As always, home team in CAPS.
SEATTLE 10 1/2 St. Louis
The Seahawks are still flying, and I can't figure out how. But I don't have to. They are in the playoffs, and could be a very dangerous team. They do have something on the line though, because their seeding has not been determined. But by the time they play, it could be.
Chicago 3 DETROIT
The Bears need to win and get some help. They don't deserve the post season though. The Lions are basically useless. I'll take the Bears.
PITTSBURGH 6 1/2 Cleveland
Surprisingly this game is useless, like most of my picks.
Green Bay 3 1/2 MINNESOTA
This is a huge game, more for Minnesota than Green Bay. The Packers will likely be the second seed no matter what, but the Vikings need to win or get some help. I think the Packers will rest some starters eventually in this game. I'll take Minnesota. They need it more.
NEW ENGLAND 10 Miami
There is a good chance the Patriots will know their seeding by the time they play, so this game could mean nothing. Still, the Patriots need the work and Miami will likely let them have it. Since the game could be meaningless, I'll take the Dolphins to cover.
ATLANTA 4 1/2 Tampa Bay
This is a nothing game for the Falcons as they have the number one seed locked up. Look for the reserves very early in this game. The Bucs have been disappointing and I wonder if Josh Freeman is in fact the answer. He might not be.
INDIANAPOLIS 5 Houston
Chuck Pagano returns as Head Coach for the Colts, but the problem is this game is meaningless to them as they are locked in as the number five seed. The Texans desperately need to win to get a first round bye and home field. I would think the Colts would want to win for Pagano, but risking injury doesn't make a lot of sense, plus Houston really needs to win. I like the Texans.
NEW ORLEANS 5 Carolina
TENNESSEE 4 Jacksonville
Yawn, even in Tennesee and Jacksonville.
DENVER 15 1/2 Kansas City
The Broncos are rolling, and they likely will remain the number two seed. Many are saying the Broncos are overrated because of their soft schedule. No they are not, and they will be extremely dangerous in the playoffs.
CINCINNATI 2 1/2 Baltimore
Both teams are headed to the post season, but oddly this game is still pretty meaningless. The Bengals are locked in as the sixth seed, and the Ravens are the fourth seed barring some stunning losses by other teams. Both teams will likely rest players. I'll take the home team.
SAN FRANCISCO 16 Arizona
The 49ers actually need to win to get a better seeding, plus they got crushed last week so they could use a tune up. Enter Arizona, and the 49ers are now tuned.
NEW YORK GIANTS 7 Philadelphia
The Giants need to win and get a ridiculous amount of help, so they are out of the playoffs. They don't deserve it anyway. And it is likely goodbye to Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid. He has been great, but it has gotten stale in Philadelphia and a change needs to be made. I expect one.
BUFFALO 3 New York Jets
Welcome to the circus known as the New York Jets, the league's biggest laughingstock right now. Goodbye Rex Ryan, Mike Tannenbaum and Tim Tebow. It was nice knowing you, and I would be surprised if any of those three remain. I am not sure about Mark Sanchez, but he really needs a change in one capacity or another.
Game of the Week
WASHINGTON 3 1/2 Dallas
Who would have thought that this game would be for the NFC East title at the beginning of the year, especially in Washington. Dallas must win to get into the playoffs, but the Redskins can still make it with a loss but they need a lot of help. It won't matter. I don't see the Redskins losing, and they could be an interesting team in the post season. Speaking of interesting, watch the offseason in Dallas. That could be entertaining.
Stinker of the Week
SAN DIEGO 4 Oakland
Bye Bye Norv.
Record For Week 16: 9-7 ( 9-7 without the spread )
Record Through Week 16: 109-116-4 ( 130-99 without the spread )
Game of Week Record: 6-10
Stinker of Week Record: 6-10
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