NFL Predictions Week 15

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With three weeks to go, the NFL races are getting tighter. Aaron Rodgers will return from his collarbone injury this week for the Green Bay Packers. Carson Wentz being out for the season with an ACL injury for the Philadelphia Eagles will sting but they will be just fine.

The Cleveland Browns still can't win a game. Jimmy Garappolo has given the San Francisco 49ers life even though they are having a bad season. They have won two straight games for the first time in a while. My record was 8-8 last week and my record is 125-83 on the year.

Denver Broncos 24 Indianapolis Colts 7: Trevor Siemian found a groove last week against the New York Jets. He will have another solid game against a bad Colts secondary. The Broncos defense will feast on Jacoby Brissett.

Chicago Bears 24 Detroit Lions 27: Jordan Howard will continue to run the ball effectively for the Bears. Mitchell Trubisky is getting better week by week. The Bears defense will give up big plays to Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense.

Los Angeles Chargers 14 Kansas City Chiefs 21: Phillip Rivers had his worst game of the season back in week three against the Chiefs. This is a big game for both teams. The winner of this game will most likely win the AFC West. I think the Chiefs pass rush will come to life again this week. Kareem Hunt needs to run the ball early and often for the Chiefs passing game to be opened up.

Miami Dolphins 21 Buffalo Bills 24: It wouldn't be surprising if Kenyan Drake and LeSean McCoy ran wild in Sunday's game against each other. The difference in this game will be which quarterback can be more effective in the passing game.

Green Bay Packers 20 Carolina Panthers 27: Aaron Rodgers will be returning for the Green Bay Packers this Sunday. He will play fine, but the defense will let him down like it usually does. Cam Newton and the Carolina offense will try and run the ball as much as possible so they can keep the Packers offense on the sideline.

Baltimore Ravens 35 Cleveland Browns 7: Alex Collins continues to be a workhorse in the backfield for the Ravens. Buck Allen is a nice complementary back to have as well. Joe Flacco wasn't afraid to throw the ball down the field last week and he needs to continue to do it. Cleveland's offense will be stymied.

Houston Texans 10 Jacksonville Jaguars 20: Remember the last time Tom Savage faced this Jaguars defense? Well it is going to happen again on Sunday and he won't have DeShaun Watson to save his behind like last time. The Jaguars defense is elite and Blake Bortles is playing well enough right now.

Cincinnati Bengals 7 Minnesota Vikings 28: It seems like the Bengals have already packed it in for the season. It clearly showed in last week's loss against the Chicago Bears. The Vikings defense will be ready to ball out and Case Keenum will have a better game.

New York Jets 6 New Orleans Saints 31: Josh McCown being out for the season for the Jets will hurt them even though they weren't going anywhere. Either Bryce Petty or Christian Hackenberg will be the starter on Sunday for the Jets. The Saints defense will be ready to ball hawk. The Saints offense will score more points this week.

Philadelphia Eagles 31 New York Giants 17: Despite losing Carson Wentz to an ACL injury, they have Nick Foles and he will get the job done. The Eagles offense will probably score at least three touchdowns without trying because the Giants defense is bad. Eli Manning will start again this week for the Giants and the Eagles defensive front will get to him.

Arizona Cardinals 14 Washington Redskins 28: Arizona played terrific defense at home last week against the Tennessee Titans. However, the Cardinals defense will not travel this week and Kirk Cousins will play a very good game and get the Redskins back in the win column.

Los Angeles Rams 42 Seattle Seahawks 21: The Seahawks showed their true colors last week when they lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars on the road. The Rams offense needs to play up tempo from start to finish. They already lost to Seattle earlier in the season. Jared Goff and Todd Gurley will play a much better game this time around and the Rams defense needs to pressure Russell Wilson early and often.

New England Patriots 35 Pittsburgh Steelers 28: Don't be fooled that the New England Patriots lost on Monday Night on the road against the Miami Dolphins without Rob Gronkowski and without having a third down conversion. The Pittsburgh Steelers have been lucky to win games lately. This week, Tom Brady will remind Pittsburgh why the Patriots are the class of the AFC.

Tennessee Titans 14 San Francisco 49ers 21: Marcus Mariota has been horrendous on the road this season. Their offense is lacking something big time. Jimmy Garoppolo will have another solid week and he will lead the 49ers to their third straight win.

Dallas Cowboys 24 Oakland Raiders 20: Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense will run the ball effectively against a bad Raiders defense. The Cowboys defensive line will bulldoze the Raiders offensive line. Derek Carr will keep the game close however for the Raiders, but it won't be enough.

Atlanta Falcons 35 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21: The Falcons were lucky to win last week against the Saints, but Matt Ryan needs to protect the ball better. The Tampa Bay defense isn't very good and Jameis Winston has to play catch up often.