Saturday, December 19, 2009

Week 15 game predictions

After going 10-6 last week, I've started off 1-1 in this week's pre-Sunday games. I got the Colts' win over Jacksonville right, but missed the Cowboys' upset over the previously undefeated Saints.

Here are the rest of my predictions this week.

Last week's record: 10-6
Season record: 141-67 (67.9%)

Patriots over Bills — New England is going through a messy time right now, but they're still a more talented team than the Bills. I think Tom Brady and Randy Moss will hook up for a huge game in the face of this past week's criticism of Moss' effort.

Cardinals over Lions — Arizona followed their upset over the Vikings in Week 13 with a loss to the 49ers last week, but they still should have no trouble handling the Lions this week.

Dolphins over Titans — The Dolphins usually win the games they should lose, and that's what I'm predicting the case will be here. The Dolphins' running game presents a good test for Chris Johnson, and I'm simply not sold on Vince Young as a quarterback.

Chiefs over Browns — Cleveland's upset win over Pittsburgh was a fluke, and I like Jamaal Charles and the Chiefs at home.

Texans over Rams — Poor Steven Jackson has lost both his starting guards and the Rams' quarterback situation right now is horrendous. I don't envision any way they can keep up with the Texans offense.

Jets over Falcons — It's very hard to pick a Chris Redman-led Falcons team, especially against a strong Jets defense, so I'm not going to do that.

Broncos over Raiders — The Broncos lost a tough one against the Colts last week, but I like their chances to rebound against a Raiders team making another change at quarterback.

Bengals over Chargers — Is emotion alone enough to win a football team? Probably not, but I think the Bengals will play inspired football following the death of Chris Henry and win one for No. 15.

Eagles over 49ers — The Niners have a few emerging play-makers on offense, but the Eagles are just much farther along in terms of building a complete team.

Steelers over Packers — Pittsburgh has been playing some pretty bad football lately, but I just feel the team is too talented to be down for long. I like them to rebound at home in a tough contest against the Packers.

Seahawks over Buccaneers — Seattle doesn't have much of a running game to speak of, but I think they'll beat a Bucs team struggling with a rookie quarterback flying cross-country.

Ravens over Bears — Chicago has had some travel concerns due to weather leading up to this game, and I expect them to be a little too rusty against a Baltimore team that was already better than them anyway.

Vikings over Panthers — Carolina's running game isn't what it was last year and they are now without both starting tackles, so I don't expect them to be able to handle the Vikings' offense and do enough against a tough Minnesota defense.

Giants over Redskins — Jim Zorn is probably fighting a hopeless battle to keep his job with a new front office being installed in Washington, and I don't like his team on the road against a very good Giants squad.