We went from one team with a clinched playoff berth, to six. We had the greatest comeback in the history of the NFL, and the Bills became a playoff team in the most appropriate possible setting – the snow.
The Jaguars are for real, so are the Lions, and the Patriots suffered a loss we will be talking about for decades.
How can NFL Week 16 possibly top that?
New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings (-3)
It’s hard to know what to make of a division-clinching NFL game that saw the Vikings fall behind 33-0 at halftime, only to have them storm back to win 39-36. The truth is, probably not much. They are neither of those teams and instead somewhere in the middle. And that middle, especially at home, is good enough to beat the Giants by more than a field goal.
New York is probably going to end up in the NFL playoffs, but don’t trust them this week. Give the points and take the Vikings.
Detroit Lions (-2.5) at Carolina Panthers
Do not adjust your settings. The Detroit Lions are a good team and a good bet to make the playoffs. They are not in the playoff picture just yet, still a half-game back of the Commanders for the seventh spot. But the Lions have a favorable schedule, beginning with this game at Carolina.
The Lions have won six of their last seven, covering the spread in all seven NFL games, and this week they will make it eight in a row.
Washington Commanders at San Francisco 49ers (-7)
The 49ers are the champions of the NFC West, and the No. 2 seed in the NFC is still in sight. It may be that it doesn’t really matter who plays quarterback for this team. Jimmy Garoppolo or Brock Purdy, the team hasn’t changed. Outside of Philadelphia, they have been the most consistently good team in the conference.
Washington is currently a playoff team, but they are nowhere close to San Francisco. The 49ers will win this game and cover the spread for the sixth straight NFL game.
Philadelphia Eagles (+6) at Dallas Cowboys
A couple of weeks ago, this was going to be the game of the year. Certainly, it was going to be the game of the year in the NFC East. But the Cowboys’ hopes for the division are holding on by a fingernail after they lost last week to Jacksonville, and now we’re not sure if Jalen Hurts will be able to play.
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni isn’t ruling Hurts out, but he is preparing Gardner Minshew just in case. And even if Minshew starts, we still like the Eagles to cover.
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