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Week 16 Pro Football Predictions

Posted on: December 21st, 2017 by Rob Popeleski No Comments

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Atlanta @ New Orleans

Atlanta has won the last three meetings with New Orleans, including a 20-17 win just two weeks ago. In that game, New Orleans lost rookie sensation running back, Alvin Kamara, in the first quarter due to a concussion. New Orleans has cooled off a bit in the last four weeks as they’ve gone 2-2 in those games. New Orleans ran for a season-low 50 yards in their first meeting but I like a healthy Kamara and Mark Ingram at home this week for New Orleans. New Orleans 27-24

Minnesota @ Green Bay

Aaron Rodgers is on Injured Reserve after Green Bay was officially eliminated from playoff contention last week. The last time these teams played was the game Rodgers suffered the injury. In his place, in that game, Brett Hundley was held to just 157 yards passing while being intercepted 3 times. Minnesota 24-13

Indianapolis @ Baltimore

Indianapolis has lost 5 straight and 8 out of their last 9 games while Baltimore is playing for a playoff spot. Baltimore is ranked 4th on defense and a surprising 8th on offense. Baltimore 27-10

Tampa Bay @ Carolina

Carolina beat Tampa Bay 17-3 in their first meeting. Tampa Bay has lost 4 in a row and is winless against divisional opponents this year. Carolina 31-20

Cleveland @ Chicago

Hue Jackson is now 1-29 as head coach for Cleveland the last two seasons. Chicago 23-17

Detroit @ Cincinnati

Cincinnati head coach Marvin Lewis announced last week that this will be his last season and his team then went out and lost 34-7. They’ve been outscored 67-14 in their last two games. Detroit 27-17

NYG @ Arizona

New York was competitive in last weeks loss to Philadelphia and put up 504 yards of offense which was a season-high for them. Arizona is 4-3 at home this year and has held their last two opponents to under 215 total yards in each game. Arizona 23-20

Seattle @ Dallas

Both teams, at 8-6, are chasing that last wildcard spot, along with Detroit. Dallas gets Ezekiel Elliott back while Seattle has dealt with a numerous amount of injuries and have lost their last two games. Elliott faces a Seattle defense that allowed Todd Gurley to rush for 152 yards and 3 touchdowns. Dallas 27-23

Miami @ Kansas City

Kansas City has won their last two games following a 4 game losing streak. Not only has their offense regained its early season form, but the defense has allowed just 28 points combined in their last two games. Miami is mathematically still in playoff contention but it’s a long shot. After this week there will be no shot. Kansas City 30-17

Buffalo @ New England

New England is coming off an emotional hard fought win at Pittsburgh last week but don’t expect a let down with the number one seed in the conference at stake. New England has won 10 out of their last 12 against Buffalo. New England 34-21


Los Angeles needs help to get in the playoffs after last weeks loss to Kansas City. Philip Rivers threw 3 interceptions last week and has 1 touchdown and 6 interceptions in two games against Kansas City. It’ll get easier this week against a 5-9 New York team with Bryce Petty at quarterback. LAC 24-10

LAR @ Tennessee

Tennessee was 8-4 just two weeks ago and in good playoff position, but they find themselves in must wins after two losses and games with Los Angeles this week and Jacksonville next week. The Tennessee offense has really struggled to score and they’ll need to score this week if they’re going to beat the leagues highest scoring team in Los Angeles. Los Angeles 27-20

Jacksonville @ San Francisco

San Francisco is now 3-0 with Jimmy Garappolo at quarterback. This week will be his toughest test as he faces the leagues best pass defense in Jacksonville. On the other side, Blake Bortles has quieted his critics with 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in his last 3 games. Jacksonville 24-23

Denver @ Washington

Denver is 2nd in pass defense and 4th in run defense. The problem is that they are 31st in takeaway differential and are near the bottom of the league in offense. They won just their first road game of the week last week and Brock Osweiler will start at quarterback. Washington 20-16

Pittsburgh @ Houston

It’ll be interesting to see how Pittsburgh responds after suffering a heartbreaking loss last week to New England. It was a game they had circled on their calendars and now they have to rebound against Houston on the road. I can’t see them losing to TJ Yates but Pittsburgh has played down to the competition this season. Pittsburgh 27-17

Oakland @ Philadelphia

Two straight losses have made Oakland a long shot for the playoffs. They have struggled on offense, averaging 16 points in their last two games. Philadelphia didn’t miss a beat with Nick Foles at quarterback last week and return home where they’re 6-0 this season. Philadelphia 31-20

Record: Last week 12-4, Season 142-80

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