Thursday, December 22, 2011

JZN NFL Predictions vs. Spread (2011): 16 Free Week 16 Picks

Things to consider:

* I'm 50/50 on the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals. I feel like the game will be close and John Skelton will take over in the fourth quarter like he usually does. This is admitted a bit of a homer pick for the Tennessee Titans. Could go either way.

*The New York Jets vs. New York Giants isn't technically a road game; The Jets and Giants both played in MetLife Stadium.

*The Giants and Jets game could have major implications on the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles game that occurs later in the afternoon.

A GIANTS WIN would eliminate the Eagles from playoff contention. However, the PHI @ DAL game would become meaningless for the NFC East because the Cowboys would have to defeat the Giants in Week 17 regardless of whether they beat the Eagles or not. (Barring scenarios with tied games of course).

A JETS WIN would mean that any win or tie in the remaining two games for the Cowboys would clinch the NFC East.

The fact is that the Cowboys will win the NFC East with a win over the Giants in either scenario.I wouldn't be surprised if there was a mindset that the Cowboys' playoffs will start in Week 17 and they might overlook this game a little bit. Combined with their miserable effort in the last meeting and I'm siding with the Eagles.

*The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers game on Christmas night is meaningless for the Packers if the Seattle Seahawks can win or tie in their game against the San Francisco 49ers. Consider that if you're liking the upset with Seattle. The Packers would probably love that scenario because then Aaron Rodgers wouldn't have to play against a Bears' defense that will be attacking Marshall Newhouse and Evan Dietrich-Smith (Julius Peppers, anyone?).

*Packers game is dependent on whether the Seahawks or 49ers win. Seahawks win then I'm going with Bears. Otherwise, Packers. I'll update that pick on Sunday.


Good luck!

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