Week 16 NFL Picks: 49ers To Earn NFC West Supremacy, NFC East Race To Last One More Week

December 20, 2012 9:07 AM
Week 16 NFL Picks: 49ers To Earn NFC West Supremacy, NFC East Race To Last One More Week
" BOSTON (CBS) — This is not a column about the New York Jets. It just can’t be.

Never before has a 6-8 team with a lousy quarterback gotten more attention for no reason other than being slightly below mediocre. There’s no doubt a schadenfreude element to the obsession over the Jets, but with the Mark Sanchez/Greg McElroy news this week, you would’ve thought Rex Ryan called for the first quarterback change on a sub-.500 team in history.

In actuality, we’ve seen plenty of those this season for various reasons. Chad Henne, Brady Quinn, Ryan Lindley/John Skelton and Nick Foles will all start Sunday for teams under .500, and nobody really cares.

Yet we’ve got 24-hour coverage of the Jets, their quarterbacks, Tim Tebow trade demands, Rex Ryan job security debates, Mark Sanchez trade questions, national columnists’ thoughts (on the website of a Los Angeles newspaper) on who will start for the Jets at QB in 2013, and so on.

It’s a bit over the top, so no, this is not a column about the New York Jets. Though I suppose in a way, it was.

Let’s just get into the Week 16 picks "

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