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Week 16 NFL Picks: 4 Playoff Hopeful Teams Sure to Win on Sunday

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 09: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins hands the ball off to running back Alfred Morris #46 during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at FedExField on December 9, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Alex HallCorrespondent IIIDecember 21, 2012

The NFL regular season is quickly coming to an end, and all teams still in contention are looking to fight their way into postseason play.

Not all will accomplish their goal, heck, not even all of the four on this list will be playoff bound. That doesn't mean they won't better their chances with a crucial win in Week 16, though. Here are four postseason hopefuls who are sure to come out with a victory on Sunday.

 

Washington Redskins

The Redskins will likely have Robert Griffin III back under center against Philadelphia, but he would only ensure an already probable victory.  

The Eagles are down, and they are all but out. Sure, they defeated Tampa Bay in Week 14, but that doesn't mean this team is any less in a hurry to end the year. Philly is on the verge of firing long-tenured head coach Andy Reid, cutting ties with quarterback Michael Vick and banking on Nick Foles.

This is an NFC East division clash which usually involves plenty of nail-biting and close battles, but the Eagles just don't have the fight to give the Redskins that this week.

Washington is looking to prove to its passionate fan base the years of mediocrity were worth it for RGIII and this 2012 team. Unless Philadelphia digs deep and plays spoiler, the 'Skins will get one step closer to ensuring a playoff birth for the first time since 2007.

 

Dallas Cowboys

Washington's arch rival, the Dallas Cowboys, are also looking to grab a postseason spot and will get closer to that goal by beating New Orleans in Week 16.

There's no questioning that quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints offense is a formidable one, but it's the No. 31 ranked pass and rushing defense which will prevent a win for the team here.

Even with a roster decimated by injury, the Cowboys' defense has posted far better numbers than their Week 16 opponent's unit. Dallas ranks 14th and 15th against the pass and run respectively, despite having Bruce Carter, Sean Lee and Orlando Scandrick, among others, on injured reserve.

New Orleans has never been a defensively-minded squad, but it's not facing a team with an offense that's far inferior this week. Since Week 10, Dallas has outscored the Saints' offense 177-171, even when counting the latter's 41-point victor over Tampa Bay in Week 15.

These Cowboys have learned how to win in December and will do so for the fourth time this season for their home crowd in Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

 

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts get a prime opportunity to better their AFC Wild Card positioning and chances when they take on Kansas City in Week 16.

Indianapolis just got word that head coach Chuck Pagano might coach the team in the regular season finale against Houston. This team has fought all season long hoping to get that kind of good news, and given Indy's track record this year, they should deliver another win for its head coach.

The Chiefs have had a miserable 2012 season with just two wins on the year and have resorted to starting Brady Quinn at quarterback. Andrew Luck and company should have no problem becoming the 13th team to beat KC this season.

 

Seattle Seahawks

San Francisco is coming off a big Sunday Night Football win against New England but can't feel nearly as good as it would like to about that one.

The 49ers almost allowed the Patriots to rally to a victory after being down 31-10 at the end of the third quarter. Seattle, on the other hand, has won five of its last six games and hasn't lost at home all season.

The Seahawks are known for their rabid fan base and noisy home-field advantage, which will play a huge factor in this one. For as great as Colin Kaepernick has been since winning the starting job for San Fran, Russell Wilson has been lighting up Seattle all season long.

Quarterback is about a wash when you consider that both are talented and able to make big plays happen out of nowhere. Defense is going to be what wins this battle in the Pacific Northwest.

The Seahawks and 49ers have two of the best defensive units in football sitting at No. 3 and No. 2 respectively in all the NFL.

Seattle has scored 100 points in the last two games and allowed just 17 points in the process. The team's NFC West rival gave up twice that amount just last week.

The 49ers and Seahawks both have great defenses, but recent weeks show that Seattle's will be the more effective of the two. Look for the 49ers to suffer a road loss here just before season's end.

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