Friday, December 25, 2009

2009 Week 16 NFL Preview

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

With 2 weeks to go in the season, the playoff picture is coming in to focus, but there are a few teams still trying to make it in and others wanting to secure a top seed so we still have some interesting games this weekend.

The full predictions each week are at http://sites.google.com/site/computerratings/nfl-football/nfl-predictions but below is a discussion of some of the interesting games.  These games all picked by the current computer ratings located here.

The computer is coming off 3 great weeks going 11-5, 12-4, and 10-6 against the spread making the season total 133-86-5.  See full records by week here and if you are interested in additional details on picks against the spread, best picks, locks, performance charts, and more, see this where you can subscribe to a weekly newsletter.

In the highlighted games last week, the computer went 2-1 ATS.  Let's see how it does this week.


In what is possibly a loser out situation, certainly for the Steelers, Baltimore visits Pittsburgh with the home team favored by 3.  The computer is picking the upset here, narrowly, with Baltimore the pick by 0.6.

Two teams presently in the playoffs and wanting to stay there are Denver and Philly, and with the former visiting the latter, the Eagles have the better shot of staying there, Vegas picking them by 6.5 and the computer by 7.6.
Jacksonville is presently 7th in the AFC and does not control their own destiny, but if they were able to beat the Patriots this weekend, with Cleveland up last they have a great shot at 9-7, and with Baltimore and Denver having tough games this week, could be positioned well.  The trouble is New England is favored by 7.5 and my computer says that isn't near enough setting the margin at 11.5.



Enjoy the games.