Chris J. Nelson's Week 15 NFL Game Predictions

Chris J. NelsonSenior Writer IDecember 20, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 13:  Head coach Jim Zorn of the Washington Redskins walks the sidelines during their game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 13, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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After going 10-6 last week, I've started off 1-1 in this week's pre-Sunday games. I got the Colts' win over Jacksonville right, but missed the Cowboys' upset over the previously-undefeated Saints.

Here are the rest of my predictions this week.
Last week's record: 10-6
Season record: 141-67 (67.9%)

New England is going through a messy time right now, but they're still a more talented team than the Bills.
I think Tom Brady and Randy Moss will hook up for a huge game in the face of this past week's criticism of Moss' effort.

Arizona followed their upset over the Vikings in Week 13 with a loss to the 49ers last week, but they still should have no trouble handling the Lions.

Dolphins over Titans 
The Dolphins usually win the games they should lose, and that's what I'm predicting will happen here.
The Dolphins' running game presents a good test for Chris Johnson, and I'm simply not sold on Vince Young as a quarterback.

Cleveland's upset win over Pittsburgh was a fluke, and I like Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs at home.

Texans over Rams
Poor Steven Jackson has lost both his starting guards, and the Rams' quarterback situation right now is horrendous.
I don't envision any way they can keep up with the Texans' offense.

Jets over Falcons 
It's very hard to pick a Chris Redman-led Falcons team, especially against a strong Jets' defense, so I'm not going to do that.

The Broncos lost a tough one against the Colts last week, but I like their chances to rebound against a Raiders' team making another change at quarterback.

Is emotion alone enough to win a football team?
Probably not, but I think the Bengals will play inspired football following the death of Chris Henry and win one for No. 15.

Eagles over 49ers
The Niners have a few emerging play-makers on offense, but the Eagles are just much farther along in terms of building a complete team.

Steelers over Packers
Pittsburgh has been playing some pretty bad football lately, but I just feel the team is too talented to be down for long.
I'd like them to rebound at home in a tough contest against the Packers.

Seattle doesn't have much of a running game, but I think they'll beat a Bucs' team struggling with a rookie quarterback flying cross-country.

Chicago has had some travel concerns due to weather leading up to this game, and I expect them to be a little too rusty against a Baltimore team that was already better than them anyway.

Vikings over Panthers
Carolina's running game isn't what it was last year, and they are now without both starting tackles, so I don't expect them to be able to handle the Vikings' offense and do enough against a tough Minnesota defense.

Jim Zorn is probably fighting a hopeless battle to keep his job with a new front office being installed in Washington, and I don't like his team on the road against a very good Giants' squad.

Chris J. Nelson is a journalism major at Georgia State University. He operates his own Miami Dolphins web site, The Miami Dolphins Spotlight, and can be followed on Twitter here.