Week 15 Late Game and Monday Night Prediction

If you're not glued to your set come Sunday afternoon, watching the Cowboys do battle against the NFC East Champion New York Giants and the AFC North leading Pittsburgh Steelers versus Baltimore Ravens, you might not be a football fan. A lot of things could be decided early Sunday evening. Tom Marino is sure to be watching and gives you his thoughts on just what might happen.

Minnesota Vikings vs Arizona Cardinals – If you don't count the victory over quite arguably, the worst team in professional football (the Rams), the NFC West champion Arizona Cardinal. The Viking are fighting for their football lives as their division rival Bears edged the Saints on Thursday evening. The Vikings will need to put a great deal of pressure on quarterback Kurt Warner and control the football offensively with their league best running game. It should be a good one, but the Vikings need this one a great deal more than the birds.

Vikings 30 – Cardinals 21

Denver Broncos vs Carolina Panthers – The Panthers totally dominated their division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week by totally dominating then with a devastating running game featuring running backs DeAngelo Williams and rookie Jonathan Stewart. The Broncos undersized defensive front has had a difficult time stopping the run and winning on the road all season; two factors that don't bode well for the AFC West leading Broncos. And just when you think you've got their number, a little-big man by the name of Steven Smith shows up, yikes!

Panthers 34 – Broncos 21

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens – In what might be the best match up of the day, the Ravens, overtime losers to the Steelers in week number four, need this one desperately. A win puts them in a flat out tie for supremacy in the AFC North while a loss puts them in a battle with three AFC clubs and the Colts for the final wildcard spot. Although the Steelers have won four straight, the Ravens have nearly matched their division rivals with three straight victories. It should be a great one, but in the end, I really like the Ravens defense playing at home. Oh and by the way, having the AFC offensive Rookie of the Year in Joe Flacco isn't all that bad either.

Ravens 20 – Steelers 17

New England Patriots vs Oakland Raiders – The Patriots came from behind to defeat the Seahawks on the left coast, but I don't look for this one to be even close. The Pats now tied for the AFC East lead, with just three games left in the season, smell blood and are not going to let this one slip through their hands. It should be a nice home coming for California born Matt Cassel and former Raiders wide receiver Randy Moss. Second year pro tight end Zach Miller is the lone Raiders offensive bright spot.

Patriots 31 – Raiders 13

New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys – Both clubs are coming off tough loses; the Cowboys on the road to the Steelers while the Giants were upset at home by the Eagles. A loss at home to the Giants would likely end the Cowboys playoff chances and make the end Wade Phillips era in the "Big D". The Giants on the other hand as kings of the division, certainly do not want to drops consecutive games within the division and would also like nothing better then to thrust the dagger into the Cowboys heart. I look for a much closer battle, but in the end I look for the same results.

Giants 23 – Cowboys 21

Cleveland Browns vs Philadelphia Eagles – I believe the Eagles tie in week eleven versus the Bengals will ultimately be looked upon as the single most season altering event of the 2008 season. After hammering the NFC West champion Cardinals two weeks ago, at home, the Eagles journeyed up to the Meadowlands and defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Giants. Even with two division opponents still remaining on the schedule (Redskins and Cowboys), don't look for this veteran club to look beyond this weeks opponent, the struggling Cleveland Browns. The Browns, losers of three straight, have not given up, but after losing both Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn to injuries, their 2008 season is essentially over.

Eagles 24 – Browns 10

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