NFL Office Pool Picks Week 15
We are getting into crunch time. Three teams have already wrapped up their divisions. Several more have wrapped up a playoff spot - they just needed to figure out what type. And for many, the season is all but over. This is where things start to get the most interesting in this league. And with sample sizes as big as they are, things should get more accurate for NFL office pool players, too. At least that's the theory. Here are my straight up picks for this week:
New York Jets at Baltimore: One of these teams not only has the best record in the AFC but is clearly the best team in the conference and probably the league. That team does not play in New Jersey. This is a serious mismatch. It's hardly even fair. Take the Ravens.
New England at Cincinnati: The Patriots are in a funk right now, and not a lot is working for them. This will cure what ails them. The team faces much tougher competition in practice than they will in this one. Take the Patriots.
Tampa Bay at Detroit: Neither of these teams is any good, really. But the Bucs are much better right now. They have won three in a row, while the Lions have dropped six straight and are likely barreling towards another coaching change. Take the Bucs.
Chicago at Green Bay: This is a much, much tougher game than it would have been a month ago. Green Bay's vulnerabilities are real, and the Bears have dialed some things in finally. I still think you probably have to take the Packers at home, but I am tempted to gamble here.
Houston at Tennessee: Suddenly, this game means everything. The teams are tied atop the AFC South thanks to the four-game winning streak by the Titans. It doesn't make a lot of sense - Is Ryan Tannehill really doing this? - but it is certainly happening. They are at home, and in top form, so take the Titans.
Denver at Kansas City: Drew Lock is unbeaten as a starter, and the Broncos are on a roll - as much of a roll as they can be, anyway. But it will come to an end here. There are some questions about Patrick Mahomes' hand as I write this, but even if he wasn't okay I would take the Chiefs.
Miami at New York Giants: It took them a while to assert themselves, but the Giants are unquestionably the worst team in the NFC now - and making a run for the worst overall. It's just ugly. Miami is troubled, too, but not like this. Take the Dolphins.
Philadelphia at Washington: The Eagles can move into a tie for first in their division here, and they wouldn't even be at .500. Man, the NFC East is horrible. I like chaos as much as or more than the next guy, so I'll take the Eagles.
Seattle at Carolina: I was really hoping that the coaching change would give this Panthers team a spark last week, but it really didn't. And I don't know what will change here. Take the Seahawks.
Jacksonville at Oakland: This is the last game to be played in Oakland for now, which is a total disgrace that the league should be ashamed of. I really hate where both of these teams are right now, but I'll take the Raiders because those fans deserve to go out with a win.
Cleveland at Arizona: I'm not a big fan of drama around a team, so I sure have not enjoyed these Browns this year. But the Cardinals are struggling, so Cleveland has to be the pick - even if they are mouthy and ridiculous.
Minnesota at L.A. Chargers: Minnesota has no shortage of flaws, and in a crunch situation I want nothing to do with them. But there is no good reason to trust the Chargers right now, and picking them is never going to be a good idea this year. Take the Vikings.
L.A. Rams at Dallas: The Rams have finally remembered that they are the Rams. It's probably too late, and it's frustrating that it took so long, but they have looked very good the last couple of weeks. And it should continue against this total mess of a home team. Take the Rams.
Atlanta at San Francisco: Kyle Shanahan will surely enjoy beating up his old team. And beat them up he will. The Niners are dialed in and will have gained all sorts of confidence from that New Orleans win. What is most impressive about this squad this year is that they can win in several different ways. They are the real deal. Take the Niners.
Buffalo at Pittsburgh: This is suddenly a huge game in what has become a three-team race for two wild card spots in the AFC. Buffalo could come pretty close to clinching a spot if they won. Pittsburgh would be well positioned if they came out on top. It doesn't entirely make sense, but the Steelers are winning right now, and they are the pick.
Indianapolis at New Orleans: The wheels have fallen off in Indy, and they are going nowhere fast. It isn't pretty. The Saints lost a tough one to San Francisco, but we still saw a lot to like in that offensive effort - even if Alvin Kamara still can't find his game. Take the Saints.
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