Week 15 NFL Picks: Teams That Will Earn Easy Home Wins on Sunday

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 14, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 01:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers drops back to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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There is very little that could be considered easy in the NFL, but there are a few teams that should cruise to victory at home in Week 15. 

At this late stage of the season, there is a clear divide between the top teams and the rest of the pack. Meanwhile, there are a number of squads on the bottom that have seemingly mailed it in for the season.

This makes it much easier for those attempting to pick the games. 

There will certainly be plenty of close, entertaining battles during the weekend, including the New England Patriots taking on the Miami Dolphins, as well as the Baltimore Ravens against the Detroit Lions. However, this next set of games should be blowouts in favor of the home team.


Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 08:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Nothing seems to have gone right for the Texans this season. After coming into the year as possible Super Bowl contenders, they have lost 11 games in a row, which spurred this tweet from a parody account:

Of course, most are in agreement that lack of luck has been a problem for Houston in 2013:

Unfortunately, this is not likely to change anytime soon as the team now has to face the Colts on the road in Week 15. Indianapolis puts a lot more talent on the field at this point and have already beaten the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos at home this year.

The only question for Indianapolis is whether it can avoid another poor start. The squad has trailed by double digits in the first half in five of the last six games. 

Still, the Texans have not proven the ability to finish off opponents, and the Colts should leave with a victory.


Carolina Panthers vs. New York Jets

After playing one of his better games of the season, Geno Smith appears to have figured out what was going wrong. According to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, the Jets quarterback recently said:

I think I’d kind of gotten to this zone where I just tried to be way too perfect. That’s almost impossible to do at any level, especially as a rookie. There were times where I was so caught up in running the play and executing it to perfection, that I didn’t allow my natural ability to take over at times.

Sadly, his attempt at perfection has led to 20 interceptions in his first 13 NFL starts. While it is nice to see him plan on relaxing, he will not get that chance in Week 15.

The Carolina Panthers have the top scoring defense in the league, and they will be a rude awakening for Smith after facing the struggling Oakland Raiders. Their elite defensive line will put pressure on the rookie quarterback throughout the game, and he is likely to make a lot of mistakes.

Adding this to the Jets' 1-5 record on the road, and this game has the potential to get ugly in a hurry.


Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers

The biggest storyline following the Packers this season is the health of Aaron Rodgers. Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette provided the latest on the situation:

Without the former MVP, the team will once again turn to Matt Flynn, who is coming off his first win of the season over the Atlanta Falcons. While he has the chance to throw for a lot of yards against the Cowboys defense, he still will not lead the team to as many points as Rodgers would have.

As a result, this leaves the door open for Tony Romo to do what he has been doing all year: outscore his own defense.

While the embattled quarterback receives a lot of criticism, the Cowboys are tied with the Seahawks for the third-most points scored in the league. Even though they do not get a lot of yards, they avoid mistakes with an NFC-low 13 giveaways this year. 

With some efficient play in the red zone, Dallas should get back on track and move to 6-1 at home.

Full NFL Week 15 Picks
San Francisco 49ersTampa Bay Buccaneers49ers
Washington RedskinsAtlanta FalconsFalcons
Chicago BearsCleveland BrownsBears
Houston TexansIndianapolis ColtsColts
New England PatriotsMiami DolphinsDolphins
Philadelphia EaglesMinnesota VikingsEagles
Seattle SeahawksNew York GiantsSeahawks
Buffalo BillsJacksonville JaguarsJaguars
Kansas City ChiefsOakland RaidersChiefs
New York JetsCarolina PanthersPanthers
Green Bay PackersDallas CowboysCowboys
Arizona CardinalsTennessee TitansTitans
New Orleans SaintsSt. Louis RamsSaints
Cincinnati BengalsPittsburgh SteelersBengals
Baltimore RavensDetroit LionsLions


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