NFL Preview & Picks: Week 16 Games

Thursday, December 22, 2005 at 1:00am

Here is a look at this week's games:

  • Dallas (8-6) at Carolina (10-4):Terry Glenn is first Cowboys' receiver with 1,000 yards since Rocket Ismail in 1999. Carolina receiver Steve Smith scored his first career rushing touchdown in Week 15. Panthers hold onto first place in the NFC South while Dallas hopes Drew Bledsoe overcomes his four-turnover game in Week 15. Panthers 24, Cowboys 15

  • Buffalo (4-10) at Cincinnati (11-3):Buffalo was outgained 437-272 in loss to Denver on Saturday. Bengals clinched the AFC North, their first division title since 1990. Cincinnati is tuning up for the playoffs and enjoys another easy win. Bengals 31, Bills 17

  • Pittsburgh (9-5) at Cleveland (5-9):Steelers allowed just 185 yards in win over Vikings in Week 15. Cleveland rookie quarterback Charlie Frye won his first NFL game. Pittsburgh is back on track after two consecutive wins and is shooting for a wild-card berth. Steelers 20, Browns 10

  • Jacksonville (10-4) at Houston (2-12): Jacksonville is winning despite a sluggish offense without injured quarterback Byron Leftwich, but should prevail again. Jaguars 23, Texans 14

  • San Diego (9-5) at Kansas City (8-6):Chargers snapped the Colts' 13-game winning streak on Sunday. Kansas City's Larry Johnson extended his streak of 100-yard rushing games to a team-record seven games. Chargers need to carry over their intensity from win at Indianapolis, but it won't be easy against Kansas City, which has won 17 straight home games in December. Chargers 23, Chiefs 20

  • Tennessee (4-10) at Miami (7-7):Miami has won four straight games. Titans QB Steve McNair threw for 310 yards and two TDs on Sunday, possibly his last in Nashville. Backup QB Sage Rosenfels hopes to rally the Dolphins to their fifth consecutive victory. Dolphins 27, Titans 21

  • Detroit (4-10) vs. New Orleans in San Antonio (3-11):Two miserable teams face off in this game with the Saints aiming for their second win in San Antonio, their home away from home. Saints 28, Lions 24

  • San Francisco (2-12) at St. Louis (5-9): Rams have lost five of their last six games. 49ers might be encouraged after one-point loss to Jaguars, but St. Louis will even up its home record at 4-4. Rams 23, 49ers 17

  • Atlanta (8-6) at Tampa Bay (9-5):Atlanta QB Michael Vick completed just 13 of 32 passes for 122 yards and two interceptions in loss to Chicago on Sunday night. Buccaneers QB Chris Simms was sacked seven times in defeat at New England. After losing in the frigid cold in Chicago, the Falcons warm up a little in Florida, but face a stingy defense for the second straight week. Buccaneers 19, Falcons 16

  • NY Giants (10-4) at Washington (8-6):Giants running back Tiki Barber rushed for a team-record 220 yards and scored two TDs in win over Chiefs on Saturday. Washington's Mark Brunell threw four TD passes in victory over Dallas on Sunday. Giants can clinch the NFC East with a victory while Washington needs a win and help to clinch a playoff berth this week. Giants 24, Redskins 20

  • Philadelphia (6-8) at Arizona (4-10): It'll be Philadelphia's backup QB Mike McMahon vs. one of two Cardinals' backups filling in for the injured Kurt Warner. Eagles 14, Cardinals 13

  • Oakland (4-10) at Denver (11-3): Denver receiver Rod Smith had season highs of 11 catches and 137 yards in win on Saturday: A win or tie will clinch the AFC West for the Broncos. Broncos 34, Raiders 9

  • Indianapolis (13-1) at Seattle (12-2):Colt dreams of a perfect season ended with their first loss Sunday against San Diego. Seattle's Shaun Alexander is just the fifth player in NFL history to run for 1,600 yards in consecutive years. This is a potential Super Bowl preview. The Seahawks need a win to clinch home-field throughout the NFC playoffs. Seahawks 24, Colts 23

  • Chicago (10-4) at Green Bay (3-11): For the first time in his career, Green Bay's Brett Favre hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in three straight starts. Chicago's Rex Grossman gets his first start in more than a year after overcoming injuries and makes Chicago's offense more lethal. Bears 14, Packers 10

  • Minnesota (8-6) at Baltimore (5-9):Minnesota's six-game winning streak was snapped by Pittsburgh Sunday. The Vikings need a win over a team with nothing to lose to stay in the playoff picture. Vikings 20, Ravens 14

  • New England (9-5) at NY Jets (3-11):Patriots clinched the AFC East for the fourth time in five years on Saturday. Jets finished 0-8 on the road for the first time in franchise history. New England's defense has picked up momentum and won't have a problem stifling the Jets. Patriots 27, Jets 13

    - Last week's record: 10-6

    Season record: 153-71

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