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.
Will Chicago's slide cause it to miss the playoffs?
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
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
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.