There are plenty of weeks over the course of the NFL season where almost every game is a toss-up. Unfortunately, that will not be the case in Week 15.
The upcoming slate of games appears set to be full of blowout victories. At least, this is what the majority of NFL experts believe heading into the weekend.
NFL Pickwatch has compiled picks from various media outlets to help provide a comprehensive look at what the best in the business think. Most of them are in agreement when it comes to their Week 15 picks.
Here is a look at the expert predictions with analysis on the most intriguing matchups.
|Away||Home||Expert Pick||Confidence %|
|San Diego Chargers||Denver Broncos||Broncos||100|
|San Francisco 49ers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||49ers||96|
|Washington Redskins||Atlanta Falcons||Falcons||94|
|Chicago Bears||Cleveland Browns||Bears||81|
|Houston Texans||Indianapolis Colts||Colts||88|
|New England Patriots||Miami Dolphins||Patriots||61|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Minnesota Vikings||Eagles||100|
|Seattle Seahawks||New York Giants||Seahawks||100|
|Buffalo Bills||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jaguars||80|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Oakland Raiders||Chiefs||100|
|New York Jets||Carolina Panthers||Panthers||100|
|Green Bay Packers||Dallas Cowboys||Cowboys||83|
|Arizona Cardinals||Tennessee Titans||Cardinals||86|
|New Orleans Saints||St. Louis Rams||Saints||100|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Pittsburgh Steelers||Bengals||82|
|Baltimore Ravens||Detroit Lions||Lions||86|
It is rare for so many analysts to come to agreement on anything. However, 100 percent of experts have concluded that the Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints will all win this week.
While each of these teams has a favorable matchup, there is certainly reason to be cautious about a few of them, especially the ones playing on the road.
The Saints have especially struggled away from home this season, scoring only 18.8 points per game while going 3-3 on the road. St. Louis is better than its record indicates and could be competitive in this matchup if it can run the ball and control the clock.
Still, each of these six teams has a strong chance of improving its record with a big win this weekend.
Of course, not every contest this week is a sure thing. The New England Patriots have a 61 percent confidence rating against the Miami Dolphins, although even this might be too high.
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ESPN reported that Rob Gronkowski will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and MCL, which significantly hinders the New England Patriots offense. With the way the Dolphins can rush the quarterback and force turnovers, they can pull off the upset at home to stay in good position in the AFC wild-card race.
Another projected winner to be cautious of is the Chicago Bears, who go on the road to face the Cleveland Browns. While 81 percent of experts think the Bears will win on the road, most oddsmakers have either made the Browns the favorites or have listed the game as a pick 'em, according to Vegas Insider.
Chicago has lost its last two road games against inferior opponents, while Cleveland is coming off a strong performance in a loss to the Patriots.
Still, the Browns struggle to run the ball, which has been the best way to beat the Bears this season. No matter who starts at quarterback for Chicago, the squad should be able to run up the score in this matchup and come away with a win.
Another example of the experts going against the spread is the game between the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Bills are listed as two-point favorites on the road, but 80 percent of Pickwatch's experts have picked the Jaguars.
Although there has been plenty of reason to doubt Jacksonville in the past, the recent three-game winning streak should give you all the confidence you need to pick this squad in an upset win.
As a whole, Week 15 appears relatively easy to predict with so many one-sided matchups. Of course, the ability to surprise is what makes the NFL so exciting.
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