NFL Week 16 Picks: Exciting Week Ahead as Teams Lock Up Playoff Spots

Welcome to my Week 16 Picks. Last week I went 12-4, putting my overall record at 131-95. I was not able to release my Week 15 Picks due to technical difficulties, so here they are:

Broncos, 21, Colts, 19

Lions, 31, Bears, 13

Chargers, 33, Chiefs, 27

Bills, 30, Dolphins, 27

Saints, 23, Jets, 19

Ravens, 24, Browns, 23

Vikings, 27, Bengals, 17

Jaguars, 27, Texans, 19

Eagles, 26, Giants, 14

Redskins, 23, Cardinals, 10

Panthers, 30, Packers, 27 (OT)

Rams, 30, Seahawks, 20

Patriots, 30, Steelers, 27

Titans, 35, 49ers, 20

Raiders, 31, Cowboys, 27

Buccaneers, 31, Falcons, 23

Now for my Week 16 Picks. I was only able to do a full description for my lock and upset due to family commitments, but I have provided the rest of my scores and notes on the other games. Merry Christmas.

Lock of the Week

Jaguars, 28, 49ers, 9

The Jags offense will look good against the weak Niners defense. The Jags defense will dominate, shutting down the Niners receiving weapons. Even the Garoppolo effect won’t be enough to stop them as QB Jimmy Garoppolo fails to find his receivers.

Upset of the Week

Titans, 27, Rams, 24

RB Todd Gurley will try and lead the Rams offense early on, and their defense will shut down the Titans run game. However, the Titans will win in a comeback against the depleted LA secondary. They will be led by their versatile receivers as well as their star TE Delanie Walker, as QB Marcus Mariota grabs a victory.

The Other Games


Ravens, 28, Colts, 23

– Ravens TD: Rush TD Alex Collins, Pass TD Jeremy Maclin, Mike Wallace, Breshad Perriman

– Colts TD: T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief

– Ravens receiving crew dominates against Indy’s depleted secondary

– Colts struggle to fight back against strong offensive day by Ravens

– Ravens win with ease against weak Colts defense

Vikings, 34, Packers, 27

– Vikings TD: Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Laquon Treadwell, Kyle Rudolph

– Packers TD: Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams

– Rodgers looks strong against divisional rivals

– But it’s not enough as Vikings offense dominates, especially with return of Rudolph the Red-Nosed TE

– Vikes win as they slow down Packers, set their dominant offense up for success


Patriots, 30, Bills, 23

– Patriots TD: Rush TD Dion Lewis, Pass TD Danny Amendola, Brandin Cooks

– Bills TD: Rush TD LeSean McCoy, Pass TD Zay Jones

– Pats look strong again after offense gathered momentum for comeback victory last week

– They use balanced attack to outsmart Bills defense

– Bills challenge, McCoy dominates against weak Pats front seven, receivers give Pats secondary a tough time

– Pats win in the end as Hogan returns, Brady finds receivers

Chiefs, 16, Dolphins, 13

– Chiefs TD: Tyreek Hill

– Dolphins TD: Julius Thomas

– Chiefs offense continues to struggle, especially against tough Miami defensive front

– But Chiefs defense dominant, shutting down Cutler and his receivers

– Dolphins fail to run the ball without Ajayi, Chiefs seal the deal

Chargers, 30, Jets, 27

– Chargers TD: Travis Benjamin, Mike Williams, Antonio Gates

– Jets TD: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse

– Jets have strong offensive day against weak Chargers secondary

– But Chargers continue to thrive offensively even after struggles in KC last week

– Jets come close to stopping them, but Chargers win after another good offensive performance

Lions, 27, Bengals, 19

– Lions TD: Eric Ebron, Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones

– Bengals TD: A.J. Green

– Stafford leads Detroit to triumphant victory after finding Ebron, Golladay for big plays

– Bengals offense cannot find its groove without Eifert among others

– Lions win after slowing down Cincy, thriving offensively

Browns, 24, Bears, 21

– Browns TD: Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman, David Njoku

– Bears TD: Rush TD Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Pass TD Kendall Wright

– Led by RBs, Bears try to win at home

– But Gordon, Browns offense challenges them, Kizer looks good against Bears weak front seven

– Browns manage to win, and it won’t be the snoozefest you were expecting as offenses do well due to sloppy defense

Redskins, 26, Broncos, 24

– Redskins TD: Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis

– Broncos TD: Pass TD Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Defensive TD Aqib Talib

– Redskins offense slowed down drastically by No Fly Zone, Talib even intercepts Cousins for pick six

– But Broncos offense just doesn’t produce enough to fight back, even after being boosted by Talib’s TD

Saints, 27, Falcons, 23

– Saints TD: Rush TD Alvin Kamara, Pass TD Brandon Coleman, Michael Thomas

– Falcons TD: Julio Jones, Austin Hooper

– Saints continue to look strong on offense, led by Brees, Kamara & Thomas

– Jones & Hooper try to lead Falcons comeback, but fail against tough Saints defense

Buccaneers, 30, Panthers, 22

– Buccaneers TD: O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate, Mike Evans

– Panthers TD: Greg Olsen

– Panthers struggle to stump Bucs D

– Bucs offense looks good even without Jackson as Winston leads them to victory

Cardinals, 12, Giants, 6

– Cardinals TD: NONE

– Giants TD: NONE

– Both offenses struggle regressively

– Giants secondary shuts down Cards receivers, vice versatile

– Cardinals edge out victory with some of their offensive weapons back from injuries

Cowboys, 30, Seahawks, 24

– Cowboys TD: Rush TD Ezekiel Elliott, Pass TD Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams

– Seahawks TD: Paul Richardson, Jimmy Graham, Tyler Lockett

– Cowboys thrive in Elliott’s return, even against powerful Seattle defense

– Seahawks try to fight back, but can’t produce enough offensively as Cowboys win


Steelers, 26, Texans, 20 (OT)

– Steelers TD: Rush TD Le’Veon Bell Pass TD Eli Rogers, JuJu Smith-Schuster,

– Texans TD: DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller V

– Steelers manage to win even without Brown against weak Houston D

– Texans try to fight back, taking advantage of Brown’s absence, but they cannot finish them off without Watson

– Steelers get caught in another tight thriller, but this time they win

Eagles, 38, Raiders, 27

– Eagles TD: Rush TD Jay Ajayi, Pass TD Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz

– Raiders TD: Jared Cook, Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper

– Eagles dominate offensively, even with Wentz out as Raiders secondary struggles

– Run game also does well, led by many different elite RBs

– Carr, Raiders offense also thrives, but cannot come close to matching Philly’s numbers

That’s all for my picks this week. Who will get the Christmas gift of a playoff berth this week? Find out soon.

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