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NFL Week 16 2020: Picks and predictions for every game

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – OCTOBER 25: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 25, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Somehow, the 2020 NFL season is down to its final two weeks, and the matchups are rife with postseason implications.

Matchup
Minnesota Vikings
6-8
New Orleans Saints
10-4
Friday, Dec. 25
4:30 p.m. ET
FOX
NO -7

The Saints have lost two straight and need to win or face falling out of the No. 2 seed. New Orleans is without Michael Thomas, but Drew Brees should be less rusty now after playing last week.

Pick: New Orleans 26, Minnesota 17

Matchup
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9-5
Detroit Lions
5-9
Saturday, Dec. 26
1 p.m. ET
NFLN
TB -9.5

The Buccaneers are one of the odder teams in the league, but this is simple. Tampa Bay clinches a playoff berth with a win, while the Lions have nothing to play for. Detroit will score a few points, but not enough.

Pick: Tampa Bay 30, Detroit 24

Matchup
San Francisco 49ers
5-9
Arizona Cardinals
8-6
Saturday, Dec. 26
4:30 p.m. ET
Amazon
AZ -5

This could be a tougher game than some expect. San Francisco is a divisional opponent with the coaching advantage. Still, the Cardinals are fighting for the playoff dreams, and the Niners are two weeks away from getting out of a nightmare campaign.

Pick: Arizona 31, San Francisco 23

Matchup
Miami Dolphins
9-5
Las Vegas Raiders
7-7
Saturday, Dec. 26
8:15 p.m. ET
NFLN
MIA -3

The Dolphins earned a key win on Sunday over Bill Belichick, and now take on a mentally-defeated Raiders squad. Las Vegas has the offensive talent to keep this close, but Miami is a better team, with a better coach, and far more motivation.

Pick: Miami 27, Las Vegas 20

Matchup
Atlanta Falcons
4-10
Kansas City Chiefs
13-1
Sunday, Dec. 27
1 p.m. ET
FOX
KC -10.5

The Chiefs are technically trying to lock up home-field advantage, so it should be all systems go with the starters. Kansas City should have its way with Atlanta, who can’t rush the passer or cover. Not an ideal matchup.

Pick: Kansas City 37, Atlanta 22

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