Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Football Predictions For Week 15 Of The NFL

I can't believe how time flies. It seems like just yesterday the season started.


Denver At Houston - This is a great Thursday night game of evenly matched teams fighting for their playoff lives. I will term this a coin toss win, but I can see the Texans winning if Andre Johnson can burn the Broncos' secondary.


Cincinnati At San Fransisco - While this isn't the most exciting matchup of the week, it is the only NFL game on Saturday night, which is ample reason to watch. San Francisco is at the bottom of the league by a substantial margin with a minus-141 point differential and was dominated at home last week by the Vikings. Needless to say, the 49ers have not lived up to expectations this year. The same can be said for Cincinnati, who has been riddled with injuries throughout the season, but injuries alone do not excuse the Bengals' 5-8 record. With all that said, I'd still choose the Bengals over the 49ers.


Buffalo At Cleveland - Quite possibly the most exciting game of the week in terms of playoff implications. It seems Buffalo came out of nowhere and the winner of this game will most likely grab a Wild Card spot. The Bills have been a gritty defensive club with a hard-nosed ground attack; the Browns have tried to outscore opponents as they have the worst-ranked defense in the league. This should be an outstanding contest between the second-best club in the AFC North and the second-best team in the AFC East. I believe the Browns will edge the Bills in this one.

Tennessee At Kansas City -This game is critical for Tennessee to win. The Titans pretty much have their backs to the wall if they want to make it to the postseason while Kansas City is already out of the race. Tennessee suffered a heart-breaking loss to the Chargers at home on Sunday, but I see no reason why they should lose this week.

Green Bay At St. Louis - This is a match of two teams going in opposite directions. The Packers and Favre have exceeded expectations while the Rams haven't lived up to any expectations. Both teams still have powerful offenses and in this shootout I'd obviously take the Packers.

Baltimore At Miami - Baltimore is on a huge losing skid. How does a team stop a losing streak? By playing Miami of course! Miami will be starting Cleo Lemon instead of John Beck, who never scored a point.

New York Jets At New England - I live in New York, so I have no choice but to watch this putrid mess of a game. The Patriots will run up the score on the Jets, but they have every right to. After all, Mangini was the one who exposed Belichick and turned millions of football fans to question and dislike the Patriots.

Arizona At New Orleans - This is another highlight game of the week. While the Arizona Cardinals are coming off a disappointing loss, the New Orleans Saints have given themselves a chance with a road win in Week 14. The loser of this meeting will be out of postseason consideration. Both teams are banged up in certain positions. Reserves need to step up. This will be an intriguing matchup between two young coaches of inconsistent teams. This is another coin toss game, but I'd take the Cards over the Saints because the Cards have the better running game and Warner doesn't screw up as much Brees.

Jacksonville At Pittsburgh - This is another great game. In fact, this whole week of football is so dramatic. This should be an excellent matchup between 9-4 football teams. The Jags' victory last week all but wrapped up the fifth seed in the AFC playoff picture. Heinz Field is a very tough place to play and the Steelers are a perfect 7-0 at home. The Jags defense is amazing, but the Steelers' defense is the best. The Steelers, however, edge the Jags in offense and that's why I pick them to go 8-0 at home.

Atlanta At Tampa Bay - The Falcons are playing for next year while the Bucs want to wrap up a divisional title this weekend. I have nothing new to say about the Falcons' horrible season on and off the field that hasn't been said already. Just hand this win to the Bucs.

Seattle At Carolina - Again, these are two franchises going in opposite directions. Carolina was completely dismantled by the Jaguars last week and has no hope of getting into the postseason. Seattle locked up the NFC West in decisive fashion with a 42-21 victory against divisional rival Arizona. The Seahawks are peaking at the right time, having won five in a row coming down the homestretch. The Seahawks are playing very well on both sides of the ball and I see no reason why they should lose against the Panthers.

Indianapolis At Oakland - Was Marvin Harrison injured? Did the Colts have 7 injuries at one point? You would never know with the success that the Colts have displayed this season. They'll beat Oakland silly.

Philadelphia At Dallas - In the first meeting between these two teams the Cowboys embarrassed the Eagles. This is a classic NFC East rivalry. The Cowboys need a win to stay in front of the Packers for NFC supremacy, while the Eagles must win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. I can easily see Owens catching 2 TDs and 100 total yards in a win over his ex-team. He shouldn't let what Keyshaun said get to him. Just look at who's on the field catching touchdowns every week and who isn't.

Detroit At San Diego - I'm telling you. Kitna actually meant 10 losses, not 10 wins. While the Lions are coming off a last-minute loss, which forces them to run the table to have a chance at the postseason the Chargers have put more distance between themselves and the rest of the AFC West with an overtime road victory. The Chargers came from behind in a dramatic effort on Sunday that gave them their fourth win in the past five contests. The Lions are reeling from their fifth loss in a row and are trying to avoid a total collapse in the second half of the season. The Chargers will beat them and this loss will be #8...2 more to go with 2 weeks left. Has any guarantees by players come in this year?

Washington At New York Giants - The Giants escaped Philadelphia in Week 14 with a 16-13 victory and have clearly established themselves as the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs. However, the Giants simply need to stop turning the ball over so frequently. New York is only .500 at home this year and has yet to defeat a team with a winning record. I'm going to pick the Giants to win over the Redskins and actually feel more confident in this team than usual, at least for now.


Chicago At Minnesota - A chance to show off the Vikings running game on Monday night. Chester Taylor, Adrian Peterson, take your pic. Not even real Bears could catch up to them. Vikings will win over the Bears.

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