2018 Week 16 NFL Picks
By the Football Garbage Time StaffIf you followed last year, you won over 60% of your picks, and we aim to do even better this year.
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Without further to do, here we go:
Week 16 Games
Ha Kung Wong’s Picks
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Last year I ended up with a 62% record for the season, so that’s three years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. I had a decent Week 15, getting me to 144-78 (64.9%). And I intend to keep you at 62%+, as well as keep you ahead of Ryan.
So far this season I’m 14 for 15 on Locks of the Week and 7 for 15 for Upsets of the Week. Let’s see what I can do for you for Week 16…
Lock of the Week => New England Patriots (-14.0) over Buffalo Bills
Buffalo quietly has the 3rd best defense in the league this year, but they’ve already lost once to the Patriots in Week 8 to the tune of 25 to 6. Sure, Derek Anderson was the helm back then, and Josh Allen is an improvement, but I don’t think it’ll matter much, particularly for a team with the 2nd most giveaways (28) in the NFL. The Patriots have had a rough, if not unlucky, two game stretch, and this is exactly the type of the matchup Bill Belichick and the 6th ranked Patriots offense need to bounce back. I expect a no holds barred offensive assault on the Bills, even without Josh Gordon. Although the Bills might cover, I think the Pats win without issue.
Upset of the Week => Atlanta Falcons (+2.5) over Carolina Panthers
The Falcons aren’t good, but the Panthers sans Cam Newton is probably even worse. And Atlanta, through all it’s troubles, is still the 10th best offense in the NFL. Julio Jones might not play, but Calvin Ridley, Mohamed Sanu and Austin Hooper should be plenty to handle the 26th ranked Carolina defense. The Falcons have the worst defense in the league, but unless Taylor Heinicke has a Nick Mullens-type coming out party, I don’t think that will be a problem. Christian McCaffrey should continue to feast, but the Falcons should be able to take this one.
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Washington at Tennessee: Marcus Mariota is not Cody Kessler. Derrick Henry is on fire and the Redskins run defense aside from last week has collapsed. Josh Johnson on the road again? Not this time.
Baltimore at San Diego: The Chargers are tied for the conference lead but will the emotions of their huge victory produce a hangover even with the extra days off. Yes. The Ravens have contained nearly every great offense in the NFL this year and by settling the QB question with Lamar Jackson they’ve removed the one thing that could be a distraction. Jackson’s ability to compliment Gus Edwards and the Ravens ability to control the clock will result in a huge upset.
Minnesota at Detroit: A Redskins loss will put the Vikings in touching distance of the playoffs but I think they stub their toe in the Motor City. Kerryon Johnson should be back for the Lions and a little bit of December Kirk Cousins will push the NFC wild card chase to week 17.
Houston at Philadelphia: Nick Foles look fabulous against the overrated Rams defense but he will find a much tougher outfit in the Texans who now have something to hold on to. A 2 seed and a week off. Houston stays on track for both.
Pittsburgh at New Orleans: The Steelers saved their season with a sterling defensive performance against the Patriots but hardly any team has stopped the Saints offense in the Superdome and the Steelers won’t either. If James Connor were 100% this would be a real tough pick. But he isn’t so take the Saints to clinch home field.
Kansas City at Seattle: Early results may take a bit of the sting out of this game because the Seahawks could be in the playoffs before a down is played. Also depending on results the Chiefs could lose the division lead if they lose this game. The Seahawks were caught looking ahead to this game last week but I think Russell Wilson rises to the occasion and pulls out a win here.
Week 15 Results
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