NFL expert picks from Week 16 now include ESPN expert Merril Hoge picking the Seahawks to lose. The Week 16 expert NFL picks from ESPN are submitted throughout the week and Hoge turned his in on Thursday (Dec. 19). According to the updated predictions, he is the only analyst from the site not selecting the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday (Dec. 22).
The game is taking place at CenturyLink Field, where Russell Wilson has never lost a game. That includes going 8-0 last season and 6-0 so far this season. The team comes into this game with a 12-2 overall record, but the Cardinals have a very respectable 9-5 mark so far. The Cardinals are also in a must-win situation, which might be why Hoge feels that they are going to win this game.
Merril Hoge supporting the Cardinals is nothing new, as he picked them to beat the Seahawks in the first meeting between the two teams this season as well. That Week 7 game finished 34-22 in favor of the Seahawks and it took place down in Arizona. Now the two teams come to Seattle for the re-match. On the season, Hoge has a prediction record of 138-85 (61.9 percent) in NFL games. Of the 12 analysts from the network, he is ahead of only three in his predictions.
Game time for Seattle vs. Arizona is 1:05 p.m. PT on Sunday (Dec. 22).
ESPN Week 16 NFL Expert Picks From Merril Hoge:
*Miami Dolphins beat Buffalo Bills
*Cincinnati Bengals beat Minnesota Vikings
*Kansas City Chiefs beat Indianapolis Colts
*St. Louis Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys
*Carolina Panthers beat New Orleans Saints
*Cleveland Browns beat New York Jets
*Tennessee Titans beat Jacksonville Jaguars
*Denver Broncos beat Houston Texans
*Detroit Lions beat New York Giants
*Arizona Cardinals beat Seattle Seahawks
*Pittsburgh Steelers beat Green Bay Packers
*San Diego Chargers beat Oakland Raiders
*Baltimore Ravens beat New England Patriots
*Chicago Bears beat Philadelphia Eagles
*San Francisco 49ers beat Atlanta Falcons (Monday night)
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