After consulting with Santa, I have some good news: I’ve been told that every one of you made the nice list this year, so you’re getting my Week 16 picks as a present! Is it the best present ever? No, it’s not even close, it’s not even in the top 500, but it’s better than a getting coal or toilet paper or a fruitcake-scented candle, so don’t complain.
My only wish for Christmas this year is that the NFL decides to let former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall take over the commissioner job for a day so that he can implement his unusual plan for the Pro Bowl.
There’s a lot to unpack there, but the key part is that he wants to a Pro Bowl that gives us a team of All-White players against a team of All-Black players. As you can imagine, his proposal has led to total chaos on the social media site formerly known as Twitter. I will not be telling you who I’d pick in this imaginary Pro Bowl game, but I will be handing out my Week 16 picks right now, so let’s get to them.
Actually, before we get to the Week 16 picks, here’s a quick reminder that you can check out the weekly picks from every CBSSports.com NFL expert by clicking here. If you like clicking on things then I highly suggest you also click here so you can sign up for CBSSports.com’s NFL newsletter, which I pump out four days per week. If you forgot to get someone a holiday gift, just sign them up for the newsletter. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Alright, I’m going to stop stalling because I have some egg nog to drink. Let’s get to my picks.
NFL Week 16 picks
New Orleans (7-7) at L.A. Rams (7-7)
Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ET (Amazon Prime)
It’s a good thing there’s a game on Amazon this week, because that means I’ll be able to get all of my last-minute Christmas shopping done WHILE I watch it. My plan is to do about 20 minutes of shopping every time Derek Carr throws an interception, so by my math, I should be able to get…