And we are approaching the final 3 weeks of the NFL regular season. Sad! On the bright side, these NFL Playoffs are shaping up to be as good as ever. First things first, there is a lot left to be decided. None of which will take place Thursday night…
Broncos @ Colts
Jacobs: Back to Thursday night poopfests in the NFL. It is the annual pony matchup between the 3-10 Colts and the 4-9 Broncos. There isn’t much to be said for this game, other than how unfortunate it is that its in primetime. Normal people will probably find something better to do with their Thursday nights; not I. It’s going to be ugly, but just because the Broncos won last week and the Colts lost, I am going with the Sharp money and the Colts to get the win at home.
Colts 17 Broncos 13
Bears @ Lions
Jacobs: Week 15 in the NFL means one thing. Saturday games baby. Now you can spend your entire weekends ignoring everyone around you to watch football. Not that we weren’t doing that already with College football, but whatever. The first game of the day is Bears at Lions. These teams played a close game earlier this year in which the Lions stole by 3 points. The Bears are far worse on the road, and I don’t think they are capable of winning 2 games in a row away from Soldier Field, after their win against the Bungles last week. Detroit’s hopes at reaching the playoffs might be a pipe dream, but it is a dream none the less, and they will do everything they can to keep it alive against a bad Bears team.
Lions 28 Bears 17
Jacobs: The Saturday night game is a little bit better, and one of the toughest picks of the weekend. The Chargers are scorching hot and have caught all the way up to KC in the race for the NFC West. The Chiefs meanwhile finally got back on track, after a complete 180 from their perfect start to the season. Usually a spot like this would make it easy to pick the Chargers, but playing a night game at Arrowhead is never a cakewalk. Especially for a team from So Cal. This should be a close game, but I like the Chiefs in a minor upset.
Chiefs 27 Chargers 24
Texans @ Jaguars
Jacobs: On to our normally scheduled programming, with TJ Yates and the Texans in Jacksonville to play the Jags. Everyone was in shock when the Jaguars dismantled Houston Week 1, but that was an accurate indicator of how this season would go for these two clubs. Things have only gotten worse for Houston, and the injuries have continued to pile up. The Jags meanwhile are riding high, and have found themselves in position to make a run at a postseason bye week. Imagine that. We’ll see how that plays out, but their defense should have no problem shutting down Houston’s attack. Jags easy.
Jaguars 24 Texans 10
Jacobs: The Browns were sooo close to getting in the win column last week. Not only did they lose the game after being up 21-7, but they failed to cover the 3.5 spread also. Heartbreaking stuff for the dog pound. Josh Gordon is back and has a plus matchup with Jimmy Smith missing for Baltimore, and maybe Kizer can bring a little back some of the magic from the first 3 quarters last week. I have thought the Browns were destined for 0-16 all year, and I still believe it. I just think they can make it close against an emotional Ravens team coming off a tough loss to Pittsburgh.
Ravens 24 Browns 20
Packers @ Panthers
Jacobs: He’s back, and it might be just in time to save the Packers season. 2 OT wins in a row has this team in position to run the table and get in the dance, and man would that lead to even more Aaron Rodgers jock sniffing. Without Rodgers, Carolina might have been double digit favorites in this game, but with him in the lineup, the line is at 3. The Panthers are coming off a huge win last week over the Vikings, and it is going to be hard to duplicate another great performance, especially with how inconsistent Cam has been all season. This is one of Sunday’s better games, and one of the toughest to call, but I think Green Bay can continue to find a way, with their leader back.
Packers 27 Panthers 24
Dolphins @ Bills
Jacobs: Miami comes into Buffalo on a short week after an epic upset over the Patriots on Monday Night. It is not all that unusual for Miami to beat New England at home, even when the Fins aren’t all that great of a team. Traveling up to Buffalo in the freezing cold is a different kind of test they will be facing this weekend. It looks like Tyrod will be back in the lineup for the Bills, who were able to keep their season alive behind Joe Webb in a blizzard last week. I think the Bills get it done again, at home against their division rivals.
Bills 20 Dolphins 17
Bengals @ Vikings
Jacobs: If there is anybody left playing in a survivor pool, this would be the game to take in my mind. (unless you still have the Saints to play) Minnesota is one of the top teams in football, and they need to get one back after losing last Sunday. The Bengals have absolutely sent it, and I expect them to clean house in the next couple of weeks. Minnesota can control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and dominate a Bengals team that showed less than zero fight against the Bears at home last weekend.
Vikings 31 Bengals 6
Cardinals @ Redskins
Jacobs: The Redskins didn’t show much fight last weekend either, but they are getting less of a challenge Sunday at home against Arizona. While the Skins don’t have much to play for anymore, Kirk Cousins certainly does and so does Jay Gruden. The Cardinals defense is much worse away from home, and they are historically an awful team when traveling across the country. For those reasons and more, I like the Skins to beat up AZ pretty badly.
Redskins 27 Cardinals 14
Eagles @ Giants
Jacobs: The Nick Foles era has re-begun in Philadelphia in an unfortunate turn of events for Eagles fans. The Birds were flying high and were many peoples SB pick out of the NFC. You can’t completely rule them out without Wentz, but things definitely are going to get a whole lot tougher. Foles has proven to be a good QB before, but what made the Eagles offense so great was Wentz’s ability to hang in the pocket, improvise, and make plays with his feet. These are things Nick Foles can’t really do as a much more traditional pocket passer. While things will be more difficult down the line, the Giants wont be an issue this week. This team can’t stop anybody, and the Philly defense should be dominant in this game. Big runs from Ajayi and short passes combined with a lack of tackling will be the recipe for an Eagles rout.
Eagles 27 Giants 7
Jets @ Saints
Jacobs: Another team missing its starting QB, but thankfully it isn’t New Orleans we’re talking about. An all-time positional mismatch gives us Bryce Petty vs Drew Brees in the Super Dome, and I think this game will go just about exactly how that sounds. The Saints are coming in on some extra rest after a tough Loss last Thursday, and the Jets don’t stand a chance here. I would take the Saints giving the 16.
Saints 31 Jets 7
Rams @ Seahawks
Jacobs: Huge game to determine the NFC’s most western division. Never good to pick against Seattle at home, but they are so banged up on Defense. Sherman and Chancellor are out, and now it looks like Bobby Wagner will be joining them. People don’t realize how good Wagner is, and how big of an impact he has on that defense. We know the Rams can put up points, with Robert Woods set to return, I think they will be able to do so against this banged up D. Looks like they will be catching a few points on the road, and I think they win this game outright.
Rams 28 Seahawks 24
Jacobs: I’m on record as calling Jimmy G Elite. This 49ers couldn’t beat a sole without him, and they can’t lose with him. If that’s not elite, then I don’t know what is.
Garoppolo 24 Titans 17
Jacobs: The Big game of the day is in Pittsburgh, where the Patriots and Steelers battle it out for the top seed in the AFC. Everyone was worried about Pittsburgh slipping up before this game, but it was Brady and the Patriots who laid an egg the week leading up to it. Now, the media wants to cry out that Brady is done and the Pats defense won’t be able to stop Big Ben. Perfect. The fact is, Brady has never once struggled against Pittsburgh, and their defense is incapable of slowing New England down. The Pats get Gronk back to go against a defense missing their best player in the middle, Ryan Shazier. I have no doubt the Steelers will be able to move the ball against New England, but the key is not settling for 3 points. This might be the best offense in the league, but we have said that leading into this matchup before. BB vs Tomlin is not a fair fight and the Patriots will find a way to win this ballgame.
Patriots 31 Steelers 27
Dallas @ Oakland
Might be incapable of watching this game after a Steelers Patriots matchup. Dallas has kind of re-gained their stride, and Oakland sucks. Ill take the Cowboys.
Cowboys 24 Raiders 20