NFL Picks Week 15: Predicting Outcomes of Each Game This Weekend

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IDecember 16, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts to the cheers of fans before a game with Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on December 10, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Week 15 of the NFL season is guaranteed to be the most intense yet.

While poor teams are thinking about their draft picks right now, pride is still on the line for the players. The rest of the league is in playoff mode and must win to keep their Super Bowl dreams alive.

Here’s who’ll come out on top in each riveting matchup.

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

Chicago is on a two-game losing streak and the last time it played the Packers, it got rocked 23-10.

Green Bay by 3

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans

Indianapolis and Houston will play each other in two out of the next three weeks, but on Sunday, the Texans will bounce back with a vengeance after they were embarrassed in front of the entire nation by the New England Patriots, 42-14.

Houston by 7

Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens

After finding ways to win all season, Baltimore is now finding ways to lose and it’s done so against worse teams—a Charlie Batch-led Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins—than Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

Denver by 6

Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins

Two of the league’s worst offenses will butt heads in this one so the decent Dolphins’ defense (ranked 13th in points surrendered while the Jaguars are 29th) gives them the edge.

Miami by 3

Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns

Without Robert Griffin III, Washington is in trouble against a Browns team on a three-game winning streak.

Cleveland by 6


Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams

Adrian Peterson is running like a man possessed, but the Rams are on a three-game winning streak and the Vikings still have Christian Ponder.

St. Louis by 3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

With the 29th- and 32nd-ranked defenses going toe-to-toe, expect a shootout and, with a superior offense led by Drew Brees, the Saints to win like they did in Week 7.

New Orleans by 7

New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta just got upset by the Panthers and New York just routed the Saints and found a new toy, David Wilson, in doing so—measure the momentum.

New York by 3

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals

Detroit racks up the second most yards in the NFL per game; the Cards average the least—hashtag mismatch.

Detroit by 7

Carolina Panthers at San Diego Chargers

Cam Newton is now dominating like he was supposed this season and in his way are the Chargers, who have dropped four out of their last five games.

Carolina by 6

Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills

The Seahawks’ defense is disgusting and the only unit the Bills have been able to score 20 points on in the last four weeks was the Jags’.

Seattle by 10

Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders

Since losing to the Raiders in Week 8, Kansas City has scored more than 13 points in a single game just once.

Oakland by 10

Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys

Looking at each quarterback’s history in must-win games—which that’s what Sunday’s showdown is—a Ben Roethlisberger-led team has the edge over a Tony Romo-led team every single time.

Pittsburgh by 3

San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots

In a potential Super Bowl preview, San Francisco’s elite defense will be tested against New England’s elite offense, but, as of late, the Pats’ defense has been better than the 49ers’ offense, having not surrendered 20 points in their last three contests.

New England by 3

New York Jets at Tennessee Titans

Tennessee hasn’t won since Week 10, and the Jets’ defense surrendered just 16 points the last two weeks combined.

New York by 6

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.


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