Because of the holiday season, I have no time for a full blown blog this week.
I know you are all devastated, but I at least wanted to throw this up to get my picks on record this week. So here they are:
Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers (-15)
People should not discredit how much the loss of Troy Polamalu hurts the Steelers. Steelers to win, Panthers to beat spread.
Dallas Cowboys (-7) at Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals have completely mailed it in for the season. I don’t care if they’re playing at home. Cowboys to win and cover.
Baltimore Ravens (-4) at Cleveland Browns
Joe Flacco is my starting quarterback this week as I play for my fantasy football league championship. Ravens to win and cover.
Detroit Lions at Miami Dolphins (-3.5)
The Lions have replaced the Browns as this season’s team to make a late push, followed by all kinds of “Watch out for the Lions!” headlines at the start of next season. Lions to win outright.
New England Patriots (-9) at Buffalo Bills
I just have a feeling Buffalo will make a game of this. Not sure why. Just a hint. Patriots to win, Bills to beat spread.
New York Jets at Chicago Bears (no line)
Not sure why there isn’t a line on this game. Jets to win outright.
San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams (-2.5)
The winner of the NFC West is going to finish 7-9. And it’s going to be… The 49ers. 49ers to win outright.
Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs (-5)
The Titans have replaced the Seahawks as the team I that I have no idea what they’re going to do every week. Chiefs to win and cover.
Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars (-7)
The Redskins have a lot of guys playing for jobs next season, so they’re still trying. Jaguars to win, Redskins to beat spread.
Houston Texans (-2.5) at Denver Broncos
It’s too bad the Texans can’t finish 8-8 for the 75th consecutive season. But they can still get to 7-9. Texans to win and cover.
Indianapolis Colts (-3) at Oakland Raiders
This is probably the most intriguing game of the week, for some reason. Colts to win and cover.
San Diego Chargers (-8) at Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are another team that is going to play inspired down the stretch as guys look to save their jobs. Chargers to win, Bengals to beat spread.
New York Giants at Green Bay Packers (-3)
I’m a little fearful of Aaron Rodgers, coming off of his second concussion of the season, playing against a team that has already injured something like six quarterbacks this season. That said, Packers to win and cover.
Seattle Seahawks at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-6.5)
Bucs are collapsing late, but not enough to lose to the lowly Seahawks. Bucs to win, Seahawks to beat spread.
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (-14.5)
Aside from the Packers-Giants game, I’m not sure which other games CBS and Fox protected from being flexed to Sunday Night, but there still HAD to be a better option than this one, right? Eagles to win and cover.
New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (-2.5)
Regardless of what happens here, I think the Falcons still win in week 17 to clinch the NFC South. But there will be a major seeding shakeup somehow. Saints to win outright.
Week 15 – 9-7 (13-3 against spread)
Overall: 134-88 (117-102-3 against spread)