NFL week 16 is here and football is entering the end of the season. Picking NFL games straight up is hard enough, but picking against the spread is even tougher. Here are the NFL week 16 picks against the spread. (Spreads are from ESPN as of Wednesday morning)
Last week: 10-5-1, Overall: 114-105-4
Houston Texans (-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers are playing well as of late, but have too many injuries to their wide receivers to keep this one close. Houston will turn over Jameis Winston and will cover.
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (-6.5)
New England’s offense is still struggling, while the Bills are chasing them in the AFC East. Buffalo and Josh Allen will at least keep this game close on the road.
Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (-6.5)
It looked like the Rams were taking a step forward, but then got dominated by the Cowboys. They haven’t proven to be trustworthy this season. The 49ers are coming off of a loss and will be focused, as they are trying to win the NFC West in the next couple of weeks.
Baltimore Ravens (-10) at Cleveland Browns
The Ravens lost to the Browns the first time around this season, but have steamrolled competition from that point on. Baltimore is trending upwards, while the Browns are trending downwards, so the Ravens should cover.
Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins (-1)
Both these teams will have an early draft pick. Miami has shown more fight and are at home, so they should be able to win the game.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons (-7)
These teams were on the west coast picking up wins last week. Atlanta is playing better football, but shouldn’t be favored by seven over many teams given how they have played for most of the season.
New Orleans Saints (-2.5) at Tennessee Titans
The Saints are rolling on all cylinders now after destroying the Colts. Tennessee had their chances to make the playoffs, but now things will be tougher in the last two weeks of the season.
Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts (-7)
Carolina is starting rookie Will Grier in this game. The Colts should be able to run the ball well and play good enough defense to cover the spread.
Pittsburgh Steelers (-3) at New York Jets
The Steelers are sticking with Duck Hodges at quarterback this week after he had issues turning over the ball this past week. If he protects the football, the Steelers will cover, as the Jets are falling apart on the sidelines.
New York Giants at Washington Redskins (-2.5)
New York comes into this game playing better since Eli Manning took over at quarterback. They should be able to put up enough points to beat the Redskins on the road.
Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos (-6.5)
David Blough is battling at quarterback for the Lions, but without Matthew Stafford, they don’t have enough offensive firepower to win games. Denver’s defense will help them win big at home.
Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (-6.5)
The Chargers and Raiders are now out of the playoff picture, but will want to beat a rival in this game. Los Angeles should win at home, but Oakland will keep it within a touchdown.
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks (-9.5)
Arizona got a big win over Cleveland this week, but did not have much success the last time they played the Seahawks. Seattle will be able to win by a wide margin again.
Dallas Cowboys (-3) at Philadelphia Eagles
The Cowboys seem to have found their footing by destroying the Rams. Philadelphia has injuries at wide receiver and their secondary hasn’t played well all season. Dallas should be able to win and clinch a playoff spot.
Kansas City Chiefs (-5.5) at Chicago Bears
Chicago is playing better on offense, but they still aren’t a good team this season. Kansas City will be able to move the ball on the Chicago defense and cover.
Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (-4.5)
The Packers have 11 wins, but still aren’t playing their best football. Nonetheless, they should be able to beat the Vikings, who will have to overcome Kirk Cousins on Monday Night Football and a banged up Dalvin Cook. Green Bay will be able to cover.