Day: December 20, 2014

Jacked Up Picks: Week 16

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Al Bello/Getty Images

Posted by Jack Tumen

132-75-1 after Thursday

Eagles (9-5) @ Redskins (3-11): Philly needs to regain its confidence after dropping a big one to Dallas. Trying to keep the divisional crown in arm’s reach starts with beating the Redskins. It’s their only hope of making the postseason. PHI 28, WAS 24

Chargers (8-6) @ 49ers (7-7): The 9ers threw the towel in on their season last week. They’re merely playing spoiler against the wild-card-minded Chargers at home. San Diego wants it more. SD 22, SF 19

Ravens (9-5) @ Texans (7-7): Houston was playing well until they lost their top two quarterbacks for the year. Case Keenum isn’t exactly who you want under center with the playoffs still on the line. Baltimore continues taking care of business. BAL 27, HOU 17

Browns (7-7) @ Panthers (5-8-1): Johnny Manziel was magnificently awful in his first start. Like I’ve said for a while, he’s not an NFL quarterback. Send him to the wolves – or Panthers in this case. CAR 28, CLE 13

Lions (10-4) @ Bears (5-9): Jay Cutler could be the most expensive tush to ever ride the bench. Marc Trestman might be the hottest tush in the league. DET 31, CHI 16

Packers (10-4) @ Bucs (2-12): Green Bay dropped one against a top-tier defense in Buffalo last week. Tampa could be another trap game but the Bucs defense isn’t good enough. GB 27, TB 21

Chiefs (8-6) @ Steelers (9-5): Pittsburgh’s still clawing for the division while KC is on the fringes of the playoffs. I don’t love this matchup for Pittsburgh and I think they could slip up here at home. They’re one of the most unpredictable teams in the league. KC 24, PIT 23

Vikings (6-8) @ Dolphins (7-7): Miami got bitch-slapped by New England last week as the Dolphins’ wild card hopes all but went up in flames. The Vikings are a prideful squad and played Detroit tough last week. I like the Vikes to pull Miami even further down to Earth. MIN 26, MIA 19

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Patriots (11-3) @ Jets (3-11): Likely the final home game of the Rex Ryan era for New York. The Jets nearly beat the Pats earlier in the season but I don’t think there’s enough left in the tank for a full-blown upset. NE 29, NYJ 14

Falcons (5-9) @ Saints (6-8): This is a huge game for the NFC South. Needless to say, it’s been an ugly year for this division and a Saints’ loss would cement a losing team in the playoffs for the NFC. The Falcons have been a mess all season after going on Hard Knocks but I think they go on the road and get a big win this week. ATL 34, NO 27

Giants (5-9) @ Rams (6-8): This one should be renamed as a court case: Odell Beckham Jr. vs. The St. Louis Rams. The verdict? NYG 24, STL 21

Bills (8-6) @ Raiders (2-12): It would be classic Bills for them to beat Aaron Rodgers one week and lose to Oakland the next. As much as I wanna pick the Raiders, the Bills should get ‘er done. BUF 20, OAK 17

Colts (10-4) @ Cowboys (10-4): A win for Dallas gives them a huge advantage going into the final week of the season. Indy clinched their division already and are padding the stats at this point. The only thing left to be determined for them is whether they’ll be the three or four seed in the AFC. Dallas probably wants this game more – but week 17 in the NFC East would be much more interesting with a loss. IND 28, DAL 27

Seahawks (10-4) @ Cardinals (11-3): This is a pretty epic culmination of the Seahawks’ season; going into the desert to try and take back the NFC West. With Ryan Lindley starting for Arizona, it’ll be up to Bruce Arians to win this game for Arizona from the sidelines. Seattle is back to Super Bowl form right now and there’s little that can stop them. SEA 23, AZ 17

Broncos (11-3) @ Bengals (9-4-1): Denver keeps taking care of business while Cinci has been quite two-faced this season. Lately, however, the Bengals are doing their thing and are coming off a decisive win over in-state rival, Cleveland. This is the pinnacle of the Bengals’ season and the Broncos are their toughest test yet. DEN 33, CIN 25