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NFL Predictions Week 16: Washington Redskins slip up, Cardinals beat Packers

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Merry Christmas NFL fans! Week 16 is all wrapped up as the playoff picture becomes ever clearer and other teams get ready for an off-season overhaul.

Week 17 has some interesting games that will affect the playoffs with only one that has any true effect on a division...the derided NFC East.

So let's get to it...


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Big Games:

Washington @ Philadelphia Eagles (SNF)

Washington has the chance to win the NFC East with a losing record, how that can be allowed I don't know - this division has been woeful this year.

On the road, DC aren't as formidable as they are at home and Kirk Cousins, who you just can't put any faith in, is due a bad game. Don't be surprised if Cousins and his Washington team will produce a letdown performance against the Eagles.

By doing so, it will make the final week all the more interesting with Washington on the road in Dallas and the Eagles facing off with the Giants in New York in what could decide the team who comes to London in 2016.

It's the NFC East, so I really have no idea anymore - it's been an embarrassing division this year and thank god it's almost done.

I can only pray the Giants improve and the rest stay the same in 2016

Winner: Eagles, but who honestly knows - whoever makes the play-offs shouldn't be there and will be torched by better teams with more talent

Green Bay Packers @ Arizona Cardinals

The Cards have lost a big man in FS Tyrann Matthieu when he tore his ACL while intercepting Sam Bradford but they have enough in depth to cover him.

The Packers are a dangerous team, but they aren't the team we all thought they were at the start of the year with a patchwork receiving team and an ageing running back duo who are holding their own as the League's ninth best.

They face an Arizona team ranked seventh in defence compared to Green Bays 21st ranked offence while their defence, which is ranked 17th comes up against the NFL's top offence.

The Cardinals are my pick in this game, and they'll seal a first round bye in the playoffs and they're my pick for the Super Bowl because they are a better team than the Panthers; records and stats aren't the be all and end all of sport.

The big game for Arizona is in Week 17 where they face divisional rivals Seattle Seahawks, which could well be a play-off match-up.

Green Bay will have to wait until Week 17 to decide who wins the NFC North in the decider against the Vikings at Lambeau.

Winner: Cardinals

The Rest:

San Diego Chargers @Oakland Raiders (TNF)

The Chargers got a win last week and that streak comes to an immediate end this week in the Boxing Night football game - the game no one wants to lose.

Oakland have a greater threat on offence than the Chargers who have next to nobody and Amari Cooper should have another big game.

Winner: Raiders - an unmerry Christmas for Charger Nation and the Raiders are the Grinch

San Francisco 49ers @ Detroit Lions

Easy one, this one. Lions at home who are play good football after a terrible start against the crap 49ers and Blaine Gabbert on the road. Hmm, let me think...

What if Detroit had started the season in this form?

Winner: Lions

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens

The Steelers are, in my opinion, the form team in the AFC and will rack-up 30 points in Baltimore.

A loss by the Jets will see Pitt into the play-offs and I see them are the AFC's Super Bowl contender - they're that good.

Winner: Steelers

Dallas Cowboys @ Buffalo Bills

A fourth string QB and a team that is down right crap this year, proving last season was a one-off for the Cowboys who should start looking for new, young (and most importantly) healthy QB in the draft.

The Bills have a good defence - on paper - which hasn't shown up this year, and no one knows why but they'll get passed a Dallas team that is limping into the sunset like they've accidentally shot themselves in the boot with their holstered pistol.

Winner: Bills

Chicago Bears @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I really can't call this one. 

The Bucs have their quarterback for the future with a good receiving core but their defence is their let down.

The Bears however. Oh Da Bears, Da Bears, how you need to become great again. This will happen one day, but not with Jay Cutler as the quarterback. Bears fans, cross you fingers for a new one in the draft - but I doubt it.

Winner: Bears - they're due a win and I just fancy them this week

Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons

Easy; Panthers are great, Falcons suck.

P.S. Josh Norman should be suspended too for his involvement on Sunday against Odell Beckham - body slams? Come on.

Winner: Panthers

Indianapolis Colts @ Miami Dolphins

The Colts no offensive line and Matt Hasselbeck is being pummelled from left, right and centre - enter Ndamukong Suh.

The Dolphins got things going last week in their running gmae with Jay Ajayi's first touchdown, but have a long way to go yet to be competitive; I mean come on, they lost to the Chargers (Called right by moi, thank you).

This was meant the year when Miami challenged New England but...oops.

Miami at home, and a visiting QB who can't kept upright? Dolphins take it. 

Winner: Dolphins

New England Patriots @ New York Jets

It's difficult to see past the Pats in this one, they've had a hold over the Jets for years and even though their former receiver Eric Decker is playing great football in New York, forming arguably the best receiver partnership with Brandon Marshall, I don't think they'll have enough.

This could be a close one, folks, and while the Pats have been hit by injuries, they'll take the W at Meadowlands.

Winner: Patriots - but Marshall and Decker could have push it close but Jets miss the play-offs

Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans

Mariota is out for the season with a MCL injury, and he's had a great season in a Titans team that has little to offer in attack.

Mettenberger steps in, and he's a good QB who could be a starter elsewhere but the Texans will take this one with their defence.

Imagine if they had a good QB - keep an eye on this in the draft.

Winner: Texans - who win AFC South with Colts loss

Cleveland Browns @ Kansas City Chiefs

A solid defence against a team with seemingly nothing across the board.

Yes, Manziel looked quite good against the Seahawks, but on the road I can't them scoring many points at Arrowhead.

Winner: Chiefs - who seal play-off spot with Jets loss

Jacksonville Jaguars @ New Orleans Saints

This could be a close game in a game that doesn't matter - it really doesn't.

I just fancy the Saints to win their final home game of the season before overhauling their roster for 2016 - which could be Brees' last.

QB shootout alert for this game.

Winner: Saints

St Louis Rams @ Seattle Seahawks

The Rams often like to upset divisional rivals, but not this time.

Seattle are playing lights-out football and are just as good as they were two years ago. Would you want to face them in the play-offs?

Big score alert for this one.

Winner: Seahawks

New York Giants @ Minnesota Vikings

The Giants were so close last week to knocking off the perfect Panthers but yet again came up short.

Odell Beckham will be rightly suspended this week for his antics with Josh Norman who's no saint and should also be suspended - he's trash and not an elite CB.

OBJ is a good man and will know he did wrong. He just has to let his talent talk for him in these situations and play above the cheap efforts of people like Norman and Cortland Finnegan and let them get the penalties.

With OBJ out of this game, it get even harder for the G-Men in a game that should be a cake-walk for the Vikings. 

AP could have a field day against the Giants D that is, frankly, diabolical, embarrassing and abysmal (I could go on) and allowed Cam more than 100 yards rushing.

The pass defence will again allow huge numbers even though JPP and co knocked Newton down three times. Sort it out Reese - quality linebackers are badly needed, not free agency flotsam and a whole lot more talent. 

Who'll step-up for New York? I have no idea, they're season is done and I fear Tom Coughlin will be moved on; he's a legend of the game and the city - his work with the team will never be forgotten but I think this is the last season for him. 

Winner: Vikings, who make the play-offs - Giants out of play-off contention, again (writer wipes tear from eye)

Cincinnati Bengals @ Denver Broncos (MNF)

It's a game under lights which normally means the Bengals would lose because of Andy Dalton's crap record in prime time match-ups. But he's out of this one!

They'll lose it for another reason, though; they're facing the number one-ranked defence in the NFL and AJ Green can't win this on his own.

McCarron will have a tough game and Denver should see this one out with Brock or Peyton under centre. 

Winner: Broncos

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