NFL Predictions Week 16: Which Home Teams Will Pick Up Crucial Victories?
With just two weeks left in the regular season, teams are going to face some high-pressure situations. While they would probably rather cruise into the playoffs, the experience they gain should help they if they do qualify. Here are three teams that will help their cause with Week 16 wins.
New York Jets
The Jets are 6-1 at home this season with their only loss coming against the New England Patriots. Prior to last week's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, it seemed like the Jets were finding their usual playoff form. So bouncing back quickly is important not only for playoff reasons, but for their confidence too.
They face off with the Giants, who are coming off a tough loss of their own. If the Jets can establish the run early with Shonn Greene, they should be able to wear down an already banged up Giants defense by the fourth quarter. That should be enough to secure the win.
Prediction: Jets 20, Giants 17
Dallas is back in the NFC East driver's seat following a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the aforementioned Giants loss. The Cowboys don't want to put themselves in an even more precarious position by allowing the Philadelphia Eagles to get back in the race with a win.
The Eagles embarrassed the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football in their last meeting, which adds revenge as possible motivation for Dallas. After coming up short in the clutch quite a bit over the years, look for Tony Romo to lead America's Team to victory on Christmas Eve.
Prediction: Cowboys 31, Eagles 27
The Titans have managed to hang around in the playoff race despite a down year from Chris Johnson and inconsistent play from the quarterback position, especially in recent weeks. Last week's loss to the Indianapolis Colts put them on shaky ground, however, so beating the Jacksonville Jaguars is essential.
Don't be surprised in Jake Locker makes another appearance for the Titans, especially if Matt Hasselbeck is unsuccessful early on. Regardless of who's under center, a strong running game and the defense will be what keeps Tennessee's playoff dreams alive, at least for awhile.
Prediction: Titans 20, Jaguars 17
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