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NFL: Week 16 Game Predictions and Previews

Hey everyone this is Sam and we need to breakdown the NFL Football games and get some NFL predictions going for you. First up is the Christmas Day 4:30 game of the Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints. Then we have Saturday 8:15pm night game we are breaking down the Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders. Let’s go for the Sunday early game of the Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers. Then we had to choose the Sunday night game of Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers. Some of my co-workers got together to give you their takes on the games and make NFL predictions.

Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (Fri. 4:30 pm ET, FOX)

This should be a good game to watch especially if you eat Christmas dinner early. Both Minnesota (6-8) and New Orleans (10-4) are trying to snap two game losing streaks and should be giving it their all. The Vikings trail the Chicago Bears in the NFC North standings and are behind the holders of the final wild card spot, Arizona Cardinals. This became a must win game after they lost to the Bears last week if they have any hope of sneaking into the playoffs.

Drew Brees returned last week to a loss after missing four games with a punctured lung and 11 broken ribs. New Orleans trails Green Bay for the first round bye and top spot in the NFC. Tampa Bay has trimmed their lead to one game in the NFC South also. They have already guaranteed their place in the playoffs and could get the division title with the win. Let’s hear from our experts about their NFL Predictions.

NFL Predictions

KEITH: Well Santa is delivering a special treat for all us football fans on Christmas Day. NFL football. The Vikings will travel to the Bayou this week to take on the Saints. Both teams are coming off tough losses that they needed to win. The Vikings lost to the Bears 33-27 at home in a must win game. The Saints felt similiar pain after doing all they could to contain Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense they fell just a bit short. They have now lost 2 in a row and are sinking from the top overall seed in the NFC playoff picture.

I expect this to be an entertaining game. The Vikings have played the Saints very well in recent history and with their backs against the wall I expect Mike Zimmers crew to put up a valiant fight.

What the Vikings are bad at, the Saints will not be able to exploit. Mainly the deep passing game. The Vikings have been gashed all year through the air and in days past this would be a blowup spot for Drew Brees and Sean Payton. These are not your father’s Saints. This is a team that wins with defense, Alvin Kamara, tricky Taysom Hill, and a finesse passing game. I believe the Saints hold on but the Vikings will challenge them with Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Justin Jefferson showing off their skills. The Saints win to get their Christmas wish. A must needed win.

Winner: Saints 27-23

TOM: A Christmas Day showdown between the Vikings and Saints will be interesting and hopefully entertaining. The interest for me will be to see if Drew Brees is truly ready to take the field. Last week vs the Chiefs he gave everything he had, but what he had was terrible. He was not ready to play in any way shape or form. Brees misread defenses, threw abnormally inaccurate passes, and just did not look right. In fact if you didn’t know better you’d think he was in there with 11 broken ribs and a punctured lung! Errr…..wait…..

Minnesota lost a close one to the Bears last week largely due to a solid day on the ground from David Montgomery as well as a very good showing from Khalil Mack and the Chicago defense. The Vikings get no reprieve this week with Alvin Kamara as well as a solid core of Saints defenders. With another week of practice and more time for Drew’s injuries to heal, this should be a fairly close matchup. It is, however, one I expect the Saints to win.

Winner: Saints 29-14

CAEMERON: I’m not sure what the Vikings are this year, but I do not tend to think good is the word for it. They have managed to put up points and be productive for fantasy purposes, which is all I really care about. I think that will continue in their Christmas match-up with the Saints. New Orleans has the better defense, but I don’t see this as being a defensive game. It will be a shootout after coming off of a short week. I could be wrong. Maybe Drew Brees won’t look great and the Saints defense will hold Minnesota down. Either way I’m calling the Saints to win. Predicting that shootout I’m going to say there are a ton of point in this one, and a ton of fantasy point as well.

Winner: Saints 48-40

Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders (Sat. 8:15 pm ET, NFL)

I never dreamed at Week 16 we would be previewing these two teams. Talk about surprises. Definitely didn’t think we would be making any NFL predictions about it. The Miami Dolphins and Las Vegas Raiders haven’t had winning seasons since 2016. I have no clue what made either of them this good, this fast. Could it have been their coaches and their leaders during this crazy 2020 Covid-19 season?

However, the Las Vegas Raiders (7-7) have been scaring everyone that has been on the bandwagon for the couple weeks. They have lost four in the past five games with the win being the Jets. Many are saying Coach Jon Gruden can be blamed for dropping to ninth in the AFC. For this game, the big question is who will be their starting quarterback? Their normal starter, Derek Carr has a groin injury and the Raiders aren’t sure he will play. I think he has to play. You can’t take the chance of not making the playoffs now.

Can the Miami Dolphins (9-5) get a big win and knock out an AFC rival? A win puts them in control of their own destiny heading into the final weekend. Personally, I’m not sure that they can beat a good team. Their only victories against teams with winning records were the Rams and the Cardinals. Are the Raiders better than these two teams? Well, what do our experts say about who wins?

NFL Predictions

KEITH: Coming in at 7-7 with a loss to the Chargers last Thursday night, the Raiders are clinging to a slim chance of making the seven seed in the AFC playoff picture. Jon Gruden’s team will be ready to go with Marcus Mariota in an elimination game. If the Raiders lose they are out of the playoffs in 2020. But Miami has visions of turning a special turnaround 2020 into a playoff run. Miami has been led by Brian Flores and his no name defense. They have the top scoring defense in the league averaging just over 18 pts. given up per game.

This game should be a knock down drag out but the Raiders defense is exploitable everywhere and Miami will be able to take advance of the weak spots just enough to put up 24 points. Mariota and Josh Jacobs will do everything they can to grind out a win for Jon Gruden in his first year in Sin City. Mariota throws a late pick sealing the game 24-20 for the Dolphins.

Winner: Miami 24-20

TOM: The Raiders and Dolphins face off Saturday night in a battle for their respective playoff lives.T The Raiders currently sit in 9th place at 7-7. A loss this week eliminates them from the big show. Marcus Mariota looks to draw the start for injured Derek Carr this week along with Josh Jacobs and Nelson Agholor. Tua and his mighty Dolphins are hanging onto 7th in the AFC with the Ravens nipping at their heels.

The Raiders’ defense is about as horrendous as it gets, while the Dolphins’ offense has looked okay during their three game win streak. The Dolphins beat the Bengals 19-7 in week 13. I see a slightly higher scoring game this week, but not by much. Vegas has the over/under set at 47.5. I will take the under on this one.

Winner: Miami 24-13

CAEMERON: The Raiders need to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, which they will not do on Saturday against Miami. The Dolphins are ahead of schedule. If you haven’t watched them play, you probably don’t have a good sense of how good they are. Your mind has been biased by the past however many years. I know mine was, but I finally overcame that at some point a couple of weeks ago. (I’m not sure when exactly) Start Gaskin and Gesicki in fantasy if they suit up for this one.

Winner: Miami 31-17

Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers (Sun. 1:00 pm ET, CBS)

NFL PREDICTIONS

KEITH: The Colts and Steelers are two teams headed in opposite directions. The Steelers are losers of the last 3 including an embarrassing loss to the Bengals on Monday Night Football. This is a team that hasn’t had a true bye week and they look flat. The Colts on the other hand have won three straight and have catapulted to the top of the AFC South. They are now tied with the Titans for 1st place in the division.

This is a close game and the money will be in the Colts to win but I like the Steelers to bounce back in this game and win a defensive struggle. Mike Tomlin is a great coach. Philip Rivers has these games throughout his career that are head scratchers. This feels like a scratchy head game for Colts fans. Rivers has been great and the Colts’ run game has been excellent. However, I believe the Colts go on the road and come up short to a disrespected and pissed off Steelers team.

Winner: Steelers 20-17

TOM: Last week, Big Ben and the Steelers looked about as interested in playing football, as Joe Biden is with Donald Trump’s excuses for losing the election. I’m not sure what is wrong with Pittsburgh, but they look every bit the paper tiger that the critics have accused them of being this season. The Colts are in a dog fight with the Tennessee Titans for the AFC South title. The Titans look to move to 11-4 on the season with a win over Pittsburgh this week.

If Pittsburgh cannot shift their offense into high gear, the stout Colts defense will make life miserable for them. I do not expect anything more than what we saw out of the Steelers last week. Indianapolis will ground and pound eventually wearing down the Steelers’ defensive line. Colts will grind out a win this week.

Winner: Indianapolis 27-21

CAEMERON: Everyone knows that the Steelers have been struggling lately. I mean, they just lost to the Bengals! The Bengals! The team from Cincinnati! Those Bengals! The ones who had to start Ryan Finley at QB! That’s gotta hurt. I don’t see them bouncing back against the Colts—a team that is actually good—this week. Or, actually, I do think they will a bit insofar as I expect them to look better than they did on Monday night. In a very game that I told the crew here I didn’t think was worth predicting because, well, Cincinnati! But I don’t think it will be enough. Colts eke out a close one.

Winner: Indianapolis 23-21

Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers (Sun. 8:20 pm ET, NBC)

NFL PREDICTIONS

KEITH: Sunday night should be a fun cap to a four day holiday in the US. Titans vs Packers on Sunday Night will feature the highest over/under on the week 16 docket with 56 total points expected. I fully believe these two teams fly over the over this week even in frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.

Believe it not, the Titans have the number one scoring offense in the NFL at 31.1 per game. Ryan Tannenhill is playing at an all pro level on the level of Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. Derrick Henry is the rare man amongst boys in the NFL and seemingly trucks guys with stiff arms every other week. This offense is scary, balanced, and can beat you multiple ways. The Titans will be clicking on all cylinders because they will up against another offensive wrecking crew in the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers come in as the 3rd highest total offense at 31 points a game. The theme here is that this game will have points. With the Titans non-existent passing defense and the Packers weak-running defense I can see this game being a back and forth shootout. In the end, I like the Titans controlling the game with brute force and bludgeoning the Packers defenders with Derrick Henry as they keep the ball out of Rodgers’ hands. The offenses on both teams will put on a show but I like the Titans to go into Lambeau and come away with an upset to stay atop the AFC.

Winner: Titans 41-38

TOM: While the Dolphins/Raiders game may be a low scoring affair, this game should be anything but that. Aaron Rodgers’ air attack should be on full display here, and lay a beat down on the Titans’ awful secondary. The Titans path to victory lies not through the air, but on the ground. Derek Henry should be able to rip through a below average Green Bay run defense for a 150+ rushing yards and a couple touchdowns. Tennessee needs to control the clock and keep the Packers offense off the field. If they do, then they are more than capable of pulling off the upset this week.

Winner: Tennessee 38-35

CAEMERON: The Titans are another team where I sometimes feel like people are biased by the past. This offense cooks, which might not be what comes to mind when you think of Tennessee. But also, the Titans’ defense is just not very good. I predict a high scoring affair. Between Tennessee and Green Bay because Aaron Rodgers has been burning defenses this year left and right, including good ones (except in that Tampa Bay game, just mulligan that one). I say the Packers pull this one out by scoring last.

Winner: Green Bay 45-41

Let’s hear your NFL predictions for each football game. Who do you have and why? Let Sports Obsessive know in comments. Can you beat our experts? See you down the road.

Written by Samantha Sayre

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