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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 16 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | December 24-27

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, December 24

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders (-5, 47) 8:25 pm - The Raiders dusted the Chargers, 37-29, in their first meeting of the season, back in October. Since then, San Diego is 2-5 and looking to make travel reservations for the off-season.

Oakland has a young, dynamic group on offense, but both defenses need work. This should produce a high-scoring affair, with the Raiders prevailing at home, where they are an uninspiring 2-5. San Diego is just 1-5 on the road.

Prediction: Raiders 38 Chargers 26

Saturday, December 26

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles (-3, 47 1/2) 8:25 pm - This should be for all the NFC East marbles, but it's almost laughable that the Eagles are not only still in the hunt, but actually favored in this epic showdown.

Washington already has a 23-20 win over the Eagles in hand and another victory locks up the division, unless the Giants somehow manage to beat Minnesota Sunday night and beat the Eagles next week. The Redskins are 4-2 their last six games; the Eagles are 2-4 over the same span. Not difficult to figure.

Prediction: Redskins 24 Eagles 20

Sunday, December 27

Carolina Panthers (-7 1/2, 47 1/2) at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 pm - This line could be double what it is and many would still side with the Panthers because these two teams met just two weeks ago and the result was Carolina's only shutout of the season, in a 38-0 victory.

Only the brain dead can side with the Falcons here.

Prediction: Panthers 41 Falcons 16

Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills (-7, 42 1/2) 1:00 pm - What once appeared to be a bit of late-season scheduling genius, now is the nothing game of the week. Both teams are in complete disarray, and many of the players are making off-season plans.

Making Buffalo a TD favorite is about as smart as cooking on a grill in a hurricane. At least the Cowboys have a defense and the Bills have proven to be ineffective against almost any offensive scheme.

Prediction: Cowboys 20 Bills 13

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San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions (-10, 43) 1:00 pm - The Lions are 4-2 their last six games, including wins over Green Bay, Oakland, Philly and New Orleans. The Lions' offense has been really clicking of late and the defense is capable of making plays against solid opponents.

Since the 49ers are far from anything remotely resembling "solid," look for the Lions to give the home town fans a treat in their final game of the season at Ford Field.

Prediction: Lions 28 49ers 9

Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (-13 1/2, 43) 1:00 pm - While the Browns have exceeded all expectations of mediocrity this season, losing eight of their last nine for an overall record of 3-11, the Chiefs have taken the league by storm.

Kansas City has won eight straight and have the Broncos in their sights for the AFC West title. With this and next week's game with Oakland both at home, KC has a great shot at winning the division.

Cleveland has proved to be defenseless, allowing 27.6 ppg., send-worst in the league. To put things in perspective, the Chiefs have the #3 defense, allowing 18.4 ppg., and the #8 offense, putting up 26.1 on average.

Prediction: Chiefs 40 Browns 0

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Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins (-1, 44) 1:00 pm - The Colts will have Matt Hasselbeck at QB again this week, but he's been largely ineffective the last three weeks as Indianapolis has lost to Pittsburgh, Jacksonville and Houston.

Without Andrew Luck, the Colts are probably worse than ordinary and if the Dolphins can get their offense in just a little gear, the defenders should be able to handle the predictable Colt offense.

Miami isn't any better than the Colts, but at least they have a capable QB in Ryan Tannehill.

Prediction: Dolphins 23 Colts 17

New England Patriots (-3, 45 1/2) at New York Jets 1:00 pm - Despite winning four straight, the Jets are desperate for a win because they can't count on either Pittsburgh or Kansas City losing either this week or next and they would miss the playoffs even if they finish 10-6 by beating the Bills next week.

That means the Patriots will be looking at this game as a playoff scenario, with the bonus of keeping the Jets out of the post-season.

Could be the game of the week, because the Pats are pretty banged up and the Jets relatively healthy. A squeaker, but the Jets get the job done at home.

Prediction: Jets 22 Patriots 20

Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3, 45 1/2) 1:00 pm - Neither team can make the playoffs, so this is just another clunker. Tampa Bay has a good deal more upside. Odd stat for this game is that the Bears have a winning road record (4-3).

December game in Florida? probably not a good thing for Bears who should be in hibernation by now, and perhaps already are,having lost their last three games.

Prediction: Buccaneers 27 Bears 14

Houston Texans (-3, 40 1/2) at Tennessee Titans 1:00 pm - Because Houston has beaten Indianapolis twice this season, a win here captures the AFC South. The Texans already whipped the Titans, 20-6, earlier in the year, so a strong effort would not be surprising.

Houston will have Brandon Weeden behind center, while the Titans line up with Zach Mettenberger. Both are generally untested, but Weeden did lead the Texans to last week's 16-10 win at Indy.

Houston has won four of their last six. Put the Texans in the playoffs with a solid victory.

Prediction: Texans 27 Titans 13

Pittsburgh Steelers (-11 1/2, 47 1/2) at Baltimore Ravens 1:00 pm - Well, this used to be quite the rivalry, that is, until the Ravens' defense went into the tank, followed by the offense, which has scored just 33 points in the last three games, all losses.

The Steelers need to keep winning to lock up a wild card and maybe catch the Bengals next week for the division crown. The first meeting, on October 1, was a 23-20 Baltimore win in overtime, but that was without Roethlisberger at QB. Big difference this time around.

Prediction: Steelers 38 Ravens 20

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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