We are down to the last two weeks in the 2014 regular season and, in the NFC, five teams are playing for four available playoff places, with three teams still in contention for the South division; while in the AFC, three teams have already clinched their place in the postseason, with nine teams playing for the other three bets, but only six of those have a realistic shot. Here is a few of the highlights of Week 15, before getting to this weekend’s picks.
- Buffalo’s defense proved their worth as they held the Packers to just 13 points and intercepted Aaron Rodgers twice, as the Bills overcame Green Bay to keep their playoff hopes alive.
- Arizona clinched their playoff spot with a 12-6 Thursday night victory over the Rams in St. Louis. Despite being reduced to their fourth string quarterback with an injury to Drew Stanton, the Cardinals defense looks like a unit that could keep any team in check and gives them a chance to beat anyone, especially at home.
- Dallas beat the Eagles 38-27 on Sunday night, but if they lose at home to the Colts this weekend, they could still enter Week 17 with their own playoff chances out of their own hands.
- Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears have been so bad this season that a defeat at home to the New Orleans Saints means that the highly paid quarterback has been benched for this weekend’s game against the Lions and is unlikely to start under center for the team ever again.
- Detroit sit atop the NFC North at 10-4, but four of their wins have been by four points or fewer. In all likelihood, to win their division the Lions will need to win in Green Bay in Week 17, something they have not done since 1992.
- In the AFC, Indianapolis, Denver and New England have all now clinched their divisions, while the remaining three playoff spots could be taken by AFC North teams, as the Bengals, Ravens and Steelers could all still be playing January football. Cleveland look done, despite not being mathematically eliminated, as Johnny Manziel put up a big fat zero on the scoreboard and threw three interceptions in his first start for the Browns last Sunday.
- The Thursday night matchup this week is between the Jaguars and the Titans – combined record: 4-24. Think we can miss that one this time.
Last week, 7-9; Season, 117-107
Home teams in bold
Jaguars -3.5 over Tiatans
Washington +8.5 over Eagles
Chargers +2.5 over 49ers
Falcons +6.5 over Saints
Lions -6.5 over Bears
Browns +4.5 over Panthers
Packers -10.5 over Buccaneers
Steelers -3.5 over Chiefs
Dolphins -6.5 over Vikings
Patriots -10.5 over Jets
Ravens -4.5 over Texans
Rams -5.5 over Giants
Bills -5.5 over Raiders
Cowboys -2.5 over Colts
Cardinals +7.5 over Seahawks
Bengals +3.5 over Broncos