NFL 2018 Season - Week 16
 

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Revenge and Need
by Dennis Ranahan

Great football weather greets every NFL team this week with no severe rain or storms but brisk conditions in Green Bay and Chicago, where the Packers host the Miami Dolphins and the Bears entertain the Detroit Lions. Temperatures at Lambeau Field and Soldier Field will dip into the 30’s.

As we cross the midpoint of the season the race to the playoffs is taking full form. The New England Patriots, who win the AFC East as consistently as the sun rises in the East, have a two game bulge in their race. Six weeks ago, they were looking at the prospect of falling three games back of the Miami Dolphins, and they didn’t allow that to happen with a 38-7 win over Adam Gase’s squad.

Since that win over the Dolphins to close out September, the Patriots have run off five more victories and today head to Tennessee to meet the Titans, a team they knocked off in last year’s Divisional round in the playoffs. Since that playoff loss in New England, the Titans have changed coaches and now have one-time New England linebacker Mike Vrabel in charge of their squad.

The Titans suffered a three game losing streak headed into their October 28th bye, but rebounded with a two touchdown win last Monday night over the Cowboys in Dallas. The Titans problems this year had been primarily on the offensive side of the ball, a factor that was in great part caused by an opening game injury to quarterback Marcus Mariota.

The bye couldn’t have come at a better time for the Titans, as Mariota was able to rest his injured elbow and came out of the bye with his best performance of the season. The offense is also getting a lift from former New England runningback Dion Lewis, who led the Titans in rushing yards Monday night and scored a touchdown.

While the Titans are chasing the Houston Texans in their division, and the Patriots are comfortably in first place, this is a prime spot for a home team upset. The Titans (+6½) over the Patriots are one of our money rated Week 10 selections.

Each Sunday, in this Game Day feature we list the three most popular public bets, and for the first six weeks of the season the public didn’t have a winning week and a combined point spread won/loss record of 5 and 13. Over the past three weeks, the public plays have had three winning Sundays with a combined record of 8 and 1, which brings their season total to 13 and 14.

Today, the public looks to extend their winning streak with three road favorites. In order of preference, today the public is backing the New England Patriots (-6½) over the Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons (-6) over the Cleveland Browns and New Orleans Saints (-6) over the Cincinnati Bengals.

As for our Week 10 money rated selections, they are now posted on this site and if a Bullet Play develops in the final hour leading up to the first kickoff of the day, that game will be added to our list of recommendations at 9:45 a.m. Pacific Time.