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NFL Weekend with John Brockway

NFL WEEK 16 GAME PICKS

Last week: 10-6
Season Record: 142-82

TOP GAMES

REDSKINS AT EAGLES: WASHINGTON CAN WRAP UP THE NFC EAST WITH A VICTORY WHILE THE EAGLES NEED TO WIN OUT TO TAKE THE DIVISION. IF KIRK COUSINS CONTINUES HIS RECENT TREND OF NON0TURNOVER FOOTBALL AND THE ‘SKINS FORCE SOME QUICK POSSESSIONS ON DEFENSE, THEY HAVE AN EXCELLENT CHANCE TO WIN. PHILLY NEEDS TO DO THE SAME AS USUAL: EXTEND DRIVES BY GAINING MULTIPLE FIRST DOWNS. THIS KEEPS THEIR DEFENSE FRESHER AND HELPS TO TIRE OUT THE OPPOSING DEFENSE.
PICK: EAGLES 27-24

PATRIOTS AT JETS: NEW ENGLAND GETS THE #1 SEED IN THE AFC IF THEY KEEP WINNING WHILE THE JETS NEED TO WIN OUT AND GET SOME HELP TO REACH THE POSTSEASON. THE PATS HAVE ALL KINDS OF INJURIES ON OFFENSE AND NEED TO FIND A WAY TO CONSISTENTLY RUN THE FOOTBALL, WHICH SEEMS UNLIKELY AGAINST THE JETS TERRIFIC RUN DEFENSE. EXPECT BRADY TO THROW 45+ TIMES IN THIS ONE AS LONG AS IT’S COMPETITIVE. THE JETS NEED RYAN FITZPATRICK TO HAVE ONE OF HIS BEST GAMES OF THE SEASON AND NEED BRANDON MARSHALL AND ERIC DECKER TO HELP HIM OUT. THIS COULD BE A SLOW-MOVING GAME WITH LOTS OF PUNTS AD FIELD GOALS, BUT IN THE END THE PATS TEND TO WIN THE BIG GAMES.
PICK: PATRIOTS 23-21

PACKERS AT CARDINALS: THE PACKERS COULD WIN THE NFC NORTH THIS WEEK WITH A WIN AND MINNESOTA LOSS WHILE ARIZONA IS STILL HANGING ON TO DESPERATE HOPES OF GAINING THE NFC’S #1 SEED. GREEN BAY JUST HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO CONSISTENTLY RUN THE BALL THIS SEASON AS WEEK-TO-WEEK THEY SEEM TO BE A DIFFERENT TEAM. LOOK FOR THEM TO ATTACK THE WEAKENED ARIZONA SECONDARY THAT WILL BE PLAYING WITHOUT SOME KEY CONTRIBUTORS. THE CARDINALS WILL LOOK TO EXPLOIT THE MATCHUPS THEY HAVE WITH THEIR BIG THREE RECEIVERS BUT PROVED LAST WEEK THEY NOW HAVE A POTENT RUNNING GAME AS WELL.
PICK: CARDINALS 34-30

BENGALS AT BRONCOS: CINCY NEEDS A WIN TO CLINCH THE AFC NORTH WHILE DENVER CAN STILL FINISH ANYWHERE BUT FOURTH IN THE AFC, INCLUDING OUT OF THE POSTSEASON. BOTH TEAMS ARE PLAYING WITH BACKUP QB’S WHO HAVE YET TO SHOW THEY CAN MAKE WINNING PLAYS IN THIS LEAGUE. A.J. GREEN IS A BIT BANGED UP COMING INTO A TOUGH MATCHUP AND WITH EVERYTHING ELSE EVEN THE BRONCOS DEFENSE AND A HOME MONDAY NIGHT GAME WOULD SEEM TO TILT THIS ONE IN THEIR FAVOR.
PICK: BRONCOS 22-19

UNDER THE RADAR

PANTHERS AT FALCONS: CAROLINA COMES IN AT 14-0 BUT STILL NEEDS ANOTHER WIN TO CLINCH THE #1 SEED WHILE THE FALCONS ARE STILL ALIVE BUT IN NEED OF ALL KINDS OF HELP TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. CAROLINA IS COMING OFF AN EMOTIONAL WEEK AND A HARD-FOUGHT GAME AND NOW MUST GO ON THE ROAD TO PLAY A TEAM THEY DESTROYED TWO WEEKS AGO. ATALNATA WILL LIKELY HAVE DIFFICULTY MOVING THE BALL AND SUSTAINING DRIVES BUT BIG PLAYS COULD NEGATE THAT. THIS COULD BE A TRAP GAME FOR THE PANTHERS.
PICK: PANTHERS 24-21

THE REST

CHARGERS AT RAIDERS: KEY PLAYERS: DANNY WOODHEAD, AMARI COOPER
PICK: RAIDERS 30-20

COWBOYS AT BILLS: KEY PLAYERS: KELLEN MOORE, KARLOS WILLIAMS
PICK: BILLS 28-20

BEARS AT BUCS: KEY PLAYERS: ZACH MILLER, MIKE EVANS
PICK: BUCS 26-24

BROWNS AT CHIEFS: KEY PLAYERS: DUKE JOHNSON, JEREMY MACLIN
PICK: CHIEFS 31-17

49ERS AT LIONS: KEY PLAYERS: VANCE MCDONALD, GOLDEN TATE
PICK: LIONS 28-21

TEXANS AT TITANS: KEY PLAYERS: BRANDON WEEDEN, ZACH METTENBERGER
PICK: TEXANS 23-17

COLTS AT DOLPHINS: KEY PLAYERS: MATT HASSELBECK, LAMAR MILLER
PICK: DOLPHINS 24-22

STEELERS AT RAVENS: KEY PLAYERS: MARTAVIS BRYANT, KAMAR AIKEN
PICK: STEELERS 34-21

JAGUARS AT SAINTS: KEY PLAYERS: DENARD ROBINSON, TIM HIGHTOWER
PICK: JAGUARS 38-34

RAMS AT SEAHAWKS: KEY PLAYERS: TODD GURLEY, BRYCE BROWN
PICK: SEAHAWKS 30-23

GIANTS AT VIKINGS: KEY PLAYERS: REUBEN RANDLE, STEFON DIGGS
PICK: VIKINGS 24-20

INJURY REPORT

• TITANS QB MARCUS MARIOTA (SPRAINED MCL) OUT FOR SEASON
• TEXANS QB T.J. YATES OUT FOR SEASON WITH TORN ACL
• BRONCOS S DAVID BRUTON OUT FOR SEASON WITH BROKEN RIGHT FIBULA
• CHARGERS RB MELVIN GORDON OUT FOR SEASON WITH CARTILAGE DAMAGE IN KNEE
• RAIDERS ROOKE DE/LB MARIO EDWARDS OUT FOR SEASON WITH SIGNIFICANT NECK INJURY
• RAVENS TE CROCKETT GILMORE (BACK) OUT FOR SEASON
• BROWNS RG JOHN GRECO OUT FOR SEASON WITH SPRAINED MCL
• BILLS WR ROBERT WOODS (GROIN) OUT FOR SEASON
• BILLS RB LESEAN MCCOY LIKELY OUT FOR SEASON WITH TORN MCL
• CARDINALS CB TYRANN MATHIEU OUT FOR SEASON WITH TORN ACL
• DOLPHINS LB KOA MISI (BACK) OUT FOR SEASON
• DOLPHINS DE/LB CHRIS MCCAIN (KNEE) OUT FOR SEASON
• GIANTS FB/DT NIKITA WHITLOCK (KNEE) OUT FOR SEASON
• RAIDERS STARTING RT AUSTIN HOWARD (KNEE) OUT FOR SEASON
• SAINTS QB DREW BREES QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 16 WITH TORN PLANTAR FASCIA IN RIGHT FOOT
• BENGALS TE TYLER EIFERT (CONCUSSION) OUT FOR WEEK 16
• TEXANS WR CECIL SHORTS (GROIN) OUT FOR WEEK 16
• PATRIOTS WR DANNY AMENDOLA QUESTIONABLE FOR REMAINDER OF REGULAR SEASON WITH KNEE SPRAIN
• DOLPHINS C MIKE POUNCEY (FOOT) QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 16
• 49ERS RB SHAUN DRAUGHN (KNEE) QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 16
• EAGLES NT BENNIE LOGAN (CALF) QUESTIONABLE FOR REMAINDER OF SEASON
• BILLS RB LESEAN MCCOY QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 16 WITH MINOR MCL SPRAIN
• SEAHAWKS LT RUSSELL OKUNG QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 16 WITH CALF STRAIN
• BEARS LB SHEA MCCLELLIN (CONCUSSION) QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 16
• PANTHERS RB JONATHAN STEWART (FOOT) QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 16
• EAGLES CB BYRON MAXWELL QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 16 WITH SPRAINED SC JOINT IN SHOULDER
• JAGUARS RB T.J. YELDON (SPRAINED MCL) QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 16
• CHIEFS OLB TAMBA HALI (BROKEN THUMB) QUESTIONABLE FOR WEEK 16

POSSIBLE WEEK 16 RETURNS

• BILLS TE CHARLES CLAY (BACK)
• CHIEFS RB SPENCER WARE (RIBS)
• PACKERS TE ANDREW QUARLESS (KNEE)
• CHARGERS WR STEVIE JOHNSON (GROIN)
• 49ERS OLB AARON LYNCH (CONCUSSION)
• TEXANS QB BRIAN HOYER (CONCUSSION)
• TITANS WR KENDALL WRIGHT (RIBS)
• DOLPHINS WR RISHARD MATTHEWS (RIBS)

IN THE NEWS

• COWBOYS NAME KELLEN MOORE AS NEW STARTING QB
• RAIDERS S CHARLES WOODSON WILL RETIRE AT SEASON’S END AFTER 18 YEARS IN THE LEAGUE
• GIANTS WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. SUSPENDED ONE GAME FOR “MULTIPLE VIOLATIONS OF SAFETY-RELATED PLAYING RULES”
• PATRIOTS SIGN RB STEVEN JACKSON TO ONE-YEAR DEAL
• INDEFINITELY SUSPENDED JAGUARS WR JUSTIN BLACKMON WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
• 49ERS WAIVE RB TRAVARIS CADET, SIGN RB DUJUAN HARRIS; CADET CALIMED BY SAINTS

John Brockway can be heard talking NFL on the Spadora on Sports Radio Program. His blog can be found at SpadoraOnSports.com

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