Week 16: The Battle for NY

The playoff picture is blurrier than an y year in recent memory as teams battle it out for the wild cards in both leagues. But nothing is a messy as the NFC East. Everything can be wrapped up this week with a Dallas win and a Giants loss. But with both the Jets and Giants in need of a win it is clear that the game of the week is being played in NY.

(Home teams in CAPS)

Houston -6 over INDIANAPOLIS

The Colts got their one win last week, and I do not see them putting the number one overall pick in jeopardy with a win here.

Oakland +1.5 over KANSAS CITY

Neither team is out of the playoffs yet, but the loser will likely be out. The Chiefs laid it all out there last week to beat the Pack, and I do not expect a repeat performance against their long time, bitter rivals.

Denver -2.5 over BUFFALO

It seems the magic of Tebow was gone last week, but on the day before Christmas there is no way he falters again. This is only loosely related, but worth the 3 minutes to say the least… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ6vat1DIRI

Jacksonville +7.5 over TENNESSEE

The Titans get gashed on the ground ranking in the top ten in most yards rushing allowed per game. MJD will get the ball all game and wear down the Titans poor defense.

CINCINNATI -4 over Arizona

The Bengals need to keep on winning to have any hope of making the playoffs. Arizona has been playing tough, but as long as AJ Green is healthy the Bengals should be able to pull it out.

NEW ENGLAND -9.5 over Miami

The Pats can take a huge step to getting home field advantage with a win thanks to the stumbles by all the other AFC powers in week 15. I expect the Pats to come out chucking it and build a big lead early.

Cleveland +13 over BALTIMORE

This could be one of those games the Ravens just plain don’t show up until the second half. I expect the Ravens to win, but it will be much closer than people think.

NY JETS -3 over NY Giants

Two desperate teams. Two teams playing in their home stadiums. Two beat downs at the hands’ of lesser opponents last week. This will be the most entertaining game of the week, and as the Giants are prone to do, they will continue their late season slide.

Minnesota +6.5 over WASHINGTON

This will be the worst game of the week. Two awful teams battling it out for a better draft pick. I could see this one coming down to a field goal late either way.

CAROLINA -7.5 over Tampa Bay

The Buccaneers are a terrible team. The Panthers have a strong offense and should be able to put up a lot of points in this one.

St. Louis +15.5 over PITTSBURGH

Huge spreads have been very difficult to cover in the past three weeks. This could be a game the Steelers rest players like Big Ben in order to get healthy for the playoffs. The Steelers should win, but it will be a close game.

San Diego +2.5 over DETROIT

The Chargers need a win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. The Lions have been prone to giving up points early, and against a Chargers offense that has been clicking of late, I think the Lions will dig too deep a hole to come back from this time.

San Francisco -2.5 over SEATTLE

The Seahawks have been great running the ball recently, but the 49ers have not allowed a rushing TD all year. Do not look for a lot of points in this one, but the 49ers will win to keep alive the hope of getting a bye.

Philadelphia +2 over DALLAS

Call me a sucker, but I have been completely roped back in by the team formally known as the Dream Team.

GREEN BAY +13 over Chicago

Josh McCown. Aaron Rodgers. You do the math.

NEW ORLEANS -6.5 over Atlanta

The Saints offense is much better at home on the fast turf. The falcons are going to need to score 30+ points to be close, and I do not think they will be able to do that. The Saints will win by at least a touchdown.

Last Week: 6-10

Season: 57-50-1

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