Sunday, December 22, 2013

Week 16 Predictions

Game to Watch: Saints @ Panthers: Who would have guessed at the beginning of the year that Carolina would still be in contention for the NFC South title as of Week 16? With a win over New Orleans on Sunday, the Carolina Panthers would be in control of the NFC South, leapfrogging them into the second seed of the playoffs. The Panthers are coming off of a 30-20 victory over the New York Jets in Week 15, where Cam Newton passed for 273 yards and a touchdown. On the other hand, New Orleans was blown out by a crippled St. Louis Rams team last weekend, even though Drew Brees threw for 393 yards and a score. The last time New Orleans and Carolina played one another, Carolina was blown out on the road, allowing a season high 31 points on defense. Unfortunately for the Saints, they will not be within the safety of the Superdome, where they remain undefeated so far 2013. The Saints on the road are a completely different team, as they are 3-4 when traveling to the opponents home stadium. This Sunday's matchup definitely favors the Carolina Panthers.
Panthers over Saints 27-24

Stand Out Performance: QB Andy Dalton: The Cincinnati Bengals offense has been relatively inconsistent so far in 2013, but quarterback Andy Dalton is projected to have a monster game on Sunday. His opponent, the Minnesota Vikings, rank dead last in passing touchdowns allowed, as well as 30th in the league for passing yards allowed per game. Andy Dalton is averaging 252.5 passing yards and 2.5 touchdowns within his last two games, and these numbers are bound to increase following his performance against the Vikings. With rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes out with an injury, the Minnesota Vikings have no solid cornerback capable of shutting down Cincy's star wide receiver, AJ Green. Both Green and Dalton are sure to have big performances in their game against Minnesota on Sunday.
QB Andy Dalton: 295 passing yards, 3 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD

Player to Watch: Candlestick Park: This Sunday will be the San Francisco 49ers' last game inside the famous Candlestick Park, where they have been playing since 1971. Originally opened in 1960 for the San Francisco Giants baseball team, Candlestick Park has hosted many important events, ranging from The Beatles final concert, to two MLB all star games, to eight NFC Championship games, and two World Series. On Monday Night, the San Francisco 49ers will play Atlanta on Monday Night Football, and there will surely be a ceremony preceding the football game.

Week 16 Predictions:

Dolphins over Bills

Panthers over Saints

Bengals over Vikings

Broncos over Texans

Titans over Jaguars

Chiefs over Colts

Browns over Jets

Rams over Buccaneers

Cowboys over Redskins

Lions over Giants

Seahawks over Cardinals

Ravens over Patriots

Packers over Steelers

Chargers over Raiders

Eagles over Bears

49ers over Falcons

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