Week 15 was going pretty swell for me. I started 10-2 on the straight games before losing the last four on my list. The Baltimore Ravens were out-touchdowned 2-0…yet they still won. The New Orleans Saints are a completely different team when they’re away from home. The Green Bay Packers overcame a 23-point halftime deficit.
Week 16 has some intriguing matchups. The Sunday Night Football flexed-in matchup (Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles) features a pass-heavy offense vs a defense that just surrendered 48 points to Matt Cassel. It also features a run-heavy offense vs a non-existent Bears run defense. Lots of points?
Here are some NFL picks against the spread for Week 16 games during the 2013-14 NFL season. Spread winners with (- or +) next to team name. Straight winners listed at end of each game. Lines from covers.com as of Dec. 17.
Team at Team (Winner:)
New Orleans Saints (+3) at Carolina Panthers (Winner: Saints)
Dallas Cowboys (-3) at Washington Redskins (Winner: Cowboys)
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills (+2.5) (Winner: Bills)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at St. Louis Rams (-5.5) (Winner: Rams)
Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (-2.5) (Winner: Jets)
Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs (-6.5) (Winner: Chiefs)
Minnesota Vikings (+7) at Cincinnati Bengals (Winner: Bengals)
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (+5.5) (Winner: Titans)
Denver Broncos (-10.5) at Houston Texans (Winner: Broncos)
New York Giants (+9.5) at Detroit Lions (Winner: Lions)
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (-10.5) (Winner: Seahawks)
New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens (-2.5) (Winner: Ravens)
Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers (-10) (Winner: Chargers)
1- Pittsburgh Steelers (+7) at Green Bay Packers (Winner: WITHOUT Rodgers, Steelers)
2- Pittsburgh Steelers (+7) at Green Bay Packers (Winner: WITH Rodgers, Packers)
Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles (-3) (Winner: Eagles)
Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers (-12) (Winner: 49ers)
Locks: Seahawks, 49ers, Broncos, Chiefs
Hardest to Pick: Saints, Titans, Cowboys, Ravens
Observations and results on next page.