NFL Picks Week 16: Pittsburgh Steelers Picked To Win Again, Washington Redskins Picked To Clinch NFC East

NFL picks for week 16 have many CBS experts picking the Pittsburgh Steelers to win again. The week 16 NFL picks for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens heavily favor the Steelers to beat the AFC North rival again. The analysts at CBS Sports have picked the Steelers to win this divisional game and improve to 10-5 overall. If the prediction does turn out to be correct, the Steelers would take an even strong hold of an AFC wild card spot the NFL standings. It could also put the team close to winning the AFC North.

The Steelers won a very important game over the Denver Broncos in Week 15, putting the team in control of its own postseason destiny. By winning in Week 16 and Week 17, the Steelers are guaranteed to make it into the 2016 NFL Playoffs. With two victories to end the season and two losses by the Cincinnati Bengals, the Pittsburgh Steelers could also win the AFC North. The Week 16 NFL picks predict that the Bengals will lose to the Broncos, making that scenario possible.

The Steelers also need to keep winning just to keep pace in the AFC wild card race. Two other Week 16 AFC games will certainly affect how the playoff standings look. The CBS Sports experts predict that the Kansas City Chiefs will beat the Cleveland Browns and the New England Patriots will beat the New York Jets. Those results would improve the Chiefs to 10-5 and drop the Jets to 9-6. If the Steelers and Chiefs win and the Jets lose in Week 16, then the Jets are officially eliminated from making the playoffs.

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If the New England Patriots do beat the New York Jets, the team clinches the top seed in the AFC Playoffs. If the Steelers win the AFC North, then the Denver Broncos would become the No. 2 seed in the AFC. That would leave just the AFC South and the No. 4 seed left up for grabs. The Houston Texans are predicted to beat the Tennessee Titans and clinch the division title. The Miami Dolphins are also predicted to beat the Indianapolis Colts, eliminating the Colts from postseason contention.

In the Week 16 NFL picks, the Washington Redskins are predicted to beat the Philadelphia Eagles and clinch the NFC East. The team would have nothing left to play for in Week 17, especially with the Minnesota Vikings also predicted to beat the New York Giants in Week 16. That would set up a battle between the Redskins and the top NFC wild card team in the first-round of the playoffs. Currently it would be the Seattle Seahawks slotted to play against them in Washington.

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The rest of the Week 16 NFL picks have the Oakland Raiders beating the San Diego Chargers, the Carolina Panthers beating the Atlanta Falcons, the Detroit Lions beating the San Francisco 49ers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beating the Chicago Bears, the Buffalo Bills beating the Dallas Cowboys, the New Orleans Saints beating the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Arizona Cardinals beating the Green Bay Packers. A Packers loss and a Vikings victory would tie the teams for first place in the NFC North heading into Week 17.

The Week 16 NFL schedule gets started on Thursday, December 24, with the San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders. The Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles game then takes place on Saturday, December 26. It all leads to an exciting Monday night game on December 28 between the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos. Many of the games in the Week 16 NFL picks have playoff implications, with the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots trying to clinch the top seeds on Sunday, December 27.

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