Tom Sorensen

Week 16 NFL picks: I imagine some were green with envy at my picks last week

I had one really dumb loss. I picked the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Los Angeles Rams. The game is in Seattle, the stadium and fans, like the one at right, make winning difficult for visitors, and the Seahawks have to win. But the Seattle team I picked stopped playing in 2013.
I had one really dumb loss. I picked the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Los Angeles Rams. The game is in Seattle, the stadium and fans, like the one at right, make winning difficult for visitors, and the Seahawks have to win. But the Seattle team I picked stopped playing in 2013. AP

I had it working last week. I was New England. To find an NFL result, you had two options: Watch the game or call me four days before kickoff.

I had one really dumb loss. I picked the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Los Angeles Rams. The game is in Seattle, the stadium and fans make winning difficult for visitors, and the Seahawks have to win. You could make a case that Seattle didn’t lose; it just ran out of time. Down 40-0, the Seahawks lost 42-7. The Seattle team I picked stopped playing in 2013.

The loss that hurt more was the Oakland Raiders. That is one snake-bit team, and the Raiders don’t require an outside source for venom. They self-destruct. They destructed so many times in so many ways Sunday night in a 20-17 home loss to the Dallas Cowboys. I hadn’t seen the Raiders do that for weeks.

Last week: 13-3

Season: 150-90

Lock: Minnesota (-11½) over Cincinnati. Minnesota won by 27.

Season: 7-8

This week’s picks, with the home team in CAPS:

SATURDAY

BALTIMORE 10 over Indianapolis

Minnesota 6 over GREEN BAY

SUNDAY

CHICAGO 3 over Cleveland

NEW ORLEANS 4 over Atlanta

WASHINGTON 4 over Denver

KANSAS CITY 7 over Tampa Bay

Los Angeles Rams 7 over TENNESSEE

Los Angeles Chargers 6 over NEW YORK JETS

DETROIT 8 over Cincinnati

NEW ENGLAND 8 over Buffalo

Jacksonville 2 over SAN FRANCISCO

ARIZONA 4 over New York Jets

DALLAS 9 over Seattle

MONDAY

Pittsburgh 8 over HOUSTON

Lock of the Week:

PHILADELPHIA (-9) 16 over Oakland

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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