Who will win out in week 16's late games? Lets preview the games and pick some winners.
New York Giants @ St. Louis Rams - RAMS WIN
The Cowboys may have broken out of their 8-8 repeating record funk but the Rams won't break out of their own 7-9 funk. They aren't going to win next week against a Seahawks team chasing the number one seed so that means they will find a way to win against the Giants.
More seriously though outside of Odell Beckham Junior and, possibly, Eli Manning the Rams are simply a better team then the Giants. The respective records confirm this. At home then the Rams will find a way to shut down/restrict Beckham on defense and then on offense they will cobble together enough yards and points to squeeze out a narrow win. It won't be pretty though.
Buffalo Bills @ Oakland Raiders - BILLS WIN
After beating the Packers into a bloody pulp last week the Bills are not going to let all that hard work go to waste by losing to the Oakland Raiders. The Bills defensive line is going to hulk-smash their way through a poor Raiders offensive line and they are going to give Derek Carr one of the worst days of his sporting life.
The Bills less than stellar offense may keep this one fairly close but in the end Sammy Watkins and Fred Jackson will cobble together enough points to keep the Buffalo Bills playoff hopes alive heading into a week 17 showdown in Foxboro against the New England Patriots.
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Indianapolis Colts @ Dallas Cowboys - COLTS WIN
Fantasy owners of DeMarco Murray despair for the inevitable has happened. The Cowboys stud running back has been run into the ground and picked up an injury, breaking a bone in his hand. Seeming not to care much about the running backs career beyond this season Jerry Jones is striking an upbeat note saying that he is "pretty positive" that Murray will play and he is probably telling the truth. What we can safely say though is that playing at running back with broken bones in your arm is going to restrict your playing ability somewhat.
Given how pivotal the Murray charged running game has been to the Cowboys all season the importance of his injury cannot be understated.
Combine this with the fact that Andrew Luck has played fairly poorly the last two games and we have the perfect recipe for the Colts to throw a wretch into the Cowboys playoff plans.
Seattle Seahawks @ Arizona Cardinals - SEAHAWKS WIN
Bruce Arians is understandably excited about this game saying “Oh, yeah, man! You don't get to play for the damn things very often!”. The problem for Arians though is injuries. First Carson Palmer went down then his replacement Drew Stanton leaving him playing a third choice QB and onto of this number one running back Andre Ellington is also out.
Welcoming Seattle then the Cardinals are without their best running back and best two QB's. In other words they have no chance of moving the ball consistently against a Seahawks defense that is back to its Superbowl winning form. The Seahawks will win this to go top in the NFC West.
Denver Broncos @ Cincinnati Bengals - BRONCOS WIN
The Bengals may have beaten the Browns 30-0 last week but they didn't have to even get into second gear to do so. To put it bluntly I wasn't to impressed with the Bengals performance. When a quarterback has such a bad game as Manziel did victory is inevitable.
Here's the key difference between this week and last week though Peyton Manning, even an out of form Peyton Manning, is no Johnny Manziel starting his first ever NFL game. Furthermore, Andy Dalton, a player who struggles in primetime, is going against a Denver defense that is currently in great form. The Broncos will go into Cincinnati and pick a win that keeps their number one seeding hopes alive heading into week 17.