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Week 15 NFL Predictions


Week 15 already began with a big surprise when the San Diego Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football by a 27-20 score. If these predictions would have been posted on Thursday night, I would have been wrong in my selection.

As for Sunday, could the Chargers’ win of defeating the top-ranked Broncos start a trend of the underdog winning games, or was that just a one-shot deal?

In a game that will go a long ways in the very early part of the draft, the Washington Redskins travel to Atlanta to play in the “Almost Last Place Bowl” in one of the eight early games Sunday. This game will feature two underachieving teams that are tough to watch right now. I want to see how well Kirk Cousinsdoes in his first start of the season for the Redskins.

Seems like every few years there is just a lot of drama with the Redskins, especially this season. It doesn’t look good for them in Atlanta.

I believe the Bears will treat the Cleveland Browns offense just as badly as their offense treated the Dallas Cowboys’ defense last week. It doesn’t look good for the Browns.

Will the Texans add to their already NFL season-worst 11-game losing streak in Indianapolis against the Colts? I think it is safe to say yes on this one. Does anyone remember what winning a game feels like for the Texans?

Buffalo and Jacksonville square off in an epic battle that will be seen by nobody. I think the Jaguars continue to kill their 0-9 start with yet another win … maybe.

New England travels to Miami and will leave as the victors, even without Rob Gronkowski. Why, you ask … two words: Tom Brady.

Philadelphia is at Minnesota … think of how well LeSean McCoy will play this week without eight inches of snow to run through, especially against the Vikings.

Seattle at the New York Giants should equal another win for the Seahawks in their quest to seal home field advantage in the NFC.

For the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, I want to pick the 49ers, but I believe their inconsistent play this season could come back to bite them this week if they take the Buccaneers too lightly, on the road, following their big win last week against the Seahawks. This one could be an upset, but I doubt it.

Carolina faces the Jets this week, and I expect the Panthers to rebound following their loss last week. I wouldn’t want to be playing this team in Week 15.

Kansas City should take care of the Raiders without a problem.

The Cowboys got an early Christmas present when the Packers ruled out Aaron Rodgers this weekend, but their defense is so bad Matt Flynn could have his way against them.

The Saints could have a big day against the Rams in Week 15. Even if they are on the road, the Saints get to play in a dome, and that makes them very dangerous.

Arizona travels to Tennessee this weekend, so I don’t see the Cardinals having a problem in this game.

The Sunday night game could be fun with the Bengals traveling to face the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is one of those games the Bengals need to play lights out on national TV to get the respect they want.

Monday Night Football should be a good game as well as both the Detroit Lions and the visiting Baltimore Ravens need a win to boost their playoff chances.

GAME PREDICTIONS

Falcons over Redskins
Bears over Browns
Colts over Texans
Jaguars over Bills
Patriots over Dolphins
Eagles over Vikings
Seahawks over Giants
49ers over Buccaneers
Panthers over Jets
Chiefs over Raiders
Cowboys over Packers
Saints over Rams
Cardinals over Titans
Bengals over Steelers
Lions over Ravens

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