NFL Week 15 Preview

-Matt Magill 

Game of the Week:

Detroit at New York Giants – Sunday at 1.  Detroit has won four straight and the Giants are flying high after knocking of Dallas last week.  Can they have the same success against a non-rookie quarterback?  Does Stafford’s finger injury effect his play, especially outside in New Jersey (we all saw how poorly Derek Carr played last Sunday with a finger injury)?  There are a lot of interesting storylines for two teams that could very well meet again in the playoffs.
Time to do Yardwork Game of the Week:

San Francisco at Atlanta – Sunday at 405.  While I think the Browns/Bills game could go here, I think those two are more evenly matched than San Francisco and Atlanta.  This game should be over by the end of the first quarter.
Storylines for the Week:

Do the Rams rally around their interim coach on a short week and stun the Seahawks at home?  Can Seattle bounce back after their embarrassment at the hands of the Packers last week?  

The Dolphins are pushing forward with Matt Moore at quarterback, which shouldn’t be that big of a deal against the Jets, who are pushing forward with no one really cares at their quarterback position.

Chicago is a tough out for any team.  John Fox has them playing their asses off, but does that matter against a Packers team that is the scariest in the league right now?

The Browns visit Buffalo with probably their best chance of stealing a win left on their schedule.  If Buffalo loses this one, expect Rex Ryan to be looking for work next year.

The Ravens get a bounce-back week against an Eagles team that is trending in the wrong direction.  Philly is obviously playing for next year at this point, but do they have to make it so…obvious?

In what was a game of the week contender, the Titans face the Chiefs.  It would be huge if Tennessee could pull this one off, but Kansas City is playing as well, if not better than pretty much anyone in the league right now.  

Pittsburgh rolls on with a game in Cincinnati this week, that looks like a breeze on paper but could be one of those trap games against a divisional foe.  Keep an eye on this one for upset potential.

It’s pretty safe to say that the Colts and Viking have little to play for at this point.  For two teams that came into this year with big aspirations, this has to be incredibly disappointing.  For fans of these two teams…well they started drinking around October 1st and haven’t stopped.

Houston may just win the AFC South by default, and one of the main reasons for that is because they have Jacksonville this week.  I haven’t seen a team quit on the season like Jacksonville in a long time.  Hell, even the Browns are trying to win games this year.

If Drew Brees is going to get back on track, expecting it against a good Cardinals defense this week may be a bit too much to ask.  I can see him breaking out of his two game touchdown-less slump, but this may turn into the David Johnson show in terms of offensive fireworks.

The Chargers’ bad luck continues as the Raiders come to town.  Fresh off their loss last week, and finally warming up after the frigid temperatures in Kansas City last week, the Raiders should be able to get back to doing what they do best.  Rivers and company will have to work hard to keep up with them.

The Patriots should be able to handle the Broncos, but this might be one of those games that sneak up on them, especially because the Broncos need this way more than the Pats do.  Expect that Denver defense to pull out all the stops.

How does this young Dallas team bounce back?  After their first loss they reeled off eleven straight wins, but they did not play against a team as hot as Tampa Bay.  Will Mike Evans get back on track against the human revolving door that is Brandon Carr?

The Redskins are playing for their playoff lives while the Panthers are playing for pride at this point.  Will Kirk Cousins keep making his case to be one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the league next year or does he fall back to earth?
Cleveland is 0-13.  Their remaining games are:

@ Buffalo

San Diego

@ Pittsburgh

Do you see a win in there at all?  I sure don’t.  


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