NFL Spreads Week 16: Favored Teams That Will Cover on Sunday

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls a play at the line against the New York Jets in a game at MetLife Stadium on November 22, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Patriots defeated the Jets 49-19. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Week 16 features a handful of interesting matchups as NFL teams make their playoff pushes, and that doesn't necessarily make things easy on anyone who is trying to make some late-season money.

Don't just place your bets on any favorites in Sunday's games. Games will be deceiving, surprising and the emotions involved at the end of the year can throw things off kilter.

There are a few favored teams that you can feel good about, though. Some matchups just make sense, or the spread itself is too obvious to pass up.

Let's take a look at three teams that will cover the spread in their Week 16 matchups.

*Spreads according to Bovada

New England Patriots

The Patriots don't take losing lightly, even if it's a close loss to the talented 49ers. Expect them to take that anger out on the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

According to Bovada, New England is at -14.5. Those spreads should always make you nervous, without fail, but this one has blowout written all over it.

Not only is New England unhappy about its Week 15 loss, but it's also pushing for a first-round bye in the playoffs. Add in a below-average Jaguars team, and you have the necessary ingredients for a lopsided win.

Jacksonville may be able to find the end zone, but it's bad news for any team that can't pressure the quarterback against Tom Brady. Brady will have all day to throw, and he will be on a mission after last week's subpar performance.

Big spreads are scary, but this is one that you can take to the bank.


Washington Redskins

The Philadelphia Eagles are a mess, and the Redskins are making a major push for the NFC East crown. With Robert Griffin III reported to play (via The Washington Post's Mike Jones), expect the Redskins emotions to win out.

Bovada has Washington at -7, and Mike Shanahan's team will make that happen. It's not hard to imagine the Eagles putting together a big performance against a division rival, but the Redskins have been playing great football as of late.

Getting Griffin back doesn't just boost the team's on-field talent, it provides a morale boost as well. He's the reason that this team is making a playoff push, even if Kirk Cousins has given the team timely play as the team's second rookie quarterback.

All eyes will be on this game as Shanahan's team looks to capitalize on the Giants' late-season slide. Take Washington as the favorite here and you won't be disappointed.


Pittsburgh Steelers

This one might be tougher than New England's monster spread versus the Jaguars, but Pittsburgh will take care of business in its most critical moment on Sunday.

Pittsburgh is favored at -3.5 by Bovada, and that sounds about right. Their matchup with the Bengals should be one of Sunday's most competitive games as each team makes a push for the wild card, or a possible AFC North crown, depending on how the Baltimore Ravens finish the season.

The Steelers are an extremely proud organization. It's been a messy season for Mike Tomlin's team overall, but this is a do-or-die scenario. Ben Roethlisberger usually saves his best for these moments, and that won't be any different this time around.

Cincinnati is hot right now, and Pittsburgh is ice cold, but Heinz Field will provide an advantage for Pittsburgh as it lives to play another meaningful game in Week 17.