Raiders vs Broncos

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The Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders have failed to meet expectations this season. When they meet on “Monday Night Football” at 8:15 p.m. ET in Oakland, it will be primarily for pride and assessment of their franchises moving forward. In the first year in the return of head coach Jon Gruden, the Raiders (3-11) went into full rebuilding mode fast after their early season was marked by a slew of personnel issues. The Broncos, in their second season under Vance Joseph, made a late surge toward playoff contention but were eliminated last week because of a home loss to the Browns. Denver is a three-point sportsbook favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 43 in the latest Raiders vs. Broncos odds. Before you make any Raiders vs. Broncos picks and predictions for “Monday Night Football,” check out the results from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, using advanced analytics to produce consistently accurate predictions for sporting events. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 straight up last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Sports Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who have followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 16 on a blistering 16-6 run. For the season, it is now 30-15 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 78-49. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model is 147-75 on the season, ranking in the top five on NFLPickWatch.com. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has zeroed in on Broncos vs. Raiders. We can tell you it’s leaning over, but it has also generated a point-spread selection that hits well over 50 percent of the time. The pick is only available at SportsLine.

The model knows the Broncos come to Oakland lamenting what might have been after they won three straight to join the AFC playoff picture, only to squander the opportunity with consecutive losses to sub-.500 teams. They had a perplexing letdown at San Francisco, and conservative play calling might have contributed to last week’s defeat to upstart Cleveland.

The Broncos have been plagued by inconsistency and an inability to prevail in close games. Six of their eight losses are by single-figures. Still, in Week 2 Denver overcame a 12-point deficit and kicked a late field goal to beat the Raiders 20-19 in their first meeting. And despite its struggles, Denver has covered on five of its past seven trips to Oakland and the favorite is on a 10-2-1 ATS run in this series.

But these trends don’t guarantee another cover against a Raiders club that, despite its shortcomings, has played much more respectably of late.

Oakland’s most memorable performance of the season came in a 24-21 home upset of the Steelers two weeks ago as a 10-point underdog, and the Raiders have covered their past two home games. Oakland also dominated much of the way in its first meeting with Denver, as quarterback Derek Carr had perhaps his best outing of the season. He went 29 of 32 for 288 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.

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Monday Night Football

Monday Night Football : The Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders will be facing each other under the bright lights of Monday Night Football for Week 16, beginning at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN (live streaming via WatchESPN).

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Both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention, so there isn’t much on the line, save for draft positioning and potential strength-of-schedule tie breaks as they relate to other teams.

Monday’s game, notably, could be the final game played in Oakland, as it’s unclear where the Raiders plan to play in 2019. There have been several suggestions, but this may be the final time to get a good look at just how crummy that field is to play football on!

Below is all you need to know to follow on Monday.

Time, TV, and streaming info

Time: 8:15 p.m. ET

Location: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.

TV: ESPN

Streaming: WatchESPN

Odds: The Broncos opened as 2.5-point favorites for Monday’s game.

Broncos vs. Raiders news

The Broncos would love to hand the Raiders a loss in what is possibly the last game in Oakland.

Denver has listed Brendan Langley as out, while Matt LaCosse and Shane Ray are questionable on the final injury report.

The Raiders are quite a bit more banged up, with both starting corners listed as questionable, among others, on their final injury report.

The Broncos and Raiders have changed a lot since the first time they faced each other earlier this season.

Over at Mile High Report, they have some predictions, and a look at the historic rivalrybetween the Broncos and Raiders.

Broncos vs. Raiders prediction

In SB Nation’s Week 16 expert NFL picks, four of the seven making picks think the Broncos will win, leaving three picking Oakland. The OddsShark computer is also going with Oakland, while the coin flip landed on Denver.

Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders

Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders: Monday Night Football Week 16 betting line and trends. The Denver Broncos visit the Oakland Raiders in a prime time game with only pride on the line, with sportsbooks setting the Broncos as field-goal favorites on the NFL odds.

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The Denver Broncos are just 4-13 straight up and 5-12 against the spread in their last 17 games on the road. The Broncos will try to buck that losing trend this Monday night when they visit the Oakland Raiders.

Denver is a 3-point road favorite on the NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. In their last 14 games against the Raiders, the Broncos are 11-3 SU.

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It has been a very strange season for Denver. The Broncos opened the year with two straight wins and then went 1-6 SU and 3-4 ATS over their next seven. Then, Denver broke out of that slump with a 3-0 SU and ATS run that included upset wins over the Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers; only to follow that run up with losses as a favorite against San Francisco and Cleveland.

The only thing the 6-8 SU and 6-7-1 ATS Broncos have been consistent in is their inconsistency.

Historically Denver has had plenty of success in Oakland with an 11-4 SU record in their last 15 road games against the Raiders with a 5-2 ATS record in their last seven per the OddsShark NFL Database.

Oakland Raiders

Oakland coughed up the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft with a 24-21 upset win over the Steelers two weeks ago only to quickly get back to their losing ways in a 30-16 defeat to Cincinnati the following week.

The Raiders traded Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper away to stockpile draft picks that they will desperately need to improve this 3-11 SU and 5-9 ATS group this offseason. The Raiders are 8-21 ATS in their last 29 home games against teams with losing records.

Monday night’s total is set at 43 points. The UNDER is 7-0 in Denver’s last seven games.

In the final Monday Night Football game of 2018, football fans are receiving coal in their stockings for Christmas Eve. With a pending lawsuit against the Raiders in place from the city of Oakland, this could be the last game that the Raiders ever play in this building. It is a shame that there isn’t something more on the line.

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It’s entirely possible this is the last game the Raiders ever play in the Oakland Coliseum, for example. If that’s the case, it’s fitting that their time in the Bay will end with a game against an old rival, the Denver Broncos. Neither team is going anywhere special this season and the only effect this game will have on the season as a whole is on the draft order at the end of the year, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t on the line.

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The Broncos have finished below .500 in back-to-back seasons just once since the 1970s, for example, and they need to win each of their final two games to avoid that fate this year. The Raiders still claim they aren’t tanking, but a loss to the Broncos would put them back in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft, and that’s never a bad thing with one week to go in the year.

Which of these teams can pull off a victory on Monday? Let’s break things down.

Very quietly, Derek Carr has been a bit better since the Raiders took their bye back in Week 7 than he was earlier in the season. Interestingly, however, pretty much the entire difference in Carr’s passer rating (about 13 points) can be explained by a lack of turnovers. Both his completion percentage and his yards per attempt are actually down since the bye, though his touchdown rate is up a bit as well.

Carr has also had the benefit of working against several subpar pass defenses since the bye, with the Raiders having played the 49ers, Chiefs, Bengals, and Steelers over the past eight weeks. And against the tougher pass defenses of the Chargers, Cardinals, and Ravens, Carr was not nearly as good. And the Broncos, even without Chris Harris, are not a subpar pass defense.

Denver ranks third in the NFL in pass defense DVOA. The Broncos’ one area of relative weakness against the pass is on deep passes, where they rank 23rd in DVOA. But Carr almost never throws deep, as only 9.7 percent of his passes have traveled 15 or more yards in the air, per Pro Football Focus, which ranks 32nd out of 34 qualified quarterbacks.

Even if he did like to throw deep, he probably wouldn’t be able to do so against the Broncos, because they have one of the NFL’s best pass rushes and the Raiders have one of its leakiest offensive lines. They try to get the ball out as quickly as possible in order to counteract that, so Carr’s pressure rate is not sky-high, but he has been sacked on 28 percent of the drop backs where the opponent pressured him, per PFF, and that is the fourth-highest rate in the league. With Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, who both rank inside the top 20 in the NFL in total pressures, bearing down on him, it’s unlikely Carr will have enough time to target deep receivers anyway.

Instead, we’re likely to see a whole lot of what we’ve seen all year: check-downs to Jalen Richard, screen passes designed to get the ball out before the rush even has a chance to get going, and quick-strike throws over the middle to Jared Cook. The Raiders would likely prefer to run the ball as often as they can, but that’s tough sledding against the Broncos, who have the league’s 11th-ranked run defense unit. There are no easy gains available. They’ll have to take care of the ball (which Carr has done better of lately) and hope they can break some tackles in the open field, perhaps using Denver’s speed and aggressiveness against them.

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The engine of the Denver offense is rookie running back Phillip Lindsay. An undrafted free agent out of Colorado, the 5-8, 190-pound Lindsay beat out third-round pick Royce Freeman as well as second-year man Devontae Booker for the lead-back role, and has emerged as Denver’s best all-around offense player.

While Lindsay does not necessarily look the part (his closest athletic comparable who actually made an impact at the NFL level is probably former Texans running back Steve Slaton), his fantastic vision and instincts make him a natural fit for both Denver’s offense and the modern NFL. He’s done so much with his portion of the backfield work that he recently became the first undrafted free agent rookie ever to be named to the Pro Bowl. He currently ranks eighth in the NFL in rushing, but he’s also second among qualified backs in yards per carry and seventh in Football Outsiders’ DVOA, in a virtual tie with Alvin Kamara.

Lindsay has been on the field for 47 percent of the Broncos’ snaps this season, though that number has been trending upward all season. He is the team’s most consistent player and has proven to be a better runner both up the middle and to the edge of the formation than either Freeman or Booker, so that makes a good deal of sense. He proved tough for the Raiders to stop earlier this season, gaining 107 yards on 14 carries during the Broncos’ Week 2 victory. The Oakland run defense has not necessarily gotten much better since then (they rank 27th in rush defense DVOA), so Lindsay should be able to find some lanes if and when the Broncos dedicate themselves to running the ball.

But Denver’s pass game cannot be trusted at this point. After trading Demaryius Thomasand seeing Emmanuel Sanders go down with a torn Achilles, the Broncos are left with Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, and Tim Patrick as their primary wide receivers. That trio has combined to catch just 70 of 128 passes for 991 yards and five scores this season. With tight ends Jake Butt and Jeff Heuerman also out, Matt LaCosse is basically the only pass-catcher available at that spot. Let’s just say that quartet is not exactly one that strikes feat into the heart of defenses.

The Case Keenum signing has not really worked out as planned for the Broncos, even if he had played better for a few weeks right up until he threw out a stinker against the Brownsa week ago. Keenum has completed just 62 percent of his passes while averaging 6.8 yards per attempt, and has thrown just 15 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. He hasn’t single-handedly lost many games for the Broncos, but he hasn’t really won them any games, either. He’s essentially just been a slightly below-average quarterback, across the board. And that’s not what the Broncos paid $18 million per year to get. (In fairness, expecting Keenum to do what he did last year in Minnesota is on the Broncos. He had a longer track record of subpar play.)

Oakland’s pass defense has largely been dreadful this year, but the current version of Denver’s passing game seems like the kind of unit that should be tested on an every-snap basis, which will allow the Raiders to devote more resources to stopping the Lindsay-led running game. If they can slow him just a bit, it could be a long night for Keenum and company.

Seahawks vs Chiefs

Seahawks vs Chiefs odds, line: Sunday Night Football picks, predictions by model on 16-6 run.SportsLine’s advanced computer model simulated Sunday’s Seahawks vs. Chiefs game 10,000 times.The NFL playoff picture will be shaped on Sunday Night Football when the Kansas City Chiefs roll into CenturyLink Field to take on the Seattle Seahawks.

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. The game kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET ( available on fuboTV). As they pursue the AFC West crown and the conference’s top seed, the Chiefs’ margin of error is zero after last week’s devastating 29-28 home loss to the Chargers, who forged a tie at the top with two games remaining. The Seahawks are in the driver’s seat to secure an NFC wild card, but can feel the hot breath of several contenders on the backs of their necks.

Kansas City is a two-point road favorite, with the over-under for total points scored set at 55 in the latest Chiefs vs. Seahawks odds. Before you make any Chiefs vs. Seahawks picks and predictions for Sunday Night Football, see what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 16 on a blistering 16-6 run. For the season, it is now 30-15 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 78-49. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model finished Week 14 at 147-75 on the season, ranking in the top five on NFLPickWatch.com.

Now the model has dialed in on Seahawks vs. Chiefs (stream live on fuboTV) 10,000 times. We can tell you it’s leaning over, and it also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see it over at SportsLine.

The model has factored in that Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is enjoying an spectacular season. The second-year star has thrown for over 4,500 yards and 45 touchdowns. While the loss of running back Kareem Hunt has been a big blow, Mahomes can still count on wideout Tyreek HIll for explosive plays. Among the league leaders with 1,304 receiving yards, Hill has found the end zone 11 times. Pro Bowl tight end Travis Kelce has over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.

But just because the Chiefs are lethal offensively doesn’t mean they’ll cover the Sunday Night Football spread against the Seahawks, who have a huge home-field advantage.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown 31 touchdowns against just six picks and rushed for more than 300 yards. The Seahawks have shaken off an 0-2 start to become relevant in the NFC playoff picture thanks to Wilson and a revamped defense that’s carving out its own identity. Defensive linemen Jarran Reed and Frank Clark have accounted for 20.5 sacks.

The Seahawks lead the league in rushing at 155 yards per game, and Chris Carson is on the verge of 1,000 yards while averaging 4.5 per carry. Carson piled up 148 yards from scrimmage last week and should feast on a Chiefs’ defense that’s allowing 5.0 yards per carry.

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Saints vs Steelers

Saints vs Steelers : The Pittsburgh Steelers, the City of Excuses, leave their town of idiot drivers and lazy construction to face the New Orleans Saints this afternoon in a pivotal contest for both teams. The Steelers come into the game with an 8-5-1 record, a half game behind the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC North lead, and fighting for a postseason berth.

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The 12-2 Saints have already clinched the NFC South, but need just one win in their final two games to clinch home field advantage through the playoffs. This is the 16th meeting between New Orleans and Pittsburgh, with the Saints holding an 8-7 edge in the series. That includes a 5-4 record in games played in New Orleans, and a 3-2 advantage when the games are played in the Superdome, site of today’s contest. The first match up between the two, and also the first meeting in New Orleans, took place on October 29th, 1967 at Tulane Stadium, during the Saints first NFL season. Pittsburgh would overcome 4 turnovers and a 10-0 deficit to score two 4th quarter touchdowns and prevail 14-10.

The Saints and Steelers were actually division rivals for one year, 1968, when they were joined with the Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Cardinals to form the Century Division. New Orleans would win the first showdown between their brief division foes on October 20, 1968 in Pittsburgh. The Saints held Pittsburgh’s passing attack to just 8 completions in 20 attempts, totaling only 103 yards, on their way to a 16-12 victory. The rematch would take place in the season finale on December 15, 1968 in Tulane Stadium. New Orleans would again play well defensively, forcing 4 turnovers and sacking Steeler quarterbacks Kent Nix and Dick Shiner four times while holding them to a combined 13 of 35 passing. Offensively, Saints quarterback Billy Kilmer overcame seven sacks from the Pittsburgh defense to throw for two scores and 292 yards, 103 of them to wideout Dave Parks, to pave the way for a 24-14 win. After the ’68 season, Pittsburgh fired head coach Bill Austin and replaced him with a little known assistant named Chuck Noll, who would go on to change the course of Pittsburgh sports sports history. New Orleans would again host Pittsburgh in the 1969 season finale of Noll’s first season, on December 21st. Saints receiver Danny Abramowicz would account for 129 of the team’s 303 passing yards, as the Saints would score ten 4th quarter points to pull out a 27-24 comeback victory.

Noll would build the Steelers into one of the most dominant dynasties in NFL history through the 1970’s, while the Saints would toil in mediocrity. New Orleans would host the early stage of this powerhouse at Tulane Stadium on November 25, 1974, in their first appearance on Monday night football. The Pittsburgh “Steel Curtain” defense would dominate the Saints, holding them to 178 yards of total offense while forcing 4 turnovers and six sacks. The Steelers offense would run for 272 yards, including 99 from Hall of Fame quarterback and Louisiana native Terry Bradshaw and 114 from Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris. The Steelers would rout the Saints 28-7, and would return to the city of New Orleans less than two months later. On January 12, 1975, Pittsburgh would win their first Super Bowl championship on the Saints home field by defeating the Minnesota Vikings 16-6 in Super Bowl IX.

New Orleans would again square off with the Steeler dynasty during the 1978 season, the most dominant of the Pittsburgh Super Bowl teams. The game was played on November 5, 1978, in the Saints first game at Three Rivers Stadium. New Orleans would get 344 yards passing from quarterback Archie Manning, and would outgain Pittsburgh in total yardage on the day. The Steelers pulled out a late 20-14 victory though, when Bradshaw hit running back Rocky Bleier with a 4th quarter touchdown pass for the difference. The Steelers would play their first ever game on the Superdome turf three years later, on October 4, 1981. The Pittsburgh defense would pummel the Saints offense, holding them to 180 total yards and forcing five turnovers, including 2 interceptions from Hall of Fame cornerback and former Southern University star Mel Blount, and five sacks. Bradshaw would riddle the New Orleans secondary for 276 of the Steelers 406 total yards, and would hit his Hall of Fame wideouts John Stallworth and Lynn Swann for two scores in a 20-6 win.

The Saints would again host the Steelers on November 19, 1984, a Monday night nationally televised affair. The Pittsburgh dynasty began to crumble away in the early 1980’s, and by the midway point of the decade many of their Hall of Fame stars had either retired or were well past their prime. The New Orleans defense would stand out on this evening, forcing 3 turnovers, including a 47-yd. touchdown return of an interception by linebacker Dennis Winston of Steelers quarterback Mark Malone that provided the clinching score in a 27-24 Saints victory. The win was the first time New Orleans had won on Monday night, and they would create more franchise history against the Steelers three years later. On November 29, 1987, the Saints would travel to Three Rivers Stadium to play Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving weekend and on the cusp of a historic achievement. New Orleans would dominate the game defensively, causing six turnovers, getting two sacks apiece from linebackers Rickey Jackson and Pat Swilling, and would claw their way back from a 14-3 halftime deficit. An epic 4th quarter goal line stand would propel the Saints to a 20-16 victory, and clinch the first winning season in New Orleans Saints history.

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Pittsburgh and New Orleans would play just three times between 1988-2005, with the Steelers winning two of those meetings, including a 37-14 embarrassment in 1993. The Saints would defeat the Steelers during the 2002 season at home, 32-29, behind 123 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Deuce McAllister. Clashes between dominant defenses would usually be the storyline when the Saints and Steelers would face off, but that began to change when New Orleans hired coach Sean Payton in 2006. Payton immediately signed free agent quarterback Drew Brees to lead his franchise, transforming them into one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses. Pittsburgh meanwhile, had drafted a franchise quarterback of their own in 2004, when selecting Ben Roethlisberger with the 11th overall draft pick.

Payton and Brees are 2-1 against Roethlisberger and the Steelers, including a 1-0 record at home. The first time they would meet would be in their first year together, on November 12, 2006 in Pittsburgh. Despite 513 yards of offense, including 398 yards passing from Brees and 169 yards on 10 catches from receiver Marques Colston, New Orleans fell to Pittsburgh on their first trip to Heinz Field, 38-31. The Steelers were powered by 213 yards and two fourth quarter scores from running back Willie Parker to break a 24-24 deadlock in the final period.

The last time these two teams met in New Orleans was on Halloween night of the 2010 season. Brees would throw for 305 yards and two second half touchdowns to pull away after a low scoring first half to a 20-10 win. November 30, 2014 was the last time New Orleans and Pittsburgh faced off. The game was in Pittsburgh, and Brees once again tore apart the Steel Curtain defense, throwing for 257 yards and five touchdown passes. The Saints also got standout games from Mark Ingram, who rushed for 122 yards, and Kenny Stills, who had 162 yards receiving and a touchdown, in a 35-32 road win.

Brees, who is having a historically efficient season, has completed 71% of his passes and averaged 321 yards in three games against Pittsburgh while with New Orleans, throwing eight touchdowns and one interception. The Saints look to get Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armsteadand deep threat receiver Ted Ginn Jr. back in the lineup from injury. Their return should be a big boost to an offense that has struggled in recent weeks, averaging just 17 points in the last three games. New Orleans still has two of the league’s best offensive threats in receiver Michael Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara, along with the bruising Ingram and a powerful offensive line that have helped them to average nearly 33 points per game. They will attack a Steeler defense that has a formidable pass rush, but has been inconsistent against the pass and have struggled against power rushing attacks.

Roethlisberger leads a proficient Pittsburgh passing game that has two explosive weapons in wideouts JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown. Smith-Schuster may miss this game however, after sustaining a groin injury in practice, and Roethlisberger has shown a tendency to force the ball into coverage this year, leading to crippling interceptions. The Steelers 30th ranked running game is further limited by the continued absence of back James Conner, who remains out with an ankle injury. Pittsburgh has a dominant offensive line of their own, but will face a fierce battle against a New Orleans defensive line that is among the deepest and most talented in the league.

New Orleans has been on a roll defensively, holding their last six opponents to less than 20 points and the last three foes to scoreless second halves, while forcing 17 turnovers in the last eight contests. The Saints top ranked run defense should be able to contain the Pittsburgh ground game, while talented defenders Cam Jordan and Sheldon Rankins should pressure Roethlisberger enough to force a few momentum turning mistakes. The New Orleans secondary, led by cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Eli Apple, are playing far better than early in the season, and will contain the talented Steeler wideouts well enough for their front seven to turn the tide. The Saints offense is often more explosive at home. Brees should be able to pepper the Pittsburgh zone with intermediate passes, allowing for some deeper opportunities throughout the game, while the offensive line will be able to open just enough creases for Ingram and Kamara to maintain an effective balance. A win here would clinch the NFC’s top seed and secure home field advantage through the playoffs for a Saints team that is just now beginning to get deserved credit throughout the national media. They’ll get it by making a statement against a traditional AFC power, and give their home fans an early Christmas gift.

Rams vs Cardinals

Rams vs Cardinals : The Rams will be without Todd Gurley when they face the Cardinals on Sunday. The Rams will take on Arizona in a holiday battle on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. The Rams don’t have the home-field advantage, but they do enjoy a 14-point advantage in the spread.

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It was all tied up at halftime, but the Rams weren’t quite Philadelphia’s equal in the second half when they met last week. The Rams took a 23-30 hit to the loss column at the hands of Philadelphia. What made the loss an especially bitter pill for the Rams to swallow was that the Rams had been favored by 13.5 points coming into the match.

Meanwhile, Arizona found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 14-40 punch to the gut against Atlanta. Arizona were down by 7-33 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from.

The matchup looks promising for the Rams, who are favored by a full 14 points. They have failed bettors in their past two games, so bettors better beware.

The Rams took their game against Arizona the last time the two teams met by a conclusive 34-0 score. The rematch might be a little tougher for the Rams since the squad won’t have home-field advantage. We’ll see if the change in venue makes a difference.

The 24-year-old running back initially was listed as questionable with inflammation in his knee, but he will be sidelined for Week 16’s matchup after going through a pregame workout, according to ESPN. The Rams are playing it safe, though they were optimistic all throughout the week that he would return.

“We’re not going to do anything that isn’t smart for Todd,” McVay said Friday (via NFL.com). “It’s a team effort. Trusting how he feels, what our doctors say and what is best for our football team.”

“We’ll see how he responds to some of the rehab that we’re doing over the next couple of days,” McVay added. “And really, when you’ve got that hour and a half to decide before the game [about] your inactives, it will probably go right up until then. But like we talk about all the time, we’ll have some contingency plans in place and we’re going to do what’s best for Todd.”

Gurley originally suffered the injury in the third quarter of Los Angeles’ 30-23 loss to the Eagles in Week 15, but he returned to the game after sitting out just one series.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Gurley has tallied 1,251 yards and 17 scores on the ground in 2018. He has also added four receiving touchdowns.

The Rams (11-3) will face the Cardinals (3-11) Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Bears vs 49ers

Bears vs 49ers ; The San Francisco 49ers look to continue the spoiler role in Week 16 as they host the playoff-bound Chicago Bears. Here are three storylines for the red and gold to watch for this Sunday.The San Francisco 49ers can continue their recent trend of spoiling opponents’ playoff hopes in Week 16, as they prepare to host the 10-4 NFC North champions, the Chicago Bears, this Sunday at Levi’s Stadium

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.After coming off back-to-back upset wins at home over the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks the last two weeks, the Niners will have to contend with a top-tier Bears defense ranking third in both points allowed (264) and all-purpose yards given up (4,352). This makes for a tough task for quarterback Nick Mullens and Co., who will look to move the ball against Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, whom 49ers fans know well from his days working under former Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh not long ago.

Fangio’s success with the Bears defense this year has been a primary reason behind his team’s ascent. But one player in particular, EDGE Khalil Mack, has made a massive difference, turning Chicago’s defense from a good unit into one of the premier outfits in the league.

Mack versus right tackle Mike McGlinchey is just one of the notable stories fans should watch this SundayTwo weeks ago, McGlinchey held his own against Denver Broncos pass-rusher Von Miller, and an equal task awaits the rookie offensive lineman in Week 16. Mack’s 12.5 sacks on the season rank sixth most in the league, assisting an NFL-best 35 forced turnovers on the season.

Fortunately for San Francisco, McGlinchey has risen up the ranks of promising young players, as Pro Football Focus pointed out:McGlinchey has been responsible for just four of the Niners’ 44 sacks allowed on the season. So it’s safe to say he hasn’t been the primary culprit in any pass-rush issues despite this not being his strength in college.

Still, Mack has been a massive difference maker for the Bears this season. Whoever winds up winning this individual matchup will likely wind up being on the winning end in Week 16.Second-year Bears running back Tarik Cohen has emerged as a bona fide offensive threat for head coach Matt Nagy. And while the 5-foot-6, 181-pound runner isn’t a prototypical between-the-tackles tailback, there’s little doubting Cohen’s effectiveness as a multifaceted weapon.

Cohen leads all Chicago players with 1,118 multipurpose yards from scrimmage, meaning he’s both a threat as a runner and pass-catching back out of the backfield.

While the 49ers can expect veteran running back Jordan Howard to receive a lot of the standard carries on the ground, guarding against Cohen on outside plays would be smart. After all, the Seattle Seahawks managed a good deal of success with running back Chris Carson outside the numbers during San Francisco’s overtime Week 15 win last week.

Expect Chicago to attempt more of the same with Cohen in Week 16.The Bears are good at defensive takeaways, as their 35 turnovers generated on defense suggest. Meanwhile, the Niners have just five turnovers generated themselves. Simply stated, one team is good at taking the ball away. The other isn’t. It’s that simple.

San Francisco’s minus-22 differential is troublesome, particularly considering the Niners rank dead last in the league in this category. But if there is good news, the 49ers have lost just two turnovers on offense the past two weeks compared to the Bears’ four. And Chicago’s 22 turnovers lost on offense ranks 25th in the league.

So it isn’t as if the Bears are immune to losing the ball on offense.

This deep into the season, it isn’t as if the Niners are going to generate a lot of defensive takeaways. Fortunately, however, the Bears are suspect to losing the ball on offense, too, which means the 49ers could wind up being the opportunistic beneficiaries to would-be turnovers if they happen.

If they do, San Francisco could be primed for a massive upset on Sunday.

The 49ers and Bears kick off on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 4:05 p.m. ET from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

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The Nick Foles magic show has returned to the Philadelphia Eagles, but it may be too little, too late. Beating a strong Houston Texans team today will keep Philly’s Playoffs hopes alive, but they’ll need a lot of help from other teams to avoid elimination.

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The path to the Playoffs is fairly clear for the Eagles (7-7), but by no means easy. First they absolutely have to win their final two games starting with the Texans today. A loss likely means they’re out.

Second, they need the Cowboys to lose their final two games to win the NFC East, or they need the Vikings or Seahawks to lose out so they can snag one of the two NFC Wild Card spots.

Houston (10-4) leads the AFC South by a game and a half over the Titans, who won their game yesterday. A win today will clinch the division for the Texans.

With Deshaun Watson playing as well as he’s playing, the Texans are a team no one wants to face in the postseason.

At home today with Nick Foles back as the starter, the Eagles are favored to win by 2.5 points.

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The Green Bay Packers and New York Jets are two NFL teams preparing for next season by finishing out the current one. Aaron Rogers will try to avoid injury, while rookie Sam Darnold will try to keep Jets fans hopes of a bright future alive and well.

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With an interim head coach and aggravated veteran quarterback, the once mighty Packers (5-8-1) will be watching this year’s NFL Playoffs from the couch.

The Packers have crumbled this season while the Bears have risen to prominence in the NFC North. Minnesota is also a much stronger team than Green Bay right now so there is a lot to figure out and process in cheese town.

The Jets (4-10) are OK with their poor record because rookie quarterback Sam Darnold is rounding into form. Last week Darnold played strong against the Texans in a 29-22 loss. In fact, Darnold was in position for a game-winning drive and came up a little short.

Last week Aaron Rogers injured his groin. Given the Packers are going nowhere this season and with only two games left, don’t be surprised if his sits this one out for precautionary reasons.