Ravens vs Colts

Ravens vs Colts | The Baltimore Ravens commence week 16 in the NFL with a Saturday fight against the Indianapolis Colts:

The Indianapolis Colts are one of the most exceedingly bad groups in football. The Baltimore Ravens are seeking after a playoff seed and have won four of their last five amusements. This is relied upon to be a major win for the purple and dark. It would alert if this diversion wound up being tight. The Ravens favor themselves as a group that can win the Super Bowl. Contenders don’t lose this amusement.Ravens vs Colts

In a league of 32 teams the Colts have the 31st ranked offense and the 31st ranked defense. Andrew Luck has missed the entire season and Jacoby Brissett has become his replacement. The Colts lean heavily on Frank Gore, however he isn’t the superstar that he once was. The veteran running back has 793 yards on 220 carries. Let’s put that statistic in perspective by comparing it to the Ravens’ rushing attack. Alex Collins has 844 yards on 174 carries. There is not one thing the Colts do that is overly impressive.

This better be easy:

This is the type of game that the defense should dominate. If the Ravens score 20 points, it’s doubtful that the second worst scoring offense could match it. To be honest, it would not be shocking to see a fourth shutout on the season.  Baltimore wants to keep the offense humming but Joe Flacco and company should not have to do too much. This is the type of game where it’s not about winning, it’s about winning well.Ravens vs Colts

This could be one of the last games for Chuck Pagano in Indianapolis. With the frustrations circling around Dean Pees, I would not be shocked if Pagano was the Ravens defensive coordinator next year. Pagano has had a rough time in Indianapolis but he is one of the best defensive minds in the game. Pagano was the Ravens defensive coordinator in 2011.

Final Analysis

The Colts have overachieved in all three of their matchups against opponents from the AFC North this season. They beat the Browns by three points, lost to the Bengals by one, and gave the Steelers all they could handle in an eventual three-point loss. And the one thing that leads me to believe that they might be able to do it again this week is their ability to limit turnovers, which counters well against the strength of the Ravens’ defense.Ravens vs Colts

Regardless, logic usually prevails, and logic says that this matchup has blowout written all over it. Even if the Colts don’t turn the ball over, they will still have a difficult time putting points on the scoreboard. It’s also hard to envision a beat-up defense putting up much of a fight against a Ravens offense that has been hitting on all cylinders of late. Baltimore further benefits from home-field advantage and the sense of urgency that comes with needing a win to stay in the thick of the wild-card race in the AFC.

Prediction: Ravens 30, Colts 13

Ravens vs Colts

Packers vs Browns

Packers vs Browns | The Green Bay Packers haven’t completely folded during the seven-game absence of star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is due back next week. The Cleveland Browns have had literally nothing go right during a miserable 0-12 season. A hive mind of about 30 NFL fans predicts the Packers will win Sunday.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The freshest new time in Cleveland Browns football starts Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium against the Green Bay Packers. The Browns, obviously, are as yet looking for their first win of the 2017 season. The Packers, in the interim, come in at 6-6, still in the playoff chase and with quarterback Aaron Rodgers near a conceivable return.Packers vs Browns

Look at our cleveland.com staff picks beneath.

Dan Labbe (10-2): Browns 17, Packers 14

John Dorsey’s certification works out.

Mary Kay Cabot (10-2): Packers 20, Browns 17

Tans come up somewhat short in spite of blending discourse by previous Packer John Dorsey.

Doug Lesmerises (9-3): Packers 24, Browns 14

Shade Jackson as of now got his initially win of the season this week.

Scott Patsko (9-3): Browns 17, Packers 13

The Browns have never lost at home to the Packers in December (1-0).

Bud Shaw (7-5): Browns 20, Packers 17

A win as well as the devotion of another statue at halftime: John Dorsey waving farewell to Kenny Britt.

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The Packers are definitely ready for Rodgers to return, considering backup Brett Hundley most recently passed for just 84 yards again the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a game Green Bay somehow won. The winless Browns should be about as close to a guaranteed win as it gets, as they have lost their past five games by at least two scores. But maybe, just maybe, the Browns are overdue for a little good luck, and there are fewer better ways to manufacture some good fortune than playing a backup quarterback who, though not terrible has pretty ably demonstrated he is indeed a backup Packers vs Browns

To predict the result of this and other games, Unanimous A.I. used what’s known as swarm intelligence to forecast the week’s slate. About 30 NFL fans worked together as a hive mind to make picks. As you can see in the animation below, each participant controlled a little golden magnet and used it to drag the puck toward the answer they thought was the most likely outcome. As the users saw the puck move toward a particular outcome, it triggers a psychological response. They readjust their decision-making, building toward a consensus. Here’s Unanimous A.I. founder Louis Rosenberg explaining swarm intelligence at a recent TEDx Talk.

The game kicks off 1 p.m. Eastern Sunday on Fox.Packers vs Browns

Saints vs Falcons

Saints vs Falcons | The current week’s release of Thursday Night Football finds a couple of NFC South adversaries, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons, meeting in a reestablishment of their competition, as well as an essential trial of gathering and division enemies that will decide postseason rankings.

The 9-3 Saints come into Atlanta with the No. 4 seed in the NFC and hoping to get another leg up in the division in the wake of clearing the Carolina Panthers this season and anticipating two recreations against the Falcons in the following three weeks.

Atlanta (7-5) is right now sitting one spot outside the authority postseason chain of importance, at No. 7 in the NFC, and planning to enhance a triumph here, joined with misfortunes via Carolina and Seattle, in front of them in the gathering, will help kick off their grieving postseason trusts.

Both teams will field a powerful rushing attack they hope will set the tone.

Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara together comprise the NFL’s third-best rushing offense and a group that has combined to run for 19 touchdowns, the league’s most, as the Saints find themselves fielding the most balanced offense in their recent history, and the most run-centric since their Super Bowl run of 2009-10. Saints vs Falcons

Kamara, the Saints’ Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate, is fifth among all qualified players with 1,220 yards from scrimmage, first in yards per carry (7.0), and shares a lead among backs with 11 total touchdowns. Agile, physical, impossible to bring down, the rookie from Tennessee has catapulted in the team from an 0-2 failure into an NFC contender.

But Ingram remains the starter, ranking fourth in football with 922 rushing yards and scoring nine touchdowns on 180 carries this season.

Devonta Freeman will play in his second-straight game since being declared inactive twice this season with a concussion. The Falcons’ starter carried for 74 yards last week in a loss to Minnesota and, despite that missed time, still ranks seventh in football with five rushing touchdowns.

In Freeman’s recent absence, Atlanta has relied on backup Tevin Coleman, and with some success. Also scoring five times this season, Coleman has rushed for four of those touchdowns in his last four games. He’s added two more scores as a pass receiver.Saints vs Falcons

Saints vs Falcons

Here is how you can take in the game this week …

When? Thursday, Dec. 7 at 8:25 pm EST

Where? Mercedes Benz Stadium; Atlanta, Ga.

Television: NBC and NFL Network

Line: Saints, -1

Over/Under: 53.5

Last Meeting: Falcons, 38-32, on Jan. 1, 2017

All-Time Series: Falcons, 51-45

Packers Vs Buccaneers Live

Packers Vs Buccaneers Live | Tampa Bay’s protection is terrible, with its No. 32 positioning in all out barrier, passing resistance, third-down guard and sack rate.

Packers Vs Buccaneers Live

In any case, the Bucs have three champions who might begin for any group in the association. That begins with guarded handle Gerald McCoy. He’s been a one-man destroying group on Tampa Bay’s protective line.

McCoy has five sacks, 20 quarterback hits and 10 handles for misfortunes. McCoy is tied for fifth in the NFL in hits and is tied for the lead in TFLs.

As it were, he’s better than average.Packers Vs Buccaneers Live

“You said that he’s really good,” offensive line coach James Campen said. “There’s a few who are really good. He’s like really, really good. Yeah, he’s really good. He just does a lot of things really well. I know it’s easy to say, but if you want to pinpoint something that’s really great that he does, you can’t do it with this guy. He has great work ethic. He works. He works to not stay blocked. He has a terrific get-off the ball. He’s as disruptive in the pass and run equally. He’s a guy you turn on the tape, he’s showing up frequently. Terrific football player. He’s a really good football player. I got to meet him on occasion with the Pro Bowl. He was a class act and a good person. He’s a really, really good football player.”Packers Vs Buccaneers Live

Packers Vs Buccaneers Live

McCoy has one-third of the team’s sacks and 34.5 percent of the team’s quarterback hits. That will be even more lopsided on Sunday. Defensive end Robert Ayers (two sacks, 13 hits) and defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (three sacks, six quarterback hits) have been ruled out. So, of the players who will be active, McCoy has many sacks and more quarterback hits (19) than everyone else combined. Nobody else has more than one sack or four quarterback hits.

“He’s not happy about it,” Koetter said of the extra attention he garners on most plays. “I mean, when you’re a three-technique in the NFL, that’s what happens. But you guys have two really good inside players in (Mike) Daniels and (Kenny) Clark also. That’s what happens to a good player inside when he’s a three-technique, is he gets doubled a lot. Gerald has been dealing with that his whole career, but he’s still had a lot of production for us.”

Packers Vs Buccaneers

Why the Buccaneers can cover the spread

Winston has missed the last three games with a shoulder injury, but he returned to practice on Wednesday and has been upgraded to probable.

That is a huge positive for Tampa Bay, since he will be the best signal caller on the field despite Green Bay’s Brett Hundley looking good last week in a 31-28 road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Hundley has not played well at Lambeau Field in his three starts there, losing all three games with four interceptions and no touchdowns. Winston should play better in his return.Packers Vs Buccaneers Live

Packers Vs Buccaneers Live

Patriots vs Bills Live

Patriots vs Bills Live | Dislike Sean McDermott has never contradicted Bill Belichick and the Patriots, so this won’t be anything new Sunday when the Bills have New England.

When he was with the Eagles, the groups played four times with New England winning three, including Super Bowl XXXIX. And afterward when McDermott wound up plainly guarded facilitator at Carolina, the groups played once amid his six years there and McDermott’s safeguard showed signs of improvement of Belichick and Tom Brady in a 24-20 triumph in 2013 Monday night amusement.Patriots vs Bills Live

Be that as it may, now comes a definitive test for McDermott – playing New England as a divisional rival. That is an alternate brute in light of the fact that Belichick has seen the Bills twice every year for 17 seasons, and despite the fact that the program turnover is by and large substantial in Buffalo from year to year, Belichick has a far more noteworthy comprehension of the Bills than McDermott likely has of the Patriots.

Belichick has smashed the Bills always, and McDermott needs to figure out how to overlook the shocking history and out-plot the ace rogue.

“I understand that that’s been a part of the past, and I respect the past,” McDermott said. “That said, we’re focused on right now and where we’re going as an organization; it’s building towards what we’re trying to become. They’ve been to where we’re trying to get to, and they’ve been there for a long time. That goes without saying. I’m confident in these guys; I’m confident they’ll put in the work this week, just like they do every week.”

Here’s my preview of the game:Patriots vs Bills Live

Three …

1. Can the Bills use their running game to keep Tom Brady off the field? I say it almost every week, but the Bills’ best chance to win against most opponents is to play 1970s-style football because they don’t have nearly enough talent to win games through the air on offense. The Patriots have the worst run defense in the NFL in terms of yards per attempt (4.9), and the Bills have to take advantage of that. This is sort of a no-name Patriots defense these days, and the Buffalo offensive line must win at the point of attack, something it hasn’t done all that much this season. The Bills have had 27 percent of their running plays stopped for zero or lost yardage, third-worst in the NFL, and LeSean McCoy has taken the brunt of the punishment on those plays. Last week, McCoy carried 22 times for just 49 yards and here’s why: There were 10 plays where he had zero or lost yardage, and another five plays where he gained one or two yards. That’s unconscionable for a team that needs to run to win.Patriots vs Bills Live

Patriots vs Bills Live

2. Will Tyrod Taylor let it all hang out? As I just laid out, the Bills’ running game has been wildly inconsistent, and while they need to run effectively to, at the very least, chew some clock and keep Brady on the sidelines, the Bills have to be more dangerous in the passing game. Taylor continues on as the least intercepted quarterback in NFL history (minimum 1,000 attempts) but why is that? Because he rarely takes a chance down the field. He can’t play conservatively in this game. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison has to give him the chance to make chunk plays, and Patriots vs Bills Live Taylor has to be willing to do it. The Bills attempted only five second-half passes in Kansas City, which is flat out ridiculous. No Kelvin Benjamin hurts, but Taylor has rarely had Benjamin since he was acquired a month ago. Zay Jones is starting to get settled in, Charles Clay is healthy, and Jordan Matthews should be getting to the point where, in a contract year, he feels the need to make something happen.

3. Can the Bills at least contain Brady and company? The Patriots are averaging nearly 30 points per game, and the Bills are allowing an average of 23.6 points per game, though it’s 36.2 in the last four games. This is not a good metric for Buffalo. The only way the Bills are going to slow down the Patriots is to create turnovers, and give their own offense some short fields to work with. Otherwise, it’s very easy to see a game where Brady marches his team up and down the field and blows Buffalo out of the building. The Bills will need to get pass rush pressure from their front four because blitzing Brady is almost always a bad idea. We all know about Brady’s dominance, but TE Rob Gronkowski has tortured the Bills through the years as well, and Buffalo still has no one who can cover him. Chiefs TE Travis Kelce was open all day last week, and Alex Smith never threw it to him. Do you really think Brady is going to ignore Gronk when he flashes open? Also, factor in WR Brandin Cooks who has given a deep game dimension to Brady, something he hasn’t had for several years. There are just too many weapons, and I haven’t even delved into the running game, and you know it would be just like Belichick to cook something up there with Dion Lewis, just because he can.