NFL Week 16: Merry Christmas For Anyone Who Plays The Browns and Bears

The comeback continues, with a 3-1-1 week last week to move to 35-34-6 overall. It’s been largely thanks to taking road teams, and almost always road favorites. Let’s continue with the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day festivities:

Christmas Eve:

San Diego Chargers -4 over Cleveland Browns (1pmET) – Going against the Browns has proven to be one of the most reliable choices you can make this season. The Chargers are going on the road to Cleveland, but getting just four points is far too few. The Chargers high-powered offense should carve up the weak Browns D, and win by two touchdowns at least.

Washington Redskins -3 over Chicago Bears (1pmET) – The Redskins are watching their playoff hopes fade away, but a win over the lowly Bears will stop the bleeding for the time being and give them something to play for in Week 17. This should be another game with a lot of scoring, but the Redskins just need a field goal victory to cover. That shouldn’t be a problem for Kirk Cousins and a trio of excellent, reliable wide receivers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers +3.5 over New Orleans Saints (4pmET) – The Bucs played well but lost a close one to the Cowboys last week, and if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive, they need to beat the Saints this week (and get some help along the way). For average teams without superstars, you never know if they’ll rise to the challenge. But Jameis Winston has proven to be a leader and should push the Bucs over the Saints in a close, high-scoring game.

Houston Texans -1 over Cincinnati Bengals (8:30pmET) – A.J. Green is back – one up for the Bengals. Brock Osweiler has been benched – one up for the Texans. Who knows what Tom Savage will bring the Texans in his first start ever, but he can’t be worse than the high-priced quarterback now sitting on the bench. The Texans are leading their admittedly weak division, and just being a one-point favorite at home against a Bengals team that has underachieved all year is a slap in the face. The Texans should win by a touchdown.

Christmas Day:

Kansas City Chiefs -3 over Denver Broncos (8:30pmET) – Another case of a lack of respect is the Chiefs favored by only 3 (essentially seen as an equal) over divisional rival Broncos. The Chiefs are coming off a disappointing loss to the Titans, and the Broncos need this game to keep their fading playoff hopes alive. But the Chiefs need some help too, and have a shot at a bye if they win, so expect them to step up both defensively and offensively and take care of business at home on Christmas.

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