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Stampede Blue’s NFL Week 16 staff picks

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Two weeks left to play in the NFL regular season and it all starts Saturday with the Tennessee Titans taking on the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens against the Los Angeles Chargers. With Josh Johnson picking up the win last week the Redskins will look to make it two in a row against a Marcus Mariota-led team with playoff aspirations, while the two playoff teams battle it out in LA as the heavy run offense around Lamar Jackson will aim to keep pace with Philip Rivers and his multitude of offensive weapons.

Once Sunday hits we’ve got a number of divisional matchups. The Minnesota Vikings look to keep their playoff spot intact when they take on Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. The injury-plagued Falcons travel to Carolina to face the Cam Newton-less Panthers, who was shut down for the remainder of the season earlier this week.

The Browns play the Bengals in a Hue Jackson revenge game, while the Browns aim to extend their win-streak to three. The Bills travel to New England in hopes to force the Patriots into their third loss in a row just days after wide receiver Josh Gordon was kicked out of the league for his fifth substance abuse violation.

The Cowboys look to avenge their shutout a week ago at home against a Buccaneers team that’s 1-6 on the road, and the Packers are playing in the Met Life Stadium against Sam Darnold and the New York Jets.

The Indianapolis Colts take on the New York Giants in their last home game of the season, still hoping to find their way into the playoffs. The Eagles, back with Nick Foles at the helm, will look to run the table for the second year in a row against the AFC South leading Houston Texans. The Jaguars, who’ve still yet to score an offensive touchdown since firing offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, play the Dolphins in a game no one should want to watch.

The late afternoon slate pits two top NFC teams against bottom-feeders, as the Chicago Bears take on the 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams face the Arizona Cardinals. The game of the week pits the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger, a game some had called a potential Super Bowl matchup at the beginning of the year.

Sunday Night Football pits Patrick Mahomes against the stingy Seattle Seahawks’ defense. Mahomes and Russell Wilson are two of the best improvisers in the game, which should make for an exciting finish to the Sunday slate. Week 16 ends with Monday Night Football, where the Denver Broncos — fresh off a loss to the Cleveland Browns — take on the Oakland Raiders.

After a three-way tie in game picks last week, Chris Shepherd took the lead himself after going 10-6 in Week 15. Check out how the Stampede Blue staff predicts this weekend to play out.

Chris Shepherd: 129-79 / Andrew Aziz: 129-79 / Brett Mock: 126-82 / Stephen Reed: 124-84 / Jared Malott: 124-84 / Elliot Denton: 122-86 / Zachary Hicks: 95-82 / Blake Pace: 80-51 / Ana Krasuski 41-35

Saturday 4:30 pm ET

Redskins @ Titans (8) | Contrarian: Ana Krasuski

Saturday 8:20 pm ET

Ravens @ Chargers

Sunday 1:00 pm ET

Buccaneers @ Cowboys (8) | Contrarian: Stephen Reed

Vikings @ Lions

Falcons (6) @ Panthers | Contrarians: Chris Shepherd, Brett Mock, Krasuski

Texans @ Eagles

Giants @ Colts

Bengals @ Browns

Bills @ Patriots (8) | Contrarian: Shepherd

Packers (7) @ Jets | Contrarians: Shepherd, Zachary Hicks

Jaguars @ Dolphins (8) | Contrarian: Krasuski

Sunday 4:05 pm ET

Bears @ 49ers

Rams @ Cardinals

Sunday 4:25 pm ET

Steelers @ Saints (7) | Contrarians: Andrew Aziz, Blake Pace

Sunday 8:20 pm ET

Chiefs (6) @ Seahawks | Contrarians: Reed, Aziz, Jared Malott,

Monday 8:15 pm ET

Broncos (7) @ Raiders | Contrarians: Reed, Krasuski

What are your picks for Week 16?