NFL Picks: Best Bets for Largest Totals in Week 16 Odds

Matthew Jordan

Saturday, December 20, 2014 6:39 PM UTC

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 6:39 PM UTC

In Week 15 I hit on all three largest totals picks (Cowboys-Eagles, Steelers-Falcons & Saints-Bears). That's what I'm talking about it! Here are the highest Week 16 NFL odds totals.

Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints (total 56 at sportsbooks)
New Orleans will clinch the pathetic NFC South with a victory over Atlanta and a Carolina loss at home to Cleveland. Obviously the Panthers' chances will heavily depend on whether Cam Newton plays off his car accident. New Orleans used to be a money bet on NFL odds at home and awful on the road. Yet the Saints have lost four straight at the Superdome and won three in a row away from home. They looked terrific in Monday's 31-15 victory at Chicago as Drew Brees had one of his best games of the year, throwing for 375 yards and three scores. Hard to read too much from that as the Bears are awful and rank No. 32 in scoring defense. Brees could have another big day as Atlanta is last in pass defense. The Falcons have lost two straight and three of four, but they control their destiny for the division as they host Carolina in Week 17. It's unclear if Falcons star WR Julio Jones will play after missing last week's loss to Pittsburgh with a hip injury. The Falcons beat the visiting Saints 37-34 in overtime in Week 1. Matt Bryant sent it to OT with  a 51-yard kick at the end of regulation and then won it early in OT with a 52-yarder. Matt Ryan threw for a career-high 448 yards along with three scores. Brees threw for 333 and a TD.

NFL Free Picks: 'Over' is our NFL pick. It has hit in five of the past six meetings in New Orleans and in the Saints' past six overall at home.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Dallas Cowboys (total 55 in NFL betting)
Really this game doesn't mean a lot for the Colts. They won the AFC South and are almost surely going to be the No. 3 or No. 4 seed so that means playing wild-card weekend regardless. Means everything to Dallas as if it loses this week and at Washington in Week 17 then the Cowboys could miss the playoffs. Or they could win out and possibly be the No. 1 overall seed. Dallas clinches a playoff spot with a win and losses by the Packers and Lions. The Cowboys will know whether they can clinch the NFC East when they take the field -- if the Eagles lose Saturday at the Redskins then Dallas can clinch with a win. Two big injuries here that could affect the total. Top Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton is questionable with a hamstring injury and the Indy media is not expecting him to play. However, the Cowboys expect MVP candidate and running back DeMarco Murray, the NFL's leading rusher, to play even though he had surgery on Monday to repair a broken bone in his hand. Think the Colts defenders might target that? The Cowboys have been much better offensively on the road, where they are unbeaten, than at home, where they are 3-4.

NFL Free Picks: 'Over.' It has hit in six of Indy's past seven on the road. The 'over' is 10-4 in the Cowboys' past 14 after a win.

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins (total 50 on NFL odds)
Crucial game for the Eagles on Saturday afternoon as they could be eliminated from the playoffs with a loss and the wrong results Sunday. Philadelphia can't clinch a playoff spot with a win no matter what. But it will keep its NFC East title hopes alive. Eagles backup quarterback Mark Sanchez seems to be showing his true colors now. Sanchez is 3-3 as a starter and has lost two straight. He has four multi-interception games in seven outings overall. But Nick Foles isn't ready to return from his broken collarbone yet. Washington goes back to Robert Griffin III at quarterback with Colt McCoy done for the season with a neck injury. Griffin III hasn't started and finished a game that Washington win since early November of last season. He doesn't seem to have much confidence from his head coach Jay Gruden, either. Neither Sanchez nor Griffin played when the Eagles beat the visiting Redskins 37-34 in Week 3. The weather in Landover on Saturday is temperatures around 40 but no chance of precipitation.

NFL Free Picks: 'Over' is our NFL pick. It has in five of Philly's past six vs. teams with a losing record. Both quarterbacks can be shaky but so can both defenses. 

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