Today we've brought in Dallasfan55, or Linda, to our FanIQ Pregame Show! Linda has been with the site for just over a year, and if you happen to frequent the Sports Bars you've definitely made her acquaintance. Welcome, Linda!
You're welcome, Linda - thank you for taking the time to give us your thoughts! And I know, the fact that it's week 15 is bittersweet. I'm excited for the playoffs but I don't want the season to be over! Anyway, without further ado, let's get down to business.
Colts @ Texans
Texans have clinched a Wild Card but Luck and the Colts still have divisional hopes. Texans will be trying to prove a point after their HUGE loss to the Patriots. Texans win by 10.
Jess: This is going to be an interesting game. Both teams have something to prove right now, and they play each other tough every year. I think Houston wins, but it's going to be a tough fight.
Giants @ Falcons
Both on a mission, Giants want to hold the lead in the NFC East and Falcons want Home Field Advantage. 2 key points in this game are Giants are dealing with key player injuries. Falcons are coming off an embarrassing loss to the 3-9 Panthers. Falcons put pressure on Eli, gain picks and win this in a close game. Falcons win by 10.
Jess: Ack, I don't even want to think about this one. I would really love to see the Falcons kick some butt but I know how December is for Eli & Co. so it makes me nervous. I'll pick a Falcons win anyway - maybe Eli will have a turnover day.
Packers @ Bears
Division battle, Packers 9-4 Bears 8-5, Bears have dropped 4 of the last 5 games. Rodgers has found ways to win close games. Packers by 10.
Jess: The Bears are having a rough go of things and the Packers have been heating up. Pack, easily.
Redskins @ Browns
Skins want this win, they have hopes of taking the division. I think whether RGIII or Cousins QB this game or possibly even both that the Skins win the game. Gonna venture to say Skins win by 17.
Jess: I think Skins win this one too, but by a slimmer margin.
Vikings @ Rams
Vikings do better @ home so I pick the Rams to win by 7.
Jess: If the Rams can stop Peterson, the Rams can stop the Vikings. Trouble is, I don't know if the Rams can stop Peterson. I'm going to call the Vikings in this game but I'm not confident about it.
Jaguars @ Dolphins
I'd like to say Jags but what are the chances? Dolphins win, no clue by how many.
Jess: I'm calling an upset special in this game for no other reason than the fact that my daughter has decided that the Jags are her 2nd favorite team this year.
Bucs @ Saints
Buccs started strong but are fading fast, Buccs losing to Eagles when Foles was the Qb ..hmmm Saints coming off an embarrassing loss to the Giants @ Met Life but have 2 things in their favor. #1 Saints playing @ home in the dome, 2nd have been given hope by 4 of the players being released from suspensions due to the bounty and will be eligible to play week 16 against the Cowboys..lucky me grrrr. Saints win by 13.
Jess: I like the Saints in this game, and I think they light it up.
Broncos @ Ravens
Broncos have clinched their division, Ravens hoping to hold the lead of theirs with Steelers and Bengals on their tails. Peyton vs Flacco, I gotta go with Peyton. Broncos win by 7.
Jess: I think the Broncos are just a better team here.
Lions @ Cardinals
Two teams playing to play with no hopes of a wild card so this game could go either way. I'm giving the Lions the win by 12.
Jess: I think the Cardinals win this - I have a feeling they're going to come out swinging after that embarrassing loss to the Hawks. Their D is much better than they showed against Seattle. I may be wrong, but I think they're in Stafford's face bringing pressure all day long.
Panthers @ Chargers
Panthers win by 10.
Jess: The Chargers looked a lot better last week than they have recently, and well...it's the Panthers. I think the Chargers will end this season on a high note, continuing this week with a win.
Seahawks @ Bills (Toronto)
Bills are 3-3 @ home and Seahawks 2-5 on the road. Seahawks thirsty for the NFC West division. No worries here, Seahawks win this week but decide to tone it down a little after the flack they received for last weeks HUGE win over the Cards.. Seahawks win by 34.
Jess: I don't pick my Hawks' games. I hope you're right, but if they do win this one it will be by much less than 34. I'm happy they're playing at 4:05 ET, and I like that they're in a dome, at a relatively neutral venue. I am a little nervous about this one though; it feels like a trap game.
Steelers @ Cowboys
Which team has a worse O-Line is beyond me, both have the Qb's that can win games but sadly not by themselves. Steelers have Ben back but Mendenhall is suspended for this game. Cowboys win by 3.
Jess: I apologize, but it hurts my heart to have to cheer for the Cowboys. But, that's what I have to do when they play the Steelers. I hope your Boys win. The Steelers are bipolar and it could definitely go either way. I don't know that I have a pick here; I have no idea which team will win.
Chiefs @ Raiders
Could go either way but I pick the Raiders to win by 10.
Jess: I pick the Raiders to win this one too, simply because they're at home.
49ers @ Patriots
Sunday Night Showdown, 49ers @ Patriots: For the Niners this is 1 of 2 SNF events. Niners lose this in NE. Patriots win by 10+ points.
MNF Bonus Pick:
Jets @ Titans
Jets win by 10.
Jess: The Titans are without any kind of hope right now, and the Jets are right behind them. Wow the fact that this MNF game looks disgusting actually makes me think it will be one of the best games of the season. Two fairly evenly matched teams (however awful) will probably make it a good battle. I think the Jets win this one too but again I'm not confident. It wouldn't surprise me to see another follies-fest from the Jets and have the Titans come out with the W.