NFL Week 15 Picks and Predictions

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IDecember 15, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 11:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets calls a play during a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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After 14 weeks of explosive action, the NFL is gearing towards another great playoff race.

The Giants and Cowboys are in the middle of a dogfight for the NFC East crown. The Jets, Bengals and Titans are all attempting to claim a coveted AFC Wild Card spot. The Texans, Ravens, Patriots and Steelers are all craving home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Which of these teams will survive, and which of them will fall out of the postseason picture after this week?

After a 14-2 Week 14, I now sit at 134-74 for my picks for the year.

Fab Five

Jets 27, Eagles 24: This game will be an absolute thriller, as New York fights for control in the AFC Wild Card race, while Philadelphia attempts to regain its composure. Michael Vick and company will manage to disrupt a Jets secondary without key safety Jim Leonhard. However, the Gang Green running game will be the difference, as the suddenly-scorching Shonn Greene will bowl over the Eagles' weak linebacker corps.

Lions 33, Raiders 17: This matchup between two struggling postseason contenders is sure to be an entertaining one. Detroit and Oakland are the two most penalized teams in the NFL, so the referees will be busy come Sunday. The Raiders' struggles will continue this week, as Carson Palmer will be forced into a lot of mistakes by a ferocious Lions pass rush. 

Patriots 24, Broncos 13: Tebowmania will finally come to an end this week against one of the AFC's best teams. The Broncos' underrated defensive unit will manage to slow a prolific Patriots offense, but the lack of offensive firepower for Denver will cost them the win. Tebow will keep Denver in it with some terrific plays, but will ultimately fall short for just the second time this season.

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 11:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos throws the ball against the Chicago Bears at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 11, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Ravens 27, Chargers 23: San Diego will give the Ravens all they can handle on Sunday Night Football this week. Norv Turner and most of the Chargers' locker room are fighting for their job security. Philip Rivers will continue his recently hot play against a stifling Ravens defense, but he will throw a last-minute pick that will seal the deal and give Baltimore its 11th win. 

Steelers 19, 49ers 6: The Steelers and 49ers' Monday night game will deliver its share of hard hits and key turnovers, but points will definitely be a luxury. San Francisco and Pittsburgh have two of the best defenses in football, as well as offenses that struggle at times. In the end, it will be the Steelers defense that prevails against an inconsistent Alex Smith. 

The Rest of the Slate

Falcons 23, Jaguars 13

Cowboys 27, Buccaneers 15

Dolphins 24, Bills 19

Giants 31, Redskins 23

Titans 26, Colts 17

Texans 30, Panthers 24

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 11:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants at FedExField on September 11, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Packers 37, Chiefs 13

Bengals 21, Rams 15

Saints 38, Vikings 21

Seahawks 17, Bears 13

Cardinals 17, Browns 12


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