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2016 Season: Week 3 Preview

There is something smelly in town.  Could it be the New Orleans secondary?  What about the Los Angeles offense?  The Cleveland Browns quarterback situation?  How about the entire Raiders’ defense?  No.  It is none of this.  Instead, what reeks of pure disgusting and moldy cheese is my picks.  17-15?  Yikes.  Well, the first two weeks are in the books and we are beginning to get a better picture on who is going to be good this season and who will not be.  From here on out we are shooting for 70% or better!  Here are my Week 3 picks.

Last Week 8-8

Season: 17-15

Thursday, September 22nd, 8:25 e.t.

Houston Texans (2-0) @ New England Patriots (2-0)

The Jacob Brisket era has begun in New England.  Jacoby Brissett will be making his first start against a Houston defense that has allowed only 26 points on the season.  The Patriots probably have the most giddy feeling of any team in the league this season as they are 2-0 without Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski.  They could lose these next two games and be fine when Brady returns in Week 5.  This is a good thing too because I see them losing this game to Houston.  As tempting as it is to pick the Pats here, we will have to go with the Texans.  New England will be wearing some very odd jerseys due to the color rush gimmick.  Fans are going to see highlights from this game and remember it as the game of the ugly jerseys and the one that they lost to the Texans at home in the waning minutes.  Houston actually has the longest regular season winning streak of any team in the league.  They will move to six games in a row with a narrow win on the road.

Houston 24, New England 20

Sunday, September 25th, 1:00 e.t.

Oakland Raiders (1-1) @ Tennessee Titans (1-1)

The Titans may be a sneaky smart pick for an upset this week, but it will not happen.  As you could probably tell from reading the opening narrative to this article, the Raiders’ defense ain’t so hot right now.  They have are the 32nd ranked defense in the league and haven’t so much as slowed down Matt Ryan or Drew Brees.  Luckily the team faces Marcus Mariota this week, a second year QB who hasn’t had a solid start to his season.  Oakland will actually get some pressure this game and force some errant passes, so long as the Titans don’t stubbornly spoon-feed the Raiders a heavy dosage of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry with mild success that is.  Ken Wisenhunt’s smashmouth football strategy hasn’t really gotten going yet and in today’s league trying to force it is like jamming a hot dog into a cheerio hole.  That probably sounded dirtier than it should have.

Oakland 26, Tennessee 17

Cleveland Browns (0-2) @ Miami Dolphins (0-2)

What a barnburner this one is!  Cody Kessler will be getting the nod for the Brownies on the road.  This, for Cleveland, is amazingly the fifth straight regular season game where they will be starting a new quarterback under center.  Charlie Whitehurst will be holding down the fort from the sidelines in case Kessler doesn’t get the job done.  For Miami, the Dolphins looked good week one against the Seahawks on the road but were absolutely shredded last week by Jimmy Garoppolo in a quarter and a half.  The defense got it going once he was hurt but it was a little too late as the game was too far out of hand.  I have a feeling that the Miami defense will feast on the rookie quarterback at home and force a lot of bad passes.  If they can contain Corey Coleman, there shouldn’t be any issues down there.  The Browns did the best they could to jam every highlight of their season that they could into the first quarter last week versus Baltimore.  Mission succeeded, but now you gotta hit the road against a team that is desperate for a win in the early season.  Here comes a car crash.

Miami 31, Cleveland 6

Baltimore Ravens (2-0) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)

Every week in the NFL there seem to be eight easy games to call, a couple of upsets, and about four or five contests that could go either way.  This is one of those four or five.  As they say, a sheep deciding between two bales of hay will starve to death.  You just gotta pick one.  I’m going to go with the Jags, very begrudgingly.  Part of me wants to believe that Jacksonville is a team on the rise, but until I see them win a game at home like this, I’m going to hesitate on picking them.  They gave Green Bay a nice fight in Week 1, but then were shoved aside like a plate of broccoli at the kid’s table in San Diego last Sunday.  This should be a competitive game, but the Ravens did need to make a big comeback on the road in Cleveland.  If they had won that game convincingly, I’d have no issues picking them because we would all think they are back to form, but small wins over the Bills and Browns isn’t enough to get me excited.  Will the Jacksonville offense wake up?  This pick is me betting on them doing just that.

Jacksonville 30, Baltimore 20

Arizona Cardinals (1-1) @ Buffalo Bills (0-2)

The Cardinals broke out the belt against Tampa Bay and they are swinging for the fences as they hit the road against Buffalo.  The Bills defense is injury riddled and letting up big plays this season.  When you are facing off with a Bruce Arians coached team that loves taking shots, this is a horrible combination.  John Brown and Michael Floyd were invisible last week but should return here against a team that allowed two 100-yard receivers a week ago (and almost a third) along with a 100-yard rusher.  All signs point towards a blowout, but I doubt that Arizona is going to give the Bills a wedgie and take their lunch money.  This is probably going to be a close game that sees quite a few defensive plays being made on both sides of the ball.  In the end, I just can’t afford to throw caution to the wind and start picking teams like Buffalo to beat NFC powerhouses.  We aren’t trying for another 8-8 week.

Arizona 22, Buffalo 20

Minnesota Vikings (2-0) @ Carolina Panthers (1-1)

This is a good game.  Having it played in the 1:00 window and then having the Bears and Cowboys play Sunday night is sort of like enjoying your ice cream cake dessert before your lumpy meat loaf dinner.  Anywho, the Vikings are coming off of an impressive win over the Packers.  Sam Bradford looked great in his debut with the team and Stefon Diggs looks like he is trying to make the leap to an elite-level wide receiver.  Trying to join him in that journey is Kelvin Benjamin who already has three touchdowns on the year.  i’ll be picking Carolina for this game as they have way too much talent and look like one of the best teams in the league again, but it wasn’t without a thought.  Yes, Adrian Peterson will be missing several games due to a torn meniscus, but he wasn’t running roughshod on defenses this year anyhow.  Actually, the Vikings defense is what has carried this team, and asking them to slow down the Panthers on the road is not going to be easy.  Carolina takes the (ice cream) cake here.

Carolina 35, Minnesota 21

Denver Broncos (2-0) @ Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)

Here’s another game that is leaving me wondering why we get stuck with the Bears/Cowboys on Sunday night instead of a gem.  The Denver defense has been as good as it was last season while the offense remains the same.  There doesn’t seem to be any falloff after losing Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler over the offseason.  The Broncos are a good team.  The Bengals can say that they are too, even though they lost a week ago to Pittsburgh.  The defense did do a nice job shutting down Antonio Brown however.  They also draw the Broncos on the road here.  This will be their first game away from home and I expect that to play a huge role in this one.  It is also Cincy’s home opener in the 1:00 window.  The Bengals don’t normally lose these types of games and I don’t expect them to this week.  I see the Denver defense falling off a bit against a good offensive team.  Give me the home team here.

Cincinnati 27, Denver 13

Detroit Lions (1-1) @ Green Bay Packers (1-1)

The Packers season is almost identical to the Bengals season so far this year in the sense that they gutted out a tough road win in Week 1 and then lost on the road to a very good team last Sunday.  Now they will open the home schedule against a team that has had their number at Lambeau over the past… season.  Of course, we all remember how much trouble the Lions had winning in Wisconsin prior to their stunning 18-16 win a season ago in the (at the time not so) frozen tundra.  This Green Bay offense has to get going soon, right?  They are going to be moving the ball against a Detroit defense that barely did enough to win Week 1 versus Indy and let a middling sophomore quarterback lead a comeback drive in the final minute against them this past week.  Sure, Matthew Stafford has looked good at times, but he is Matthew Stafford.  This dude really struggles when playing winning teams.  And although Green Bay does not have a winning record at this point in the season, it is safe to say they have a winning team.  The Packers should take care of business at home and I think we are going to see a dramatic spike in their offense playing in front of a more friendly crowd.

Green Bay 34, Detroit 24

Washington Redskins (0-2) @ New York Giants (2-0)

Do we still like Kirk Cousins after the first two weeks of the season?  I can’t say I do as they guy is still yet to win against a team with a winning record.  The Giants are 2-0 and are winning games that they would have lost last season.  Sure, they didn’t score an offensive touchdown against the New Orleans Saints but they did still win the game.  That is what it all comes down to: finding a way to win.  The ‘Skins look like they are taking a step backward this season and they do not tend to play very well on the road against the Giants.  Kirk Cousins is very generous with the ball when he does play New York as he begins to rain interceptions like it were party confetti.  Of course, you can bet that if Washington did win the game, we would see Cousins yelling at reporters yet again.

You Like That??

^A great face to put on the $1 bill by the way.  At the end of the day, I don’t think that the Redskins have the caliber of team to run with the Giants if their offense gets hot.  This is a game that New York does want to win because they will be hitting a brutal stretch following this contest.

New York 27, Washington 15

Sunday, September 25th, 4:05 e.t.

Los Angeles Rams (1-1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1)

The Buccaneers flat out got stomped by the Cardinals a week ago and will try to bounce back against a Rams team that has scored a total of nine points in two games.  That should put them at 0-2, but as it is, LA is 1-1.  Tampa Bay doesn’t have to be perfect on offense to win this game.  All they have to do is slow down Todd Gurley aka the entire Rams offense.  They have not looked too bad against two of the fantasy football darlings so far this season in the run game (Devonta Freeman and David Johnson).  Of course, Johnson did have almost 100 yards receiving against Tampa in Arizona last week, and that is something that would be concerning if the Rams could actually throw the ball.  Since they really can’t, I have no problem in selecting the Buccaneers at home this week.

Tampa Bay 20, St. Louis 9

San Francisco 49ers (1-1) @ Seattle Seahawks (1-1)

Well I’ll be diddly darn damned.  The 49ers can actually play a little offense this season.  Unfortunately they still got run out of the gym by the Panthers a week ago, but they have shown some semblance of hope on that side of the ball for the first time in a bit.  The Seahawks however have scored just 15 points all season long.  You would think they are the worst offense in the league, but of course we know that Russell Wilson is hurting right now.  The good news for these guys is that their defense has surrendered only 19 points on the year.  This is a unit that really slammed the doors on Chip Kelly’s offense the last time they played in Week 14 in ’14 against Philadelphia.  I expect them to follow that blueprint and come out on top with a victory.  It’s only a matter of time before we start yearning to see Colin Kaepernick run Chip Kelly’s offense.  Okay, okay, that might just be wishful thinking on my part.

Seattle 21, San Francisco 10

Sunday, September 25th, 4:25 e.t.

San Diego Chargers (1-1) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-2)

This truly is a quarterback duel.  You got Philip Rivers and those guys versus Andrew Luck and these guys.  Rivers and Luck don’t have a lot of help in their games and will have to rely on their own talent to win some close contests this season.  At least Philip has a rejuvenated Melvin Gordon to lean on.  This San Diego offense is using a cane to get around these days as they have gone consecutive weeks with losing a valuable offensive weapon, first with Keenan Allen and next with Danny Woodhead.  Philip Rivers is ironman though, so we expect him to play through anything.  Andrew Luck is waiting on Donte Moncrief and T.Y. Hilton to wake up and smell some coffee.  He has not looked bad this season, but has literally had to do everything for the Colts.  Normally this is a bad sign, but I think that Indy comes out with a win this week.  The Chargers are just too banged up and the Colts are the more desperate team, I think.  They really cannot afford to fall to 0-3 with Houston getting out to a quick start.

Indianapolis 35, San Diego 26

New York Jets (1-1) @ Kansas City Chiefs (1-1)

Just how good are the Chiefs?  They beat a San Diego team at home in Week 1, but it took them overtime and a major comeback to do it.  They lost pretty badly to Houston last week without even scoring a touchdown.  The offense has looked inconstant and the defense hasn’t been making plays.  The opposite can be said about the Jets.  They have been putting heat on the opposing quarterbacks and defenses with sacks and big passing plays.  New York looks like it is a far better team at this point that do the Chiefs.  I was going to pick Kansas City given Andy Reid’s success against this franchise, but I just can’t.  The Jets are about to hit a make-or-break stretch early in the season, and this is a team that I expect to be in the running late in the year.  They simply have to win games like this and right now is a good time to draw the Chiefs since they are still trying to find an identity on offense and are reeling a bit out of the gates.  They will turn it around soon, but are also quite vulnerable right at this very moment.

New York 31, Kansas City 19

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) @ Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)

In yet another good game on the Week 3 docket, we get the battle of Pennsylvania when the Steelers take on the Iggles.  A lot is going to be learned of this Philly team and Carson Wentz this week.  He has looked superb in starts against weak secondaries.  Jim Schwartz’s defense has looked awesome, but it was, again, against the Browns and Bears.  Now they have to cope with the Steelers who boast what is undoubtedly the best offense in football.  The Eagles are prone to giving up big plays and that does not bode well for them here.  Antonio Brown is itching to go off after being held in check by the Bengals and I fully expect him to in this game.  Carson Wentz is obviously the story for the Eagles but I don’t know if there are enough playmakers on the offense for him to be able to go blow for blow with Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers.  This would be an attractive option for a trap game as far as Pittsburgh is concerned, and I do think Philly will be relevant this year, but the Steelers are too hot to pick against right now since they do look like the best team in football early on.

Pittsburgh 28, Philadelphia 21

Sunday, September 25th, 8:30 e.t.

Chicago Bears (0-2) @ Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

There is something wrong here.  How are we stuck with this game when there are many other brilliant contests taking place throughout the week?  All the Sunday Night Football games have been good this season, and this one likely will be also.  Dak Prescott has still not turned the ball over on the season and he is facing off against a Chicago unit that has been hit harder with the injury bug than any other team in the NFC.  You would think they were the Packers in that respect.  Dak should have a nice game, especially if the other rookie Ezekiel Elliot finally gets things going.  This is a perfect time for the Dallas offensive line to get right too since they are facing off against the inferior Bears D-line.  Let’s not forget about Brian Hoyer though.  He is certainly an entertaining guy to watch, sometimes for the wrong reasons.  It is the bald guy in the backup QB bowl who will be heaving it down field to Alshon Jeffery.  Unfortunately there won’t be enough jump balls to be had and I do see Dallas coming out with a win.  The Bears may struggle to score points all year and the Cowboys have a better roster up and down at virtually every position.  Hard to pick against a team in this situation.

Dallas 20, Chicago 14

Monday, September 26th, 8:30 e.t.

Atlanta Falcons (1-1) @ New Orleans Saints (0-2)

The Monday night games have been snoozers so far this season, but that should change this week.  Atlanta’s offense looks very good and they are going against a secondary that would make you believe that the Saints are trotting just nine defenders out on the field on given plays.  That said, the New Orleans offense is definitely capable of putting up points if Drew Brees can be kept upright.  Luckily for them, the Falcons have a serious lack of a pass rush and there is a good chance that ole #9 picks them apart at home.  It is so hard to pick against the Saints on Monday nights as well since they seemingly always do well in these types of games.  America should see a shootout in this contest, but then again that is what was said about last week’s game between the Saints and the Giants.  Just goes to show how crazy this league can be.  I will be going with N’orleans here for the sheer fact that I think that Brees can cut right through this Atlanta defense and find some serious match-up problems.

New Orleans 38, Atlanta 31

Week 3 Bonus Predictions

Sure Bet of the Week (2-0): Miami over Cleveland

Upset of the Week: New York Jets over Kansas City

Offensive Player of the Week: Drew Brees, QB Saints

Defensive Player of the Week: Kwon Alexander, LB Buccaneers

Rookie of the Week: Ezekiel Elliot, RB Cowboys

Best Quarterback: Drew Brees

Best Running Back: Eddie Lacy, RB Packers

2016 Season: Week 2 Preview

Week 1 was filled with edge-of-your-seat action and now that all of our nails are chewed to stubs after the collection of thrillers, we ready ourselves for Week 2.  There’s hardly any time to prepare, and nobody is complaining.  NFL action is coming in hot so here are my predictions for the upcoming games.

Last Week: 9-7

Season: 9-7

Thursday, September 15th, 8:25 e.t.

New York Jets (0-1) @ Buffalo Bills (0-1)

These two teams lost to AFC North teams last week and look to rebound on the initial Thursday Night Football game of the year.  Buffalo opens up at home where they are sure to have a raucous crowd in their corner, donning their favorite red garb due to the NFL’s color rush gimmick.  By the way, can we just take a minute to thank the Jets for changing their jerseys from last year.  We had to watch these all red Bills play those all green Jets.  Color-blinded people weren’t happy.  New York will go with all white attire this time around.  But you came for a prediction, not commentary on uniforms.  The Bills did a good job getting to Joe Flacco last week and were only beat deep one time by Mike Wallace.  However, their offense was pitiful, and they are going up against a unit that has a lot to prove after being absolutely torched by A.J. Green and friends a week ago.  The Jets have the better team on paper and I’m looking to rebound from an awful first week of picks myself.  Time to go with the better team here.

New York 27, Buffalo 20

Sunday, September 18th, 1:00 e.t.

Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) @ Houston Texans (1-0)

The Chiefs reached through their butt to scratch their elbow in their win on Sunday over the Chargers.  It was a long and winding roller-coaster, but they got it done.  Meanwhile the Texans handled their business over Chicago at home en route to a nine point victory.  Brock Osweiler forced a ball to DeAndre Hopkins in last week’s game and Tracy Porter gladly accepted the charitable donation.  Look for Kansas City’s secondary to sit all over opportunities such as this on the road this Sunday.  Brock O’s Texans (which, admittedly, has nowhere near the ring as Brock O’s Broncos, but we digress) have a running game and should try to use it to exploit a rush defense that looked fairly average against Melvin Getoutofhisway Gordon.  The guy plowed through them for two touchdowns after not scoring any in his rookie year.  Yikes, remember when Kansas City was impossible to run the ball against in the red zone?  Look for them to play a much more sound defensive game on the road though as I trust Alex Smith to play much more safely with the ball than I do Brock-O.

Kansas City 22, Houston 19

Tennessee Titans (0-1) @ Detroit Lions (1-0)

After a wild win in a shootout over the Colts, Detroit heads home to host the Titans who were absolutely smothered in the second half of last week’s game against Minnesota.  Expect the Lions to play well again here since they actually have a shot to run with Green Bay in the North this season.  A let-down at home here would seem very Lion-like… too Lion-like.  We don’t need to see Matthew Stafford doing exotic things with the football.  If he and his team can just play safely and stuff the run, which they are fully capable of doing, there shouldn’t be any trouble with them being able to run away with a win.

Detroit 26. Tennessee 14

San Francisco 49ers (1-0) @ Carolina Panthers (0-1)

The 49ers picked up a win in an instant classic over Los Angeles last week, 28-0.  Actually, the only thing memorable about that contest is Kevin Harlan’s epic call of a fan running on the field.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do.  A fun time for all.

Anywho, we know that the Niners are having to fly across the country after a short week to play a team that has been waiting since last Thursday night to redeem a very tough loss.  Cam Newton better bring an entire case of floss for this one because it is likely that he will have a lot to be smiling about after the game.  Carolina should plow right through a team that, despite winning big at home, doesn’t look to be anything special this season.

Carolina 37, San Francisco 17

Baltimore Ravens (1-0) @ Cleveland Browns (0-1)

I guess for the Browns it was the same old same old, losing yet another season opener.  Of course, they got picked apart by a rookie in his first ever start.  Joe Flacco is a proven vet who almost never loses when he sees these guys lining up opposite of him.  Baltimore has the makings of a decent team this year if they can develop a running game.  Cleveland is a good team to run the ball on.  Although Philly didn’t have tons of success, this was the leagues 30th ranked run defense a year ago and did not seem to make many huge improvements in that area over the offseason.  Justin Forsett and Terrence West need to hit that hole with conviction and the Ravens should be able to pound the RGIII-less Browns into a pulp.

Baltimore 30, Cleveland 13

Miami Dolphins (0-1) @ New England Patriots (1-0)

The Pats went on the road without Rob Gronkowski or Tom Brady and won in Arizona.  Winning at home against Miami should be a cakewalk, right?  Wrong.  In fact, the ‘Phins are going to pull off the upset here.  These guys went into Seattle last week and almost pulled out a win.  A strong defensive showing there gives me hope for this squad in 2016.  It is doubtful that this unit will be able to live up to the standards it set for itself last week letting up only 12 points, but it seems reasonable for them to be able to hold New England to 23 or so.  I’ve got Miami scoring 27, so their offense is going to find a way to get back on track.  Arian Foster should be the bell-cow.  New England will be doing everything in their power to shut down Jarvis Landry.  Open the door for eight-million dump passes to Foster.  I’m thinking Miami should do a lot better than 211 total yards of offense here.  And for Jimmy Garappolo and the Patriots, it would almost be too perfect for him to turn in yet another solid performance.  Looking for a slight letdown at home.

Miami 27, New England 23

New Orleans Saints (0-1) @ New York Giants (1-0)

I’m so tempted to pick the Saints here, but there is no way I can do so in good conscience knowing that their defense is still atrocious.  Last year, these two teams engaged in a 52-49 shootout where the bulk of a the game looked like a seven-on-seven drill.  There won’t be that many points scored this time around, but we can always count on the Saints to provide the weekly shootout.  Delvin Breaux, the only defender that may scare you on New Orleans, is gone due to a broken tibia.  Who is going to cover Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, and Sterling Shepard?  My phone just buzzed, I’m thinking it’s a the Saints calling me for a tryout.  I’m gonna have to pass.  I don’t wanna cover these three just as much as anyone else.  Drew Brees’ arm will fall off before he can produce enough points for the Saints to keep up with the Giants.  I’m taking the G-Men.

New York 38, New Orleans 27

Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)

The best rivalry in football today is back at Heinz Field and the Bengals, fresh off of their one point win over the Jets look to win in Pittsburgh for the second straight season.  The good news for the Steelers is that Le’Veon Bell won’t be playing in this game, so that means Cincy can’t hurt him.  But you know who is playing in this one?  Antonio Brown.  It isn’t often (as in hardly ever) where AJ Green is not the best wide receiver on the field, but it is happening on Sunday as Brown is this league’s very best.  Call me crazy but I think this game will, much like it did last year, come down to defense.  Although Cincinnati has the better “D” and I can see this game going either way, I don’t like their odds on the road to thwart a Ben Roethlisberger lead drive in the waning seconds.  As long as Sammy Coates doesn’t drop 63 thousand passes on that final drive, the Steelers should slide in to victory.

Pittsburgh 19, Cincinnati 17

Dallas Cowboys (0-1) @ Washington Redskins (0-1)

Brashaud Breeland probably finds himself in a burn unit after his performance last week against Antonio Brown.  Of course, the Redskins have Josh Norman as well who is a fantastic cover corner, but he only takes responsibility for one half of the field.  It is easy to scheme around this and take someone like Dez Bryant and line him up on Breeland’s side.  That said, this Washington defense was up against the league’s best offense in Pittsburgh and  Dallas is a tick down from that.  Kirk Cousins typically plays well at home and has a stellar record against losing teams.  0-1 is a losing record.  Look for Washington to rebound and take the win.  Dak Prescott was solid early on, but all of his throws came underneath on short routes.  Anything down the field was a struggle, and the Redskins should exploit this by throwing bodies closer to the line of scrimmage playing hook zones.

Washington 24, Dallas 17

Sunday, September 18th, 4:05 e.t.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) @ Arizona Cardinals (0-1)

Ahh, Tampa Bay versus Arizona.  One of my favorite games of all-time took place between these two teams on Halloween 2010. The Cards donned their black unis and got stampeded by  LeGarrette Blount and the Bucs.  The 38-35 final was an indication of the excitement that took place.  Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, they won’t have Blount force trauma in their backfield to do crazy things like this on this go-round:

They do have Doug Martin though, who is a solid back in his own right.  This to go along with a young Jameis Winston who is quickly turning into one of the leagues better young quarterbacks makes this offense a formidable one.  With that being said, the Cardinals are too good of a team to fall twice in a row at home to start the year.  Look for them to come out and put together a nice offensive performance and get into the win column.

Arizona 33, Tampa Bay 20

Seattle Seahawks (1-0) @ Los Angeles Rams (0-1)

If the Rams were on a mission to make St. Louis not miss them, it is safe to say they accomplished that by laying an egg in San Fran last week.  Meanwhile, you’ve got the Seahawks who are coming off of a narrow win at home over the Dolphins.  Russell Wilson’s status for this game is still up in the air as of me writing this Wednesday night, but whether or not he plays shouldn’t have any bearing on the outcome.  The Seahawks will still win.  No, I don’t think the Rams are as bad as they seemed last week, but their quarterback situation is certainly not one envied by any team in the league.  The Seattle defense made Miami look pretty feeble at times and this offense that they will be squaring off with last week looked as ugly your dorky cousin who’s mom makes you hang out with them.  I’m taking the ‘Hawks “D” thinking that they can get it done in the home opener for the Rams.

Seattle 20, St. Louis 12

Sunday, September 18th, 4:25 e.t.

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) @ San Diego Chargers (0-1)

This is probably the hardest game for me to pick this weekend.  It is tough to chose which offense is going to have the edge.  The Jaguars’ defense is the sexier of the two, but San Diego’s “D” typically ranks in the top half of the league each year.  However, after seeing the major collapse of the Chargers’ defense last week, they give me little to no reason to have any confidence in them.  They allowed Alex Freaking Smith to throw for 363 yards last week.  That’s almost as bad as letting Trent Richardson rumble for 100+, amirite?  Blake Bortles should push the envelope, and he has Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns to go to down the field.  Philip Rivers, on the other hand, has lost Keenan Allen for the year yet again.  I’ve seen this movie before.  The Chargers fans aren’t so excited for its sequel.  Look for Jacksonville to take the W here, although it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see Rivers put the team on his back for a nice win.

Jacksonville 32, San Diego 25

Atlanta Falcons (0-1) @ Oakland Raiders (1-0)

Jack Del Rio showed balls bigger than his head last week going for two and the win instead of tying the game at 34 against the Saints.  It paid off in a big way, but let’s not forget that this Oakland team let up over 500 yards to New Orleans and over 400 pass yards to Drew Brees.  Julio Jones could prove to be uncoverable in this game if last week’s stats are to be used as a guideline.  I do believe that the Raiders’ defense is a bit better than that however it is hard to see them going 2-0 to start the year.  Why?  Because they are the Raiders.  I like this team a lot and I think they are a capable playoff team, but something tells me that Devonta Freeman is going to go off in this game making life tough on the silver and black.  This could be the weekend’s best game.

Atlanta 24, Oakland 23

Indianapolis Colts (0-1) @ Denver Broncos (1-0)

Andrew Luck looked terrific in his return to action last week against Detroit, but unfortunately the defense couldn’t slow down Matthew Stafford and the Lions.  This week, the Colts hit the road and take on the defending Super Bowl Champions who enjoy taking down the league’s darling Carolina Panthers at home last Thursday.  Trevor Seimien didn’t look awful, but he didn’t show me anything that would lead me to believe that he could keep up with Luck should this game turn into a tack meet.  Now before you Broncos fans start giving me a hard time, just remember that Luck is 2-1 in games against these guys.   And all three of those times he played them, Denver did not have a loss.  For the third time four years, the Colts hand the Broncos their first L of the season.

Indianapolis 24, Denver 17

Sunday, September 18th, 8:30 e.t.

Green Bay Packers (1-0) @ Minnesota Vikings (1-0)

Why do I get the feeling that this game is going to be like watching a highly anticipated movie and feeling disappointed that it didn’t live up to its expectations?  Probably because the Vikings are sending Shaun Hill out at quarterback.  Or is it going to be Sam Bradford?  In all honesty, it doesn’t matter if it is Fran Tarkenton himself because the Packers are on a mission.  They are going to try their hardest to do what the Titans did last week; bottle up Adrian Peterson.  A.P. rushed 19 times for 31 yards.  It isn’t often that his average run is measured an blades of grass per run rather than yards per carry, Tennessee managed to hold him down.  I don’t think the Packers will have the same success as All Day normally runs well against these guys, but I just can’t see the Minnesota offense keeping up with the Pack’s.  Even though Aaron Rodgers passed for only 199 yards last week against the Jaguars, Green Bay’s offense looked as crisp as it did last September.  If they can repeat this pattern, it could be a long day for the Vikes in their first game in a beautiful new stadium.

Green Bay 38, Minnesota 21

Monday, September 19th, 8:30 e.t.

Philadelphia Eagles (1-0) @ Chicago Bears (0-1)

Carson Wentz looked great against the Browns last week, but let’s be real for just a second here; it was the Browns.  Chicago has the benefit of an entire week’s worth of tape on the rook.  They also have big receivers that could potentially out-leap the Philly corners if Jay Cutler throws it up to them like Robert Griffin III did last week.  There was a lot on tape that the Eagles needed to correct in coverage, and I see them doing it this time around.  Don’t expect Wentz to carve the defense up like he did a week ago.  Instead, look for Philadelphia’s defense to carry the team like we all thought it would at the season’s onset.  I was originally going to take the Bears for this one, but it is still hard to believe that their defense has actually turned the corner after Marc Trestman dragged that unit down to the depths of Hell a couple of years ago.  Jay Cutler may turn the ball over late against a defense that lives off of forcing turnovers.  This could be the difference in what looks to be a tight game.

Philadelphia 20, Chicago 17

Week 2 Bonus Predictions

Sure Bet of the Week: Carolina over San Francisco

Upset of the Week: Miami over New England

Offensive Player of the Week: David Johnson, RB Cardinals

Defensive Player of the Week: Rodney McLeod, DB Eagles

Rookie of the Week: Sterling Sheperd, WR Giants

Best Quarterback: Eli Manning, QB Giants

Best Running Back: David Johnson

2016 Season: Week 1 Preview

It is finally here!  Week 1 of the 2016 NFL Season.  We have been patiently awaiting its arrival like we were another Frank Ocean album.  Only difference here is that there is no chance the beginning of the season could be a hoax at first.  We’ve got an immediate Super Bowl rematch which is always fun, a potential Super Bowl preview in the desert, two rookie quarterbacks starting in the NFC East, a throwback game (which will be described below) and a boatload of other exciting games to be played.  Who will win them all?  Check out these picks below!

Thursday, September 7th, 8:30 e.t.

Carolina Panthers @ Denver Broncos

Obviously this is a rematch of Super Bowl 50.  That was a game dominated by Denver’s defense.  A quick highlight of that contest can be seen below.

How will this match up go?  Chances are Cam Newton and company will extract some revenge.  Trevor Seimien gets the nod and will have to stare down the barrel of the gun towards a defense that may be a shadow of what it was last year, but is still good enough to get the job done.  Sans Josh Norman, the Panthers should have their way as long as they can slow Denver’s running game.  Just stick Kawaan Short in a rocking chair and have him guard the middle; Caronlina will be fine.

Carolina 29, Denver 14

Sunday September 11th, 1:00 e.t.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta will be parting ways with the Georgia dome this year.  Sure, the four dollar beers will be greatly missed, but on the bright side the new stadium is looking like it has the chance to be pretty awesome, kind of like the team that will nest there.  The Falcons might not be kicking through glass like Stone Cold Steve Austin these days, but they have some talent to build around, especially on offense in Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman.  Of course, Tampa knows about young budding talent.  Look no further than their quarterback Jameis Winston who is, by the way, undefeated against the dirty birds.  2016 brings a lot of great promise towards Tampa Bay, but unfortunately this game will not.  As tempting as it is to swing with the Bucs here, rolling with the Falcons at home seems to be a safer bet.  Unfortunately picking Week 1 games is sort of like sitting at a high stakes poker table with scared money; you’re really afraid to take risks.  Atlanta should put these guys away with a solid offensive performance from Matty Ice as they try to rise up (get it?) to supremacy again.

Atlanta 28, Tampa Bay 20

Chicago Bears @ Houston Texans

Brock Osweiler gets a crack at Chicago to open the season; a team that he defeated in his first ever start in Week 11 last year.  Denver’s defense had a strong showing in that game while the offense wasn’t too special outside of one nice drive and a big play to Demaryius Thomas.  But that was last year.  This year, the Texans have a potential to be a very good offensive team as long as they stay out of their own way.  Jay Cutler can tell you all about that.  Here’s a guy with some serious arm talent who is very prone to making mistakes.  That’s not a favorable combination when facing a ball-hawking Houston secondary.  Also, Chicago really struggled to score points in the preseason.  This trend could continue as they try to find an identity on offense.

Houston 21, Chicago 13

Cleveland Browns @ Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz is making his first career start, and it could not have come against a better team in Cleveland.  That said, it won’t be him who wins this game for Philly, it’ll be the Eagles defense which has the potential to be a top five unit under Jim Schwartz.  Robert Griffin III knows all about playing the birds and has had some mixed success in the past.  However, on Sunday he could be staring at the skies of Philadelphia quite a bit as it is likely he will be on his back for a majority of the game.  Wentz shall see plenty of pressure in his own right as he struggles when the heat is applied.  The Browns will surely take advantage of this.  It should be a defensive game, and the Eagles definitely have the better defense in this one.

Philadelphia 20, Cleveland 10

Minnesota Vikings @ Tennessee Titans

Forrest Gump would be proud of this contest since we should see each team keep running the ball repeatedly throughout.  You’re grandaddy might begin reminiscing on the good ole days where offenses would just pound away at other hoping to knock each other’s teeth out.  Vikings/Titans should be the modern day football equivalent of a Foreman/Ali fight since they will both pound away at each other with their bulky and physically gifted running backs.  The Vikes will weep at the loss of their young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, but have former Eagle Sam Bradford to fall back on.  That said, Bradford has had a small amount of time to acclimate himself with the Minnesota wide receivers and unless he can learn the playbook through osmosis, he will have a very limited amount of plays at his disposal.  Meanwhile, the Titans have the rocks in DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry to smash through the Viking defense.  Picking the Music City men may be unpopular, but it’s happening.  We don’t write these things to make friends.

Tennessee 27, Minnesota 17

Buffalo Bills @ Baltimore Ravens

Otherwise known as the Tyrod Taylor bowl, the Virginia Tech player will return to face his former team, this time with the keys to the car in hand.  Will Buffalo be able to run over the Ravens in Baltimore?  Most people would nod their heads yes to this, but that would just make too much sense.  Watch, this is going to be the game where Joe Flacco comes out and throws the ball 45 times for 330 yards and a couple of scores.  Steve Smith is healthy and ready to break some ankles, perhaps not only figuratively.  Ben Watson is gonezo, but Maxx Williams will step up and contribute to the offense.  The Bills may struggle on the road in a place where a lot of teams have over a majority of the past decade.

Baltimore 26, Buffalo 22

Cincinnati Bengals @ New York Jets

The Bengals limp into this game hampered with injuries yet are still favored to win this game, if Vegas is to be trusted.  After having the season of his life, the Jets were smart to finally get Ryan Fitzpatrick back on the team.  He went a long time without signing, but luckily for Gang Green he did, otherwise they would be in some serious trouble at running back.  The Bengals don’t have all of the big name talent as they have had in years past, but still have plenty of offensive firepower to be a good team.  Kicking the door down against the Jets is what will probably take place on Sunday.  This is a pick based purely on the thought that Cincy has a better team than New York does at this point in time.  If not, it’d be easy to say that the Jets’ defense swarms and gives headaches to Andy Dalton all afternoon.  But, let’s not get too crazy now.

Cincinnati 24, New York 17

San Diego Chargers @ Kansas City Chiefs

The San Diego Philip Rivers will head to Arrowhead to clash with the Chiefs on Sunday and may not enjoy their stay all too much.  Kansas City had their way with the bolts last year and held them to just six points in two games.  Philip Rivers will be asked to carry the team this season since it does not have a ton of big name talent to lean on.  Although, they do quietly have a bunch of scrappy gamers that may not be good enough to win a ton of games but do have the ability to make some teams mad this year.  Anyways, the Chiefs defense looks even better than it did a year ago, and they weren’t too shabby in 2015.  Alex Smith takes care of the rock as if it were a newborn baby, so relying on him to turn it over isn’t something you’d want to bring to the bank.  Kansas City will be jumping at the return of Jamaal Charles, who should be eased back into action in this game.  There’s no need for him to run his legs off, but fifteen carries doesn’t seem too ridiculous.  The Chiefs will handle the Chargers as they compete for the top spot in the AFC West.

Kansas City 31, San Diego 14

Green Bay Packers @ Jacksonville Jaguars

It’s funny how many things change over a year.  At the beginning of last season, we were questioning whether or not the Jaguars had enough players to even be a competitive team, now we are touting them as one of the more talented and electric offenses in the league.  Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns are a dynamic duo at wide receiver and they got big Blake Bortles tossing them the ball.  The ole gunslinger himself likes to copy off of Brett Farve’s tests when it comes to heaving the ball.  Farve once chilled with Green Bay’s quarterback Aaron Rodgers many moons ago.  Now Rodgers has taken over in Green Bay and has become what all other teams in the league wants their quarterbacks to be: the very best.  He gets Jordy Nelson back this year, and that’s kind of like cork in the bat to an offense that already had the potential to be very good.  The offensive line could be a bit problematic, but it shouldn’t prove too much of a burden this week.  The Packers should roll out of Jacksonville with a win in what may be the weekend’s highest scoring game.  They are going to eat the Jags alive in the middle of the field with slants, drags, and tight end posts.

Green Bay 41, Jacksonville 27

Oakland Raiders @ New Orleans Saints

You thought you knew all about these Raiders last year?  They’re kind of like that ex you had that you never appreciated at the time, but now wish you had back because they look so much better these days.  You gave up on them, don’t lie.  But they are itching to get into the playoffs this year behind Derek Carr and company.  Their first challenge will be against the Saints, who, would be like a current significant other with whom you are getting fed up with and want to break things off with.  This game would serve as a last ditch effort on their part to win you back because Drew Brees is going to go off.  Five touchdowns for the man will get us all thinking about the times back in 2009-2013 where New Orleans was a world beater.  It doesn’t help either that the Raiders are on the road in an eastern time zone, even though it is the first game of the season, their internal clocks could be all out of whack.

New Orleans 38, Oakland 29

Sunday, September 11th, 4:05 e.t.

Miami Dolphins @ Seattle Seahawks

The Dolphins throw Arian Foster into the flames immediately as he will quickly be tested against the Legion of Boom.  A lot of people are trying to find ways to write this defense off but they are still one of the best in the league.  They are also playing at home where opposing team’s dreams and ear drums go to die.  Don’t expect a Miami win this time like we all got back in 2011.  The Dolphins are in some trouble flying practically all the way across the world for this game.  They would have to control the clock for close to two thirds of the contest and that could be difficult if drives are not being put together consistently.

Seattle 33, Miami 10

Sunday September 11th, 4:25 e.t.

Detroit Lions @ Indianapolis Colts

Matthew Stafford versus Andrew Luck II.  The first bout was a memorable one for Mr. Luck as he threw a game winning touchdown pass as time expired to Donnie Avery for the win.  This game probably won’t be that dramatic, but it could have its fair share of twists and turns.  The question is, how good will the Lions be this season?  They have always been thought of as an offensive team, but this year they may not have that luxury.  Let’s face it, their running game is this: mary

It remains to be seen what Marvin Jones can bring to this Detroit offense opposite of Golden Tate, but expect there to be growing pains.  Andrew Luck is going to have a huge bounceback year and it starts at home against the Lions.

Indianapolis 30, Detroit 15

New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott is the second of only two rookie quarterbacks to start this season but unlike Carson Wentz, he also has a rookie running back in the backfield.  Granted, Ezekiel Elliot is already being hyped as the rookie of the year without having played a single down yet, but a lot of it has to do with the strength of Dallas’s offensive line.  They’re good, really good.  Because of that, it is tough to pick against the Cowboys here.  But it’s going to happen anyways.  The Giants secondary is much improved over a season ago, and they had their way last year with Dallas.  A first year QB without any experience is bound to make a mistake or two in this contest.  Sure, he lit it up in the preseason but as we all know the regular season is an entirely different animal.  Not to mention, the Giants have an offense fully capable of putting up points in a hurry.  In a shootout, Eli Manning is to be trusted more than a rook.

New York 35, Dallas 31

Sunday, September 11th, 8:30 e.t.

New England Patriots @ Arizona Cardinals

If Tom Brady were allowed to play in this game, it could be praised as one of the most intriguing matchups of the entire season.  As it is, we get to see Jimmy Garoppolo make his first start in the NFL against a really good defense and an offense to match it.  Most people will write this game off as a win for Arizona since the Pats don’t have #12 under center, but we know better than this.  New England should have another decent defense this season and their tight ends could be the best individual group in the sport.  The Cards may have trouble guarding both Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett as they create an abundance of matchup problems.  With the strength of their defense and a little timely offense, watch the Patriots pull a bit of an upset on the road on Sunday night.

*UPDATE 9/10*  Having no Tom Brady is one thing, but now that New England is without Gronk as well, it will be tough sledding of the Pats on the road against one of the best teams in football.  The original prediction called for an upset, but playing it safe now is definitely the move.  The Patriots won’t have the horses to run with the Cardinals in Glendale.

Arizona 31, New England 23

Monday, September 12th, 7:10 e.t.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Washington Redskins

The Redskins were 6-2 at home last season, and a lot of it had to do with how well their quarterback Kirk Cousins played.  Will they be able to pick up a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Landover?  Unlikely.  However, watching Josh Norman run with Antonio Brown could be one of the most eye-popping battles of the week.  Of course, Norman will probably be playing one side of the field like he’s used to whereas Brown will be moving all about in formations, so we might only get to see those two square off on about half of the snaps.  With an offense capable of lunging into the stratosphere, it is going to be tough to go against the black and yellow in week one.  Many people thing Washington was a one year wonder.  That may not be the case entirely, but don’t be surprised if they fall back just a little bit this season.

Pittsburgh 39, Washington 23

Monday, September 12th, 10:20 e.t.

Los Angeles Rams @ San Francisco 49ers

I almost wrote the St. Louis Rams just now.   But anyways, the Niners are going to throw Blaine Gabbert out there under center to help them with their quarterback situation.  That’s kind of like pouring whiskey onto an open cut in hopes of healing the wound, isn’t it?  Carlos Hyde should definitely benefit from running in Chip Kelly’s scheme as he more closely resembles LeSean McCoy than DeMarco Murray ever did.  If he weren’t running into the teeth of the Ram’s defense and right at one of the best defensive lines in football, it would be tempting to pick the Niners despite their woeful signal-caller paradigm.  Defensively, the 49ers may struggle if the offense goes three and out a lot.  They figure to if their talent level is any indication.  The Rams should find success pounding Todd Gurley in the middle of the field and Case Keenum is slightly better than Blaine Gabbert.  Where else can you see a matchup of a Case versus a Blaine?  Only on Monday Night Football!

St. Louis 22, San Francisco 9

Week 1 Bonus Predictions

Sure Bet of the Week: Seattle over Miami

Upset of the Week: New England over Arizona Tennessee over Minnesota

Offensive Player of the Week: Drew Brees, QB Saints

Defensive Player of the Week: Janoris Jenkins, CB Giants

Rookie of the Week: Kyle Fuller, WR Texans

Best Quarterback: Brees

Best Running Back: Todd Gurley


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!

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!

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!