Considering nobody thought the Jets would win a game this season, a 12-4 week is pretty impressive.
Overall Record: 144-79
Ryan’s NFL Picks (2020): Week Sixteen
Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints: New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees has to be spooked. The weather is getting cold, and his team has to play the Minnesota Vikings, who are still cashing in Karma for what the Saints did to Brett Favre (yeah, remember when their only Super Bowl was attached to a bounty-scandal and everyone still pretends Sean Payton and Brees are good guys?).
However, we’re still in the regular season, so the Saints get a dub here and hope Dalvin Cook can’t drag the Vikes into the post-season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
You guys know the rules by now, if Tampa’s opponent is a legitimate contender, the Bucs get steamrolled. If they’re not, Brady pads his stats. Last time I checked, the Lions are terrible, so the Bucs win this one handily.
San Francisco 49ers @ Arizona Cardinals: Arizona Cardinals
Division games are tricky, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this went the other way, but Arizona’s playoff lives are on the line, and it’s not like the 49ers are red hot right now.
Miami Dolphins @ Las Vegas Raiders: Miami Dolphins
Jon Gruden’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers once started the season 9-3. They lost four straight and ended the year 9-7. The Bucs were one year removed from a NFC South title, but the collapse was so bad, Gruden was fired. Here in 2020, Gruden’s Raiders started off 6-3, and have suffered an equally embarrassing collapse, a year removed from an identical collapse. However, Gruden won’t be fired. In fact, he’ll be the head coach of the Raiders for seven more years.
That’s after his 6-3 season turns in to a 7-8 season after a loss to Miami in primetime.
Carolina Panthers @ Washington Football Team: Washington Football Team
Ron Rivera has beaten cancer, and now, with his season on the line, he hosts his former team. If you think there’s any chance in hell they don’t go as hard as possible to win this for their coach, you’re crazy.
Indianapolis Colts @ Pittsburgh Steelers: Indianapolis Colts
After starting off 11-0, the Pittsburgh Steelers falter down the stretch, and head into the wildcard round without a trace of momentum.
Atlanta Falcons @ Kansas City Chiefs: Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs aren’t losing another game this season… and that sucks.
Chicago Bears @ Jacksonville Jaguars: Chicago Bears (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Sure, the Bears are gonna end up winning this game by scoring more points in regulation, but the Jags are the real winners, because they’ve all-but locked up Trevor Lawrence.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans: Houston Texans
Finally, a team bad enough that they can’t run over Houston’s defense. Deshaun Watson is just going to keep playing brilliantly, whether the Texans show up or not.
New York Giants @ Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are playing shoots and ladders, hoping the Dolphins slip up and let them sneak into the playoffs, where they’ll be hailed as “the team nobody wants to play.”
Cleveland Browns @ New York Jets: Cleveland Browns
The Jets suck so bad, they even screwed up tanking. What an absolute dumpster fire. Everyone cross their fingers for poor Justin Fields.
Denver Broncos @ Los Angeles Chargers: Los Angeles Chargers
A good ol’ fashion AFC West shootout, this game could actually be a lot of fun to watch. Whoever loses this game clinches dead last in the AFC West, but the winner has a chance to finish the season second in the division. I’m taking the Chargers because I buy Herbert’s ability to come in and win at home more than I buy Lock’s ability to have more than one good game in a season.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys: Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are actually a little hot right now. Since they’ve put the ball in Jalen Hurts’ hands, things have been coming up birds. Against the lowly Cowboys, I think they get a much needed divisional win… and technically are still alive in the NFC East? How?
Los Angeles Rams @ Seattle Seahawks: Seattle Seahawks
The Rams should be motivated after losing to the worst team in NFL history, the New York Jets, a week ago, but Seattle’s motivated too, with the NFC West title basically on the line. I just trust Pete and Russ more than Sean and Jared.
Tennessee Titans @ Green Bay Packers: Tennessee Titans
The Packers, like always, steamrolled through a cupcake schedule, and now have a real shot at making a deep post-season run. I like the Titans to come in and just out-physical them. I don’t care what the weather is like in Green Bay, the Titans are going to feed Derrick Henry all night and pick up a huge win.
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots: Buffalo Bills
What a great moment for the Buffalo Bills, to have Monday Night Football in New England as AFC East Champions. Even if Bill Belichick pulls some crazy things out for this game, the Bills go home as the real winners, finally back atop the AFC’s worst division.