Randall's NFL Week 16 selections

The New York Jets and New York Giants share the same stadium and any home field advantage is...

The New York Jets and New York Giants share the same stadium and any home field advantage is removed. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

RANDALL THE HANDLE, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:36 PM ET

Randall the Handle's Week 16 NFL picks:

BEST BETS

Giants (7-7) at Jets (8-6)

LINE: NY JETS BY 3

It makes little sense to us that the Jets are favoured here. For those that aren’t aware, these two share this stadium and any home field advantage is removed. Sure, the Jets have a slightly better record but we believe the Giants are the better team. Not unexpectedly, the G-Men hiccupped last week when losing to the Redskins after a gruelling stretch of schedule. There is no more room for error and that being said, give us the stronger quarterback with the better pass rushing team in a situation that has become almost signature to the Giants. Points being offered are nice but it’s unlikely that we’ll need them.

TAKING: GIANTS +3

Cardinals (7-7) at Bengals (8-6)

LINE: CINCINNATI BY 4

With all the divas removed, the Bengals have been a nice story this season. However, there are still shortcomings that remain and while they aren’t so apparent against the league’s weak sisters, they are evident when stepping up in class. The Cardinals may not be blue chip but they are on a roll with six wins in past seven games and they’ve looked darn good in doing so. The Bengals have won just twice in their past six games with those victories occurring against the punch-less Rams and Browns. Cincinnati has not defeated a winning team thus far, asking them to win by a margin cannot be recommended.

TAKING: BENGALS +4

Browns (4-10) at Ravens (10-4)

LINE: BALTIMORE BY 13

Ravens figure to be in a ‘fowl’ mood after embarrassment at San Diego on Monday and that suits our purposes just fine. Baltimore is a much better team at home, having gone 7-0 as hosts while out-scoring its opposition by a combined 199-105. At this time of year, teams with feeble offences tend to wither as their defence is overworked and simply out of gas. Cleveland’s offence is one of the league’s weaker units with only the Rams and Chiefs having scored fewer points. It doesn’t help that this will be the Brownies’ third consecutive road game and that the Ravens won earlier contest by 24-10 in Cleveland.

TAKING: RAVENS –13

THE REST:

Dolphins (5-9) at Patriots (11-3)

LINE: NEW ENGLAND BY 9½

The Patriots have won six straight but when the opposing quarterbacks consist of Tyler Palko, Vince Young, Dan Orlovsky, Rex Grossman and Tim Tebow, would you expect anything less? Miami’s defence and improved running game keeps this one within this lofty price range.

TAKING: DOLPHINS +9½

Jaguars (4-10) at Titans (7-7)

LINE: TENNESSEE BY 7½

Why are the Titans using QB Matt Hasselbeck over rookie Jake Long when players and fans alike are calling for the youngster? Locker has been more effective in his brief appearances and with confidence lost in the aging and gimpy Hasselbeck, we must fade the fave at this outrageous price.

TAKING: JAGUARS +7½

Vikings (2-12) at Redskins (5-9)

LINE: WASHINGTON BY 6½

Redskins in an unfamiliar role of spotting points, having done so just twice this season and succeeding only against the woeful Rams. With a solid pass rush and RB Adrian Peterson back for second game since injuring his ankle, look for a scrappy effort from the visitor.

TAKING: VIKINGS +6½

Broncos (8-6) at Bills (5-9)

LINE: DENVER BY 3

YouTube will be busy as Tim Tebow throwing in the cold and windy confines of the Ralph should provide some outstanding entertainment. Buffalo remains in a funk but seemed to locate its offence last week and with Denver’s limited scoring ability, the mild upset would not surprise.

TAKING: BILLS +3

Buccaneers (4-10) at Panthers ( 5-9)

LINE: CAROLINA BY 7½

Coach Ron Rivera is already anticipating a strong 2012 and has his Panthers approaching final games with a playoff-like mentality. Laugh if you will but it sure beats the flip side which is having quit altogether like the Bucs have. Tampa giving up far too many points (401, 2nd most in league) and Carolina loves to rack ‘em up.

TAKING: PANTHERS –7½

Raiders (7-7) at Chiefs (6-8)

LINE: KANSAS CITY BY 2½

Granted, Kyle Orton is not elite but compared to Tyler Palko, he’s Dan Marino. The Chiefs are on a high after knocking off the Packers and even during the Palko era, Kansas’ defence only surrendered more than 17 points to Green Bay and New England over the past 6 weeks.

TAKING: CHIEFS –2½

Chargers (7-7) at Lions (9-5)

LINE: DETROIT BY 2½

Chargers are making a late bid for a playoff spot and while they may be a bit tardy, they finally appear to be playing like the team many anticipated at season’s start. Detroit’s porous defence remains a liability and if San Diego can maintain its recent form, the Lions could be in for a long afternoon.

TAKING: CHARGERS +2½

49ers (11-3) at Seahawks (7-7)

LINE: SAN FRANCISCO BY 2

Seattle all amped up after winning three straight and climbing its way back to .500 along with some renewed hope of post-season play. Unfortunately, the Seachickens won’t be facing a reeling Bears squad, a disgraceful Rams group or an Eagles team traveling west on three days rest. Reality bites.

TAKING: 49ERS –2

Eagles (6-8) at Cowboys (8-6)

LINE: DALLAS BY 1½

Tricky situation here as this could be a meaningless game to both if the Giants defeat the Jets. That result should be known near kickoff of this one. Either way, prefer the Eagles as Dallas will go vanilla if game doesn’t count and if it does, would rather jump on board with hot Philly team.

TAKING: EAGLES +1½

Bears (7-7) at Packers (13-1)

LINE: GREEN BAY BY 13

For the Bears, Caleb Hanie is out and Josh McCown is in. Big deal. Jay Cutler’s worst break was not to his thumb but that this wasn’t a contract year for him. Chicago has been useless since losing Cutler and now facing their arch-rivals, off their first loss, expect the Packers to roll here.

TAKING: PACKERS –13

Falcons (9-5) at Saints (11-3)

LINE: NEW ORLEANS –6½

Atlanta coach Mike Smith will only be reminded a few thousand times this week about his numbskull call in overtime, in previous meeting, when he elected to go on 4th down at his own 29. If Atlanta couldn’t win that game in the Georgia Dome, don’t expect a different result here against the red-hot Drew Brees and Co. on a Monday night in the Superdome.

TAKING: SAINTS –6½

Rams (2-12) at Steelers (10-4)

Game is off board due to unknown status of both teams’ quarterback situation.

Last week’s record: 7-6-1

Season: 99–112–10

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