Hello everyone! Welcome to Week 16 of the 2015 NFL season.
We’re down to the nitty-gritty for football. Playoff spots are being filled, and huge implications can happen during this week.
The AFC is filled with too many. Kansas City can either get a wild card spot or taker the AFC West. Denver needs to hold on to their AFC West lead; otherwise, they could be on the outside looking in.
Waiting in the wings are the Steelers and the Jets, who both look to take a Wild Card spot. Meanwhile, drama unfolds for the bye weeks. Denver, Cincinnati and New England can get a bye week for the playoffs. This week could determine which team goes where for the NFL Postseason.
Meanwhile, the NFC was sidetracked with an issue that went too far.
Clearly, this went way too far. Both men stepped over the line, but it should’ve been the referees stepping in. Isn’t that their job to keep law and order on the gridiron? That never would have happened anywhere else and yet, the refs just let it happen.
We should be talking about how the Panthers came back thanks to a game-winning drive by Cam Newton, which led to Graham Gano’s field goal. Instead, we’re explaining a feud gone too far.
Having passion for the game is one thing, but recklessness is another. Hopefully Beckham and Norman can learn from this experience, for both their sakes. Otherwise, this could be the beginning of an ugly tale of the tape.
Now, let’s talk picks. I went 11-5 in the picks for Week 15, bringing my total to 149-85. See what I got wrong below.
Thursday, December 17
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at St. Louis Rams, 8:25 p.m., NFLN
Saturday, December 19
New York Jets at Dallas Cowboys, 8:25 p.m., NFLN
Sunday, December 20
Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m., CBS
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m., CBS x
Atlanta Falcons at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m., FOX x
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., FOX
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots, 1 p.m., CBS
Carolina Panthers at New York Giants, 1 p.m., FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers, 1 p.m., FOX
Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m., CBS x
Green Bay Packers at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m., FOX
Cleveland Browns at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05 p.m., FOX (s.o.)
Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m., CBS
Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers, 4:25 p.m., CBS x
Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30 p.m., NBC
Monday, December 21
Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints, 8:30 p.m., ESPN x
Here are my picks for Week 16. The s.o. stands for the shutout pick.
Thursday, December 24
San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders, 8:25 p.m., NFLN
Saturday, December 26
Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:25 p.m., NFLN (s.o.)
Sunday, December 27
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m., FOX
Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m., FOX
San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m., FOX
Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m., CBS
Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m., CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, 1 p.m., FOX
Jacksonville Jaguars at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., CBS
New England Patriots at New York Jets, 1 p.m., CBS
Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m., FOX
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m., CBS
Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m., FOX
St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks, 4:25 p.m., FOX
New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings, 8:30 p.m., NBC
Monday, December 28
Cincinnati Bengals at Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Keep in mind all times and games are subject to change. Good luck to all teams and those who are also making picks as well.
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