NFL Week 15 is here, which means there are only a few weeks left in the NFL regular season…..
Let’s get you prepped on the big games this week – guess what – there are quite a few…..
Dallas (10-3) @ Buffalo (7-6) 4:25 PM EST (On Sunday):
Ah yes, the Cowboys are the team that everyone is talking about right now.
The victory over the Eagles last Sunday has Dallas fans in absolute delirium over the thought of making it to a Super Bowl.
We have all seen this before, so let’s see how the Cowboys react this week.
Next up on the slate is a team that NO ONE wants to face right now – the Buffalo Bills.
Buffalo is coming off a MASSIVE win over the Kansas City Chiefs, and one the Bills desperately needed to have.
The early season losses have put the Bills in a tough position to make the playoffs.
Buffalo will likely need to win out to make the postseason, so this weeks game against Dallas is another big one.
The Bills come in as -2 favorites for this one.
Baltimore (10-3) @ Jacksonville (8-5) 8:20 PM EST (On Sunday):
Can anyone stop the Ravens?
The Jags will get a chance to take down one of the hottest teams in the NFL, on Sunday Night Football no less.
After an 8-3 start, Jacksonville has dropped the last two, primarily because Trevor Lawrence has been dealing with an injury.
Lawrence, and the rest of the Jags will have to play better if they want any chance of knocking off the Baltimore Ravens.
Baltimore is a -3 favorite for this one.
Philadelphia (10-3) @ Seattle (6-7) 8:15 PM EST (On Monday):
Talk about two teams who BADLY need a win.
The Eagles seem to have regressed this season – they have gone from being a REALLY good team to being a good team.
Philly has dropped the last two against two of the better teams in the NFL – San Francisco and Dallas.
In order to guarantee a repeat as NFC East Champs the Eagles will have to win out from here.
Up next is a tough matchup against the Seahawks in Seattle.
Like Philadelphia, Seattle is BADLY due a win.
The Seahawks have lost 4 straight and 5 of 6.
Also, Seattle tends to play much better at home, so this will be a tough matchup for Philly.
The Eagles are a -3 favorite in what is a PIVOTAL game for both teams.
Denver (7-6) @ Detroit (9-4) 8:15 PM EST (On Saturday):
We have some Saturday NFL games, and this is the best game out of the 3 game slate.
Denver and Detroit seem to be heading in different directions.
Denver has built real optimism following a less than impressive opening portion of the season.
In fact, the Broncos have won 6 of 7 and have a chance to make the playoffs.
On the other side, the Lions have been shaky of late.
Detroit started the season out great, but Jared Goff has been struggling recently, which has meant the Lions have lost 2 of 3 (and were lucky it is not 3 of 4).
The good news for Detroit is Goff tends to play much better at home, so the Lions will hope they can get back on track against the Broncos.
Detroit is a -4.5 favorite in this one.
Tampa Bay (6-7) @ Green Bay (6-7) 1:00 PM EST (On Sunday):
Why is a matchup of two 6-7 teams so important?
Because playoff spots are up for grabs in this one.
Tampa Bay currently leads the NFC South, so another win would help boost their chances of hosting a playoff game.
Green Bay currently occupies the 7th seed in the NFC and a win here would boost their chances of keeping that spot.
So, despite each team’s record there is a lot at stake as the Packers head in as -3.5 favorites.
That’s one, two, three, four, five, six winners in a row now!
We are on fire on the teaser picks!
With a record of 7-3 let’s keep it going this weekend…..
Remember, this is a gut pick aka not a system pick…..
Below you will find our 13 point teaser picks as well as a brief description for each game.
Buffalo @ Kansas City (Take KC +12)
Seattle @ San Francisco (Take SF -0.5)
Philadelphia @ Dallas (Take DAL +9.5)
Tennessee @ Miami (Take MIA -0)
Buffalo @ Kansas City (Take KC +12):
Full disclosure, I would not be shocked in the slightest if Buffalo wins this one, and honestly, I kinda think they will win.
The Bills are due a win, and the Chiefs have been inconsistent of late.
That said, this is still the Chiefs, and it is still the Chiefs at home.
Kansas City may lose, but the Chiefs getting 12 points at home is about as good as you can hope for.
Seattle @ San Francisco (Take SF -0.5):
This one is pretty self explanatory.
Sometimes weird things can happen with divisional matchups, but I do not see that being an issue here.
The 49ers are the hottest team in the NFL right now, at home, and playing an average Seahawks team.
Take San Fran to essentially win here.
Philadelphia @ Dallas (Take DAL +9.5):
If you can get this to +10.5, then you are really killing it here.
I like Dallas to win straight up – this game matters far more for the Cowboys than it does Philly.
In other words, Dallas HAS to win this game, and with it being at home that only increases the likelihood of a Cowboys win.
Tennessee @ Miami (Take MIA -0):
Last but not least, we have a Monday Night Football pick.
The Dolphins are at home, where they have been strong all season, and playing an average to below average Titans team.
All we need is a Dolphins win, and I expect them to do that, hopefully fairly comfortably.
NFL week 14 is here!
Let’s get you prepared for the week’s biggest games…..
Philadelphia (10-2) @ Dallas (9-3) 8:20 PM EST:
Obviously this one is a massive game for both sides.
But it is definitely more imperative for the Cowboys to win.
Dallas has not won a big game in FOREVER, they are at home, favorites, expected to win, and playing an Eagles team that just got embarrassed last week.
In other words, I think this will be another failed season for America’s Team if the Cowboys fail to win on Sunday Night.
It is that important.
For Philly, they are not playing with house money, but most people will not expect them to win.
They have been struggling for a few weeks, and it seemed to finally catch up to them against the 49ers last time out.
But you never know who will win when the Cowboys and Eagles play – Dallas comes in as -3.5 favorites in what has the makings of a great game.
Buffalo (6-6) @ Kansas City (8-4) 4:25 PM EST:
These teams are not in the same division, but you would think it with how many times they have played these last few years.
Buffalo and Kansas City has become one of the marquee games in the NFL, and this one is no different.
Neither team is quite where they want to be at this stage in the season, but my prediction is that both teams are about to hit their strides.
In other words, this should be another classic between these two, so expect fireworks from Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen.
The Chiefs are only -1 favorites, so this will likely come down to the last possession.
Los Angeles Rams (6-6) @ Baltimore (9-3) 1:00 PM EST:
I am intrigued by this matchup…..
The high powered Rams offense goes up against a strong Ravens defense in a key game for both teams.
Baltimore needs to keep winning if they want to get the number one seed in the AFC, with the hopes of getting Lamar Jackson to a Super Bowl.
The Rams need to keep winning if they want to stay in playoff contention.
Baltimore is a -7.5 favorite in this one, which seems a bit high to me.
Yes the Ravens have been playing well recently, especially at home, but the Rams have some weapons to cause some problems.
Seattle (6-6) @ San Francisco (9-3) 4:05 PM EST:
It is a testament to how good the Niners are that they come in as -13.5 favorites against a decent Seahawks team.
Yes, there is a chance that Seattle could be without Geno Smith, but still…..
San Francisco is a class above compared to everyone else in the NFL right now.
As long as the 49ers stay healthy they seem as good a bet as any to make a Super Bowl run.
All behind the solid play of the young Brock Purdy, and company.
It is definitely an exciting time to be a 49ers fan.
Jacksonville (8-4) @ Cleveland (7-5) 1:00 PM EST:
Trevor Lawrence looks like he is going to play?!?!?!
Are you serious?
That dude looked like he was going to be done for the season last Monday, and now he is coming back on the field less than a week later.
He is one tough cookie.
And the wild part is, this is a big game for both teams.
The winner will start to feel good about their playoff chances in the crowded AFC.
In what could be a defensive battle, I will be curious to see how Lawrence does against the vaunted Browns defense.
NFL Week 13 has concluded and there is a new king in town…..
Let’s review who has become the dominant force in the NFL….
San Francisco 42 @ Philadelphia 19:
The 49ers had a STATEMENT win on Sunday!
Going into Philadelphia and winning is a great accomplishment on it’s own….
But to completely dismantle the Eagles?
That is even more impressive.
In doing so, the Niners have laid down a marker that they will be the team to beat for the rest of the season (assuming the stay healthy).
When healthy, there is probably not a better team in the NFL, so time will tell if that trend continues.
For the Eagles they will have serious questions to answer.
You can’t say this came entirely out of the blue….
The Eagles had been winning a few too many close games in recent weeks.
On the bright side, they can still earn the number one seed in the NFC, so their eyes can stay fixed on that.
Kansas City 19 @ Green Bay 27:
Has the Jordan Love era officially arrived?
He was masterful on Sunday night, and outplayed Patrick Mahomes on the way to a big time win.
The Packers have now played their way into a real chance to make the postseason – something that seemed unthinkable 3 weeks ago.
On the Chiefs side there seems to be a lot of panic from media reporters, but I would recommend caution.
If there is anyone who can figure out a way to get their team over the line it is Patrick Mahomes.
I fully expect KC to go on a strong winning streak here soon….
Seattle 35 @ Dallas 41:
The offense certainly came out in this one!
Both teams scored early and often on their way to a very entertaining game.
Ultimately, the result still played out how many expected.
Dallas got the win at home against an okay Seahawks team.
Seattle lacks the firepower to really put fear into opponents on a week by week basis.
For the Cowboys it is a 4th straight win…..
However, the cupcakes are now over and one with.
The real part of the Cowboys schedule starts this week with a matchup at home against the Eagles.
Cincinnati 34 @ Jacksonville 31:
I’m not sure this game could have gone more wrong for the Jags.
Losing to a backup quarterback named Jake Browning is one thing.
It is another thing to lose your starting quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, due to injury.
Lawrence is the face of the franchise, so it is imperative that he gets healthy sooner rather than later.
In the meantime Jacksonville will have to make due with C.J. Beathard at quarterback.
Denver 17 @ Houston 22:
Another week, another win for the Houston Texans.
They have won 4 of 5, and with the Trevor Lawrence injury, could maybe steal the division crown from the Jags.
C.J. Stroud in all likelihood will win rookie of the year based on his incredible performance.
In recent years rookie quarterbacks typically struggle in their first season, but he has managed to break that trend.
So special props need to be given out to both Stroud and the Houston Texans!
The Conference Championships concluded, and in their wake was PLENTY of drama!
I am here to get you caught up on the wackiness from this past weekend.
Georgia 24 vs Alabama 27:
The matchup between the two heavyweights did not disappoint.
Alabama largely outplayed Georgia before holding on at the end.
But that was nothing compared to the aftermath.
With Georgia losing that opened the door for a team to make their way into a playoff spot.
It was down to a 12-1 Alabama or a 13-0 Florida State.
Ultimately, the committee decided that a 12-1 Alabama could not be left out over a severely compromised Florida State (Jordan Travis, the star QB is out for the season).
Regardless of how you feel about it, this was one of the more wild sequences in College Football history…..
Louisville 6 vs Florida State 16:
Speaking of the wildness…..
Spoiler alert, FSU did win their game, which is why we had all this drama.
In what was a defensive clinic, it was the Noles who outlasted the Cards.
Ultimately, it did not mean much, since Florida State became the first undefeated power 5 team to be left out in the CFP era.
To add to the pain Florida State now has a bowl matchup against the Georgia Bulldogs….
You know, the same one that has not lost to a team other than Alabama in over 3 years.
Oregon 31 vs Washington 34:
The only major upset this weekend involved the Huskies taking down the Ducks.
It did not change the bigger picture because both teams knew they were likely in with a win.
Despite being nearly a double digit underdog Washington was able to come away with the victory, and finish the season undefeated.
For Oregon it was a missed chance, as both teams transition to the Big 10 next season…..
Oklahoma State 21 vs Texas 49:
Texas COMPLETELY dominated this one from start to finish proving they belong in the CFP.
To be fair, Oklahoma State is not exactly among the nations elite, but Texas has still been one of the best teams all season.
The Longhorns reward is a matchup with the aforementioned Washington Huskies in the College Football Playoff Semifinal.
There will likely be loads of points in that one as well!
That caps the review for this week, there were only 4 games that were truly meaningful!