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NFL Week 16 Handicapping Tips

NFL Week 16 Match-Ups

The playoff picture in the NFC is almost in place. New Orleans, Minnesota, and Arizona have clinched their division, Philadelphia has clinched a berth, and Dallas, Green Bay, and New York will fight it out for the final two spots. The AFC, on the other hand is a whole different story. Indianapolis and San Diego have clinched their division, while New England and Cincinnati are one win away from clinching theirs.


There are eight teams left battling for just two spots.

Denver and Baltimore have the slight advantage at 8-6, but there are six teams at 7-7; Jacksonville, Miami, New York, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and Houston that still have a chance.

Here is a brief look at all the match ups with some keys to the game.

Friday, Dec. 25

San Diego Chargers at Tennessee Titans, 7:30 p.m.

San Diego is currently on a nine game winning streak as well as a 17 game winning streak in the month of December. Titan RB Chris Johnson needs just 271 rushing yards to go over 2000 on the year.

Sunday, Dec. 27

Buffalo Bills at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

Buffalo 3rd string QB Brian Brohm will most likely make his first NFL start on Sunday. Atlanta’s TE Tony Gonzalez needs 180 receiving yards to record his 3rd straight 1000 yard season.

Kansas City Chiefs at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.

These two teams have evenly split their last 10 meetings with Cincinnati winning last year 16-6. The Bengals are giving up just 17.4 points per game, tied for 3rd best in the league.

Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.

Oakland’s five wins have come by and average of less than three points per game. The Browns are averaging just 14.2 points per games, but giving up an average of 24.9.

Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m.

Seattle is 5-9 overall, but just 1-6 on the road. Green Bay rookie LB Clay Matthews leads the team in sacks with 10.

Houston Texans at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.

With three rookies; Vonte Davis, Sean Smith, and Chris Clemons anchoring Miami’s secondary, Texan QB Matt Schaub and their 3rd ranked passing offense could have a big day.

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants, 1 p.m.

Carolina QB Matt Moore has thrown for 720 yards and four TD’s in his three starts for the injured Jake Delhomme. In his last three starts, Eli Manning has thrown for 900 yards and eight TD’s.

Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots, 1 p.m.

Jacksonville RB Maurice James-Drew has 15 TD’s, tied for first in the league. In his last four games, Tom Brady has completed 58% of his passes and has thrown six interceptions and only four TD’s.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m.

While Tampa’s defense is ranked 25th overall, they are ranked 8th against the pass. In their last three games combined the Saints have actually been outscored 77-76.

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m.

Baltimore is just 2-8 against the Steelers at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh S Troy Polamalu still has not been cleared to return to practice and remains doubtful for this game.

St. Louis Rams at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m.

Arizona has beaten St. Louis six straight times, but with the NFC West already clinched it remains to be seen how much playing time the Cardinal’s starters will see.

Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m.

San Francisco has beaten Detroit 11 out of the last 12 times they have played. To make matters worse, the Lions have lost 19 straight games on the road.

Denver Broncos at Philadelphia Eagles, 4:15 p.m.

Veteran safety and former long time Eagle, Brian Dawkins makes his return to Lincoln Financial Filed in what will be an emotional homecoming.

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts, 4:15 p.m.

New York has the top ranked defense and rushing offense in the league. Colt’s QB Peyton Manning leads the NFL with 4213 passing yards and 365 completions.

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins, 8:20 p.m.

These two teams have split their last 10 meetings and the Cowboys have not swept the season series since 2004.

Monday, Dec. 28

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears, 8:30 p.m.

Minnesota has been outscored 56-24 in their last two road games. Chicago QB Jay Cutler has thrown a league high 25 interceptions but only five have come at home.

All eyes will be on the ten teams in the AFC that can still make the playoffs but haven’t officially secured a berth. Look for New England, Cincinnati, and Baltimore to punch their ticket this weekend.

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