Monday, July 16, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Week 16 predictions: Picks from the Tampa Bay Times staff

Here's our NFL predictions for Week 16.

ALL CAPS indicate lock of the week.

* indicates upset special:

GamesGreg Auman, @gregaumanThomas Bassinger, @tometricsMartin Fennelly, @mfennellyErnest Hooper, @hoop4youTom Jones, @tomwjonesRick Stroud, @NFLStroud
Tampa Bay at New Orleans (-3.5)Tampa Bay 38-35New Orleans 27-23New Orleans 31-30Tampa Bay 17-14New Orleans 31-23null
N.Y. Giants (-2.5) at PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia 24-20Philadelphia 24-10Philadelphia 23-20NY Giants 24-14NY Giants 27-13null
Miami (-3.5) at BuffaloMiami 31-23Buffalo 28-23Buffalo 27-19Miami 20-17Buffalo 19-12null
N.Y. Jets at New England (-16.5)NEW ENGLAND 37-14New England 31-17NEW ENGLAND 38-10New England 27-17New England 38-7null
Tennessee (-5.5) at JacksonvilleTennessee 21-10Tennessee 24-17Tennesse 24-20TENNESSEE 22-16Tennessee 27-13null
Minnesota at Green Bay (-6.5)Green Bay 31-21Green Bay 28-17Green Bay 27-13Green Bay 20-17GREEN BAY 23-10null
San Diego (-6.5) at Cleveland*Cleveland 17-16San Diego 28-13*Cleveland 28-27*Cleveland 20-19San Diego 30-14null
Washington (-3.5) at ChicagoWashington 24-17*Chicago 24-23Washington 27-21Washington 23-17Washington 24-21null
Atlanta (-2.5) at CarolinaCarolina 31-28ATLANTA 27-23Atlanta 31-23Atlanta 30-20Atlanta 30-20null
Indianapolis at Oakland (-3.5)Indianapolis 21-17Oakland 27-20Oakland 30-20Oakland 28-27Oakland 31-16null
Arizona at Seattle (-8.5)Seattle 35-21Seattle 31-15Seattle 23-17Seattle 14-10Seattle 26-20null
San Francisco at Los Angeles (-3.5)Los Angeles 17-13Los Angeles 17-14Los Angeles21-20Los Angeles 12-7Los Angeles 16-7null
Cincinnati at Houston (-1.5)Houston 31-17Houston 24-21Houston 27-13Houston 17-16*Cincinnati 24-21null
Baltimore at Pittsburgh (-5.5)Pittsburgh 17-10Pittsburgh 33-22Baltimore 23-21Pittsburgh 24-17Pittsburgh 23-17null
Denver at Kansas City (-4.5)Kansas City 24-17Kansas City 21-20Kansas City 23-10Kansas City 13-7Kansas City 20-17null
Detroit at Dallas (-7.5)Dallas 35-24Dallas 38-30nullDallas 35-30Dallas 27-20null

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