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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 16 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | December 18-20

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, December 18

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (-3, 41) 8:25 pm - Absolutely the worst Thursday night game of the season, in a season in which Thursday nights have not been very interesting, overall.

Unless you're a fan of Blake Bortels or are interested in the draft potential of either of these teams, there's no reason to even bother watching this game. Probably a good night to go out with the guys and buys some Christmas presents, if, that is, you still have a family.

Prediction: Titans 14 Jaguars 10


Saturday, December 20

Philadelphia Eagles (-8 1/2, 48 1/2) at Washington Redskins 4:30 pm - The Redskins are a truly pathetic bunch. Eagles are struggling with Mark Sanchez at QB, but they are still better than Washington by a country mile.

Look for LeSean McCoy to rumble for about 130 yards before this one is done. Redskins have no offense (18.4 ppg) and have scored just 61 points their last five games. Incidentally, the 'Skins are working on a six-game losing streak heading into week 16.

Prediction: Eagles 41 Redskins 13


San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers (-2 1/2, 41 1/2) 8:15 pm - The 'Niners were eleiminated from playoff contention Sunday night, losing at Seattle, 17-7.

The Chargers were dropped by Denver for the second time this season, 22-10, the Broncos wrapping up the AFC West with the victory.

San Diego is hanging onto playoff life by a thread, but a win over the uninspired 49ers will keep them alive into the final weekend.

Prediction: Chargers 24 49ers 17


Sunday, December 21

Minnesota Vikings at Miami Dolphins (-7, 43) 1:00 pm - Miami still has hopes to make the playoffs, but a loss here would certainly put those dreams to an end. The Vikings played well, but lost at Detroit, 16-14, last week and are sure to keep this one close, enjoying the weather in South Florida.

Prediction: Dolphins 23 Vikings 21


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Baltimore Ravens (-4, 42) at Houston Texans 1:00 pm - Houston, we have a problem. At 7-7, the Texans are not going to make it to the post-season, making this loss nothing more than a last gasp.

The Ravens have won two straight and have a winning record (4-3) on the road. Joe Flacco has regained confidence in his receivers and the defense continues to show improvement at the right time.

Additionally, Houston has no quarterback and that's an even bigger problem.

Prediction: Ravens 26 Texans 10


Detroit Lions (-4 1/2, 49) at Chicago Bears 1:00 pm - Lions are atop the NFC North (tied with Green Bay at 10-4) and the overall defense statistics, allowing a league low, 17.0 points per game.

This is more of a formality for the Lions, who play at Green Bay next week and already have a 19-7 victory over their division rivals from week three.

If the Lions don't win this game by 10 or more points, something is seriously wrong with the world. They beat these guys by 17 just a few weeks ago.

Prediction: Lions 31 Bears 13


Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers (-3 1/2, 40 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Panthers are 5-8, so let's face it, they suck.

Johnny Football (Manziel) should do better with his first NFL start already under his belt, a 30-0 home loss to the Bengals, but, the Browns are still 7-7 and alive in the playoff hunt, though a win here is mandatory.

Prediction: Browns 23 Panthers 21


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Green Bay Packers (-10 1/2, 48 1/2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00 pm - The Buccaneers are 2-12 and have absolutely no shot in chilly Green Bay. The line is mighty high here, but Aaron Rodgers should have more protection than he received in the Packers' loss at Buffalo last week.

Green Bay needs the win to stay even with the Lions and keep alive the possibility of winning the NFC North outright. They host the Lions in week 17.

Prediction: Packers 38 Buccaneers 17


Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints (-6 1/2, 50) 1:00 pm - The winner of this game could capture the NFC South, and, despite the game being played in the SuperDome, it's no longer considered a huge advantage for the Saints, as they've lost four straight at home.

The Saints are allowing a whopping 27.6 ppg and 133.5 rushing yards per outing. Falcons should gain about 200 on the ground and win this one going away.

Prediction: Falcons 35 Saints 23


New England Patriots (-10, 47 1/2) at New York Jets 1:00 pm - Sorry, Jets' fans, this is not your year. Even home field isn't going to help against the Patriots, the highest-scoring team in the league, putting up an average of 31.6 points per game.

Back in week seven, the Jets kept it colse, losing 27-25, in Foxboro, but this is going to be different. Even though the Pats have already wrapped up the AFC East, they'd like to get the best record in the conference and home field for the playoffs, so don't expect them to let up in any way.

Prediction: Patriots 44 Jets 20


Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers (-3, 46 1/2) 1:00 pm - The Steelers are scoring at a mighty clip, averaging 27.8 points per game but their defense is still questionable.

The Chiefs need to win here to stay in contention for a wild card, whereas the Steelers are looking for the same, or winning the AFC North outright, but KC's stout defense (18.1 ppg) should be the deciding factor in this pivotal contest.

Prediction: Chiefs 20 Steelers 16

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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