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AP staff Thursday Night Football preview, predictions and discussion for Week 16

The Chiefs play the Raiders on Christmas — but the action opens with the Saints and the Rams on TNF.

Washington Commanders v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs will be looking for their seventh straight win over the Las Vegas Raiders at Noon (Arrowhead Time) on Christmas Day.

But Week 16 of the NFL season kicks off with the (7-7) New Orleans Saints visiting (7-7) Los Angeles Rams for Amazon Prime’s “Thursday Night Football.” Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit and Kaylee Hartung will have the call.

After three straight losses, the Saints have come back with a pair of wins — most recently, a 24-6 victory over the New York Giants. Meanwhile, the Rams have been hot, winning four of their last five games. Their only recent loss was a 37-31 overtime defeat against the Baltimore Ravens two weeks ago.

Both teams can clinch a playoff appearance with three straight wins to close the season. Game on!

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Rams are favored by four points.

Here are our picks for Thursday night’s game. Be sure to cast your vote, too — and discuss the game in the comments!


Arrowhead Pride readers pick

READER RECORD: 143-80-1

Poll

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

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Saints
    (10 votes)
  • 83%
    Rams
    (52 votes)
62 votes total Vote Now

Reader Record by Week

Predictions W-L-T
Week 1 picks 10-6-0
Week 2 picks 12-4-0
Week 3 picks 10-6-0
Week 4 picks 11-5-0
Week 5 picks 8-6-0
Week 6 picks 10-5-0
Week 7 picks 5-8-0
Week 8 picks 11-5-0
Week 9 picks 11-3-0
Week 10 picks 9-5-0
Week 11 picks 8-6-0
Week 12 picks 11-4-1
Week 13 picks 10-3-0
Week 14 picks 6-9-0
Week 15 picks 11-5-0
Total 143-80-1

AP Staff Record

TW LW Staffer W L T Pct
1 4 Rocky Magaña 136 72 0 0.6538
2 3 John Dixon 143 81 0 0.6384
3 1 Ron Kopp Jr. 141 80 0 0.6380
4 2 Pete Sweeney 107 62 0 0.6331
5 5 Stephen Serda 139 82 0 0.6290
6 6 Jared Sapp 140 84 0 0.6250
7 7 Matt Stagner 135 88 0 0.6054
8 8 Nate Christensen 135 89 0 0.6027
9 9 Kramer Sansone 132 91 0 0.5919
10 10 Ashley Justice 131 93 0 0.5848
11 11 Dakota Watson 129 94 0 0.5785
12 12 Maurice Elston 67 56 0 0.5447

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