NFL Picks Week 15: Teams Guaranteed to Fail

Kyle Vassalo@VassaloBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2011

NFL Picks Week 15: Teams Guaranteed to Fail

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    While some matchups like the Steelers vs. 49ers are too close to call, there are some games this week that feature teams who don't have a chance at coming away with a victory.

    With the playoffs right around the corner, being doomed to failure won't bode well for a few teams who are in must-win situations.

    Last week, the injury-riddled Bears were Tebowed in a must-win game. Now the pressure is greater than ever and their playoff dreams are withering away.

    For fan bases looking to cash in on a top-flight prospect in this April's draft, continuing the losing pattern won't be seen as a bad thing by any means.

    Here are five dejected teams who are guaranteed to fail this week.

Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Matchup: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons

    Why the Jaguars Will Lose:

    The Jaguars blew away the Buccaneers in a 41-14 win. It's an impressive win that undoubtedly caught the attention of new management, but they have to go into Atlanta on Thursday Night and won't even sniff a victory this week.

    The Jaguars have only won one game on the road this season and that came against the Indianapolis Colts. Only the Packers and Saints were able to come into Atlanta this season and walk out away with a victory. The Jaguars are clearly not that caliber of a team.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Matchup: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys

    Why the Buccaneers Will Lose

    The Bucs were blown out in humiliating fashion by one of the worst teams in the NFL last week. Some, however, will contend that they are bound to see it as a wake-up call.

    Had this been an isolated loss, they may have a point, but their seven-straight losses prove that they have regressed into a state of indifference. The Cowboys have been dealt painful last-minute losses in consecutive weeks, but won't miss out on a chance to jump back into the playoff picture with their backs against the wall.

Indianapolis Colts

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    Matchup: Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans

    Why the Colts Will Lose:

    The Colts are on the brink of going down as one of the worst teams of all time, but they aren't exactly fighting to avoid that fate. The last time the Colts came within one score of their opponent at home was in Week 5 against the Chiefs.

    The Titans are battling for a wild-card spot and Chris Johnson is going up against a run defense that allows 144.3 YPG.

Kansas City Chiefs

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    Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers

    Why the Chiefs Will Lose:

    It's hard to call the Chiefs in Arrowhead a guaranteed loser, but they're only 2-4 at home this season and they happen to be taking on a team with 16-0 in their sights.

    The firing of Todd Haley won't breathe new life into a dejected team that has dropped five of their last six games. Aaron Rodgers is having an MVP season and it's absurd to think that Tyler Palko could orchestrate an upset over No. 12.

Washington Redskins

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    Matchup: Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants

    Why the Redskins Will Lose:

    The New York Giants are a team that can capture a lot of momentum in a hurry leading up to the postseason. They are coming off of a huge win against the Cowboys after four straight losses and with the Cowboys hanging right with them in the NFC East race, they won't let the Redskins feed them a loss that puts their playoff hopes in jeopardy.

    The Redskins got off to a promising start, but after losing eight of their last nine and losing starters Trent Williams and Fred Davis to suspension, the Redskins are guaranteed to fall to their division rivals.

    There is no chance that this game plays out anything like the opener, in which the Giants were dropped in a disappointing 28-14 loss.