Friday, December 18, 2015

NFL - Week Fifteen Preview

Only three weeks left for the 2015 NFL regular season and then it's on to the playoffs for twelve
But first, there are some key games to be played this weekend to help determine just who those teams will be come January.
The Denver Broncos (10-3) travel to face the surging Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5), a team that continues to score points with ease while winning four of their last five games. The Broncos feature the best defense in the league this season.
Another game to note is the Sunday Night Football game that was "flexed" into the prime time schedule, featuring the Arizona Cardinals (11-2) playing on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) who are in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East division.
The undefeated Carolina Panthers (13-0) will be in New York facing the Giants (6-7), who are in the same boat as the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins in the putrid NFC East. The Panthers can clinch home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with two more wins or a win and an Arizona loss this weekend.
It should be another exciting finish to the season and Week Fifteen promises to add to the suspense of the season.

The Heftyinfo capsule style previews follow and also include the predictions for all of the action this weekend.

New York Jets (8-5) at Dallas Cowboys (4-9) - The Jets continue to roll along while the Cowboys are just playing out the string of games.

Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-9) - Chiefs should win this game between two solid defensive clubs.

Houston Texans (6-7) at Indianapolis Colts (6-7) - The battle for first place in the AFC South.

Atlanta Falcons (6-7) at Jacksonville Jaguars (5-8) - Can the Falcons stop their free fall after their 5-0 start?

Chicago Bears (5-8) at Minnesota Vikings (8-5) - Bears feel they should have beaten the Vikings last time they played each other . . . Here's their chance to prove it.

Tennessee Titans (3-10) at New England Patriots (11-2) - The Patriots should win this one easily.

Carolina Panthers (13-0) at New York Giants (6-7) - Will the 1972 Miami Dolphins be able to uncork their champagne this week?  Maybe.

Buffalo Bills (6-7) at Washington Redskins (6-7) - The loser of this game (especially if it's the Bills) will be out of the playoff picture.

Green Bay Packers (9-4) at Oakland Raiders (6-7) - This game could go down to the wire.

Cleveland Browns (3-10) at Seattle Seahawks (8-5) - Seahawks roll!

Denver Broncos (10-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) - Big Ben and company will find a way to win this game against the NFL's top defense.

Cincinnati Bengals (10-3) at San Francisco 49ers (4-9) - Yawn.

Miami Dolphins (5-8) at San Diego Chargers (3-10) - See above comment.

Arizona Cardinals (11-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (6-7) - The Eagles need this one bad . . .  the Cardinals looking to clinch a first round bye for the NFC playoffs.

Detroit Lions (4-9) at New Orleans Saints (5-8) - The Monday night game should be entertaining from an offensive game stand point.

The Heftyinfo picks for Week Fifteen . . . . .   (Home teams are listed in BOLD; Lock of the Week is listed in BOLD CAPS)

St. Louis over Tampa Bay
Dallas over NY Jets
Kansas City over Baltimore
Indianapolis over Houston
Atlanta over Jacksonville
Minnesota over Chicago
NEW ENGLAND over Tennessee
Carolina over NY Giants
Washington over Buffalo
Green Bay over Oakland
Seattle over Cleveland
Pittsburgh over Denver
Cincinnati over San Francisco
San Diego over Miami
Arizona over Philadelphia
New Orleans over Detroit

Last Week's Record:  14-2


Lock of the Week Record:  10-4

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