NFL Week 16: NY Jets vs. Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IDecember 22, 2010

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks downfield against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on December 19, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Week 16 of the NFL betting season will approach this Sunday as Brandon Ribak breaks down the top two most important games of the week.

New York Jets (10-4) vs Chicago Bears (10-4)

The New York Jets are coming off of a big win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team enters Week 16 facing yet another tough opponent in the Chicago Bears.

New York currently has a 6-1 road record on the regular season and a 11-4 overall road record under head coach Rex Ryan.

QB Mark Sanchez has failed to throw a touchdown throughout his last three games and will be relied upon to lead his team to victory this week against a brutal Bears defense.

Chicago sits on top of the NFC North up by two games and will secure the top seed with a victory against the Jets.

Spread: The Bears are giving up one point to the Jets in this match-up.

Sportsbook Prediction: Sanchez has not been impressive as of late, so I expect the Bears defense to take advantage of that and pull out a win.


New Orleans Saints (10-4) vs Atlanta Falcons (12-2)

Atlanta is currently tied with the Patriots for the best record in the NFL odds. The team has now won eight consecutive games and is averaging 26.4 points per contest (good enough for fifth best in the league).

The Falcons have an impressive 6-0 record at home this season, but what's even more impressive is QB Matt Ryan's career 19-1 record at home.

The Saints are in need of a win after falling short to the Baltimore Ravens last week and whose better to rely on than Drew Brees?

Spread: This Monday night battle gives New Orleans 2.5 points.

Prediction: How can anyone bet against Matt Ryan and his 19-1 home record? Take the Falcons in this matchup.