Welcome to Week 16 of the NFL season. As we all know, this is the next to the last weekend of the regular season. With these last two weeks of football, playoff berths and positions are still up for grabs. We will be predicting seven games this week and that includes all three Saturday games. My record was 3-3 last week, which dropped my overall mark to 69-41. The overall winning percentage dips from 63.5 to 62.7%. The biggest shock from a week ago had to be the Atlanta Falcons pulling off the upset against San Francisco. In a battle for the AFC South lead, Houston went to Tennessee to beat the Titans. With the Eagles and Cowboys facing off for the NFC East lead, they both came away with victories.
The Bears were officially eliminated from playoff consideration as they fell to the Packers. In a battle between the two AFC Wild Card leaders, Buffalo clinch a playoff berth with their win over Pittsburgh in a defensive battle. On Monday night, Drew Brees broke the all-time TD passes with a nearly perfect night as the Saints dominated the Colts. In the NFC, we have four teams with a 11-3 record and things will be getting crazy these last two weeks. Let’s see how things will turned out.
This is the first Saturday night game as the Houston Texans travel to Tampa to face the Buccaneers. Houston is coming off an impressive win on the road against the Titans. The Texans can clinch the AFC South with a win and Tennessee loss. When they’re winning, Houston is as good as anyone in the league. On the other hand, when the Texans are playing terrible things go south really quick. Can the Texans slow down the high powered Tampa Bay offense? Tampa Bay possess one of the most potent offenses in the league. Jameis Winston has gone from possibly not being back in Tampa to having consecutive games with over 450 yards passing.
With Mike Evans being out, Winston has found ways to get everyone involved. The other star receiver, Chris Godwin could possibly miss the game and that will be huge. How will the Buccaneers defense fare against Deshaun Watson and the Houston offense? This could be a high scoring game and I’m going with Houston.
Houston Win 34-31
We have a matchup that could determine who walks away with the AFC East crown. The Buffalo Bills travel to Gillette Stadium to battle the New England Patriots. Buffalo clinched their playoff berth last Sunday night. The Bills is celebrating their first 10-win season in about 20 years. The defense is one of the best in the league and it was on full display on Sunday night when they forced four turnovers. In the first game, they slowed down the Patriots offense immensely. Can they repeat that performance on the road? New England has already clinched a playoff berth. The Patriots still sit 2nd in the AFC, but they’re still trying to stay ahead of Kansas City.
If the Chiefs and Patriots finish with the same record, Kansas City owns three tiebreaker since they beat the Patriots. Will the Patriots defense be able to frustrate Josh Allen and the Bills offense? This should be a good game, but New England will pull away in the end.
New England Win 27-17
We head to the west coast for the final Saturday night game. The Los Angeles Rams travel to San Francisco to battle the 49ers. The Rams are on the outside looking in of the playoffs. They trail the Vikings by two games. Los Angeles need to win their final two games and the Vikings lose the final two. The Rams are coming off an embarrassing loss to the Cowboys last weekend. Before that game, the defense was back to their dominant selves. Can the Rams avenge an early season loss to San Francisco and hopefully save their season? San Francisco is coming off a horrible loss as they fell to Atlanta at home. With the loss, they dropped from the top seed to the Wild Card leader.
With their final game in Seattle, they still have a shot at regaining the #1 seed. First off, they must rebound and take care of the pesky Rams. San Francisco is dealing with a lot of injuries on the defensive side of the ball. The 49ers control their own destiny and it’ll start with a win over the Rams.
San Francisco Win 31-17
We have the New Orleans Saints traveling to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans. The Saints is coming off one of their best performances of the year. Drew Brees looked as sharp as ever and the defense looked like the same one from earlier in the season. New Orleans is still trying to find their way to home field advantage in the NFC. If the Saints can win their final two games, there’s a good chance they’ll grab the top seed. For Tennessee, they missed a golden opportunity last week by losing at home to Houston. The Titans are a game behind the Texans and tied with Pittsburgh for the final Wild Card spot.
Tennessee have the inevitable task of having to beat New Orleans and Houston to possibly secure a playoff spot. In this matchup against New Orleans, they possess the offense equipped to beat the Saints. With the injuries in their secondary, it’ll be difficult to slow down the Saints passing attack. I’m picking New Orleans to win a close road game.
New Orleans Win 31-27
We have the battle that could possibly decide the NFC East. The Dallas Cowboys travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles with first place at stake. Dallas finally ended their 3-game losing streak by demolishing the Rams. Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys offense looked in sync in the blowout. On the defensive side of the ball, they played motivated. The Cowboys have owned the NFC East the last couple years. Can they slow down the potent Eagles offense? With Philadelphia, they have won their last two games. In those games, they have been using practice squad guys and Carson Wentz has showed true leadership. The defense will need to play much better against Dallas.
If the Cowboys win, they’ll clinch the division and will head to the playoffs. If the Eagles were to win, they would need to win next week to clinch. I’m going with Dallas to barely edge Philly and secure the NFC East crown.
Dallas Win 31-28
We have the Sunday night game between a team that’s headed to the playoffs and one that isn’t. The Kansas City Chiefs will head to Soldier Field to face the Chicago Bears. The Chiefs is currently sitting third in the AFC with hopes of moving up. Since they beat the Patriots a couple weeks ago, if they finished tied Kansas City owns the tiebreaker. The Chiefs is also looking over their shoulder with the Texans a game behind them. The explosive Chiefs offense will have their hands full with the tough Bears defense. Unfortunately for the Bears, they’re officially eliminated from playoff contention with their loss to Green Bay last week. Chicago will want to finish the season strong and on a high note.
The Bears offense will have trouble with the rejuvenated Chiefs defense. This past week, Kansas City claimed Terrell Suggs off waivers, and he could boost this squad. In the end, Kansas City should win this one.
Kansas City Win 24-17
We have the Monday night game and it’s for the lead in the NFC North. The Green Bay Packers travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings. Green Bay is one of four teams in the NFC with a 11-3 record. They’re currently second in the NFC and can clinch the division with a win. At home, they defeated the Vikings earlier in the season. With the Seahawks and 49ers battling each other next week, this game could mean home field advantage throughout the playoffs for the Packers. Minnesota comes into this game with a 10-4 record and fighting for a chance at the top also. If the Vikings win out, it’s a possibility that they could at least have an outside shot at the top seed.
In the blowout win over the Chargers, Dalvin Cook injured his shoulder and that could hurt them. Cook had been playing at an MVP level before going down. The defense is becoming more dominant and Kirk Cousins is looking like he’s earning that big contract. This should be a close game and I’m going with the Vikings to win.
Minnesota Win 27-21
Are you ready for the 2019 Week 16 NFL weekend? What game intrigues you the most for the 2019 Week 16 NFL schedule? Do you see any upsets taking place during the 2019 Week 16 NFL weekend? Leave some feedback below about anything related to the NFL or the 2019 Week 16 NFL schedule. Below are the top 6 teams from both conferences after the predictions.
- Baltimore Ravens
- New England Patriots
- Kansas City Chiefs
- Houston Texans
- Buffalo Bills
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Seattle Seahawks
- New Orleans Saints
- Minnesota Vikings
- Dallas Cowboys
- San Francisco 49ers
- Green Bay Packers