NFL Week 15 Predictions
As the season comes down to its final weeks, teams are fighting for playoff position. Will the Texans bounce back from their blow out loss on Monday night? Will RG3 play and are the Jets really still in the playoff race? All of these questions and more are in this weeks NFL Prediction
New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons – This is the type of game that the New York Giants get up for. Whenever they play an elite NFL team, the Giants seem to always turn it on and look like the team that won two Super Bowls, not to mention that this is the time of year they the G-men really get hot. Atlanta is a good team but they still have not proven that they are a clutch team. New York will beat the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome and start to get hot just as the season winds down.
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (GAME OF THE WEEK)– The Bears have been treading water a little bit as of late. Jay Cutler is banged up. They are not running the ball effectively and their defense has not been able to bail them out with takeaways as they did at the beginning of the year, not to mention that they are coming off a tough loss to the Vikings. With a division championship in sight the Packers will be out for blood this weekend and it could not be in a better place. At Soldier Field, the Packers have outscored the Bears 116-65 in the past five meeting their. The Packers will continue the trend and steamroll over the wounded Bears at Soldier Field.
Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns – After what seemed to be a devastating knee injury, Robert Griffin III did not tear his ACL or any major ligaments in his knee. If RG3 plays, which is likely, then the Redskins win and if he doesn’t then they will lose. He is their offense. Ultimately I think he will suit up and the Redskins will beat the Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams – Even though every defense in the world knows that Minnesota has only one offensive threat, Adrian Peterson still finds a way to dominate. What AP has done is unprecedented this season coming off tearing his ACL in week 16 of last year, so why not go with the hot hand. The Rams have a brighter future than the Vikings but in the here and now, I have my money on AP. The Vikings will find a way to beat the Rams at the Edward Jones Dome.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins – The Jaguars have surprised me a little bit this year with the likes of Cecil Shorts and Chad Henne stepping up for their team but outside of that they are still the Jaguars, one of the worst teams in the NFL. The Dolphins are the second best team in the AFC East and seem to be the only ones other than the Patriots to be up the upswing. The Dolphins will win easily against the Jaguars at Sun Life Stadium.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints – This is my upset of the week. Tampa Bay is on the brink of being out of the playoff race so this week is due or die for them. They play a struggling New Orleans team and I expect Doug Martin to have a huge game against a bad Saints run defense. Tampa Bay will beat the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens – It will be interesting to see how the Ravens offense will look this week after recently firing offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron. Either way, I do not think it will make a difference. Denver is legit and has a strong chance to make it to the Super Bowl. What holds the Ravens back is their quarterback, Joe Flacco. To win in this league you need elite quarterback play and he is not it. The Broncos will beat the Ravens this week at M&T Bank Stadium.
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans – The Texans were embarrassed on Monday night vs. the Pats and will look to bounce back against the Colts. Andrew Luck has had a great rookie season but has thrown his fair share of picks. This week those interceptions will get the better of him. The Texans defense will look to jump on him early and prove that they are no the team that got blown out on Monday Night. The Texans will beat the Colts easily at Reliant Stadium.
Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills – The Seahawks defense is dominate and can win games for its team as it did last week. Seattle is just a better team than Buffalo on defense and on offense. Russell Wilson has been a pleasant surprise this year and looks to be a legitimate answer for Seattle at the quarterback position. On Sunday, the Seahawks will blow out the Bills at Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario.
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals – There really isn’t much of a contest in this once. Arizona doesn’t have a quarterback and you kind of need one to play football. The Lions will beat the Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Carolina Panthers at San Diego Chargers – Cam Newton has played better as of late but the Chargers have too much talent on their roster to lose this game. Both teams are coming off big wins last week but neither team will make a playoff runs. The Chargers will beat the Panthers in a closely contested game at Qualcomm Stadium.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys – Big Ben is coming back at a clutch time for Pittsburgh, as they need to win to keep a wildcard spot in their grasps. For Dallas, they need to continue their quest to make the playoffs with a hurt Dez Bryant. He fractured his finger and was reported to be out for the rest of the year but it looks like he is going to try to play through it. Bryant has carried his team as of late and they will now have to take some of the scoring load off him and spread it around to the other receivers. On Sunday, the Steelers will win a tough game against the Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium.
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders – With Darren McFadden back and healthy, the Raiders are a more balanced team and should give Carson Palmer better looks in play action. The Chiefs are dismal on defense and the Raiders should have no problem scoring by throwing or running. The Raiders will blow out the Chiefs this Sunday at O. Co Coliseum.
San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots (SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL) – The Pats put the league on notice last week when they blew out the Houston Texans, a team that many thought was the best in the AFC. New England has another tough test this week as they play arguably the best team in the NFC now in the 49ers. Colin Kaepernick has been great for the 49ers and they are not afraid to let him loose and run and on the other sideline Tom Brady is on a role right now and when he gets like this he is hard to bet against. The Patriots will come out and beat the 49ers at Gillette Stadium proving that they are the Super Bowl Favorites.
New York Jets at Tennessee Titans (MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL) – It is amazing that they Jets at 6-7 are still in the playoff hunt. They have struggled all year on both sides of the ball and that trend will continue on Sunday. The Jets allow 136.5 rushing yards a game and with a star running back like Chris Johnson waiting for them, looks like trouble for New York. The Titans will beat the Jets on Monday night at LP Field and will put the final nail in the coffin for their season and for some like Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez it could be their last in green.