The Loop NFL Picks: Week 16

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The Loop NFL Picks: Week 16
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Every Sunday, Kevin Cusick makes his predictions against the latest Las Vegas point spread, the way God intended …

Rams at Vikings (+2½)

Former Rams star Kurt Warner is in the spotlight this week with the release of the new movie about his fabled career, “American Underdog.” If the film does well at the box office they’ll be following it up with another quarterbacking tale about the Vikings’ Kirk Cousins: “Overpaid Mutt.”
Pick: Rams by 11

Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (97) tackles Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8), causing a fumble, during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Chargers at Texans (+9½)
Los Angeles tight end Donald Parham struck his head and began shaking uncontrollably during last Thursday’s game against the Chiefs. The incident served as a reminder to all TV viewers on Fox that Joe Buck is even worse as a medical expert than he is at his day job.
Pick: Chargers by 14

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Los Angeles Chargers tight end Donald Parham (89) can’t hold on to the ball on an incomplete pass in the end zone during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. Parham was injured on the play. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Broncos at Raiders (-1½)
Peyton Manning reportedly is interested in buying a share of the Broncos, with whom he won Super Bowl L six years ago. The retired quarterback would be a minority owner, and he would have very little impact on the franchise … kind of like he did in his final season of 2015.
Pick: Raiders by 3

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Peyton Manning waves to the crowd at his Ring of Fame induction ceremony during an NFL football game between the Denver Broncos and the Washington Football Team Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Lions at Falcons (-5½)
There was lots of medical news coming out of Detroit in the hours after the Lions’ upset blowout of first-place Arizona. Quarterback Jared Goff was placed on the COVID-19 list, and thousands of Lions fans were treated for acute shock.
Pick: Falcons by 7

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Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff (16) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Jordan Phillips (97) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Lon Horwedel)

Buccaneers at Panthers (+10½)
An angry Tom Brady raised eyebrows during last week’s shutout loss to New Orleans when he was caught on camera telling a Saints coach to perform a physically impossible act. The incident will be covered exhaustively in the next edition of ESPN’s “Pottymouth in the Arena.”
Pick: Buccaneers by 7

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(Screen grab from NBC Sports)

Jaguars at Jets (-2½)
A drunken Jacksonville fan was tackled in the end zone by police last Sunday as James Robinson scored on a 1-yard touchdown plunge. Fans witnessing the action were shocked to their core, as they couldn’t believe the Jaguars could score a touchdown without Urban Meyer.
Pick: Jets by 7

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (25) celebrates his rushing touchdown with defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) as a spectator who ran into the end zone is tackled by security in the background during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Ravens at Bengals (-2½)
Baltimore lost its second game in a row by gambling on a late two-point conversion and failing. There’s still hope for the rest of the season, though, as Ravens coach John Harbaugh has entered an outpatient program to be treated for his Overtime Avoidance Disorder.
Pick: Bengals by 4

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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh argues a call with an official during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Kirk Irwin)

Bills at Patriots (-2½)
New England grouch Bill Belichick shocked reporters by apologizing for being short with them in his press conference after last week’s loss in Indianapolis. It appears the coaching Scrooge was scared straight after a nightmare visit from the Ghost of Pressers Past.
Pick: Bills by 7

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Joshua Bessex)

Steelers at Chiefs (-8½)
Kansas City, the two-time defending AFC champion, can lock up another playoff berth with a victory over the barely-afloat Steelers. Now all they have to do is find a way to get the Chiefs’ entire starting lineup off the COVID-19 list.
Pick: Chiefs by 3

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) walks off the field after an overtime win over the Los Angeles Chargers during an NFL football game Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Giants at Eagles (-10½)
New York quarterback Daniel Jones has been shut down for the season because of a neck injury. But there’s good news in that, to make everything all better, the Giants are giving their fans another free Pepsi.
Pick: Eagles by 17

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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones walks off the field after the Giants lost to the Dallas Cowboys 21-6 in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)

OTHER GAMES
Bears at Seahawks (-6½):
Pick: Seahawks by 3

Washington at Cowboys (-10½):
Pick: Cowboys by 7

Dolphins at Saints (-3½):
Pick: Dolphins by 3

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Ian Book (16) looks up at the video board near the end of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, Tenn., Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. The Titans defeated the Saints 21-23. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

RECORD
Week 15
12-4 straight up
11-5 vs. spread

Season
142-81-1 straight up (.637)
124-98-2 vs. spread (.559)

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Miami Dolphins defensive end Christian Wilkins (94) scores a touchdown as New York Jets linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips (43) missed the tackle during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Point spreads through Thursday. You can hear Kevin Cusick on Wednesdays on Bob Sansevere’s “BS Show” podcast on iTunes. You can follow Kevin on Twitter — @theloopnow. He can be reached at [email protected]

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