Sunday, December 15, 2013

Week 15 Predictions

Game to Watch: Patriots @ Dolphins: After a slow start in their game against Cleveland last weekend, the New England Patriots clawed there way back, eventually scoring the final touchdown of the game with 31 seconds left to play, as they went on to win 27-26. Even though the Patriots won the battle, one can argue this team "lost the war", as Rob Grownkowski suffered a season ending injury to his knee early in the game. Gronkowski joins Jerard Mayo and Vince Wilfork on the Injured Reserve, and the Patriots can not afford to lose anyone else if they wish to capture the 1st overall seed in the playoffs. The New England Patriots are 7-0 against the Miami Dolphins within the past five seasons, but tomorrow appears to be somewhat of a trap game for Brady and the Patriots. The Miami Dolphins have won two straight games, where quarterback Ryan Tannehill has thrown for 531 passing yards with 6 touchdowns in those two games. Tom Brady does not his best in extremely warm weather, especially that of Miami, Florida. The Dolphins are very likely to upset New England and the wake of Gornk's devastating injury.
Dolphins over Patriots 24-20

Stand Out Performance: RB LeSean McCoy: Last Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions played in one of the more exciting games of the season. As the snow piled up on the ground, LeSean McCoy rushed for an astounding 217 yards and two rushing touchdowns. This week, McCoy and the Eagles will be playing in the Metradome, completely protected from the environments. Since the running game is what allowed Philadelphia to be leading the NFC East with three games left to play, Chip Kelly will likely stick to his original game plan and run the ball with McCoy. Seeing that Minnesota will not have its two top running backs against the Eagles, Philadelphia is bound to shut down Minnesota's offense, leading to more offensive opportunities for the Eagles to score.
RB LeSean McCoy: 185 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 40 receiving yards

Player to Watch: QB Jay Cutler: Despite quarterback Josh McCown's extraordinary play as of late, the Chicago Bears have decided to start Jay Cutler in their Week 15 matchup against the underrated Cleveland Browns. Cutler had passed for over 1,900 yards with 13 touchdowns and 8 interceptions before injuring his ankle back in November against the Lions. Once McCown stepped in, the Bears went 2-2, but the red hot McCown is coming off of his third straight game with at least 300 yards. Marc Trestman's decision to start Cutler is very interesting, and I predict Cutler to be pulled from the field by the third quarter of Sunday's game.
QB Jay Cutler: 195 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Week 15 Predictions:

Broncos over Chargers (Incorrect)

Falcons over Redskins

Browns over Bears

Colts over Texans

Jaguars over Bills

Dolphins over Patriots

Eagles over Vikings

Seahawks over Giants

49ers over Buccaneers

Panthers over Jets

Chiefs over Raiders

Cowboys over Packers

Saints over Rams (OT)

Cardinals over Titans

Bengals over Steelers

Ravens over Lions

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