NFL Week 16 Predictions: It Ain't Over Until The Fat Lady Sings

Mike CraigCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2008

They may not have won their division but Thursday night, the Indianapolis Colts clinched a wild card spot. With the way the Colts have been playing recently though, is anybody really surprised?

So seeming how the AFC North and South, and the NFC East and West are locked up, there are only four divisions I really need to talk about.

The first of the four is ever so tough AFC East.

So the Jets, Patriots, and Dolphins are still tied for first. The Dolphins play the Chiefs this weekend. Looks to me that Miami will have another team to run all over with their wild cat offense.

The Patriots on the other hand play the Arizona Cardinals at home. The Cardinals are never good on the east coast. It looks like to me, that the AFC East will not be decided until the last week of the season.

The Jets will be traveling to Seattle so that Brett Favre and Mike Holmgren can meet up perhaps for one last time. the Seahawks have been having a very poor season. I do not expect to see the Jets lose this one.

The AFC West is still not wrapped up because of last week. However there are only two teams that could possibly win it. The Denver Broncos and the San Diego Chargers.

The Denver Broncos will be playing against the Buffalo Bills this weekend. Perhaps the Broncos can finally get away from the Chargers and take claim to the AFC West.

The Chargers on the other hand will be playing Tampa Bay in Florida. Perhaps the San Diego Chargers' chances of winning this division have suddenly gone down the drain.

In the NFC, we have the NFC North which is still undecided. Like the AFC West, there are only two possible teams that could possibly win the North. The Minnesota Vikings, and the Chicago Bears.

The Minnesota Vikings play the Atlanta Falcons at home this weekend. I do not expect to see Minnesota to walk all over the Falcons like they did against the Cardinals last week.

The Chicago Bears will be playing division rival Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. If their last meeting is any indication as to how this one will turn out, perhaps the Bears chances of winning this division are also down the drain.

The last division there is to talk about and probably the most exciting is the NFC South. There are currently still three teams that mathematically could win the division. The Carolina Panthers, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Panthers face off against the Giants this weekend in a struggle for home field advantage in the NFC playoffs. With the Giants sudden down fall of playing, maybe the Panthers can pull it off.

The Atlanta Falcons seem to be on a roll right now and I do not see anybody stopping them. They play Minnesota this weekend in Minnesota. This will be a very close and good game.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the San Diego Chargers who are frantic and worried their playoff hopes hang in the balance of this game. If the Buccs play like they have the past two weeks, the Chargers could win.

Saturday, December 20th, 2008
Baltimore Ravens @ Dallas Cowboys at 8:15 PM
My Pick: Ravens

Sunday, December 21st, 2008
Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns at 1:00 PM
My Pick: Bengals

New Orleans Saints @ Detroit Lions at 1:00 PM
My Pick: Saints

Arizona Cardinals @ New England Patriots at 1:00 PM
My Pick: Patriots

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans at 1:00 PM
My Pick: Steelers

San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis Rams at 1:00 PM
My Pick: Rams

Miami Dolphins @ Kansas City Chiefs at 1:00 PM
My Pick: Dolphins

San Diego Chargers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1:00 PM
My Pick: Buccaneers

Buffalo Bills @ Denver Broncos at 4:05 PM
My Pick: Broncos

New York Jets @ Seattle Seahawks at 4:05 PM
My Pick: Jets

Houston Texans @ Oakland Raiders at 4:05 PM
My Pick: Texans

Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota Vikings at 4:15 PM
My Pick: Falcons

Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins at 4:15 PM
My Pick: Eagles

Carolina Panthers @ New York Giants at 8:15 PM
My Pick: Panthers

Monday, December 22nd, 2008
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears at 8:30 PM
My Pick: Packers


1. Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Tennessee Titans
3. New York Jets
4. Denver Broncos
5. Indianapolis Colts
6. Baltimore Ravens

1. Carolina Panthers
2. New York Giants
3. Minnesota Vikings
4. Arizona Cardinals
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Atlanta Falcons

Wild Card
Baltimore Ravens @ New York Jets (Ravens)
         Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos (Colts)

NFC - Atlanta Falcons @ Minnesota Vikings (Vikings)
         Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Arizona Cardinals (Buccaneers)

Division Round
Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Steelers)
         Indianapolis Colts @ Tennessee Titans (Colts)

NFC - Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers (Buccaneers)
         Minnesota Vikings @ New York Giants (Giants)

Conference Championships
Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Colts)

NFC - Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New York Giants (Giants)

Super Bowl XLIII
Indianapolis Colts v.s. New York Giants (Colts)


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