Week 16 NFL Picks: Preparing For The Final Stretch Run

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It's hard to believe that with two weeks left to go, even though seven of twelve postseason berths have been already been clinched, there are twelve additional teams still in contention for a trip to the Super Bowl.

Just two games remain in the 2012 regular season, and the suspense continues to build as teams prepare to make their final stretch runs.

NFL-Forecast.com has a tool that allows you to calculate playoff probabilities by simulating different game outcomes. The tool calculates the change in playoff probabilities for each team based on the expected outcome of Sunday's games. Here's what those probabilities look like for the six NFC teams still in contention for a playoff spot.

Playoff odds based on Week 16 outcomes
Team Seahawks Redskins Giants Cowboys Bears Vikings
Current odds 95%
72%
52%
34%
24%
24%
Team wins
100% 83% 81% 39%
39%
52%
Team loses 90% 60% 24% 25%
6%
15%

The Seahawks win and they're in. For the Redskins and Cowboys, the decision on who makes the playoffs ultimately comes down to the final regular season game. As a result, their respective playoff odds don't move so much. The Giants need to win both of their remaining games to make the playoffs, which is why their swing in playoff odds is the greatest of all teams in the table above. The Bears and Vikings also both need to win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Our panel picks the Ravens over the Giants, thereby ending the Giants postseason ambitions. We'll see how that works out. For now, these are our picks for Week 16, 2012.

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Season Record
150-74 139-85 130-94 139-85 152-72 135-89 140-84 141-83 145-79
Percentage .670 .621 .580 .621 .679 .603 .625 .629 .647
Week 15
11-5 10-6 10-6 9-7 11-5 11-5 10-6 10-6 10-6

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TEN @ GB (-12.5) Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium Gbp_medium
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BUF @ MIA (-4.5) Mia_medium Mia_medium Buf_medium Mia_medium Mia_medium Mia_medium Mia_medium Mia_medium Mia_medium
CIN @ PIT (-3.5) Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Cin_medium Pit_medium Pit_medium
NE (-14.5) @ JAC Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium Nep_medium
IND (-7) @ KC Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium Ind_medium
NO @ DAL (-3) Nos_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium Dal_medium
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STL @ TB (-3) Tam_medium Tam_medium Tam_medium Tam_medium Stl_medium Tam_medium Tam_medium Tam_medium Tam_medium
MIN @ HOU (-7.5) Hou_medium Hou_medium Min_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium Hou_medium
SD @ NYJ (-2.5) Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium Nyj_medium Sdc_medium Nyj_medium Nyj_medium Sdc_medium Sdc_medium
NYG (-2.5) @ BAL Nyg_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Nyg_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium Bal_medium
CLE @ DEN (-13) Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium Den_medium
CHI (-5.5) @ ARI Chi_medium Chi_medium Ari_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium Chi_medium
SF (-1) @ SEA Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sfx_medium Sea_medium Sea_medium

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