NFL Week 16 Betting Lines
Christmas weekend will be one of the biggest in recent memory for the NFL as playoff races will be reaching a crescendo. Two teams that might be on the playoff bubble are the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans. Their matchup at Tennessee could be for the highest of stakes, despite both teams playing in opposite divisions. Tennessee was a major disappointment last year after an epic 2019 playoff charge. San Francisco is a Super Bowl team when healthy but a perpetual loser when they are not. All of the doubts and questions that fans have in the offseason will likely be answered by the time this game takes place.
Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, and that means an NFL doubleheader. Best of all, fans will get two matchups of top playoff contenders wrapped under the Christmas tree.
The Green Bay Packers will host the Cleveland Browns in the late afternoon game. Green Bay last made the Super Bowl in the 2010-11 season but has been in the hunt almost every campaign. Aaron Rodgers is the one constant that has been there through it all. Rodgers desperately wants one more shot at the Lombardi Trophy. But Packers management has one eye on today but the other eye on tomorrow. All of which infuriates their future Hall of Fame quarterback. Cleveland made the playoffs for the first time in almost two decades last season. Now we’ll find out if that was an accident or if second year head coach Kevin Stefanski has cracked the code.
The Christmas nightcap features the Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals. Indianapolis offered refuge for the abused Carson Wentz, who departed the hell hole of Philadelphia unwanted and blamed for all ills. Wentz will be under the tutelage of one of the top quarterback gurus in football with Colts head coach Frank Reich. Reich will give Wentz the mentoring that he never got in the City of Brotherly Love. The Cardinals may be the underdog of the NFC West, but many gamblers are gladly plunking down cash on their chances. Arizona showed remarkable improvement in year two under coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray. Equally important for the Cardinals was a defense that transformed into an asset last year.
A potential AFC Playoff preview will take place on Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Pittsburgh Steelers. This matchup serves as the game of the day and is likely to have playoff seeding implications. Pittsburgh has already rejuvenated thanks to the arrival of running back Najee Harris from Alabama. The loss of LeVeon Bell no longer matters in the Steel City.
NBC Sunday Night Football gives us the ancient NFC East rivalry of the Washington Football Team and host Dallas Cowboys. Washington was the default winner of the NFC “Least” last year but will be facing a Cowboys team that is looking vastly improved and rededicated for 2021.
Monday Night Football on ESPN Is not to be missed with the Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints. Tua Tagovailoa lived up to the billing as a rookie last year, but that only served to increase expectations for 2021. Tua and the Fish will be facing a New Orleans Saints team with an uncertain future. That is because Jameis Winston is their present as the quarterback.
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