My apologies to all of my readers. I completely forgot to thoroughly write out my picks for this week. Today snuck up on me fast and I had to work during the day, and I usually work at night which gives me time to write during the day. So I didn’t have time to be creative when I’m writing, and I prefer to get my picks in before the NFL’s Thursday night game every week. Here’s just a quick run down. Don’t worry, I had time to insert pictures.
Week 15 record: 11-5 (68.7 percent)
All-time record: 132-92 (58.9 percent)
San Diego (4-10) vs. Oakland (6-8)
Line: OAK -6
I’ve never been less excited for a Thursday night football game. Both of these teams will likely be in Los Angeles next year. Oakland is the much better team.
Prediction: Raiders 30, Chargers 21
Washington (7-7) vs. Philadelphia (6-8)
Lincoln Financial Field
Line: PHI -3
Washington has been playing like a really good team, but I’m not ready to give up on Philadelphia. I like the Eagles to win at home and stay in the hunt for the NFC East.
Prediction: Eagles 24, Redskins 20
New England (12-2) vs. New York Jets (9-5)
East Rutherford, N.J.
Line: NE -3
I see trouble for Tom Brady and the Patriots in this game. Jets have been playing very well recently. I think they’ll be hungry to beat the reigning Super Bowl champs at home.
Prediction: Jets 27, Patriots 24
Houston (7-7) vs. Tennessee (3-11)
Line: -TEN 4.5
Houston has been playing well recently. Tennessee, who already has a weak roster, will be without Marcus Mariota. I think the Texans win and clinch the AFC South.
Prediction: Texans 24, Titans 21
Cleveland (3-11) vs. Kansas City (9-5)
Kansas City, Mo.
Line: KC -13
Cleveland is the worst team in the NFL. Kansas City has been on a roll. I don’t see that changing for this game. I think the Chiefs win big.
Prediction: Chiefs 35, Browns 17
Indianapolis (6-8) vs. Miami (5-9)
Sun Life Stadium
Line: MIA -2.5
I think the Colts’ woes continue for this game. Miami isn’t a great team, but I think they finally put an end to the Colts’ disappointing season.
Prediction: Dolphins 27, Colts 21
San Francisco (4-10) vs. Detroit (5-9)
Line: DET -10.5
Detroit has been playing much better ever since assigning Jim Bob Cooter as offensive coordinator. I expect that trend to keep going and the Lions to get a win.
Prediction: Lions 26, 49ers 19
Dallas (4-10) vs. Buffalo (6-8)
Ralph Wilson Stadium
Line: BUF -7
Dallas is a terrible team without Tony Romo at quarterback. Buffalo has the better roster and head coach. I think the Bills win this game.
Prediction: Bills 27, Cowboys 17
Chicago (5-9) vs. Tampa Bay (6-8)
Raymond James Stadium
Line: TB -2.5
Chicago has had its moments this season that John Fox has them headed in the right direction, but Tampa has been playing well. I like the Buccaneers to win at home.
Prediction: Buccaneers 31, Bears 24
Carolina (14-0) vs. Atlanta (7-7)
Line: CAR -7.5
I could see this being another struggle for Carolina. Atlanta finally got right and won a game last week. You never know in the NFL, but I think the Panthers remain unbeaten.
Prediction: Panthers 33, Falcons 23
Pittsburgh (9-5) vs. Baltimore (4-10)
M&T Bank Stadium
Line: PIT -11.5
Baltimore has had too many injuries. Pittsburgh is playing lights out. It’s a rivalry game so I think the Ravens keep it fairly close, but I think the Steelers pull away in the second half.
Prediction: Steelers 30, Ravens 17
Jacksonville (5-9) vs. New Orleans (5-9)
New Orleans, La.
Line: NO -3.5
I think Jacksonville has some solid building blocks for the future and the Saints are about to start revamping this team in the offseason. I think the Jaguars get the upset.
Prediction: Jaguars 26, Saints 23
St. Louis (6-8) vs. Seattle (9-5)
Line: SEA -14.5
Seattle has been on fire over the last month. St. Louis has been struggling. I can’t see the Rams going into Seattle and winning this game.
Prediction: Seahawks 34, Rams 13
New York Giants (6-8) vs. Minnesota (9-5)
TCF Bank Stadium
Line: MIN -5
No Odell Beckham Jr. for this game, which makes it a lot tougher for the Giants to win. It’s a must-win game for Minnesota to stay in the hunt for NFC North. I like the Vikings.
Prediction: Vikings 31, Giants 20
Cincinnati (11-3) vs. Denver (10-4)
Sports Authority Field
Line: DEN -3
It will be a tough task for A.J. McCarron going into Denver and facing the Broncos’ defense. I think Denver wins, but Cincinnati’s defense will keep the Bengals in the game.
Prediction: Broncos 24, Bengals 23
Game of the Week:
Green Bay (10-4) vs. Arizona (12-2)
U of Phoenix Stadium
Line: ARI -4.5
Arizona lost Tyrann Mathieu for the season due to a torn ACL. My heart says to pick Green Bay because of that, but I never know what to expect from Green Bay. Arizona is a serious contender for the Super Bowl. I like the Cardinals, but the Packers will hang tough the entire game.
Prediction: Cardinals 31, Packers 28
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