There are several key matchups in Week 15 that have major playoff implications, and the focus has shifted to the biggest potential blowouts on the schedule.
With several franchises picked to win their games and go on to secure a playoff spot, fans from across the league will be looking to see which teams will utterly dominate their competition.
Here is a full slate of predictions for each game and the three biggest potential blowouts of the week.
|San Diego Chargers||Denver Broncos||Denver Broncos|
|Washington Redskins||Atlanta Falcons||Atlanta Falcons|
|Chicago Bears||Cleveland Browns||Chicago Bears|
|Houston Texans||Indianapolis Colts||Indianapolis Colts|
|New England Patriots||Miami Dolphins||New England Patriots|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Minnesota Vikings||Philadelphia Eagles|
|Seattle Seahawks||New York Giants||Seattle Seahawks|
|San Francisco 49ers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||San Francisco 49ers|
|Buffalo Bills||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Oakland Raiders||Kansas City Chiefs|
|New York Jets||Carolina Panthers||Carolina Panthers|
|Green Bay Packers||Dallas Cowboys||Dallas Cowboys|
|Arizona Cardinals||Tennessee Titans||Tennessee Titans|
|New Orleans Saints||St. Louis Rams||New Orleans Saints|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Pittsburgh Steelers||Cincinnati Bengals|
|Baltimore Ravens||Detroit Lions||Detroit Lions|
Kansas City Chiefs (10-3) vs. Oakland Raiders (4-9)
After losing three straight games, the Kansas City Chiefs bounced back with a 45-10 beatdown of the Washington Redskins. As well as the Oakland Raiders have played at times this season, there is no question that Kansas City should be able to walk away with another convincing victory.
Oakland has now lost three straight games and five of the last six matchups. With the offensive unit’s inability to put up big numbers through the air, the rushing attack of Rashad Jennings and Marcel Reece is the only bright spot.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, the Chiefs only allowed the Redskins to amass 65 yards rushing in Week 15.
Kansas City, on the other hand, ran for 193 yards on a comparable Washington defense and will continue feeding the ball to back Jamaal Charles. After putting up 151 yards of his own, Charles must be salivating at the matchup against an Oakland team that surrendered 143 yards on the ground to the New York Jets last Sunday.
Expect the Chiefs to control the clock and scoreboard all day.
Predicted Final Score: Kansas City 37, Oakland 10
Philadelphia Eagles (8-5) vs. Minnesota Vikings (3-9-1)
The Philadelphia Eagles dominated the Detroit Lions Sunday and have built serious momentum as winners of their last five straight games. Against a lackluster Minnesota Vikings team coming off a heartbreaking 29-26 loss, Philadelphia should have no problem imposing its will.
The Eagles have been playing on fire behind the high-powered offensive unit led by second-year quarterback Nick Foles. After throwing his first interception of the season in the heavy snow, he now has 20 touchdowns to his one interception.
Foles isn’t alone, though, as running back LeSean McCoy has continued to develop into one of the most dangerous weapons in the league. His 217 yards rushing against Detroit is a new franchise record, and Minnesota’s run defense has been torched this season.
If the Eagles offense remains balanced, Minnesota is in serious trouble.
Predicted Final Score: Philadelphia 33, Minnesota Vikings 12
Seattle Seahawks (11-2) vs. New York Giants (5-8)
The Seattle Seahawks are coming off a tough loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but there is little risk that the franchise will sleep on the lowly New York Giants. Instead of taking the Giants lightly, football fans should expect the Seahawks to utterly dismantle their foes.
While Seattle’s pass attack continues to improve each week, the run-first offense is currently ranked third in the league with 141.5 yards per game. Led by RB Marshawn Lynch and the dual-threat ability of QB Russell Wilson, there are few defensive units with the ability to shut down the Seahawks.
New York does not possess one of those defenses.
After stringing together four wins in a row, Big Blue lost two of the last three games and hemorrhaged points against the San Diego Chargers in Week 14. If the Giants allow Seattle to put up 388 yards of total offense just as San Diego did, the Seahawks will cruise to an easy victory.
Predicted Final Score: Seattle 30, New York 10
*Stats and information via NFL.com.