Week 15 NFL Predictions

Posted: 12/16/2012 by levcohen in Football
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*= upset pick

New York Giants (8-5, 6-6-1 against the spread) vs. Atlanta Falcons (11-2, 7-5-1)*:
Spread: Falcons favored by 1 point
Over/under: 50
My prediction: Giants- 24, Falcons- 20. The Giants need this win, but the Falcons need it too. They are quickly being discounted and they will want to get people to notice them. However, the Giants are in a dogfight for the division and are better than any other team in this situation. Give me New York.Giants cover

Green Bay Packers (9-4, 7-6) vs. Chicago Bears (8-5, 6-7)*:
Spread: Packers favored by 1
Over/under: 43.5
My prediction: Bears- 26, Packers- 23.. The Bears need to wake up. Now. They have their second game against division rival Green Bay this week, and need a win to even have a chance at the division. If they lose, they might also lose a playoff spot. I’ll give the win to the hungrier team at home.Bears cover

Washington Redskins (7-6, 8-5) vs. Cleveland Browns (5-8, 8-4-1)*:
Spread: Browns favored by 3Over/under: OFF
My prediction: Redskins- 20, Browns- 17.. Redskins are starting Kirk Cousins at QB with RG3 hurt. Cousins is actually a pretty decent QB. Gimme the Skins. My first three picks are all slight upsets, which says a lot about the great quality of these games.
Redskins cover

Minnesota Vikings (7-6, 5-7-1) vs. St. Louis Rams (6-6-1, 9-4)*:
Spread: Rams favored by 2.5
Over/under: 39
My prediction: Vikings- 16, Rams- 13.. Another slight upset here. Adrian Peterson is by far the best player on the field, and if the Vikings give it to him 30 times they should be okay. Vikings cover

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11, 6-7) vs. Miami Dolphins (5-8, 5-7-1):
Spread: Dolphins favored by 8
Over/under: 38
My prediction: Dolphins- 21, Jaguars- 14.. I just can’t take the Dolphins against the spread when they are favored by 8.
Jaguars cover

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7, 9-3-1) vs. New Orleans Saints (5-8, 6-7):
Spread: Saints favored by 4
Over/under: 54
My prediction: Saints- 27, Buccaneers- 24.. I expect this to be yet another good game. The Saints need to win one of these games.
Buccaneers cover

Denver Broncos (10-3, 9-4) vs. Baltimore Ravens (9-4, 5-7-1)*:
Spread: Broncos favored by 3
Over/under: 48
My prediction: Ravens- 27, Broncos- 23.. I was very surprised at the spread for this game. I think the Ravens should be respected enough for this game to be at least a Pick ‘Em, but everybody loves those Broncos. The Ravens are still very difficult to beat at home, and I’m going to give them the upset.
Ravens cover

Indianapolis Colts (9-4, 9-4) vs. Houston Texans (11-2, 8-5):
Spread: Texans favored by 10.5
Over/under: 47.5
My prediction: Texans- 31, Colts- 14.. The Texans are going to bounce back in a huge way and Andrew Luck has underperformed of late, with 8 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in recent games.
Texans cover

Seattle Seahawks (8-5, 9-4) vs. Buffalo Bills (5-8, 6-7):- NOTE: Game played in Toronto.
Spread: Seahawks favored by 4.5
Over/under: 43.5
My prediction: Seahawks- 23, Bills- 20.. I see this being a very close game with the Seahawks coming off a big win and underestimating a solid opponent. Down 20-16, they will drive down the field and score a touchdown to win it.
Bills cover

Detroit Lions (4-9, 5-8) vs. Arizona Cardinals (4-9, 5-7-1):- LOCK
Spread: Lions favored by 6.5
Over/under: 43.5
My prediction: Lions- 20, Cardinals- 14.. The Cardinals stink. But so do the Lions.
Cardinals cover

Carolina Panthers (4-9, 6-7) vs. San Diego Chargers (5-8, 6-7)*:
Spread: Chargers favored by 3
Over/under: 45
My prediction: Panthers- 27, Chargers- 20.. The Panthers are the better football team right now with Cam Newton flying high and Phillip Rivers, well.. not flying high.
Panthers cover

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6, 5-7-1) vs. Dallas Cowboys (7-6, 5-8):
Spread: Steelers favored by 1
Over/under: 45.5
My prediction: Steelers- 27, Cowboys- 21.. This is a must win for the Cowboys, and almost a must win for the Steelers. I think the Steelers are the better team, and especially at this time of year. Give me Big Ben over Tony Romo.
Steelers cover

Kansas City Chiefs (2-11, 5-8) vs. Oakland Raiders (3-10, 3-10):
Spread: Raiders favored by 3.5
Over/under: 43.5
My prediction: Raiders- 23, Chiefs- 20Chiefs cover

San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1, 8-5) vs. New England Patriots (10-3, 8-4-1):
Spread: Patriots favored by 4
Over/under: 47
My prediction: Patriots- 28, 49ers- 23.. The Patriots are just the better team right now.
Patriots cover

New York Jets (6-7, 7-6) vs. Tennessee Titans (4-9, 4-9)*:
Spread: Titans favored by 1
Over/under: 42
My prediction: Jets- 23, Titans- 13
Jets cover

Upset picks:
Jets over Titans
Panthers over Chargers
Giants over Falcons
Bears over Packers
Redskins over Browns
Vikings over Rams
Ravens over Broncos

Lock of the week:
Lions over Cardinals


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