Thursday Morning Picks: Week 15

By Bryan Jeon

Season: 137-71
Last week: 12-4
Brandon Funston (top Yahoo! expert): 136-72

Week 14 Recap: Have the Pats overcome their last hurdle in maintaining a perfect season? With three games left in the season, Tom Brady needs just 5 touchdown passes and Randy Moss 4 touchdown receptions for the two to break their respective single-season records. Both have done that in a single game this season. Can either (or both) break a record this week?

Adrian Peterson – 14 carries for 3 yards
Chester Taylor – 8 carries for 101 yards, 1 TD
The Vikings forced 5 turnovers off the 49ers, returning an interception for a touchdown in their 27-7 romp. A.P. had a career-worst day, but the Vikings still managed a 100-yard rusher. This is a team to be reckoned with for the rest of the season, as they currently hold one of the NFC Wild-Card spots.

MOmentum:

Minnesota (7-6) – W San Francisco 27-7, Chicago (5-8)
Seattle (9-4) – W Arizona 42-21, @ Carolina (5-8)

Detroit (6-7) – L Dallas 28-27, @ San Diego (8-5)
Philadelphia (5-8) L NY Giants 16-13, @ Dallas (12-1)

My Power Rankings:

  1. New England (13-0) – W Pittsburgh 34-13, NY Jets (3-10)
  2. Dallas (12-1) – W Detroit 28-27, Philadelphia (5-8)
  3. Indianapolis (11-2) – W Baltimore 44-20, @ Oakland (4-9)
  4. Green Bay (11-2) – W Oakland 38-7, @ St. Louis (3-10)
  5. Jacksonville (9-4) – W Carolina 37-6, @ Pittsburgh (9-4)

Week 15 Picks:


Thursday:
Denver (6-7) over Houston (6-7)
Saturday:
Cincinnati (5-8) over San Francisco (3-10)
Sunday Morning:
Jacksonville (9-4) over Pittsburgh (9-4) – The Steelers are just 4-4 when playing non-divisional teams. They can replace the Jags in my power rankings with a win at home against them today.
Tampa Bay (8-5) over Atlanta (3-10) – Week 11: Tampa Bay 31 – 7 Atlanta.
Seattle (9-4) over Carolina (5-8) – The Hawks improved to 5-0 since switching to a pass-first offense.
Green Bay (11-2) over St. Louis (3-10) – The Packers clinched their division with a win over the Raiders last week and now look to battle the Cowboys for home-field advantage.
Baltimore (4-9) over Miami (0-13) – Some people have the Fins winning their first game this week. They have actually gotten worse the past couple of weeks with huge blowouts courtesy of the Jets and the Bills.
New England (13-0) over NY Jets (3-10) – Spygate I: New England 38 – 14 NY Jets. All-business Bill Belichick has stooped to playing a kids’ game in saying the Jets never got permission to use another camera in last year’s game between the two.
New Orleans (6-7) over Arizona (6-7) – Big game, where the winner will remain in the thick of the second NFC Wild-Card spot.
Cleveland (8-5) over Buffalo (7-6) – Another huge game with AFC playoff implications. The Browns hold the second Wild-Card spot, but the Bills can replace them with a win.
Tennessee (7-6) over Kansas City (4-9) – The Titans are losers of four of their last five, and they need a huge win on the road today to stay in the Wild-Card hunt.
Sunday Afternoon:
Indianapolis (11-2) over Oakland (4-9) – The Raiders’ last four games are at Green Bay, Indianapolis, at Jacksonville and San Diego.
San Diego (8-5) over Detroit (6-7) – The Chargers have won their last three while the Lions have lost their last five. Look for both streaks to continue after this one’s over.
Dallas (12-1) over Philadelphia (5-8) – Week 9: Dallas 38 – 17 Philadelphia
Sunday Night:
NY Giants (9-4) over Washington (6-7) – Week 3: NY Giants 24 – 17 Washington
Monday Night:
Minnesota (7-6) over Chicago (5-8) – Week 6: Minnesota 34 – 31 Chicago. The Vikings have won four straight and are the hottest team in the NFL right now. Yes, hotter than the undefeated Patriots.

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