NFL Previews: TickPick’s Top Five Week 16 NFL Matchups 2020

The 2020 NFL season has been full of surprises through its first fifteen weeks, with plenty of upsets, heartbreaks, and health issues through which the league has had to navigate. There’s plenty of football ahead, and we at TickPick have taken the time to focus on five key NFL matchups each week this season to give our prediction on who will win and outline which teams are able to have fans at their stadiums.

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Minnesota Vikings (6-8) vs. New Orleans Saints (11-3)

Friday, December 25th @ 4:30 pm EST

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Week 16 kicks off with a rare Friday game on Christmas Day in New Orleans, where the Vikings are fighting to stay in playoff contention and the Saints have their eyes on the coveted number one seed in the NFC. Both teams are coming off tough losses and need a win here to keep their respective hopes alive. The Vikings just lost to their divisional foe Chicago Bears 33-27 and are now one game behind them in the standings. Drew Brees returned for the Saints after missing the last four games with a rib injury, but New Orleans lost at home to the Kansas City Chiefs 32-29 in a game that came down to the wire.

The Vikings came into this game leaning on their star running back Dalvin Cook, and they continued to do so against the Bears. Cook finished with 132 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries, adding five catches for 27 yards, but was unable to carry his team to victory. On the defensive side, the Vikings struggled to stop the run, allowing 199 yards on the ground while giving up two touchdowns to opposing running back David Montgomery. Minnesota also had a hard time protecting Kirk Cousins from the Bears pass rush. He was sacked three times and hit twelve times total. This has been an unfortunate trend for the Vikings who gave up 10 sacks in their previous two games, but it’s something they’ll need to correct against the Saints to have a chance of winning.

Drew Brees hadn’t played in a game since November 15th and it showed against the Chiefs. He completed just 15 of his 34 passes, but made the most of them, finishing with 234 yards passing and three touchdowns. New Orleans did not establish the run, but they didn’t have much time to do so, either. The time of possession was greatly in the Chiefs favor, as the Saints only had the ball for less than 19 minutes. Their running backs combined for 57 rushing yards on 15 carries, but were involved in the passing game, combing for two receiving touchdowns on five catches. Despite some struggles, the Saints have a lot to feel good about after their matchup with the reigning Super Bowl champs.

We typically don’t think of football and Christmas together, but the NFL gave us a gift that should be full of excitement. There will be stars all over the field for both teams, including Alvin Kamara, Adam Thielen, Cameron Jordan, and rookie Justin Jefferson, to name a few. New Orleans’ defense has played better as of late and the Vikings have had a difficult time keeping Kirk Cousins upright. We’ll pick the Saints to win this Christmas day matchup.

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Indianapolis Colts (10-4) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3)

Sunday, December 27th @ 1:00 pm EST

This heavyweight AFC matchup features two teams trending in different directions as the regular season comes to a close. The Steelers started off the season 11-0 and looked like the team to beat, but have since lost three straight, including a shocking 27-17 loss to the Bengals on Monday Night Football. The Colts, on the other hand, have won three games in a row after their 27-20 win over the Houston Texans, and look poised to make a playoff run led by their opportunistic defense.

Indianapolis has quietly put together a team that resembles the Steelers of old — play defense and run the football. Their defense came up with another huge play to close out the game versus the Texans, when they forced and recovered a fumble in the end zone with 19 seconds left to go. They also recovered another fumble Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson lost and kept the pressure on him, recording five sacks on the day. Philip Rivers had an efficient game, throwing for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while Jonathan Taylor led both teams with 83 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Colts offense has plenty of mouths to feed, but it was Zach Pascal who was the favorite this week, putting up 79 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The Colts currently hold the sixth playoff spot in the AFC, but have the chance to climb much higher over these last two games.

Pittsburgh looked like they may not lose a game all season, let alone three in a row. They haven’t won since they played the Ravens earlier this month, and didn’t look particularly stellar in that game, either. Pittsburgh has one of the top defenses in the league and held the Bengals to just 230 yards of offense, but failed to force any turnovers, which was the key category for Cincinnati. The Steelers turned the ball over three times, Ben Roethlisberger was responsible for two of them, both of which led to points for the Bengals. Benny Snell Jr. filled in for James Connor, who tried to get something going on the ground after their run game was almost non existent the last few weeks, but his 84 yards and a touchdown were not enough to overcome the 17-0 halftime deficit for the Steelers.

These teams have Super Bowl aspirations and a lot on the line going into this game. The Steelers need to stop the bleeding before they slide any further in the AFC standings and the Colts are in a heated divisional race with the Tennessee Titans. With two of the best defensive teams in the league squaring off, we expect this to be a physical game with a couple of turnovers. The Colts have looked like the more complete team as of late, and we like them to win this Sunday afternoon showdown.

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Philadelphia Eagles (4-9-1) vs. Dallas Cowboys (5-9)

Sunday, December 27th @ 4:25 pm EST

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This NFC East showdown will leave one team in contention for the divisional crown and the other eliminated from the playoff hunt. Philadelphia is coming off a 33-26 road loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but seem to have found a spark with Jalen Hurts under center. Dallas put together their first winning streak of the season after beating the San Francisco 49ers 41-33 at home. Both teams will look to put the early season blunders behind them and get themselves in position for a shot to punch their ticket to the playoffs.

In his short stint as a starter for the Eagles, Hurts has beaten one of the top teams in the NFC and produced five total touchdowns to zero interceptions. It’s been a pleasant change of pace from Carson Wentz, who had thrown at least one interception in all but three games this season. Hurts finished the loss to Arizona with 338 yards and three touchdowns in the air, while adding 63 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. His mobility has been a difference maker for the offense, but they’ll need to do a better job of protecting him this week after allowing six sacks versus the Cardinals. The Eagles defense forced three turnovers, but didn’t have an answer for Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins with their top cornerback Darius Slay missing the game due to a concussion.

It’s kind of crazy to think that Dak Prescott leads the team in passing despite missing the last nine games of the season, but Andy Dalton has the Cowboys within striking distance of the Washington Football Team for the division lead. They’ll need some help as Washington controls their own destiny, but they’ve at least put themselves in this position after taking care of business against the 49ers. Dalton had a modest game throwing for 209 yards and two touchdowns, but he got some help from Tony Pollard and the defense. Pollard totaled 132 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns, including the 40-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys defense forced four turnovers and helped give them solid field position throughout the game.

This week 16 matchup should be a high-scoring one with both teams allowing more than 25 points per game. Slay’s status will be important for the Eagles secondary going up against talented receivers like Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb to avoid a repeat of what they saw versus Arizona. This game could come down to whose defense can make the one critical stop they need to pull out the victory, and we’ll take the Eagles, who have been just a little better on that side of the ball in a high-scoring but close game.

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Tennessee Titans (10-4) vs. Green Bay Packers (11-3)

Sunday, December 27th @ 8:20 pm EST

This week 16 primetime matchup features future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers and the reigning (potential repeat) rushing leader Derrick Henry. The Titans have won two in a row after routing the Detroit Lions 46-25 and will look to keep up their success against the NFC North this season running in Lambeau. Green Bay has won four in a row and had scored at least 30 points in three of those previous victories before beating the Carolina Panthers 24-16 last week. Both teams will try to stay hot while dealing with the expected freezing temperatures in Lambeau Field.

Derrick Henry gets most of the attention on the Titans offense, and rightfully so, but Ryan Tannehill has quietly put up a solid 2020 season. His three passing touchdowns vs Detroit bring his season total to 31 while keeping interceptions to a minimum, only throwing five of them. Tannehill added two rushing touchdowns in the victory over the Lions, one of them capping off an 83-yard drive to start the fourth quarter. Henry continued his dominance on the ground, finishing with 147 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. The Titans are fully committed to running the ball, but guys like A.J. Brown and Corey Davis can take the ball to the house any time they touch it, which gives this offense a much-needed other dimension.

Aaron Rodgers is having another MVP-caliber season with his league-leading 40 passing touchdowns, and has the Packers at the top of the NFC standings. Green Bay got off to another hot start against Carolina, scoring touchdowns on their first three possessions, but only scored a single field goal the rest of the way. Rodgers finished with a season-low 143 passing yards, due in part to the Packers allowing a season-high five sacks. The somewhat forgotten Aaron on the team, Aaron Jones, had a great performance on the ground, putting up 145 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Jones is a dual-threat who can also do some damage in the passing game, but was pretty quiet in that department in this contest. The Packers will look to get their passing attack back on track against the Titans, who rank 29th in pass defense this season.

Tennessee will no doubt continue to feed Henry the ball and do their best to keep #12 on the Green Bay sidelines. It will be equally as important to minimize the damage Rodgers can do while he’s on the field, however. Henry should be in line for another big day, but it might be tough for their run-first offense to keep up the scoring against Green Bay. The Packers are our pick for this week 16 showdown you won’t want to miss.

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Buffalo Bills (11-3) vs. New England Patriots (6-8)

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Monday, December 28th @ 8:15 pm EST

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This will be the first time in over a decade the NFL playoffs will be without the New England Patriots, after they lost to the Dolphins 22-12. They won’t get any sympathy from the Bills, though, who just clinched their first division title since 1995 after dismantling the Broncos by a score of 48-19. Josh Allen has played his way into MVP consideration and the addition of Stefon Diggs has certainly helped him elevate his game. Cam Newton has shown glimpses of his glory days, but not consistently enough, as has been exemplified by New England’s offensive woes. It’s not the usual AFC East matchup we’ve seen over the years, but should be a good one, nonetheless.

Josh Allen continued his stellar 2020 season in this game against the Broncos, throwing for 359 yards and two touchdowns and contributing two rushing touchdowns, as well. Allen now has 4,000 yards and 30 passing touchdowns in his breakout season and will look to add to those totals against a Patriots team that will be without their top corner, Stephon Gilmore. Diggs will be the most obvious benefactor of Gilmore’s absence, although it might be tough to top his 11-catch, 147-yard performance against Denver. Unless you’re a Buffalo Bills fan, you probably haven’t noticed the season that Cole Beasley is having, as he’s on pace to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in his career. Their running game hasn’t been great, but has come along a bit as of late. Pair that with the trio of Allen, Beasley and Diggs, and this is now a potent offense that can compete with anyone.

The Patriots’ historic playoff streak came to an end in Miami and they were fortunate to have only lost by ten points. The Dolphins threw an interception from the three-yard line and had a fumble returned for a touchdown overturned. The Patriots don’t have many weapons on offense and Cam Newton needs to do a lot with a little to give them a chance at winning. The lack of a running game also puts more weight on Newton, who is relied upon to contribute in that department, as well. We don’t know if one down season is enough to signal the changing of the guard for the AFC East just yet, but the Bills and Dolphins aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, either.

This was a close game when the two teams played back in November, and New England even had a chance at winning had it not been for an untimely fumble by Newton on their last drive, but we wouldn’t expect it to be as close this time around. Buffalo currently sits in the two-seed in the AFC and should be in that spot when this game is over. We like the Bills in this Monday Night Football matchup.

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