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NFL predictions: Week 16

by Berry Tramel Published: December 21, 2012

The 16th NFL week offers fewer showdowns than Week 15, which was historic for its number of matchups involving playoff contenders. One problem this week, remember: there are fewer playoff contenders, since every week, another team or two falls from the list.

Falcons at Lions: Atlanta 30-20. Monday Night Football moves to Saturday night this week, and the Falcons nail down the No. 1 seed and thus homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Titans at Packers: Green Bay 27-16. Packers are only a half game behind the the 49ers. The Packers sure would rather host the 49ers in the NFC title game rather than have to go to San Franciso.

Vikings at Texans: Houston 31-20. Can Adrian Peterson get the majority of the 294 yards he needs to bust Eric Dickerson’s NFL single-season rushing record? Houston will be geared to stop Peterson, but that’s nothing new.

Redskins at Eagles: Washington 30-17. Remember when the ‘Skins were the dysfunctional team headed nowhere and the Eagles were regal? Things change fast.

Saints at Cowboys: Dallas 34-24. You’re always skittish playing Drew Brees and New Orleans, but the Saints’ pass defense is porous, and Tony Romo is playing the best football of his life.

Raiders at Panthers: Carolina 27-10. Cam Newton, love him or kryptonite him, gives the Panthers something the Raiders don’t have. Hope.

Bills at Dolphins: Miami 23-17. I’m told that the 6-8 Dolphins still have a sliver of a playoff chance. Let’s see. If Miami beats Buffalo this week and New England next week, the Dolphins are in the playoffs if Pittsburgh beats Cincinnati this week; the Steelers lose to Cleveland and the Bengals lose to Baltimore next week; and the Jets lose either this week to San Diego or Buffalo next week.

Chargers at Jetropolitans: San Diego 25-20. These are two messes. Sounds like the Chargers are starting over. Sounds like the Jets might not.

Patriots at Jaguars: New England 41-7. This is the closest the NFL comes to Oklahoma-Kansas or Alabama-Kentucky.

Bengals at Steelers: Pittsburgh 24-23. Hard to imagine the Steelers losing at home to the little brother Bengals. In the last 44 meetings, Pittsburgh is 33-11 against Cincinnati.

Colts at Chiefs: Indianapolis 26-13. I actually believe in Romeo Crennel, so I think the Chiefs will play hard. But that’s not enough.

Giants at Ravens: New York 33-27. Two quirky teams. The Giants have beaten the 49ers 26-3 and the Packers 38-10. The Giants have lost to the Bengals 31-13 and the Falcons 34-0. But Baltimore is 1-4 in its last five games, with the only victory a survival of San Diego when Ray Rice miraculously converted a 4th-and-29 dump pass. I’ll take New York.

Bears at Cardinals: Chicago 27-11. Boy, if the Bears don’t win this one…

Rams at Buccaneers: Tampa Bay 21-18. These quarterbacks, Sam Bradford and Josh Freeman, matched up in 2008 in Manhattan, Kan. OU beat Kansas State 58-35.

Browns at Broncos: Denver 27-6. The Broncos are playing for homefield advantage. Cleveland might not even be playing for Pat Shurmur’s job.

49ers at Seahawks: Seattle 22-21. The Seahawks don’t lose at home. Win here, and they’ve still got a shot to open at home in the playoffs.

Last week: 9-7. Season:  138-90-1.

 

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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