NFL Week 15: Matchups and Picks

We are officially in the home stretch of the NFL season. Many teams know if they are in the playoffs, on the cusp of the playoffs, or just simply out of the playoffs.

The Eagles clinched a playoff spot but at a price. Carson Wentz is out for the year and the Eagles will need to rely on Nick Foles who has been in the same situation before when he was backing up Michael Vick in Foles’ first tenure as an Eagle.

This week, the Jets will be experimenting with Bryce Petty after Josh McCown broke his hand during the Jets 23-0 loss last week in Denver. Fans have been clamoring for Petty since the season started but went away once the Jets started winning games. Now the fans get their wish.

Now here are the Week 15 locks:

 

Titans @ 49ers (-2)

Since Jimmy Garappolo has taken over for the 49ers, the 49ers have won each of those games with Garappolo throwing for over 250 yards in those games. It seems like the 9ers have found their QB of the future.

As for the Titans, they will enter the game with an 8-5 record and if the season ended today, they would be in the playoffs. The Titans have been up and down all year and this game will come down to the wire.

The 49ers are playing with a lot of confidence right now and will play spoiler against the Titans. Expect Garappolo to put together another great game and keep the 9ers in it to the end. I’m taking the hot Quarterback in this one.

49ers win

Patriots @ Steelers (+2.5)

Nothing gets better than this. The game of the year. Sunday Night Football. Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth will get the call. The line is appropriately given because the history of the Steelers against the Patriots is not good for the Steelers. Tom Brady always has Big Ben’s number.

The Patriots can clinch home field advantage with a win and the Steelers would be in great position to clinch with a win, themselves. Even though the Patriots are coming off of a demoralizing loss last week, expect the Patriots to come out firing Sunday Night.

History has a way of repeating itself. It’s clear. Big Ben never beats Tom Brady in the regular season or the playoffs. If you are a die-hard fan of one of these teams, take these regular season games lightly. It is very hard to beat an NFL team twice in one season and if the playoffs go how everyone thinks they’re going to go, these teams will matchup again in a few weeks.

History will be on the Patriots side.

Jets @ Saints (-16)

This spread has increased since the week began and with good reason too. The Jets are coming off the worst loss of the season considering where they were in the playoff hunt. Now that the Jets are out of the playoffs and Petty is starting, let the tanking begin.

The Saints on the other hand are one of the best teams in the league and even after losing a close game to the reining NFC champs last week, they are still the favorites to win the NFC South in my opinion.

This line could not be high enough. Even if the Jets play a great game, they could still end up losing by 3 touchdowns. Brees in the dome is virtually unstoppable, especially this year. Mo Wilk is out and Josh McCown is out.

This is an easy one. Saints Win and cover.