The NFL winds down to week 16 and there are 18 teams with opportunities for the NFL Playoffs although some need major help. The Green Bay Packers have been hobbled by injuries all season and two concussions to their starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. They should limp into the NFL Playoffs but they will have a tough first round game unless they match up with the NFC West champs.
Dallas Cowboys -4.5 vs Arizona Cardinals: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The Dallas Cowboys are the NFL’s holiday team this season. They played on Thanksgiving Day and now they play on Christmas night on the NFL Network. Jon Kitna has been an excellent replacement for Tony Romo this season and has made this Dallas Cowboys offense a cohesive unit. They are now starting to run the ball and the Arizona Cardinals defense is horrid against the run. They are giving up 143 yards per game on the ground.
The Dallas Cowboys are 3-3 against the spread on the road and the Arizona Cardinals are 2-5 against the spread on their home field. Keys to watch in this game will be the Dallas Cowboys grounding and pounding the ball. Take the Dallas Cowboys -4.5 points over the Arizona Cardinals on Christmas Day.
Seattle Seahawks vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers -7: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
This game is an easy one to pick which is always cause for concern. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 8-6 going into this game and a winning record is on the line for them. It is unlikely they will make the NFL Playoffs and if they end up with a 10-6 record it will be their best season since their Super Bowl season almost a decade ago.
Tampa Bay is 8-5-1 against the spread but 2-5 against the spread at home. The Seattle Seahawks have a porous pass defense and they have given up 260 yards per game to the opposing quarterback. Take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -7 over the Seattle Seahawks.
Indianapolis Colts -3 vs Oakland Raiders: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The Indianapolis Colts travel to Oakland to take on the surprising Oakland Raiders. This game will be a classic NFL clash of styles. The Oakland Raiders are a ground and pound offense that sets up their play action pass to their speedy receivers. Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts offense does not have much of a running game and they play an all out aerial assault reminiscent of Air Coryell and the San Diego Chargers offenses of the ’70s.
The Indianapolis Colts are 7-6-1 overall against the spread and they are 3-3-1 against the spread on the road. Manning has been beaten by some average teams on the road this season and now he will face a legitimate contender on the road. The Oakland Raiders are 4-3 on in the friendly confines of McAfee Stadium and they are 8-6 against the spread overall. Take the Oakland Raiders +3 over the Indianapolis Colts.
Tennessee Titans vs Kansas City Chiefs -4: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
Kerry Collins, Chris Johnson and the Tennessee Titans have only one mission in mind after their six game losing streak. Finish with a .500 record and ruin everyone else’s season. The Titans are in the position of spoiler and Jeff Fisher is not one to lie down. Matt Cassel is back and there may be an issue with Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and an injury heading into this game. Take the Tennessee Titans +4 over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Baltimore Ravens -3 vs Cleveland Browns: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The Baltimore Ravens were up to the task against the New Orleans Saints and they got their running game together against them. Ray Rice put the hammer down scoring two touchdowns and dominating the game. Rice racked up 153 yards on the ground ad another 80 as a receiver.
The Cleveland Browns are 6-8 against the spread overall and they are 2-4 against the spread on their home field. This alone is a scary statistic to consider. Couple this with the fact that the Baltimore Ravens that are 4-2-1 against the spread when playing the role of visitor and the Baltimore Ravens are an easy pick. Take the Baltimore Ravens -3 over the Cleveland Browns.
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