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NFL picks, predictions against spread Week 16: Eagles edge Cowboys; Seahawks stump Rams; Bills pile on Patriots
27 December 2020 - 1:26 pm

NFL picks, predictions against spread Week 16: Eagles edge Cowboys; Seahawks stump Rams; Bills pile on Patriots,

Week 15 was, in a phrase, tough. Two double-digit underdogs, the Jets and the Bengals, gained straight up. A couple of favorites did not cowl by the slimmest of margins. 

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Meaning the one response is to dive proper again into one other robust slate of 16 video games in Week 16, the penultimate slate of the 2020 NFL common season. This week is peppered with extra shut calls, with 10 groups favored by a landing or much less together with two extra appreciable double-digit spreads to navigate.

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NFL picks against the spread for Week 16

Friday, 4:30 p.m. ET, Fox, NFL Community, Amazon Prime Video

The Vikings have had the Saints’ quantity in two of the previous three NFC playoffs. The Saints can neglect about worrying about that by eliminating the Vikings from the playoffs and eventually profitable a fourth straight NFC South title on the similar time. After dropping to the Eagles and Chiefs in back-to-back weeks, search for the Saints to lock in whereas they’re residence for the vacation. Their run protection will rebound to include Dalvin Cook dinner earlier than the move protection tees off on Kirk Cousins. Drew Brees will choose aside the Vikings’ younger secondary with a stronger second recreation again.

Decide: Saints win 30-20 and canopy the spread.

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

The Titans can be attempting to run all around the Packers with Derrick Henry and use Ryan Tannehill and the passing recreation successfully once more enjoying off that. The Packers’ objective with Aaron Rodgers can be passing aggressively to construct an enormous lead against a protection with a restricted move rush and weak protection to restrict Henry from being the identical type of large issue with damaging recreation script. Matt LaFleur used to work for Mike Vrabel, however he will not maintain again with the marginally extra explosive offense.

Decide: Packers win 31-27 and canopy the spread.

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Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Browns took care of the Giants reasonably simply in the identical stadium final week and can be on excessive alert to play their greatest against the Jets with the possibility to lock up their first playoff spot since 2002. The Jets received their win out of the best way to take them out of the No. 1 choose. Baker Mayfield and the Browns’ working recreation will mix for one more sturdy efficiency and the protection, led by Myles Garrett and Denzel Ward, will cease the run and funky off Sam Darnold.

Decide: Browns win 27-13 and canopy the spread.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

This was the pure path to take with the Colts enjoying so properly as a whole workforce and the Steelers struggling offensively. The Colts’ protection can squeeze in protection and hold making it robust on Ben Roethlisberger. The Colts could have success working the center of the sphere with Philip Rivers and use their backs successfully to take advantage of the Steelers’ linebacker weaknesses. A heavy dose of rookie Jonathan Taylor grinds Indy to victory within the second half.

Decide: Colts win 20-17.

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Saturday, 1 p.m. ET, NFL Community

Tom Brady made the comeback look straightforward against the Falcons after a gradual begin offensively and defensively. He can be locked in wire-to-wire right here because the Lions can not cowl any of his receivers or tight ends and also will don’t have any solutions for the working recreation. The Bucs’ protection could have no bother stopping the run once more and teeing off on a battered Matthew Stafford.

Decide: Buccaneers win 34-17 and canopy the spread.

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET, Amazon Prime Video

The 49ers will not be making the playoffs to defend their NFC championship. Their robust, injury-riddled hangover season began with a house loss to the Cardinals. Their protection is beginning to break down whereas their offense is doing its greatest to remain aggressive. Kyler Murray appears again on observe as a passer and can be keen to do extra working with Arizona near incomes an NFC wild-card berth. The 49ers are helped a little bit by this being a “residence” recreation in 2020.

Decide: Cardinals win 27-23 however fail to cowl the spread.

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​​Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET, NFL Community

The Dolphins will win this recreation with their latest system of a powerful working recreation, incorporating rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa at occasions, and sound all-around protection. The Raiders might counter with extra of Marcus Mariota vs. his fellow Hawaiian counterpart ought to Derek Carr keep on the shelf along with his groin damage, however the offensive method will not change from run-heavy with calculated photographs to downfield, primarily to tight finish Darren Waller. The Dolphins are higher coached with Brian Flores and can execute higher in all three phases to enhance their playoff hopes whereas formally dashing these of the Raiders.

Decide: Dolphins win 23-20 and canopy the spread.

  • Panthers at Washington Soccer Workforce (-2.5, 44.5 o/u)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

It is a Ron Rivera revenge recreation, which additionally comes with a probability to win the NFC East. The Panthers’ offense will not be capable of do a lot right here with a slumping Teddy Bridgewater, because of the Washington protection coming onerous after him and overlaying his outdoors receivers properly. Dwayne Haskins wasn’t nice against the Seahawks, however he did give them an opportunity to win the sport along with his arm and legs. Thee’s additionally a good probability Alex Smith returns this week. The Panthers’ protection could have bother with the trio of Terry McLaurin, J.D. McKissic and Logan Thomas.

Decide: Washington wins 23-17 and covers the spread.

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  • Falcons at Chiefs (-10.5, 53.5)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Falcons did their greatest to carry off the Buccaneers at residence in Week 15 however their protection nonetheless folded and blew one other large lead. They needn’t fear about enjoying from forward right here as Patrick Mahomes will destroy their move protection with no stress in his face, doing what he desires with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce once more. Matt Ryan outdoor with out Julio Jones (seemingly) will return to taking it on the chin usually.

Decide: Chiefs win 38-21 and canopy the spread.

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

The Allen Robinson revenge recreation will go very properly, too because the Bears’ red-hot offense could have no issues making large performs with him and Darnell Mooney downfield with Mitchell Trubisky enjoying properly, with the whole lot powered by David Montgomery’s big-time working. Gardner Minshew is making his closing two begins for the Jaguars and could also be with out dynamic undrafted again James Robinson against a tricky protection.

Decide: Bears win 31-14 and canopy the spread.

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Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Bengals expended a number of emotion and power to take down the Steelers at residence on Monday night time, making this a tricky short-week street journey. Deshaun Watson is again locked in once more along with his new mixture of receivers and now David Johnson is again up and working properly. The Texans may use an excellent win to hold into 2021 and that is it because the Bengals’ working recreation limitations assist the protection.

Decide: Texans win 31-23 however fail to cowl the spread.

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Ravens are rolling once more with their 2019 offensive system round Lamar Jackson with all of his key talent help coming via once more. The protection is grinding via a number of accidents however get a break with the Giants’ anemic offense, no matter it being Colt McCoy or Daniel Jones

Decide: Ravens win 27-13 and canopy the spread.


  • Broncos at Chargers (-3, 48.5 o/u)

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS

The Chargers are working to complete sturdy with Justin Herbert as their offense is firing on all cylinders with steadiness and explosiveness. Their protection has loads of holes nonetheless however sufficient playmakers to include Drew Lock, even with struggles against former Charger Melvin Gordon and the working recreation. The Broncos’ protection was misplaced all over the place against the Bills and face an analogous problem on the street this week.

Decide: Chargers win 27-20 and canopy the spread.

  • Eagles (-1.5, 49 o/u) at Cowboys

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The Eagles’ offense is buzzing with the working and passing of Jalen Hurts. The Cowboys can not cease that twin risk and the standard working of Miles Sanders. The Cowboys ought to get extra good working from Tony Pollard, assuming Ezekiel Elliott (calf) is saved out of motion, however they need to face a more healthy total Eagles’ protection than the one which went to Arizona in Week 15.

Decide: Eagles win 27-24 and canopy the spread.

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  • Rams at Seahawks (-2, 47.5 o/u)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

The Rams will attempt to choose up the items from dropping to the Jets however can be with out their greatest supply of speeding manufacturing, rookie Cam Akers. The Seahawks’ protection has been good against the run all season and has tightened the screws against the move. The Seahawks’ speeding assault can be rolling with Russell Wilson serving to Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde. The Seahawks survive a battle of attrition to lock down the NFC West title.

Decide: Seahawks win 23-20 and canopy the spread.

  • Bills at Patriots (-7, 45 o/u)

Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN

The Patriots are formally eradicated from the playoffs whereas the Bills, the brand new AFC East champions, know they will get the No. 2 seed within the AFC with the Steelers stumbling. They beat the Patriots as soon as and wish to do it once more to place a stamp on the transition of energy in prime time. The disparity at quarterback from Josh Allen to Cam Newton exhibits up right here.

Decide: Bills win 24-14 and canopy the spread.

Stats of the Week

Week 15 straight up: 10-6

Week 15 against the spread: 5-10

Season straight up: 142-82

Season against the spread: 116-102

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