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Week 15 Pro Football Predictions

Posted on: December 14th, 2017 by Rob Popeleski No Comments

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New England @ Pittsburgh

New England is coming off a loss to Miami on Monday night and Tom Brady has 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions in his last two games. Without Ryan Shazier in the lineup, Pittsburgh allowed 38 points and over 400 yards of offense to Baltimore last week. Their defense has allowed 86 points in their last three games. New England really struggled without Rob Gronkowski last week but get him back this week. They have beaten Pittsburgh in their last four meetings while averaging over 35 points in those games. New England 31-24

Denver @ Indianapolis

Indianapolis has lost 4 in a row. Denver got back to playing strong defense last week as they held the NYJ to just 100 total yards in their shutout win. It was the first time since week 4 that their offense didn’t commit a turnover. Denver beat Indianapolis 34-20 last year. Denver 23-17

Chicago @ Detroit

At 7-6 and one game out of the last wildcard spot, this is a must win if Detroit wants to stay in playoff contention. Detroit beat Chicago 27-24 back in November and have won 8 out of their last 9 against Chicago. Detroit 24-20

LAC @ Kansas City

Los Angeles has lost their last 7 meetings with Kansas City but they have won four in a row and are the hottest team in the division. Their defense has allowed the 2nd fewest points in the league and Philip Rivers has 8 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in his last four games. Despite allowing just 15 points to Oakland last week, the Kansas City defense is ranked near the bottom of the league against the run and pass. First place is at stake in this one. San Diego 27-23

Miami @ Buffalo

Miami played their best game of the year last week in their win over New England to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Miami won both meetings with Buffalo last year but have just one win in their last five games in Buffalo. Tyrod Taylor will start this week after missing last week due to a knee injury. Buffalo 19-17

Green Bay @ Carolina

It looks more and more likely that Aaron Rodgers will return this week. He may be rusty and facing a top ten defense that is third in the league with 40 sacks, but his return is a big boost to Green Bay. Slowing down the Carolina running game is key for the Green Bay defense this week. Carolina has run for over 200 yards in three out of their last five games. Carolina 30-27

Baltimore @ Cleveland 

Cleveland has come close to getting their first win in the last two games but has fallen short. They’ve had close losses to good teams in Jacksonville and the LAC so they are capable of an upset. Baltimore is coming off a hard-fought loss to divisional rival Pittsburgh last week. This is a must-win for Baltimore in order to stay in the playoff picture. Baltimore 20-13

Houston @ Jacksonville

Jacksonville beat Houston 29-7 in week 1. TJ Yates will get the start in place of the injured Tom Savage. Despite putting up good numbers last week, this is a tough spot for Yates against the top defense in the league. Jacksonville 27-10

Cincinnati @ Minnesota

Cincinnati really disappointed last week against Chicago. They allowed Chicago to run for 232 yards and Mitch Trubitsky had a career day. Minnesota looks to bounce back from last weeks loss at Carolina and should find success on the ground against a bad Cincinnati run defense. Minnesota 30-17

NYJ @ New Orleans

Last week was the first time in a while that New York looked overmatched. They’ve been competitive with Josh McCown but now he’s out for the season and Bryce Petty gets the start in his place. New Orleans is well rested after playing on Thursday night and get Alvin Kamara back after he left last weeks game with a concussion. New Orleans 31-13

Philadelphia @ NYG

Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury last week and the offense won’t be the same without him but Nick Foles is capable of leading this team. Back in 2013, Foles had 27 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions. You may see more Jay Ajayi and that running game but either way, they shouldn’t have trouble against a New York defense ranked 31st against the run and pass. Philadelphia 28-14

Dallas @ Oakland

Dallas has played better the last two weeks, scoring over 30 points in those games, and they get to face another sub .500 team this week. The Dallas defense is better with Sean Lee in the lineup and he showed that last week as he had 18 tackles. Dallas 24-20

LAR @ Seattle

Seattle beat Los Angeles 16-10 earlier in the season. In that game, the Seattle defense intercepted Jared Goff twice. It was just the second time this season he was held without a touchdown. Seattle is beatable at home and Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright are questionable to play this week. The Seattle defense has numerous injuries. Seattle is the more desperate team at home with Russell Wilson. Seattle 34-31

Tennessee @ San Francisco

Jimmy Garoppolo is now 2-0 as a starter in San Francisco and he is coming off a 300-yard passing game last week. Marcus Mariota has struggled for Tennessee but they should be leaning on Derrick Henry and DeMarco Murray this week as San Francisco has struggled to stop the run. Tennessee 20-17

Arizona @ Washington

Arizona beat Washington 31-23 last year thanks to big games from David Johnson and Carson Palmer. Washington has lost 4 out of their last 5 games. They will be without their leading tackler in Zach Brown. Washington 24-16

Atlanta @ Tampa Bay

This is a must-win for Atlanta as they hold the last wildcard spot. Atlanta beat Tampa Bay 34-20 in their first meeting. Tampa Bay has lost three straight. Look for big games from Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Jones had 253 yards receiving in their first meeting. Atlanta 24-20

Record: Last week 8-8, Season 130-76

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