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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, received straight up. A couple of favorites did not cowl by the slimmest of margins. 

Which means 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.

Here is our newest fearless forecast {of professional} soccer prognostications, for infotainment functions solely:

MORE: Week 16 NFL power rankings | Picks straight up

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NFL picks in opposition to the unfold 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 at last successful 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 Prepare 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.

Choose: Saints win 30-20 and canopy the unfold.

Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC

The Titans will probably be making an attempt to run everywhere in the Packers with Derrick Henry and use Ryan Tannehill and the passing recreation successfully once more enjoying off that. The Packers’ aim with Aaron Rodgers will probably be passing aggressively to construct a giant lead in opposition to a protection with a restricted move rush and weak protection to restrict Henry from being the identical sort of large issue with unfavourable recreation script. Matt LaFleur used to work for Mike Vrabel, however he will not maintain again with the marginally extra explosive offense.

Choose: Packers win 31-27 and canopy the unfold.

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Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

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

Choose: Browns win 27-13 and canopy the unfold.

Sunday 1 p.m. ET, CBS

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

Choose: Colts win 20-17.

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Saturday, 1 p.m. ET, NFL Community

Tom Brady made the comeback look simple in opposition to the Falcons after a gradual begin offensively and defensively. He will probably 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 can have no hassle stopping the run once more and teeing off on a battered Matthew Stafford.

Choose: Buccaneers win 34-17 and canopy the unfold.

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 finest to remain aggressive. Kyler Murray appears again on observe as a passer and will probably be prepared 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.

Choose: Cardinals win 27-23 however fail to cowl the unfold.

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

The Dolphins will win this recreation with their current system of a powerful working recreation, incorporating rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa at occasions, and sound all-around protection. The Raiders could counter with extra of Marcus Mariota vs. his fellow Hawaiian counterpart ought to Derek Carr keep on the shelf together with his groin harm, 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.

Choose: Dolphins win 23-20 and canopy the unfold.

  • Panthers at Washington Soccer Crew (-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, due to the Washington protection coming onerous after him and protecting his exterior receivers nicely. Dwayne Haskins wasn’t nice in opposition to the Seahawks, however he did give them an opportunity to win the sport together with his arm and legs. Thee’s additionally a good probability Alex Smith returns this week. The Panthers’ protection can have hassle with the trio of Terry McLaurin, J.D. McKissic and Logan Thomas.

Choose: Washington wins 23-17 and covers the unfold.

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  • Falcons at Chiefs (-10.5, 53.5)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Falcons did their finest 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 strain in his face, doing what he needs with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce once more. Matt Ryan open air with out Julio Jones (seemingly) will return to taking it on the chin usually.

Choose: Chiefs win 38-21 and canopy the unfold.

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

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

Choose: Bears win 31-14 and canopy the unfold.

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Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Fox

The Bengals expended a whole lot of emotion and vitality to take down the Steelers at residence on Monday evening, making this a troublesome short-week street journey. Deshaun Watson is again locked in once more together with his new mixture of receivers and now David Johnson is again up and working nicely. The Texans might use a very good win to hold into 2021 and that is it because the Bengals’ working recreation limitations assist the protection.

Choose: Texans win 31-23 however fail to cowl the unfold.

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 ability help coming by means of once more. The protection is grinding by means of a number of accidents however get a break with the Giants’ anemic offense, no matter it being Colt McCoy or Daniel Jones

Choose: Ravens win 27-13 and canopy the unfold.

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

Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, CBS

The Chargers are working to complete robust with Justin Herbert as their offense is firing on all cylinders with stability and explosiveness. Their protection has loads of holes nonetheless however sufficient playmakers to include Drew Lock, even with struggles in opposition to former Charger Melvin Gordon and the working recreation. The Broncos’ protection was misplaced in all places in opposition to the Payments and face an identical problem on the street this week.

Choose: Chargers win 27-20 and canopy the unfold.

  • 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 normal working of Miles Sanders. The Cowboys ought to get extra good working from Tony Pollard, assuming Ezekiel Elliott (calf) is stored out of motion, however they need to face a more healthy total Eagles’ protection than the one which went to Arizona in Week 15.

Choose: Eagles win 27-24 and canopy the unfold.

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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 will probably be with out their finest supply of dashing manufacturing, rookie Cam Akers. The Seahawks’ protection has been good in opposition to the run all season and has tightened the screws in opposition to the move. The Seahawks’ dashing assault can also 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.

Choose: Seahawks win 23-20 and canopy the unfold.

  • Payments at Patriots (-7, 45 o/u)

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

The Patriots are formally eradicated from the playoffs whereas the Payments, 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 need 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 reveals up right here.

Choose: Payments win 24-14 and canopy the unfold.

Stats of the Week

Week 15 straight up: 10-6

Week 15 in opposition to the unfold: 5-10

Season straight up: 142-82

Season in opposition to the unfold: 116-102

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