NFL Week 15 Picks – Can the Philadelphia Eagles overcome the loss of quarterback Carson Wentz?
NFL week 14 was full of surprises. The New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots proved they are invincible. The Philadelphia Eagles' hopes of winning the Super Bowl may have snapped as Carson Wentz suffered a season ending ACL tear against the Los Angeles Rams. Just when you think you have got all the answers, the NFL changes all the questions for NFL week 15 picks.
Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 – NFL Football Games
Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts
Denver and Indianapolis are two of three AFC teams already officially eliminated from the NFL Playoffs. Despite having little to play for, Denver showed something in week 14 they hadn't since the early part of the season: the ability to play quality football. The Broncos beat the New York Jets 23-0. The Colts were beaten once again as the team endured a freak snowstorm in Buffalo. Indianapolis may have held the Bills to just 13 points, but that was more down to the weather than the team's defense. Denver is winless on the road this season, so don't expect a winning streak to start in NFL week 15 picks.
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Saturday, Dec 16, 2017 – NFL Football Games
Chicago Bears vs. Detroit Lions
Two NFC North rivals lock horns in Detroit as the Lions host the Chicago Bears. The Bears got a dominant win on the road last weekend beating Cincinnati, 33-7. The win has left many Bears fans wondering where that team has been all season? Detroit also picked up a road win as the Lions beat Tampa Bay 24-21. The Lions are still in the playoff hunt, but desperately need to win on Saturday for the NFL week 15 picks to keep hope alive.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
One of the biggest games of NFL week 15 picks sees Los Angeles Chargers clash with the Kanas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chargers continue to roll, and throttled the Washington Redskins last weekend. The Chiefs finally won again, and beat the Oakland Raiders 26-15. This game could decide the AFC West winner as both teams are 7-6. The Chargers have won four straight, and quarterback Philip Rivers hasn't thrown an interception in that timespan. However, he has thrown eight touchdown passes and for more than 1,300 yards.
Sunday, Dec 17, 2017 – NFL Football Games
Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars are really turning it on. The Jags are coming off of a big win over Seattle, and have sole possession of first place in the AFC South. Houston continues to struggle with inconsistency. The Jags beat Houston back in NFL week 1, and should have no difficulty doing a double over their AFC South rivals. Jags quarterback Blake Bortles has only thrown 16 touchdowns, but so far, it has been enough.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
Cleveland's perfect season of 0-16 is still intact and Baltimore should have no difficulty in extending the Browns' miserable season. This game also fuels hate when the Ravens visit town. The original Browns franchise relocated to Baltimore in 1996, and hard feelings don't die easily. Emotions will be high. In the teams' previous meeting this season, Baltimore won 24-10.
Green Bay Packers vs. Carolina Panthers
The Packers still have a shot at the playoffs, but are on the outside looking in. Making matters difficult is a trip to Carolina to play the Panthers. Carolina has struggled against the NFC, however, posting a 5-4 record. The Packers could have Aaron Rodgers back from injury on Sunday, but the team is still awaiting medical clearance. Regardless of Rodgers coming back, he should be too rusty to lead Green Bay past the Panthers.
Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills
All of a sudden, Miami has won two straight games. But that should come to an end Sunday when the Dolphins go north to Buffalo. If the weather is as bad in the northeast as it was last weekend, the Dolphins will have little to no chance of coming away with a win. Buffalo currently occupies the final AFC wild card place. But the Ravens are on Buffalo's tail. The Bills must win to hold off the rest of the AFC's chasing pack.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Minnesota Vikings
Cincinnati showed little fight in the team's depressing loss to the Chicago Bears in week 14. Coach Marvin Lewis is a dead man walking and will finally, thankfully, be cut lose after this season. On the road against the Minnesota Vikings, the Bengals should offer very little. The run game is bad, and the defense gave up 33 points to Chicago.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Redskins
Somehow, the Arizona Cardinals are still in the playoff hunt. That could come to an end this week, regardless if the Cardinals win. The Washington Redskins, on the other hand, are only playing for pride. Arizona's win over Tennessee last weekend was ugly and the team only won thanks to four field goals and an ineffective Titans offense. This could be another weekend of ugly football for fans in Arizona.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants
The Eagles chances of winning the NFC slipped when Carson Wentz went down with injury last weekend. Minnesota is now the favourite to win the NFC. Regardless of Wentz being gone, Philadelphia should have no difficulty beating a bad New York Giants team for the NFL week 15 picks. The G-men are coming off of a loss to the Dallas Cowboys, and Eli Manning continues to play bad football. He threw two interceptions against Dallas, and the entire New York team is a mess. Philadelphia should win with Nick Foles as quarterback, but the high-powered offense that Wentz oversaw should be gone.
New York Jets vs. New Orleans Saints
The Saints gave up a 17-10 fourth quarter lead against Atlanta last week, and are merely hanging on to first in the NFC South. The Saints need to get the running game back on track. The team ran for zero touchdowns against the Falcons. Drew Brees can work miracles, but he needs a strong run game to keep defenses guessing. The Jets are 0-3 against NFC teams this season.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks
The Los Angeles Rams lost a shootout against Philadelphia in week 14. The Rams defense won't play against too many teams that can put more than 40 points on the board each week. Unfortunately, Seattle is one of those team that can score loads of points. Twice this season the Seahawks have posted 40 or more. The problem is, Seattle is incredibly inconsistent, and last week's loss to Jacksonville has them out of the playoff places. Quarterback Russell Wilson did throw three touchdowns, but he tossed three picks, too. Seattle already beat LA once this season away from home, and a second win over the Rams could make the NFC West very interesting.
Tennessee Titans vs. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers have won back-to-back games for the first time in three seasons. The turnaround can be credited to new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Although his play could be better, two touchdowns and two interceptions since taking over, Garoppolo has an air about him that no other 49ers quarterback has had. Tennessee was rolling along until losing 12-7 to Arizona in week 14. The Titans don't score a lot of points. The team has a –21 points differential. Could the 49ers get a third straight win?
New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The AFC's two best teams clash in Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Steelers have wrapped up both a playoff place and the AFC North title. New England's defense has suddenly reverted back to the team it was in the NFL's first month of the season as it gave up 27 points to Miami in week 14. The Steelers will hammer on the Patriots defense with the run game, and Ben Roethlisberger will throw over it. He has tossed 24 touchdowns in 2017. Remember when New England was supposed to be 16-0 at the end of the regular season? Well our NFL week 15 picks predict this should be loss number four.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders
The Dallas Cowboys have given themselves a lifeline in the last two weeks. Without running back Ezekiel Elliot, the team has been one-dimensional and opposing defenses have eaten up Dak Prescott. However, two straight wins have the Cowboys clinging to a playoff spot. It has helped that Dallas has gone 4-1 against the NFC East. Against the AFC, the Cowboys are 1-2. The Raiders shouldn't pose to much of a threat as the Cowboys continue to improve, however.
Monday, Dec 18, 2017 – NFL Football Game
Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Atlanta occupy the last NFC wild card spot currently. If results go their way in NFL week 15 picks, the Falcons could be in a three-way tie for first in the NFC South. Right now, the NFC South is the best division in the conference, and has three playoff representatives. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only team in the South with a losing record. The Bucs haven't beaten a division rival this season and are the only NFC South team to have a negative points differential (-48).
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