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NFL Week 16 predictions: Picks, point spreads, betting lines for every game

Week 16 of the 2018 NFL season has arrived!

It’s officially time to dive into point spreads and betting lines around the sport on a weekly basis. That means picks and predictions for the entire slate.

With a new week, we’re guaranteed the following things: Fantasy football, cheering on your favorite team, and, of course, taking a peek at the spreads in order to make sure you’re on the right side of every outcome.

Consider this a one-stop shop guide to picking every (or at least the majority) game correctly.

Washington Redskins at Tennessee Titans (-10)

Saturday, Dec. 22, 4:30 p.m. EST

Washington continues to play hard, but the Titans are one win away from potentially play a win-and-in Week 17 game. On a short week, take the home team in a big way. MY PICK: Titans.

Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Chargers (-4.5)

Saturday, Dec. 22, 8:30 p.m. EST

Despite how well the Ravens have played, this still has the makings of (close to) a must win for playoff chances in Charm City. Lamar Jackson and Co. will show up, and at least make this a field goal game in the fourth. MY PICK: Ravens.

Houston Texans at Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5)

Sunday, Dec. 22, 1:00 p.m. EST

The Texans are 9-21 as road underdogs in the Bill O’Brien era. The Eagles are 15-4 as home favorites in the Doug Pederson era. With Nick Foles back in the saddle, Philadelphia looks confident once again. MY PICK: Eagles.

Minnesota Vikings (-5.5) at Detroit Lions

Sunday, Dec. 23, 1:00 p.m. EST

Let’s just call this a hunch. Minnesota is better, and brings in the No. 1 sack attack in the NFL. But the Lions have had a knack for getting up for home games vs. teams like the Patriots, Packers, Bears, Panthers and Rams. This will be close, and don’t be surprised if Detroit pulls out an upset win late. MY PICK: Lions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys (-8.5)

Sunday, Dec. 23, 1:00 p.m. EST

Dallas is the only team in the NFL to not allow 30 points in a game once this year. Tampa Bay can’t win games unless their offense goes off and scores 30 or more. This could get ugly. MY PICK: Cowboys.

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (-9)

Sunday, Dec. 23, 1:00 p.m. EST

I don’t just like the way Cleveland is finishing this season; I love it. The Browns are playing with a swagger. Baker Mayfield impresses me more every time I watch him. MY PICK: Browns.

New York Giants at Indianapolis Colts (-9.5)

Sunday, Dec. 23, 1:00 p.m. EST

Man, that “Giants could run the table and make the playoffs” narrative ended quickly. Indianapolis is better, and will win this. But the spread is too big for an indoor game vs. a Giants team with game-changing weapons. MY PICK: Giants.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins (-4)

Sunday, Dec. 23, 1:00 p.m. EST

What an odd Dolphins season. Count on a huge victory this week to keep hope alive. MY PICK: Dolphins.

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (-13)

Sunday, Dec. 23, 1:00 p.m. EST

The Patriots look off lately, but a win over Buffalo combined with a Texans loss would put this team right back on track for a bye. MY PICK: Patriots.

Green Bay Packers (-2.5) at New York Jets

Sunday, Dec. 23, 1:00 p.m. EST

Green Bay hasn’t won a road game all year. Sam Darnold is coming off his most impressive showing of the season. With an extra day of rest, give me the home team. MY PICK: Jets.

Atlanta Falcons (-3.5) at Carolina Panthers

Sunday, Dec. 23, 1:00 p.m. EST

How bad are things for the Panthers? A bad Falcons team is favored by more than a touchdown in their building. The defense does as much as it can, but Matt Ryan and Co. pull away. MY PICK: Falcons.

Los Angeles Rams (-13.5) at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, Dec. 23, 4:05 p.m. EST

Something is off about the Rams, and it goes beyond Jared Goff’s personal struggles. Matt Patricia and the Lions’ staff showed the NFL a blueprint for how to combat this offense, and teams have taken notice. Rams win, but it’s not a spread-covering rout. MY PICK: Cardinals.

Chicago Bears (-4) at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday, Dec. 23, 4:05 p.m. EST

There’s a bye on the line for Chicago to get up for. The Bears roll. MY PICK: Bears.

Pittsburgh Steelers at New Orleans Saints (-6)

Sunday, Dec. 23, 4:25 p.m. EST

Last week’s win over New England saved Pittsburgh’s season. New Orleans has more (No. 1 overall seed) to play for here. MY PICK: Saints.

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Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) at Seattle Seahawks

Sunday, Dec. 23, 8:20 p.m. EST

Patrick Mahomes’ MVP credentials take a hit when this truth emerges: Kansas City has lost its three biggest games (Patriots, Rams, Chargers) to date. Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid won’t let it get to No. 4. The Chiefs hold on to the AFC West and No. 1 seed in a tough environment. MY PICK: Chiefs.

Denver Broncos (-2.5) at Oakland Raiders

Monday, Dec. 24, 8:15 p.m. EST

Jon Gruden isn’t going anywhere. Vance Joseph likely is. Picking the Raiders feels silly, but I’ll do it anyway in this spot. MY PICK: Raiders.

Last week: 6-10

Season: 115-106-3

Joe Giglio may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JoeGiglioSports. Find on Facebook.

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