Wednesday, December 16, 2009
NFL Football- Week 15 Previews
Will the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints remain unbeaten?
We will get to find out before any other games are played on Sunday as the Colts play at Jacksonville on Thursday Night Football while the Saints host the fading Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night.
Saints Head Coach Sean Payton has made no bones about it that the Saints will play the last three games just like any other games they have already played this season.
On the other hand, it seems the Colts aren't too concerned about going 16-0 this season. They want to be ready come playoff time because they have already wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
Recent history has shown that teams that have gone this far into the season undefeated end up losing in the post-season.
The 2008 Tennessee Titans started out 10-0 and finished with an NFL best 13-3 record before falling in their playoff opener to the Baltimore Ravens.
The 2007 New England Patriots were undefeated and then had to struggle past Jacksonville and San Diego just to reach Super Bowl 42, where they were defeated by the New York Giants, 17-14.
The 2005 Indianapolis Colts were 13-0 and finished with the NFL's best record at 14-2 before stumbling in their playoff opener against the eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
So beware Colts and Saints, because even if both of them go 16-0, that is NO guarantee either team will win the Super Bowl, let alone even reach the big game.
This week's picks...
(HOME TEAMS are listed in BOLD)
Indianapolis over Jacksonville
Dallas over New Orleans
Baltimore over Chicago
Tennessee over Miami (only if Vince Young plays)
Arizona over Detroit
Atlanta over NY Jets
Houston over St. Louis
New England over Buffalo
Kansas City over Cleveland
Philadelphia over San Francisco
Denver over Oakland
Seattle over Tampa Bay
San Diego over Cincinnati
Pittsburgh over Green Bay
Minnesota over Carolina
NY Giants over Washington
Last week's record: 11-5
SEASON RECORD: 133-75