NFL Week 15 Picks: Road Teams That Will Steal Wins

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IDecember 13, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10:  Quarterback Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans hands the ball off to running back Arian Foster #23 in the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

Good teams figure out a way to win on the road. The following three teams will all prove their postseason merit by pulling off that task this week.

All three of these following matchups have playoff implications. They should be exciting games, but I already know who is going to win.



Week 15 Opponent: at Colts

Houston just got destroyed by the Patriots, and they are working on a short week as the Texans have to travel to take on the surging Colts. They won't let these factors slow them down, and they look to rebound from their lopsided loss to the Patriots.

In their only other loss of the season, the Texans were similarly embarrassed by the Packers, and the following week they demolished the Ravens, 43-13. That resiliency will show up again.

Andrew Luck and the Colts offense should be able to find some success against a sinking Texans pass defense, but it won't be enough to keep up with the Texans.

The Colts are 20th in passing defense and 19th in rush defense. This will allow Arian Foster and the Texans ground game to go off, which will allow Matt Schaub to build his confidence back up by working off of play action.

Prediction: Texans 35, Colts 24



Week 15 Opponent: at Bills

Get ready for a full dose of Beast Mode. Marshawn Lynch always runs hard, and he will be ready to run even harder as he goes up against his former team.

The Bills will be kind enough to let Lynch make himself right at home and run all over them. They have been letting opposing running backs run all over them all season with their 28th-ranked rush defense.

The Seahawks will be more than happy to hand off the ball to Lynch and chew out this game on the ground. Their stifling defense will take care of the rest.

The Seahawks will be able to load up against the Bills' rushing attack and force them into passing situations. This will not work out well for the Bills. They are struggling in the passing game. Ryan Fitzpatrick has only had one game in the past four where he's thrown more touchdowns than interceptions.

He won't be able to change that trend against the Seahawks' fourth-ranked pass defense.

Prediction: Seahawks 24, Bills 13



Week 15 Opponent: at Falcons

This is going to be a fun and telling game. However, the Giants are going to roll. They looked every bit the defending Super Bowl champions last week as they blew New Orleans away 52-27.

The Giants got the ground game rolling last week, and that made life on Eli Manning and the passing game easy.

They will find a similar plan to success this week. The Falcons can't run or stop the run. This is what doomed them in their ugly loss to the Panthers last week, and it will doom this again this week.

The Falcons are going to have to rely almost exclusively on the pass to try to beat the Giants, and New York will crank up the pass rush to stifle the Falcons' passing attack.

Prediction: Giants 31, Falcons 24