ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Kellen Clemens #10 of the St. Louis Rams watches from the sidelines in the second half of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 18, 2011 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Bengals defeated the Rams 20-13. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Week 16 NFL Predictions And Picks: Playoff Races Take Shape, Rams Left Wondering What Could Have Been

SB Nation St. Louis takes a look at NFL Week 16 picks and predictions from around the web. What do experts think about the St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals?

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James Harrison Returning To Steelers' Defense Is Bad News For Rams

Every Friday, the National Football Post asks local writers for each NFL team to break down the most important aspects of that team's matchup, and this week Michael Bean of SB Nation's Steelers blog, BehindTheSteelCurtain, weighed in on what to expect from the Pittsburgh Steelers when they square off against the St. Louis Rams. The Rams offense has been struggling to find rhythm all season long, and Kellen Clemens may start on the road at Pittsburgh, so the return of James Harrison could be doubly dangerous to the Rams: 

Don't be surprised if: With James Harrison set to return to the lineup following his one-game suspension last week, don't be surprised if the Steelers' defense gets back on track following their less-than-stellar showing against San Francisco on Monday night. The Steelers have feasted on inferior offenses when Harrison has been in the lineup, giving up just 9, 7 and 3 points to Kansas City, Cincinnati and Cleveland respectively in the trio of games preceeding his suspension. Also don't be surprised if Rashard Mendenhall receives 20 or more carries for just the second time this season (23 vs. Jacksonville in Week 6). Mendenhall was impressive against the 49ers, rushing for 64 yards on 15 carries and catching three balls for an additional 25 yards.    

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NFL Picks Week 16: Fox Sports Expert Believes Rams Will Lose Again And Fail To Score A Touchdown

 Peter Schrager of Fox Sports has released his picks for Week 16 in the NFL, but he doesn't offer any hope that the St. Louis Rams could upset the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Rams are set for another terrible offensive performance in his eyes, but Schrager does offer I nice little nugget on a career milestone within the reach of Steelers receiver Hines Ward:

St. Louis at Pittsburgh: Whether it's Roethlisberger on a bad ankle, Charlie BatchDennis Dixon, Kordell Stewart, Neil O'Donnell, Bubby Brister or Mark Malone under center, the Steelerswill find a way to beat the Rams on Sunday. Want a reason to tune in to this one after it's decided in the first six minutes?

Hines Ward has two games left to get the nine catches he needs to reach 1,000 career receptions. Only seven players in NFL history have topped that threshold. Ward only played eight snaps Monday night, but could expect an increased workload if this one gets out of hand early.

The Pick: Steelers 20, Rams 3    

As for the other matchups in the NFC West, Schrager sees the Arizona Cardinals edging the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 17-13, and predicts the Seattle Seahawks will upset the San Francisco 49ers, 24-20.

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NFL Picks Week 16: CBS Sports Panel All In On Steelers Beating Rams

Week 16 of NFL action means a lot less to the St. Louis Rams than it does to their opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and experts across the web are taking notice. Sure the Rams haven't done much to inspire confidence after losing five straight games, but they did show some fight with Kellen Clemens at the helm last week. CBS Sports' panel of five experts has weighed in on the Rams' chances this week, but unfortunately they are in complete agreement that the Steelers will win. Here is what Pete Prisco had to say in his personal picks column:

The Rams don't have any semblance of an offense. Kellen Clemens will start again at quarterback. The Steelers are playing on a short week, but it won't matter here. That defense will smother the Rams offense. Even a banged-up Ben Roethlisberger won't stop the Steelers from winning big. And if he doesn't play, it won't matter either. Steelers 26, Rams 7.

The rest of the NFC West action breaks down like this: the panel has a 4-1 split favoring the Seattle Seahawks to upset the San Francisco 49ers, and they formed another 4-1 split predicting the Cincinnati Bengals will beat the Arizona Cardinals.

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NFL Picks Week 16: AOL Sporting News Thinks Rams Will Lose By More Than 40 Points

SB Nation St. Louis is continuing to gather NFL Week 16 picks from around the web for the matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams. The Steelers have been working to gain home field advantage in the playoffs while Ben Roethlisberger battles through his ankle injury, while the talk in St. Louis has centered around the NFL Draft and the team want to shut down Sam Bradford for the remainder of the year. Vinnie Iyer of AOL Sporting News has released his picks for this week, and here is what he has to say about the Rams' in his Lock of the Week:    

St. Louis Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers, Saturday. Look, we get it: Ben Roethlisberger is one tough hombre. He's proved it several times before, so the Steelers need to take a rational approach here by repeating the following: "We can beat the Rams at home with Charlie Batch as our starting quarterback. Or even a retired Kordell Stewart or Neil O'Donnell."

Besides, if Batch plays, his main job would be handing off often to Rashard Mendenhall against the Rams' league-worst run defense (153.4 yards allowed per game, 4.8 yards allowed per carry). The Rams also are working with a makeshift secondary that can't handle deep strikes to Mike Wallace and Antonio BrownSteelers 45, Rams 3.

As for the rest of the NFC West, here is how Iyer sees the action developing:

Iyer is 148-76 for the year-to-date, and went 7-9 straight up in Week 15.  

Stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis for more information, and for in-depth analysis on the St. Louis Rams be sure to visit Turf Show Times. Visit SB Nation NFL for more news and notes around the league.

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Week 16 NFL Predictions And Picks: Cowboys, Lions and Broncos Control Their Own Destiny, Other Teams Wait For Them To Stumble

Things didn't go so well last week, as the upsets pulled me down to 8-8, but here are my Week 16 NFL picks that should be much better.

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