It feels like Christmas is just around the corner, especially seeing the snowy conditions in Buffalo last week, and each team will be looking to secure an early Christmas present in week 15. There are a number of mouth-watering, high octane games on offer, so let’s dive into the all-important match-ups…
Broncos @ Colts;
An underwhelming game to kick off this week’s action! (& last Thursday night game of the season). Two head coaches under pressure come head to head in Indianapolis with the result potentially defining where each head coach will be this time next season. The Broncos have had their difficulties at QB all season but did record both a win and shutout last Sunday. However, I have an inkling that Colts QB Brissett will put in an impressive performance to narrowly guide the Colts past the Broncos.
Bears @ Lions;
We have Saturday Night Football this week when the Bears travel to Ford Field. The Bears secured an impressive win last weekend and I thought QB Trubisky had his best game as a Bear (with 112 passer rating and nearly 300 yards). Yet, the Lions still have the hope of securing a playoff spot in the ever competitive NFC and did keep their hopes alive with a last minute victory over the Bucks last weekend. The Lions have better weapons on offence with Golden Tate and Marvin Jones and think this will be the deciding factor between the 2 teams.
Chargers @ Chiefs;
This is a massive game for the post-season picture, with the AFC West going right down to the wire! The Chargers have won their last 4 games and have looked increasingly impressive on both offence and defence (especially fixing their rushing defence). The Chiefs finally got back to winning ways last gameday and you cannot downplay home advantage in a huge game like this. Nonetheless, the Chargers are humming at the minute and am expecting them to secure the win here to take them top of the AFC West.
Eagles @ Giants;
The biggest question in the NFL right now is how will the Eagles cope without Wentz? Will the Eagles fall away just like the Raiders did last season when they lost Derek Carr? Nick Foles will start under centre on Sunday and feel even without Wentz that the Eagles still have a talented defence playing well to halt the Giants and get the job done. Eagles win.
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Bengals @ Vikings;
The Vikings are back playing at U.S Bank Stadium for the first time in 3 weeks and will be hoping that home comforts will propel them to victory after, somewhat surprisingly, losing to the Panthers last week. The Bengals looked poor last week in their loss to the Bears and am foreseeing an easy win for the Vikings to secure the NFC North.
Ravens @ Browns;
The Browns were so close to securing their first win of the season last week but in true Browns fashion let only their second win in 2 season slip away in agonising fashion. Will they claim their first win of their season here? Not if the impressive Ravens defence turns up and with their wildcard spot still up for grabs, I am going for the Ravens in a close affair. The Ravens are a strong choice for DST in the fantasy playoffs.
Cardinals @ Redskins;
How close would the Redskins be to the playoffs without the high number of key injuries this season? It has been a frustrating season for the Redskins whom will be hoping for better fortune next year, with or without Kirk Cousins. This is a game of 2 mediocre teams at present and am going for a home win.
Packers @ Panthers;
Welcome back Aaron Rodgers! Brett Hundley leaves the Packers still in the hunt for a Wildcard spot and fans in Green Bay will be hoping and praying Rodgers can lead them into the playoffs once more. For me, the Panthers have gone under the radar this season and currently sit with a solid 9-4 record in a competitive NFC. Cam Newton and his team have only lost 1 of their last 6 and even with Aaron Rodgers back I still think the Panthers will have too much for the Packers.
Jets @ Saints;
The Saints lost a close divisional game last week against the Falcons but can only see one winner in this one. Alvin Kamara is expected to play on Sunday and can see both him and Ingram having big games to propel the Saints to a routine victory. On the other side of the ball, Josh McCown is out injured for the remainder of the season and we could have seen the last of McCown starting under centre in the NFL. Bryce Petty will start in his place but don’t envisage him getting off to a winning start in New Orleans.
Dolphins @ Bills;
This is a very tough game to call. The Bills have been solid at home all season but the Dolphins secured a hugely impressive win last gameday with Jay Cutler rolling back the years with a dazzling performance. It is difficult to predict this one but I am going with the Bills and their home advantage.
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Texans @ Jaguars;
The Jags currently sit atop of the AFC South and will be looking to stay their when they take on the Texans this weekend. Blake Bortles and his team recorded a notable victory against the Seahawks last time out with Bortles throwing no interception against the notoriously strong Seahawks defence. The Texans have very little to play for and can see the Jags getting the job done.
Rams @ Seahawks;
Another mouth-watering game this week takes place on Sunday with both teams going into this one on the back of losses last week. Everyone knows about the Seahawks home field advantage and Russell Wilson’s experience will be invaluable in this one, but there is a reason the Rams are established in the playoff picture and am predicting a Rams win in a high scoring game.
Titans @ 49ers;
Jimmy G has had an excellent start to his time in San Francisco, guiding the 49ers to 2 consecutive victories. The Titans visit Levi’s Stadium trying to stay pace with the Jags and know that they must win to stay in the playoff picture. The Titans do hold a winning record, yet have looked unconvincing this season and am confident the 49ers will get their 4th win of the season.
Patriots @ Steelers;
What a game this is! The Dolphins ended the Patriots winning streak last time out whilst the Steelers secured another close victory over the Ravens. The Steelers have looked explosive on offence in recent weeks with Brown, Bryant and Bell and must surely be a Super Bowl contender? However, Bill Belichick is a master in getting a result in these kind of games and can see the Patriots stifling the Steelers in a narrow win.
Cowboys @ Raiders;
The Cowboys have won their last 2 games with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten coming to the fore. The Cowboys still have a slight hope in reaching the playoffs and will be feeling optimistic with Ezekiel Elliott due to return for next week’s matchup against the Seahawks. The Raiders have been disappointing all season and can see the Cowboys moving to 8-6 here.
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Falcons @ Buccaneers;
Monday Night Football sees the Falcons travel to Florida after their recent win against the Saints. They will be high on confidence after defeating their rivals and keeping the NFC South wide open. The Bucks have lost their last 3 games and similar to the Raiders, have had an extremely disappointing season. With 2 tough final games remaining for the Falcons, I can see them secure the much needed win here.