NFL Week 15 Picks

I’ve still been shaky these past couple weeks, but was pretty amazed at my 10-6 record last week.  I’m 1-1 so far this week and today has another thirteen games, with one more tomorrow.

Lock Of The Week

Patriots, 38, Titans, 20

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The Pats will have a day and take down the Titans.

I know Marcus Mariota has had a sensational rookie season, but no rookie quarterback can take down the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, even with a really good team, like Andrew Luck with the 2012 Colts.  Not even he could beat the Pats at Gillette in his rookie season.  The Titans defense is too worn down.  A weak secondary led by just Jason McCourty and nobody else significant, may not be able to do the best job keeping Gronk from getting to the end zone.  They also have Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell, Leonard Hankerson (claimed off waivers from Atlanta) and Keshawn Martin as receiving options, and tight ends Scott Chandler, Michael Williams and Asante Cleveland.

They should run the ball at times as well though, and although Brandon Bolden and James White have done a good job filling in, they can’t replace Blount.  Montee Ball could’ve, but instead they signed fullback Joey Iosefa from a practice squad, a rookie who had been on our squad since like Week 4.  Iosefa will help replace the season-long absence of fullback James Develin, and help our thin run game.

The Titans will have to pass.  Young corner Malcolm butler and veteran safeties Devin McCourty (if active) and Patrick Chung, will not let the Titans go very far.  So the Pats have this one down, and just by simply winning today, they can clinch having the division without having to use some crazy stat as a tiebreaker.

Notable Locks: Seahawks over Browns, Bengals over 49ers

 

Upset Of The Week

Ravens, 27, Chiefs, 24

The Ravens still have something left to prevent them from embarrassing themselves.  They still have a decent, but young, banged up, offensive lineup.

QB Jimmy Clausen

RB Javorius Allen

WR Kamar Aiken

WR Chris Givens

TE Crockett Gillmore

TE Maxx Williams

Well, Kamar Aiken, Buck Allen, and the tight ends are the highlights.  Hey, at least they still have Crockett Gillmore.  He was an Opening Day starter.  Maxx Williams was in there too, so was Kamar Aiken.  Aiken was the WR2, Williams was the TE2.  Steve Smith Sr. was still healthy back then.  But now, these young developing players, including the younger, newer tight ends, need to be the guys that boost this team.  They’re the youngest and least injury prone guys on this entire offense.  Best of all, the defense and special teams vets are still healthy, for the most part.  They can put a stop to a Chiefs team that depends on just a few guys for offensive victory.  The upset here is possible, you just have to believe in these young Ravens

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The Ravens will comeback to shock the red hot Chiefs.

Notable Upsets: Cowboys over Jets, Lions over Saints, Giants over Panthers, Eagles over Cardinals

 

Other Games

Rams, 31, Buccaneers, 21
Cowboys, 20, Jets, 13
Giants, 20, Panthers, 17
Vikings, 27, Bears, 21
Jaguars, 31, Falcons, 28
Colts, 35, Texans, 31
Bills, 28, Redskins, 24
Seahawks, 28, Browns, 21
Packers, 24, Raiders, 21
Steelers, 24, Broncos, 21
Bengals, 31, 49ers, 28
Chargers, 31, Dolphins, 24
Eagles, 24, Cardinals, 20
Lions, 27, Saints, 24

Team Of The Week

  1. This team was also undefeated at some point Week 3 or later.
  2. This team has been on a roller coaster of injury news.
  3. This team is good, but has tough competition in their division.
  4. If the season ended today, this team would have a playoff spot.
  5. This team has been a nice surprise this season.

What team is this?  Guess in comments.

Last Week: Broncos

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