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RJ’s NFL Picks – Week Fifteen

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I went 11-5 last week. That puts me at 127-81 for the season. For a comparison, check out the “experts” over at ESPN.

Here are my picks for the NFL’s Week 15:

**THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11**

Mike Ditka’s Game Of The Week: New Orleans Saints 7-6 at Chicago Bears 7-6 – 8:15 p.m. (Line: Bears by 3)

The Saints are simply awful on the road.

RJ’s Pick: Chicago by 8

**SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14**

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-4 at Atlanta Falcons 8-5 – 1:00 p.m. (Line: Falcons by 3)

Major playoff implications in this one. A loss by Atlanta pretty much ends their playoff hopes, while a win by Tampa Bay could propel them back into first place in the NFC South.

RJ’s Pick: Atlanta by 6

RJ’s Game Of The Week: Pittsburgh Steelers 10-3 at Baltimore Ravens 9-4 – 1:00 p.m. (Line: Ravens by 2)

This game will probably have a 7-6 or 10-9 final score.

RJ’s Pick: Pittsburgh by 1

Denver Broncos 8-5 at Carolina Panthers 10-3 – 1:00 p.m. (Line: Panthers by 7)

The Panthers are 7-0 at home this season.

RJ’s Pick: Carolina by 13

Washington Redskins 7-6 at Cincinnati Bengals 1-11-1 – 1:00 p.m. (Line: Redskins by 7)

Jason Campbell has had two bad games in a row, and the Redskins are now nearly out of playoff contention. The Bengals have scored a combined total of 16 points in their last three games.

RJ’s Pick: Washington by 11

Tennessee Titans 12-1 at Houston Texans 6-7 – 1:00 p.m. (Line: Titans by 3)

The Texans have won three straight, and have gone 6-3 after starting the season 0-4. The Titans have the best record in the NFL.

RJ’s Pick: Tennessee by 10

RJ’s Mismatch Of The Week: Detroit Lions 0-13 at Indianapolis Colts 9-4 – 1:00 p.m. (Line: Colts by 17)

What do Rod “I believe in the invisible” Marinelli and the detainees at Gitmo have in common? They’re both gonna get released from a hellish existence in January!

RJ’s Pick: Indianapolis by 40

Green Bay Packers 5-8 at Jacksonville Jaguars 4-9 – 1:00 p.m. (Line: Packers by 1.5)

A matchup of two very disappointing teams. The Packers have lost three straight, and the Jaguars have lost four in a row.

RJ’s Pick: Green Bay by 5

San Diego Chargers 5-8 at Kansas City Chiefs 2-11 – 1:00 p.m. (Line: Chargers by 5.5)

Norv Turner vs. Herm Edwards = epic fail.

RJ’s Pick: Kansas City by 2

San Francisco 49ers 5-8 at Miami Dolphins 8-5 – 1:00 p.m. (Line: Dolphins by 6.5)

Who would have predicted before the season began that the Miami Dolphins would be entering Week 15 tied for first place in the AFC East? Even the most sycophantic Tuna-worshipers thought they were going to suck.

RJ’s Pick: Miami by 3

Buffalo Bills 6-7 at New York Jets 8-5 – 1:00 p.m. (Line: Jets by 7)

The Bills have lost seven of their last nine games. They’ve managed to score just three points in each of their last two contests. The Jets have dropped two straight.

RJ’s Pick: New York Jets by 12

RJ’s Lame-Game Of The Year Week: Seattle Seahawks 2-11 at Saint Louis Rams 2-11 – 1:00 p.m. (Line: Seahawks by 3)

The Rams have a -225 point differential, worst in the league by far. They are also winless against divisional opponents.

RJ’s Pick: Seattle by 9

Minnesota Vikings 8-5 at Arizona Cardinals 8-5 – 4:05 p.m. (Line: Cardinals by 3)

Will Tarvaris Jackson or Gus Frerotte be starting under center for the Vikings in Week 15? We don’t know, as of this writing. But we do know that the Cardinals are 5-1 at home this season.

RJ’s Pick: Arizona by 6

New England Patriots 8-5 at Oakland Raiders 3-10 – 4:15 p.m. (Line: Patriots by 7.5)

There is no reason to suspect the Patriots will lose this one.

RJ’s Pick: New England by 14

New York Giants 11-2 at Dallas Cowboys 8-5 – 8:15 p.m. (Line: Cowboys by 3)

The Cowboys are fighting for a Wild Card spot. The Super Bowl champion Giants are trying to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs (something they didn’t need last year, but it doesn’t exactly hurt).

RJ’s Pick: Dallas by 7

**MONDAY, DECEMBER 15**

Cleveland Browns 4-9 at Philadelphia Eagles 7-5-1 – 8:30 p.m. (Line: Eagles by 14)

It would be hilarious if the Eagles end up missing the playoffs because they tied Cincinnati back in Week 11, which was partly the result of their veteran starting QB not understanding one of the fundamental rules of the game. And by “hilarious,” I mean “likely to incite riots at The Linc sometime around 4:00 pm EST on Sunday, December 28.”

RJ’s Pick: Philadelphia by 9

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(If you’re interested, you can check out the full list of Danny Sheridan’s Odds and ESPN’s NFL “Expert” Picks.)

WEEKLY RESULTS (2008):

Week One – 9-7
Week Two – 10-5
Week Three – 10-6
Week Four – 7-6
Week Five – 9-5
Week Six – 6-8
Week Seven – 11-3
Week Eight – 9-5
Week Nine – 10-4
Week Ten – 11-3
Week Eleven – 8-8
Week Twelve – 8-8
Week Thirteen – 8-8
Week Fourteen – 11-5

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  • http://intersportswire.com alessandro

    Cheegago.

  • http://www.pbase.com/adam_and_misti Adam

    Another 10-6 week will bring me up to 128-80. This week I’ve got a good feeling about calling a few upsets though. I’ll either get 12 wins or more, or 8 wins or less this week. In the words of one whiney Tight end, Write that down.

    Here goes nothing…

    Bears
    Redskins
    Colts
    Chargers
    Packers
    Titans
    Seahawks
    Dolphins
    Jets
    Vikings
    Panthers
    Steelers
    Pats
    Giants
    Eagles

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    I believe you missed a game, Adam.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    The starting lineup for the Chicago defense:

    Rezko
    Blagojevich
    Daley
    Wright
    Farrakhan
    Ayers
    Dohrn
    Emanuel
    Axelrod
    Jarrett
    Obama

    Oh, wait. That’s a different kind of lineup, and a different kind of defense … :-/

  • http://www.pbase.com/adam_and_misti Adam

    Thanks agains, seems like I do this every week…

    Falcons

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Final Score:

    Bears 27, NO 24 (in OT) – RJ 1-0

  • EEL

    Week 15 picks lets see what happens gonna go with a couple upsets. Worked out good for me last week !

    Had Da Bears for Thursday night.

    Packers
    Chargers
    Falcons
    49ers
    Jets
    Seahawks
    Redskins
    Texans – yes the Texans ! :-)
    Colts
    Cards
    Ravens
    Panthers
    Pats
    Giants
    ( Monday )
    Eagles

  • http://intersportswire.com alessandro

    Atl, Was, Hou, Ind, GB, Mia, KC, NYJ, Ari, NE, Dal, PHI, Sea, Den, Bal.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    Final Scores:

    Falcons 13, TB 10 (in OT) – RJ 2-0

    Bengals 20, Redskins 13 – RJ 2-1

    Houston 13, Titans 12 – RJ 2-2

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    Final Scores:

    Jaguars 20, GB 16 – RJ 2-3

    Dolphins 14, SF 9 – RJ 3-3

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    Final Scores:

    Seattle 23, Rams 20 – RJ 4-3

    Jets 31, Bills 27 – RJ 5-3

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    Final Scores:

    SD 22, KC 21 – RJ 5-4

    Colts 31, Lions 21 – RJ 6-4

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    Final Scores:

    Vikings 35, Cardinals 14 – RJ 6-5 [Tarvaris Jackson has been excellent in his last two games … Adrian Peterson leads the league in rushing … the Vikings are hot heading into the final weeks of the regular season … are they the sleeper pick for the NFC in the playoffs?]

    Steelers 13, Ravens 9 – RJ 7-5 [I was pretty close with the final score!]

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    Final Scores:

    Carolina 30, Denver 10 – RJ 8-5

    NE 49, Raiders 26 – RJ 9-5

    Dallas 20, Giants 8 – RJ 10-5

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    ESPN’s NFL “experts” through 15 games:

    Wickersham
    7-8

    Fleming
    10-5

    Hoge
    12-3

    Jaworski
    11-4

    Schlereth
    7-8

    Allen
    11-4

    Mortensen
    7-8

    Golic
    10-5

    Accuscore
    10-5

    Pick ‘em
    9-6

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    Final Score:

    Eagles 30, Browns 10 – RJ 11-5

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    ESPN’s NFL “experts” in Week 15:

    Wickersham
    8-8

    Fleming
    11-5

    Hoge
    13-3

    Jaworski
    11-4

    Schlereth
    8-8

    Allen
    12-4

    Mortensen
    8-8

    Golic
    11-5

    Accuscore
    11-5

    Pick ‘em
    10-6

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    Straight-up, through 15 weeks:

    RJ
    138-86

    Wickersham
    132-92

    Fleming
    145-79

    Hoge
    149-75

    Jaworski
    139-70

    Schlereth
    146-78

    Allen
    145-79

    Mortensen
    152-72

    Golic
    135-88

    Accuscore
    152-72

    Pick ‘em
    134-76

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    RJ ATS in Week 15: 6-7-3

    RJ ATS through 15 weeks: 95-123-6

  • http://www.pbase.com/adam_and_misti Adam

    Go Panthers thursday night!

  • http://www.pbase.com/adam_and_misti Adam

    errr, Jags!