Week 15 of the NFL season and the playoff races are at a fever pitch. With over half of the spots still up for grabs, the games are getting bigger. This should be a fun week. Here we go.
New York Giants at Atlanta
Huge game in the NFC. The Falcons do sport the conference’s best record at 11-2, but many experts aren’t sold on Atlanta’s Super Bowl chances. A weak schedule and some lucky wins have gotten the Falcons to where they are, but they need a signature win, for people to believe in them. The Giants on the other hand, are the team that always seems to come through in the clutch. Despite their 8-5 record, the Giants just need to make the playoffs to become very dangerous. Atlanta hasn’t proven anything yet. New York Giants win.
Green Bay at Chicago
A Green Bay win would give them the NFC North title. The Bears are in danger of missing the playoffs, after a strong start. The biggest problem in Chicago is that their run defence has more holes than a mouse infested house. In their last 6 games, the Bears have given up an average of 120.5 yards per game on the ground. The Packers are starting to catch fire, and with no Brian Urlacher in the lineup, it could spell big trouble for Chicago. Green Bay wins.
Indianapolis at Houston
All of a sudden, this has become a large game in the AFC South. The Colts have won 3 in a row, and could pull to within a game back of first place in the division. A Texans win will clinch the AFC South title, but Houston looked atrocious in their Monday night meltdown against New England. However, the Texans are returning home, and should bounce back from their worst game of the season. The Colts are hot, but they have been lucky as well. Their luck will run out here. Houston wins.
Minnesota at St. Louis
Is there anyone having a better season than Adrian Peterson? The Vikings running back is having a brilliant season, and has a chance to break Eric Dickerson’s single season record of 2,105 yards on the ground. It might be Minnesota’s only chance of winning though, as the rest of the team, especially quarterback Christian Ponder, have struggled as of late. The Rams have been very inconsistent this season, but are showing signs of a bright future. If they shut down Peterson, they will win. Going with a minor upset here. St. Louis wins.
Tampa Bay at New Orleans
Both teams are virtually out of the playoff race, and are looking ahead to next year. The Saints scored a victory in the courtroom as former Paul Tagliabue ordered all player suspensions from Bountygate null and void. I expect New Orleans to come out with vim and vigour in this one. The Bucs lost a heartbreaker to Philadelphia last week, and I’m not sure if they have recovered. New Orleans wins.
Washington at Cleveland
Will he or won’t he? That is the question in DC as Robert Griffin III playing status remains up in the air, following a sprained knee suffered last week. RG3 says he’s ready, but how effective will he be if he does play? This is a vital game for the Redskins, as they try to chase down the Giants for the NFC East title. The Browns have been playing good football as of late, and will make it tough on Washington. Should be close. Washington wins.
Denver at Baltimore
Another game with playoff implications. The Broncos have clinched the AFC West crown, but have designs on home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Ravens are in first in the AFC North, but have lost their last 2 games, and still won’t have Ray Lewis in the lineup. On top of that Peyton Manning doesn’t mind playing the Ravens, as he is 8-2 against the Ravens. Denver wins.
Jacksonville at Miami
This one won’t be pretty. Miami wins.
Detroit at Arizona
Ugh! Someone has to win this one. My Lions are in free fall, but this is one game they have to win. No excuses. Detroit wins.
Carolina at San Diego
Another ugly one. Although both teams are coming off big wins last week. The Panthers shocked the Falcons while the Chargers surprised the Steelers. So this one is a coin toss. Carolina wins.
Seattle at Buffalo
The Seahawks are coming off a 58-0 thrashing of Arizona, and have their eyes set on a playoff berth. The Bills are mediocre yet again, and won’t even enjoy home field for this one, as the game is being played in Toronto. The Bills are 0-4 in games at the Rogers Centre. Make it 0-5 after Sunday. Seattle wins.
Kansas City at Oakland
Ugh. A great rivalry gone sour. So sad. Flip a coin. Kansas City wins.
Pittsburgh at Dallas
A game with serious intrigue. The Steelers are battling for a wildcard spot, while still holding out slim hopes at the AFC North title. The Cowboys are a game back of the Giants in the NFC East, and could track down Chicago in the wildcard chase as well. With history and both conferences affected by this game, this could be a beauty. Both teams have had moments of glory and bewilderment this season. Tough one. Pittsburgh wins.
San Francisco at New England
Possible Super Bowl preview. The 49ers can clinch the NFC West crown with a victory, and still hold out hopes for home field throughout the playoffs. The Patriots have already won the AFC East, and they looked very impressive in their blowout win over Houston. This is a battle between New England’s high-powered offence, versus the 49ers stingy defence. However, the game is in Foxboro and the Patriots are always tough at home. Especially in December. New England wins.
New York Jets at Tennessee
Believe it or not, the Jets are only one game out of the final playoff spot in the AFC. Despite all the drama, tension and turmoil that has surrounded the franchise, the Jets could make the playoffs this season. The Titans are out of it, but have a chance to play spoiler. It would be so typical of the Jets to come this far, only to blow it. I say they blow it. Upset pick. Tennessee wins.
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