NFL Gridiron Gab Editor Matt Loede’s NFL Picks For Week Fifteen

Last Picks 4-9
Season 103-66

Jacksonville at Miami – Ugh. Anyone other than Jags and Fins fans really care about this game? I wonder if Miami fans will wear their old Chad Henne jerseys to this one? Look for the Fins D to make it a long day for Henne, and for Reggie Bush to have a nice day in a Miami win. Miami 24 Jacksonville 14

Denver at Baltimore – Look out Ravens fans, your team is in a tailspin the likes that the AFC North hasn’t seen in awhile. I would be sweating if I’m a birds fan, as Peyton Manning and co. should have success doing what they want on offense, and while the Ravens usually win at home, I’m calling for a second straight home loss. Denver 33 Baltimore 27

Indianapolis at Houston – Who would have ever thought the Colts would be sitting at 9 wins in week 13?! They are headed to the playoffs, but here the Texans smell blood to take home the #1 seed in the AFC, and they will make it a long day for Andrew Luck and the Colts. Houston 23 Indianapolis 10

Washington at Cleveland – Will he, or won’t he? That’s the question about RG3 as the Skins take on the suddenly hot Browns, who have won three in a row. I like what the Browns are building, and I think they end the home portion of their slate taking down Kirk Cousins, as RG3 rests that knee for next season. Cleveland 21 Washington 14

Minnesota at St.Louis – The Vikings still have a lot to play for, and I think while the Rams have been better as of late, they won’t have enough to slow down Adrian Peterson as the Vikings continue to try for a playoff push as they get to 8-6 with a hard fought win in STL. Minnesota 17 St.Louis 14

Tampa Bay at New Orleans – All signs point to a shootout, and why not? The Saints won’t be able to stop Josh Freeman, and the Bucs D will have a hard time in a track meet vs Drew Brees. I like what the Bucs have done to move forward in 2012, and I think they will take down the 5-8 Saints in the dome. Tampa Bay 34 New Orleans 23

New York Giants at Atlanta – Love the Falcons here for a couple reasons. At home they seem to find ways to make plays late, and while I think they have a shot to make this a long day for Eli Manning, look for a couple turnovers and some big plays by Roddy White and Julio Jones to pave the way for a big Falcons win. Atlanta 29 NY Giants 13

Green Bay at Chicago – A loss two weeks back to the Seahawks have deflated the Bears, who were not able to get a win last week in Minnesota. This week is their Super Bowl, as a loss to the Pack and they may miss the postseason all together. I expect sloppy weather (expected rain), and the Bears to have the edge, but it won’t be enough to stop Aaron Rodgers from a big enough game to get a win. Green Bay 20 Chicago 10

Seattle at Buffalo (in Toronto) – I personally dislike the Bills losing a home game every year, and this is the week they do it. Buffalo has to find a way to put a halt to the suddenly hot Russell Wilson, who has been great as of late, and they have to put the clamps on Marshawn Lynch. Look for that not to happen, and the Hawks to get a big road win. Seattle 28 Buffalo 14

Carolina at San Diego – Last week the Chargers did everything right in their huge win over the Steelers, and now the question is – can they do it again? I like the Panthers on the road, as I don’t think the Chargers D will be able to stop Cam Newton, who ran all over the good Falcons D last week. Look for big plays again from Newton in a big Carolina win. Carolina 19 San Diego 13

Detroit at Arizona – Seriously? Anyone gonna DVR this ESPN Classic? The Cards lost in historic fashion last week, and while it won’t be that bad again, the Lions are the better team, and Matthew Stafford should be able to pick apart the Cards secondary enough for at least 30 points. Detroit 34 Arizona 17

Kansas City at Oakland – Does it even matter? Oakland 23 Kansas City 20

Pittsburgh at Dallas – A HUGE game for playoff implications for both teams, while the Steelers were terrible at home last week, I expect another week of health to do Big Ben a lot of good. The Cowboys seem to play tight at home, and if you look they have issues with AFC teams in Jerry’s world. Look for the Steelers D to beat up Tony Romo, forcing enough mistakes to get out of Texas with a big win to get to 8-6. Pittsburgh 27 Dallas 21

San Francisco at New England – All the sudden the Pats are red-hot, slamming the supposed number one team in the AFC in the Texans a week ago. Now they take on a NFC big boy in the 49ers, who will count on their run game to slow down the Pats attack. Look for Tom Brady to try and stretch the field, and for the Niners to not have enough offense to match up. New England 27 San Francisco 20

Monday:

New York Jets at Tennessee – The Jets slim playoff chances are on the line, and while the Titans are not playing all that well, they are better at home, already beating the Steelers on a Thursday night. Not much to go by here, but I think Mark Sanchez and the Jets do enough to grind out a win to get to .500 at 7-7. NY Jets 17 Tennessee 14


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