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Week 16 NFL picks against the spread

We break down NFL picks against the spread for Week 16 of the 2013 season, including the 49ers-Falcons Monday Night Football matchup.

Al Messerschmidt

We're back for another week of NFL picks, this time breaking down Week 16 against the spread. I traveled west to San Francisco yesterday, so there was a delay in getting picks from James. I'll drop his picks in later today. I flew United from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco by way of Chicago. And for both connections, there was no WiFi. Thankfully we were able to get enough content scheduled out ahead of time, but United didn't make my life any easier. Although, I suppose a few hours away from NN might be healthy....maybe?

And they did respond to my tweet, so there's that:

On to the picks! The 49ers are 12-point favorites against the Falcons, in what is potentially the final game at Candlestick Park. That doesn't factor into the spread, but it's interesting enough nonetheless.

What really matters is the 49ers are playing better football than the Falcons. Times have changed since last January when these two met up in the NFC Championship Game. And yet, the 49ers were favored then and are favored now. The 49ers actually went into the NFC title game as a 4.5 point favorite on the road against the 13-3 Falcons. The Falcons were a strong team last year, but they were not getting the love when the 49ers came to town. I'm not shocked, but it's still a curious consideration.

We don't care if the 49ers cover this week, so long as they win, but it would still be nice to win with some style points. We have seen the team put up style points on occasion, but there are still kinks to be worked out. Hopefully we see them work out those kinks these next two weeks.

Games Spread Fooch James
Dolphins @ Bills Mia -3 Dolphins cover Dolphins cover
Saints @ Panthers Car -3 Panthers cover Panthers cover
Vikings @ Bengals Cin -7.5 Bengals cover Bengals cover
Broncos @ Texans Den -10.5 Broncos cover Broncos cover
Titans @ Jaguars Ten -6 Jaguars cover Jaguars cover
Colts @ Chiefs KC -7 Chiefs cover Chiefs cover
Browns @ Jets NYJ -2 Browns cover Browns cover
Bucs @ Rams STL -6 Rams cover Rams cover
Cowboys @ Washington Dal -3 Washington covers Dallas covers
Giants @ Lions Det -9.5 Lions cover Lions cover
Cardinals @ Seahawks Sea -10.5 Cardinals cover Seattle covers
Steelers @ Packers Pick 'em Packers cover Steelers cover
Raiders @ Chargers SD -10 Chargers cover Raiders cover
Patriots @ Ravens Bal -2.5 Patriots cover Patriots cover
Bears @ Eagles Phi -3 Eagles cover Bears cover
Falcons @ 49ers SF -12 49ers cover 49ers cover
TOTAL 101-103-6 105-99-5
LAST WEEK 6-9-1 6-9-1