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Gordy’s Game Guesses: Week 16 Recap

Posted by Gordy Stillman , 27 December 2016 · 47 views

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This week scared me for a while. Early on Saturday, I was tracking for a losing week, which would be my first of the season. Thankfully, things bounced back in the late-afternoon games, and I got out to an 8-5 lead after Saturday, securing a split-or-better week. Sunday was a great day, with two wins and two playoff berths locked up, and Monday sealed the week with a high scoring victory for the Dallas Cowboys. This week also provided a big surprise when Cleveland won its first game of the season. Needless to say I got that one wrong.

The correct picks:
New York Jets @ New England Patriots
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
Washington Redskins @ Chicago Bears
Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers
Indianapolis Colts @ Oakland Raiders
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints
San Francisco 49ers @ Los Angeles Rams
Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans
Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
Detroit Lions @ Dallas Cowboys

The Minnesota Vikings eliminated themselves from playoff contention Saturday afternoon at Lambeau Field. Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdowns and ran in a fifth against the same defense that held him to two scores in the Vikings home opener on September 18. Quarterback Sam Bradford and center Nick Easton both fumbled in the first half, with Bradford’s coming at the end of a sack and Easton’s as the result of a botched snap. I can almost understand Bradford occasionally losing a ball after a big hit. Easton’s first job is to get the ball to the quarterback, not get it caught between his legs.

I think the greatest long shot I took this week was picking San Francisco to take its second win of the season. I was wrong in the first matchup between the 49ers and the Rams, but my gut feeling was that like the Giants vs. the Cowboys, the 49ers would surprise and sweep the season series. Both teams have changed quarterbacks since their opening week matchup, with Case Keenum giving way to Jared Goff in Los Angeles, while Colin Kaepernick reclaimed his starting spot in San Francisco. Within the first quarter, both teams traded interceptions for short touchdowns. Los Angeles pulled away with a little more than 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter to go up 21-7, but Kaepernick rushed for a touchdown and threw for another. With 31 seconds left in the game, Kaepernick’s pass to Rod Streater, paired with a rush for two points on the conversion attempt effectively ended the game. A Jared Goff interception 10 seconds later sealed it.

Monday Night provided an interesting experience, with neither team needing the win. Dallas has already locked up the top seed in the NFC and Detroit is headed for a Week 17 showdown with the Green Bay Packers with the fate of the NFC North Division on the line. Both squads came out swinging, scoring a combined 63 points on nine touchdowns. Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 212 yards and three touchdowns, while wide receiver Dez Bryant threw a 10-yard score to tight end Jason Witten late in the game, set up on a pitch from Prescott. Detroit’s Matthew Stafford threw for 260 yards, but was held out of the end zone save for a rushing touchdown.

The incorrect picks:
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills
Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
San Diego Chargers @ Cleveland Browns
Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seahawks

Without question, the most surprising loss has to be Cleveland’s win over the San Diego Chargers, snapping a 17-game losing streak that began in Week 15 of last season. It had been 377 days, and it came after the Browns blocked a Chargers field goal with 3:49 remaining, punted, and then watched kicker Josh Lambo miss his second chance at tying the game. The Browns defense kept the Chargers out of Cleveland territory for much of the game, limiting Philip Rivers to two touchdowns and an interception.

With an 11-5 record on the week, my picks advance to 153-85-2. As I wrote last week, my goals are to hit 160 wins and avoid 100 losses. I’d need to go 1-15 next week to hit that loss milestone, so I’d like to think it won’t be happening. This also marks my 15th winning week of the season, and we enter the final games without a losing week. Given the holidays and travel obligations, my picks for Week 17 may not go up until Thursday, but since there’s no Thursday game, it will not come down to the wire.

How did your picks do? Tell me in the comments.