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AP staff NFL preview and predictions for Week 16

The Chiefs play the Steelers on Sunday, but we’re picking all of this weekend’s games.

NFL: DEC 12 49ers at Bengals Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Week 16 of the NFL season kicks off with the San Francisco 49ers (8-6) playing the Tennessee Titans (9-5) on Thursday Night Football from Nashville. A 49ers victory will improve Kansas City’s chance to earn the AFC’s first postseason seed.

The Kansas City Chiefs meet the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:25 p.m. Arrowhead Time. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Kansas City is favored to win by 7.5 points. With a win, the Chiefs will clinch a postseason berth.

Elsewhere in the AFC West, the Los Angeles Chargers (8-6) are on the road against the Houston Texans (3-11) during Sunday’s early games. With a Chargers loss and a Chiefs victory, Kansas City will clinch the AFC West. And while the Chiefs are playing, the Denver Broncos (7-7) will be up against the Las Vegas Raiders (7-7) in Sin City.

But before then, the NFL has two Christmas games on tap: at 3:30 p.m. Arrowhead Time, the Cleveland Browns (7-7) will play the Green Bay Packers (11-3) at Lambeau Field, followed by the Arizona Cardinals (10-4) hosting the Indianapolis Colts (8-6) at 7:15.

For Chiefs fans, the biggest matchup in Sunday’s early games wlll be the Buffalo Bills (8-6) on the road against the New England Patriots (9-5). In this game, a Bills win will also help the Chiefs earn a first-round bye. In addition, the Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) will host the Baltimore Ravens (8-6) and the Los Angeles Rams (10-4) will play the Minnesota Vikings (7-7) in Minneapolis.

On Sunday Night Football, the Washington Football Team (6-8) will be in Texas to play the Dallas Cowboys (10-4) — and Monday Night Football will feature the New Orleans Saints (7-7) hosting the Miami Dolphins (7-7).

Here are our picks for this weekend’s games. Be sure to cast your vote, too!


Arrowhead Pride readers pick

READER RECORD: 143-78-3

Poll

Which team wins 49ers (8-6) at Titans (9-5)?

This poll is closed

  • 87%
    49ers
    (278 votes)
  • 12%
    Titans
    (39 votes)
317 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Browns (7-7) at Packers (11-3)?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Browns
    (23 votes)
  • 93%
    Packers
    (353 votes)
376 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Colts (8-6) at Cardinals (10-4)?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Colts
    (215 votes)
  • 42%
    Cardinals
    (160 votes)
375 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Bills (8-6) at Patriots (9-5)?

This poll is closed

  • 70%
    Bills
    (264 votes)
  • 29%
    Patriots
    (112 votes)
376 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Rams (10-4) at Vikings (7-7)?

This poll is closed

  • 80%
    Rams
    (299 votes)
  • 19%
    Vikings
    (71 votes)
370 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Giants (4-10) at Eagles (7-7)?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Giants
    (20 votes)
  • 94%
    Eagles
    (346 votes)
366 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Chargers (8-6) at Texans (3-11)?

This poll is closed

  • 90%
    Chargers
    (335 votes)
  • 9%
    Texans
    (34 votes)
369 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Jaguars (2-12) at Jets (3-11)?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    Jaguars
    (104 votes)
  • 71%
    Jets
    (259 votes)
363 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Lions (2-11-1) at Falcons (6-8)?

This poll is closed

  • 47%
    Lions
    (173 votes)
  • 52%
    Falcons
    (193 votes)
366 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Ravens (8-6) at Bengals (8-6)?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Ravens
    (92 votes)
  • 75%
    Bengals
    (278 votes)
370 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Buccaneers (10-4) at Panthers (5-9)?

This poll is closed

  • 89%
    Buccaneers
    (318 votes)
  • 10%
    Panthers
    (37 votes)
355 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Bears (4-10) at Seahawks (5-9)?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Bears
    (76 votes)
  • 78%
    Seahawks
    (277 votes)
353 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Broncos (7-7) at Raiders (7-7)?

This poll is closed

  • 47%
    Broncos
    (171 votes)
  • 52%
    Raiders
    (187 votes)
358 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Washington (6-8) at Cowboys (10-4)?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    Washington
    (68 votes)
  • 80%
    Cowboys
    (285 votes)
353 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which team wins Dolphins (7-7) at Saints (7-7)?

This poll is closed

  • 59%
    Dolphins
    (209 votes)
  • 40%
    Saints
    (141 votes)
350 votes total Vote Now

Reader Record by Week

Predictions W-L-T
Week 1 picks 8-7-1
Week 2 picks 10-6-0
Week 3 picks 10-6-0
Week 4 picks 10-6-0
Week 5 picks 11-5-0
Week 6 picks 9-4-1
Week 7 picks 10-3-0
Week 8 picks 8-7-0
Week 9 picks 8-6-0
Week 10 picks 9-4-1
Week 11 picks 11-4-0
Week 12 picks 8-7-0
Week 13 picks 9-5-0
Week 14 picks 10-4-0
Week 15 picks 12-4-0
Total 143-78-3

AP Staff Record

TW LW Staffer W L T Pct
1 4 Kristian Gumminger 86 43 1 0.6654
2 3 Mark Gunnels 126 65 1 0.6589
3 1 Bryan Stewart 147 76 1 0.6585
4 1 Pete Sweeney 146 77 1 0.6540
5 5 Ron Kopp Jr. 136 76 1 0.6408
6 7 Talon Graff 142 81 1 0.6362
7 6 Kramer Sansone 137 79 1 0.6336
8 9 Stephen Serda 140 82 1 0.6300
9 10 Jared Sapp 140 83 1 0.6272
10 8 Matt Stagner 131 78 1 0.6262
11 11 Ethan Willinger 136 87 1 0.6094
12 12 Rocky Magaña 135 88 1 0.6049
12 13 John Dixon 131 92 1 0.5871

In Week 15, Mark Gunnels, Kristian Gumminger, Jared Sapp and Bryan Stewart all turned in 13-3-0 head-to-head records to lead the Arrowhead Pride staff. Three others were right behind at 12-4-0. Against the spread, Jared was 11-5-0 — followed by Rocky Magaña at 10-6-0. In over/under, Jared’s 11-5-0 mark led the contributors, followed by Kristian and Pete Sweeney at 10-6-0. Overall, Jared’s 35-13-0 record was the week’s best, followed by Kristian at 32-16-0.

Among 232 Tallysight experts in Week 15, Mark, Kristian and Jared all placed in the top 20 head-to-head. Jared ranked sixth against the spread and fourth over/under, while Pete and Kristian came in 10th and 14th. Overall, Jared and Kristian ranked third and sixth, while Pete landed in the 20th spot.

Over the 2021 season, Pete and Ron Kopp Jr. are ranked eighth and 15th head-to-head, while Pete, Mark and Bryan are first, third and 15th against the spread. In over/under, Kristian and Jared are ranked fourth and fifth — and overall, Pete, Kristian and Mark come in first, third and 12th!

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