Saturday, December 15, 2007

NFL Week 15

Most of the games are duds this week, and eyes are on New England, who looks to get to 14-0 in the Spygate grudge match against the Jets. Several more teams can lock up playoff spots and inclement weather is sweeping through parts of the midwest and northeast, so conditions may be sloppy in a number of spots.

We went a shocking 12-4 in Week 14 and the 2007 slate now stands at 91-107-9. Still unlikely we can get back to .500 for the season, but we have three weeks left, so we'll see.

We lost with the Broncos Thursday, so we start at 0-1 here.


Bengals -8.5 49ERS: Another meaningless game on the NFL Network, which serves them right. San Francisco in disarray and down to their third-string QB. Cincinnati should run it up. Bengals 37-13

PATRIOTS -23.5 Jets: Even if the weather is lousy, Belichick will show no mercy. They beat the Jets by 24 in the opener, and this should be even less competitive. Patriots 45-13

SAINTS -3.5 Cardinals: New Orleans still has some slight hopes for the playoffs, while Cardinals are just about toast, especially in the secondary. Saints 38-23

BUCCANEERS -11.5 Falcons: Atlanta hasn't just mailed it in, they've sent it FedEx. Talk about needing to be put out of your misery. Bucs wrap up the division in blowout fashion. Buccaneers 33-10

Ravens -3.5 DOLPHINS: Baltimore has lost seven straight, the Fish 16 in a row. Don't screw up perfection now, Miami. Fear alone leads the Ravens to victory. All fans in attendance will receive vouchers for psychotherapy. Ravens 20-10

Bills +5.5 BROWNS: Speaking of psychotherapy, I'd have told you to get some if you told me Buffalo-Cleveland would have playoff implications come Week 15. Cleveland pretty much locks up a spot with a win and should do so in front of raucous home crowd. Browns 24-20

Packers -10 RAMS: Green Bay going all out to lock up No. 2 seed and a bye. Packers 37-13

STEELERS -3.5 Jaguars: This game opened at 5.5 points and dropped quickly. Like the number now as angry Steelers take it out on Jags, not the greatest cold weather team. Steelers 27-17

Seahawks -7.5 PANTHERS: Not crazy about Seattle on the east coast, but the moribund Panthers are down to Matt Moore at QB, while Seattle has been rolling. Seahawks 31-13

Titans -4 CHIEFS: Tennessee has no business losing to the Chiefs, regardless of where this is played, especially if they want to still consider themselves playoff contenders. Titans 23-13

RAIDERS +10.5 Colts: Colts could have No. 2 seed in the AFC wrapped up by gametime, meaning backup QB Jim Sorgi may be playing early on. Raiders have been feisty enough all year and should make it close. Colts 27-24

CHARGERS -10 Lions: Chargers wrap up AFC West with a win. Lions started at 6-2, now on their way to 6-10. Even if Philip Rivers doesn't play, Chargers win big. Chargers 35-17

COWBOYS -10.5 Eagles: T.O. gets to rub it in a bit more. Cowboys 31-13

GIANTS -4.5 Redskins: Giants can lock up wildcard spot at home, in lousy weather, playing QB Todd Collins, who hasn't started a game since 1997. Giants have been lousy at home, but if they want to play in January, they need to get it done here. A trip to Buffalo and then the Patriots await, so another win is far from guaranteed. As always, The Olbermann Rule is in effect. Giants 23-13

VIKINGS -7 Bears: Over to you, 3 wood. "The Bears defense is beat up, tired and incapable of stopping the run. The Vikings defense should pressure Bears QB Kyle Orton early and often. Look for the Vikings to put the Bears out of their misery early and win going away." Vikings 37-13

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