Week 16's Saturday Football Previews

Updated: Aug 2, 2019


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Washington Redskins (7-7) vs. Tennessee Titans (8-6)


Preview

The Redskins and Titans kick off the Week 16 slate of games as both will be looking to make a final push into the playoff picture. Washington is still alive despite all the injuries they have suffered and playing with a quarterback who they just picked up off the streets a few weeks ago. Tennessee is riding a 3-game winning streak and a win would put them in a great position to sneak in the playoffs next week. The Redskins defensive line has been the strength of the team this year and will need to step up once again with a red-hot running back that will be in the Titans’ backfield. Tennessee’s offense is finally showing an identity but they still struggle to move the ball through the air, so that needs to be worked out for them to make this final push.


Players to watch

Adrian Peterson has slowed down his production, but that could be blamed on all the injuries the Redskins offensive line has suffered. If he can get things going and Washington can control the clock, then that will make things easier on their team. Jonathan Allen and Da’Ron Payne will be the ones looking to control the line of scrimmage and make it difficult for Derrick Henry to find holes to run through. Marcus Mariota may have to win this one with his arm, so he needs to find his rhythm as soon as this game gets going. Rashaan Evans has looked impressive recently, and if he can help their defense swallow up Peterson, they can make the Redskins one-dimensional which could help lead to forcing turnovers.


Keys to the game

Washington Redskins

Control the clock

No costly turnovers

Don’t let Henry run all over


Tennessee Titans

Establish the run

Force Josh Johnson into mistakes

Protect Mariota


Injury list

Washington Redskins

Jordan Reed, TE - Foot/Ankle (Out)

Colt McCoy, QB - Fibula (Out)

Ty Nsekhe, OT - Knee (Questionable)

Matt Ioannidis, DL - Shin (Questionable)

Maurice Harris, WR - Concussion (Questionable)

Josh Doctson, WR - Back (Questionable)

Vernon Davis, TE - Concussion (Questionable)

Tony Bergstrom, OL - Knee/Ankle (Questionable)

Ryan Anderson, LB - Hamstring (Questionable)


Tennessee Titans

Sharif Finch, OLB - Shoulder (Out)

David Fluellen, RB - Knee (Out)

Brian Orakpo, OLB - Elbow (Out)

Cole Wick, TE - Shoulder (Out)

Tajae Sharpe, WR - Ankle (Questionable)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

Derrick Henry, RB (TEN)

Adrian Peterson, RB (WAS)

Corey Davis, WR (TEN)

Redskins D/ST (WAS)

Titans D/ST (TEN)


Prediction

This should be a matchup where the injuries finally catch up to Washington. The Titans defense has a great front and should be able to dominate the Redskins patchwork offensive line. Tennessee has the pass rushers that can get into Johnson’s face and force him into throwing interceptions or fumbling. The Titans offense will find ways to put together some drives and win what might be a borefest on Saturday afternoon.


Final Score: Titans 21, Redskins 6


Written by: Cody Manning



Baltimore Ravens (8-6) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (11-3)

Preview

The Ravens and Chargers are set to faceoff in a crucial December matchup that has all types of implications on the AFC Playoff picture. Baltimore is coming off a win at home versus the Bucs and if they lose in Los Angeles then they could be looking from the outside on the playoffs to enter Week 17. The Chargers are coming off a huge win against the Chiefs and if things go their way then they could end up as the #1 seed in the AFC. The Ravens have one of the best defenses in the league and they will be tested by the LA offense. The Chargers defense has improved over the course of the season and will need to find a way to contain the running game of Baltimore.


Players to watch

Lamar Jackson has been a major boost to the Ravens offense but will be facing his first real test against the Chargers defense. It will be interesting to see how well he performs in a big games under the watch of a national audience. Marlon Humphrey, Brandon Carr, and Jimmy Smith will have their hands full trying to make sure Phillip Rivers doesn’t light up their defense with his trio of receivers. Melvin Gordon is set to return after his injury and if he is fully healthy then it will make it that much tougher for Baltimore to stop the redhout Chargers offense. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram will be on duty to help contain Jackson’s scrambling ability.


Keys to the game

Baltimore Ravens

Control the clock

No costly turnovers

Pressure Rivers into mistakes


Los Angeles Chargers

Don’t let Jackson beat you with his legs

Make Ravens offense one-dimensional (Pass-heavy)

Get off to fast start on offense


Injury list

Baltimore Ravens

Nick Boyle, TE - Concussion (Questionable)

Matthew Judon, LB - Knee (Questionable)

Anthony Levine, DB/LB - Toe/Ankle (Questionable)

Alex Lewis, OG - Shoulder (Questionable)


Los Angeles Chargers

Austin Ekeler, RB - Neck (Out)

Sean Culkin, TE - Back (Out)

Keenan Allen, WR - Hip (Questionable)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

Melvin Gordon, RB (LAC)

Keenan Allen, WR (LAC)

Lamar Jackson, QB (BAL)

Philip Rivers, QB (LAC)

Gus Edwards, RB (BAL)

Prediction

Jackson will be facing a stingy defense for the first time since he took over at quarterback. On the road, under the lights, and two of the best edge rushers in the game will make it difficult to play at his best. I see the Chargers forcing a turnover or two that will make a difference in the game. The Ravens defense will keep them in it but LA finds a way to get the big December win.


Final Score: Chargers 24, Ravens 17


Written by: Cody Manning