NFL Week 16 Predictions

Bobby LewisCorrespondent IDecember 24, 2009

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 20:  A detail of the NFL logo on painted on the sideline grass as the Cleveland Browns face the Denver Broncos during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 20, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Browns 27-6.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Last week's record: 9-7

Overall record: 149-75

Lock of the Week: 12-for-15

San Diego (11-3) @ Tennessee (7-7): These two teams have lost a total of one game since Week Six. Something has got to give here. Obviously, Tennessee can't absorb another loss, but they won't stop what the Chargers are doing right now. The Titans have had trouble stopping good passing attacks all year, which is something Philip Rivers and his receivers can exploit.

San Diego wins, 27-21

Buffalo (5-9) @ Atlanta (7-7): The Falcons seemed determined to give the franchise its second consecutive winning season for the first time in its history. Neither team looks great coming into the game, but Atlanta's twelfth man will be the difference in what will be a close one.

Atlanta wins, 16-10

Kansas City (3-11) @ Cincinnati (9-5): This may end up being closer than most expect, but the Chiefs will not win. The Bengals are getting ready to make a playoff run and the Chiefs are getting ready to watch the playoffs. Cincy will also clinch the AFC North when they win.

Cincy wins, 27-14

Oakland (5-9) @ Cleveland (3-11): A few weeks ago, this looked dreadful. It still doesn't smell like roses, but both teams are coming in with momentum. Oakland looks like the better team, so they will end Cleveland's two-game winning streak.

Oakland wins, 20-10

Seattle (5-9) @ Green Bay (9-5): Seattle looked absolutely pathetic last week. The Bucs should not be able to come in and dominate the way they did. The Packers gave up a lot of yards last week, but the Seahawks aren't the Steelers. Green Bay should take care of business and wrap up a playoff spot.

Green Bay wins, 30-12

Houston (7-7) @ Miami (7-7): Whichever team loses this game is done. Chad Henne, outside of the overtime interception, looked pretty good last week, so the pressure won't get to him at all. The same cannot be said for the Texans.

There have been two or three games this year that many have called the biggest game in the franchise's history and they've lost them all. This is probably another one of those big games, but why would it be any different than the others?

Miami wins, 24-18

Jacksonville (7-7) @ New England (9-5): Although this is an elimination game for the Jags, it's almost as important to the Pats. They haven't wrapped up the division yet and they've looked average over their past few games. The Jags gave Indy a good game last week, but that's typical in that match-up. They won't play as well this week.

New England wins, 21-10

Tampa Bay (2-12) @ New Orleans (13-1): The Saints are coming off their first loss of the season and I can't imagine they're too happy about that. This will be a sacrifice.

New Orleans wins, 42-6

Carolina (6-8) @ New York Giants (8-6): The Panthers will undoubtedly put up a better fight than the Redskins did, but the Giants know that they cannot lose anymore. This will be extremely close until the end, but the Giants will pull it out because they want it more.

New York Giants win, 23-21

Baltimore (8-6) @ Pittsburgh (7-7): The Ravens have been waiting a long time for this one. Ben Roethlisberger has beaten them four straight times, the last of which was for a berth in the Super Bowl. Baltimore knows that if it wins, the Steelers are done.

However, Pittsburgh took them to overtime in Baltimore without Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, and Aaron Smith. This will be extremely physical, but the Steelers will not let Baltimore eliminate them on their field.

Pittsburgh wins, 24-20

St. Louis (1-13) @ Arizona (9-5): Arizona has had trouble putting away teams that they should beat easily. It won't be a big problem unless they lose here, or even if they have trouble shutting the door.

Arizona wins, 29-9

Detroit (2-12) @ San Francisco (6-8): The Lions have been killed by injuries, although that didn't stop them from giving Arizona all they could handle last week. The Niners aren't the offensive juggernaut that the Cards are, but they have still been putting up decent numbers recently. That will be enough to give them the win.

San Francisco wins, 19-13

New York Jets (7-7) @ Indianapolis Colts (14-0): The Jets aren't a bad team, but they've got a rookie under center that can't stop turning the ball over. Opponents of Indianapolis have to keep mistakes to a minimum and the Jets aren't capable of doing that, which means their season ends in Indianapolis.

Indy wins, 26-7

Denver (8-6) @ Philadelphia (10-4): Denver's loss to Oakland really hurts because now, this is a must-win. If this game was in Denver, it may be a different story, but in Philly, Denver will not win. The Eagles are playing much, much better than the Broncos are, not to mention Brian Westbrook's return.

Philly wins, 31-18

Dallas (9-5) @ Washington (4-10): Dallas got a huge win last week while the Redskins were pathetic, embarrassing themselves and their fans. Dallas will destroy them.

Dallas wins, 30-16

Minnesota (11-3) @ Chicago (5-9): Minnesota will win this game easily, but the story will be whether or not Brett Favre and Brad Childress are on the same page. Childress made the team all about Favre when he brought him in and now he has to deal with all of the inevitable drama that Favre brings.

It won't be a problem this week, but that along with Adrian Peterson not being much of a factor recently will be a problem in the playoffs.

Minnesota wins, 27-7 (Lock of the Week)


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