Week 16 Edition
Written By Bo McBrayer
I wish I could truthfully tell you that the reason there wasn’t a Week 15 Edition of PICANTakes was that I was still victory lapping from my oracle-level swami prediction about Jonathan Taylor in Week 14. Even if it was a lingering hangover from my celebratory bender, I would have written a rambling, non-sensical article because I had to exclaim my greatness for the second time this season. No, that wasn’t the reason either. Truthfully, I was enjoying some family time with loved ones who relegated me to the kitchen to prepare a full surf-and-turf dinner with filet mignon and jumbo prawns. Bottles of whiskey and wine were poured and used to start wild 2020 stories. I told everyone in attendance about my JT premonition and their glazed over looks preceded the facetious good for you patronizing. The twitter sphere distorts my worldview in a way that makes me forget that very few people in the real world are truly, madly, deeply entrenched in the football world (did I just go full Savage Garden?).
Yes, I’m proud of all that I have accomplished in the FF Community in 2020. With one more week left in the regular season after this one, I can reflect on the wins, the losses, and close calls with fondness. I have gained many connections and real friends this year. I have shared my passion for flavor and spice with thousands of people. In this, the penultimate PICANTakes of 2020, I can assure you that I went heavy-handed on the heat.
Daniel Jones and Wayne Gallman Will Be Top-12 At Their Positions and the Giants Will Beat the Ravens by 7+.
The Ravens have flaws all over the field. They have looked like the 2019 team the last two weeks, but now face a Giants team that stacks up well with them. Daniel Jones is set to return from injury this week and that should also free up Gallman to have more room to run. The Baltimore defense is nowhere near as good as their perception and if the G Men get out to an early lead, there is no chance Lamar Jackson can pass them back into the game.
Bengals and Texans Will Be the Highest Total of the Weekend and Bengals will Beat Texans by 10+.
Come again? In a battle of teams separated by a half game in the AFC standing and both statistically eliminated from playoff contention, there still remains a great deal of fantasy relevance in this game. Look for a barrage of scoring from superstars like Brandon Allen and Giovani Bernard, with a late comeback mounted by the Texans, led by such appetizing names as David Johnson, Keke Coutee, and the always-trendy Chad Hansen. The competition will be watched by dozens of people with nothing else to do until their in-laws leave for the airport. The Bengals should prevail here, riding high after defeating the most fraudulent team in NFL history. With each team trying to avoid their 11th loss of the season, who will blink first? The Texans are favored by seven points in what could very well be the laziest line ever set by Vegas. Smash the Bengals and the OVER.
Ben Roethlisberger Will Throw a Pick-Six to the Colts, But He Will Still Be a Top-12 QB and Steelers Will End Their Losing Streak.
Big Ben was absolutely terrible on Monday night, turning it over twice and it easily could have been more. The Colts defense is disciplined, tackles well, but gives up a lot of big plays down the field. I see a pick six coming early, with Roethlisberger regrouping to hit some touchdowns over the top to his talented receiving corps. This will be a sneaky shootout chance with two good defenses that are trending the wrong direction. I think the Steelers are stronger on both sides of the ball and should prevail if they can toughen up from their ultra-beta losing streak.
Matt Ryan Will Throw For 400+ Yards, Ito Smith Will Score Twice, But the Chiefs Will Still Win By 14+.
Fireworks will be detonated in this game. I see a back-and-forth shootout with a few quick scores early from each team. Ito Smith has assumed the lead back role from the arthritic Todd Gurley and will have his chances on the ground and in the passing game to punch a couple in. In the end, Kansas City will be inevitable and put it away in ruthless fashion. There should be plenty of passing from each quarterback with little resistance, but with Patrick Mahomes much more effective at putting the ball in the end zone.