Week 16 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Trifone)
Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.
With that said, here are my Week 16 NFL picks against the spread:
Washington Redskins -3 over Chicago Bears (4 Units)
The Redskins had an opportunity this past weekend at home vs. Carolina that they let slip away. I don't think that happens again this weekend as they travel to Chicago. I like Kirk Cousins to have a big game and Washington to win this one pretty handily.
Carolina Panthers +3 over Atlanta Falcons (4 Units)
The Falcons are clearly better than I've given them credit for all year, but I think they get beat by the Panthers on the road this week. Carolina has blown a lot of games late this year but are clearly better than their record would indicate. I think they play well again this week against their division rival and finish the season strong.
Minnesota Vikings +7 over Green Bay Packers (4 Units)
The Packers have been awesome of late, and Aaron Rodgers has been terrific. They have gotten back into the division hunt and now control their own destiny to win the NFC North, which I think they'll do. Minnesota has fallen off, but they will be looking to bounce back from an absolutely embarrassing loss to the Colts at home last week. Packers win the game but seven is too many points.
Indianapolis Colts +3.5 over Oakland Raiders (5 Units)
The Colts are coming off one of their best games of the year, going into Minnesota and winning easily. Cold December weather may slow down Andrew Luck and the Colt offense at some point, but that won't be the case this week in Oakland. Two high-powered offenses should give us a high-scoring affair here. I'll take the Colts with the outright upset so I'll take the 3.5.
New York Jets +17 over New England Patriots (4 Units)
This is just way too big of a spread. The perception of the Jets is just so low, but they still have guys looking to make a roster next year and they're not just going to roll over against the Patriots. This game is the last real meaningful game they will play this season because it's against their hated rival. The Patriots should win easily, but too many ways this one plays out that end within 17 points. I like the Jets side.
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