NFL Picks Week 16: Divisional Matchups That Will Produce Surprising Winners
As the Indianapolis Colts proved on Thursday night in their win over the playoff-bound Houston Texans, victories are tough to come by inside the division.
Week 16 not only features a handful of teams making a last-ditch playoff push before the end of the regular season, but also a number of intriguing divisional matchups.
The Baltimore Ravens will have no trouble with the AFC North rival Cleveland Browns at home on Saturday, but expect a close one at Lambeau Field Christmas night between bitter rivals Green Bay and Chicago.
Here are three divisional matchups that will produce surprising results in week 16:
Jacksonville Jaguars over Tennessee Titans
The Titans have lost two in a row and now find themselves as a long-shot to make the playoffs as an AFC wild card.
The league's leading rusher Maurice Jones-Drew comes to Nashville in week 16, and he will only add to his 1,334 rushing yards on the year with a dominating performance against Jacksonville's rival.
The Titans are giving up more than 127 rushing yards per game this season, which ranks them 23rd in the league. The Jags will look to Jones-Drew early and often on Saturday and ride him to an upset victory and the season sweep of the Titans.
Oakland Raiders over Kansas City Chiefs
Although technically not an upset given the two teams' records, I've heard nothing but "I like the Chiefs in this game" from every NFL expert and pundit around the league on nearly every network and radio station.
It's amazing what a win over the Green Bay Packers will do for a team these days. Kansas City is still a lowly, 6-8 football team regardless of what they showed in week 15.
KC is lousy against the run for the most part, and Oakland is among the league's best rushing teams even without Darren McFadden in the back field.
The Raiders, like the Chiefs are still alive for the division despite having lost three in a row. Oakland has this game circled in red pen after being blanked 28-0 by KC earlier this season, they win a shocker on the road.
Seattle Seahawks over San Francisco 49ers
Marshawn Lynch is running hard for his skittles and yards, and that doesn't bode well for the Niners' rushing touchdown statistic. San Francisco has not allowed a rushing TD on defense all season long.
The Seahawks, a lot like last season, are heating up at the right time and are still just alive for the NFC's final two wild card spots.
I don't like the Seahawks to make the playoffs again in 2011 (too much has to go right for them), but they will get behind the 12th man which gets behind them early on Saturday afternoon to spook the Niners and effectively end San Francisco's bid for the No. 2 seed in the NFC.
Seattle's D is nearly top 10 in the league surprisingly, and Alex Smith and Frank Gore will find openings few and far between.
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