Sunday, December 27, 2009

Week 16 game predictions

I'm already 1-0 and looking to go a perfect 16-0 this week. It's actually a life goal of mine, right up there with finding a career, getting married and having kids. Might even trade one kid for such a week of NFL prognostication perfection.

Last week's record: 8-8
Season record: 149-75 (66.5%)

Falcons over Bills — Matt Ryan is finally healthy again, and you think I'm gonna go with Brian Brohm in his first career start on the road? Not a chance.

Bengals over Chiefs
— Cincy lost a tough one last week out in San Diego, but they'll win their first home game since Chris Henry's death against a lowly Chiefs team.

Raiders over Browns
— In the epic, "Ali-Frazier"-style battle that will be Derek Anderson vs. ex-Browns starter Charlie Frye, I like the guy coming back to his old team. One of the few strong points between either team is Oakland's secondary, which isn't going to let Anderson complete a pass.

Packers over Seahawks
— I like the Packers in just about every way here, including the final score.

Texans over Dolphins
— I'll probably be wrong on the Dolphins as usual, but I can't go with them against a great-passing offense with their secondary struggling the way it is right now.

Patriots over Jaguars
— New England isn't destroying anyone, but I like them in the cold at home against the Jags.

Giants over Panthers
— DeAngelo Williams isn't playing, and I'm not sure even he could help Carolina match the Giants' much more potent offense.

Saints over Buccaneers
New Orleans hit its first stumbling block last week against Dallas, but they should have no problem getting back on track with the Buccaneers in town.

Steelers over Ravens It's a bit of an upset with Baltimore playing so much better lately, but I'm waiting for Pittsburgh to turn it around and I think they'll step to the challenge in a big divisional game at home this week.

Cardinals over Rams St. Louis has a mess on their hands at quarterback and on the offensive line, which will easily prevent Kyle Boller from keeping up with the Cardinals' offense against a horrendous secondary.

49ers over Lions It's hard to gauge just how good the Niners are right now with so many new faces emerging as contributors, but they're clearly playing better football than the Lions.

Colts over Jets Darrelle Revis and the Jets' defense present a great challenge for Indy, and you just can't pick against Peyton Manning if he's going to play even half of the game.

Eagles over Broncos A great matchup between two talented teams, I'm going with the home team by default.

Cowboys over Redskins Washington is a mess right now with the coaching-change rumors and a pissed off Albert Haynesworth, so I'm going with a more talented Cowboys squad on the road.

Vikings over Bears Minnesota is leaving the comfort of their dome to play in the cold against a division rival, but they are still too good to not pick against a pretty bad Bears team.