Believe it or not, there are only two more games remaining in the Bengals’ 2016 season, both of which come on holidays. Cincinnati will travel to Houston to face the Texans on Christmas Eve before hosting Baltimore on New Year’s Day. So if you’re one of those people who doesn’t watch football on holidays — something that’s completely understandable — we’ll see you next year.
But if you’re one of those people who is sticking with the Bengals despite their inconsistencies this year, regardless of whether the team plays its final two games on holidays, welcome aboard — it’s nice having you around. As someone who has watched every Bengals game and picked the team to win every week of the season, I can assure you that it’s no easier for the rest of us to watch this team play two meaningless games, both on holidays, to end the 2016 season.
But with that, let’s get into the picks. Here’s yet another thing I wish I could stay away from, as I trail everyone but Dadio on the scoreboard — Dadio, who did not make picks for the first two weeks of the season. It will be an all-out brawl between Alberto and I to see who can finish the year with the lowest winning percentage (or win total, if Dadio passes us — a realistic scenario).
Jason had a huge Week 15, compiling a 14-2 record and putting himself in competition for the podium following the regular season. But with a strong 11-5 outing, Anthony has maintained his lead which, at this point, can only be broken by Scott, who would need to out-pick Anthony by five games should he take the lead by the end of next week. By the way Anthony has been picking, it seems highly unlikely this will happen. But who knows, it’s still within the realm of possibility.
|Last Week's Record||14-2||11-5||11-5||7-9||11-5||10-6||13-3||8-8||9-7||11-5|
|First Place Finishes||1.33||2||2.58||1.25||3||0.33||0.25||0||2.25||2|
|Weekly Hero Picks||0||0||1||0||1||1||1||1||1||0|
|Season Hero Picks||2-1||0-3||3-5||2-9||1-0||3-6||2-0||3-7||2-3||1-1|
This week, the staff has come to a consensus on many games, and six hero picks were landed (I think that’s a season-high). Anthony has the Jaguars, I have the Colts, Scott has the Panthers, Kyle has the Vikings, Patrick has the Broncos and Braden has the Bears (who he, earlier this year, made a vow to pick against for the rest of the season). With that many hero picks, it’s safe to assume some of these picks will end up coming to fruition.
This should be an exciting week of football, as there’s plenty of action in the primetime matchups and competitive bouts across the board. Only the Chargers-Browns and 49ers-Rams matchups don’t feature teams in the playoff picture, and even then, the Browns have a chance to break the winless streak while the 49ers have a chance to face — and beat — an interim coach-led Los Angeles team.
Which hero pick do you like the most? Do you expect the Bengals to beat the Texans? Let us know in the comments!