NFL Week 15 Picks: As Predicted By My 12-Year-Old Son

John BartramCorrespondent IIDecember 16, 2010

NFL Week 15 Picks: As Predicted By My 12-Year-Old Son

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    Last game of the season.  Coach telling him he worked his ass off.
    Last game of the season. Coach telling him he worked his ass off.

    Let's face it—he's got as good a chance as any of the "experts." The NFL has become so unpredictable that when I was doing this last night, I decided to have him make all the picks, scores and reasons.

    Every game listed, including explanations, will be by my kid Zach. He's a football fan, but not a lunatic like most of us are.

    He played this past season on the offensive line and defensive line almost every down. He works hard, the part that makes me the proudest.

    The picture above is his coach telling him how hard he worked after the last game of the season.

    Let's see how he does.

San Francisco at San Diego: Chargers by 9

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    SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterbaqck Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers calls scrambles in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium on December 12, 2010 in San Diego, California.  the Chargers won 31-0.  (Photo by Stephen Dun
    Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    The Chargers are at home, and they're playing great football. San Francisco just doesn't have the weapons to beat them. Chargers should win easily and cover.

    Chargers 24-7

Kansas City at St. Louis: Rams by 1.5

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs in action during the game against the Denver Broncos on December 5, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
    Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    I pick the Chiefs because if I don't, you'll beat me. OK, he didn't really say that, but we're both Chiefs fans, so it's an easy one—to pick, that is.

    Chiefs 13-7

Houston at Tennessee: Titans by 1.5

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Matt Schaub #8 of the Houston Texans drops back to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    I can't believe the Titans are the favorite in this game. Even though Houston has not played very well, they've played better than Tennessee.

    Houston wins a close one on the road.

    Texans 20-7

Jacksonville at Indianapolis: Colts by 5

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    NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 09:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans  at LP Field on December 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Colts won 30-28.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    This is a very big game. The Colts could actually miss the playoffs if they lose this game. Peyton Manning has to come up big. The Jags keep cutting it close, but they'll come up short this week.

    Colts win and cover.

    Colts 24-17

Arizona at Carolina: Panthers by 2.5

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Derek Anderson #3 of the Arizona Cardinals watches from the sidelines during the NFL game against the Denver Broncos at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals def
    Christian Petersen/Getty Images

    The Panthers are the favorite? Huh, what? Why? I don't care how bad the Cardinals have been; the Panthers shouldn't be a favorite over anyone.

    This should be a thriller. Game of the week.

    Arizona 10-7

Cleveland at Cincinnati: Bengals by 1.5

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    PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 12:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game on December 12, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    Cleveland plays hard every week. The Bengals do not. However, they just have too much talent to be this bad all year.

    Even if by mistake or luck, they'll manage to win one more game this year. Even though I like the Browns, I'll pick this one.

    Cincinnati will win and cover in a bore-fest.

    Bengals 14-10

Buffalo at Miami: Dolphins by 5.5

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 12:  Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 12, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
    Nick Laham/Getty Images

    The Dolphins are coming off a big win and can still get in the playoffs. The Bills only have three wins, and Miami should be able to win at home.

    OK, this is one that I would have argued with him on, but it's his call.

    Dolphins win and cover.

    Dolphins 24-14

Philadelphia at New Jersey: Giants by 2.5

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles on the sidelines against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    No, that's not a mistake—they play in New Jersey, not New York. Those of us here in Jersey think they should either say it or get back over the river. I digress, however. Back to the kid.

    This is one of the biggest games of the week, if not the year. The Giants are playing well but go up and down.

    Philadelphia is playing great and I think can go into the Meadowlands and pull off the upset.

    Philly 28-24

Washington at Dallas: Cowboys by 6

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 05: Jon Kitna #3 of the Dallas Cowboys passes against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
    Scott Boehm/Getty Images

    Two teams that are going in opposite directions. Though the Cowboys' season is done, and their record indicates it, this game will be more what we would have thought early in the year.

    Dallas wins and covers.

    Dallas 24-14

Detroit at Tampa: Buccaneers by 5.5

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    LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 12:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks for a receiver during the game against the Washington Redskins  at FedExField on December 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Buccaneers defeated the Redskins 17-16. (Photo by
    Larry French/Getty Images

    Tampa has been playing well all year, and the fight seems to be going out of the Lions. Losing their star quarterback was a big loss for this team.

    Tampa is too strong and at home should handle the Lions, and the spread.

    Tampa 14-7

New Orleans at Baltimore: Ravens by 1.5

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 12:  Drew Brees #9  of the New Orleans Saints looks to throw the ball during the game against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome on December 12, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
    Chris Graythen/Getty Images

    Another one of the week's great games. The Ravens defense has not been as great as expected. New Orleans is heating up, and I look for the road upset.

    Saints 31-24

Atlanta at Seattle: Falcons by 6

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 12:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
    Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Seattle is a nice story but not good enough, even at home, for the Falcons. Kansas City went there and showed what a decent team can do, and Atlanta is better.

    The Falcons should sail through and cover easily.

    Falcons 30-7

New Jersey Jets at Pittsburgh: Steelers by 6

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    BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
    Geoff Burke/Getty Images

    That's right—no mistake again. They play in New Jersey too. We really wish they would go back across the river.

    The six-point spread must come from assuming the Jets will kick two field goals and the Steelers will score a couple of touchdowns.

    It will, however, be uglier than that for the Jets. They aren't getting into the end zone, again. That's OK; they're getting used to it.

    Steelers 28-6

Denver at Oakland: Raiders by 6.5

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 12:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders attempts a pass during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 12, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
    Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

    So sad for a Chief fan to have to pick this. Can they both lose? The truth is, the Raiders, schizophrenic as they may be, are on the rise.

    The Broncos—well, enough said.

    Raider win and cover easily.

    Raiders 24-3

Green Bay at New England: Patriots by 11

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 12: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks for a receiver against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Patriots defeated the Bears 36-7. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
    Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    Aaron Rodgers, no Aaron Rodgers, makes no difference, forget it. The Patriots are rolling though the NFL once again, and the Packers, who have been a disappointment anyway, won't get in their way.

    If Rodgers can't go, it may get very ugly.

    The Patriots roll, cover, do what they want.

    Patriots 32-14

Chicago at Minnesota: Bears by 3

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    DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 13: Tavaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up prior to the start of the game against the New York Giants on December 13, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
    Leon Halip/Getty Images

    Poor Vikings might have to play outside in the big bad cold. 

    That said, the Bears were exposed for who they are: a mediocre team. This week they play another mediocre team.

    I like the Vikings to win outright.

    Vikings 17-10