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Week 16 Picks, Part I

Thursday, Dec. 20
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5) at St. Louis Rams (3-11), 8:15 p.m.
One of these teams leaves with a three-game losing streak. Pittsburgh is 2-4 on the road. St. Louis is 1-6 at home. It really shouldn't be much of a game, and I don't think it will be.
Prediction: Steelers, 30-17.

Saturday, Dec. 22
Dallas Cowboys (12-2) at Carolina Panthers (6-8), 8:15 p.m.
Same thing. Carolina has been playing pretty well. Tony Romo's thumb appears to be OK, and that's all that matters here. If it's injured more seriously than Dallas is letting on, it could interesting.
Prediction: Cowboys, 31-10.