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Week 16 Stocking Stuffers

I cannot remember many weekends where this many home teams were favorites. And it comes in a critical weekend with 12 of the 16 games having playoff implications. The only favored road teams are Dallas (at Washington) and Minnesota (at Chicago). The AFC are particularly strong. Of the seven games matching AFC teams, only Oakland at Cleveland is of zero consequence. While the Chargers and Colts are playing for playoff positioning only, the Titans, Dolphins, Texans, Jaguars, Steelers, Ravens and Jets are all essentially starting the playoffs this weekend. The same can be said, in the NFC, for the Giants.

Chargers at Titans
There's been far too little drama for the Chargers, who for several years have been Drama Queens. If San Diego wins this one on the road against a Titans team that has won six of seven, the Chargers might really be the team to beat in the AFC, even ahead of Indy...But the Titans stay alive by snapping San Diego's nine-game winning streak.

Cowboys at Redskins
After playing fairly well four consecutive weeks that blowout loss to the Giants last week suggests the Redskins are done. Against anybody else they might roll over meekly...Hard to see them shutting it down against the Cowboys, who are likely to slip right back into their December funk now that they're flexing after beating the Saints. Cowboys by a touchdown.

Ravens at Steelers
Ought to be held in an octagon...R-rated to be sure. Steelers close.

Bills at Falcons
Neither has much to play for, but Falcons can finish above .500 as long as they win this game, which they will.

Texans at Dolphins
One of those AFC elimination games. Winner stays in the wild card race, loser goes home...Dolphins keep hope alive.

Seahawks at Packers
Packers can get back on their roll by rolling Seattle. Green Bay comfortably.

Panthers at Giants
Two wildly unpredictable teams but the Giants are playing at home and know they have to win...just in case Cowboys slip up in D.C. G-Men win.

Bucs at Saints
Let's see how much Saints are feeling sorry for themselves...Luckily, they're at home...This is the chance to try and play themselves out of a four-week funk...Saints big.

Raiders at Browns
What a stinker. Both have played better lately. Browns in OT.

Chiefs at Bengals
Been awhile since Cincinnati had it going. Here's how Bengals get their groove back...by throttling the Chiefs at home.

Jaguars at Patriots
Feeling an upset here? Maybe. But can't trust Floridians, even those from near-Georgia, in the cold...Patriots playing with chip on shoulder again...and win.

Lions at 49ers
Not that it matters, but Niners win easily.

Rams at Cardinals
Arizona should do nothing that might jeopardize Kurt Warner's health, which presumably means plenty of Matt Leinart...Cardinals won't exert themselves but should win anyway.

Jets at Colts
Elimination game for Jets who have plenty of incentive, against Colts who suddenly seem to understand the importance of maintaining momentum...Indy.

Broncos at Eagles
Philly already in and Broncos need this one desperately to hold onto wild-card spot. But these new Eagles seem oblivious and are just discovering how good they can be and will win again.

Vikings at Bears
Minnesota has plenty to prove, starting with seeing if Brett Favre and Brad Childress can act like a QB and Coach who actually want to win some games in the post-season...Bears are dreadful, perhaps the most disappointing team of the season. Vikes win on the road.

Editor's note: Play the pick 'em game and compare your results to Mike's here.

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Michael Wilbon

 |  December 25, 2009; 3:37 PM ET  |  Category:  NFL , Post Pro Picks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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just another sorry, no-account sports "reporter" barely disguising his anti-Dallas bias. Wilbon, take the previous poster's advice and just keep sucking up to Tiger.

Posted by: mrfixit0025 | December 28, 2009 12:07 AM
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Goodness Wilbon. Your picks are downright putrid. Stick to fighting 'the man' and sucking up to Tiger.

Posted by: mohammed10 | December 27, 2009 2:54 PM
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