Poore's Picks: Week Fifteen

The NFL weekly pick'em is winding down. With only three weeks left, games have become easier to determine the winner, but the point spread keeps tripping things up. Jim Poore had another solid week straight-up, but the spread reared it's ugly head. Get inside for Jim's week 15 NFL Football pick'em.

Poore's Picks: Week Fifteen
By Jim Poore

Last week, the Indianapolis Colts were the subject of our attention. This week, the Seattle Seahawks are the hot topic all over the league, and whether or not they are a legitimate contender for the Super Bowl. Here is the answer in one word: yes. That doesn't mean that they will go anywhere though, because it says here that they are overrated. The Seahawks are 11-2, and the winners of nine straight. Let's take a look at the facts. Their division stinks, as the 49ers, Cardinals and Rams have a combined record of 11-28 ( five of the wins courtesy of St. Louis ). The rest of their schedule only has four playoff or possible playoff teams, but the Seahawks did go 3-1 ( they play the Colts next week ). All of the wins were by a total of nine points, and two of those wins, against Dallas and the New York Giants, were virtually won due to a lack of execution by the opponent. Wins nonetheless, but they didn't exactly play lights out.

The Seahawks have been to the playoffs before under Mike Holmgren, but lost in the first round every time, causing major disappointment to all of their fans. I have a feeling that the results will be the same this year. Despite Shaun Alexander having a record-breaking year, the Seahawks have a lot to prove. Maybe this year will be different,.but maybe not. Now, on to the all-important picks for week 15.

 

NEW ENGLAND 4 1/2 Tampa Bay
Tom Brady is questionable for this game, but it won't matter. The Patriots have a record of 2-5 this year against winning teams, and the last time I checked, the Bucs had a very good winning record. I don't think this game will be a blowout, but Tampa will be my Upset Special of the Week. The Bucs are in a serious playoff race, and if New England doesn't wake up, the Dolphins could take the AFC East. Take the Bucs.

Poore's Pick: Buccaneers 17-13

 

NEW YORK GIANTS 3 Kansas City
This is a huge game for both teams, and the Chiefs have been playing better, though they lost last week. Giants have struggled a bit lately, though still share a tie in the NFC East. Eli Manning has got to step up, because it looks like the Giants defense is getting tired. The Chiefs offense can run them ragged. Still, I like New York to pull out the big win here.

Poore's Pick: Giants 24-20

 

Denver 8 1/2 BUFFALO
The Broncos are a virtual lock for the playoffs, but they cannot rest easy. Buffalo needs the season to end real soon. J.P. Losman is making Tom Donahoe look like the worst executive in the league. I don't see too many problems for the Broncos here. The weather certainly won't bother them.

Poore's Pick: Broncos 31-16

 

Pittsburgh 3 MINNESOTA
Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives, but the Vikings are one of the hottest teams right now. All good things must come to an end. Kudos to Brad Johnson for making the Vikings' season interesting, but I think their playoff run will fall short. I don't think the Steelers will make it either, but I like Pittsburgh here. They are simply the better team even though they struggled before winning last week.

Poore's Pick: Steelers 26-20

 

INDIANAPOLIS 7 1/2 San Diego
The Chargers absolutely need a win after last week's disastrous loss. They won't get it. The thought of the Colts resting their starters at all is ridiculous. The Colts will continue to cruise right along, and the Chargers will be thinking in the off season of all of their close losses that ultimately cost them their chance at the playoffs.

Poore's Pick: Colts 36-27

 

JACKSONVILLE 16 San Francisco
Byron Leftwich could be lost for the entire year now, which isn't going to help the Jags. Backup David Garrard isn't bad, but he isn't the one to take them all the way. The Forty-Niners are a huge underdog again, but I think they still have some pride left. Jacksonville is in the playoffs barring a catastrophe. I don't think they will cover the huge number here. Take the Niners to have some spirit left.

Poore's Pick: Jaguars 27-14

 

Seattle 7 TENNESSEE
Another tough opponent for the Seahawks, who should be able to clinch home field with a win this week. Jeff Fisher does have the Titans playing hard, and Steve McNair is still pretty good as long as he can play. Seattle should be able to cover here though. The Titans are simply not that good, and the Seahawks, though overrated, are a well-rounded team. Take Seattle here.

Poore's Pick: Seahawks 32-17

 

Arizona 1 1/2 HOUSTON
One of the only true meaningless games this week, unless you count the Reggie Bush sweepstakes as meaningful. The Cardinals have a bit too much on offense for the Texan defense to handle. I wonder if Reggie Bush can play defense.

Poore's Pick: Cardinals 20-13

 

MIAMI 9 New York Jets
The Dolphins pulled out a stunning win last week, and they have been a mild surprise this year. They still have an outside shot at the AFC East, but it isn't likely. Nick Saban certainly has them headed in the right direction. The Jets, on the other hand, have been hit with injuries but they continue to play hard. They don't have much of a chance this week though. Dolphins will put on a late playoff surge but will fall short in the end.

Poore's Pick: Dolphins 23-10

 

Carolina 8 NEW ORLEANS
Just when everybody thinks the Panthers are ready to make their move, they lose. This is an absolute must win for Carolina, who could very well be out of the playoffs with a loss. New Orleans is playing out the string and will likely not provide much competition.

Poore's Pick: Panthers 27-16

 

WASHINGTON 2 1/2 Dallas
The Redskins are suddenly back in playoff contention but will need a lot of help. The Cowboys are very much involved, and they should be up for some revenge in this game. The big emotional win last week could allow the Cowboys to ride to the top of the NFC East. The Giants are playing Saturday, so they Cowboys will already know what they will have to do. They should be able to pull out the win here.

Poore's Pick: Cowboys 26-23

 

Cincinnati 8 DETROIT
The Bengals struggled last week, and hopefully they aren't already concentrating on the playoffs. The Lions nearly pulled out a win Sunday night, but fell short, much like most of their games this season. They will fall well short here, as the Bengals are fighting for a first round bye in the playoffs. Take Cincinnati.

Poore's Pick: Bengals 35-20

 

OAKLAND 3 Cleveland
This is a true meaningless game, as neither the playoffs nor a high draft pick are involved. So I guess that makes my pick meaningless too. I will make a selection nonetheless. Take the Raiders here, though I wouldn't be stunned at a Cleveland upset.

Poore's Pick: Raiders 24-20

 

ST. LOUIS 3 Philadelphia
Both teams are playing out the string, but of course there is some pride remaining. The Eagles almost pulled out a win last week, but due to their weak offense, their defense has worn down. The Rams' occasional explosive offense should be able to take advantage. Take the Rams here if you must.

Poore's Pick: Rams 28-14

 

Atlanta 3 CHICAGO
Hard to see how the Falcons are favored here in this huge NFC matchup. The Bears fell back to earth a bit last week, but their defense is still very good. They should be able to stop Michael Vick, and the Falcons could be a bit flat after a short practice week. I like the Bears here. It's too bad they just can't score any points.

Poore's Pick: Bears 13-10

 

Green Bay 3 1/2 BALTIMORE
I bet the NFL wishes they could change this Monday night yawner. This could be the beginning of the end for the Brian Billick regime in Baltimore. They have been a mess all season, and the Packers aren't far behind. Both teams' dreadful seasons need to end. Take The Ravens here just because they are at home.

Poore's Pick: Ravens 16-14

 

Record For Week 14: 8-7-1 ( 12-4 without spread )
Record Through Week 14:
104-99-5
Upset Special Record:
2-12

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Poore's Picks: Week Fifteen
By Jim Poore

Last week, the Indianapolis Colts were the subject of our attention. This week, the Seattle Seahawks are the hot topic all over the league, and whether or not they are a legitimate contender for the Super Bowl. Here is the answer in one word: yes. That doesn't mean that they will go anywhere though, because it says here that they are overrated. The Seahawks are 11-2, and the winners of nine straight. Let's take a look at the facts. Their division stinks, as the 49ers, Cardinals and Rams have a combined record of 11-28 ( five of the wins courtesy of St. Louis ). The rest of their schedule only has four playoff or possible playoff teams, but the Seahawks did go 3-1 ( they play the Colts next week ). All of the wins were by a total of nine points, and two of those wins, against Dallas and the New York Giants, were virtually won due to a lack of execution by the opponent. Wins nonetheless, but they didn't exactly play lights out.

The Seahawks have been to the playoffs before under Mike Holmgren, but lost in the first round every time, causing major disappointment to all of their fans. I have a feeling that the results will be the same this year. Despite Shaun Alexander having a record-breaking year, the Seahawks have a lot to prove. Maybe this year will be different,.but maybe not. Now, on to the all-important picks for week 15.

 

NEW ENGLAND 4 1/2 Tampa Bay
Tom Brady is questionable for this game, but it won't matter. The Patriots have a record of 2-5 this year against winning teams, and the last time I checked, the Bucs had a very good winning record. I don't think this game will be a blowout, but Tampa will be my Upset Special of the Week. The Bucs are in a serious playoff race, and if New England doesn't wake up, the Dolphins could take the AFC East. Take the Bucs.

Poore's Pick: Buccaneers 17-13

 

NEW YORK GIANTS 3 Kansas City
This is a huge game for both teams, and the Chiefs have been playing better, though they lost last week. Giants have struggled a bit lately, though still share a tie in the NFC East. Eli Manning has got to step up, because it looks like the Giants defense is getting tired. The Chiefs offense can run them ragged. Still, I like New York to pull out the big win here.

Poore's Pick: Giants 24-20

 

Denver 8 1/2 BUFFALO
The Broncos are a virtual lock for the playoffs, but they cannot rest easy. Buffalo needs the season to end real soon. J.P. Losman is making Tom Donahoe look like the worst executive in the league. I don't see too many problems for the Broncos here. The weather certainly won't bother them.

Poore's Pick: Broncos 31-16

 

Pittsburgh 3 MINNESOTA
Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives, but the Vikings are one of the hottest teams right now. All good things must come to an end. Kudos to Brad Johnson for making the Vikings' season interesting, but I think their playoff run will fall short. I don't think the Steelers will make it either, but I like Pittsburgh here. They are simply the better team even though they struggled before winning last week.

Poore's Pick: Steelers 26-20

 

INDIANAPOLIS 7 1/2 San Diego
The Chargers absolutely need a win after last week's disastrous loss. They won't get it. The thought of the Colts resting their starters at all is ridiculous. The Colts will continue to cruise right along, and the Chargers will be thinking in the off season of all of their close losses that ultimately cost them their chance at the playoffs.

Poore's Pick: Colts 36-27

 

JACKSONVILLE 16 San Francisco
Byron Leftwich could be lost for the entire year now, which isn't going to help the Jags. Backup David Garrard isn't bad, but he isn't the one to take them all the way. The Forty-Niners are a huge underdog again, but I think they still have some pride left. Jacksonville is in the playoffs barring a catastrophe. I don't think they will cover the huge number here. Take the Niners to have some spirit left.

Poore's Pick: Jaguars 27-14

 

Seattle 7 TENNESSEE
Another tough opponent for the Seahawks, who should be able to clinch home field with a win this week. Jeff Fisher does have the Titans playing hard, and Steve McNair is still pretty good as long as he can play. Seattle should be able to cover here though. The Titans are simply not that good, and the Seahawks, though overrated, are a well-rounded team. Take Seattle here.

Poore's Pick: Seahawks 32-17

 

Arizona 1 1/2 HOUSTON
One of the only true meaningless games this week, unless you count the Reggie Bush sweepstakes as meaningful. The Cardinals have a bit too much on offense for the Texan defense to handle. I wonder if Reggie Bush can play defense.

Poore's Pick: Cardinals 20-13

 

MIAMI 9 New York Jets
The Dolphins pulled out a stunning win last week, and they have been a mild surprise this year. They still have an outside shot at the AFC East, but it isn't likely. Nick Saban certainly has them headed in the right direction. The Jets, on the other hand, have been hit with injuries but they continue to play hard. They don't have much of a chance this week though. Dolphins will put on a late playoff surge but will fall short in the end.

Poore's Pick: Dolphins 23-10

 

Carolina 8 NEW ORLEANS
Just when everybody thinks the Panthers are ready to make their move, they lose. This is an absolute must win for Carolina, who could very well be out of the playoffs with a loss. New Orleans is playing out the string and will likely not provide much competition.

Poore's Pick: Panthers 27-16

 

WASHINGTON 2 1/2 Dallas
The Redskins are suddenly back in playoff contention but will need a lot of help. The Cowboys are very much involved, and they should be up for some revenge in this game. The big emotional win last week could allow the Cowboys to ride to the top of the NFC East. The Giants are playing Saturday, so they Cowboys will already know what they will have to do. They should be able to pull out the win here.

Poore's Pick: Cowboys 26-23

 

Cincinnati 8 DETROIT
The Bengals struggled last week, and hopefully they aren't already concentrating on the playoffs. The Lions nearly pulled out a win Sunday night, but fell short, much like most of their games this season. They will fall well short here, as the Bengals are fighting for a first round bye in the playoffs. Take Cincinnati.

Poore's Pick: Bengals 35-20

 

OAKLAND 3 Cleveland
This is a true meaningless game, as neither the playoffs nor a high draft pick are involved. So I guess that makes my pick meaningless too. I will make a selection nonetheless. Take the Raiders here, though I wouldn't be stunned at a Cleveland upset.

Poore's Pick: Raiders 24-20

 

ST. LOUIS 3 Philadelphia
Both teams are playing out the string, but of course there is some pride remaining. The Eagles almost pulled out a win last week, but due to their weak offense, their defense has worn down. The Rams' occasional explosive offense should be able to take advantage. Take the Rams here if you must.

Poore's Pick: Rams 28-14

 

Atlanta 3 CHICAGO
Hard to see how the Falcons are favored here in this huge NFC matchup. The Bears fell back to earth a bit last week, but their defense is still very good. They should be able to stop Michael Vick, and the Falcons could be a bit flat after a short practice week. I like the Bears here. It's too bad they just can't score any points.

Poore's Pick: Bears 13-10

 

Green Bay 3 1/2 BALTIMORE
I bet the NFL wishes they could change this Monday night yawner. This could be the beginning of the end for the Brian Billick regime in Baltimore. They have been a mess all season, and the Packers aren't far behind. Both teams' dreadful seasons need to end. Take The Ravens here just because they are at home.

Poore's Pick: Ravens 16-14

 

Record For Week 14: 8-7-1 ( 12-4 without spread )
Record Through Week 14:
104-99-5
Upset Special Record:
2-12

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