Week 16 NFL Picks For Sunday December 23

By: Don Best Staff | Thursday, December 20, 2012

Five playoff spots remain open as the NFL heads into the next-to-last week of the 2012 regular season, and Don Best offers up previews and picks for a few of the teams still vying for a postseason berth.

Green Bay is in as the NFC North champion, and the Packers will be home laying 12½ to the visiting Titans (click for updated NFL odds). Sunday's total opened at 47, and three of the last four in this series have gone "over."

Indianapolis can wrap up an AFC wild card slot with a win at Kansas City. The Colts are favored by seven with the scoreboard hurdle sitting at 41½ at a majority of sportsbooks monitored by Don Best Real-Time Odds.

Stuck in a three-way tie for the top spot in the NFC East, Dallas is a field-goal favorite at home vs. the Saints. Four of the last six matchups in this series played in Big D have gone "over," and Sunday's total is 51½.

One of the teams the Cowboys are tied with in the NFC East, Washington, will be on the road at Philadelphia, where the Redskins opened at -6½. Washington crushed the Eagles 31-6 in Week 11 to begin a five-game winning streak. That was the third straight in this series to stay "under" the total which is 45 for this meeting.

Minnesota still has designs on a playoff appearance, and the Vikings are 7½-point underdogs in Houston vs. the Texans, who have already won the AFC South and can clinch the top seed in the conference with another victory. Sunday's total is 44½-45, and both of the previous matchups between Houston and Minnesota finished "over."

Denver will be out for its 10th consecutive win with a home contest vs. Cleveland. Broncos backers look like they will need to lay 13 or more in this game that is carrying a 44½-point total.

The Bears hope to stay in the postseason hunt and snap a three-game skid when they visit the Arizona Cardinals. Chicago is 5½-point chalk with the week's lowest total set at 36½.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 (all times Eastern)
103 Tennessee at 104 Green Bay - 1:00 p.m.
113 Indianapolis at 114 Kansas City - 1:00 p.m.
115 New Orleans at 116 Dallas - 1:00 p.m.
117 Washington at 118 Philadelphia - 1:00 p.m.
123 Minnesota at 124 Houston - 1:00 p.m.
125 Cleveland at 126 Denver - 4:05 p.m.
127 Chicago at 128 Arizona - 4:25 p.m.

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