NFL Picks Straight Up

What to make of the NFC race? All of a sudden, it’s all topsy turvy. The Philadelphia Eagles took out the Los Angeles Rams in a battle of division leaders, but lost quarterback and potential NFL MVP Carson Wentz for the season due to a torn ACL. The Carolina Panthers put an end to the eight-game winning streak of the Minnesota Vikings, and the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons kept themselves in the hunt to retain their NFC South crown with a win over the Saints.

Week 15 NFL Picks – Vikings The Best Of The NFC

Even with their loss at Carolina, we still like the Vkings to carry the day in the NFC. They suit up the best defense in the NFC (293.4 yards per game) and are allowing an NFC-low 18.4 points per game. Defense is traditionally what wins in the postseason. With Wentz out of the lineup, the 11-2 Eagles will find it a challenge to hold off the 10-3 Vikings for the top seed in the NFC. With games left against the Bengals, Packers and Bears, it’s not inconceivable that the Vikings run the table. 

Here are our straight up picks, based on odds from

DEN at IND DEN DEN -150  
CHI at DET DET DET -240  
LAC at KC LAC LAC -120  
HOU at JAC JAC JAC -600  
BAL at CLE BAL BAL -340  
GB at CAR n/a CAR n/a  
MIA at BUF n/a BUF n/a  
CIN at MIN MIN MIN -600  
ARI at WAS WAS WAS -220  
PHI at NYG PHI PHI -350  
NYJ at NO n/a NO n/a  
LAR at SEA SEA LAR +110  
TEN at SF SF TEN +105  
NEP at PIT NEP NEP -155  
DAL at OAK DAL DAL -165  
ATL at TB ATL ATL -270  

Where have we seen this before? The Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots clashing on the gridiron, with AFC supremacy on the line. Both teams bring 11-2 records into their showdown Sunday at Heinz Field. Lifetime, they are deadlocked at 15-15 in 30 meetings, but lately, it’s been all Patriots. New England has won four straight and five of six from the Steelers, including four of the last five games played at Heinz Field. Patriots QB Tom Brady is 7-2 lifetime against Pittsburgh. 

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The picture in the wild (AFC) West is becoming more clearer. The Kansas City Chiefs took care of the Oakland Raiders last week, and now they play host to the Los Angeles Chargers to determine which of these two 7-6 clubs will move into the divisional driver’s seat. The Chiefs have won seven straight from the Chargers, but their games are traditionally close at Arrowhead Stadium, and Chargers QB Philip Rivers has the look of a man on a mission.

The Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions are the only two teams from the old pre-merger NFL who have never played in a Super Bowl game, and the 0-13 Browns are three losses away from joining the Lions in another club to which no one seeks membership – the 0-16 season. The 2008 Lions are the only NFL team to go winless in a 16-game season, but with games remaining against the Ravens and Steelers, Cleveland’s best hope for victory might be a road trip to Chicago in the second-last week of the season.

In Week Five, the Los Angeles Rams fell 16-10 at home to the Seattle Seahawks. At 9-4, the Rams cling to a one-game lead in the NFC West over the 8-5 Seahawks as they head to Seattle for a huge tilt, knowing a loss could cost them their division title chances. The Rams are 1-11 in their last 12 at Seattle, but the Seahawks have dropped two of their last three to teams in the playoff race, and have surrendered 30 points in both losses.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers (broken collarbone) has been medically cleared to return to action, and there’s a scenario where the Packers can still win the NFC North. If they run the table against the Panthers, Vikings and Lions and the Vkings go 0-3, both end up at 10-6. Having split their head to head meetings, it would come down to divisional record. Green Bay would be 4-2 and Minnesota 3-3. It’s a long shot, but to paraphrase Lloyd Christmas, all we’re saying is there’s still a chance.

Which Nick Foles will show up under center for the Philadelphia Eagles? In 2013, replacing Michael Vick for 10 games, Foles went 8-2, throwing 27 touchdown passes against two interceptions and an NFL-leading 119.2 passer rating. In 26 games since – 20 of them starts – Foles has accounted for 23 TD passes, 20 interceptions and a 77.6 QB rating. The Eagles are still a very good team and if Foles can keep from beating himself, Philly maintains a chance to make some noise.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 11 December
FT Patriots 20 - 27 Miami Dolphins -556 +445 Odds
Thursday 14 December
Denver Broncos 20:25 Indianapolis Colts -145 +125 Odds
Saturday 16 December
Chicago Bears 16:30 Detroit Lions +200 -238 Odds
Chargers 20:25 Kansas City Chiefs Odds
Sunday 17 December
Philadelphia Eagles 13:00 New York Giants -333 +275 Odds
Arizona Cardinals 13:00 Washington Redskins +185 -213 Odds
New York Jets 13:00 New Orleans Saints Odds
Cincinnati Bengals 13:00 Minnesota Vikings +435 -526 Odds
Miami Dolphins 13:00 Buffalo Bills
Green Bay Packers 13:00 Carolina Panthers Odds
Houston Texans 13:00 Jaguars +450 -556 Odds
Baltimore Ravens 13:00 Cleveland Browns -303 +250 Odds
Los Angeles Rams 16:05 Seattle Seahawks Odds
Tennessee Titans 16:25 San Francisco 49ers Odds
Patriots 16:25 Pittsburgh Steelers -132 +111 Odds
Dallas Cowboys 20:30 Oakland Raiders -156 +137 Odds