Another week, another 10 win performance. We’re getting close to the end of the season here, folks. We’re talking about 32 more games until the playoffs!
Last Week’s Record: 10-6
Overall Record: 142-76
LOCK Record: 11-4
Ryan’s NFL Picks (2019): Week Sixteen
Houston Texans @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Houston Texans
As bad as Tampa Bay’s defense is, Deshaun Watson should absolutely shine in this one. If not, then I don’t know what in the world we’re supposed to be doing with this team.
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots- New England Patriots
I think I’d be picking the Bills if this game were being played in Buffalo. The Bills are hot right now, and Sean McDermott seems to have found a way to manage Josh Allen. However, weird things happen up there at Patriot Place. It is nearly always a bad idea to pick against them there, even if Brady is starting to fall off.
Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers- San Francisco 49ers
The Rams took a massive beating from the Cowboys last week, which officially makes them a bad team. Meanwhile, the 49ers dropped a laughably improbable loss to the Atlanta Falcons. If the 49ers lose this one, then they can start sending out NFC Championship tickets in Seattle.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Miami Dolphins- Miami Dolphins
Oof, what a hideous game. The Burrow Bowl? The NFL’s two worst teams, duking it out in South Beach. I guess I’m picking the Dolphins, but I wouldn’t even be surprised if this game ended in a tie.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Jets- Pittsburgh Steelers
Whatever momentum the New York Jets had died an ugly death against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday Night, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Steelers rebounded by trouncing Gang Green.
New York Giants @ Washington Redskins- New York Giants
The New York Giants almost have momentum, and the Washington Redskins don’t. Even though they nearly upset the Philadelphia Eagles last week, they just haven’t been able to compete in games that matter. Giants win and the doomed season closes in on a happy ending.
Carolina Panthers @ Indianapolis Colts- Carolina Panthers
I’m riding the rookie quarterback wave in this game. I know, it’s unconventional because the Panthers aren’t very good, but neither are the Colts, and there’s something to be said about the weird momentum swing that happens when a quarterback makes his debut. The opposing team has no film to study, the team is fired up by the change, and honestly, they’ve got nothing to lose.
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns- Baltimore Ravens (LOCK OF THE WEEK)
The Baltimore Ravens are red hot, coming off 10 days of rest, and haven’t lost since the last time they played these Cleveland Browns. They are hungry for revenge, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they kept Lamar Jackson in the game long after it was out of reach. Sorry Marty.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Atlanta Falcons- Atlanta Falcons
Don’t let a last-second win over the Oakland Raiders fool you, the Jaguars are still really, really bad. Atlanta’s offense is talented enough to run up the score on Gardner Minshew and company.
New Orleans Saints @ Tennessee Titans- New Orleans Saints
I like the Tennessee Titans. I really do, but not as much as I like the New Orleans Saints. I don’t think this game is particularly close as Drew Brees and company shred the Titans.
Oakland Raiders @ Los Angeles Chargers- Los Angeles Chargers
I’m a diehard Raiders fan, but let me tell you, after the disgusting performance they puked out in the last game ever played in Oakland, I hope they don’t win another game this year. That loss hurt my feelings, because those fans in the Black Hole deserved so, so, so much better.
Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos- Denver Broncos
This is gross. Truly, I hate how successful the Denver Broncos have been since changing to Drew Lock. Sure, losing to Kansas City last week was rough, but this is a team that is clearly starting to find some solid ground. Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions are a dumpster fire since Matthew Stafford went down, and I don’t see that changing.
Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks- Seattle Seahawks
Please. This game is being play in Seattle, and they’re trying to lock down the entire NFC, they’re not going to let Kyler Murray and company ruin that.
Dallas Cowboys @ Philadelphia Eagles- Dallas Cowboys
This game should be great. Two really talented squads facing off in what is essentially the NFC East Championship game, it writes itself. However, inept coaching and a putrid receiving corps are holding it back. I’m literally picking Dallas because sometimes, talent trumps bad coaching.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Chicago Bears- Kansas City Chiefs
I have a hard time imagining the Kansas City Chiefs losing this one. Chicago’s defense isn’t what it once was, and Mitch Trubisky can only beat up on the bad teams. Patrick Mahomes finally returns to form and the Chiefs win big.
Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings- Minnesota Vikings
This is a massive game in the NFC North title race. Dalvin Cook’s injury hurts, but I think they’re good enough to pull this win off. Both of these teams have been streaky and inconsistent this season, so it’s really hard to pick a clear favorite.