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Prisco's Picks: Week 16

 
 
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PETE PRISCO
Senior NFL Columnist
Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and can be seen throughout the week on CBS Sports' NFL shows. When he's not watching game tape you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
MATCHUP SCORE ANALYSIS
Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015
 
Oakland
Raiders
24
The Chargers aren't great and have a ton of injuries. Motivation will be key. The Raiders at home will play hard and show up in front of a national television audience. The Raiders take it.
Result: Oakland Raiders 23, San Diego Chargers 20
San Diego
Chargers
20
 
Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015
 
Washington
Redskins
24
If the Redskins win, they lock up the NFC East. If the Eagles win, they would need to just beat the Giants the next week to win the division. With all of that on the line, I think Kirk Cousins will continue his hot streak and find a way to beat the Eagles. The Redskins take it.
Result: Washington Redskins 38, Philadelphia Eagles 24
Philadelphia
Eagles
20
 
Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015
 
Carolina
Panthers
30
The Panthers can lock up the top seed in the NFC with a victory here. The Falcons are still alive in the playoff hunt, but barely. That ends here. Cam Newton keeps it rolling.
Result: Carolina Panthers 13, Atlanta Falcons 20
Atlanta
Falcons
17
 
 
Buffalo
Bills
26
The Cowboys will start Kellen Moore on the road here. They put a lot into trying to upset the Jets last week. The motivation is gone. The Bills are back home off two bad losses. They rebound.
Result: Buffalo Bills 16, Dallas Cowboys 6
Dallas
Cowboys
17
 
 
Detroit
Lions
30
The Lions still have a lot of talent and can score points, which they showed against the Saints on Monday night. The 49ers won't be able to keep up. Lions easy.
Result: Detroit Lions 32, San Francisco 49ers 17
San Francisco
49ers
21
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
27
The Browns are playing consecutive road games against potential playoff teams. That's a challenge. The Chiefs are ripping off victories, and there's nothing here to think that will stop. They get after Johnny Manziel. Chiefs big.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 17, Cleveland Browns 13
Cleveland
Browns
17
 
 
Miami
Dolphins
21
The Dolphins didn't show up last week at San Diego. But this is a home game; it's easier to show up. The Colts won't have Andrew Luck back here, which won't help. They are still alive in the playoff hunt, but need help. The Dolphins are playing for nothing, but they will show up in this one.
Result: Miami Dolphins 12, Indianapolis Colts 18
Indianapolis
Colts
17
 
 
New England
Patriots
27
The Jets are still in the playoff hunt, but the Patriots need this to lock up the No. 1 seed in the AFC. The Jets have been good on offense lately, but they won't be able to keep up with Tom Brady and the gang here. The Patriots get the top seed.
Result: New England Patriots 20, NY Jets 26
New York
Jets
20
 
 
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
27
Lovie Smith gets a crack at a team that fired him. But for these two this game is little more than trying to build for 2016. Both teams flirted with playoff hopes, but losing streaks have ended those chances. At home, I'll go with Jameis Winston.
Result: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21, Chicago Bears 26
Chicago
Bears
21
 
 
Houston
Texans
17
The Texans control their playoff fate. If they win their last two, they win the division. The Titans will be without Marcus Mariota the rest of the way. That means Zack Mettenberger. That will make it tough to pull off the upset. The Texans take another step to the playoffs.
Result: Houston Texans 34, Tennessee Titans 6
Tennessee
Titans
10
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
28
This rivalry isn't what it's been in large part because of the Ravens injuries. But the Steelers need the game and they will play like it. They will love beating up on the Ravens, who won't be able to slow Ben Roethlisberger and crew.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 17, Baltimore Ravens 20
Baltimore
Ravens
13
 
 
New Orleans
Saints
37
If you like points, this is the game for you. Neither team has a defense. Expect a lot of passes with Drew Brees and Blake Bortles. It will be fun, even if it doesn't mean much.
Result: New Orleans Saints 38, Jacksonville Jaguars 27
Jacksonville
Jaguars
31
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
37
This is the best game of the week. The Cardinals are rolling, and these two teams could meet down the road in the playoffs. This is a second-straight road game for the Packers. That matters. They won't keep up with the Cardinals.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 38, Green Bay Packers 8
Green Bay
Packers
31
 
 
Seattle
Seahawks
24
The Rams beat the Seahawks in the opener this year, but these teams have gone in opposite directions. The Seahawks are playing great football. But I expect the Rams to show up and compete here. They will keep it closer than expected.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 17, St. Louis Rams 23
13
 
 
Minnesota
Vikings
28
The Giants are barely alive in the playoff race -- and might be done by kickoff -- while the Vikings are likely in and could win the NFC North. But if they want a shot to win the division against Green Bay in Week 17, they have to win here. They do. Teddy Bridgewater is playing much better.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 49, NY Giants 17
New York
Giants
23
 
Monday, Dec. 28, 2015
 
Denver
Broncos
23
This is basically a game for the second seed in the AFC. Both teams would love that. The Bengals are playing consecutive road games, while A.J. McCarron will be making just his second start. The Denver defense will come out and play well after getting ripped up in Pittsburgh last week. The Broncos take it.
Result: Denver Broncos 20, Cincinnati Bengals 17
Cincinnati
Bengals
21
 
 
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