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Free Picks: Bowl Games and Week 16 in the NFL 12/23 – 12/27
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Free Picks: Bowl Games and Week 16 in the NFL 12/23 – 12/27

We went 15-9 last weekend picking the NFL games and several bowl games. That brings our record to 400-137 (74%) for the season. The College Football bowl season will have 6 games through this time period and the NFL is loaded with games that will have a lot of influence on the playoffs. We hit our Lock of the Week as the Bills covered and we are 11-5 for the year in that category. We went 1-1 on the Upset Specials, correctly picking Utah State over Oregon State, and narrowly missing the Baltimore-Green Bay game. That leaves our record at 14-9 in that category. Here are our win predictions for this week’s bowl games and the NFL. Keep in mind, these are straight up wins, not involving the point spreads.


FRISCO BOWL at Frisco, TX: North Texas 6-6 vs. Miami-Ohio 6-6 The Mean Green is on a roll. *Upset Special* North Texas 35 Miami 27

GASPARILLA BOWL at TAMPA, FL: UCF 8-4 vs. Florida 6-6 This is a huge game for one team and not so much for the other. UCF 31 Florida 27


San Francisco 8-6 at Tennessee 9-5: The winner of this one is in great shape for the playoffs. San Francisco 23 Tennessee 21

FRIDAY 12/24:

HAWAII BOWL at Honolulu: Memphis 6-6 vs. Hawaii 6-7 Memphis is better but will this just be a vacation for them. Hawaii 38 Memphis 37


CAMELLIA BOWL at Montgomery, AL: Georgia State 7-5 vs. Ball State 6-6 What a way to spend Christmas. Georgia State 32 Ball State 30


Cleveland 7-7 at Green Bay 11-3: This is the last gasp for the Browns. So what? Green Bay 27 Cleveland 17

Indianapolis 8-6 at Arizona 10-4: Can the Cardinals bounce back from the loss against the Lions? Arizona 27 Indianapolis 2

SUNDAY 12/26:


Baltimore 8-6 at Cincinnati 8-6 : The winner will be in first in the AFC North. Cincinnati 23 Baltimore 19

Buffalo 8-6 at New England 9-5: A win for the Patriots all but locks up the AFC East. New England 21 Buffalo 17

Detroit 2-11-1 at Atlanta 6-8: The Lions thumped the Cardinals last week. Can they make it two in a row? Atlanta 24 Detroit 17

Jacksonville 2-12 at NY Jets 3-11: Talk about a nothing game. Jets 17 Jacksonville 16

LA Chargers 8-6 at Houston 3-11: The Chargers can’t afford to letdown after that tough loss to the Chiefs. Chargers 28 Houston 17

LA Rams 10-4 at Minnesota 7-7: This is a must win for the Vikings and the Rams need it too. Rams 28 Minnesota 24

NY Giants 4-10 at Philadelphia 7-7: The Eagles have to win this game. Philadelphia 23 Giants 16

Tampa Bay 10-4 at Carolina 5-9: Tampa Bay needs to get going. Tampa Bay 30 Carolina 16

Chicago 4-10 at Seattle 5-9: The Seahawks could be flat in this one, be careful. Seattle 20 Chicago 17

Pittsburgh 7-6-1 at Kansas City 10-4: The Steelers have to win this one and the Chiefs have COVID problems. Kansas City 31 Pittsburgh 17

Denver 7-7 at Las Vegas 7-7: The winner will still have a chance; the loser is out. Raiders 24 Denver 20

Washington 6-8 at Dallas 10-4: The Cowboys are trying to get a high seed for the playoffs. Dallas 26 Washington 21

MONDAY 12/27:

QUICK LANE BOWL at Detroit, MI: Western Michigan 7-5 vs. Nevada 8-4 I’ll keep betting against the MAC. Nevada 37 Western Michigan 31

MILITARY BOWL at Annapolis, MD: Boston College 6-6 vs. East Carolina 7-5 Another very uninteresting game. E.Carolina 31 BC 25


Miami 7-7 at New Orleans 7-7: This is another NFL game with huge playoff ramifications for both teams. New Orleans 24 Miami 17

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