NFL Picks Week 15: Predicting Winners of High-Scoring Affairs

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2012

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 2:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5  hands off to running back Doug Martin #22 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on December 2, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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In a week that ESPN has dubbed "Showdown Sunday," Week 15 of the NFL season boasts some of the most crucial matchups we've seen all year.

Fans will also see several high-octaine offenses square off against each other, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints being only one of those games.

As fans of the NFL, we can be honest here and admit that we all crave offense.

Whether points are being scored on the ground or through the air, the more points on the scoreboard, the better.

Here are three games in Week 15 that are sure to light up the scoreboard. 


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) at New Orleans Saints (5-8)

In my mind, this will be the highest-scoring game in Week 15.

Both of these teams boast powerful passing attacks while each defense has been terrible defending the pass, which makes for a lot of points on Sunday.

The Bucs and Saints each score at least 26 PPG, as Drew Brees and Josh Freeman both have elite receivers who can make plays down the field.

These two combined for 63 points when they met in Week 7, as New Orleans downed Tampa, 35-28.

With Doug Martin adding a solid rushing attack for the Bucs, I like Tampa to get some revenge on Sunday and keep its playoff hopes alive.

Prediction: Buccaneers 35, Saints 28


New York Giants (8-5) at Atlanta Falcons (11-2)

This one won't break the 50-point mark, but it'll still be a gem to watch.

The Giants and Falcons both sport top-10 passing attacks while neither secondary is anything to brag about.

Furthermore, both of these squads have the power to score points on the ground, as Atlanta and New York have each scored at least 10 rushing touchdowns.

Combined, these two average 54.6 PPG and have two of the NFL's best QBs under center.

After watching rookie RB David Wilson pour it on against the Saints, this game has an opportunity to see a lot of points scored in the Georgia Dome.

Prediction: Giants 24, Falcons 21

Denver Broncos (10-3) at Baltimore Ravens (9-4)

A surging Denver Broncos' offense against an ailing Baltimore Ravens' defense makes for a lot of points on Sunday afternoon.

Denver will come out hungry, having won eight in a row and attempting to earn a first-round bye in the playoffs while the Ravens need a win to keep their AFC North lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals.

With both squads combining for an average of 54.3 PPG, both defenses will have to be on their toes, but I have a lot more confidence in Denver's D.

The key for this game will be which defense can get more pressure on the opposing QB, but in the end, I don't think Flacco and the Ravens' offense have what it takes to keep up with MVP-candidate Peyton Manning & Co.

Prediction: Broncos 31, Ravens 20


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