The Indianapolis Colts are making the final weeks of the season extremely interesting with two straight wins after defeating the playoff-bound Houston Texans 19-16 on Thursday night. If the Colts win next week and the Rams lose against Pittsburgh Saturday and the 49ers a week from Sunday, the Rams and Minnesota Vikings would be in the hunt for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Strength of schedule will determine the winner.

With the new slotted structure within the current CBA, the big-dollar payday is over, making Sam Bradford the last $50 million rookie. Where teams were reluctant to move up the draft board to avoid paying the big contract including a giant singing bonus, look for teams to trade up for one of the following positions: quarterback, cornerback or offensive linemen.

Of course, there is a lot of time remaining to see who will be at the top of the 32 draft boards. Juniors will make it interesting and they have until Jan. 15 to declare for the draft. The East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl will give all NFL teams more time to add evaluations to the seniors’ body of work.

Here are my picks for Week 16

Oakland @ Kansas City = Raiders

Denver @ Buffalo = Broncos

Jacksonville @ Tennessee = Titans

Arizona @ Cincinnati = Bengals

Miami @ New England = Patriots

Cleveland @Baltimore = Ravens

New York Giant @ New York Jets = Jets

Minnesota @ Washington = Vikings

Tampa Bay @ Carolina = Panthers

St. Louis @ Pittsburgh = Steelers

San Diego @ Detroit = Lions

San Francisco @ Seattle = Seahawks

Philadelphia @ Dallas = Eagles

Chicago @ Green Bay = Packers

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Atlanta @ New Orleans = Saints