After 14 weeks, the NFL has finally settled down a bit and games have been much more predictable. This past weekend saw almost no major upsets, and I expect the same pattern to emerge this weekend.
Here are my predictions for every game in Week 15.
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9) at Atlanta Falcons (8-5)
The Falcons had a fantastic 31-23 comeback win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 14. Maybe Atlanta is finally figuring things out this year. Meanwhile, the Jaguars came out of nowhere to blow out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41-14 on Sunday. That performance was really shocking since the Jags haven't really done anything offensively all year. I don't expect that to continue, though, and this Thursday, the Falcons should be able to get another win.
Atlanta 24, Jacksonville 13
Dallas Cowboys (7-6) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9)
The Cowboys have now suffered back-to-back horrible losses in games they absolutely should have won. That followed a streak of four straight wins. With running back DeMarco Murray out for the season with a broken ankle, things won't get any easier for Jason Garrett's team. But this weekend, they should be able to get by the reeling Bucs, who have dropped seven straight.
Dallas 31, Tampa Bay 17
Miami Dolphins (4-9) at Buffalo Bills (5-8)
The Dolphins fired head coach Tony Sparano this week, but the team has been playing much better of late. Meanwhile, the Bills have lost six in a row and seven of their last eight. There is no sign that Buffalo is ready to turn things around, and Miami may be better off without Sparano around.
Miami 21, Buffalo 14
Seattle Seahawks (6-7) at Chicago Bears (7-6)
The Chicago Bears are without Jay Cutler and Matt Forte and are still recovering from getting Tebowed on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Seahawks have won four of their last five and actually look to be turning into a team that can run the ball and play some defense. I like Seattle's chances this weekend facing a Chicago team with Caleb Hanie at quarterback.
Seattle 17, Chicago 14
Tennessee Titans (7-6) at Indianapolis Colts (0-13)
Sorry Colts fans, this isn't the week things start to get better.
Tennessee 24, Indianapolis 10
Green Bay Packers (13-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-8)
Even with Greg Jennings out for a few weeks, the Packers will continue rolling on offense. The Chiefs just fired their head coach and have dropped five of their last six. Aaron Rodgers will take Green Bay to 14-0 in a rout.
Green Bay 45, Kansas City 17
Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) at St. Louis Rams (2-11)
The Bengals suffered a disappointing defeat to the Houston Texans on Sunday, getting nipped 20-19 thanks to a T.J. Yates touchdown pass with just two seconds remaining. Cincinnati has now lost four of its last five games, but luckily, the Bengals face a Rams team that has dropped five of its last six and other than the Colts may be the worst team in football.
Cincinnati 27, St. Louis 14
New Orleans Saints (10-3) at Minnesota Vikings (2-11)
The Saints struggled to get by the Titans on Sunday but managed a 22-17 win to give them five victories in a row. Meanwhile, despite Joe Webb's attempted heroics, the Vikings fell to the Lions 34-28, losing their fifth-straight game. Drew Brees and his team will bounce back with another big win on Sunday.
New Orleans 42, Minnesota 20
Washington Redskins (4-9) at New York Giants (7-6)
The Redskins almost pulled off a huge upset against the New England Patriots on Sunday, losing 34-27 after Rex Grossman threw a horrible interception inside the red zone late in the fourth quarter. This Sunday, on the road against the Giants, I don't expect a similarly close game. Washington has lost eight of nine and the Giants are tied atop the NFC East. New York will roll.
New York (Giants) 35, Washington 21
Carolina Panthers (4-9) at Houston Texans (10-3)
Rookie quarterback T.J. Yates led the Texans to their seventh-straight win, which helped them clinch a playoff spot for the first time in franchise history. This weekend, Houston should continue its roll, as it faces a Carolina team that allowed a 23-7 lead disappear against the Falcons in Week 14. Houston should be able to eke out a close win this weekend.
Houston 28, Carolina 27
Detroit Lions (8-5) at Oakland Raiders (7-6)
This should be a fascinating matchup of two teams that seemed destined for the playoffs a few weeks ago, only to see things completely fall apart for them. The Lions snuck by the Vikings on Sunday but have lost five of their last eight, while the Raiders were destroyed by Green Bay 46-16, a week after being blown out by the Dolphins 34-14. This should be a close one, but I like Detroit to come out on top.
Detroit 35, Oakland 31
New England Patriots (10-3) at Denver Broncos (8-5)
This is the week we finally find out if Tim Tebow and the Broncos are for real. Denver will finally be facing an opponent with a legitimate offense, and I think this actually could get ugly. Say what you want about Tebow, but the Broncos haven't been scoring a lot with him under center. I don't think they will be able to keep up with New England's high-powered offense on Sunday.
New England 38, Denver 24
New York Jets (8-5) at Philadelphia Eagles (5-8)
The Jets seem to finally have some consistency on offense, while the Eagles are still struggling on both sides of the ball. I think Mark Sanchez will have some issues with Philadelphia's secondary on Sunday, but I still expect a win from the Jets.
New York (Jets) 28, Philadelphia 24
Cleveland Browns (4-9) at Arizona Cardinals (6-7)
Both of these teams have disappointed this season, but the Browns have dropped three in a row and eight of their last 10, while the Cardinals have won three straight and five of their last six games. I expect those trends to continue on Sunday.
Arizona 21, Cleveland 12
Baltimore Ravens (10-3) at San Diego Chargers (6-7)
After losing six in a row, the San Diego Chargers have turned things around to win back-to-back blowouts over mediocre competition. On Sunday night, they'll get a reality check, as the Ravens bring a four-game winning streak to town. Expect this to be closer than it should be, but Baltimore will leave the left coast victorious.
Baltimore 27, San Diego 24
Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) at San Francisco 49ers (10-3)
In a doozy of a Monday Night Football game, the Steelers travel west to face the 49ers. While Pittsburgh has won four in a row and eight of nine, the suddenly vulnerable Niners have lost two of three. This should be an absolute old-school slugfest, but I expect the Steelers to leave San Francisco with a win.
Pittsburgh 21, San Francisco 17
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