Taylor’s NFL Picks Week 15

Taylor Hauck

Arizona Cardinals @ St. Louis Rams
The Rams are on a roll lately but time is running out. They likely won’t make the playoffs this year. All the Rams can hope to do is spoil the Cardinals’ season. Arizona was able to get over their losing streak Sunday and still maintain the top seed in the NFC. Expect the Rams to pull off another upset on Thursday Night Football.

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Pittsburgh Steelers @ Atlanta Falcons
This game is a complete toss-up but come time for the playoffs the Steelers always seem to get on a roll. They are tough to beat late in the season and that could mean trouble for the Falcons. The Falcons are still alive in the playoff race due to the poor NFC South. Pittsburgh has struggled badly at times but seemed to have found their way into the fifth playoff spot in the AFC. Expect this to be a close game down in Atlanta.

Washington Redskins @ New York Giants
The Giants ended their seven game losing streak on Sunday while the Redskins continued theirs. Neither team has any hope for the playoffs. Both coaches might be playing to keep their jobs. Expect these two NFC East teams to play a close game with the Giants coming away victorious.

Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots
The Patriots rebounded Sunday after getting beat in Green Bay last week. They struggled but beat the Chargers on the road. New England still holds the lead in the AFC and could clinch a first round bye within the next two weeks. While Miami has had an impressive season, they have struggled lately and won’t be able to take down the Patriots in New England.

Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs lost two weeks ago to the Raiders and they are hoping it is not the same outcome this time around. Kansas City is now out of a playoff spot after a loss Sunday to the Cardinals. To keep pace they will need to come out strong against the Raiders who are always looking for an upset. Oakland upset the 49ers at home on Sunday. Expect the Raiders to put up a fight with the Chiefs emerging as winners.

Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts
The Colts pulled off a miracle Sunday coming from behind against the Browns. The Colts are one game out of a first round bye in the playoffs. They will likely need to win out to get a bye. The Texans are right in the middle of the playoff hunt as well. They only need to jump two teams to earn a spot. Expect the Texans to make this a very close game, but ultimately Andrew Luck and the Colts should be too much.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens sit in the seventh spot in the AFC and only trail the Chargers by a tiebreak for the last playoff spot. They have to avoid this trap game against the Jaguars who could potentially pull off an upset of any team overlooking them. The Ravens need to increase their passing game if they want to make the playoffs.

Green Bay Packers @ Buffalo Bills
The Green Bay Packers are a on a tear and should go into Buffalo and take care of business. Aaron Rodgers is leading his team to another great season. Expect the Bills to put up a great fight as they try and keep pace for playoff spot. The Packers will likely need to win out to get a first round bye in the playoffs.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers
The struggling Panthers went into New Orleans and came away with a huge win over the Saints and pulled closer to the Saints and the Falcons. The NFC South is still up for grabs. The Panthers will need put on the points or the Buccaneers could come away with win.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns
Both these teams lost Sunday and are looking to bounce back with a win. The Bengals are holding on to their division lead but only by a tie over the Steelers. The Browns need to win to stay alive in the tightly contested AFC North. The Browns could be making a quarterback change this week. Expect a close game in Cleveland.

New York Jets @ Tennessee Titans
This will be the first game in awhile that the Jets could be favored to win. They played well enough Sunday to force overtime in an eventual loss to the Vikings. Tennessee seems to get worse as the weeks go on. Expect a sloppy contest between these 2-11 teams.