Week 16 involves an finish as 19 groups are left battling for a playoff spot
‘Christmas comes at an inconvenient time’ based on Invoice Belichick, and in a manner, he has a degree. The NFL season is nearly over and playoff seedings are being decided throughout the hectic a part of the vacation season. Final week, 26 groups have been nonetheless in competition for an NFL playoff spot. This week, that quantity has decreased all the way down to 19, and it ought to fall even additional by Sunday night.
1. Steelers vs Saints
23 DECEMBER 2018
Pittsburgh Steelers 2.80 vs New Orleans Saints 1.38*
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DeCastro: “Their protection is taking part in loopy.” pic.twitter.com/WI8ceLET4i
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) December 21, 2018
The Saints spent the primary three-quarters of the season proving that offence can win large and the previous three weeks proving that you are able to do the identical with defence. Nonetheless, in current weeks, they’ve slowed down, as three consecutive street video games resulted in two wins and a loss however their offence averaged solely 16.7 factors a sport.
Heading into the sport, it’s onerous to disregard Pittsburgh’s win over New England final week. However of the Steelers’ eight wins, it’s one in every of two that got here towards a group that at the moment has a profitable file.
Taking part in at residence has confirmed to be a major benefit for the Saints, who’ve received 13 of the final 14 video games within the Superdome, whereas profitable and overlaying 4 straight with double-digit victories.
New Orleans are the favourites to win on Sunday. With their current present of defence and hopes of a rebound in offence, the Saints will probably be again in enterprise once more.
2. Chiefs vs Seahawks
24 DECEMBER 2018
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 1.63 vs Seattle Seahawks 2.13*
66% completion charge
These are the numbers Patrick Mahomes has put up towards defenses just like the Seahawks. @ChiefsReporter explains pic.twitter.com/W5nKZRRTFu
— Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 21, 2018
Patrick Mahomes will probably be seeking to proceed his MVP-caliber season, because the Seahawks host the marginally favoured Kansas Metropolis Chiefs on Sunday. The pair will probably be battling it out for a place within the playoffs.
For Seattle to clinch a playoff spot, it stays so simple as profitable on Sunday night time. Stopping the Chiefs and Mahomes so as to take action is significantly much less easy.
Final week, the Seahawks didn’t look too promising as they misplaced to the 49ers, and it doesn’t look too promising as soon as once more. The Seahawks will probably be at a determined drawback attempting to cease Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.
The Chiefs are 11-Three, and their losses have been by a mixed 7 factors to groups with a mixed file of 31-11. They head to Seattle because the favourites over the Seahawks who’re usually terrific as residence underdogs. Nonetheless, accidents will make it onerous for the Seahawks to maintain up with the Chiefs.
The Seahawks might must play with out Bradley McDougald, who’s unsure due to a knee harm he sustained. His potential alternative could be Delano Hill who will get his first NFL begin. If that occurs, the Seahawks’ go defence goes from first rate to sub-par. And sub-par received’t reduce it towards the highest passing offense within the league.
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