NFL Week 16 Picks: Games Sure to Be Epic Blowouts

Michael DulkaContributor IDecember 21, 2012

NFL Week 16 Picks: Games Sure to Be Epic Blowouts

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    With playoff implications a bound, Week 16 in the NFL should offer a number of costly contested games. While that's the case, there are a number of games that look to be massive blowouts including those with playoff implications. 

    This season has been filled with blowouts and that will continue into Week 16 as a number of top teams face lower to mid-level competition. All of the games chosen have some playoff implications with either teams trying to get into the playoffs or teams looking to improve their seeding. 

    Here's a look at which games this week won't be close. 

Titans vs. Packers

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    The Tennessee Titans come into Lambeau Field off their ugly win Monday night, but they about to run into a train at Lambeau Field.

    The Green Bay Packers are clicking at the right time and finding ways to win as they head into the playoffs. 

    While the Packers offense hasn't been as smooth as last season, they are still capable of putting up points, averaging 24.6 points per game. The Titans defense has been horrid this season, giving up an average of 28.3 points per game. 

    Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense will put up points as they continue to work the running game into their attack. Defensively, Clay Matthews will help the Packers get enough pressure on Jake Locker to force a number of mistakes.

    Added together, this game won't be close. 

Patriots vs. Jaguars

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    The New England Patriots will blow out the Jacksonville Jaguars this week in Jacksonville, fresh off their loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.

    The Patriots showed they could put points up in a hurry against one of the league's best defense with a fourth quarter comeback attempt.

    This week, they'll put points up in a hurry against on the league's worst defenses. 

    The Jaguars are giving up 27.4 points per game this season and only scoring 15.6 points per game.

    While they've stuck around and played some teams close, this Patriot doesn't fool around and they are angry. Tom Brady should be able to shred the Jaguars defense for a big day. 

    The Patriots should be able to jump all over the Jaguars from the game's opening kickoff. They won't hesitate to put up as many points as quickly as they can. This game will be over early and will just get uglier as it continues. 

Colts vs. Chiefs

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    The Indianapolis Colts are finding ways to win games even when they play poorly while the Kansas City Chiefs are doing everything they can to lose football games.

    Before last Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans, the Colts had won eight of their last nine, so they come in streaking. 

    The Colts defense is giving up 25.6 points per game, but they shouldn't have a problem against the dreadful Chiefs offense that is scoring a league-low 13.9 points per game.

    Even if Andrew Luck turns the ball over, something he's done quite frequently with 18 interceptions, the Colts shouldn't be too concerned with this one. 

    Andrew Luck should have a monster day against the Chiefs. If Jamaal Charles is limited to under 10 carries again (he had nine against the Oakland Raiders), the Chiefs may not even score points for a second straight week. 

Vikings vs. Texans

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    Stopping the Minnesota Vikings seems like a simple task: shut down Adrian Peterson. That's easier said than done as Peterson has ripped off one of the greatest seasons from a running back.

    The Houston Texans have the defense to stop Peterson and makes things extremely difficult for Christian Ponder and the rest of the Vikings. 

    The Texans have been very good against the run, giving up only three rushing touchdowns all season and just 93.2 rushing yards per game. Peterson may not be held under 93 yards, but don't expect him to top 130 yards with no more than a touchdown.

    The Texans will be able to slow down Adrian Peterson enough to force Ponder into a number of mistakes.

    With a balanced attack and the incredible connection between Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson, the Texans will put solid numbers to blow out the Vikings.  

Falcons vs. Lions

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    This game features two teams coming into the game in completely opposite form. The Atlanta Falcons are scorching hot coming off their 34-0 shutout of the New York Giants and the Detroit Lions are next in line to get blown out.

    The Detroit Lions are reeling after getting blown out 38-10 to the Arizona Cardinals. Yes, the 58-0 Arizona Cardinals. 

    The Falcons have done a great job at taking the ball away these year with 18 interception. Matthew Stafford has given defenses plenty chances 15 picks on the year.

    Expect him to throw a couple against the very stout and underrated Falcons defense. 

    After getting turnovers, the Falcons have the offense to capitalize and make the Lions pay. Matt Ryan is managing games extremely well with a number of weapons on offense.

    They will get some early turnovers just like they did against the Giants and put this game away by halftime.