The NFL on Saturday? What is this, Christmas?
Presents for everyone!
Week 16 is always a tough week to handicap, because teams play for the playoffs or players play to get traded next season.
After taking a bath in my picks last week, I am hoping to rebound with a solid weekend of NFL savvy.
How many can I get right this week?
Let’s start with our Saturday matches to see where my head is at.
-3 Texans (9-5) vs Buccaneers (7-7) +50.5
The Bucs are bringing back Jameis for 2020, so saddle in fans.
Jameis has continued to put up a buckled of points every week, despite tossing as many INTs and fumbling the ball.
He’s had 2 games in a row with 450+ yards, and he could continue that against a tired, and weakened Texans secondary.
His top 2 receivers will also be a gamete decision, so Perriman could see the ball quite a bit in this game.
The Texans will want a win, but with a Titans rematch in Week 17, they might not be as fully focused.
The Bucs have a solid front D that will force DeShaun into pressure situations to make mistakes.
Tampa is playing to a hometown Christmas crowd, so look for them to deliver a present in the form of a close game.
Texans will irk out the win, but barely.
Bills (10-4) vs -6 Patriots (11-4)
The battle of the AFC East, as the plucky Bills have strung together their first 10 game win season since the Doug Flutie years.
Tom Brady has been playing ‘meh’ football thanks to a paltry receiving corp and an offensive line that has seen a lot of new faces.
The Pats D keeps them in games with Gilmore ripping the ball from anyone in sight. John Brown will have a tough matchup here.
Josh Allen will need to move his feet to get rid of the ball, as he will probably see a lot of pressure from that fast Pats D.
Beasley should have a good fantasy game, as he will probably be the X factor that the Patriots ignore.
Edeleman looks sort of injured, so don’t see him having a ripper of a game.
The Patriots will do what they do. Go up early, face a comeback, then rip the guts out of them to close it out.
Rams (8-6) vs -6 49ers (11-3)
What are the Rams doing? First they are able to string a few wins together, then they look to implode on themselves. The 49ers are hurting after their losses, seeing their position in the playoffs drop to a lowly Wildcard spot. They need a win here and will have some healthy bodies back to do it.
The 49ers front line will be all over Goff, who’s O line has been patched together with old and new.
Jimmy G should have a great game, feasting on Kittle and letting Mostert gash through whatever is left.
Goff will struggle in this win, unless he is able to master some deep ball, which is an issue for the 49ers in recent weeks.
The Niners need this win. Both teams are desperate to make the playoffs, but San Fran doesn’t want to watch all of that hard work go to waste.
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