2018 NFL Week 15 Predictions

Man, there are a lot of playoff scenarios this week. Like, a lot. But now the race for the sixth seed heats up even more, as there are plenty of 5, 6, and 7 win teams that are in the hunt. However, more and more teams will be eliminated this week as we approach the home stretch. Let’s see who is next on the chopping block with my picks for Week 15

Playoff Scenarios

NFC

Saints Clinch First Round Bye: With win + Chicago loss, or tie + Chicago loss

Rams Clinch First Round Bye: With win + Chicago loss, or tie + Chicago loss

Bears Clinch NFC North: Win, or Minnesota loss, or tie + Minnesota loss or tie

Bears Clinch Playoff Berth: With tie or Washington loss/tie

Cowboys Clinch NFC East: With win, or tie, + Philadelphia loss/tie + Washington loss/tie, or Philadelphia loss + Washington loss

Seahawks Clinch Playoff Berth: With win, or Minnesota loss + Carolina loss/tie, Or tie + Minnesota loss/tie + Philadelphia loss/tie + Washington loss/tie, Or tie + Carolina loss/tie + Philadelphia loss/tie + Washington loss/tie

Eliminated Teams

Arizona, San Fran

AFC

Chiefs Clinch First Round Bye and AFC West: With a win

Chiefs Clinch Home Field Advantage: win + New England loss/tie

Patriots Clinch AFC East: win + Miami loss/tie, Or tie + Miami loss

Patriots Clinch Playoff Berth: win + Tennessee loss/tie, Or win + Baltimore loss + Tennessee loss, + Indianapolis loss/tie

Texans Win AFC South: win + Indianapolis loss/tie Or tie + Indianapolis loss + Tennessee loss

Texans Clinch Playoff Berth: win + Miami loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss, OR win + Miami loss or tie + Baltimore loss or tie, OR tie + Indianapolis loss or tie + Baltimore loss + Miami loss OR tie + Indianapolis loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss + Baltimore loss + Miami tie, OR tie + Indianapolis loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss + Baltimore win + MIA loss, OR tie + Tennessee loss or tie + Baltimore loss + Miami loss, OR tie + Tennessee loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss + Baltimore loss + Miami tie, OR tie + Tennessee loss or tie + Pittsburgh loss + Baltimore win + Miami loss

Los Angeles Chargers Clinch Playoff Berth: LAC win or tie, OR MIA loss or tie + PIT loss, OR MIA loss or tie + BAL loss or tie, OR MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie, OR PIT loss + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie, OR BAL loss or tie + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie

Eliminated Teams

Oakland, New York, Buffalo, and Jacksonville

Now with the picks

Last Week’s Score: 8-8

Overall Score: 127-80

Thursday Night Football: Los Angeles Chargers (10-3) @ Kansas City Chiefs (11-2)

In a battle of the two top teams in the AFC South, the Chargers travel to Arrowhead in what will be a very tough game for LA. Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs survived the top Ravens’ defense, and despite Tyreek Hill getting hurt, he intends to play on Thursday. While the Chargers have had a very quiet 10-3 season, they won’t beat KC. I’m picking Pat Mahomes to further his MVP campaign, and clinch a first round bye.

Prediction: Chiefs

Houston Texans (9-4) @ New York Jets (4-9)

The Texans’ 9 game winning streak may have come to an end, but not to worry because they’re playing the Jets. They’ll crush the Jets without even trying. No further analysis needed here.

Prediction: Texans

Saturday Night Football: Cleveland Browns (5-7-1) @ Denver Broncos (6-7)

In what is a must win for both teams, the Browns travel to Mile High to play the Broncos. Last week, The Browns beat the Panthers thanks to Carolina not playing any defense. Speaking of not playing defense, the Broncos didn’t against the Niners, giving up 210 yards in the first half to George Kittle. The Broncos aren’t going to play defense this week either, letting Baker Mayfield sling the ball ad nausesam as the Browns stay afloat.

Prediction: Browns

Arizona Cardinals (3-10) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-9)

It’s kinda weird to think that a few years back, these two teams were perennial Super Bowl contenders. Now, they’re riding the tanks hard. Although the Falcons barely have a better record, the Falcons are still a much better team than the Cardinals. I’m picking the Falcons to blow the Cardinals out of the water, because their defense doesn’t have an answer for Julio, Ridley, or anyone else Matt Ryan has at his disposal.

Prediction: Falcons

Tennessee Titans (7-6) @ New York Giants (5-8)

The Redskins did a solid job making the Giant look like Super Bowl Contenders, with NY hanging up 40 points in the first half and Saquon Barkley running for more than 150 yards in the first half. The Titans dominated last Thursday Night, with Derrick Henry racking up more than 200 rushing yards, including a record tying 99 yard run. This game is going to be a battle of who has the better running back, and that is the Giants. I’m picking NY to win thanks to a strong performance from Saquon.

Prediction: Giants

Washington Redskins (6-7) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9)

It only took one half of football for Jay Gruden to realize how much of an idiot he was in playing Mark Sanchez, so he turned to Josh Johnson. He may have played okay, but I don’t care. Josh Johnson won’t win another game to save his life, and the Redskins’ season is sunk. The Football Gods have abandoned this team long ago, and they’re damned for the rest of this year, as well as the next year. The Jags are going to win in a blowout.

Prediction: Jaguars

Miami Dolphins (7-6) @ Minnesota Vikings (6-6-1)

Kirk Cousins can’t win in big games, despite the incredibly talented roster he has around him. Cousins is 0-7 in Monday Night games, and 4-24 against winning teams. Now I think I know why the skins were so hesitant to keep him. He can put up numbers, but can’t win. Now, they host the Miami Dolphins in what is a must win for both teams. The Dolphins may have beaten New England on a miracle play, but that won’t happen this week. I’m going to pick the Minnesota Vikings to win this game, and try to keep themselves alive.

Prediction: Vikings

Detroit Lions (5-8) @ Buffalo Bills (4-9)

Both of these teams have no hopes at the playoffs, so they’re playing the rest of these games out for pride. The Bills, despite another 100 yard rushing performance from Josh Allen lost to the Jets, who decided to abandon the tank last week. The Lions beat the Cardinals last week, but I’m not impressed. I’m going to pick the Bills to beat the Lions, with a great performance from QB Josh Allen.

Prediction: Bills

Dallas Cowboys (8-5) @ Indianapolis Colts (7-6)

Since the Cowboys traded for Amari Cooper, they’ve been on a five game winning streak, trouncing their rival Redskins, and most recently the Eagles, and Cooper’s been a huge part of that. Cooper reeled in 3 TDs, including the game winner. The Colts may have shattered the Texans’ 9 game winning streak, but they won’t beat Dallas. Their defense won’t have an answer for Ezekiel Elliot or Amari Cooper. Dallas is going to keep rolling, and

Prediction: Cowboys

Oakland Raiders (3-10) @ Cincinatti Bengals (5-8)

The Raiders derped their way to a win over the Steelers, and now travel to take on another AFC North opponent in the Cincinatti Bengals. Cincy has lost five consecutive games, and things are getting worse with Jeff Driskel at QB.

Prediction: Raiders

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8) @ Baltimore Ravens (7-6)

Although the Ravens lost a close game to the Chiefs, it looks like rookie QB Lamar Jackson will remain the starting quarterback, meaning that Joe Flacco is out the door. Now, the top defense of the Ravens will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Famous Jameis actually finished a game without throwing picks, which is pretty surprising. Even without throwing picks, the Bucs are still losing. I’m picking the Ravens to blow out the Bucs, and Lamar Jackson will be putting on a hell of a show.

Prediction: Ravens

Green Bay Packers (5-7-1) @ Chicago Bears (9-4)

The NFL’s oldest rivalry just got a lot more interesting. The Packers are sinking fast, and have fired Mike McCarthy. Now, the Bears have a chance to clinch the NFC North, and all they have to do is overcome their kryptonite. This game is going to be a battle, because during while the Bears have a dominating defense, no defense is a match for Aaron Rodgers shenanigans. I’m going to pick the Bears to beat the Packers for the fourth time this decade and clinch the division.

Prediction: Bears

Seattle Seahawks (8-5) @ San Francisco 49ers (3-10)

Seattle’s had a very quiet, yet very good 2018. Thanks to some Russell Wilson shenanigans, a good defense and a surprisingly good run game, the Seahawks are a game away from getting back to the playoffs. They won’t have much opposition, because the Niners are awful. They aren’t going to win this game, and the Seahawks just earned themselves a playoff berth.

Prediction: Seahawks

New England Patriots (9-4) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5-1)

Really Pittsburgh? Your kicker slips on the game winner and y’all lose to the Raiders? That’s pathetic. The Steelers are on a skid, losing their third straight game, which could spell doom for them, because the AFC North is wide open now. Things are getting worse because the Steelers are playing New England, who are undefeated at home. Yeah, this isn’t good. Even if James Conner is active, the Patriots are winning.

Prediction: Patriots

Sunday Night Football: Philadelphia Eagles (7-6) @ Los Angeles Rams (11-2)

The Eagles may sit Carson Wentz for the rest of the year, which essentially means that they’re giving up on the season, as well as the division. The Rams are going to win big, and try to clinch a first round bye.

Prediction: Rams

Monday Night Football: New Orleans Saints (11-2) @ Carolina Panthers (6-7)

The Panthers have lost five straight games, and things aren’t looking that much better as they take on the division leading Saints. I mean seriously Carolina, what the heck is going on? Losing to the Bucs and Browns in back to back weeks? That’s just rough. NOLA exercised their demon last week, as they got their revenge on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and look to try to clinch a first round bye as they trounce Carolina on National TV.

Prediction: Saints

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