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2015 NFL Season

2015 Season: Week 17 Preview

Last Week: 11-5

Season: 143-97

Sunday, January 3rd, 1:00 e.t.

Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6) @ Cleveland Browns (3-11)

Pittsburgh 36, Cleveland 13

Philadelphia Eagles (6-9) @ New York Giants (6-9)

New York 27, Philadelphia 19

Baltimore Ravens (5-10) @ Cincinnati Bengals (11-4)

Baltimore 20, Cincinnati 17

Washington Redskins (8-7) @ Dallas Cowboys (4-11)

Washington 28, Dallas 26

New Orleans Saints (6-9) @ Atlanta Falcons (8-7)

Atlanta 35, New Orleans 31

Tennessee Titans (3-11) @ Indianapolis Colts (7-8)

Indianapolis 22, Tennessee 14

New York Jets (10-5) @ Buffalo Bills (7-8)

New York 17, Buffalo 14

New England Patriots (12-3) @ Miami Dolphins (5-10)

New England 38, Miami 21

Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10) @ Houston Texans (8-7)

Jacksonville 19, Houston 16

Detroit Lions (6-9) @ Chicago Bears (6-9)

Detroit 29, Chicago 17

Sunday, January 3rd, 4:25 e.t.

San Diego Chargers (4-11) @ Denver Broncos (11-4)

Denver 27, San Diego 14

St. Louis Rams (7-8) @ San Francisco 49ers (4-11)

St. Louis 26, San Francisco 6

Seattle Seahawks (10-5) @ Arizona Cardinals (13-2)

Arizona 24, Seattle 17

Oakland Raiders (7-8) @ Kansas City Chiefs (10-5)

Oakland 22, Kansas City 20

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-9) @ Carolina Panthers (14-1)

Carolina 34, Tampa Bay 24

Sunday, January 3rd, 8:30 e.t.

Minnesota Vikings (10-5) @ Green Bay Packers (10-5)

Green Bay 33, Minnesota 27

Week 17 Bonus Predictions

Upset of the Week: Baltimore over Cincinnati

Sure Bet of the Week (13-2): Pittsburgh over Cleveland

Rookie of the Week: Javorius Allen, RB, Ravens

Offensive Player of the Week: Eli Manning, QB, Giants

Defensive Player of the Week: Jamie Collins, LB, Patriots

Best Overall Offense: Green Bay Packers

Best Overall Defense: New England Patriots

Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!

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2015 Season: Week 16 Preview

Last Week: 10-6

Season: 132-92

Thursday, December 24th, 8:25 e.t.

San Diego Chargers (4-10) @ Oakland Raiders (6-8)

San Diego 26, Oakland 17

Saturday, December 26th, 8:25 e.t.

Washington Redskins (7-7) @ Philadelphia Eagles (6-8)

Philadelphia 25, Washington 21

Sunday, December 27th, 1:00 e.t.

Cleveland Browns (3-11) @ Kansas City Chiefs (9-5)

Kansas City 40, Cleveland 20

Chicago Bears (5-9) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8)

Chicago 19, Tampa Bay 18

San Francisco 49ers (4-10) @ Detroit Lions (5-9)

Detroit 46, San Francisco 15

Indianapolis Colts (6-8) @ Miami Dolphins (5-9)

Indianapolis 20, Miami 16

Houston Texans (7-7) @ Tennessee Titans (3-11)

Houston 29, Tennessee 16

Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5) @ Baltimore Ravens (4-10)

Pittsburgh 42, Baltimore 20

New England Patriots (12-2) @ New York Jets (9-5)

New York 21, New England 18

Carolina Panthers (14-0) @ Atlanta Falcons (7-7)

Carolina 27, Atlanta 21

Dallas Cowboys (4-10) @ Buffalo Bills (6-8)

Buffalo 18, Dallas 10

Sunday, December 27th, 4:05 e.t.

Jacksonville Jaguars (5-9) @ New Orleans Saints (5-9)

New Orleans 36, Jacksonville 28

Sunday, December 27th, 4:25 e.t.

Green Bay Packers (10-4) @ Arizona Cardinals (12-2)

Arizona 34, Green Bay 24

St. Louis Rams (6-8) @ Seattle Seahawks (9-5)

Seattle 27, St. Louis 3

Sunday, December 27th, 8:30 e.t.

New York Giants (6-8) @ Minnesota Vikings (9-5)

Minnesota 20, New York 13

Monday, December 28th, 8:30 e.t.

Cincinnati Bengals (11-3) @ Denver Broncos (11-3)

Denver 27, Cincinnati 17

Week 16 Bonus Predictions

Upset of the Week: San Diego over Oakland

Sure Bet of the Week (10-2): Kansas City over Cleveland

Rookie of the Week: Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings

Offensive Player of the Week: DeAngelo Williams, RB, Steelers

Defensive Player of the Week: Fletcher Cox, DT, Eagles

Best Overall Offense: Detroit Lions

Best Overall Defense: Seattle Seahawks

Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!

2015 Season: Week 15 Preview

Last Week: 11-5

Season: 122-86

Thursday, December 17th, 8:25 e.t.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) @ St. Louis Rams (5-8)

Tampa Bay 24, St. Louis 9

Saturday, December 19th, 8:25 e.t.

New York Jets (8-5) @ Dallas Cowboys (4-9)

New York 23, Dallas 19

Sunday, December 20th, 1:00 e.t.

Atlanta Falcons (6-7) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (5-8)

Jacksonville 31, Atlanta 21

Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) @ Baltimore Ravens (4-9)

Kansas City 29, Baltimore 12

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

Houston 17, Indianapolis 10

Carolina Panthers (13-0) @ New York Giants (6-7)

Carolina 20, New York 17

Chicago Bears (5-9) @ Minnesota Vikings (8-5)

Chicago 27, Minnesota 17

Tennessee Titans (3-10) @ New England Patriots (11-2)

New England 38, Tennessee 14

 

Buffalo Bills (6-7) @ Washington Redskins (6-7)

Buffalo 37, Washington 20

Sunday, December 20th, 4:05 e.t.

Cleveland Browns (3-10) @ Seattle Seahawks (8-5)

Seattle 37, Cleveland 13

Green Bay Packers (9-4) @ Oakland Raiders (6-7)

Green Bay 28, Oakland 24

Sunday, December 20th, 4:25 e.t.

Miami Dolphins (5-9) @ San Diego Chargers (3-10)

Miami 16, San Diego 13

Cincinnati Bengals (10-3) @ San Francisco 49ers (4-9)

Cincinnati 13, San Francisco 10

Denver Broncos (10-3) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5)

Pittsburgh 43, Denver 19

Sunday, December 20th, 8:30 e.t.

Arizona Cardinals (11-2) @ Philadelphia Eagles (6-7)

Arizona 33, Philadelphia 21

Monday, December 21st, 8:30 e.t.

Detroit Lions (4-9) @ New Orleans Saints (5-8)

New Orleans 29, Detroit 27

Week 15 Bonus Predictions

Upset of the Week: Chicago over Minnesota

Sure Bet of the Week (10-2): Seattle over Cleveland

Rookie of the Week: Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders

Offensive Player of the Week: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

Defensive Player of the Week: Adam Jones, CB, Bengals

Best Overall Offense: Pittsburgh Steelers

Best Overall Defense: Cincinnati Bengals

Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!

Week 14: Seattle Seahawks vs. Baltimore Ravens Recap

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Michael Bennett sacks Jimmy Claussen on Sunday, December 13th.

Final: Seattle 35, Baltimore 6

It was a dominating performance on Sunday as the Seattle Seahawks continued to steamroll the competition by becoming the first team all year to blow out the scrappy Ravens.  Russell Wilson continues to play like a man on fire as he tied his own franchise record that he set just two weeks ago with five passing touchdowns in this game.  He has been provided much better protection and the offensive gameplan has been a lot better over the last month for the ‘Hawks.

Offensively, Seattle is a team to be reckoned with.  Doug Baldwin has scored eight touchdowns in three games for the Seahawks, and at tailback it doesn’t seem to matter much who lines up because they are finding nice holes to run through now that the O-line is coming into its own.  Thomas Rawls, a stud rookie, exited the game in the first quarter with a fractured ankle and is now out for the season.  DuJuan Harris and Fred Jackson stepped in and did a nice job holding down the fort.

The Ravens, on the other hand, have had injuries to deal with all season,

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Baltimore wide receiver Jeremy Butler in action.

and had to send Jimmy Claussen out at quarterback.  He wasn’t atrocious but was inaccurate on a number of his throws.  Kamar Aiken had a solid game, nabbing a couple of passes down the field before getting injured in the fourth quarter.  The running game was not great for the home team either as the offense just sputtered for the entire afternoon.  As a fun fact, Jimmy Claussen in twenty drives against the Seattle defense this year (as he played them while a member of the Bears in Week 3) managed to lead his team to just two field goals.

Russell Wilson will get a lot of the credit for this recent offensive explosion for the Seahawks, as he should, but a great majority of those accolades should be soaked up by both the offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and the offensive line.  The play calls have been much simpler and Wilson has gotten the ball out of his hands quickly, which has really helped this line that had struggled earlier in the year.  They are now starting to find their bearings and are transforming into the most improved unit across the entire NFL this season.

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Former Seahawk Chris Matthews tackles Richard Sherman by the hair following his interception on Sunday.

Clearly Seattle is on a role here and its mainly because their offense has matched what the defense has brought to the table.  Michael Bennett had an outstanding game as he was by far the most impressive lineman out there in the game getting a few pressures, a sack, and two tackles for a loss.  The Ravens didn’t flash very much in this game.  As stated above, the only player who had a decent game had to be Kamar Aiken who made five catches for 90 yards on a couple of routes that he popped open on.

Seattle will host Cleveland next week, and their only issue is that they don’t have a solid running back to get behind.  DuJuan Harris played fine in this game, but he’s not the guy you want to hang your hat on for any length of time.  Meanwhile, the Ravens won’t catch a break as they play host to the equally red hot Chiefs, who have won seven straight games.  Final takeaways from this one are that the injuries have made this an unrecognizable Ravens team while the offensive line has returned Seattle back into an elite team in the league.

The Skinny:

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Tyler Lockette scoring his second of two touchdowns on the first play of the fourth quarter versus Baltimore
  • In this game, Russell Wilson tied a franchise record he set two weeks ago with five passing touchdowns
  • Wilson is also the first quarterback since the merger to post a 133.5 QBR in four straight games
  • Thomas Rawls exited the game with a broken ankle and will miss the rest of the season
  • Seattle eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the 24th straight game
  • Jimmy Claussen did not look comfortable or confident as he missed a lot of throws and did not handle pressure well
  • Doug Baldwin has scored eight touchdowns over the past three weeks
  • Marc Trestman and the Ravens offense continues to look handicapped with no solid leaders or play-makers at this point in the year

2015 Season: Week 14 Predictions

Last Week: 10-6

Season: 111-81

Thursday, December 10th, 8:30 e.t.

Minnesota Vikings (8-4) @ Arizona Cardinals (10-2)

Arizona 35, Minnesota 14

Sunday, December 13th, 1:00 e.t.

Washington Redskins (5-7) @ Chicago Bears (5-7)

Chicago 21, Washington 17

New Orleans Saints (4-8) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6)

New Orleans 31, Tampa Bay 23

San Diego Chargers (3-9) @ Kansas City Chiefs (7-5)

Kansas City 28, San Diego 10

Detroit Lions (4-8) @ St. Louis Rams (4-8)

Detroit 23, St. Louis 8

Indianapolis Colts (6-6) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8)

Jacksonville 20, Indianapolis 16

San Francisco 49ers (4-8) @ Cleveland Browns (2-10)

Cleveland 16, San Francisco 9

Tennessee Titans (4-8) @ New York Jets (7-5)

Tennessee 33, New York 20

Buffalo Bills (6-6) @ Philadelphia Eagles (5-7)

Buffalo 24, Philadelphia 20

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) @ Cincinnati Bengals (10-2)

Pittsburgh 25, Cincinnati 18

Atlanta Falcons (6-6) @ Carolina Panthers (12-0)

Carolina 34, Atlanta 16

Seattle Seahawks (7-5) @ Baltimore Ravens (4-8)

Seattle 19, Baltimore 14

Sunday, December 13th, 4:05 e.t.

Oakland Raiders (5-7) @ Denver Broncos (10-2)

Denver 26, Oakland 17

Sunday, December 13th, 4:25 e.t.

Dallas Cowboys (4-8) @ Green Bay Packers (8-4)

Green Bay 30, Dallas 17

Sunday, December 13th, 8:30 e.t.

New England Patriots (10-2) @ Houston Texans (6-6)

New England 22, Houston 20

Monday, December 14th, 8:30 e.t.

New York Giants (5-7) @ Miami Dolphins (5-7)

New York 27, Miami 23

Week 14 Bonus Predictions

Upset of the Week: Tennessee over New York Jets

Sure Bet of the Week (10-2): Arizona over Minnesota

Rookie of the Week: Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans

Offensive Player of the Week: Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals

Defensive Player of the Week: Ziggy Ansah, DL, Lions

Best Overall Offense: Arizona Cardinals

Best Overall Defense: Detroit Lions

Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!

Week 13: Houston Texans vs. Buffalo Bills Recap

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Sammy Watkins with a touchdown grab from 12/6/15.

Final: Buffalo 30, Houston 21

After allowing just 8.8 points per game over the last month, the Houston Texans surrender 30 to the Bills on the road and drop to 6-6 on the season.  The Buffalo offense was rolling, especially in the first half, and Tyrod Taylor looked impressive as he accounted for four touchdowns in this game (one rushing, and three passing).  He also posted a passer rating of 127.2, the fifth time this season he has gone over the 100 mark.

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Chris Polk with a punishing touchdown catch and run.

The offensive game plan employed by Greg Roman early on was to run the ball against the Houston front to slow the pass rush and it worked.  LeSean McCoy was able to spring a few runs to the outside as the Texans were beat on the edge.  They were unable to contain Tyrod Taylor also, and we saw a lot of wild-cat in the first half from the Bills.  The creative play-calling really kept Houston off balance and allowed for the Buffalo offensive line to control the game.  The Texans’ pass rush never really got going until later on in the second half after they had a twelve minute break due to halftime.  J.J. Watt was held without a sack for the first time in six games, and Romeo Crenelle’s secondary was exposed by the likes of Sammy Watkins, who had a nice game with three catches for 109 yards and a touchdown, including a pair of beautiful 53-yard catches coming off of perfect throws from Taylor.

The Houston offense was not bad either.  Brian Hoyer was an effective 26/43 for 293 yards and three touchdowns as well.  He did throw one pick, but that came on the final play of the game.  He was forced to locate other receivers in the first half since Ronald Darby did a magnificent job at taking away DeAndre Hopkins, and find other receivers he did as the Texans had nine different players catch the ball in this game, including a reception from a lineman Kendall Lamm.  Chris Polk ran with some good power and was able to bowl his way into the end zone on a touchdown reception.  The Houston defense was much better in the second half, allowing only nine points.  The touchdown did come in the waning moments of the game, however, when tight end Charles Clay was left wide open in the middle of the field for a 40 yard score.  The secondary continues to be a weakness for the Texans.  Jadeveon Clowney had a nice game with a couple of pressures and a sack, overshadowing J.J. Watt who was triple-teamed quite frequently.

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Jadeveon Clowney sacks Tyrod Taylor from Sunday’s game.

One thing that was noticeable in this game after seeing what took place last week is Buffalo’s first half offense.  They came out like a house on fire on the road in Kansas City in Week 12 and did it again at home against Houston.  If the Bills can remain consistent for four quarters, they are a team that could become quite dangerous.  They draw a desperate Philadelphia team on the road next week where their ability to run horizontally could prove to be a deal-changer.  Meanwhile, the Texans will host the Patriots who seem pretty vulnerable now with many of their weapons sidelined.  Both Houston and Buffalo are in the thick of things in the playoff race, although the Bills will have to earn their way in via wild card whereas the Texans best shot is by winning the AFC South.

The Skinny:

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Sammy Watkins beats Kevin Johnson for a 53-yard reception from 12/6/15
  • Buffalo wins a game for the first time all year where they give up more than 20 points
  • Tyrod Taylor posted a 127.2 QBR, the fifth time he’s eclipsed 100, with his four total touchdowns
  • DeAndre Hopkins set a Houston franchise record with his 10th touchdown reception of the year in this game
  • Tyrod Taylor has thrown 187 straight passes without an interception, a Buffalo franchise record
  • LeSean McCoy tied his season’s high with 112 yards rushing in this game (he’s hit that mark three times now)
  • Brian Hoyer continues to look decent at QB, giving Houston a reason to believe that he could be the answer, at least for next season

2015 Season: Week 13 Predictions

Last Week: 6-10

Season: 101-75

Thursday, December 3rd, 8:30 e.t.

Green Bay Packers (7-4) @ Detroit Lions (4-7)

Green Bay 20, Detroit 17

Sunday, December 6th, 1:00 e.t.

Atlanta Falcons (6-5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6)

Atlanta 23, Tampa Bay 17

Baltimore Ravens (4-7) @ Miami Dolphins (4-7)

Baltimore 28, Miami 22

San Francisco 49ers (3-8) @ Chicago Bears (5-6)

Chicago 27, San Francisco 14

Arizona Cardinals (9-2) @ St. Louis Rams (4-7)

Arizona 23, St. Louis 20

Jacksonville Jaguars (4-7) @ Tennessee Titans (2-9)

Tennessee 24, Jacksonville 16

New York Jets (6-5) @ New York Giants (5-6)

New York Giants 23, New York Jets 13

Houston Texans (6-5) @ Buffalo Bills (5-6)

Buffalo 17, Houston 15

Cincinnati Bengals (9-2) @ Cleveland Browns (2-9)

Cincinnati 31, Cleveland 14

Seattle Seahawks (6-5) @ Minnesota Vikings (8-3)

Seattle 28, Minnesota 20

Sunday, December 6th, 4:05 e.t.

Denver Broncos (9-2) @ San Diego Chargers (3-8)

Denver 27, San Diego 21

Kansas City Chiefs (6-5) @ Oakland Raiders (5-6)

Kansas City 34, Oakland 23

Sunday, December 6th, 4:25 e.t.

Philadelphia Eagles (4-7) @ New England Patriots (10-1)

New England 41, Philadelphia 21

Carolina Panthers (11-0) @ New Orleans Saints (4-7)

Carolina 44, New Orleans 17

Sunday, December 6th, 8:30 e.t.

Indianapolis Colts (6-5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)

Pittsburgh 45, Indianapolis 24

Monday, December 7th, 8:30 e.t.

Dallas Cowboys (3-8) @ Washington Redskins (5-6)

Washington 26, Dallas 10

Week 13 Bonus Predictions

Upset of the Week: Baltimore over Miami

Sure Bet of the Week (10-2): Cincinnati over Cleveland

Rookie of the Week: Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders

Offensive Player of the Week: Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

Defensive Player of the Week: Kam Chancellor, DB, Seattle

Best Overall Offense: Pittsburgh Steelers

Best Overall Defense: Buffalo Bills

Feel free to leave a comment stating what you think will happen in this weekend’s games!