Pickard’s Sunday Picks: Week 16

There is an exciting slate of 12 games on Sunday. Here are final score predictions for all of the Week 16 Sunday contests, with reasoning.

Keep track of my “Sunday Score” all season long. This weighted formula gives me five points for every correct outcome. For every team whose score I predict exactly correct, I get an additional three points. Here’s how I’ve fared so far:

Sunday Score: 612

Winner/Loser picked correctly: 105/193

Week 16

New Orleans Saints 28, Tennessee Titans 30

The Titans essentially need a win if they want to realistically hold on to a playoff spot. It’s going to be hard for them to dominate without Derrick Henry, but on the other hand, Henry’s injury means the Saints’ preparation for the Pro Bowler goes down the drain.

Baltimore Ravens 34, Cleveland Browns 20

The Browns beat the Ravens earlier in the season and are still technically in the hunt for a playoff spot, but the Ravens are superior. They’ll clinch home-field advantage throughout the playoffs while the Browns will officially be eliminated.

New York Giants 24, Washington Redskins 13

The Redskins have played some good football as of late, but Daniel Jones is back and Saquon Barkley looks like a star again. The Giants should prevail and achieve their fourth victory of the year as the Redskins move one step closer to an appealing draft pick.

Pittsburgh Steelers 10, New York Jets 21

The Steelers seemed to be in a good position for a playoff spot, but I would actually be quite surprised if they pull off a victory today. Le’Veon Bell should dominate in his revenge game while Jamal Adams will ruin Devlin Hodges’s day.

Cincinnati Bengals 20, Miami Dolphins 21

Joe Mixon will find the end zone twice, but it won’t be quite enough to fend off the Miami Dolphins in a matchup that will hold up its expected status of a draft pick game.

Carolina Panthers 17, Indianapolis Colts 28

Remember when the Panthers were 5-3 and Christian McCaffrey was going to lead this team to a playoff spot? They’re going to lose their seventh straight this week as Jacoby Brissett plays good football again and Marlon Mack hits 1,000 rushing yards on the season.

Jacksonville Jaguars 17, Atlanta Falcons 24

The Falcons defeated the 49ers last week and appear to be on another one of those quick bursts of success. They’ll ride this momentum into a close win over a Jaguars team that has struggled this season.

Oakland Raiders 10, Los Angeles Chargers 27

The Raiders were officially eliminated from the playoffs last week in their final game in Oakland following a promising start to the year. The Chargers, another underperforming team, will roll all over Oakland and hand them their ninth loss.

Detroit Lions 17, Denver Broncos 24

Kerryon Johnson returns today as the backup in Detroit. However, Marvin Jones, Jr. is done for the year and the Lions want a good draft pick. The Lions will fall as Drew Lock shows off his talent following a one-week hiatus from good football.

Dallas Cowboys 20, Philadelphia Eagles 23

I have no idea here. The Cowboys suddenly look half decent, but Dak Prescott will be nowhere close to 100 percent. The Eagles are talented but all of their talented receivers, plus Jordan Howard, are hurt. The battle for the NFC East title is a toss-up.

Arizona Cardinals 20, Seattle Seahawks 35

The Seahawks will dominate this entire game. I anticipate them leading by three scores at halftime before allowing a garbage-time touchdown late in the game.

Kansas City Chiefs 21, Chicago Bears 17

I am anticipating an extremely close game in the Sunday primetime slot. The Chiefs have the edge, but the Bears would much rather play spoiler than settle for a higher draft selection. This should come down to the final drive.

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