Sunday's Week 15 action of the NFL season is almost upon us so lets take a look at the early Sunday games and pick some winners....
PITTSBURGH STEELERS @ ATLANTA FALCONS - STEELERS WIN
This is probably the funnest looking game of the week. Two very good quarterbacks who are capable of putting lots of points on the board against two so-so defenses in a dome. This is going to be a shootout.
In the end the difference will be Le'Veon Bell, the injury to Julio Jones and the slight edge of Steelers defense has over the Falcons defense. Whatever happens make sure you start your Steelers and Falcons players in fantasy.
GREEN BAY PACKERS @ BUFFALO BILLS - PACKERS WIN
This game is an acid test for the Packers offensive line. The unit has gotten a lot of praise over the season and now they get to go up against a Bills defensive line that is a bit special. If the Packers offensive line buckles against the Bills then teams will take notice of that heading into the playoffs.
Still, as far as this game goes the Packers are going to keep marching towards the number one seed in the NFC playoffs here. The Bills defense might keep this game sensible but Lacy, Rodgers, Cobb and Nelson (in no particular order) are going to take care of business here.
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CINCINNATI BENGALS @ CLEVELAND BROWNS - BROWNS WIN
The deciding factor for this game isn't going to be Johnny Manziel. It isn't even going to Andy Dalton. The deciding factor in this game going to be the performance of A.J. Green. Green has been fantastic since he has come back from injury. Last week his 224 yards at an average of 20.4 yards per carry carried the Bengals to a win against the Steelers.
Unfortunately, for the Bengals though Browns cornerback Joe Hayden seems to have Green's number. In the last three games the pair have played against each other Green has had 51 yards, 7 yards and 23 yards. With Hayden shutting down Green the Bengals offense will go nowhere fast and the Browns will pick up a massive win.
HOUSTON TEXANS @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS - COLTS WIN
My heart wants the Texans to win because, my heart wants J.J. Watt to go to the playoffs. The heart doesn't always get what it wants in this cruel world though.
The Texans have never won in Indianapolis. At home the Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton will have enough to overcome the Texans and sow up the AFC South.
OAKLAND RAIDERS @ KANSAS CITY CHIEFS - CHIEFS WIN
Andy Reid and Kansas City must be delighted to see this game on the schedule. After losing three weeks in a row (admittedly one of those was against Oakland) their playoff hopes are on the shakiest of foundations but at home in Arrowhead against the Raiders is the perfect opportunity to find their form.
Jamaal Charles will have a monster game to carry the Chiefs to a win that could set up an epic week 16 match up in San Diego.
MIAMI DOLPHINS @ NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS - PATRIOTS WIN
If there is one banker for this week it is the Patriots taking care of business in Foxboro against the Dolphins who when winter comes make like male members of the Stark Family and get killed.
More seriously, this game will act as a nice comparison to week one of the season. In week one the Patriots went down south into the heat of Miami and wilted. That defeat kicked off a tough month for Brady and the Patriots where it looked like the end of the Brady era was nigh. With the roles now reversed and the Dolphins heading into the icey tundra of Foxboro everyone will get to see just how far New England have come over the space of a season. The answer very, very far - perhaps even far enough to win a Superbowl.
WASHINGTON REDSKINS @ NEW YORK GIANTS - GIANTS WIN
The Giants are a deserved 4-9 team but they are a weird 4-9 team. They get crushed by teams like the Eagles who are obviously better than them but they comfortably beat teams with a similar record to them.
It isn't worth anything really but the Giants are the best 4-9 team in the NFL. Against the Washington secondary Odell Beckham Jnr is going to further enhance his reputation and strengthen his campaign for offensive rookie of the year by having another monster game. This one isn't even going to be close.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS @ CAROLINA PANTHERS - PANTHERS WIN
The injury to Cam Newton has certainly made this game closer but remember Derek Anderson has already led the Panthers to a win on the road against Tampa Bay this season.
At home with the help a fit Jonathan Stewart running on weak run defense Anderson should move the chains enough to make it a clean sweep against an NFC South rival.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS @ BALTIMORE RAVENS - RAVENS WIN
When I picture this game in my head I see a giant Steve Smith Snr stomping up and down the field like Super Mario crushing the Jaguars secondary underfoot. This game is a huge mismatch.
The Ravens are an exceptionally good football team. This stat is almost unbelievable, but the Joe Flacco led Ravens offense has the fourth fewest three and outs in the NFL this season with only 14.89% of their drives finishing in three and outs. By contrast, Jackonville rank 27th with the offense going three and out 24.22% of the time.
At home against the Jaguars the Ravens will win to send the AFC North skidding into the final two weeks of the season with everything still to play for.
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