2014 NFL Season: Week 15 Predictions
Week 14 Recap
Considering the bold picks made last week, Centrary going 10-6 is pretty good. It did get both the Snore of the Week (Giants over Titans) and Game of the Week (Seahawks over Eagles) correctly (now 9-5 in each), and it was oh so close to getting the Cleveland game right. The Atlanta pick was almost there too, but it was still a pretty "out there" pick.
Best pick: Going to go with that Seattle pick, though its Cardinals/Chiefs pick was pretty good, too.
Worst Pick: Could go a few ways here. 49ers, the usual suspects of Saints or Steelers, but I'm going with the Falcons, that was never a good pick. Atlanta's been giving Centrary problems lately.
Week 15 Picks
The picks are made with the Centrary simulator.
@St. Louis 13, Arizona 3: The Rams get the game's only touchdown in the 4th quarter. The Cardinals offense can't get it going against a suddenly stout Rams defense.
@Atlanta 44, Pittsburgh 30: Just give the Steelers the win here, its pretty much a given at this point.
Green Bay 35, @Buffalo 24: The Packers start strong and finish strong, which is all the difference this game needs.
Tampa Bay 21, @Carolina 20: As I write this, Cam Newton has been hospitalized following a two-car accident, his injuries currently unknown though nothing too serious. Centrary does not even account for individual players, but its still saying Tampa Bay finds a way to win here, thanks to a 14-3 4th quarter comeback.
Cincinnati 17, @Cleveland 10: Last week, I made mention that Johnny Manziel might start, which Centrary doesn't care about, but the Browns got picked to win anyway. He didn't, they didn't. Now, its been confirmed Manziel WILL start this week, but Centrary has the Browns losing at home. Somehow, I don't feel too well about this pick even with Manziel starting.
@Indianapolis 52, Houston 28: Centrary has been big on the Texans all year, but not this week as the Colts, after suffering a 0-21 2nd quarter, rattle off a 38-0 second half to blow Houston away.
@Detroit 29, Minnesota 13: The Lions get 13 in the 2nd and 13 in the 4th to earn the win here.
@Kansas City 35, Oakland 10: After that loss three weeks ago to Oakland, the Chiefs get revenge in what ends up being an easy blowout.
@New England 20, Miami 13: The Patriots score the winning TD late in the 4th to avoid losing the season series to the Dolphins.
@NY Giants 28, Washington 14: Tied after three, the Giants score two touchdowns in the 4th quarter to get the win.
@Baltimore 27, Jacksonville 7: The Ravens open up a 17-0 first half lead, and cruise from there.
Snore of the Week - @Tennessee 41, NY Jets 35: The second straight week the awful Titans host an awful New York team, this time the Titans get the win thanks to a last-second TD in the 4th to pull away with the win.
@San Diego 42, Denver 31: With the game tied at 28-28 through three quarters, the Chargers pull off a 14-3 4th quarter and get a big win against their division-leading rivals.
@Seattle 24, San Francisco 6: The 49ers are limited to just two field goals and the Seahawks cruise through the remains of this "rivalry".
Game of the Week - Dallas 33, @Philadelphia 20: The winner takes command of the NFC East, the loser needs defeats from Detroit or an NFC West team to remain in the playoff picture. Dallas gets consistent scoring throughout to pull away with the win.
New Orleans 30, @Chicago 27: The Saints get 14 in the 4th quarter to earn the comeback win. Even with all of the struggles Chicago has faced lately, Centrary taking the Saints to win bears a good omen for them this week (no pun intended).
With just three weeks left, I'd like to make some playoff predicts, with no assistance from Centrary. Here's who I see making it out of the NFC:
- Green Bay
- New Orleans
The last spot comes down to Detroit or Dallas, both of whom have become known for collapsing in December. Its true that the Cowboys do have a tougher schedule than the Lions, I can't trust the Lions to do anything right in crunch time, its just not a logical thing to do. Now, the AFC:
- New England
- San Diego
There are about a half-dozen teams battling for two playoff spots, assuming San Diego doesn't blow it: Kansas City, Miami, Buffalo and the entire AFC North. I think the Ravens and Steelers, the more experienced, better-coached teams will edge out their competition in the end.
I'll probably think differently though next week, so check in then!
The week 15 predictions were made with the Centrary sports simulator, which simulates teams, not players, and in a quick, simple fashion.