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Kibbles and Picks 2016 - Week 16

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Another week, another game closer.

Of course, it took another spectacular showing to gain that game. I went 12-4, but Stella went 11-5 herself, meaning that despite an awesome week, I only managed to trim her lead by that single game. So she’s still up four on me, and with just two weeks left, it’s going to take a big move for me to catch up to and pass her.

We’re head to head on six games this week, so I’ve got a chance to carve a bit more out of her lead.

We’ll start with the Miami/Buffalo tilt. I like the Dolphins to go into Buffalo and take down the Bills. Miami showed something in their win last week. Stella, on the other hand, thinks much of last week’s Dolphin performance was fluky; she expects them to struggle against the Buffalo defense in what promise to be cold-weather conditions. She also likes LeSean McCoy to run roughshod over the Miami D.

Next up, Stella likes the Panthers to hold serve at home and take down the Atlanta Falcons. She thinks that Carolina is playing for pride at this point and will be underestimated by the Falcons. I think Atlanta will do whatever it takes to maintain their division lead over the surging Buccaneers; Matt Ryan and company will gut out a win over the Panthers.

Speaking of the Buccaneers, I think they’ve got a real chance to go into New Orleans and beat the Saints. Tampa Bay needs a win to stay in the playoff hunt and they have the weapons to take down New Orleans. Stella’s a believer in Drew Brees at home and really likes the Saints to deal a massive blow to the postseason hopes of the Buccaneers.

In what might be the worst game of the entire season, the Rams and the 49ers are facing off. I picked Los Angeles and Stella picked San Francisco. No one cares. We certainly don’t. Call it a coin flip.

I’ve got the Bengals knocking off the Texans. While Cincy certainly isn’t going to the postseason, but they’re not above playing the role of spoiler. And considering Houston’s turnover at the QB position and the return of Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, I like the Bengals here. Stella liked what she saw out of Texans QB Tom Savage last week and thinks he and the rest of this Houston squad remains ready to fight hard for a playoff spot.

Finally, Stella’s got Baltimore going into Pittsburgh and knocking off the Steelers. She thinks that the Ravens defense will stifle the Pittsburgh offense, while Joe Flacco and company will score just enough to win a slugfest. I think that the trio of Ben Roethlisberger, LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown will be too much for Baltimore to handle. I also think it’ll be a relatively low-scoring affair, but the Steelers are going to come out on top.

Two weeks to go. I’m down but not out. I don’t want to jinx it, but I just might have a shot here.

(winners in caps)

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ALLEN’S PICKS

Thursday, Dec. 22

NY GIANTS at Philadelphia

Saturday, Dec. 24

MIAMI at Buffalo

NY Jets at NEW ENGLAND

TENNESSEE at Jacksonville

Minnesota at GREEN BAY

SAN DIEGO at Cleveland

WASHINGTON at Chicago

ATLANTA at Carolina

Indianapolis at OAKLAND

TAMPA BAY at New Orleans

Arizona at SEATTLE

San Francisco at LOS ANGELES

CINCINNATI at Houston

Sunday, Dec. 25

Baltimore at PITTSBURGH

Denver at KANSAS CITY

Monday, Dec. 26

Detroit at DALLAS

Week 15 record: 12-4

Season record: 132-90-2

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STELLA’S PICKS

Thursday, Dec. 22

NY GIANTS at Philadelphia

Saturday, Dec. 24

Miami at BUFFALO

NY Jets at NEW ENGLAND

TENNESSEE at Jacksonville

Minnesota at GREEN BAY

SAN DIEGO at Cleveland

WASHINGTON at Chicago

Atlanta at CAROLINA

Indianapolis at OAKLAND

Tampa Bay at NEW ORLEANS

Arizona at SEATTLE

SAN FRANCISCO at Los Angeles

Cincinnati at HOUSTON

Sunday, Dec. 25

BALTIMORE at Pittsburgh

Denver at KANSAS CITY

Monday, Dec. 26

Detroit at DALLAS

Week 15 record: 11-5

Season record: 136-86-2

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