NFL Week 16 Predictions: Giants vs. Jets and Games Sure to Come Down to the Wire

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIDecember 23, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 29:  Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants runs the ball against Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets during their pre season game on August 29, 2011 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Nothing's better than drama in the second to last week of the NFL regular season. Every one of these games has playoff implications for both teams. The matchups are perfect for good games in all three. The outcomes of all of these games will be in doubt until the very end.


New York Giants at New York Jets

When polar opposites clash in what's basically a neutral-site game, we're going to get a good contest. The Jets and their defense will clash with the Giants and their offense. But, as is normally the case in games like this, this game will be decided when the other units are on the field.

The Jets offense is beginning to come around and show what it's been during the AFC Championship Game runs of the last two seasons. It will never be mistaken for the Greatest Show on Turf era Rams, but it is opportunistic. The defense puts them in spots to score, and the offense capitalizes. 

That's what's going to happen here. The Giants won't have the guns on defense to stop Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress when it counts. 

Prediction: Jets 20, Giants 14


Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals

Prediction: Bengals 17, Cardinals 10

I would have never assumed that this game would have playoff meaning for both teams, but that's the NFL. These defenses can both play at a high level. The Bengals have talent all around, while the Cardinals' defense is merging into a matchup nightmare with their constant blitz schemes.

Ultimately, the home field advantage will win the day here. The Cardinals are making a long trip to take on a solid Eastern Time Zone team, and that's not generally a winning scenario.

Expect this one to be low scoring all the way through. A big play from Andy Dalton to A.J. Green will put the Bengals over the top, but this will be close until the end. 


Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

This is the division no team seems too eager to win. The Eagles and Cowboys are so similar it's scary. They both win games that they shouldn't, but then lose games that they should win by 10 points or more. While that's frustrating for both fan bases, it does make for some good games.

That's exactly what we're going to get on Saturday.

The Cowboys will have to run the ball with Felix Jones (assuming he plays) and Sammy Morris, who had a surprisingly solid day last Saturday. That will keep the Eagles off balance, giving Tony Romo time to find his playmakers. 

Prediction: Cowboys 24, Eagles 20