Player’s Picks: Week 16

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Every Friday, the National Football Post’s Matt Bowen picks every game on the NFL schedule.

Week 16

San Diego (11-3) at Tennessee (7-7)

Current Line: Titans -3

Can I really pick against San Diego after the Chargers won their ninth in a row last week? I have always liked their big-play ability, but as the season has progressed they are incorporating those big plays into the flow of their offense that is centered on the downhill power running game. Yes, I do think Chris Johnson is the best RB in the NFL, and he does have another hundred-yard performance, but Philip Rivers should finish second in the MVP voting to Peyton Manning for a reason — and he wins it in the fourth for the Bolts.

Chargers 24 Titans 23

Seattle (5-9) at Green Bay (9-5)

Current Line: Packers -14

If the Seahawks want to hang around in this game at Lambeau, they will have to try and work the middle of the field and complete the routes that work with Matt Hasselbeck: the Hi-Lo crossers, the slot options and the skinny post. But, after seeing this team last week, will that be enough? I expect Aaron Rodgers to have another big game against a secondary in Seattle that does not have the speed to match up with the weapons of the Packers — and this one could get ugly. A big spread that I like on Sunday.

Packers 31 Seahawks 13

Oakland (5-9) at Cleveland (3-11)

Current Line: Browns -3.5

JaMarcus Russell brought the Raiders back last week, but Charlie Frye gets the start again for Oakland this week against a Browns team that is coming off an explosive win over Kansas City thanks to RB Jerome Harrison and all-world kick returner Josh Cribbs. I don’t expect the Raiders to kick the ball to Cribbs and I can’t see Harrison running the ball like he did last week against a very underrated Oakland front seven. In saying that, I like Oakland and RB Michael Bush to win this game by playing fundamental football. Take the Raiders.

Raiders 13 Browns 10

Kansas City (3-11) at Cincinnati (9-5)

Current Line: Bengals -13

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