I had a bit of a better week with my predictions in Week 14 getting 10 out of 16 NFL results correct.
The Carolina Panthers ran riot, causing a shut out against the Falcons to continue their undefeated run and they look unstoppable, do you think they can go the season undefeated?
As always the teams I have picked to come out of week 15 victorious are in bold. Please comment with your own predictions as well as letting me know what you think of mine.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ St. Louis Rams
This is a very tough game to call, both teams have had up and down seasons and both had very different weeks last weekend, the Rams dug in and got a well-earned win against the Lions whilst the Buccaneers never really got up ahead of steam when at home to the Saints.
Despite the results both team's had I am going for a Tampa win, they have been far more consistent this season and a win here would give their playoff hopes a big boost going into the crunch time of the season. The Rams have played well at stages, but they haven't been clinical enough to convince me they can break down a tough Buccaneers defense.
New York Jets @ Dallas Cowboys
The NFC East is so poor that the Cowboys could still somehow make the playoffs but with them welcoming the Jets in week 15 they are surely going to slip further away from that goal. Without Romo the Cowboys offense has been dreadful which has put a lot of pressure on their defense to keep them games.
I don't see their defense getting close enough to Ryan Fitzpatrick to disrupt the flow and confidence he is currently displaying and even if they manage to limit Fitzpatrick's throwing they will then have to deal with the supreme speed and power the Jets have in running back Chris Ivory. I have looked at all aspects of this game and not one of them convinces me the Cowboys have a chance here.
Carolina Panthers @ New York Giants
The Panthers brushed the Falcons aside last week to make it 13-0 for the season but they will be up against much tougher opposition when they visit the Giants this week who themselves still have hopes of a play-off spot.
The Giants have been up and down this season with Eli Manning often going from hero to villain in the same game, he will need to be on point with every throw to breakdown this tough Carolina defense as the Giants rushing game is unlikely to have any impact on the Carolina back-line.
Whilst Manning will need to up his game Cam Newton and his offense just need carry on from the explosive start they showed against the Falcons. I can't see the Giants having any real chance in this match up but if the Manning to Odell Beckham pass is on regularly the Giants should get some points on the board and could cause a very surprising upset.
Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots
There isn't much to say about this one. The Titans have gone backwards this season whilst the Patriots led by Tom Brady have overcome their various injuries to claim their seventh straight playoff berth. Given both teams current form I think its fair to say that the Patriots will get a comfortable win here.
Buffalo Bills @ Washington Redskins
Another tough match up here with both teams coming into this with the same records and they are both very evenly matched in all areas. This really could go either way but coming off the back of their win away in Chicago which ended their away losing streak last weekend I expect the Redskins to be full of confidence which should help them narrowly get the win.
Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens barely have enough players to field a team as they stand right now, they have been decimated by injuries this season which has impacted their fluidity as is clear to see when you watch them play. They have a lack of cohesion and understanding in both the defense and offense which has led them losing some games they would usually win.
On the flip side, the Chiefs have been playing fantastic football and they have put together a great squad of players resulting in them currently holding one of the wild card playoff spots. If the Ravens had a fully fit side this would be a much closer match up and on paper they should probably win but as it stands this should be a routine Chiefs victory.
Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts
The Texans have been a bit of a surprise package, playing well and scoring points regularly. Its unlikely they will have QB Brian Hoyer against the Colts which could be the key factor here, without him the passing game is likely to struggle so they will be relying heavily on their rushing game.
Whilst the Texans are missing their starting QB it's looking like the Colts could be without both their first and second choice quarterbacks paving the way for Charlie Whitehurst who is yet to throw a touchdown for the Colts. I believe the Texans will overcome their QB injury the best and should win this crucial match up.
Atlanta Falcons @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Falcons were awful in every area of the field against the Panthers, the defense was fragile at best and the offense protection of their QB Matt Ryan was non-existent. If the Jaguars have seen the video of this game they will know exactly how to punish the Falcons in their weakest areas. A week isn't enough time for Falcons to fix all of their issues before they travel to a confident Jaguars side.
Chicago Bears @ Minnesota Vikings
This NFC North division game will see two very evenly matched sides face each-other with the league very much up for grabs. If either can put together a string of wins for the final few games they will surely win the league. The Vikings have struggled lately losing three of their last four matches but with the fire-power they have I expect them to get back to winning ways, they showed good resilience and were unfortunate to leave Arizona empty-handed even without four of their regular defensive starters.
The Bears have been up and down all season long and you never really know what Bears side is going to turn up, they have let slip some fantastic game-winning opportunities. From what I've seen of late they won't have enough to trouble the Vikings defense consistently.
Green Bay Packers @ Oakland Raiders
The Packers were much better at the weekend but penalties almost cost them once again, if they can eliminate the silly penalties they constantly concede they will be real Superbowl contenders and a win this week against the Raiders will go along to getting them there. The Raiders should have lost last week but the Broncos let them off the hook, the Packers will do no such thing this week so Derek Carr will need to have a far better first half or they could be too far behind for a comeback.
Cleveland Browns @ Seattle Seahawks
The Browns may have won with Johnny Manziel's return but he wont be enough of a difference in this one. As long as the Seahawks defense can limit the Browns to their rushing games this should be a comfortable win for the Seahawks. They have the beaten of the Browns in every area of the field, I fully expect them to batter the Browns into realising they have far bigger problems than Manziel's off field antics.
Cincinnati Bengals @ San Francisco 49ers
Bengals fans may have been fearing for their Superbowl chances when QB Andy Dalton went off on Sunday with a broken thumb but back up QB AJ McCarron showed he has the ability can lead the team despite not being able to overcome the Steelers. It will be a much easier test this week, the 49ers have very little to play for and they have been struggling all season to put any kind of form together. This should be an easy victory for the Bengals.
Miami Dolphins @ San Diego Chargers
The Chargers offense has struggled in all aspects so far this season and they haven't managed to score a touchdown in their last two games. That unwanted streak should be over this week when they play the Dolphins but I don't think they will have enough to regularly breakdown the Dolphins defense. I expect the Dolphins to win which will give their slim playoff hopes a boost whilst the Chargers need to go back to the drawing board for next season.
Denver Broncos @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Broncos probably should have won last week but several drop catches from their receivers after good Osweiler throws cost them and they went on to lose. The Broncos receivers will need to be far more reliable against the Steelers and Osweiler will need to be just as accurate, both I think can and will happen but I don't see it being enough this time. The Steelers look to have turned the corner once again with Big Ben commanding his offensive line and I expect them to push on from here chasing the Bengals right down until the final game. Starting off with a win this week.
Arizona Cardinals @ Philadelphia Eagles
Coming off the back of a seven game winning streak the Cardinals have managed to secure themselves a playoff place. With Carson Palmer pulling the offensive strings and a rock solid defense I don't see the Eagles having many opportunities to score here. If they are to break down the Cardinals defense it will need precise passing and some out of the box thinking which are not attributes I see in this Eagles side. Big Cardinals win.
Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints
The Saint's have more than enough to win this game if the whole team plays to its best, but if their defense is slightly off their game they could be made to pay by the regular paring of a Stafford pass to Tate. If the Saints fail to control this pair their offense led by Drew Brees will have to be as precise and dangerous as they showed against the Buccaneers, a performance similar to that one should be enough to guarantee them victory.
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