Welcome to Week 16 of the NFL season as we have these last two weeks of the regular season. With these last two weeks, we still have a lot of teams playing to get into the playoffs. There’s also teams that’s battling for home field advantage in both conferences. We have a few games with playoff implications this week. After their loss to the Eagles, can the Rams end their 2-game losing streak? Will the New England Patriots recover after their tough loss to the Steelers? How will things play out in the AFC West with the Chiefs and Chargers? My record last week was 4-3, which lowered my overall mark to 68-41. My overall winning percentage dropped from 62.8 down to 62.3%. This week I’ll be predicting a total of six games.
We start things off with one of the Saturday night games. The Washington Redskins will travel to Tennessee to face the Titans. With their win last week, the Redskins remain in contention for a Wild Card spot and possibly the NFC East title. The Redskins will need wins against Tennessee and Philadelphia next week. After injuries to Alex Smith and Colt McCoy, Josh Johnson has played nice in their absence. Will he be able to lead the Redskins to victory against that tough Titans defense? Can the Redskins stop Derrick Henry? Like I’ve said before, you never know what Titans team you’ll be facing. One week, they look like one of the better teams in the league. The following week, they can’t move the ball which hurts the defense. Ever since they’ve been featuring Derrick Henry, the Titans are looking more like a playoff team.
The past two weeks, Henry has rushed for over 400 yards. With the offense using a ground and pound style, the defense has benefited as they’re fresher. The Titans are tied with the Ravens and Colts for the final Wild Card spot. Tennessee will host the Colts next week in their season finale, that game could determine the final spot. As far as this week, the Titans are riding a 3-game winning streak and I see it continuing.
Tennessee Win 23-17
We have another Saturday game with playoff implications also. The Baltimore Ravens will travel to Los Angeles to battle the Chargers. Baltimore is currently in the final Wild Card spot as they hold the tiebreaker over the Colts and Titans. The Ravens control their own destiny as all they need to do is win this game and next week against the Browns. Of course, that’s not an easy task but they possess the best defense in the league and they run the ball well. The Ravens will have their hands full with the Chargers offense. The Chargers defense is really good also and they could cause problems for Lamar Jackson. Can the Ravens upset the Chargers on the road in this key game? After the Chargers best the Chiefs last week, they’re tied with Kansas City in the division. If they win out and the Chiefs lose at least one game, they’ll win the AFC West and have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Los Angeles is hoping to have a healthy Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen for this playoff run. The defense of the Chargers is just as good as anyone in the league. I’m picturing them causing issues for Jackson and causing at least two turnovers. In the end, Los Angeles walk away with the win.
Los Angeles Win 31-17
For this game, we have the Houston Texans traveling to Philadelphia to face the Eagles. After starting 0-3, the Texans have won 10 out of their last 11 games. With that streak, they have positioned themselves for a first round bye in the playoffs. They control their own destiny because all they have to do is win their final games. If the Chargers and Chiefs slip up, they could creep into the top spot heading into the playoffs. The big question for the Texans has to be the health of RB Lamar Miller as he’s dealing with an ankle injury. Philadelphia will be without Carson Wentz again as Nick Foles filled in quite nicely in their upset over the Rams. The Eagles will need to stick to the running game and continue to use Alshon Jeffrey. On the defensive side, the Eagles will have issues trying to contain Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins.
Can the Texans continue their winning ways against the Eagles? Can the Eagles continue to push themselves and make a playoff run? Unfortunately, I’m thinking it ends here with the Texans picking up the road win.
Houston Win 31-24
We have another game with playoff implications as the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to New Orleans to battle the Saints. After their tough win over New England last week, Pittsburgh is closer to clinching the division and playoff spot. The Steelers is known for their offense, but the defense have been getting the job done lately. James Connor is still dealing with an injury and they’re hoping for his return. Heading into New Orleans, the Pittsburgh defense will be tested in the Big Easy. Will Pittsburgh pull off the upset against the Saints? New Orleans can wrap up home field advantage with a win or Rams loss. The Saints offense haven’t looked the same ever since they were shut down by the Cowboys defense. Before their game against the Cowboys, Drew Brees was looking like the league MVP.
The Saints defense have stepped up big time as they held the Panthers to 9 points on Monday. Can the Saints offense wake up against the Steelers? It’s hard to beat the Saints at home and I’m going with them to beat Pittsburgh.
New Orleans 27-24
We head to the Pacific Northwest for this match-up between two playoff teams. The Kansas City Chiefs travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks in what should be a great game. The Chiefs are currently tied with the Chargers atop of the AFC West and conference. Despite their loss to the Chargers last week, Kansas City still maintain the tiebreaker over them. Kansas City can clinch the AFC West and top seed by winning their final two games. Can Patrick Mahomes head to Seattle and be efficient against the tough Seahawks defense? With Seattle, they currently hold on to the first Wild Card spot in the NFC. Like Kansas City, they control their own destiny with the final two games at home. This is a tough one to pick because Seattle is a beast at home, but Kansas City is hot and I’m picking them.
Kansas City Win 26-24
We have the final game of the week and of course, it’s the Monday Night Game. The Denver Broncos will travel to Oakland to face the Raiders in an AFC West matchup. Denver pretty much had their playoff hopes dashed by Cleveland last week. The Broncos still have a stout defense and that’s something they still can build upon going into next season. Denver would love to finish the season with a pair of wins over two division rivals. Can they beat the Raiders in Oakland on Monday? The Raiders come into this game with a 3-11 record and in contention for the #1 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Oakland made headlines this week by adding Nathan Peterman at QB, which is a head-scratcher. I’m going with the Raiders to upset the Broncos in this one.
Oakland Win 24-23
Are you ready for another weekend of football? What’s the game you’re looking forward to the most? What do you think about my predictions? Peep my top 5 teams from both conference heading into this weekend. Leave a comment below about my 2018 Week 16 NFL predictions.
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Houston Texans
- Indianapolis Colts
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- New Orleans Saints
- Chicago Bears
- Los Angeles Rams
- Minnesota Vikings
- Dallas Cowboys