By HCR Staff | Dec. 27, 2018
With another week of data at our disposal, Head Coach Ranking can project 12 pointspread winners in Week 17 NFL games.
As a reminder, HCR did an internal study during the second half of last season that produced a 71 percent success rate picking NFL winners against the spread over a seven-week stretch of the 2017 NFL season. We made these recommendations using HCR data – and only HCR data.
Again, our picks rely solely on HCR’s grading of each head coach’s in-game decision-making – no analysis of players, injury reports, home and away data, etc.
One note: If the HCR differential between the opposing coaches is between 0 and .2, we will not make a pick on that game. Four games this week fall into that category: Lions-Packers, Browns-Ravens, Falcons-Buccaneers and Dolphins-Bills.
With that in mind, here are HCR’s Week 16 picks against the spread, using consensus lines as of Wednesday afternoon. These picks are all based on HCR data and do not reflect opinions of any HCR staff (home team in CAPS):
N.Y. GIANTS (-6) vs. Dallas
KANSAS CITY (-13.5) vs. Oakland
NEW ORLEANS (-9) vs. Carolina
N.Y. Jets (+13.5) vs. NEW ENGLAND
Philadelphia (-6.5) vs. WASHINGTON
Jacksonville (+6.5) vs. HOUSTON
Indianapolis (-3) vs. TENNESSEE
Cincinnati (+14.5) vs. PITTSBURGH
Chicago (+4.5) vs. MINNESOTA
DENVER (+6.5) vs. L.A. Chargers
Arizona (+13.5) vs. SEATTLE
San Francisco (+10) vs. L.A. RAMS
Last Week: 5-6
Season to Date: 74-71-6