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Week 16

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Game Day Notes & Updates, Injury situations to watch carefully, last minute sleepers, weather situations etc.


Legend: P-probable (≥75% + chance to play), Q-questionable (~50% chance to play), D-doubtful (≤25% chance to play), O-out (0% chance to play) IR-Injured Reserve, SSPD-Suspended


**Spread: (+) spread  (+6.5) means team is underdog to win, add 6.5 points to score and if team then wins they cover spread and win.  (-) (-6.5) means team is favored to win, subtract 6.5 points from score and if team still wins they cover spread and win.


BYE WEEKS: None                           Thursday Night Game: None


Early Games December 22, 2013

Miami (8-6-0) at Buffalo (5-9-0) 1:00 PM / *Weather: 26°rain


Miami: S-Chris Clemons- knee (P), T-Jonathan Martin- illness (O), G-Richie Incognito- misconduct (SSPD), DT-Paul Soliai- ankle (P), RB-Daniel Thomas- ankle (Q), CB-Brent Grimes- groin (P), CB-Nolan Carroll- knee (P)

Buffalo: K-Dustin Hopkins- right groin (IR), DT-Kyle Williams- achilles (P), DE-Alex Carrington- quadriceps (IR), RB-Fred Jackson- ribs (P), WR-Stevie Johnson- non-injury related (O), QB-EJ Manuel- knee (O), DT-Marcell Dareus- ankle (P), S-Aaron Williams- ribs (O)

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

Miami: (L):WR-Brian Hartline, WR-Mike Wallace, RB-Lamar Miller, TE-Charles Clay, (DL):QB-Ryan Tannehill

Buffalo:  (L):RB-Fred Jackson, RB-CJ Spiller, WR-Robert Woods, WR-Marquise Goodwin (DL):QB-Thad Lewis

Prediction: Buffalo wins 27-21

Spread: Miami -3


New Orleans (10-4-0) at Carolina (10-4-0) 1:00 PM / Weather: 49°showers


New Orleans: none of note, K-Garret Hartley has been cut

Carolina: TE-Greg Olsen- foot (P), RB-Jonathan Stewart- knee (O), T-Jordan Gross- non-injury related (P), WR- Steve Smith- finger (P)

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

New Orleans: (L):QB-Drew Brees, TE-Jimmy Graham, WR-Marques Colston, (S):WR-Kenny Stills

Carolina: (L):QB-Cam Newton, TE-Greg Olsen, RB-DeAngelo Williams

Prediction: Carolina wins 31-30

Spread: Carolina -2.5




Minnesota (4-9-1) at Cincinnati (9-5-0) 1:00 PM / Weather: 36°showers likely


Minnesota: RB-Adrian Peterson- groin (Q), LB-Chad Greenway- wrist (P), RB-Toby Gerhart- hamstring (P), TE-John Carlson- concussion (D), RB-Matt Asiata- ankle (Q), S-Harrison Smith- toe (P)

Cincinnati: CB-Terence Newman- knee (D), LB-James Harrison- concussion (Q), TE-Jermaine Gresham- abdomen (P), DE-Carlos Dunlap- concussion (Q)

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

Minnesota: (L):RB-Adrian Peterson, WR-Greg Jennings, WR-Cordarrelle Patterson

Cincinnati: (L):QB-Andy Dalton, WR-AJ Green, RB-BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Prediction:  Cincinnati wins 28-17

Spread: Cincinnati -8


Denver (11-3-0) at Houston (2-12-0) 1:00 PM / Weather: 60°mostly sunny


Denver: TE-Joel Dreessen- knee (P), CB-Champ Bailey- foot (P), TE-Julius Thomas- knee (P), T-Winston Justice- finger (P), WR-Trindon Holliday- shoulder (P), QB-Peyton Manning- ankle (P), WR-Demaryius Thomas- shoulder (P), WR-Wes Welker- concussion (O)

Houston: RB-Arian Foster- back (IR), RB-Ben Tate- ribs (IR), G-Wade Smith- knee (P), LB-Darryl Sharpton- ankle (P), QB-Case Keenum- right thumb (O), QB-TJ Yates- back (P), TE-Garrett Graham- hamstring (Q), WR-DeAndre Hopkins- ankle (P), CB-Jonathan Joseph- groin (P), RB-Greg Jones- knee (P), WR-DeVier Posey- ankle (O), WR-Andre Johnson- wrist (P),

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

Denver: (L):QB-Peyton Manning, WR-Eric Decker, WR-Demaryius Thomas

Houston: (L):RB-Dennis Johnson, WR-Andre Johnson, TE-Garrett Graham

Prediction: Denver wins 34-14

Spread: Denver -9.5


Tennessee (5-9-0) at Jacksonville (4-10-0) 1:00 PM / Weather: 67°dense fog


Tennessee: RB-Chris Johnson- knee (P)

Jacksonville: WR-Cecil Shorts- sports hernia (IR), RB-Maurice Jones-Drew- hamstring (Q), LB-Paul Posluszny- groin (P), TE-Marcedes Lewis- thigh (P), WR-Jeremy Ebert- ankle (O)

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

Tennessee: (L):RB-Chris Johnson, WR-Kendall Wright, TE-Delanie Walker

Jacksonville: (L):WR-Ace Sanders, RB-Maurice Jones-Drew, (S):WR/RB-Denard Robinson

Prediction: Jacksonville wins 14-13

Spread: Tennessee -4


Indianapolis (9-5-0) at Kansas City (11-3-0) 1:00 PM / Weather: 41°slight chance of snow


Indianapolis: TE: Dwayne Allen- knee (IR), RB-Vick Ballard- knee (IR), RB-Ahmad Bradshaw- neck (IR), LB-Robert Mathis- non-injury related (P), WR-LaVon Brazill- foot (Q), RB-Donald Brown-neck (P), WR-TY Hilton- shoulder (Q)

Kansas City: LB-Justin Houstin- elbow (Q), WR-Dexter McCluster- ankle (P), TE-Anthony Fasano- concussion (P), T-Eric Fisher- shoulder (P)

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

Indianapolis: (L): QB-Andrew Luck, WR-TY Hilton, RB-Donald Brown

Kansas City: (L): QB-Alex Smith, RB-Jamaal Charles, WR-Dwayne Bowe

Prediction: Kansas City wins 24-17

Spread: Kansas City -6.5


Cleveland (4-10-0) at NY Jets (6-8-0) 1:00 PM / Weather: 41° scattered drizzle


Cleveland: QB-Brian Hoyer- knee (IR), RB-Willis McGahee- concussion (P), LB-Tank Carder- shoulder (P), TE-Jordan Cameron- concussion (O), T-Joe Thomas- back (P), CB-Joe Haden- hip (Q), WR-Davone Bess- non-injury related (Q)

NY Jets: TE-Kellen Winslow- knee (P), WR-Santonio Holmes- foot (P), CB-Antonio Cromartie- hip (P), WR-Jeremy Kerley- elbow (P), DE-Muhammad Wilkerson- wrist (P), DT-Kenrick Ellis- back (P), S-Ed Reed- non-injury related (P), WR-David Nelson- ribs (P), DT-Sheldon Richardson- wrist (P), CB-Ellis Lankster- jaw (P), LB-Quinton Coples- shoulder (P)

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

Cleveland: (L):WR-Josh Gordon, (S):RB-Willis McGahee

NY Jets: (L):RB-Chris Ivory, RB-Bilal Powell

Prediction: NY Jets win 14-10

Spread: NY Jets -1


Tampa Bay (4-10-0) at St. Louis (6-8-0) 1:00 PM / Weather: Dome


Tampa Bay: RB-Doug Martin- shoulder (IR), RB-Mike James- ankle (IR), WR-Vincent Jackson- hamstring (P), DE-Da’Quan Bowers- knee (O), LB-Lavonte David- hamstring (P), S-Mark Barron- hamstring (Q)

St. Louis: QB-Sam Bradford- knee (IR), RB-Daryl Richardson- thigh (Q), CB-Janoris Jenkins- back (P), WR-Tavon Austin- ankle (Q)

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

Tampa Bay: (L):RB-Bobby Rainey, WR-Vincent Jackson

St. Louis: (L):WR-Vincent Jackson, RB-Bobby Rainey

Prediction: St. Louis wins 23-17

Spread: St. Louis -4.5


Dallas (7-7-0) at Washington (3-11-0) 1:00 PM / Weather: 42° showers likely


Dallas: CB-Morris Claiborne- hamstring (D), LB-Sean Lee- neck (O), WR-Dwayne Harris- hamstring (O), WR-Terrence Williams- hamstring (Q), DE-DeMarcus Ware- back (P)

Washington: TE-Jordan Reed- concussion (O), RB-Darrel Young- hamstring (Q)

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

Dallas: (L):WR-Dez Bryant, TE-Jason Witten, RB-DeMarco Murray

Washington: (L):WR-Pierre Garcon, RB-Alfred Morris, (S):QB-Kirk Cousins

Prediction: Dallas wins 27-17

Spread: Dallas -3.5



Afternoon Games

NY Giants (5-9-0) at Detroit (7-7-0) 4:05 PM / Weather: Dome


NY Giants: G-Chris Snee- hip (IR), CB-Terrell Thomas- knee (P), DE-Jason Pierre-Paul- shoulder (O), WR-Victor Cruz- knee (O), RB-Peyton Hillis- concussion (O), Brandon Jacobs- knee (IR)

Detroit: WR-Calvin Johnson- knee (Q), S-Louis Delmas- knee (P), S-John Wendling- ankle (P), TE-Brandon Pettigrew- ankle (O), CB-Rashean Mathis- illness (Q), P-Sam Martin- right groin (P)

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

NY Giants: (L):RB-Andre Brown, WR-Hakeem Nicks, WR-Ruben Randle, (S):WR-Jerrel Jernigan

Detroit: (L):WR-Calvin Johnson, QB-Matthew Stafford, RB-Reggie Bush

Prediction: Detroit wins 32-17

Spread: Detroit -8.5


Arizona (9-5-0) at Seattle (12-2-0) 4:05 PM / Weather: 49° rain likely


Arizona: WR-Michael Floyd- ankle (P), QB-Carson Palmer- ankle (Q), RB-Andre Ellington- quadriceps (P), TE-Rob Housler- groin (Q), LB-Karlos Dansby- foot (P), RB Rashard Mendenhall- finger (P), WR-Larry Fitzgerald- concussion (Q)

Seattle: RB-Marshawn Lynch- non-injury related (P), CB-Brandon Browner- (SSPD), WR-Percy Harvin- hip (O), TE-Zach Miller- ribs (P), DE-Chris Clemons- non-injury related (P), CB-Richard Sherman- hip (P), RB-Robert Turbin- groin (P), S-Kam Chancellor- quadriceps (P)

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

Arizona: (L):RB-Andre Ellington, WR-Michael Floyd

Seattle: (L):QB-Russell Wilson, RB-Marshawn Lynch

Prediction: Seattle wins 28-10

Spread: Seattle -9.5


New England (10-4-0) at Baltimore (8-6-0) 4:25 PM / Weather: 41°showers likely


New England: WR-Danny Amendola- groin (P), TE-Rob Gronkowski- knee (IR), LB-Jerod Mayo- pectoral muscle (IR), DT-Vince Wilfork- achilles (IR), CB-Aqib Talib- hip (P), QB-Tom Brady- right shoulder (P), LB-Brandon Spikes- knee (Q), TE-Michael Hoomanawanui- knee (P), CB-Kyle Arrington- groin (Q), WR-Aaron Dobson- foot (Q), WR-Kenbrell Thompkins- hip (Q)

Baltimore: S-Brynden Trawick- ankle (P), LB-Elvis Dumervil- ankle (Q), RB-Ray Rice- thigh (Q), TE-Dallas Clark- illness (P), QB-Joe Flacco- knee (Q)

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

New England: (L):QB-Tom Brady, New England WRs

Baltimore: (L):QB-WR-Torrey Smith, WR-Marlon Brown, RB-Ray Rice

Prediction: Baltimore wins 26-17

Spread: Baltimore -1.5


Pittsburgh (6-8-0) at Green Bay (7-8-1) 4:25 PM / Weather: 56°decreasing clouds


Pittsburgh: DE-Brett Keisel- foot (P), G-David DeCastro- foot (P), S-Troy Polamalu- shoulder (P), WR-Emmanuel Sanders- foot (P), WR-Jerricho Cotchery- shoulder (P), T-Marcus Gilbert- ankle (P), TE-Heath Miller- non-injury related (P)

Green Bay: WR-Randall Cobb- fractured fibula (IR-to return), QB-Aaron Rodgers- collarbone (O), LB-Nick Perry- foot (P), RB-Eddie Lacy- ankle (P),

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

Pittsburgh: (L):RB-Le’Veon Bell, WR-Antonio Brown, WR-Jerricho Cotchery

Green Bay: (L):RB-Eddie Lacy, WR-Jordy Nelson, WR-James Jones

Prediction: Pittsburgh wins 27-13

Spread: Green Bay -2.5


Oakland (4-10-0) at San Diego (7-7-0) 4:25 PM / Weather: 65°becoming sunny


Oakland: S-Charles Woodson- ribs (P), RB-Darren McFadden- knee (P)

San Diego: WR-Malcolm Floyd- neck (IR), WR-Eddie Royal- toe (Q), T- DJ Fluker- ankle (P), TE-Antonio Gates- non-injury related (P), RB-Le’Ron McClain- hamstring (Q), RB-Ryan Mathews- foot (P), WR-Keenan Allen- shoulder (P)

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

Oakland: (L):RB-Rashad Jennings, WR-Rod Streater

San Diego: (L):QB-Philip Rivers, WR-Keenan Allen, TE-Antonio Gates

Prediction: San Diego wins 32-9

Spread: San Diego -9.5



Sunday Night Game

Chicago (8-6-0) at Philadelphia (8-6-0) 8:30 PM / Weather: 57°heavy rain


Chicago: LB-Lance Briggs- shoulder (Q), WR-Earl Bennett- non-injury related (P), WR-Brandon Marshall- hamstring (P)

Philadelphia: WR-Brad Smith- hamstring (P)

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

Chicago: (L):QB-Jay Cutler, RB-Matt Forte, WR-Alshon Jeffery

Philadelphia: (L):QB-Nick Foles, WR-Riley Cooper, RB-LeSean McCoy, WR-DeSean Jackson

Prediction: Philadelphia wins 23-21

Spread: Philadelphia -3.5



Monday Night Game

Atlanta (4-10-0) at San Francisco (10-4-0) 8:40 PM / Weather: 48°mostly clear


Atlanta: WR-Julio Jones- knee (IR), TE-Tony Gonzalez- toe (Q), LB-Sean Weatherspoon- knee (Q), RB-Antone Smith- knee (Q), S-Thomas DeCoud- concussion (P), WR-Darius Johnson- ankle (O)

San Francisco: DT-Justin Smith- shoulder (P), RB-Frank Gore- ankle (P), WR-Mario Manningham- illness (Q), WR-Michael Crabtree- ankle (P), LB-Navorro Bowman- wrist (P)

(S) Sleeper/(L) Like/ (DL) Dislike:

Atlanta: (L):QB-Matt Ryan, TE-Tony Gonzalez, WR-Harry Douglas

San Francisco: (L):RB-Frank Gore, TE-Vernon Davis, WR-Michael Crabtree

Prediction: San Francisco wins 27-7

Spread: San Francisco -10


*-Weather forecasts borrowed from www.nflweather.com

**-Spreads borrowed from  http://www.oddsshark.com/nfl/odds