• Zany Season, but Still: PIGSKIN PUNDIT’S PICKS, WEEK 16

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    Surge Summary: Crazy stuff has been happening in the National Football League this season, making it tough to pick winners and losers. But Pigskin Pundit is not deterred. Below, his forecasts for NFL Week 16.

    by Pigskin Pundit

    I sense a great disturbance in the force…’.

    New England is out of the playoffs, the Burrow- less Bengals beat the vaunted Steelers, the flightless Jets whipped the mighty Rams in their own house, imperiling their Trevor Lawrence acquisition chances, Dallas stinks while the CLEVELAND BROWNS are good….what on earth is happening in the NFL this week?  Seismic shifts, sea change, call it what you like, but it’s crazy times to pick football games.  I went 11-5 last week, 147-78 for the season.  Let’s see if Santa can bring me some normalcy Christmas week.  Here’s the picks.  Ho ho ho.

    Vikings at Saints – This is my Jackass game of the week…meaning that I will take New Orleans, and Minnesota will find some weird way to win and make me look like a jackass.  Probably not, but the way things have been lately…Brees is back whipping the pig around, and he looks like he still hurts plenty.  They played the Chiefs tough, and he had a few td’s.  On Friday, Yule spike the punch while the Whodats spike the Vikes.

    Buccaneers at Lions – ‘I saw three ships come sailing in’…flying the skull & crossbones.  The Poinsettia Pirates crash the Detroit Cryin’s Christmas party, wreaking holiday havoc on the feckless felines.  Nothing to see here, as Brady tunes up his playoff form by lighting up the Detroit secondary like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.  Egg nog?

    Niners at Cardinals – ‘Deck the halls with bombs from Murray’…San Fran signed Josh Frozen off Tampa’s roster this week, and is starting C.J. ‘Beat-hard’ under center.  Sound like a threat?  Kyler & Company have something to play for, called ‘playoffs’, and with targets like Larry ‘HOF’ Fitz and DeAndre ‘Highlight’ Hopkins, chances are good they can get there.  The Niners won’t lay down, but they might as well.  Cardinals rule this Yule.

    Dolphins at Raiders – ‘Mele kalikimaka is the island way, to say Merry Christmas to you’…It’s the Aloha Bowl in the NFL this week, as two Hawaiian-born quarterbacks face off for the first time in history!  Tua and Marcus will be tossing the pineapple around in Lost Wages, and we’ll see who the real Diamondhead is.  Mariota is certainly the more seasoned slinger, but he’s going to be throwing at the league’s pickoff leader.  In this grass-skirted classic, Tua does the hula while Marcus Macadamia gets crunched. Kowabunga!

    Colts at Steelers – Every kid wants Santa to bring them a pony for Christmas…except Mike Tomlin.  This is NOT the team he wants to see this week, as the soft underbelly of the Steelers has been exposed at the wrong time of year.  Problem for Pittsburgh is they have clinched a playoff spot, and Indy has clinched nothing yet and can’t give any quarter to Tennessee.  They certainly won’t give any quarter to Roethlisberger, as the Grinch Steels Christmas.

    Falcons at Chiefs – Andy ‘Fezziwig’ Reid wants his playoff bye, so KC will keep the pedal to the metal as the Falcons swoop in for a festive time.  No doubt Atlanta will make a good showing again, pushing hard to keep the Chiefs from falling asleep, the victims of too much winning.  But win they will, because little Travis Kelce told Santa he wants the NFL TE yardage record under his tree this year.  ‘Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays…’

    Bears at Jaguars – ‘Father Christmas, bring us a QB, don’t mess around with your silly toys…’ The poor Jags are going to have to wait until AFTER Christmas to open their present, which is likely to be Trevor Lawrence, now that the nitwit Jets goofed and beat the Rams.  Chicago should have no problem thumping the figgy pudding out of Marrone’s team.  ‘All I want for Christmas is the top first pick…’

    Bengals at Texans – Well well, last week the toothless Tigers roared, and took a bite out of mighty Pittsburgh.  This week they visit one of the most resourceful, dynamic QBs in the league, who is aiming for a career year on a 4-10 team!!  While this game could go either way due to Houston’s horrible pass defense, I believe in Santa Claus…NO, wait!  Sorry!  I believe in Deshaun Watson, so give the win to the tired Texans…and a long winter’s nap.

    Giants at Ravens – Santa is coming with a sack this week for the Ravens…actually probably 4 or 5 sacks.  Whether Danny Dimes or the guy named for a horse takes the snaps for NY, the result is an end to their playoff hopes this year.  As good as the Giants defense has played this year, they can’t generate points… and neither can their offense.  ‘Gee, the traffic is terrific…’

    Browns at Jets – City sidewalk, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style…Cleveland (10-4 good buddy) rolls into Gotham hotter than chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

    GangGreen just pulled off an improbable win over the Scrams in LA, but I wouldn’t mistake it for a turnaround.  No, the Browns are going to ground the Jets.  NYC gets no wins for Christmas this year.  Silver bells, silver bells, it’s Christmas time in the city…

    Panthers at Twift – This game is like getting socks for Christmas.  Necessary, functional, but not really ‘hot gift’ material.  We get stuck watching the very immature Haskins again (strip club Covid risk).  Carolina is so far out of anything that the only interest they have in this game is beating their old coach…hardly a motivator.  Twift, as The Washington Football Team is now called, is contending for the division title, and if they can keep their juvenile QB from self-destructing, maybe their defense can unwrap that gift of a playoff spot.  Give this Bah Humbug game to Daniel Snyder…along with a big lump of coal.

    Broncos at Chargers – These may be two 5-9 teams, but this game is one to enjoy.  Justin Herbert is one TD pass away from breaking the NFL rookie record, and Keenan Allen needs 8 yards to reach 1,000, his 4th consecutive year of hitting that mark.  Hunter Henry has already had his best season in number of catches, and with 40 more yards he’ll eclipse that personal best also.  Amazing what one QB has done to lift an entire franchise.  Denver plays decent defense, and they can generate some scores if Drew Locks onto Jeudy, Hamler and Fant.  Problem with Lock is he loves to give giftwrapped passes to D-backs, and tis the season of giving.  Look for San Diego’s (yup, called em that) shiny new toy to bring joy to the boys and girls in Southern Cal this Christmas…Noel, Noel, this will be a W

    Eagles at Cowboys – You better watch out, you better not groan, cuz in this next game, it’s win or go home. These two horrible stinkers are STILL in contention for the division title in the NFC Least, until this game is over.  Dallas has shown some improvement in the last few games, and Philly has unleashed the Big Hurts in an attempt to get their team off of life support.  Jalen’s mobility along with a good arm has pumped new vitality into the Eagles, and is likely to make them a really tough matchup for the league-worst Dallas defense.  Along with Pederson’s sack attackers, this spells Blue Christmas for the Lone Stars.

    Rams at Seahawks – These two rivals are well-matched, and this is a playoff game for all intents and purposes.  Seattle has struggled to keep Wilson upright and air attacks down.  LA has struggled to mount a credible air attack.  Both teams get after the passer.  We win, because this will be a great watch.  When the clock runs out, Seattle should be Squawkin in a winter wonderland.  Christmas is the time for Carrolls, after all.

    Titans at Packers – Another Christmas gift of a matchup!  If the Titans show up to play, they will give Green Bay all they can handle, and maybe more.  The Pack has been ‘winning skinny’ their last few games, barely beating teams that they should be shellacking.  Both teams have balanced, potent offenses, with superb passers, and devastating ground games.  Tennessee’s weak spot is defense, both aerial and ground.  If they let Davante Adams loose, Rodgers will find him.  If King Henry can keep Rodgers off the field by chewing clock, the Titans won’t have to rely on big stops by their D.  If ‘Ifs and Buts’ were candy and nuts, we’d all have a Merry Christmas!  My feeling is that the Packers will have the merrier Christmas after this game.  Feliz Navidad!

    Bills at Patriots – Monday Night gets the Christmas hangover game.  The Bills get better and stronger each week, as their confidence grows.  The Patriots are in complete disarray, and listening to Belichick give his patented non-answers and denigrating snubs to sportswriters asking legitimate, non-trapping questions left a bitter taste in my mouth.  So will this game, when the Bills get finished exerting their newfound dominance in the AFC East.  There’s a new sheriff in town, and he’s a tall, rangy one from Wyoming.  I heard the bells on Christmas Day, they tolled of how the Bills held sway…

    Merry Christmas to all, and enjoy the games!   -PP (Nate Clark)

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    Nathan Clark is a conservative commentator who resides with his wife in New Hampshire. He is passionate about preserving the vision of our nation’s Founders and advancing those tried and true principles deep into America’s future. His interests range broadly from flyfishing, cooking and shooting to pro sports, gardening, live music and fine-scale modeling.

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