NFL Week 15 Picks: Home Teams That Will Cruise to Victory

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18:   Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs off the field after defeating the New England Patriots 24-20 during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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One of the nice things about the NFL's Week 15 schedule is that there are a few easy picks on the menu. Among these are a few home teams with huge advantages over their opponents. 

Of course, shocking results nearly always crop up, as we saw when the San Diego Chargers took down the Denver Broncos 27-20 on Thursday Night Football to get Week 15 kicked off. 

But these can't be helped, nor would most want them to end. Uncanny upsets are one of the many reasons we love watching NFL teams duke it out every weekend. Sure, it messes with your picks record, but the drama that unfolds makes it all worthwhile.

Here's a look at the remaining games on the Week 15 schedule, with predictions for each one. Afterward, keep reading to see which home teams are locks to win. 

AwayHomePrediction
Washington RedskinsAtlanta FalconsAtlanta Falcons
Chicago BearsCleveland BrownsChicago Bears
Houston TexansIndianapolis ColtsIndianapolis Colts
New England PatriotsMiami DolphinsMiami Dolphins
Philadelphia EaglesMinnesota VikingsPhiladelphia Eagles
Seattle SeahawksNew York GiantsSeattle Seahawks
San Francisco 49ersTampa Bay BuccaneersSan Francisco 49ers
Buffalo BillsJacksonville JaguarsJacksonville Jaguars
Kansas City ChiefsOakland RaidersKansas City Chiefs
New York JetsCarolina PanthersCarolina Panthers
Green Bay PackersDallas CowboysDallas Cowboys
Arizona CardinalsTennessee TitansArizona Cardinals
New Orleans SaintsSt. Louis RamsNew Orleans Saints
Cincinnati BengalsPittsburgh SteelersCincinnati Bengals
Baltimore RavensDetroit LionsDetroit Lions
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Washington at Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates a third quarter touchdown by running back Jacquizz Rodgers #32  against the New York Jets during their game at the Georgia Dome on October 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (
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Both teams are a mess, but there isn't a team in the NFL these days that can compete with the utter chaos brewing in Washington. 

Who knows what Mike Shanahan is really thinking, but his brash words regarding owner Daniel Snyder not caring about any other position than quarterback signal his time in Washington is over. His team has been playing like it, too.

At a press conference, the head coach recently said, "Dan could care less about the other positions," as noted by Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, after Shanahan announced quarterback Kirk Cousins would replace Robert Griffin III in Week 15.

Griffin III hasn't been himself this year, so it's not shocking he was finally benched. However, offense hasn't been the only problem this year for Washington, which has given up more points per game (31.3) than any other team. 

Atlanta isn't great, but the Falcons will have no trouble winning at home against this dysfunctional team. Tony Gonzalez has caught one touchdown in his last two games, and Steven Jackson is healthy and playing well, too. 

Falcons fans haven't had much to cheer about this year, but they will leave the Georgia Dome with smiles on their faces.

Projected Score: Falcons win, 28-17.

 

Houston at Indianapolis

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 24:  Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Colts 40-11.
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Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts haven't lost two games in a row all season long, and they're not about to start a new trend in Week 15.

The Houston Texans are in town for an AFC South showdown. Indy eked out a win, 27-24, at Houston in Week 9. Both teams put on an offensive show, as Andre Johnson caught three touchdown passes and T.Y. Hilton responded with three of his own. 

Houston's offense is in utter turmoil right now, however, and nobody should expect a repeat performance.

Dec 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) talks to quarterback Case Keenum (7) on the bench during a game against the New England Patriots at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Case Keenum was yanked during Week 14's embarrassing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Matt Schaub will return to the bench this Sunday, as Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports Keenum will start once again.

The Texans have lost 11 games in a row for good reason. This team stinks. 

Indy will easily win its ninth game of the season, righting the ship after getting hammered by Cincinnati in Week 14. 

Projected Score: Colts win, 31-17.

 

New York Jets at Carolina

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 01:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after running for a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Street
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Some might call this a trap game.

But after the Carolina Panthers got humiliated on national television by their NFC South rival New Orleans Saints, you can be sure this team isn't taking the New York Jets lightly. 

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Geno Smith #7 of the New York Jets walks off the field after the Jets failed to convert on third down against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Baltimore, Marylan
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Geno Smith is going to need a trip to a day spa after this one, because the Panthers are going to knock him on his booty all game long. 

New York's offense won't stand a chance of consistently moving the ball against Carolina's wounded defense, which just got torched by Drew Brees and company in Week 14. 

It'll be interesting to see if Cam Newton and DeAngelo Williams will be able to pound out a respectable running game against New York's No. 2-ranked running defense. But regardless, Newton will find open receivers against the porous secondary of the Jets. 

Carolina will cruise to victory at home, improving to 10-4 on the season to maintain position as the No. 5 seed in the NFC. 

Projected Score: Panthers win, 27-10.

 

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