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Matt Loede's NFL Picks for Week 15

by Matt Loede, NFL Gridiron Gab

A pretty good week last week has me at 98-90 as we enter the final three weeks of the NFL season. Here are our picks for week 15 of the NFL season:

Green Bay (-2) at Jacksonville

The Jags are awful, and went from a team expected to make the post season to a team that is playing out the stretch. Green Bay has also fallen on hard times, but are still playing with effort, which is why they will take care of business here. Look for Aaron Rodgers to have a big day vs the Jags secondary. Green Bay 27 Jacksonville 20

Detroit at Indianapolis (-17)

The Lions are about to reach NFL history as they approach 0-16. The Colts are red-hot, and are a team that no one wants to play come the postseason. Peyton Manning may only need to play three quarters here, and the last two weeks vs the Bungles and now Lions will be more like preseason games for the Colts. Indy big time here. Indianapolis 33 Detroit 13

Washington (-7) at Cincinnati

Chad Ocho-Cinco says that the Bengals will be back in 09. Whatever. This is another ticking time bomb, and Mike Brown should really consider blowing this team up and starting over. As for the Skins, reports say the players have turned on Jim Zorn, which is a shame because he's had a pretty good first season as coach. All will be well for one week as the Skins win here. Washington 23 Cincinnati 13

Tampa Bay at Atlanta (-3)

The Falcons have lost just one home game this year, and they have played well against their fellow NFC South opponents at home. Tampa Bay is coming off a bad outing in Carolina on Monday night, and I think there is going to be some hangover from that. Look for the Falcons to fly high, as Michael Turner and company rebound from a loss at New Orleans. Atlanta 20 Tampa Bay 16

San Francisco at Miami (-6.5)

The Niners are showing a lot of heart and fire over the past few weeks, winning in Buffalo then coming home to top the Jets. Now they head to Florida to play a Dolphins team that is right in the thick of the 8-5 AFC East race. There is a very real chance they can make the playoffs, which would be quite a turnaround from 1-15. As for the Niners, Mike Singletary deserves another year to coach from start to finish. Miami 27 San Francisco 24

Seattle (-2.5) at St.Louis

Anyone care about this game? That's what I thought. The Rams fans have turned off this team, and there is not much on either side to talk about here. The Hawks have so many injuries it's tough to know where to start. Someone has to win, and I guess for whatever reason I'll go with the home team. St.Louis 13 Seattle 7

Buffalo at New York Jets (-7.5)

Do or die time for the Jets, who have put themselves in a tough spot with two straight losses. They need to rebound here, and should vs a Bills team that is not playing well on offense at all. They have lost any sense of offense from their early season success, and it looks as if J.P. Losman will be under center again. Ugh. Look for the Jets to rebound nicely. New York Jets 21 Buffalo 10

Tennessee (-3) at Houston

The Titans are trying to make sure they have two home games come the playoffs, so they need to take care of business here vs the Texans. The Texans have won three in a row, and since they know that they will not be in the playoffs, they will treat this as their Super Bowl. Look for the Titans to use that combo of White and Johnson to pound away at Houston, and the Titans to get closer to home field during the playoffs. Tennessee 31 Houston 23

Pittsburgh at Baltimore (-2.5)

The Game of the day and one that will decide the fate of the AFC North. The Steelers rallied to survive the Cowboys mistakes last week, and the Ravens have played great football as well, beating on the Redskins Sunday night. Both defenses will be on display here, and the Steelers are just a bit better on both sides of the ball. Turnovers and mistakes will be the difference as the Steelers hang on. Pittsburgh 20 Baltimore 17

Denver at Carolina (-7.5)

The Broncos are banged up, and can't stop the run, which is bad news here. The Panthers flexed their muscle vs the Bucs on Monday night, and showed that they are a legit threat in the NFC. Look for them to run, run, and run some more and eventually wear out the Broncos at the end of the day. The Panthers have not gotten the credit they deserve, and they will get a step closer to the South title here. Carolina 30 Denver 17

San Diego (-6) at Kansas City

The Chargers are hoping for a lot of things to happen to have a shot at the AFC West title still, and a win in KC should come and get them closer. The Chiefs are already playing for 2009, and they have to decide once and for all if Tyler Thigpen is going to be their long term answer at QB. The Chargers will have success on both sides of the ball and get the job done. San Diego 27 Kansas City 17

Minnesota at Arizona (-3)

The Cardinals have wrapped up the West, and they are just trying to play out the last three games with no injuries or major issues. The Vikings are a half game up on the Bears after Chicago won, so they have to win here. Look for a shootout with Tarvaris Jackson having to make some plays. Adrian Peterson is going to have to carry the load, and look for him and the Vikings D to do enough to win. Minnesota 29 Arizona 24

New England (-7) at Oakland

The last time the Pats stayed out west, they got blown out in the second game by the Chargers. Now they play a Raiders team with little to play for, while they are looking for a shot to stay at least tied for the lead in the AFC East. Look for Matt Cassel and the Pats passing game to do more then enough to top the Raiders, who will not have enough offense to get it done. New England 28 Oakland 13

New York Giants at Dallas (-3)

Must win for the Cowboys, while the Giants are suddenly needing to keep winning to keep home field in the NFC. Always an emotional game, the Giants are the better and more together team, but the Cowboys are at home and will try to make this a shoot-out. Won't happen. I love the Giants defense here to force some mistakes, and the G-Men at the end of the day are the better club. New York Giants 24 Dallas 17

Monday Night:

Cleveland at Philadelphia (-14)

Think the NFL will think twice before putting Cleveland on National TV so much in 09? Yes, it's been a tough season for Cleveland, who is down to its third QB, and has a rash of injuries elsewhere. As for the Eagles, they have found success the last two weeks on both sides of the ball, and should have an easy time taking care of the Browns at home. Philadelphia 29 Cleveland 13

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