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NFL Picks Week 16: Top of the Scrap Heap

Fresh off of throttling Chicago on Monday Night, the Saints have the opportunity to win the NFC South title against hated rival Atlanta in Week 16.

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The New Orleans Saints find themselves in a position that seemed almost incomprehensible not very long ago, hoping they can snap a devastating home losing streak in order to win a division title with seven wins.  So much is on the line for the Saints this week against the hated Atlanta Falcons, here are some of the key points:

-Winning the NFC South division championship.

-Breaking an inconceivable four game losing streak in the Superdome.

-Avoiding being swept by Atlanta for the first time under Smith/Ryan.

-Keeping the Atlanta defense at the bottom of the NFL rankings, and avoiding that spot for the Saints.

-Lastly, just beating the Atlanta Falcons, plain and simple.

This is not only a huge game for Who Dat Nation, but a huge game for the NFC playoff picture as a whole.  Many eyes will be on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this Sunday.  Lets take a look at this huge matchup as well as the rest of the Week 16 NFL schedule.

Last week I went 13-3

I told you so: Saints over Bears!

What do I know: Rams over Cardinals?

WEEK 16

Thursday, December 18th

Jaguars(2-11) at Titans(2-11)

Hapless Tennessee wins a better slot in the Jameis Winston sweepstakes by losing to hopeless Jacksonville, 20-14.

Pick: Jaguars

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Saturday, December 20th - Early Game

Eagles(9-5) at Redskins(3-11)

Philly wins this game, but it'll be closer than it has any business being.  Eagles by a touchdown.

Pick: Eagles

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Saturday, December 20th - Late Game

Chargers(8-6) at 49ers(7-7)

San Diego's inability to run the ball against the NFL's 3rd ranked defense will ultimately lead to a loss in San Francisco.

Pick: 49ers

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Sunday, December 21st - Early Games

Vikings(6-8) at Dolphins(7-7)

Miami needs this one to keep their playoff hopes alive, and they'll get it, 21-10.

Pick: Dolphins

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Ravens(9-5) at Texans(7-7)

Baltimore's defense will key in on the Houston rushing attack, while the Ravens unleash a potent rushing game of their own.

Pick: Ravens

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Lions(10-4) at Bears(5-9)

Detroit and the NFL's 2nd ranked defense will dominate Jimmy Clausen and the Bears in Chicago.

Pick: Lions

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Browns(7-7) at Panthers(5-8-1)

Johnny Manziel has another one of "those games" this week in Carolina.  Panthers win 17-6.

Pick: Panthers

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Packers(10-4) at Buccaneers(2-12)

Green Bay's gonna be angry, Tampa won't like them when they're angry.  Pack wins 56-13, and Tampa moves one step closer to Jameis Winston.

Pick: Packers

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Chiefs(8-6) at Steelers(9-5)

Kansas City and Pittsburgh's rushing attacks will set the tone for this game, but ultimately Pittsburgh's dynamic passing attack will win this game at home.

Pick: Steelers

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Patriots(11-3) at Jets(3-11)

Once again, this matchup shouldn't even be close, and once again New England barely squeaks by the Jets, 14-12.

Pick: Patriots

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Falcons(5-9) at Saints(6-8) - NFC South Elimination Game

The two worst defenses in the NFL go head to head , with losing records and a potential division title on the line.  Couple with that the fact that these two franchises absolutely despise each other, means that we have a combustible matchup on our hands this Sunday.  We've already discussed everything that's on the line in this game, so let's look at the keys to a Saints victory.  The Saints defense has to make stops on 3rd down, the pass rush has to make Matt Ryan uncomfortable, and Keenan Lewis has to win the day against Julio Jones.  On offense, the Saints have to remain patient and control tempo, and Drew Brees has to avoid multiple turnovers.  This is the game we've been waiting for since Week 1 ended, but who will win?

Saints win in overtime 45-42, thanks to an inconceivable 54 yard field goal by Shayne Graham.

Pick: Saints

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Sunday, December 21st - Late Games

Giants(5-9) at Rams(6-8)

St. Louis' defense will be too much for Eli Manning and the Giants to overcome.

Pick: Rams

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Bills(8-6) at Raiders(2-12)

Oakland's only chance here is if Buffalo falls into this classic "trap game".  I doubt that happens in this one.

Pick: Bills

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Colts(10-4) at Cowboys(10-4) - Game of the Week

This may have been the most difficult game to pick this season.  This should be a very close game, but ultimately Indy's passing game will be too difficult for Dallas' defense to overcome.  The Indy defense is also the best Dallas has faced in quite some time this season.

Pick: Colts

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Sunday Night Football

Seahawks(10-4) at Cardinals(11-3)

With a 24-0 win, Seattle officially drops Arizona from the NFC's top seed to now facing the NFC South winner on the road in the Wild Card round.

Pick: Seahawks

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Monday, December 22nd - Monday Night Football

Broncos(11-3) at Bengals(9-4-1)

What's that? Peyton Manning vs Andy Dalton?  Hmmm, let me think about that.

Pick: Broncos

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This is it, the big one. This is how I see Week 16 playing out, now tell us what you think. Leave us your picks, comments, and insight below.  Who Dat!