Palmerbet Sports Team have selected the eight biggest games to analyse for the Week 16 NFL Preview, hoping to find some value. Read on to see their tips!
History: Played 114: Packers 60 V Vikings 52 (2 Draws).
Last meeting: October 15, 2017: Vikings 23 d Packers 10 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Final Thoughts: The 11-3 Vikings sealed the NFC North title with a 34-7 defeat of the Bengals – their ninth win in 10 games – and can secure a first-round bye with a victory at Green Bay if the Panthers lose. The 7-7 Packers are out of the running, with last week’s 31-24 loss to the Panthers their sixth in nine games since initially losing QB Aaron Rodgers to injury…against the Vikings in a 23-10 loss in Week 6. Rodgers returned against the Panthers but has been placed back on injured reserve with Packers’ playoffs chances now gone. The Vikings have won three of their last four against the Packers, but only one of their last eight at Lambeau Field. The Packers have lost their last three as home underdogs, and the Vikings, who boast the second-best defensive record in the league, have too much at stake to bottle this game.
History: Played 12: Rams 7 V Titans 5.
Last meeting: November 3, 2013: Titans 28 d Rams 21 at Edward Jones Dome.
Final Thoughts: The 10-4 Rams are looking to clinch the NFC West this weekend after demolishing the Seahawks 42-7 in Seattle in Week 15 – a superb bounce-back from their 43-25 loss to the Eagles, and their seventh win in nine games. The 8-6 Titans are still in the playoffs frame, and could even take out the AFC South title (the Jags lead with a 10-4 record). But they don’t bring in the best form, crashing to also-rans the Cardinals and 49ers in the past fortnight. The Rams have scored 26-plus points in all but three games this season (including 33 or more on eight occasions) while the Titans haven’t managed more than 24 points in their last eight starts – the visitors should have too much firepower in this clash.
History: Played 115: Patriots 71 V Bills 43 (1 Draw).
Last meeting: December 3, 2017: Patriots 23 d Bills 3 at New Era Field.
Final Thoughts: The 8-6 Bills are second in the AFC East behind the 11-3 Patriots, but remain in the hunt for a Wild Card slot after a two-touchdown display from LeSean McCoy led them to a 24-16 defeat of the Dolphins, their third in four games. The division title locked up for the ninth straight season, the Pats are looking to seal a first-round bye – which they can do with a win and loss by either the Steelers (who they beat 27-24 in a high-stakes cliff-hanger last week) or the Jags. The Pats have won 25 of their last 28 against the Bills, but the Bills have managed two wins in their last three visits to Gillette Stadium. A 2-4 away record and a 20-point loss to the Patriots just three weeks ago doesn’t bode well for the Bills, but expect this one to be considerably tighter with McCoy sure to cause the home side a few problems.
History: Played 97: Falcons 52 V Saints 45.
Last meeting: December 7, 2017: Falcons 20 d Saints 17 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Final Thoughts: A massive clash which will likely decided the NFC South. The 10-4 Saints lead the division and downed the Jets 31-19 in Week 15, while the 9-5 Falcons sit third and edged Tampa Bay by three points last week – their fifth win in six games. The Falcons knocked over the Saints 20-17 just a fortnight ago in a crucial result in Atlanta, their third win in a row in the rivalry. The Saints will be looking to capitalise on home-ground advantage – going 6-1 in New Orleans this season – but the Falcons are a solid 5-2 on the road and bring better form into this clash. Another thriller looms, and the Falcons look good value as underdogs.
History: Played 4: Jaguars 2 V 49ers 2.
Last meeting: October 27, 2013: 49ers 42 d Jaguars 10 at Wembley Stadium.
Final Thoughts: The 10-4 Jaguars confirmed the end of a decade-long playoffs hiatus with a 45-7 destruction of the Texans in Week 15 – their seventh win in eight games – and will clinch the AFC South title with a win in San Francisco. The 4-10 49ers have run into a purple patch with the season winding down, recovering from an 0-9 start to win four of their last five – including a 25-23 upset of a Titans side that is right in the playoffs mix last week. The mid-season trade to get quarterback Jimmy Garropolo to San Francisco has proved a masterstroke, transforming the 49ers into a competitive outfit since making his franchise debut in Week 12. But in Blake Bortles the Jags possess one of the NFL’s form QBs, passing for three TDs and 326 yards last week. The Jaguars have outscored their opponents 105-41 in the last three weeks and should account for their hosts with plenty on the line.
History: Played 17: Cowboys 10 V Seahawks 7.
Last meeting: November 1, 2015: Seahawks 13 d Cowboys 12 at AT&T Stadium.
Final Thoughts: It’s do or die for both sides in Dallas, with the winner remaining alive for another week and the loser eliminated from playoffs contention. The 8-6 Cowboys are second in the NFC East but have won their last three against the Redskins, Giants and Raiders after initially struggling without Ezekiel Elliott. The star running back returns from suspension this week, but can be expected to be a little rusty after six weeks out. The 8-6 Seahawks are second in the NFC West, but have lost their last two – including a 42-7 thrashing at the hands of the Rams last week. The Cowboys have won three of their last four at home against the Seahawks and should use their current momentum to stay in the playoffs race.
History: Played 5: Steelers 3 V Texans 2.
Last meeting: October 20, 2014: Steelers 30 d Texans 23 at Heinz Field.
Final Thoughts: The 11-3 Steelers already have the AFC North title in their keeping despite a gut-wrenching three-point loss to the Patriots in Week 15; they are aiming to stay in the hunt for a first-round bye by accounting for their hosts on Christmas Day. The 4-10 Texans are in horrible touch, losing their last four in a row – culminating in a 45-7 rout at the hands of the Jaguars last week. The Texans have scored more than 16 points just once in their last seven games and are little chance against a Steelers side that has lost just once – to the defending champs – since Week 5.
History: Played 12: Raiders 6 V Eagles 6.
Last meeting: November 3, 2013: Eagles 49 d Raiders 20 at O.co Coliseum.
Final Thoughts: The 6-8 Raiders still remain in the race for a playoffs spot, sitting third in the underperforming AFC West – though they need a slew of results to fall their way, while also winning their super-tough last two fixtures. The Raiders have lost their last two games to the Chiefs and Cowboys, and their prospects of staying alive are not aided by the fact they travel to take on the Eagles, who are 6-0 at home and boast an NFL-best 12-2 record. Since their streak-ending loss to the Seahawks in Week 13, the Eagles have beaten the Rams and Giants. The Eagles have scored 31-plus points in each of their last five wins and another high-scoring victory will be an ideal stocking-filler for fans in Philadelphia.