Week 15 of the NFL season is upon us and it is time to present the weekly series dedicated to early picks for each NFL game in the coming week. These picks are straight up and not against the spread. Here you get who the home team and away teams are as well as the chosen winner. In honor of the holiday season, you are getting the straight picks this week and I am forgoing the write-ups.
You will also get a weekly Lock of the Week. Each week I will pick one game that I feel cannot lose. With that will be supporting data to back up that stance. Obviously each week anything can happen in the NFL but there is always a game that sets itself apart from the others.
There is one left standing as the only unbeaten, can the Carolina Panthers and Cam Newton keep it that way one more week against Eli Manning and the New York Giants, who have experience knocking off unbeatens? Can Eddie Lacy continue to run well and help Aaron Rodgers along with the rest of the Packers go into Oakland and beat the Raiders? Can anyone try and take control of the horrific NFC East? Without any further trepidation enjoy the 2015-2016 NFL Week 15 Picks and Predictions, Lock of The Week.
Lock of the Week
Jacksonville Jaguars over Atlanta Falcons
We are approaching the end of the season and I thought it was time to tackle a game between two teams that are both under .500. It feels like two seasons ago since the Atlanta Falcons were 5-0 and looking very impressive. They have lost six in a row including a demoralization against the Carolina Panthers last week culminating a 38-0 loss.
Matt Ryan is playing some of the worst football of his career and Devonta Freeman has come back down to earth after dominating during a six week stretch. Julio Jones is still the man but it has been tough going for anyone outside of him.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars have gone 3-2 over their last five and Blake Bortles is really coming into his own. He has two legitimate deep threats in Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson along with a quality rookie running back in Yeldon. Even if Yeldon cannot go, Denard Robinson is more than serviceable.
The Jaguars have scored 115 points over their last three games including a 51 point outburst last week at home against the Colts. Meanwhile, the Falcons have only managed 29 total points over their last three games including a goose egg last week against Carolina.
If you look at their only common opponent in the last few weeks the Falcons lost at home to the Colts 24-21 and the Jaguars just routed the Colts at home 51-16. While it is not an end all be all, it does go to show the directions both teams are heading.
I would expect that the Falcons will score some points and Julio Jones should go over 100 but the way both offenses are playing, I would expect the Jaguars to come out victorious at home in a shootout. Yep, I cannot believe I said it either. I like the Jaguars at home to score 35+ against the Falcons and get back to 500.
2015 Lock of the Week Record: 13-1-0
|8:25||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||St Louis Rams||Bucs|
|8:25||New York Jets||Dallas Cowboys||Jets|
|1:00||Kansas City Chiefs||Baltimore Ravens||Chiefs|
|1:00||Houston Texans||Indianapolis Colts||Texans|
|1:00||Atlanta Falcons||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jaguars|
|1:00||Chicago Bears||Minnesota Vikings||Vikings|
|1:00||Tennessee Titans||New England Patriots||Patriots|
|1:00||Carolina Panthers||New York Giants||Panthers|
|1:00||Buffalo Bills||Washington Redskins||Bills|
|4:05||Green Bay Packers||Oakland Raiders||Raiders|
|4:05||Cleveland Browns||Seattle Seahawks||Seahawks|
|4:25||Denver Broncos||Pittsburgh Steelers||Steelers|
|4:25||Miami Dolphins||San Diego Chargers||Chargers|
|4:25||Cincinnati Bengals||San Francisco 49ers||Bengals|
|8:30||Arizona Cardinals||Philadelphia Eagles||Cardinals|
|8:30||Detroit Lions||New Orleans Saints||Saints|
Do you think the upsets will pan out? Weigh in with your thoughts and let’s talk about it. So what did you think of the 2015-2016 NFL Week 15 Picks and Predictions, Lock of The Week? Do you agree? Disagree? Let’s hear your thoughts.