NFL Week 16 is right around the corner, and there are a few big games on schedule. Here’s a look at a few predictions from some of the biggest games this week.
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NFL Week 16 Predictions:
1. Los Angeles Rams (9-5) vs. Seattle Seahawks (10-4) at Seattle
This NFC West rivalry is a crucial game for playoff seeding. The Rams choked in a major way against the Jets last week, allowing their lead in the NFC West to slip away.
Now, they must win this game to remain in the hunt for the division title. For Seattle, this game has bigger implications as well.
The Seahawks are still in play for the number one seed in the NFC which comes with that all important bye. A win here by the Seahawks would not only clinch the NFC West but would also ensure they stay on the heels of the Saints and Packers.
The NFC West title is also important as it, at the very least, merits a home playoff game. Both of these teams know what’s at stake and will play accordingly.
Moreover, both teams are coming off of disappointing games. The Seahawks did beat the Washington Football Team, but they only won by 5 points and Russell Wilson didn’t have a particularly impressive showing.
However, nobody plays better in big games than Wilson, whose MVP campaign this season has proven that. I think that will be the edge in this game as the Seahawks narrowly take this one.
Seahawks: 24, Rams: 21
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2. Tennessee Titans (10-4) vs. Green Bay Packers (11-3) at Green Bay
This inter-conference matchup provides a lot of intrigue for both sides. Both the Titans and Packers hold slight leads that they’re looking to preserve.
For the Titans, they’re just barely ahead of the Indianapolis Colts who are also 10-4. A win here would be monumental as the Titans control their own destiny in regards to winning the AFC South. Two wins, and they’re the division champs and it all starts with Green Bay.
The Packer, meanwhile, have bigger aspirations. The Packers are currently the one seed and hold a one game advantage over second place New Orleans. However, a loss here would set up a must win scenario in Week 17 against the Chicago Bears if they want to keep the NFC title.
Their hopes for the one seed are more clearly outlined here.
As for who wins this game, it’s a toss-up. The Titans and Packers both won this week, but while the Titans are coming off a shell-shacking of the Lions, the Packers nearly blew a 21-3 lead to the Eagles. Clearly, the Titans have momentum here.
And that’s why, I’m picking them to upset the Packers. Look for Derrick Henry to explode once more in a crucial matchup.
Titans: 31, Packers: 28
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3. Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh
The Colts and Steelers are two trending in very opposite directions coming into NFL Week 16. The Steelers started the season a formidable 11-0,but since then they’ve lost 3 straight games.
Out of those losses, two were to teams with losing records while the other was to the now second place Buffalo Bills.
The Steelers fall is catastrophic. A few weeks ago, they were looking good to earn the number one seed, but now they sit at the number three seed.
What’s even worse is that if Pittsburgh loses here and the Browns take care of business against the Jets, then the Steelers will find themselves in a Week 17 battle for the AFC North crown. A loss there would mean no home-field advantage at all for any playoff games.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
The Colts, on the other hand, are winners of five of their last six games which includes winning their last three games. The stage is set here for the Colts to “upset” the Steelers if they continue their hot streak.
There’s more on the line too. A loss here would eliminate the Colts’ chances of winning the AFC South as the Titans currently hold the tie-breaker. Additionally, a win here and a Titans loss would mean the Colts would be back on top.
The defense has stepped up time and time again and it’ll have to do the same if they want to beat the Steelers here. Considering how both teams are trending so far, I sniff another potential upset here.
Colts: 27, Steelers: 21
Colts vs Steelers is going to be the game of the week this week. Two teams that desperately need the W. Two great defenses….. Gonna be a good one
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