NFL Week 16 buzz: Upset picks, bold playoff predictions and who will win Coach of the Year

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Welcome to Week 16 of the 2021 NFL season, which with any luck won’t take as long to complete as Week 15. But such is the nature of changing COVID-19 protocols and virus outbreaks. We asked insiders Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler for insight on the hottest topics of the week and for their picks on games and players to watch this weekend.

They first delve into the postseason and which teams could upset the apple cart before we get there. They then make their predictions for 2021 Coach of the Year, which features a few familiar faces and some new ones.

Graziano and Fowler also look at the future for the teams that will miss the postseason. Which will be ready and able to change their fortunes in 2022? They get into all of it, emptying their notebooks with everything they’ve heard this week.

We’ll start with bold playoff predictions and then hit upset picks of the week:

The NFL postseason picture is muddled: Give us a bold playoff race prediction for down the stretch:

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