NFL Week 15 Preview

The postseason creeps ever closer as the NFL season reaches Week 15.

After Week 14’s horror show against the Packers, the Seahawks returned to winning ways on Thursday night with a 24-3 beat down of the Rams.

Prior to the game Los Angeles fired head coach Jeff Fisher after four mediocre years at and will look to swiftly hire someone who can rejuvenate the franchise located in arguably the most fair-weather city in the league.

Saturday Night’s contest saw the Dolphins keep their playoff hopes alive with a 34-13 victory over the Jets. Matt Moore played ably in deputising for starter Ryan Tannehill who was injured with an MCL strain.

 

The BIG Three

(9-4) Lions @ (9-4) Giants

The Lions lead the NFC North comfortably thanks to quarterback Matt Stafford’s late game heroics in the win over the Bears. The passer may be in some trouble as he injured his middle finger in that victory, a knock that could hamper his effectiveness against a resurgent Giants defence.

Said defence led the way in New York’s victory over Dallas as the Giants brought to an end the Cowboys 11-game winning streak with a 10-7 win. Odell Beckham’s brilliant touchdown sealed the win for New York and the receiver will be vital again in what could be a shootout. Kick-off 18.00

 

(11-2) Patriots @ (8-5) Broncos

Expect a playoff atmosphere in Denver for this clash between two AFC heavyweights. The pair met in the AFC Championship last January with the Peyton Manning led Broncos winning 20-18 en route to their Super Bowl victory.

Tom Brady’s Patriots have not lost a road game this season, the only team in the NFL with that distinction, and they prepared for this one in the best way possible by beating the Ravens 30-23 last week.

The Broncos were disappointing in a 13-10 loss to the Titans in Week 14. Quarterback Trevor Siemian had 334-yards of passing but only a solitary touchdown to show for it – a reflection of Denver’s inability to finish of drives.

Denver still has the NFL’s best pass defence – a unit conceding just 183-yards-per game – and will need pass rusher Von Miller and defensive back Aqib Talib at their best to quash Brady who threw for 406-yards and three touchdowns against Baltimore. K.O 21.25

 

(8-5) Buccaneers @ (11-2)Cowboys

At five straight, the Bucs have the joint-longest active win-streak in the league and it was extended after last week’s tense 16-11 victory over the Saints. Tampa Bay’s defence pressured Drew Brees into three interceptions in that contest, and a repeat exhibition could spell trouble for Dak Prescott.

Prescott threw his third and fourth interceptions of the season against the Giants whilst completing only 46% of his pass attempts in the defeat. Alarmingly. he hasn’t surpassed 200-yards-passing in the last three contests. Running back Ezekiel Elliott was also slowed,  gaining only 51-yards-rushing against New York, a season low. Dallas will need the two super rookies to return to their best if they wish to overcome the Bucs.  K.O 01.30, Mon 19 Dec

 

Things to look out for in Week 15

Can Hue Brown lead his team to a long overdue victory?

Four teams look to strengthen their playoff aspirations, one can play spoiler, whilst the other still looks for their first win of the season.

(0-13) Browns @ (6-7) Bills

Can the abysmal Browns get a win? Doing so will keep them from joining the infamous 2008 Lions as a team who finished with a 0-16 record. The likelihood of that win coming against the Bills, who have slim playoff hopes, isn’t great. K.O 18.00

(7-6) Titans @ (10-3) Chiefs

A defeat for either of these teams could be critical to their playoff hopes with the Chiefs in first and the Titans second in their respective divisions. Will Tennessee’s run-orientated attack see of AFC West opposition for the second straight week? K.O 18.00

(10-3) Raiders @ (5-8) Chargers

The Chargers are out of playoff contention, but could still wreck the postseason dreams of the Raiders. This will be a test of Oakland’s resolve as they are battling with the Chiefs for divisional supremacy in the AFC West. K.0 21.25

 

Other games:

Thursday 15 December

(4-10) Rams 3 – 24 (9-4-1) Seahawks

Saturday 17 December

(9-5) Dolphins 34 – 13 (4-10) Jets

Sunday 18 December

(5-8) Eagles @ Ravens

(8-5) Steelers @ (5-7-1) Bengals

(6-7) Colts @ (7-6) Vikings

(7-6) Packers @ (3-10) Bears

(2-11) Jaguars @ (7-6) Texans

(5-8) Saints @ (5-7-1) Cardinals

(1-12) 49ers @ (8-5) Falcons

Tuesday 20 December

(5-8) Panthers @ (7-5-1) Washington

 

Jonathan Twumasi