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LOOKING AT WEEK 15 IN THE NFL
by Trace Armstrong on December 16, 2011 a 2:31 PM

Hey everyone, itís been finals week for my graduate school courses so Iíve been neck deep in school. So this week rather than go for the full column, Iíll only make my weekly predictions.

Last week I went 12-4 which brings me up to 139-69 on the year.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Atlanta Falcons

I picked Atlanta. I have a screen shot if anyone wants proof.

Winner: Atlanta.

Dallas Cowboys @Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dallas needs a bounce back win after losing to the Giants last week. Tampa has played horribly most of the year and that trend continues.

Winner: Dallas by 10.

Miami Dolphins @ Buffalo Bills

Miami got killed by the Eagles this week and will get barely edged out by the Bills. Itís in Buffalo and its going to be cold on Sunday.

Winner: Buffalo by 5.

Seattle Seahawks @ Chicago Bears

Have you watched the Bears backup quarterback play? Heís been horrible. Seattle rides Lynch to a close win in Chicago.

Winner: Seattle by 3.

Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are still horrible and will continue the trend. Tennessee has to probably win out to make the playoffs.

Winner: Tennessee by 10.

Green Bay Packers @ Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs still stink.

Winner: Green Bay by 21.

Cincinnati Bengals @ St. Louis Rams

The Rams are a horrible team with so many problems on both sides of the ball. I would argue they are worse than the Colts right now.

Winner: Cincinnati by 10.

New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings

Brees should be able to tee off on the putrid Vikings secondary. The Vikings offense can move the ball but not enough to win.

Winner: New Orleans by 10.

Washington Redskins @ New York Giants

The Giants are kicking much better. The Redskins are playing well but not well enough to knock off the Giants. Their defense is much better than New Englandís.

Winner: New York Giants by 7.

Carolina Panthers @ Houston Texans

I really want to pick Carolina, I really do but their defense is so bad itís hard to do so. Iím expecting a shootout but the Texans

to pull it out in the end.

Winner: Houston by 7.

Detroit Lions @ Oakland Raiders

This is the hardest game for me to pick this week. The Raiders have Denarius Moore returning so that should give Palmer some options on offense. That said, I think the Lions want the playoff berth much more than the Raiders.

Winner: Detroit by 3.

New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos

Here is something to consider. Everyone has jumped on the Tebow train this week predicting the Broncos will upset the Patriots. I have news for all of the bandwagon jumpers, it isnít happening this week. New England will get their points and get them consistently throughout the game. Of the three teams that have beaten New England this season, all of them have scored at least 24 points to win. Since Tebow has started, they have only crossed the 24 point barrier twice, against Oakland and Minnesota. At the time, Oakland was in a quarterback transition and Minnesotaís secondary has been so bad they have on average given up 28.5 points in every loss so that puts Denver on par with everyone else. Can Denver win? Absolutely. Do I think they will? No.

Winner: New England by 10.

New York Jets @ Philadelphia Eagles

How is this in the Vegas zone of Eagles by 3? The Eagles have played like crap for weeks with the exception of last weekís Dolphin demolition. The Jets find ways to make the playoffs every year as one of my counterparts has constantly reminded me.

Winner: New York Jets by 3 in some fluky play with 1 minute to go.

Cleveland Browns @ Arizona Cardinals

Whatís going on in the desert? The Cards beat the 49ers last week? Considering Iíve seen no tape of the game I donít know how they did it.

Winner: Arizona by 7.

Baltimore Ravens @ San Diego Chargers

This feels like it is going to be more competitive than it has any reason being. Baltimore has been on a role but this feels like a letdown/trap game.

Winner: San Diego by 3.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ San Francisco 49ers

Iím withholding my pick until Monday. If Roethlisberger sits on the bench, Steelers lose. If he plays, they win. Until I hear one way or the other if he plays or not, Iím sitting on it.


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