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Thursday, December 22, 2011

2011 NFL SEASON: WEEK 16





First, I'd like to take the time to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season and a joyous 2012. 

The perfect season has come to an end. The Packers lost to the Chiefs last Sunday. While we are talking about records, the Colts finally won a game this season. Both teams are aiming to be #1: the Packers are looking to be the number one seed in the NFC Playoffs while the Colts have a one-game lead on claiming the number one pick in the 2012 Draft.

While we are talking about the 2012 NFL Draft, the Colts can clinch the first pick in the NFL Draft with a loss tonight.

The bulk of games are on Saturday due to the NFL’s policy of not scheduling the majority of games on Christmas if it falls on a Sunday so plan accordingly.

Now the picks…

If the playoffs started right now...





ELIMINATED
Colts, Rams, Vikings, Panthers, Jaguars, Bills, Panthers, Browns, Dolphins, Buccaneers, Redskins

AFC IN THE HUNT
Bengals (8-6), Titans (7-7), Raiders (7-7), Chargers (7-7), Chiefs (6-8)

The Patriots clinch a FIRST-ROUND BYE with one of the following:
1.    A win AND Texans loss/tie
2.    A win, Steelers loss/tie, AND Ravens loss/tie
3.    A tie AND Texans loss
4.    A tie, Steelers loss, AND Ravens loss

The Patriots clinch HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE throughout the AFC playoffs with a win, Texans loss/tie, Steelers loss/tie, AND Ravens loss/tie.

The Ravens clinch the AFC NORTH with a win AND a Steelers loss.

The Ravens clinch a FIRST-ROUND BYE with a win, Steelers loss, AND Texans loss.

The Broncos clinch the AFC WEST with one of the following:
1.    A win AND Raiders loss/tie
2.    A tie, Raiders loss, AND Chargers loss/tie

The Raiders are ELIMINATED with a loss AND one of the following results:
1.    Bengals win
2.    Jets wins
3.    Bengals clinch strength-of-victory tiebreaker

The Chargers are ELIMINATED with a loss AND either a Bengals win or Jets win.

The Titans are ELIMINATED with a loss AND one of the following results:
1.    Bengals win
2.    Jets wins
3.    The Jets or Bengals clinch strength-of-victory tiebreaker

NFC IN THE HUNT
Seahawks (7-7), Bears (7-7), Giants (7-7), Cardinals (7-7), Eagles (6-8)

The Packers clinch HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE throughout the NFC playoffs with one of the following:
1.    A Packers win/tie
2.    A 49ers loss/tie

The 49ers clinch a FIRST-ROUND BYE with a win AND a Saints loss.

The Saints clinch the NFC SOUTH with a win or tie.

The Cowboys clinch the NFC EAST with one of the following:
1.    A win AND a Giants loss/tie
2.    A tie AND Giants loss

The Falcons clinch a PLAYOFF SPOT with one of the following:
1.    A win/tie
2.    Cowboys loss/tie, Bears loss/tie, AND Cardinals loss/tie
3.    Giants loss/tie, Bears loss/tie, AND Cardinals loss/tie

The Lions clinch a PLAYOFF SPOT with one of the following:
1.    A win/tie
2.    Bears loss/tie, Cardinals loss/tie, Seahawks loss/tie, AND Cowboys loss/tie
3.    Bears loss/tie, Cardinals loss/tie, Seahawks loss/tie, AND Giants loss/tie
4.    Bears loss/tie, Cardinals loss/tie, Seahawks loss/tie, AND Falcons win/tie

The Cardinals are ELIMINATED with a loss OR wins by the Falcons and Lions.

The Bears are ELIMINATED with a loss OR wins by the Falcons and Lions.

The Giants are ELIMINATED with a loss AND Cowboys win.

The Eagles are ELIMINATED with a loss AND Giants win.

The Broncos clinch a PLAYOFF SPOT with a win, Jets loss, Bengals loss, AND Titans loss/tie.

The Chiefs are ELIMINATED with a loss OR Broncos win.

The Seahawks are ELIMINATED with a loss OR a Lions win and either wins by the Falcons or the Bears.


Monica Roberts has her picks for Week 16 up.

WEEK 15:           9-7
TOTAL:               144-80

BREAKDOWN OF RECORD

MONICA
NOON
3PM
NIGHT
HOME
AWAY
TV
≤ 8 PTS
OT
WK 15
8-8
3-5
3-1
3-1
3-3
6-4
5-2
3-2
1-0
TOTAL
140-84
72-49
45-19
27-12
82-39
62-41
55-27
70-45
7-4


Kickoff Times are Central Time
Picks Indicated in BOLD
Sunday Day Games for the Dallas-Fort Worth Area are indicated with (DFW)



THURSDAY NIGHT (12/22)
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts, NFL Network 7:20 PM


SATURDAY (12/24) FOX DOUBLEHEADER

NOON FOX
New York Giants at New York Jets (DFW)
Arizona Cardinals at Cincinnati Bengals
Minnesota Redskins at Washington Redskins
St. Louis Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers

NOON CBS
Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills (DFW)
Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens
Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans
Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs


3PM FOX
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (DFW)
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

3PM CBS
San Diego Chargers at Detroit Lions


CHRISTMAS NIGHT (12/25)
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers, NBC 7:20 PM


MONDAY NIGHT (12/26)
Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints, ESPN 7:30 PM

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