Playbook picks: Split on the Falcons-Saints tilt

All good things must come to an end … or so they say. Well, one of our “Playbook” analysts sees the Saints’ one-year reign over the NFC South coming to an end on Monday night.

Charles Davis picks Atlanta to sweep New Orleans and claim both the division title and home-field advantage in the playoffs. Michael Lombardi and Brian Billick, meanwhile, expect the Saints to show their championship mettle and hand Matt Ryan only his second home loss.

While Davis, Lombardi and Billick picked all of Sunday’s games as well, Sterling Sharpe, Mike Mayock and Brian Billick got in on the prognosticating by taking a stab at the two NFL Network games.

Without further ado, take a look at all of their Week 16 picks:

NFC Playbook: Friday 6 p.m. ETCowboys at Cardinals
Sharpe: Cardinals
Mayock: Cowboys
Baldinger: Cowboys

49ers at Rams
Davis: Rams
Lombardi: Rams
Billick: 49ers

Giants at Packers
Davis: Packers
Lombardi: Packers
Billick: Giants

Seahawks at Buccaneers
Davis: Buccaneers
Lombardi: Buccaneers
Billick: Buccaneers

Jets at Bears
Davis: Jets
Lombardi: Jets
Billick: Bears

Vikings at Eagles
Davis: Eagles
Lombardi: Eagles
Billick: Eagles

Saints at Falcons
Davis: Falcons
Lombardi: Saints
Billick: Saints

AFC Playbook: Saturday at 6 p.m. ETPanthers at Steelers
Sharpe: Steelers
Mayock: Panthers
Baldinger: Steelers

Titans at Chiefs
Davis: Chiefs
Lombardi: Chiefs
Billick: Chiefs

Patriots at Bills
Davis: Patriots
Lombardi: Patriots
Billick: Patriots

Redskins at Jaguars
Davis: Redskins
Lombardi: Jaguars
Billick: Jaguars

Chargers at Bengals
Davis: Chargers
Lombardi: Chargers
Billick: Chargers

Ravens at Browns
Davis: Ravens
Lombardi: Ravens
Billick: Ravens

Lions at Dolphins
Davis: Lions
Lombardi: Lions
Billick: Lions

Colts at Raiders
Davis: Colts
Lombardi: Colts
Billick: Colts

Texans at Broncos
Davis: Texans
Lombardi: Texans
Billick: Texans

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