NFL14: Week 15 Matchup Predictions

The AFC has two teams that can clinch divisions this week in Denver and New England.  The AFC South was once a foregone conclusion is actually a race with the Texans and Colts meeting this week.  The NFC is still a huge mess with each division race separated by one game or less.  If you were waiting until the matches became relevant, then now is the time to tune in…

Arizona Cardinals (10-3) @ St. Louis Rams (6-7)

The Rams have a two game win streak versus teams in much worse shape, this is good for the Rams.  The Cardinals are a different story, far from hapless and close to clinching a division and a conference.  The difference though is the Cardinals top 5 INT total and rushing TDs allowed.  Defense wins championships…

PICK: CARDINALS

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11) @ Baltimore Ravens (8-5)

Look for Baltimore to win this one, Ravens run well and the Jaguars don’t defend well.

PICK: RAVENS

Houston Texans (7-6) @ Indianapolis Colts (9-4)

As potent as the Colts offense is, especially at home, the Texans are a never say die team that has already played the Colts tough earlier in the year.  But I like the Colts to continue winning today with Luck continuing to help T.Y Hilton firmly establish himself as a top tier receiver.

PICK: COLTS

Washington Redskins (3-10) @ New York Giants (4-9)

It appears that the Giants just have more effort and pride in the season that remains than the Redskins.  For that reason, they’ll look like the team of yester-year for the home fans

PICK: GIANTS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-11) @ Carolina Panthers (4-8-1)

You know, Tampa Bay is not actually eliminated from playoff contention just yet.  This is a tough one to call, but I think Derek Anderson is just the right quarterback for the Panthers to lose this game with.

PICK: BUCCANEERS

Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) @ Atlanta Falcons (5-8)

It’s going to get ugly for the Falcons, as Big Ben doesn’t turn the ball over often and while they don’t rush for many touchdowns, they wear down the body of the defense like a champion boxer, then deliver knockout blows over the air.

PICK: STEELERS

Green Bay Packers (10-3) @ Buffalo Bills (7-6)

The Packers will win today in Buffalo, given their ability to force turnovers and score at will.  Rodgers is preparing for ring #2, and today will be a case-study on how they may get it.

PICK: PACKERS

Miami Dolphins (7-6) @ New England Patriots (10-3)

Three of Miami’s wins were against teams with a winning record; ALL of their losses were against teams with a winning record.  Today is not the day that they’ll turn the corner on that stat. New England will clinch a playoff birth and yet another division title

PICK: PATRIOTS

Oakland Raiders (2-11) @ Kansas City Chiefs (7-6)

Oakland has really embraced the role of spoiler, and the Chiefs losing streak started when they met Oakland the first time.  The Chiefs need to return to form quickly, and I believe they will, at home.

PICK: CHIEFS

Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1) @ Cleveland Browns (7-6)

Hard to believe but formerly Hoyer-led Browns and the Bengals are nearly identical in Rushing TDs, and Interceptions.  The Bengals reach the end-zone more frequently, but we don’t know (good or bad) about Manziel. However, Browns D leads the league in INTs and rushing TDs allowed.  All things considered…

PICK: BENGALS

New York Jets (2-11) @ Tennessee Titans (2-11)

I think the Titans win this game because they’re at home.  That’s all I got

PICK: TITANS

Denver Broncos (10-3) @ San Diego Chargers (8-5)

A win for Broncos clinches a division title and a win for the Chargers may only prolong the inevitable, but look for the Chargers to pull the upset in their last home game of the season.

PICK: CHARGERS

San Francisco 49ers (7-6) @ Seattle Seahawks (9-4)

The Seahawks did what surprised many in soundly containing the Eagles offense last week.  San Francisco is not looking too good, and Seattle is tuning up.

PICK: SEAHAWKS

Minnesota Vikings (6-7) @ Detroit Lions (9-4)
Pick the Lions to win with top tier defense that will frustrate the Vikings something terrible.

PICK: LIONS

Dallas Cowboys (9-4) @ Philadelphia Eagles (9-4)

The Cowboys owe the Eagles some get backs on count of the Thanksgiving day embarrassment that the Eagles doled out.  Will it happen, I think so due to the Cowboys re-discovering their offensive identity against the unfortunate Bears.

PICK: COWBOYS

New Orleans Saints (5-8) @ Chicago Bears (5-8)

The Saints are polar opposites, among the league’s best offense yet worst defenses.  They practice against Brees every week, how can they struggle like this?  I like the Saints in this game because as bad as the Saints are at D, the Bears are worse, and the Saints have a QB that knows how to thrive when something is on the line, a playoff birth.

PICK: SAINTS

There you have it, folks! Enjoy your football weekend!

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