The Sports Man Weekly NFL Picks (Week 15)
Finally, I’m back to my old self. After a few “hiccups” in my weekly picks I bounced back with a 12-4 week. That ups the Sports Mans winning percentage to .625. How good is that? Well if I was in the NFL I would be leading the AFC South, NFC North and the NFC East. In all fairness I’m pretty sure the Bad News Bears could win the NFC East though. It’s time to keep the good fortune going. I started off this week on a good note by picking the Chargers in an upset on Thursday. Let’s see if my magic continues…
Seattle over New York Giants
Even with the Seahawks traveling across the country this shouldn’t be a tough game for them. The road to the Super Bowl will go through Seattle and they’ll make sure of that today. No Jason Pierre-Paul kills any chance the Giants had at an upset.
Washington over Atlanta
Is this the beginning of the Kirk Cousins era? I don’t think so, I can’t see the Redskins getting rid of RGIII. However, I do lie the way Cousins plays and I can see him running this offense to perfection. Roddy White is playing better but it’s not enough for Atlanta.
Indianapolis over Houston
The Texans are on track to pick first overall in the draft. They’ll stay on track with a loss here. The Colts are too strong at every position for Houston to compete. A new coach will be in Houston next year (Mike Shannahan?) as will Teddy Bridgewater. In the meantime Andrew Luck picks apart the Texans with help from Donald Brown. Colts by 17.
New England over Miami
The Patriots will put an end to any hopes Miami had of stealing the division. Rob Gronkowski is out but injuries haven’t slowed down the Pats at all this year. Tom Brady gets it done again today despite Mike Wallace putting up 100+ receiving yards and two scores.
Philadelphia over Minnesota
This game might have been close until both Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart were ruled out. The Eagles are running Chip Kellys offense the way he always wanted it and the defense has even stepped up. Just ask Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson. Philly takes one more step toward clinching the divison.
San Francisco over Tampa Bay
The Bucs have looked lie world beaters over the past few weeks, especially after how bad they started the year. Unfortunately for them they get the second best team in the conference this week. The 49ers are too well-rounded on both sides of the ball for Tampa to keep up. It will be a low scoring game but San Francisco wins by 10.
Buffalo over Jacksonville
I had picked the Jags to win this one before MJD was ruled out of the game. He will be replaced by Jordan Todman and while he is a decent substitute he’s obviously no Jones-Drew. The Jags still have some weapons at wide receiver with Cecil Shorts and Ace Sanders but with this game being in Buffalo, I’ll take the Bills at home.
Kansas City over Oakland
Nothing like a game against the Redskins to get a team back on track. That’s exactly what happened to the Chiefs last week. They will keep the trend going this week against the Raiders. With Kansas City at full strength on defense Matt McGloin will be in for a long day.
Carolina over New York Jets
The Jets had a huge win last week and QB Geno Smith played very well. The problem is that game was against the Oakland Raiders. This week they New York gets the tough Panthers in Carolina. You have to get the feeling Cam Newton is going to go off in this game. 300+ all purpose yards and three touchdowns sounds about right. Geno will struggle in this one with two interceptions.
Dallas over Green Bay
This would have been the game of the week if Aaron Rodgers was making his comeback. Too bad he isn’t. The game is in Dallas and the Cowboys need to keep pace with the Eagles. Packers backs Eddie Lacy and James Starks should have good days but Matt Flynn can’t get it done. Cowboys on a late field goal in this one.
Arizona over Tennessee
The Cardinals get a big win on the road here. They need it to keep the playoff hopes alive. Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer should have a huge day with the help of Michael Floyd. Chris Johnson will have trouble finding the holes against a tough Cardinals run defense. Arizona pulls away in the second half.
New Orleans over St. Louis
This game will be over by the second quarter. No one on the Rams defense can slow down Drew Brees and the massive arsenal of weapons he has. The Saints defense is just as tough in this one as they will dial in on Zac Stacy and bottle him up. The Saints are trying to get that first week bye in the playoffs and the Rams are just a stepping stone for them.
Cincinnati over Pittsburgh
Bengals QB Andy Dalton is coming off a monster game last week. I don’t expect as big of a week but I still expect a big day from him against a hurt Steelers defense. The two headed running game of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Giovanni Bernard will exploit Pittsburgh to the tune of a rushing TD for each. Big Ben will keep this game close but not close enough in the end. Bengals win by 10.
Chicago over Cleveland
Jay Cutler makes his return for the Bears in this one. The Browns have a tough defense for him to come back to and corner Joe Hadden will make it a long day for him. Chicago will need a heavy dose of Matt Forte to pull it out. The Browns have Josh Gordon on offense and he is the best receiver playing right this moment. Too bad for the Browns they don’t have much else. The running game will need to be perfect and it is anything but. Bears stay in the running for the division with a win in Cleveland.
Joe Namath Pantyhose Pick Of The Week–> Im going with two picks this week. Why? Because I’m the one writing and I can do whatever the hell I want. There will be two disgusting games this week. The Saints will destroy the Rams and the Panthers should embarrass the Jets. If either of those games is the one you get in your area you may want a good DVD on hand to watch.