Week 15 NFL Picks

Former pro scout Tom Marino takes a look at the lineup of NFL games for Week 15 and makes his picks.

Denver at Houston: The winner of this battle of 6-7 teams keeps their outside shot at the playoffs alive. The Andre Johnson versus Champ Bailey matchup should be a great one. Look for the Broncos' Jay Cutler to be the difference.  Pick: Denver

Cincinnati at San Francisco: This is the matchup I've been waiting for all season! There just has to be something better to do on a late fall afternoon on the left coast. For the record, I like the Bengals in this critical battle.  Pick: Cincinnati

New York Jets at New England:  Do I really need to give detailed reasons for this one? Look for Coach Bill and his Boys from Beantown to go for the jugular at home in this one.  Pick: New England

Baltimore at Miami: I would have to say that Sunday's game at home versus the Ravens is the Dolphins' last chance to get off the snide.  But after last week's effort, I don't much care for their chances.  Pick: Baltimore

Buffalo at Cleveland:  I'm not going to miss this one. The winner will take a giant step in the direction of the AFC wildcard game. Both offenses are in high gear, but the difference in this one might will be 73,200 rabid dogs.  Pick: Cleveland

Tennessee at Kansas City: After last Sunday's disaster versus the Chargers, the 7-6 Titans are not about to let this one slip through their grasp. The 4-9 Chiefs, on the other hand, just want this nightmare to come to an end.  Pick: Tennessee

Atlanta at Tampa Bay: At the conclusion of the '06 season, the Falcons made two critical errors: they chose the wrong QB to lead the franchise and hired the biggest fraud in NFL history to coach them. This week, Tampa Bay will help them complete the trifecta. Pick: Tampa Bay

Jacksonville at Pittsburgh: The Steelers are just too tough to beat on their home turf. After giving Brady plenty of time to locate receivers downfield last week, don't expect to see a repeat performance this week versus the always dangerous Jaguars.  Pick: Pittsburgh

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Green Bay at St. Louis: Best wishes to hospitalized Rams owner Georgia Frontiere, a very decent woman. Coach Scott Linehan will return next season for the Rams, but don't look for any "win one for the Gipper" type of victory this week versus the Packers.  Pick: Green Bay

Arizona at New Orleans: Which Saints squad will show up this week against the Cardinals?  Regarding their slim playoff chances, they better hope it's the one that convincingly defeated the Falcons last Monday evening.  Pick: New Orleans

Seattle at Carolina: The Seahawks are on a roll, but even on their home turf, I give the depleted Panthers little to no chance to pull an upset. Marcus Trufant is fast developing into the league's premier pass defender. Pick: Seattle

Indianapolis at Oakland: With little fanfare, the Colts this Sunday will notch their 12th victory of the season versus the improving but critically overmatched Oakland Raiders. Reggie Wayne has put up All-Pro type numbers during the 2007 season.  Pick: Indianapolis

Detroit at San Diego: Look for the Chargers to clinch the AFC West title this week against a fading Lions squad -- which after a great start, has lost five straight contests. Do you think a 6-10 finish might signal the end of the pitiful Matt Millen era? Pick: San Diego

Philadelphia at Dallas: This Cowboys-Eagles matchup features two clubs heading in distinctly different directions. Let's hope that Jeff Lurie, who earlier this year gave coach Andy Reid the proverbial vote of confidence, stands by his word. Pick: Dallas

Washington at New York Giants: With Jason Campbell at the helm, I would have liked the Skins chances.  But I believe his season-ending injury put an end to any Redskins playoff chances. A win this week guarantees the Giants a trip to the NFC wildcard round.  Pick: New York

Chicago at Minnesota: Kyle Orton will try and de-rail a Vikings squad that has won four straight games.  The Bears have not officially been eliminated, but just don't have the offensive weapons to match the high-flying Vikings. Pick: Minnesota

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