It’s getting to that stage in the 2018/2019 NFL season where must-win games are being played and there’s plenty on the line this week.
Multiple teams are battling for NFL playoff spots and with only a few weeks left of the regular season, getting a W is all important for every team.
There are 16 games this week, including a Christmas Day game between the Raiders and Broncos.
8:30am Tennessee Titans vs. Washington Redskins @ Nissan Stadium
The Titans pulled out a “Remember The Titans” celebration when winning last week and that confidence should carry over to Round 16 as they prepare for the struggling Redskins.
It has been a typical season for the Redskins, who have looked good in patches and also woeful at times. Their season hasn’t been helped by the horrific leg injury to quarterback Alex Smith and we’re expecting them to struggle for the rest of the season.
They are, however, still in the hunt for a playoff spot but the impressive Titans, which boast a 5-1 home record should be too good for them.
Betting tip: Titans -10 @ $2.03 (BET NOW)
Titans by 13
12:20pm LA Chargers vs. Baltimore Ravens @ ROKiT Field
That was an incredible finish to the Chargers vs. Chiefs last week when the Chargers opted to go for a two-point conversion to win the game. It paid off and it took them to 11-3, which amazingly keeps them in the Wildcard spot behind the Chiefs.
One of the better teams in the NFL this season, the Chargers will be looking to continue their roll with Philip Rivers at the helm. One of the more underrated QB’s in the league, Rivers has 31 touchdowns this season and he’s up against a rookie QB this week.
Two of their three losses have come at home and Baltimore is always tough to beat, but with the line only sitting at 4.5, we have to take the home side.
Betting tip: Chargers –4.5 @ $1.94 (BET NOW)
Chargers by 10
5:00am Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals @ FirstEnergy Stadium
We’re loving the swagger the Browns have about themselves at the moment and despite owning a losing record of 6-7-1, they’re one of the most exciting teams to watch at the moment.
It all starts with their defense, which has been one of the best in the league this season and although Baker Mayfield has shown some rookie mistakes, he’s also an exciting prospect.
Beating the Bengals isn’t a sure thing, especially with Andy Dalton playing and we’re not sure the Browns have what it takes to cover such a large spread.
Take the Bengals +9.5 despite the Browns being the better side,
Betting tip: Bengals +9.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Browns by 6
5:00am Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ AT&T Stadium
Being held to 0 points against the Colts last week isn’t how the Cowboys wanted to head into Week 16, but they should have learned from their mistakes and we’re expecting a bounce-back performance.
That task will be made easier against the Buccaneers, which have a 1-6 record away from home and have looked average for most of the season.
Bookmakers have set the line at only 7 and if the Cowboys are serious about making a push for the playoffs, they’ll need to take care of business here.
Betting tip: Cowboys –7 @ $2.03 (BET NOW)
Cowboys by 17
5:00am Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings @ Ford Field
Not much has gone right for both teams this season but the Vikings remain in the hunt for the meantime.
Coming off a 41-17 romp of the Dolphins last week, the Vikings head to Detroit to take on a side which has lost three of their last four and the only win came against the hapless Arizona Cardinals.
The Vikings have played well against inferior opposition this season and Kirk Cousins and co should be able to take advantage of their superior player matchups this week.
Betting tip: Vikings –5.5 @ $1.96 (BET NOW)
Vikings by 12
5:00am Indianapolis Colts vs. New York Giants @ Lucas Oil Stadium
One of the form teams at the moment are the Colts. They have been simply outstanding in the middle stages of the season after looking average to start off with.
With Andrew Luck playing himself back into form and fitness, the Colts have been able to mix good offense and excellent defense on their way to a significant winning streak.
Eli Manning and the Giants have had their typical worries this season and his time as the Giants QB look shaky. His offensive line has been the problem but there’s too many off-field distractions for this team and they got easily-handled last week.
Betting tip: Colts –9.5 @ $1.95 (BET NOW)
Colts by 14
5:00am Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars @ Hard Rock Stadium
This won’t break any viewership records but it sees two evenly-matched teams that are looking for any kind of momentum heading into 2018.
The Dolphins have shown they can beat the likes of the New England Patriots this season and do so in amazing fashion, but they couldn’t back it up last week in a disappointing effort. Being on home soil will help as their 6-1 home record suggests.
The Jags are searching for a quarterback solution as Blake Bortles has been found out this season. He has only 13 touchdowns and we can’t see a late resurgence from this struggling outfit.
Betting tip: Dolphins -4 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Dolphins by 10
5:00am New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills @ Gillette Stadium
The Patriots can’t surely lose three on the bounce? That’s the situation facing Tom Brady and his men this week after losing to the Dolphins and Steelers in consecutive weeks.
With a 6-0 home record and playing against the Bills, most punters are expecting the Patriots to return to winning form and it could take a brave punter to back against them, but can they cover the 13-point line?
We’re not sure so we’ll play the 1-13 margin for some value.
Betting tip: Patriots 1-13 @ $2.25 (BET NOW)
Patriots by 10
5:00am New York Jets vs. Green Bay Packers @ MetLife Stadium
There’s nothing on the line for either team except pride and we think that favours the Jets, who behind their rookie QB could have more to play for this week.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have been extremely poor on the road this season, losing all seven games and that’s tough to overcome here.
The Jets might not be up to G7 level, but they could take flight here and there won’t be much between these two sides come Monday.
Betting tip: Jets +3 @ $1.88 (BET NOW)
Jets by 1
5:00am Philadelphia Eagles vs. Houston Texans @ Lincoln Financial Field
The Eagles did what they needed to do against the LA Rams last round and more of the same will be needed to handle the Texans this week.
With Carson Wentz sitting on the sidelines with a spine injury, it was Super Bowl hero Nick Foles who stepped up once again in leading the Eagles to a must-win game.
The Texans have been going along steadily with a 10-4 record and if they were playing at home they would be six-point favourites. Playing on the road is much harder, especially in the cold but we fancy their chances.
They have a stout defense and Foles could regress in this situation.
Betting tip: Texans +2.5 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Texans by 3
5:00am Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons @ Bank of America Stadium
At the beginning of the season, this game had all the makings of being a blockbuster but fast-forward 16 weeks and it’s a very different picture.
The Panthers were in a commanding position with a record of 6-2 but they have lost six on the bounce and are looking like a team ready to implode at all levels. There has been talk of firing coach Ron Riviera and that’s never a good sign.
Given their talent, Atlanta hasn’t rebounded after suffering a shock loss in the Super Bowl last season. With a 5-9 record, it has been a sloppy season for the Dome team and we’re not sure which team will show up this week.
Betting tip: Falcons –3.5 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Falcons by 14
8:05am Arizona Cardinals vs. LA Rams @ State Farm Stadium
The Cardinals are the easy-beat team in the NFL this season and that provides the Rams with the perfect opportunity to notch a much-needed victory.
It has been a perplexing few weeks for the Rams, which have slid to 11-3 after two recent losses but they should put a number on the Cardinals and all fears of a Rams implosion could reside.
Bookmakers have the line at 14 and that could be generous for Rams backers.
Betting tip: Rams -14 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Rams by 28
8:05am San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears @ Levi’s Stadium
Unfortunately, the 49ers suffered an injury to their starting QB to start the season and it has been a waste of year for the Bay team. They do, however, own a positive home record and that’s one good thing heading into this week’s game.
A negative is that they face the Bears, which have one of the better defenses in the league. With a record of 10-4 this season, the Bears and QB Mitchell Trubisky have performed well and we’re expecting more positive results.
Betting tip: Bears -4 @ $1.92 (BET NOW)
Bears by 10
8:25am New Orleans Saints vs. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Mercedes-Benz Superdome
The marquee matchup of Round 16 sees the 12-2 Saints take on the 8-5-1 Steelers and both teams come into this game in form.
The Saints took care of business late against the Panthers last week and although they looked average for the most part, they won’t need to hit overdrive until they play teams such as the Steelers.
Pittsburgh has been around the mark all season and their win over the Patriots was full of grit. That same toughness will be needed here but we’re giving the edge to the Saints.
Betting tip: Saints -6 @ $1.91 (BET NOW)
Saints by 14
12:20pm Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs @ CenturyLink Field
We just can’t figure out how good the Seattle Seahawks are this season and that makes them tough to bet on.
They are notoriously tough to beat at home but we don’t believe in Russell Wilson at the moment and there are some struggles throughout the team.
The Chiefs are one of the most exciting teams in the league, especially Patrick Mahomes who is setting all kinds of records with 45 touchdowns. He has the x-factor and is the reason for the Chiefs pick this week.
Betting tip: Chiefs –2.5 @ $1.94 (BET NOW)
Chiefs by 3
12:15pm Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos @ Oakland Coliseum
It won’t be a happy Christmas for one of these teams but in reality, both sides will head into the New Year with plenty to answer for.
Raiders have a 3-10 record for new coach John Gruden and Derek Carr, despite being one of the highest paid players in the league, has not lived up to his price tag with only 19 touchdowns.
The Broncos aren’t much better and this isn’t the Christmas blockbuster NFL scheduling agents had hoped for.
Betting tip: Raiders to win @ $2.22 (BET NOW)
Raiders by 5