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AFC and NFC South Previews: Week 16

These are the AFC and NFC South previews for week 16 in the NFL

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

When these teams met 2 weeks ago, the Saints dominated from start to finish. A late TD by the Panthers made it look closer that it really was. However, this time it’s in Carolina and anyone that has paid attention to the Saints knows they are not the same team on the road. This game should be on TV somehow in most areas, but if it isn’t, get to a bar to get a glimpse of it. I have a strong feeling that this will be much closer than the 1st game. If Brees can do what he did 2 weeks ago, then I may have to stop saying “The Defense is Real”, about the Panthers defense.

Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs

This game isn’t really being talked about that much, but there is a lot riding on it for the Chiefs. They are currently tied with the Broncos for the top seed in the AFC and there is a huge difference between 1st and 2nd in that division. The winner will be the #1 seed, get a bye, and have home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, the loser will be the #5 seed, play a 1st round game, and probably will not get a home game throughout the entire playoffs. The Colts have already locked up the division, but they want to get things fine-tuned for their playoff run.

Denver Broncos at Houston Texans

The main headline of this game will be if Peyton Manning can set the TD record. He is currently 3 TDs behind Tom Brady’s record, 50 TDs. The Texans do have a tough defense against the pass, but it will be a big task to hold Manning in check, even with Wes Welker out of the lineup. The Broncos are still fighting for the #1 seed so they won’t sell out to get the record as the risk of getting upset.

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars

It was just 6 weeks ago that the Titans season, in my mind, essentially lost, when the Jaguars went into Tennessee and not only beat the Titans, but also finished Jake Lockers season. The loser of this game would be in the prime position of a top 7-8 pick in the draft. So as much as you want your team to win, a loss may actually be to the benefit of both teams.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at St Louis Rams

I won’t spend much time on this game, as both teams combine to have a 10-18 record. Even though both teams have shown signs of being better than their record, they are still not playoff contending teams and both are eliminated. The Rams must see if Bradford is really their future franchise QB and Tampa Bay must figure out the same thing about Glennon.

Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers (Monday Night Game)

Okay, 1st the game part. The Falcons are not good, the 49ers are very good, and this game should not be close. Now to the real storyline, this will be the final regular season game in Candlestick Park and I expect the 49ers to put on a show in front of the crowd. For anyone that has been a football fan for any significant amount of time, you probably have either a good or bad memory about a game here. Whether it’s Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Ricky Watters, Tom Rathman, Charles Haley, or whoever you can think of, this place has seen its fair share of hall of famers. It will be sad to see it finally shut down.

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