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NFL Week 16: Staff Picks

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Two weeks left and yours truly is still in the lead even after picking the Chargers to win against the Panthers.

Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

With 15 weeks in the books, our picks contest is nearly to its end. Jeff, who had led this contest nearly the entire season, has fallen all the way to third place two games behind the surging JKvandal and three games behind your current leader, me.

More importantly, our Fearless Leader has managed to allow himself to be overtaken by AvengingJM. It's probably too much to ask that Dana catch him, but it is worth mentioning that she made up three games on him last week by failing to submit her picks on time. Nicely done, boss.

This week, Dana has elected not to make her picks on time again. She's joined by my too closest rivals for the crown (oh, what a truly unimpressive honor this will be) in Jeff and JK who are also going to ride with all away teams again this week.

In Week 15, road teams won 10 of 16 games, so maybe that won't be too bad. Hey, maybe the Raiders, Chargers, Vikings, Titans and Browns will even surprise people. A Chargers win would be bad for the future, so it's probably not a winning strategy to bet against them, but that didn't stop all participating staff members from picking the Jets to win at home.

Not counting the stragglers, the staff was unanimous in selecting the Falcons, Packers, Colts, Panthers, Patriots, Texans, Redskins, Broncos and Bears. I'll be truly shocked if all of those teams win, but they do all appear to be strong favorites.

Steelers/Bengals and Bucs/Rams split the staff 3 against 3 and do appear on paper to be the toughest games to call. Let us know in the comments who you think will win.

John Richard Crean Orz AvengingJM Jeff SDBM jkvandal Dana
2012 Record 127-96 140-83 132-91 130-93 120-88 137-86 135-88 139-84 114-94
Last Week 7-9 10-6 12-4 10-6 10-6 10-6 9-7 13-3 10-6
PCT .570 .628 .592 .583 .577 .614 .605 .623 .548

ATL @ DET
SD @ NYJ
NO @ DAL
TEN @ GB
IND @ KC
BUF @ MIA
STL @ TB
OAK @ CAR
NE @ JAC
NYG @ BAL
MIN @ HOU
WAS @ PHI
CIN @ PIT
CLE @ DEN
SF @ SEA
CHI @ ARI