There are only two weeks remaining in the 2013 NFL regular season, and the focus has shifted toward Week 16 predictions and which teams are the biggest locks.
With Philadelphia playing Chicago, Denver squaring off against Houston, and Dallas battling Washington, the potential for lopsided games has fans going all-in on these guaranteed winners.
Here is a full list of predicted winners against the spread, along with the three biggest locks of the weekend.
|Week 16 NFL Picks Against the Spread|
|Away Team||Home Team||Spread||Pick ATS|
|Miami Dolphins||Buffalo Bills||MIA -3||Dolphins|
|New Orleans Saints||Carolina Panthers||CAR -2.5||Panthers|
|Dallas Cowboys||Washington Redskins||DAL -3.5||Cowboys|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||St. Louis Rams||STL -4.5||Rams|
|Chicago Bears||Philadelphia Eagles||PHI -4||Eagles|
|Cleveland Browns||N.Y. Jets||NYJ -1||Browns|
|Indianapolis Colts||Kansas City Chiefs||KC -6.5||Colts|
|Minnesota Vikings||Cincinnati Bengals||CIN -8||Vikings|
|Denver Broncos||Houston Texans||DEN -9.5||Broncos|
|Tennessee Titans||Jacksonville Jaguars||TEN -4||Jaguars|
|Arizona Cardinals||Seattle Seahawks||SEA -9.5||Seahawks|
|N.Y. Giants||Detroit Lions||DET -9.5||Lions|
|Oakland Raiders||San Diego Chargers||SD -9.5||Raiders|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Green Bay Packers||PK||Packers|
|New England Patriots||Baltimore Ravens||BAL -1.5||Patriots|
|Atlanta Falcons||San Francisco 49ers||SF -10||Falcons|
|Source: Vegas Insider|
Philadelphia Eagles (8-6) vs. Chicago Bears (8-6)
The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a tough loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15, but a meeting with the putrid run defense of the Chicago Bears is exactly what the doctor ordered.
With the Eagles ranked first in the league at 152.9 yards rushing per game, and the Bears ranked dead-last against the run, allowing 152.4 yards per game, the stage has been set for Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy to break out for a monster statistical day.
Chicago’s inability to stop the run will allow the Eagles to control the pace of this game as well.
Jay Cutler and the Bears offense will have several opportunities of their own to beat Philadelphia’s 31st-ranked pass defense, just as Matt Cassel did. However, the veteran quarterback's gun-slinging ways have led to several key interceptions, including four in his last three games.
If the Eagles defense can capitalize on the mistakes Cutler will inevitably make, the offense led by quarterback Nick Foles will put up enough points to secure a win. Even with a four-point spread, Philadelphia is a safe bet.
Predicted Final Score: Philadelphia 44, Chicago 27
Denver Broncos (11-3) vs. Houston Texans (2-12)
The Denver Broncos are coming off a tough loss to the San Diego Chargers, but with the Houston Texans losing 12 games in a row, it’s a safe bet to assume the Broncos will cover the 9.5-point spread.
Houston hobbles into Week 16 without quarterback Case Keenum, who will miss this Sunday’s game with a torn ligament in his thumb, per Mike Klis of The Denver Post. That leaves Matt Schaub as the de facto starter.
The Denver defense is chomping at the bit for such an opportunity.
Not only is the Broncos defense ready to exploit a Texans offense that is also without Ben Tate, according to his Twitter account, but the team's offense will be looking to find redemption after putting up a dud against the Chargers.
After passing the ball for 289 yards and rushing the ball for only 18 yards last week, Peyton Manning and the league’s most explosive offensive unit will return to elite form against a Houston team that is struggling to do anything correctly.
Predicted Final Score: Denver 45, Houston 27
Dallas Cowboys (7-7) vs. Washington Redskins (3-11)
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a tough 37-36 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Instead of looking at what should have been in Week 15, the franchise must focus on a victory in Week 16 against the Washington Redskins.
Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins will get the start for Washington for the second consecutive week, as Robert Griffin III continues to be benched to preserve his long-term health. The lack of chemistry in the Redskins offense during the continued shift will be the remedy for the Cowboys’ struggling defense.
Dallas allowed five touchdowns in the second half of last Sunday’s game against Green Bay.
The Cowboys offensive unit was pumping on all cylinders against the Packers, racking up an astounding 466 yards of total offense, but the team must show a commitment to running the ball more throughout the game in order to control the clock.
As long as Dallas doesn’t abandon the run, Washington will be handed another devastating loss.
Predicted Final Score: Dallas 36, Washington 20