The 2020 NFL regular season is nearing a close. There are playoff teams already in, but others fighting for a spot. Seeding is up in the air for some while others are playing for pride alone. All of these factors, along with a slew of great matchups, are going to make for a football fan’s dream Week 16. Here are our bold predictions for this week’s games.
Bold Prediction #1- The Patriots Will Defeat the Bills
For the first time since 2008, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are heading home at the end of Week 17. Their 11-year reign atop the AFC East has come to an end, and the Buffalo Bills have clinched the division. Bill Belichick, though, is not one to go home without making a statement.
What bigger statement could he make than defeating the new division champs? The Bills’ are now tied with the Steelers for the second seed, so they are not mailing this game in. Look for a hard-fought battle between these division rivals with the wily veteran head coach stealing a victory away.
Bold Prediction #2- The Vikings Will Upset the Saints
There have been few games as exciting as Vikings and Saints games in the NFL over the past few seasons. Given the playoff history between these two teams, their regular-season matchups have been extra intense. That will not change this week as both teams are fighting for playoff seeding. The Vikings are fighting just to get in, and have a chance to if they win out.
The Saints are still technically in the running for the number one seed, but need to win out and have the Packers lose out in order for it to happen. In any case, both teams have playoffs on the brain, which will create a playoff-like atmosphere. The Saints, though, are guaranteed a playoff spot; the Vikings are not. Look for the Vikings to upset the Saints as they play for their postseason lives.
Bold Prediction #3- The Cowboys Will End the Week Atop the NFC East
Let’s be honest: this isn’t saying much. However, the Dallas Cowboys could very well end the week in first place in their division. They are playing the Eagles at home in Dallas, and the Eagles are 1-6 on the road this season. The Cowboys are 3-4 at home. The Cowboys are also on a bit of a winning streak, having won their last two games. The Eagles, of course, have a plethora of issues on both sides of the ball and their season is basically a wash.
Meanwhile, the Washington Football Team is playing a 4-10 Panthers team that is a lot better than their record indicates. Washington is especially susceptible to a loss this week due to their quarterback situation. The New York Giants are going up against the Baltimore Ravens this weekend in Baltimore. In short, Dallas has the best chance to win this weekend out of all the teams in the NFC East, which again, is not saying much.
Bold Prediction #4- The Steelers Will Lose Their Fourth in a Row
The Pittsburgh Steelers, once owners of a perfect 11-0 record, have lost three in a row and stand at 11-3. They face the 10-4 Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, a team that could be atop its division if it wins on Sunday (and the Titans lose to Green Bay). The Steelers are in a tailspin, and while they will make the playoffs, it is hard to see them righting this ship anytime soon.
Bold Prediction #5- The Packers Will Clinch the NFC’s #1 Seed
All the Packers need to do in order to gain home-field advantage and a first-round bye is win out. They can clinch early on Sunday night with a win against the Titans and Saints and Seahawks losses. We have already predicted that the Saints will lose. Seattle plays against the Rams, who are looking to make a statement bounce-back win after losing to the New York Jets.
The Packers’ run defense has sneakily become the 11th best in the league, so don’t be surprised if Derrick Henry struggles a bit. In addition, the Packers offense, when it is on its game, can put together very long drives that will keep Henry off the field.