Every week throughout the NFL season, theScore’s Dane Belbeck will handicap each matchup and provide up a three-pack of chosen picks.

Week 16 report (contains TNF): 10-5-1
General: 126-105-9

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans (-Three)

Jacksonville has already clinched the South whereas the Titans are preventing for his or her playoff lives. Doug Marrone has insisted that the Jaguars’ starters will play on this contest, however do not be shocked if that plan would not final very lengthy. The Titans’ rush protection is without doubt one of the finest within the league, and no matter who’s enjoying quarterback for the Jaguars, they cannot be relied upon to win the sport by the air. Titans 24, Jaguars 17

New Orleans Saints (-6.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers have completely nothing to play for and the Saints can clinch the NFC South with a win on the highway. New Orleans is flourishing because of its speeding assault and powerful protection, utilizing Drew Brees as a complementary piece as a substitute of the focus. That strategy will probably be on full show Sunday as Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram tackle the league’s 24th-ranked speeding protection. That is a nasty matchup for Tampa Bay. Saints 28, Buccaneers 20

Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (+Three.5) at Denver Broncos

Patrick Mahomes will debut as a starter in Denver with the Chiefs already locked in because the No. four seed. He’ll already be the perfect quarterback on the sector, as a result of both Brock Osweiler or Paxton Lynch will probably be below heart for the Broncos. Denver’s season was over way back, and whereas the Chiefs will probably be sitting some starters, they nonetheless wish to head to the postseason on a great be aware. Mahomes exhibits why Andy Reid drafted him so excessive with a powerful efficiency. Chiefs 24, Broncos 20

Remaining matchups

Inexperienced Bay Packers at Detroit Lions (-6.5)

It is a meaningless recreation in Detroit after the Lions had been eradicated from the playoffs final week. Jim Caldwell is probably going preventing for his job, so count on the house staff (with the significantly better quarterback) to get the win. Lions 24, Packers 14

Houston Texans (+5) at Indianapolis Colts

Each of those groups have been completely horrible with out beginning quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck. It is probably Chuck Pagano’s final recreation in Indianapolis, whereas it appears like Invoice O’Brien will get one other 12 months in Houston. Take the factors in what ought to be one of many worst video games of the season. Colts 17, Texans 14

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (-11.5)

Whereas the Vikings can now not clinch residence subject all through the playoffs, Minnesota can safe a bye for the primary spherical with a win over the lowly Bears. That ought to be sufficient motivation to get the job achieved with ease Sunday. Vikings 27, Bears 10

New York Jets at New England Patriots (-15)

The Patriots lock up home-field benefit all through the AFC playoffs with a win, whereas the Jets will probably be enjoying both Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg at quarterback. This might get ugly. Patriots 31, Jets 7

Washington Redskins at New York Giants (+Three.5)

Each groups are unhealthy and don’t have anything to play for, however Washington has proven zero purpose to be favored on the highway this season. Giants 24, Redskins 23

Dallas Cowboys (-Three) at Philadelphia Eagles

The Cowboys don’t have anything to play for and a contemporary Ezekiel Elliott. The Eagles will reportedly play Nick Foles and the starters, however with home-field benefit already locked up, that probably will not final lengthy. Cowboys 24, Eagles 17

Cleveland Browns (+10.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Browns are going to go Zero-16, however they will go down with a combat towards a Steelers staff that has little or no to play for as lengthy the Patriots deal with the Jets. Steelers 21, Browns 17

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons (-Three.5)

Atlanta wants a win to return to the playoffs. Count on the Falcons to get the job achieved towards a well-recognized opponent. Falcons 27, Panthers 20

San Francisco 49ers (-Three) at Los Angeles Rams

The Rams plan to relaxation nearly everybody towards a red-hot 49ers staff with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on the helm. San Francisco closes the season with 5 straight wins as Los Angeles prepares for the playoffs. 49ers 30, Rams 20

Buffalo Payments at Miami Dolphins (+Three)

Buffalo wants a win and a few assist to get within the playoffs, so count on a powerful effort from the Payments on the highway. The Dolphins wrap up one other disappointing season with maybe the final recreation of Jay Cutler‘s profession. Payments win a decent one, however take the Dolphins to cowl. Payments 24, Dolphins 23

Oakland Raiders (+eight.5) at Los Angeles Chargers

The Raiders’ protection has truly been very strong since John Pagano took over, permitting simply 18 factors per recreation within the final 5 contests. The Chargers have not precisely been lighting folks up currently, so count on a low-scoring affair. Take the factors. Chargers 17, Raiders 14

Arizona Cardinals (+9) at Seattle Seahawks

Regardless of gaining solely 136 yards of whole offense, Seattle was capable of win at Dallas final week to maintain its playoff hopes alive. The Cardinals could also be unhealthy, however the banged-up Seahawks should not be favored by this a lot over anyone. Seahawks 24, Cardinals 17

Cincinnati Bengals (+9.5) at Baltimore Ravens

One other divisional rivalry recreation that is a must-win for one staff and meaningless for the opposite. The Ravens qualify with a win over the lowly Bengals, however this nonetheless looks like too many factors to put. Ravens 20, Bengals 14

Picks abstract
Titans -Three (Gold)
Saints -6.5 (Silver)
Chiefs +Three.5 (Bronze)
Lions -6.5
Texans +5
Vikings -11.5
Patriots -15
Giants +Three.5
Cowboys -Three
Browns +10.5
Falcons -Three.5
49ers -Three
Dolphins +Three
Raiders +eight.5
Cardinals +9
Bengals +9.5