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?
How do the Dallas Cowboys respond from their meltdown? What about the Lions? Who takes the advantage in the NFC South matchup between the Carolina Panthers and Saints?
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.