PFT’s Week 15 picks

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Like Doug Jones, MDS has an insurmountable lead (seven games) with three weeks left. Like Roy Moore, I’m not conceding.

Although it’s going to require plenty of skill and luck. This week, we disagree on only three games. Which means I need a sweep in order to even have a remote chance to catch him.

For all of the Week 15 picks, do the mouse/finger thing.

Broncos at Colts

MDS’s take: The season’s last Thursday night game is not a good one. But the Broncos showed enough signs of life last week that I’ll pick them to win on the road.

MDS’s pick: Broncos 16, Colts 13.

Florio’s take: John Elway stuck it to the Colts decades ago, when he told them not to draft him. He’ll stick it to them again tonight.

Florio’s pick: Broncos 27, Colts 20.


Bears at Lions

MDS’s take: Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has been playing better football of late, and that makes me tempted to pick an upset. But with Jim Caldwell coaching for his job, I think the Lions will do just enough to win.

MDS’s pick: Lions 24, Bears 23.

Florio’s take: A team that had won three games in 13 weeks isn’t going to be winning twice in six days. #analysis.

Florio’s pick: Lions 30, Bears 14.


Chargers at Chiefs

MDS’s take: This is a huge game that may determine the winner of the AFC West, and I think the Chargers’ late-season surge is going to continue and push them toward a playoff game in their tiny stadium.

MDS’s pick: Chargers 34, Chiefs 31.

Florio’s take: One of the hottest teams in football gets a chance to show the Chiefs (and everyone else) how far they’ve come.

Florio’s pick: Chargers 31, Chiefs 21.


Texans at Jaguars

MDS’s take: The Jaguars’ pass defense is going to make life miserable for T.J. Yates.

MDS’s pick: Jaguars 20, Texans 3.

Florio’s take: If the Jaguars truly have matured, they’ll avoid stepping into a pothole against an overmatched Texans team.

Florio’s pick: Jaguars 30, Texans 13.


Ravens at Browns

MDS’s take: The Browns may have missed their best opportunity to eat a W on Sunday against the Packers. I can’t see them beating a Ravens team that is hungry to earn a wild card spot.

MDS’s pick: Ravens 28, Browns 13.

Florio’s take: Nearly 10 years to the day after the Ravens “helped” the Dolphins avoid an 0-16 season, the team that used to be the Browns gets a chance to assist the current Browns in the avoidance of the ultimate embarrassment. Don’t count on it happening; after blowing a 14-point lead against the Packers and bungling a chance to salvage victory in overtime, the Browns seem to be ready to accept their fate.

Florio’s pick: Ravens 27, Browns 10.


Packers at Panthers

MDS’s take: The return of Aaron Rodgers will be spoiled by a good Panthers defense that will hold a rusty Rodgers in check and pretty much end the Packers’ playoff hopes.

MDS’s pick: Panthers 20, Packers 17.

Florio’s take: If the Packers make the playoffs, they’ll make it to the Super Bowl. But if they lose to the Panthers, the Packers won’t make it to the playoffs. Ipso facto, don’t make reservations for Minnesota in late January, Cheeseheads.

Florio’s pick: Panthers 27, Packers 23.


Dolphins at Bills

MDS’s take: The Dolphins surprised me on Monday night, but I think the Jay Cutler-led offense is going to struggle on a cold day in Buffalo.

MDS’s pick: Bills 13, Dolphins 10.

Florio’s take: The Dolphins finally found the gas pedal. Is it too late?

Florio’s pick: Dolphins 24, Bills 21.


Bengals at Vikings

MDS’s take: The Vikings have a good shot at earning home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, and they’re not throwing away their shot against the Bengals.

MDS’s pick: Vikings 28, Bengals 10.

Florio’s take: Old friends Mike Zimmer and Marvin Lewis meet, with Marvin on the hot seat. If Zimmer blows this one, he should be, too.

Florio’s pick: Vikings 31, Bengals 17.


Cardinals at Washington

MDS’s take: Two teams that thought they were playoff contenders but now find themselves playing out the string. Kirk Cousins still has something to play for, and I think he’ll have a big game.

MDS’s pick: Washington 31, Cardinals 17.

Florio’s take: A pair of former NFC East rivals get together. And that’s the only thing interesting about this game.

Florio’s pick: Washington 23, Cardinals 20.


Eagles at Giants

MDS’s take: Nick Foles gets an easy opponent in his first start, and he’ll play well as the Eagles cruise to another win.

MDS’s pick: Eagles 24, Giants 14.

Florio’s take: It’s easy to exude confidence to the point of delusion about succeeding without Carson Wentz . . . before actually playing a game without Carson Wentz.

Florio’s pick: Giants 21, Eagles 20.


Jets at Saints

MDS’s take: Josh McCown played well this year, but now that he’s done the Jets are going to look like the team everyone thought they’d be back in September. The Saints will win this one easily.

MDS’s pick: Saints 30, Jets 7.

Florio’s take: Extra time to prepare plus a sense of urgency to get a win minus Josh McCown for the Jets equals an easy 10th win for the home team.

Florio’s pick: Saints 30, Jets 17.


Rams at Seahawks

MDS’s take: In a huge game for the NFC West race, I like the Seahawks to do just enough on defense to slow down the Rams’ high-scoring offense, and Russell Wilson to make a couple of big plays late to win a close game.

MDS’s pick: Seahawks 28, Rams 27.

Florio’s take: The Rams got their nine wins, but they may not get their playoff berth.

Florio’s pick: Seahawks 27, Rams 24.


Titans at 49ers

MDS’s take: The 49ers are 2-0 since switching to Jimmy Garoppolo. Make it 3-0.

MDS’s pick: 49ers 28, Titans 21.

Florio’s take: The Titans could be in the process of squandering what once seemed like a sure-fire playoff berth. If they don’t get it right now, it could be over.

Florio’s pick: Titans 23, 49ers 16.


Patriots at Steelers

MDS’s take: The Patriots will bounce back from an ugly Monday night loss to win what is the biggest game of the regular season so far.

MDS’s pick: Patriots 27, Steelers 24.

Florio’s take: The Patriots lose so rarely that whenever they do some assume they’ll never win again. Ass. U. Me.

Florio’s pick: Patriots 30, Steelers 27.


Cowboys at Raiders

MDS’s take: Derek Carr has been a disappointment this season, and the Cowboys’ defense is going to have a good game against him on Sunday night.

MDS’s pick: Cowboys 24, Raiders 16.

Florio’s take: Derek Carr was wise to take the $25 million per year; if he hadn’t, he’d be lucky to get half that now.

Florio’s pick: Cowboys 23, Raiders 14.


Falcons at Buccaneers

MDS’s take: The Falcons are still fighting for a playoff berth, and they’re doing it against the Buccaneers, who may be this year’s most disappointing team. Atlanta should get an important win on the road.

MDS’s pick: Falcons 21, Buccaneers 20.

Florio’s take: Jon Gruden will be joining the Ring of Honor. Dirk Koetter may soon be performing the walk of shame.

Florio’s pick: Falcons 34, Buccaneers 20.

96 responses to “PFT’s Week 15 picks

  1. .
    The Patriots – Steelers will be anyone’s game with five minutes left. Both teams should be advised that this is a full 60 minute affair. Taking one play off could cost you the game.
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  2. I’m not so sure how rusty Aaron is going to be. Last week you could tell he was chomping at the bit just to be out there. He is ready to play and more importantly – he WANTS to play.

    The defense is getting better (not great, but better) and just having Aaron back WILL be enough for this team to will their way to another win.

    Pack 31 – Panthers 28

  3. Patriots 30 Steelers 27 I expect this to be a game where defense is basically non-existent for most of the game on either side. However, I think the Patriots run out the clock with some nice runs from Lewis and Burkhead as well as some medium range passes to Gronk and Amendola. I wouldn’t be surprised if Steelers win, but I think this will be a bounce back week. Lock of the week has to be Saints over the Jets 31 to 14 as Brees will have a field day and the Jets no longer have a reliable quarterback. Upset of the week I am going to say 49ers over the Titans 20 to 14 as the 49ers have looked much different with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback.

  4. Chargers wins are over teams that are a combined 31-60. I’m just not sold on them. Yes, they are on a 4 game win streak but it was the Bills, Cowboys, Browns & Redskins. Not exactly the cream of the crop.

  5. I don’t see the Eagles losing to the Giants. I think that is a lazy pick that has nothing to do with Wentz being out.

    I don’t see the Steelers losing the Patriots. I think that is a lazy pick that doesn’t take into consideration the Killer Bs (best tandems in football) and the Patriots’ 25th ranked defense. I’m with 6ball on this one. Whoever has the ball in the last 5 wins that game.

    I don’t see the Seahawks beating the Rams – or the Rams not getting a playoff berth in what is obviously the stronger conference this year.

  6. Pats fan: Steelers present a stiff challenge.
    Very hard to gauge how this plays out, given NE’s woeful performance last week contrasted with Steeler’s win.

    Brady’s throwing hand/arm will be monitored closely… probably not realistic to expect it to be 100% in a short week.
    NE has had too many losses of key personnel to shut down dynamic offenses like Steelers.
    ….and no matter the outcome, cannot afford any more injuries.

  7. jjackwagon says:
    December 14, 2017 at 10:53 am
    Chargers wins are over teams that are a combined 31-60. I’m just not sold on them. Yes, they are on a 4 game win streak but it was the Bills, Cowboys, Browns & Redskins. Not exactly the cream of the crop.
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    Five of the Chiefs losses are to the Cowboys, Bills, Giants, Raiders and Jets. Not exactly the cream of the crop.

  8. Titans arw not winning. Mularkey only throws the bakl 20 times per game. It needs to be more like 30. We have to much talent to be this sorry. Adios Mularkey.

  9. People are blinded by their Russell Wilson worship. The Seahawks are 2-2 in their last four. The Rams are 3-1 with the loss being a nail biter to one of the best teams in the league. Wilson has played great, but he and the team have been living on the edge for weeks now…with Wilson running for his life, being the entire offense and having a few Hail Marys answered along the way. Walk the tight rope long enough and you’ll eventually fall off….and If you take your beer goggles off, it’s easy to see the Rams are the better team and will win this game.

  10. Packer fans are really quick to just assume they will win all three games automatically because #12 is checking in. No respect to the Vikings who have defeated several .500 or above teams who are in the playoff hunt. They have defeated the Falcons (A Team the Packers can’t even beat with Rodgers), Rams, Redskins, Lions, Ravens, many wins came on the road. It’s great to have confidence in your team, but a lack of respect is pathetic. The Vikings have a lot to play for, a chance at a #1 Seed, or #2 Seed in the playoffs. Us Vikings fans are not assuming we will win either.

    Also quick to assume they will defeat a tough Panthers team who beat the Vikings, and Patriots and are getting healthy at the right time. Rodgers is great, but what about the rest of the roster?

    The fact is, These two next games might be the toughest games of your season.

  11. codylaws says:
    December 14, 2017 at 11:25 am
    But but but Packas will make another excuse when they lose.
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    They always do. Nothing will ever change with that team or it’s pathetic fans

  12. Teams that beat the Pats usually don’t play well the following week. Take the Bills and the cold weather.

  13. “If the Packers make it to the playoffs, they’ll make it to the Super Bowl”
    _______________

    Haven’t they been to the playoffs every year since their last Super Bowl? Funny, seeing as the Seahawks with Wilson have been twice and the Patriots with Brady have been 3 times since then and you don’t say the same about either of them

  14. I assume both picking Pats over Steelers is a jinx effort, which is a shame. Feels like I’ve been waiting all season for a matchup this good, and I wish there were some way to have it at a neutral site so we could really get the measure of both teams. I hope the Pats win but there is also a non-zero chance that AB gets 700 yards receiving against whatever it is we call our secondary.

  15. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    December 14, 2017 at 11:36 am
    codylaws says:
    December 14, 2017 at 11:25 am
    But but but Packas will make another excuse when they lose.
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    They always do. Nothing will ever change with that team or it’s pathetic fans
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    There is treatment now for Jealous obsessions.

  16. Steelers have been waiting for this game since they walked off the field at the AFC championship game last year. With this extra emotion, Le’veon playing 4 quarters this time, and a home field crowd going ballistic, the Steelers have the edge.

    Steelers win with another walk-off Boswell field goal: 33-31.

  17. Pinetop Perkins says:

    December 14, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Carr will roll the Cowboys, at least 4 TDs
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    Carr couldn’t roll a pair of dice let alone the Cowboys, he stinks………nice 12th ID Joe.

  18. Florio’s take: If the Packers make the playoffs, they’ll make it to the Super Bowl.
    ______

    I’ve heard this take from MF several times but he’s never offered an explanation. If they make the playoffs, every game will likely be on the road. He isn’t even picking them to win at Carolina this week, so why would they win three road games in the playoffs?

  19. I hate to say it but the Patriots are unlikely to win in Pittsburgh IMHO. Pittsburgh’s offense is healthy and NE’s defense is not. I’m fairly certain that Pittsburgh will do as they please on offense. NE’s offense has sputtered in the last couple of weeks and Pittsburgh’s defense is playing with great emotion as they dedicate their effort to #50. The crowd should get into it once Pittsburgh begins to show dominance.

    Steelers 38 Patriots 23

    SAD

  20. Packers at Panthers — interesting to me that each of you see this as only a three point game.

    A Rusty Aaron must be pretty darn good if that’s where this game ends up.

  21. reddzen says:
    December 14, 2017 at 11:04 am
    I don’t see the Steelers losing the Patriots.
    Whoever has the ball in the last 5 wins that game.
    _________________________________________________

    Those sentences would seem mutually exclusive.

  22. I just hope there aren’t tons of flags thrown like last weeks Steelers Ravens game. Calls were ridiculous. Then again, it was Joe Flacco playing who likes to heave it up and rely on the refs to make the call on whose going to win.

  23. McVay and staff watching from high above will tell Goff exactly where to go with the ball all game through his ear piece…..it’s up to Seattle to disguise looks and pick 2-3 passes.

  24. Packer fans are really quick to just assume they will win all three games automatically because #12 is checking in.
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    I’ve not seen a single packer fan assuming we will win all three. I certainly don’t and am very worried about this game, but that doesn’t change the fact that about 8 Viking fans have posted to this story and so far every one of them is here to talk about the Packers. Flattering but kind of sad too.

  25. steelcurtainn says:
    December 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm
    I just hope there aren’t tons of flags thrown like last weeks Steelers Ravens game. Calls were ridiculous. Then again, it was Joe Flacco playing who likes to heave it up and rely on the refs to make the call on whose going to win.

    The crew that’s working the game has called the MOST penalties since the start of last season

  26. Packers run to the SB???

    Rodgers comes back after 8 weeks off
    Win at Panthers
    Win against Vikings
    Win at Lions
    Win at Wild Card opponent
    Win at Divisional opponent
    Win at NFCCG opponent
    SB Win in Vikings House

    That would be the most unbelievable run in the history of the NFL. And I would bet my 401k that it doesn’t happen.

  27. Florio’s take: Old friends Mike Zimmer and Marvin Lewis meet, with Marvin on the hot seat. If Zimmer blows this one, he should be, too.

    Wait, what??? If Zimmer drops to 10-4 on the year, with his third string QB and yet another RB on the DL, the Vikings will still probably win the division. But Zimmer should be on the hot seat???

  28. pkrlvr says:

    December 14, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Packer fans are really quick to just assume they will win all three games automatically because #12 is checking in.
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    I’ve not seen a single packer fan assuming we will win all three. I certainly don’t and am very worried about this game, but that doesn’t change the fact that about 8 Viking fans have posted to this story and so far every one of them is here to talk about the Packers. Flattering but kind of sad too.
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    This article is about team picks, and the Rodgers story is probably the biggest story of the week, after Steelers v Patriots. Packers are the Vikings divisional opponent, and a lot of Packer fans have pondered, quite naturally, about Rodgers and the Packers making a historic finish to the season to make the playoffs (and win the division!). So, we should just ignore all that and make the biggest story Mike Zimmer heading back to Cincinnati for a game? Nahhhhhhh. The story is Rodgers return. And the Panthers will be chomping at the bit to knock him down.

  29. well. We’ve been in playoff mode since Thanksgiving with all NFC playoff opponents.
    It’ll be nice to have the next two games off against teams that wont be in the NFC playoffs.

  30. Well at least you made one post about the vikes conormac, I’ll give you that, but literally there are more Viking fans talking about the Packers on this story (and every other one) than Packer fans. By a wide margin. It’s quite revealing.

  31. dualprime says:
    December 14, 2017 at 11:12 am
    jjackwagon says:
    December 14, 2017 at 10:53 am
    Chargers wins are over teams that are a combined 31-60. I’m just not sold on them. Yes, they are on a 4 game win streak but it was the Bills, Cowboys, Browns & Redskins. Not exactly the cream of the crop.
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    Five of the Chiefs losses are to the Cowboys, Bills, Giants, Raiders and Jets. Not exactly the cream of the crop.
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    So the Chargers have “good” losses? Losing is losing. I was talking about wins before you tried to change the subject. Let me hear about the quality wins the Chargers have?

  32. In Teddy We Trust says:

    December 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Florio’s take: If the Packers make the playoffs, they’ll make it to the Super Bowl.
    ______

    I’ve heard this take from MF several times but he’s never offered an explanation. If they make the playoffs, every game will likely be on the road. He isn’t even picking them to win at Carolina this week, so why would they win three road games in the playoffs?

    ——————

    I think he is saying that because he thinks if they actually make the playoffs, they will be hard to stop. But Florio doesn’t think they will make the playoffs.

  33. ajzinnecker says:
    December 14, 2017 at 1:53 pm
    In Teddy We Trust says:

    December 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Florio’s take: If the Packers make the playoffs, they’ll make it to the Super Bowl.
    ______

    I’ve heard this take from MF several times but he’s never offered an explanation. If they make the playoffs, every game will likely be on the road. He isn’t even picking them to win at Carolina this week, so why would they win three road games in the playoffs?

    ——————

    I think he is saying that because he thinks if they actually make the playoffs, they will be hard to stop. But Florio doesn’t think they will make the playoffs.

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    Why would they be hard to stop? Pound Aaron a couple of times and he will be right back to IR…. The Packers should do themselves a favor and let the guy heal up for a while….

  34. “But with Jim Caldwell coaching for his job…”.

    Do you really think that the issue with Caldwell’s coaching has related to motivation and effort?

  35. conormacleod says:
    December 14, 2017 at 1:08 pm
    Florio’s take: Old friends Mike Zimmer and Marvin Lewis meet, with Marvin on the hot seat. If Zimmer blows this one, he should be, too.

    Wait, what??? If Zimmer drops to 10-4 on the year, with his third string QB and yet another RB on the DL, the Vikings will still probably win the division. But Zimmer should be on the hot seat???

    \\\\\\\

    Yep. Pretty much correct.

    You can’t go around and talk about how talented this team is, and then lose to the Bengals, and put yourself back in a race for even just the division.

    If they lose the division or one and done in the playoffs, is it talent or coaching?

  36. leatherface2012 says:

    December 14, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    AFTER THE PACKERS LOSE TO CAROLINA, AND SEATTLE ATLANTA DETROIT DALLAS WIN, WE CAN FINALLY STOP HEARING ABOUT THE DOMINANT PACKERS
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    Um…no you won’t. Packer fans will always tell you how great the packers are even when they suck.
    I listened to it for almost 20 years in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

  37. Is Florio aware that there’s actually other positions on a a football team other than Quarterback? The Packers 26th ranked defense is good enought to get them to the Superbowl now that Aaron Rodgers is back? The Eagles 4th ranked defense is going to struggle against the Giants because Carson Wentz won’t be there to cheer them on?

  38. jjackwagon says:
    December 14, 2017 at 10:53 am
    Chargers wins are over teams that are a combined 31-60. I’m just not sold on them. Yes, they are on a 4 game win streak but it was the Bills, Cowboys, Browns & Redskins. Not exactly the cream of the crop.
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    Don’t forget the Chargers, without a functional kicker, lost by an average of only 3.5 points to the Jags (definitely should have won that game), Eagles, Miami and Patriots. If you include early losses to the Chiefs and Broncos that average increases to only 5 points for the season.

  39. screamingyellowzonkers says:

    December 14, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    leatherface2012 says:

    December 14, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    AFTER THE PACKERS LOSE TO CAROLINA, AND SEATTLE ATLANTA DETROIT DALLAS WIN, WE CAN FINALLY STOP HEARING ABOUT THE DOMINANT PACKERS
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    Um…no you won’t. Packer fans will always tell you how great the packers are even when they suck.
    I listened to it for almost 20 years in the 1970’s and 1980’s.
    ================================================================
    Youre right.

    And they will also be cheering for the Vikings to become a trainwreck.
    Or to choke- Stellar has been setting that one up for weeks.

    I don’t care- I’m going to be in the house of pain to see the Vikings clinch the division on Sunday!

  40. The Panthers/Packers game is interesting only because of the Rogers factor…. Rogers will make the differencein this game… Packers have more to play for and more to prove… Packers win

    Saints are coasting into the playoffs strong and the Jets, not so much… Saints win

    The Falcons are teetering on the edge of playoffs… 1 game at a time, next team up… Needing to keep pace with Saints and Panthers… The Bucs are already in vacation mode just waiting for the final whistle of the season… Falocons win!

  41. pkrlvr says:
    December 14, 2017 at 1:29 pm
    … there are more Viking fans talking about the Packers on this story (and every other one) than Packer fans.
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    To be fair, when AR went down, the Packer fans got few and far between. They haven’t crawled out from the bottle yet to know he’s back.

  42. reddzen says:
    December 14, 2017 at 11:04 am
    I don’t see the Eagles losing to the Giants. I think that is a lazy pick that has nothing to do with Wentz being out.
    I don’t see the Steelers losing the Patriots. I think that is a lazy pick that doesn’t take into consideration the Killer Bs (best tandems in football) and the Patriots’ 25th ranked defense. I’m with 6ball on this one. Whoever has the ball in the last 5 wins that game.
    I don’t see the Seahawks beating the Rams – or the Rams not getting a playoff berth in what is obviously the stronger conference this year.

    —————

    The Ranking of a defense in yards allowed has never mattered. Only points allowed.

    Patriots have done just fine since week 4. Their secondary is excellent despite early season struggles.

  43. FoozieGrooler says:
    December 14, 2017 at 12:01 pm
    Given the way both the Steelers and Patriots played in Week 14, I wouldn’t be so quick to pick the Pats.

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    The Steelers played bad in week 14. They won, but they were terrible. The Ravens offense is putrid and they scored 38 points.

  44. jjackwagon says:
    December 14, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    So the Chargers have “good” losses? Losing is losing. I was talking about wins before you tried to change the subject. Let me hear about the quality wins the Chargers have?
    ———————–

    I’d say that it was more about the Chiefs having terrible losses, since the Chargers beat two of the teams that beat the Chiefs.

  45. idislikespeciousness says:
    December 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm
    I hate to say it but the Patriots are unlikely to win in Pittsburgh IMHO. Pittsburgh’s offense is healthy and NE’s defense is not. I’m fairly certain that Pittsburgh will do as they please on offense. NE’s offense has sputtered in the last couple of weeks and Pittsburgh’s defense is playing with great emotion as they dedicate their effort to #50. The crowd should get into it once Pittsburgh begins to show dominance.
    Steelers 38 Patriots 23
    SAD

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    Do you really hate to say it? I don’t think you do. SAD.

  46. Going to the Vike/Bengal game Sunday and don’t give a rat’s ass about any other NFCN team till we play’em the last 2 games. However, keep this in mind folks: the Bears beat the Panthers pretty solidly this year.

  47. jquaste says:
    December 14, 2017 at 2:27 pm
    Is Florio aware that there’s actually other positions on a a football team other than Quarterback? The Packers 26th ranked defense is good enought to get them to the Superbowl now that Aaron Rodgers is back? The Eagles 4th ranked defense is going to struggle against the Giants because Carson Wentz won’t be there to cheer them on?
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    Well…….the Eagles defense may find it a little more difficult this week when the offense goes 3 and out a lot instead of scoring 35 points a game.

  48. @Bullcharger

    I have been a Patriots season ticket holder since the ’93 season.

    I do hate it when they lose.

  49. The only way the Steelers win against the Pats is if their defensive line can generate pressure on Brady. Otherwise the Steeler secondary could have a long day. It’s the weak link on the team. And if they play a zone defense again it will not work again.

  50. My take? Rodgers shouldn’t even be playing with an 80% collarbone. The only way Cheeseheads can pull this off if NFL refs give em the advantage. Don’t let it happen. Tweet NFL refs to protest if they DARE to favor the Cheeseheads in an remaining games. Let them know we’re watching their every move. Green Bay no way has a a Super Bowl level defense. No way.

  51. I was leaning toward the Steelers taking this game until the Pats dropoed that one to Miami. Now they are ticked off, any complacency is gone, and every talking head and vommenter has spent all week forcasting the start of Brady’s decline, the fall of the dynasty. I read an article about how Belichick cant coach in ‘todays football’. All kinds of controversy and questioning. All from one loss. And I have seen all this too many times before not to know what always happens next.

  52. Packers’ defense will improve now that Rodgers is back to not go 3 & out keeping them on the field and tiring them. Also, the Packers usually win these must win games. Packers 24 Panthers 10

  53. tyelee says:

    The Panthers/Packers game is interesting only because of the Rogers factor…. Rogers will make the difference in this game… Packers have more to play for and more to prove… Packers win
    #############

    How do you figure?

    The Panthers are playing for their division championship, not just a wild card. If they win, they still have a chance for a first round bye.

    The Packers are simply playing for a possible wild card spot.

  54. I wouldn;t be surprised if Brady tries out newly acquired Kenny Britt’s height advantage on the outside/sidelines/endzone to help keep the middle of the field a little looser for the likes of Lewis, Burkhead, White, and Gronk. They’ll have to be very efficient though. If they aren’t, and Pittsburgh eats up clock against the Pat’s injured and sick defense, it could get away from them in the second half. The Steelers will play angry and try to make it a war of attrition like they always do. The Patriots will do all they can to limit the run and take their chances with the pass, then clamping down in the red zone. It’s worked for them against the Steelers before. However I would expect to see Pittsburgh throwing long hoping for big plays, or help from that officiating crew. Brady loves playing the Steelers and he has played lights-out against them consistently. He hates Heinz Field and likes nothing better than to put the towels back in the pockets. He’ll have to play lights-out again to do it again. I think it goes back to when he got hurt at Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship Game in 2001 and had to give way to Bledsoe, and face the prospect of Bledsoe getting his job back for the Super Bowl. He’s still paying the Steelers back for that lol. Being 7th on the depth chart at Michigan and having to split snaps as a senior with Drew Henson is a ghost he battles to keep in the bottle every day, and why Garoppolo is a 49er now. Here’s to hoping he is Tom F. Brady on Sunday.

  55. Keep in mind that the Dolphins last two games, both wins, were in Miami in the warm 70 degree weather. This week they travel to Buffalo to play a desperate Bills team fighting for a wild card spot. The forecast is calling for low 30’s and snow. Much different to play in, trust me.

    Also, the Dolphins have won just 2 games on the road….both in warm weather cities. They beat the Chargers in week 2 in L.A. during the Chargers 0-4 start and then the Falcons indoors in Atlanta.

    Bills are getting healthy again. OT Cordy Glenn will be back and he is a difference maker in the both the run and passing games. I expect the defense to hold Kenyon Drake in check and get to Cutler often.

    Look for Shady McCoy to be the difference.

    Bills: 23
    Dolphins: 13

  56. Florio’s pick: Chargers 31, Chiefs 21.
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    What we found out is the Chiefs and the Chargers both aren’t who we thought they were at the beginning of the season.

  57. Just based on the Viking fans comments it’s obvious the Packers live in your head. Its easy to understand condidering the dominance over the past 20 years and to act like Rodgers isn’t a worry to you is quite humerous. I will admit it will be tough to win out but if Packers do look out come playoffs.

  58. Why are we getting the stinky Raiders-Cowboys game on Sunday night? Why not flex the Rams-Seahawks game to that slot? Oh yeah, it’s the Cowboys – ugh

  59. If the Ravens, who are about as inept on offense as any team in the league, can hang 38 points on the Steelers, look for Brady to have a field day. This will be a blow out.

    Pats 44
    Steelers 24

    If they meet in the playoffs I expect a similar result

  60. The only reason Vikings lost to the Panthers was having 3 out of 5 Offensive line starters OUT,BOTH Tackles for goodness sake.. even then, the Vikings nearly pulled off the upset.
    If they meet again it would be in Minnesota.
    I hope…..NO I Pray Green bay makes it into the playoffs just to expose them for the frauds they are… BTW, the comment about hating Vikings fans.. Back at you X2

  61. I see both of you guys picked the Chargers over the Chiefs. How’d that work out? And no way the Giants beat the Eagles.

  62. lambeaudungbarn says:
    December 15, 2017 at 7:47 pm
    The only reason Vikings lost to the Panthers was having 3 out of 5 Offensive line starters OUT,BOTH Tackles for goodness sake.. even then, the Vikings nearly pulled off the upset.
    If they meet again it would be in Minnesota.
    I hope…..NO I Pray Green bay makes it into the playoffs just to expose them for the frauds they are… BTW, the comment about hating Vikings fans.. Back at you X2

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    Oh, so here’s a Vikings fan using injuries as an excuse for losing. That’s ironic since plenty of Vikings fans accused Packers fans of doing that when Aaron Rogers went down.
    I don’t hate the Vikings or their fans. Hate is the ugliest 4 letter word in the English language. I do enjoy watching them get their hopes crushed each time they appear to have all the pieces in place to get to the Super Bowl, though.
    And a reminder — the Vikings haven’t won anything yet. There’s still plenty of time for them to spit the bit again.

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