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NFL Picks. Week 15, 2015.
That's how many times that Khalil Mack sacked Brock Osweiler.
Buccaneers vs. Rams- Buccaneers.
Eesh. Talk about two inconsistent teams.
Well, it's kinda funny. The Rams started off hot, cooled off, got hot again, and then fell apart.
You can not be more hot and cold than the St. Louis Rams.
As for the Bucs, they're a young team. Young teams are inconsistent. Young teams make mistakes. But young teams are also really surprising.
I'm taking Tampa Bay because they just have an explosive facet that the Rams don't yet.
Gurley is incredible, but their QB situation leaves too much to be desired.
Jets vs. Cowboys- Jets.
This is an icky picky.
Sure, the Cowboys are bad, but they've also got one hell of an offensive line, and pieces on defense. But the Jets are also wildly inconsistent.
Which Jets team will show up?
The team that got blown out by the Raiders or the team that blew out the Titans?
I'm taking them because...
I'd rather have Ryan Fitzpatrick than Matt Cassel.
Panthers vs. Giants- Giants.
This is it folks.
If the Panthers don't lose here, they won't lose until the post-season.
It's truly been a wild ride, and honestly, I don't know if the Giants have it in 'em.
You can't rule Eli out against an undefeated team.
Titans vs. Patriots- Patriots.
Okay, can we get back to the point where I just laugh at Patriot picks?
Because I'm laughing at this one.
Bills vs. Redskins- Redskins.
But the Achilles heel of this Bills team is that they're just too damn inconsistent and unreliable on offense.
I can't count on them to beat other defensive teams because they can't always move the ball.
Tyrod Taylor or Rex Ryan.
One of them has to go if this team is ever going to be successful.
Chiefs vs. Ravens- Chiefs.
A vicious pass rush, an opportunistic secondary, and a truly unique offense against...
Jimmy Clausen and...
Annnnnnd we're moving on.
Texans vs. Colts- Texans.
I've gotta take the Texans here.
The Colts are beat up, the coach is halfway out the door, and unless Luck makes a truly miraculous recovery... I just don't see it.
Falcons vs. Jaguars- Jaguars.
God. I do not want to pick this game.
Blake Bortles is having a great year, let's go with the Jags.
Bears vs. Vikings- Vikings.
The Vikings are gonna be a well rested team playing a sloppy, inconsistent Chicago squad.
The Vikings are still hoping for a divisional win here and they can't take their foot off the gas.
They'll realllllly be rooting for the Raiders.
Speaking of which...
Packers vs. Raiders- Raiders.
I'm doing it.
I'm taking it.
I'm picking my Raiders.
Now, I'm not usually this guy. I'm not the guy who takes his team no matter what.
The Packers defense is bad. They've been absolutely torched by plenty of teams, and the Raiders offense is due for another big game.
As for the defense... Man, the Cowboys were getting to him...
I'm not saying Mack will have five sacks... again, but...
I'm just trusting my gut here.
Latavius Murray gets 150 yards, Carr throws three TDs, and the defense holds up.
Browns vs. Seahawks- Seahawks.
Johnny Manziel versus the Legion of Boom in Seattle?
That could happen.
Wayne, you wanna take this one?
Bengals vs. 49ers- Bengals.
Man. I do not feel good about this pick.
Without Dalton, and maybe without Eifert... I don't know if I trust this Bengals team.
These are the 49ers that were just spanked by the Browns last week...
How does AJ McCarron stand up next to Johnny Manziel?
It'll be interesting... I've just gotta ride with the better team from top to bottom.
Dolphins vs. Chargers- Chargers.
With Philip Rivers...
How do you go so long without scoring?
How the hell do you pull that off?
Well, the Dolphins have been, as I say every week, a massive disappointment.
The Chargers, maybe even moreso.
I'm riding with San Diego here, against my better judgement because at least there's some talent on that team.
Broncos vs. Steelers- Broncos.
The Broncos defense is suffocating.
I mean seriously, that pass rush overwhelmed a very good Raiders offensive line, and those corners put the clamps on a solid receiving corps.
They'll be able to do the same against a Steelers team that's steadily limping along. Plus... the Chiefs are on their tail and they do still have the Bengals ahead.
Could get really interesting in Denver.
Cardinals vs. Eagles- Cardinals.
That's all she wrote.
Lions vs. Saints- Lions.
Yawn, yawn, yawn.
I'm taking the Lions because explosive offense plus shoddy defense almost always equals a blowout.
Especially with the rest of the Saints on autodrive.
Fleegle's Picks: Best In The World Challenge.
So much for a New Day. My picks are almost shot. One last push.....
Tampa Bay @ St. Louis: Just when you think the Bucs are putting things together, and just when you think it's time to bury the Rams, they both do the exact opposite last week. With this game being on the turf, I'll give the Rams the edge and the win this week.
New York Jets @ Dallas: Saturday night football! Listen, it's simple. Matt Cassel against the Jets defense? Nope. Jets get the win, and officially bury the Cowboys.
Chicago @ Minnesota: 2 losses in a row for the Vikings, but this week they get a chance to right the ship at home against a weak Bears team. They need this win, they'll get this win. Vikings win.
Atlanta @ Jacksonville: 6-7 weeks ago, this looked like a laughable matchup. But, with how the Jags looked in the second half last week against the Colts, and with how Atlanta has looked the last 6 weeks, is there any reason to pick the Falcons this week? Jaguars win again (I can't believe I said that).
Houston @ Indianapolis: Ahhhh yes, Week 15, a battle for first place, between two sub .500 teams, and neither team knows who their QB is going to be. Isn't football great? I really don't have a read on this.....oh wait, the Colts just gave up 51 to the Jags. Of course I have a read on this. Texans win.
Carolina @ New York Giants: THIS could be the week that the Panthers fall. I really believe that. The Giants aren't great, but they're at home, and they're juuuuuust good enough they could squeak this win out. But that being said, I think the Panthers will be ready for this one, because I think they realize the Giants could sneak this game out too, and they won't let that happen. Carolina goes to 14-0 with a win.
Tennessee @ New England: Please. Patriots win big.
Buffalo @ Washington: Bills are so streaky every week, it's ridiculous. But then again, so is Washington. Must win for DC to keep pace with the Eagles and Giants, and I think they get it done. Washington wins, and sends Rex into a frenzy.
Kansas City @ Baltimore: Chiefs win. Don't talk to me about it. Moving on.
Cleveland @ Seattle: Oh man......no. Seahawks win. It won't be pretty.
Green Bay @ Oakland: Packers offense has been struggling, but luckily they got to play Dallas last week. And Oakland, they got an ugly, but solid win at Denver last week. You keep waiting for Rodgers to have that game which quiets all the doubters.....BUT IT WONT BE THIS WEEK! Raiders, yes, the Rrrrrrrrrrrraiders, get the win!
Denver @ Pittsburgh: Good luck, Denver. Steelers are playing like one of the best teams in the league right now. They show why again this week. Steelers win.
Miami @ San Diego: Both of these teams suck. Chargers haven't won in forever. They'll snap that this week. San Diego wins.
Cincinnati @ San Francisco: No Dalton, doesn't matter! 49ers are a hot mess. I like AJ McCarron, because he still has AJ Green to throw the ball to. Bengals win.
Arizona @ Philadelphia: This, I think, is going to be a really good game. Eagles have looked a lot better since the Detroit debacle. And Arizona is....well....good. I like the Cardinals to win this game, simply because, they're better, and they should win it. But look for Philly to keep it close. Cardinals win.
Detroit @ New Orleans: Man, ESPN gets really good football games, don't they? Listen, the Lions are bad. They proved that last week. Saints aren't that great either, but they should be good enough to win this game. Saints get the W.
Well.....one of these weeks I'll make a big gain, right?
@McFleegle (23-29) vs @RyanSmithLWOS (29-23)
I realized that I'd been using my wrong twitterhandle for weeks... whoops...
Split the series again!
With 48 games to go...
I picked the Buccaneers, and he picked the Rams.
I picked the GIants and he picked the Panthers.
I picked the Broncos and he picked the Steelers.
I picked the Lions and he picked the Saints.
And to be honest, I don't really feel good about any of them. This could be the week that Fleegle gets his sweep, making it 29-27 with two weeks of regular season play before the post-season.