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TWIF Picks: NFL Week 16

12/20/2012 10:21 AM ET
By YESNetwork.com Staff

Come Sunday, Drew Brees and the Saints could put Ryan Ruocco back in first place.(AP)
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Week 15 saw the gang have another tough week on unanimous picks, going just 5-4 in their nine consensus games. However, Howard Cross had a strong individual week, going 6-1 on his non-unanimous picks to claim the weekly throne with an 11-5 mark. Ross Tucker and co-leaders Ryan Ruocco and Gary Myers finished two games behind at 9-7, meaning that in the overall standings, it’s still a tie between Ryan and Gary with 32 games to go.

In Week 16, we say goodbye to both Thursday and Monday Night Football, but hello to a Saturday showdown between the Falcons and Lions that could see Atlanta wrap up the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Houston plays Minnesota 24 hours later in a game where a win would wrap up the AFC for the Texans, but in TWIF land, there’s no such chance for a clinch – at least not yet. The panel is unanimous on 12 of 16 picks, with only one game (New Orleans at Dallas) earning a split vote. Current leaders Ryan Ruocco and Gary Myers differ on just one pick, that Saints/Cowboys showdown, so whoever wins that will give their rep a one-game lead heading into the final week of the season.

Let’s take a look at the latest standings…

WEEK 15 RECORD:
Howard Cross: 11-5 (.688)
Gary Myers: 9-7 (.563)
Ryan Ruocco: 9-7 (.563)
Ross Tucker: 9-7 (.563)

SEASON TO DATE RECORDS:
Gary Myers: 147-76-1 (.658)
Ryan Ruocco: 147-76-1 (.658)
Ross Tucker: 139-84-1 (.623)
Howard Cross: 139-84-1 (.623)

…and now, the panel’s picks for Week 16:

GAME
RUOCCO
CROSS
TUCKER
MYERS
Atlanta at Detroit (Sat.)
Atlanta
Atlanta
Atlanta
Atlanta
Indianapolis at Kansas City
Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Indianapolis
New England at Jacksonville
New England
New England
New England
New England
Minnesota at Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Cincinnati
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Buffalo at Miami
Miami
Miami
Miami
Miami
St. Louis at Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay
St. Louis
Tampa Bay
San Diego at NY Jets
NY Jets
San Diego
NY Jets
NY Jets
Oakland at Carolina
Carolina
Carolina
Carolina
Carolina
Washington at Philadelphia
Washington
Washington
Washington
Washington
Tennessee at Green Bay
Green Bay
Green Bay
Green Bay
Green Bay
New Orleans at Dallas
New Orleans
New Orleans
Dallas
Dallas
Cleveland at Denver
Denver
Denver
Denver
Denver
Chicago at Arizona
Chicago
Chicago
Chicago
Chicago
NY Giants at Baltimore
NY Giants
NY Giants
NY Giants
NY Giants
San Francisco at Seattle
Seattle
Seattle
Seattle
Seattle
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