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Week 16 NFL Football Betting Preview: December 22nd 2010

Week 16 NFL Football Betting Preview: December 22nd 2010

We are down to the final two weeks of the NFL regular season and only one of the eight divisions and four of the 12 playoff spots have been claimed. Chicago wrapped up the NFC North with a win over Minnesota on Monday night and New England, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta all secured a spot in the postseason.

Several more spots should be clinched this week as there are a number of teams that can get in with a win. Pittsburgh is already in, but needs a win over Carolina on Thursday night to maintain its edge over Baltimore in the AFC North. Both teams are tied at 10-4, but the Steelers hold the tiebreaker should they remained tie. They are a 14 ½-point home favorite against the Panthers and the ‘over/under’ is set at 37.

An early Sunday showdown pits New York (Jets) against Chicago in a game that is vitally important to both teams. The 10-4 Jets need a win to ensure a wildcard spot in the AFC, while the 10-4 Bears need a win to hold onto the No. 2 seed in the NFC. This game is currently listed as a ‘pick’ and the over/under is set at 36 ½.

San Francisco is 5-9 but still alive in the NFC West title picture with a chance to improve its position with a win over 6-8 St. Louis. The Rams are tied with Seattle in a division that someone has to win regardless of their final record. St. Louis is a 1 ½-point home favorite and the ‘over/under’ is set at 39 ½. The Seahawks are in Tampa Bay to play the Buccaneers as a 6 ½-point road underdog.

Indianapolis can come a step closer to clinching another AFC South title with a win over Oakland. The 8-6 Colts are tied with Jacksonville but hold the edge in a tiebreaker. The Jaguars are a seven-point home favorite against Washington in an earlier game, while Indianapolis is a three-point road favorite over the Raiders in this late afternoon start.

The feature matchup of the late games pits New York (Giants) at Green Bay with a wildcard spot on the line for both teams. The 9-5 Giants will quickly need to put last week’s monumental collapse to Philadelphia behind to get a win over an 8-6 Packers’ team that has lost three out of their last four games. The line is still OFF on this game, but Green Bay expects to have QB Aaron Rodgers back which should make it a slight favorite.

The 10-4 Eagles huge come-from-behind victory over New York puts them in a position to clinch the NFC East with a win over Minnesota on Sunday night. The line on this game is currently OFF most likely due to Viking QB Brett Favre’s status, but he remains doubtful after suffering a concussion in Monday night’s loss.

The NFL saved the best for last this week with 11-2 Atlanta hosting 10-4 New Orleans on Monday night with the NFC South title hanging in the balance. The Falcon can lose this game and still win the division, but the Saints are looking to avoid dropping two games in a row after last week’s loss to Baltimore. Atlanta is a 2 ½-point favorite and the ‘over/under’ line is set at 48 ½.

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