Down to the final 3 weeks of the NFL Season! I always say that time flies during the NFL season, and it has happened in 2012 as well. Week 15 kicks off tonight in Philadelphia, as the Eagles host the playoff-hungry Bengals. The Bengals are still alive for the #6 seed in the AFC and a win tonight will help a lot towards that goal. Still, the key match-up will be next week against the Steelers. As for the Eagles, this looks to be the final 3 games of Andy Reid's run as Head Coach. It is sad, because he is a great coach, but the wheels have definitely fallen off this year.
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles
For some reason, I get the feeling that the Eagles will pull off this win tonight. It is a short week and they are at home. We will see if their D can shut down the Bengals offense.
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears
There is still a slight chance that the Bears will not make the playoffs, but I think they will get in. A win Sunday will tie them up with the Packers for the NFC North lead, but I feel Aaron Rodgers and the Pack will pull out the win.
Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans
The Texans were blown out in New England on Monday, now they have a chance to lose the division to the Colts. I think they will end that speculation with a win on Sunday, but if they don't: it could get crazy in Houston.
Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens
The Broncos have been #1 in my Power Rankings for over a month, Peyton Manning has always had success against Baltimore, and the Ravens have not looked great the last couple weeks. Still, I expect a good game.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins
Battle of two Florida teams that will probably only be seen in Florida. Miami seems to be on the right track for a bright future, so they get the edge here.
Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns
Upset Alert! I have said that Cleveland is a pretty good team all season, and I think they have a great shot at defeating a less than 100% RGIII and the Redskins in Cleveland. Should be a good game.
Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams
This is a toss-up game, but the Rams have actually looked pretty good the last few weeks and the game is in St. Louis. Still, Adrian Peterson and the Vikings have impressed me this season. I could see this going either way, so I will go with the home team.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
Not a great year to be a Saints fan, but they still have a team who can put up wins. I would have picked the Buccaneers to make a playoff push, but the loss to the Eagles ruined that.
GAME OF THE WEEK:
New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons
This is a statement game for the Falcons. After losing to Carolina, no one is taking this (11-2) team seriously. Including me, as I am taking the Giants in this game. I want Atlanta to win though. It is no fun winning all these games, then folding when it matters most.
Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals
Both teams keep losing. One has to win. It won't be the Cardinals.
Carolina Panthers at San Diego Chargers
How does Norv Turner still have a job? Well, he beat the Steelers last week, so let's give him til the end of the season.
Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills
Seattle is a playoff team. I am finally able to say that with confidence. They still have a chance to win the NFC West too. They are a tough team to beat.
Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
Darren McFadden is healthyish, so I will take Oakland in a game that no one will watch or care about. The thing about having great match-ups this week, is that you also have plenty of bad match-ups.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys
Not so sure about the Steelers. Not so sure about the Cowboys. They have played in some classic Super Bowl match-ups though.
SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots
First it was the Texans, now the 49ers try to prove how good of a team they are, by going up to Foxboro to get a win over the Patriots. Unfortunately for San Francisco: I expect another loss for the road team.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:
New York Jets at Tennessee Titans
I wonder if ESPN will send out an apology letter for this being the final game of an otherwise great week of football? Probably not. Good news for Jets fans is that Braylon Edwards is back. Who knows how good he will be, but he is an upgrade over most of their current WR's. The Titans played well against the Colts, Jake Locker mistakes cost them the win though. I think the Jets return to .500 with a close win.