It all comes down to two weeks. For some teams, they are already planning their vacations to some warm-weather island that will help them forget about the troubles of the season. And for others, there is the battle to make the playoffs. One game, one play, one missed tackle could cause those teams competing for the playoffs to win a game or lose one. Even though it isn’t the playoffs, there is the intensity of playoff games this week present. It will be amazing to see who responds and who falls short. Welcome to Week 16 and the General’s NFL Proclamations.
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
- The Giants have been rolling in their secondary with Janoris Jenkins and Landon Collins. And in this game, they will get to rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. Look for Wentz to throw at least two interceptions to the Giants.
- The Giants offense has been inconsistent this year outside of outbursts offensively by Odell Beckham Jr. But in this game, their trio of receivers gets to the Eagles secondary. Look for wide receiver Sterling Shepard to have five receptions for 80+ yards and a touchdown.
- The Eagles offense will get wide receiver Jordan Matthews and running back Darren Sproles back in this one. But unfortunately, don’t both to perform well. Matthews will be ok if not decent, but Sproles will be his usual self, causing problems for the Giants.
Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
- The Miami Dolphins have been playing well and did not miss a beat last weekend versus the New York Jets. But when it gets cold, they are historically a different team. Look for the Dolphins to score less than 17 points in this game.
- The Bills offense goes as far as their running game goes. So with that being said, expect running back LeSean McCoy to make it happen with over 100 yards rushing and a touchdown.
- Both defenses can get after the quarterback very well. But in this one, the Dolphins pass rush will get the better of the Buffalo offensive line, gathering at least three sacks.
New York Jets at New England Patriots
- The Jets have been horrible protecting their quarterbacks this season. And that is not the thing you want to have be an issue with the Patriots as your opponent. Look for the Patriots to have at least five sacks in this game, as Bryce Petty is running for his life.
- The Patriots offensively have been adjusting to life after tight end Rob Gronkowski very well. And in this one, they show the Jets just how well they have adjusted with getting the football to Martellus Bennett. Look for the vet tight end to have 100 yards receiving and a touchdown.
- Darrelle Revis has had a season to forget lining up outside against top wide receivers all season long. Well in this one, expect him to have a solid game, as the Patriots have but one speed merchant on their team. That should provide him some help for his sake.
Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
- The Tennessee Titans have been rolling recently and pretty much most of that is due to the running game. Well, expect that running game to continue to grind it out led by running back Demarco Murray, who will gain 115 yards receiving and a touchdown in this one.
- The Jaguars have been struggling all season on both sides of the ball. And in this one, things will not change, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Look for the Jags to have two turnovers, which at least one will come from quarterback Blake Bortles.
- The Titans defense buttoned down the hatches after the Chiefs scored 14 early points. And in this one, they will give up some points. But they will give up no more than 17 points in this game.
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
- The Packers have been on a roll offensively recently and many will point to the play of quarterback Aaron Rodgers. But one guy that isn’t getting enough credit for his role of the team is Ty Montgomery. The wide receiver/running back from the University of Stanford will definitely get some shine in this game, as he goes for over 100 total yards and a touchdown.
- The Vikings were destroyed last week in the return of running back Adrian Peterson. The simple reason why they were not able to get it going offensively was the offensive line. And this game will have them getting exposed yet again, as they give up four sacks at least and struggle to keep pressure off Sam Bradford.
- Speaking of quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers has played well since he said he felt like the Packers could run the table. And in this one, he will have a solid game. Look for Rodgers to accumulate 300 yards passing and three touchdowns versus the Vikings.
San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns
- The Chargers have been indifferent all season long. And that has led to stalled drives, field goals, touchdowns and everything. But in this game, they get a little better at finishing for a second at least. Look for the Chargers to end up with 23 points in the first half.
- The Browns are getting quarterback Robert Griffin III on the field for consecutive weeks to see how he can recover and succeed as an NFL quarterback. Well if under 50% passing and less than 200 yards is any indication, then Griffin III is not going to make it long in this game.
- The Chargers defensively have some young pieces there. But the big key for them will always be Phillip Rivers. Look for the veteran quarterback to have over 300 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears
- The Redskins are coming into this one still stinging from the Carolina loss. And the Bears would be the perfect medicine for the Redskins offense to get back on track. Look for the Redskins to have over 300 yards of offense.
- The Bears have not given up this season, displaying effort in all their games despite the score. And in this one, Chicago and the Redskins will fight to the finish. And whoever survives the game will only win by three or four points.
- The Redskins defense will be better, but they will still give up yardage to the tight end. Look for the Bears tight end position to give them at least 100 yards receiving and potentially a touchdown in this one, since the Redskins are not very strong at covering tight ends.
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers
- The Falcons have been tearing it up offensively this year without Julio. So imagine what they will do with Julio back. This week Julio is probably going to come back and play, so I would expect the Falcons to potentially put up 35+ points in this game.
- The Panthers offense is keyed by the running game, as we saw Monday night versus the Redskins. Well in this one, the running game disappears and that will cause some issues for the Panthers, who will become one-dimensional in this one.
- The Falcons and Panthers naturally do not like each other. And because of that, look for some personal foul penalties in this game to add up.
Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders
- The Oakland Raiders offense has been scoring points but still figuring out the lulls. In this one, the Colts defense provides no resistance. And they will constantly give up first downs to the Raiders along with at least six completions of over 30-40 yards.
- The Colts have had issues protecting Andrew Luck all season long. And this game will be no different. The Raiders will have five sacks or more in this game. Maybe Grigson would want to put some money into that offensive line sometime.
- The Raiders and Colts both feature top quarterbacks. But neither has a running game that shows up every week. This week, the Colts running game goes dormant while the Raiders offense decides to crank out some good runs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
- The Saints got a little offensive last week versus the Cardinals last weekend. But unfortunately for them, they did not get defensive. Watch for their defense to give up over 30 points to the Bucs in this game.
- With that 30 points, there will be a few connections between wide receiver Mike Evans and quarterback Jameis Winston. These two have a great understanding of each other and that means they will work the Saints secondary to the tune of seven receptions for over 125 yards receiving.
- The explosion in the Saints’ offense comes from wide receiver Brandin Cooks. And in this game, he will have another explosive play, this time for at least sixty yards or more.
Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
- The Seahawks are getting it going this season finally offensively. And the biggest difference has been the running game. Thomas Rawls has been getting better with each performance. And in this one, he runs for over 100 yards and a touchdown.
- The Cardinals offense was rolling last weekend versus the Saints. But in this one, the brakes will be applied. Look for the passing game of the Cardinals to suffer, with quarterback Carson Palmer not getting over 200 yards passing.
- The defense of the Cardinals has had issues at times with the passing game. And with tight end Jimmy Graham out there for the Saints, they will continue to have issues. Graham will accumulate 100 yards receiving and a touchdown in this one.
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
- The 49ers offense could not get it going consistently against the Falcons last week. But against the Rams, look for Colin Kaepernick to have some fun hitting open wide receivers. Look for him to have at least three passing touchdowns in this one.
- The Rams looked pretty bad offensively last month. But in this one, they can have some success running the football with Todd Gurley III. Look for Gurley III to have at least 100 yards rushing in this game.
- The Rams and 49ers offensive lines have not been great this year. But in this one, you know where Goff is going to be and that will help the 49ers get at least four sacks in this game.
Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans
- The Houston Texans will be working with a new starting quarterback in Tom Savage. Look for him to let it rip in this game like he said he would do this week. But it isn’t going to be as easy as it was for him versus Jacksonville. Savage will have two touchdown passes but he will also have an interception or two. The Bengals defense is definitely a different animal than the Jacksonville defense, as Savage is about to find out.
- The Bengals have been inconsistent offensively all year. But as quarterback Andy Dalton goes, so goes their offense. And in this one, he should have a pretty good game. Look for him to throw for at least 280 yards and two touchdowns.
- The running game for both sides has had flashes and disappeared at times. But in this one, Jeremy Hill and Lamar Miller will both be below 100 yards rushing.
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
- The Ravens have been winning despite not being consistent offensively. You never know what you are going to get from them. Well this week, the Ravens do not score more than 20 points. Some may think that is a bad thing for Baltimore, but if they get near 20 points, that could actually be a good thing for them.
- Running back Le’Veon Bell has been unbelievable this season. But in this game, he is taking on one of the best defenses in the NFL. Look for him to be held under 100 yards rushing in this game.
- The Ravens defense seems to get hype when the big games come around. But Big Ben Roethlisberger does as well. Look for Big Ben to come out and sling it for at least 300 yards and throw for at least two touchdowns.
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
- The Broncos offensively have been ugly and this week will not be any different. Despite Trevor Siemian’s story being a feel-good one, he has not given the offense what they need. And look for him to again struggle as he throws for under 200 yards in this one.
- The Chiefs offense started strong last week versus the Titans and then fizzled down the stretch. This week, they look to gain steam again and that all begins and ends with quarterback Alex Smith. Look for Smith to have at least 250 yards rushing and two touchdown passes, including one to speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
- The Denver pass rush is excellent with outside linebacker Von Miller and crew. The Chiefs have a solid pass rush as well. And in this one, expect both sides to have their share of fun. Both teams will have at least three sacks apiece.
Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys
- Ezekiel Elliot running for 100 yards has become expected every single game now. And in this game, it will happen yet again, as he runs for 125 yards at least and two touchdowns.
- The Lions have been a team that has fought to the end in every single game they have played this year. And that fight is led by quarterback Matthew Stafford. Look for him to throw for 280 yards and three touchdowns in this one.
- The Dallas defense can be tough, but they will bend a little in this one. Look for them to give up at least 24 points in this game to the Lions,
Week 16 is here and so are the General’s Proclamations. Enjoy the games and the holidays everyone.