2012 NFL Picks, Every Game: Week 16

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The Seattle Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers in a Sunday night showdown in Week 16.

<p> 2012 NFL Picks, Every Game: Week 16, including the San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants at Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings at Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers at New York Jets, Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers.</p>

NFL Week 16 previews and predictions for every game on the schedule:



Falcons (12-2) at Lions (4-10)
Atlanta is one win away from locking up home-field in the NFC Playoffs, which should happen on Saturday night against Detroit’s not ready for prime time players — with the exception of Calvin Johnson, who is the only receiver in history with back-to-back 1,600-yard seasons and is in the midst of a record-tying seven-game 100-yard receiving streak.
Falcons by 9


Titans (5-9) at Packers (10-4)
Green Bay has posted a 6–0 record in Title Town at Lambeau Field since losing its season opener against San Francisco.
Packers by 13


Vikings (8-6) at Texans (12-2)
Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson is 294 yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s all-time single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards, set in 1984.
Texans by 9


Rams (6-7-1) at Buccaneers (6-8)
Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano appears to have hit the rookie wall, losing four straight contests.
Rams by 1


Redskins (8-6) at Eagles (4-10)
Robert Griffin III’s jersey sales continue to break all-time records thanks to games like the one he had against Philly in Week 11 — when RG3 completed 14-of-15 passes and threw four TDs.
Redskins by 6


Saints (6-8) at Cowboys (8-6)
Texas native Drew Brees returns to the state where he won an undefeated Class 5A state title as a senior at Westlake High School in 1996.
Cowboys by 2


Chargers (5-9) at Jets (6-8)
Mark Sanchez has finally been benched, and Greg McElroy — not Tim Tebow — will start against the Chargers’ rolling blackout defense.
Jets by 1


Raiders (4-10) at Panthers (5-9)
The Cats have won three of their last four, but are only 2–5 in Charlotte this season.
Panthers by 6


Bills (5-9) at Dolphins (6-8)
Buffalo beat Miami, 19–14, on Thursday night in Week 11 in a game that featured four FGs and a Leodis McKelvin punt return TD for the Bills.
Dolphins by 5



Bengals (8-6) at Steelers (7-7)
Cincy can clinch its second straight playoff berth if it can snap a five-game losing streak against the Steelers — and do so in Pittsburgh.
Steelers by 3


Patriots (10-4) at Jaguars (2-12)
Expect the frustrated Pats to beat the spots off the clawless Jags in this lopsided matchup.
Patriots by 18


Colts (9-5) at Chiefs (2-12)
Andrew Luck needs just 74 yards to break Cam Newton’s rookie passing record of 4,051 yards.
Colts by 8


Browns (5-9) at Broncos (11-3)
Peyton Manning probably won’t need a John Elway-inspired “Drive” to beat these Browns.
Broncos by 15


Giants (8-6) at Ravens (9-5)
Road warriors last December and January, the G-Men have lost three straight away from home.
Giants by 1


Bears (8-6) at Cardinals (5-9)
After losing five of last six games, Jay Cutler thinks 2012 is “right up there” with 2009.
Bears by 4


49ers (10-3-1) at Seahawks (9-5)
Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll — formerly of Stanford and USC, respectively — renew their Pac-12 rivalry under the lights on Sunday night.
49ers by 1


Last week: 11–5 // This season: 150–75
 

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