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    Two weeks left to play in the NFL regular season and it all starts Saturday with the Tennessee Titans taking on the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens against the Los Angeles Chargers. With Josh Johnson picking up the win last week the Redskins will look to make it two in a row against a Marcus Mariota-led team with playoff aspirations Pat McAfee Color Rush Jersey , while the two playoff teams battle it out in LA as the heavy run offense around Lamar Jackson will aim to keep pace with Philip Rivers and his multitude of offensive weapons.Once Sunday hits we’ve got a number of divisional matchups. The Minnesota Vikings look to keep their playoff spot intact when they take on Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. The injury-plagued Falcons travel to Carolina to face the Cam Newton-less Panthers, who was shut down for the remainder of the season earlier this week.The Browns play the Bengals in a Hue Jackson revenge game, while the Browns aim to extend their win-streak to three. The Bills travel to New England in hopes to force the Patriots into their third loss in a row just days after wide receiver Josh Gordon was kicked out of the league for his fifth substance abuse violation.The Cowboys look to avenge their shutout a week ago at home against a Buccaneers team that’s 1-6 on the road, and the Packers are playing in the Met Life Stadium against Sam Darnold and the New York Jets. The Indianapolis Colts take on the New York Giants in their last home game of the season, still hoping to find their way into the playoffs. The Eagles, back with Nick Foles at the helm, will look to run the table for the second year in a row against the AFC South leading Houston Texans. The Jaguars, who’ve still yet to score an offensive touchdown since firing offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, play the Dolphins in a game no one should want to watch.The late afternoon slate pits two top NFC teams against bottom-feeders, as the Chicago Bears take on the 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams face the Arizona Cardinals. The game of the week pits the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger, a game some had called a potential Super Bowl matchup at the beginning of the year.Sunday Night Football pits Patrick Mahomes against the stingy Seattle Seahawks’ defense. Mahomes and Russell Wilson are two of the best improvisers in the game, which should make for an exciting finish to the Sunday slate. Week 16 ends with Monday Night Football, where the Denver Broncos — fresh off a loss to the Cleveland Browns — take on the Oakland Raiders.After a three-way tie in game picks last week, Chris Shepherd took the lead himself after going 10-6 in Week 15. Check out how the Stampede Blue staff predicts this weekend to play out.Chris Shepherd: 129-79 / Andrew Aziz: 129-79 / Brett Mock: 126-82 / Stephen Reed: 124-84 / Jared Malott: 124-84 / Elliot Denton: 122-86 / Zachary Hicks: 95-82 / Blake Pace: 80-51 / Ana Krasuski 41-35Saturday 4:30 pm ETRedskins @ Titans (8) | Contrarian: Ana KrasuskiSaturday 8:20 pm ETRavens @ ChargersSunday 1:00 pm ETBuccaneers @ Cowboys (8) | Contrarian: Stephen ReedVikings @ LionsFalcons (6) @ Panthers | Contrarians: Chris Shepherd https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Jack-Doyle-Jersey , Brett Mock, KrasuskiTexans @ EaglesGiants @ ColtsBengals @ BrownsBills @ Patriots (8) | Contrarian: ShepherdPackers (7) @ Jets | Contrarians: Shepherd, Zachary HicksJaguars @ Dolphins (8) | Contrarian: KrasuskiSunday 4:05 pm ETBears @ 49ersRams @ CardinalsSunday 4:25 pm ETSteelers @ Saints (7) | Contrarians: Andrew Aziz, Blake PaceSunday 8:20 pm ETChiefs (6) @ Seahawks | Contrarians: Reed, Aziz, Jared Malott, Monday 8:15 pm ETBroncos (7) @ Raiders | Contrarians: Reed, KrasuskiWhat are your picks for Week 16? INDIANAPOLIS 鈥?Frank Reich learned the value of an up-tempo offense playing in Buffalo.He figured out how to deploy it more effectively as an assistant coach.So with the Indianapolis Colts in an offensive funk Sunday, the first-year coach changed gears. He cranked up the tempo, wore down Houston’s defense and watched the Colts rebound from a 5陆-quarter scoring drought to earn a critical road victory.“We know it’s a weapon, we know it’s an effective weapon, especially with the quarterback we have,” Reich said, referring to Andrew Luck.“To know that we can pull that tool out Adam Vinatieri Jersey , that weapon out and use it in the proper way when we need it. I just think it’s really the right way to do it.”Indy (7-6) desperately needed a switch against the Texans 鈥?after their playoff chances took a major hit the previous week when Luck endured the first shutout of his career.It looked as if the Texans (9-4), winners of nine straight, might do it again when they held the Colts scoreless on their first four possessions. But then Reich threw a change-up that got Luck and his teammates back in sync.They scored three times in the final 7陆 minutes of the first half, matched the Texans’ early second-half score and never trailed again.The victory allowed Indy to move into a four-way tie with Baltimore, Miami and division rival Tennessee for the AFC’s sixth and final playoff spot and gave them some needed momentum heading into back-to-back home games against Dallas and the New York Giants.The Colts close out the regular season at Tennessee.And with Luck rolling, the possibility of ending a three-year postseason absence is a real possibility. Indy already has beaten the Titans and Dolphins, potential tiebreakers, even though nobody around the Colts’ complex dare discuss anything other than this weekend’s showdown against the NFC East-leading Cowboys.“Looking forward to keeping that same mindset and attitude coming back home to Lucas Oil (Stadium) against another hot team in the Dallas Cowboys,” Reich said Monday. “So it will be a good test for us.”What exactly the Cowboys will see is anybody’s guess.Luck threw two more touchdown passes in Houston, giving him 34 鈥?second in the league to Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (43). T.Y. Hilton caught nine passes for 199 yards, giving the Colts the deep threat they lacked in Jacksonville. Eric Ebron caught another TD pass, his 12th of the season and one more than Dallas Clark’s franchise single-season record for a tight end.But the lingering question is whether Reich intends to continue relying on the no-huddle offense that kept the Texans’ defense on its heels?“Believe me, I love the no-huddle, I have done the no-huddle for years as a player and as a coach. Even when I was here before with Peyton (Manning) Marvin Harrison Color Rush Jersey , we did it as well as anyone could do it,” Reich said.“We did a lot of really good things, but ultimately we just think that the best formula is to be multiple, to use all your personnel and to create some schematic advantages that you can do by huddling.”The Colts certainly have shown they can exploit mismatches.Luck has had more success than anyone in the league connecting with tight ends. Ebron is one of five guys to play the position for Indy this season and has produced a career-best season by finally living up to the billing of his first-round pedigree.Marlon Mack has, at times, given the Colts a solid ground game and Hilton remains a reliable threat in whatever he is asked to do.While the combination seems perfectly suited to cranking up the tempo as Sunday’s game demonstrated, Reich believes the Colts will be better off employing it at their discretion.“When you go no-huddle, T.Y. ends up at the same position all the time,” Reich said. “By not being exclusively no-huddle we can move guys around in positions. We can put T.Y. where we want to, we can switch personnel groups, we can put offensive linemen in at tight end to throw deep play-action shots that we put in, to have an extra offensive lineman in to do some stuff in the running game.”

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