to feel sorry for the Jaguars. The Patriots are an angry team right now and will take it out on the Jaguars. QB Tom Brady will have a big day and the Patriots will win big and advance to 11-4.
Pick: Patriots 37-17, Result: Patriots 23-16
Against The Spread: Patriots (-14.5) 

10Minnesota Vikings @ Houston Texans, Sunday 1:00 PM (ET). Vikings have a tough task ahead, to extend their playoff hopes they need to win on the road against the Texans who will be looking to lock No.1 seed. Earlier this season we saw Packers and Patriots rip apart Texans’ defense through the air. The Vikings don’t have that type of offense, result Texans win.
Pick: Texans 26-19, Result: Vikings 23-6
Against The Spread: Vikings (+7.5)

13Cleveland Browns @ Denver Broncos, Sunday 4:05 PM (ET). With wins in the last two games the Broncos can secure first-round bye in the playoffs. I expect another win from the Broncos this time playing against the Browns. Cleveland will try to upset Manning and company, but unfortunately for Browns fans, it won’t happen.
Pick: Broncos 27-17, Result: Broncos 34-12
Against The Spread: Browns (+13.5)

14Chicago Bears @ Arizona Cardinals, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). With a win against the Titans in Week 9 the Bears advanced to 7-1 and looked very much in control of NFC North division. But since then, the Bears lost 5 of 6 games and once again lost the division. What’s left for the Bears is a fight for playoff spot. First, they have to beat the Cardinals, I think they will and move to 9-6.
Pick: Bears 21-16, Result: Bears 28-13 
Against The Spread: Cardinals (+5.5)

15New York Giants @ Baltimore Ravens, Sunday 4:25 PM (ET). Last year the Giants were 7-7 and had to win last 2 games to make the playoffs, this year they are 8-6 and are again in a must-win situation. It is well-known fact that Baltimore’s QB Joe Flacco plays a lot worse when playing on the road but lately, he hasn’t played good even at home, that fact alone makes me wonder if the Ravens can beat the Giants this Sunday.
Pick: Giants 26-23, Result: Ravens 33-14
Against The Spread: Giants (-2.5) 

16San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks, Sunday 8:20 PM (ET). Week 16 will end with a big game between two NFC West teams, it will be big especially for the Seahawks who can clinch playoff spot with a win at home. This season Seattle is 6-0 when playing in front of home crowd. I think Seahawks win and stay undefeated in Seattle.
Pick: Seahawks 27-24, Result: Seahawks 42-13
Against The Spread: Seahawks (+1.5)

Week 15 record straight-up: 10-6
Overall: 142-81-1

Against The Spread: 9-7
Overall: 116-108


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