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NFL Week 15

NFL Week 15
Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Week 15 in the NFL, also known as nitty-gritty time.

We have nine games this week that have certain playoff implications.

There are six teams on winning streaks at least three games long, and there are six teams on losing streaks of at least three games.

There are just four inter-division games this week. We have six inter-conference games, and six AFC vs NFC games.

The Atlanta Falcons put their perfect home record (6-0) on the line as the defending Super Bowl champs come to town.

The Buffalo Bills have their (now annual) game at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

We have a coaching change for week 15 as the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is OUT and Jim Caldwell is IN to replace him.

The St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders will be the first teams to complete the home portion of their 2012 schedules this weekend.

The Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, and Seattle Seahawks will all close out the road portion of their schedules this week.

If you are a NFL fan then please do go through the entire slideshow, but in case you want to start with your team first here is the order the games are listed in (All NFC hosted games first, then AFC):

Page one - you are there now!...Page two - Bengals at Eagles

Page three - Packers at Bears...Page four - Giants at Falcons

Page five - Vikings at Rams...Page six - Buccaneers at Saints

Page seven - Lions at Cardinals...Page eight - Steelers at Cowboys

Page nine - Redskins at Browns...Page ten - Jaguars at Dolphins

Page 11 - Broncos at Ravens...Page 12 - Colts at Texans

Page 13 - Seahawks at Bills (in Toronto)...Page 14 - Panthers at Chargers

Page 15 - Chiefs at Raiders...Page 16 - 49ers at Patriots...Page 17 - Jets at Titans

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Bengals at Eagles

Bengals at Eagles
Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

(7-6) Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia Eagles (4-9)

The Bengals are 4-2 on the road, while the Eagles are 2-4 at home.

The last time these two teams got together was in 2008 and that game ended in a 13-13 tie. Remember Donovan McNabb humiliating himself in the post-game press conference as he exposed that he did not even know a NFL game could end in a tie (???).

The Bengals lost to the Dallas Cowboys last week, but they are an impressive 6-3 outside of their division.

The Eagles won last week which snapped their ugly eight game losing streak.

Two young quarterbacks will be on display in this game. Andy Dalton has 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions on the road, and has eight touchdowns and two interceptions vs the NFC East in 2012. Nick Foles has three touchdowns and zero interceptions the past two games. Foles has 632 passing yards in those games. If you take the Washington Redskins game out then Foles is completing a whopping 67%.

DeSean Jackson is done for 2012. LeSean McCoy has passed his basic test for his concussion, but has yet to be cleared by independent Neurologist and he is unlikely going to play in this game.

Bryce Brown was horrid last week (12 carries for six yards...yikes) but he had been great prior to that. Interesting to see how he rebounds in this game. His counterpart is the suddenly hot BenJarvus Green-Ellis. This guy is on a four week run that looks like this...101, 129, 118, and 89. He is averaging 5.4 yards per carry in that span.

A.J. Green was off last week as he had just three catches (on eight targets) for 44 yards. He does average 114 receiving yards on the road so we can expect a bounce-back game from Green in this one. This road warrior averages 16.2 yards per catch and has five touchdowns away from home in 2012.

The Bengals season comes down to next week at Pittsburgh. I would normally be concerned that this could be a game they look past in anticipation of next weeks showdown, but the fact that this is the Thursday night game bodes well for Cincy as they know all eyes are on this game as it is the only game that night. They will be ready to perform.

Cincy is in the top five for first half scoring, and also in the top five for fewest points allowed in first half. Philly has zero first quarter pass touchdowns at home. The Bengals will be able to get a lead in this game, and I expect they will be able to bring it home in the second half for their eighth victory.

A big factor will be the Bengals pass-rush. No team has more sacks than Cincy, and the Eagles are third worst for allowing sacks.

Bengals win.

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Packers at Bears

Packers at Bears
Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

(9-4) Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (8-5)

The Packers are 3-3 on the road, and the Bears are 5-2 at home.

The Packers have won five straight games vs the Bears. It has been more than two calendar years since the Packers lost to a NFC North foe (11 straight wins).

Jay Cutler is 1-6 vs Green Bay. He has eight touchdowns and a whopping 15 interceptions vs the Pack. At home in 2012 Cutler has seven touchdowns and six interceptions.

Aaron Rodgers is 7-2 vs Chicago. He has 16 touchdowns and six interceptions vs the Bears. Rodgers has 15 touchdowns and just three interceptions on the road.

The Bears average just 3.9 yards per carry at home, but they do have seven of their nine rushing touchdowns at home.

Brandon Marshall has been unreal. There are nine players (he is one of them) who have over 1,086 receiving yards this season. That is how many yards Marshall is ahead of the Bears #2 wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. What? WOW. Marshall has been thrown to over 100 more times than any other Bear. Again I say What? WOW. It is worth noting that only two of his nine touchdown catches have come at home.

Both teams get off to great starts on defense. Both average yielding just a field goal for the first quarter.

The Bears defense has a whopping 35 takeaways (best in NFL).

The key to this game will be 3rd down production. The Packers are very good on converting 3rd down, while the Bears are very good at stopping opponents on 3rd down. For the Bears to win this game I think they will have to force turnovers, but they will also have to excel on 3rd down defense.

I feel like the Pack are playing better than Da Bears currently. Packers win.

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Giants at Falcons

Giants at Falcons
Corey Peters-US PRESSWIRE

(8-5) New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons (11-2)

The Giants are 3-3 on the road, while the Falcons are 6-0 at home.

Eli Manning is 4-1 vs the Falcons. His one loss was in his rookie season, and he has four straight wins since including 24-2 in the playoffs last season. In 2012 Eli has just five of his 20 touchdown passes on the road.

Matt Ryan is 0-2 vs the G-Men. He has never thrown an interception vs them, but he has just two touchdown passes.

Hotlanta is unbeaten at home, but the best team that has come to the dome was the Denver Broncos and that was week 2 before the Broncos found their stride.

Julio Jones has seven touchdowns in 2012, but none have come at home. His wide receiver partner Roddy White has four of his five touchdowns at home.

Michael Turner averages 4.6 yards per carry at home. His counterpart Ahmad Bradshaw has just one road touchdown, and he is banged up so we could see a lot of the explosive David Wilson (100 yards last week plus multiple touchdowns).

Victor Cruz has just two of his seven touchdowns on the road.

The Giants average 28.7 points per game (3rd best in NFL) while the Falcons average 25.9 points per game (8th best in NFL).

These are the two least penalized teams in the NFL.

The Falcons are undefeated at home, and the Giants have been pedestrian on the road, however I do think the Giants go to Atlanta and win this game.

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Vikings at Rams

Vikings at Rams
Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

(7-6) Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams (6-6-1)

The Vikings are 1-5 on the road, and the Rams are 4-3 at home.

The Vikings are all about All Day. Adrian Peterson is awesome. In 2012 he is averaging a massive 6.0 yards per carry, and he is getting 6.7 yards per carry on the road.

Christian Ponder has six touchdowns and six interceptions on the road with a QB rating of just 71.6. His counterpart Sam Bradford has nine touchdowns and six interceptions at home. The Vikings pass attack is ranked last in the NFL.

The Rams are on a three game winning streak which has them up to the #10 seed in the NFC. The Vikings have just one win in their last three games which has dropped them to the #9 seed in the NFC.

Danny Amendola is likely IN for this game. He is (by far) the best receiving threat for the Rams.

Steven Jackson needs just 164 yards for the rest of the season to top 1,000 rushing yards for the eighth straight season. The veteran has not lost a fumble in two years.

Only the Bengals have more sacks than the Rams. Their defensive ends are extremely good. Chris Long has 7.5 sacks, and Robert Quinn is at 9.5. Jared Allen leads the Vikings with 9.0 sacks.

This is the final home game for St. Louis in 2012 and I am sure Jeff Fisher will have his team ready to show the home fans that they are on an upswing and they will be good in 2013. This team was 2-14 last season.

Rams win this game.

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Buccaneers at Saints

Buccaneers at Saints
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(6-7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (5-8)

The Buccs are 3-3 on the road, and the Saints are 3-3 at home.

The Buccs average 27.2 points per game (5th best in NFL) and the Saints average 26.8 points per game (6th best in NFL).

Drew Brees is 8-6 vs the Buccaneers with 29 touchdowns (2nd most in his career...Brees has 30 touchdowns vs Atlanta) and 14 interceptions. In their week 7 victory over the Tampa Bay Brees had four touchdowns and 377 passing yards.

Josh Freeman is 3-4 vs the Saints with 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. In week 7 he went off for three touchdowns and a whopping 420 passing yards. In that game the deep ball was readily available to the Buccs passing game. The Saints need to adjust and clean that up.

Doug Martin had come back to earth recently, but he was back over 100 last week as he rushed for 128 yards vs the Philadelphia Eagles. On the road Martin averages an impressive 5.2 yards per carry.

2012 has been a season of runs for New Orleans. 0-4 with all four losses one-possession losses...then a 5-1 run...now currently on a 0-3 run.

The Buccaneers defense is the best in the NFL vs the run, but the worst in the NFL vs the pass. A poor pass defense facing Brees at home is surely in trouble.

Only two teams allow fewer sacks than the Buccs. Tampa Bay has yielded just eight sacks on the road. The Saints pass-rush is very good at home where they have 18 of their 25 sacks.

The Saints average just 3.8 rushing first downs per game (tied for worst in NFL). They do not want to run the ball vs Tampa anyway. This is a game where Brees should put up massive numbers. Perhaps Freeman will too, but I will take Brees and the Saints to win this game.

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Lions at Cardinals

Lions at Cardinals
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(4-9) Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals (4-9)

The Lions are 2-5 on the road, while the Cards are 3-3 at home.

What can you say about the Cardinals and their 2012 free-fall. 4-0 has become 4-9. Last week they lost something like 685-0. In the last 10 quarters the Cards have zero touchdowns, and have been outscored 82-6 (yikes...yikes).

The Cards get just 3.8 rushing 1st downs per game (tied for worst in NFL). LaRod Stephens-Howling leads the team with a measly 318 rushing yards (50th best in NFL...yikes).

Kevin Kolb is likely OUT (ribs), meaning Ryan Lindley (terrible) and/or John Skelton (terrible) will be the Arizona signal caller. Lindley has a QB rating of 42.6, while Skelton is at 55.4. I have never seen numbers that bad before. The only thing worse is watching them play (did I mention they are both terrible?).

The Cardinals fans are hurting, and so is Larry Fitzgerald. The future Hall of Fame receiver has four games in 2012 where he recorded just one catch. He was targeted 29 times ion those games. Four for 29...yikes. On the season Fitz has been targeted a whopping 131 times, but just 57 of those were complete to Fitz (several have gone the other way for pick-6 defensive touchdowns). His string of five seasons north of 1,000 in a row is in massive jeopardy (he is at 652 with three games left).

Lions fans are pretty upset these days too. A 5 game losing streak has turned 4-4 into 4-9. Detroit has the #1 ranked pass offense, but the 21th ranked rush offense.

Matthew Stafford has eight touchdowns and just one interception in the 4th quarter this season, but he has just nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions combined in every other quarter. His QB rating improves with each quarter, but the Lions defense cannot hold the fort until Stafford heats up and the good play to end the game is often too little too late.

Neither coach will be with their teams next season. They have each been that bad.

This should be a marque match-up of Fitz vs Calvin Johnson, but I think it will look a lot more like a match-up of 4-9 vs 4-9. This will be an ugly game, but the Lions will win.

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Steelers at Cowboys

Steelers at Cowboys
Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

(7-6) Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys (7-6)

The Steelers are 3-4 on the road, while the Cowboys are 3-3 at home.

These two teams have combined for a whopping 11 Super Bowl wins in their history.

The story will be whether or not Dez Bryant plays. He has injured fingers, but he does want to play through it. Tony Romo-to-Bryant is awesome at home. These two hook up for an average of 110 yards in Dallas.

The Cowboys are on a 4-1 run which has them in the playoff hunt. In that span Bryant has two more touchdowns than anyone in the NFL.

Romo needs Bryant, big-time. Even with his production with Dez we still see that Romo has struggled at home overall. In Dallas he has nine touchdowns and a dozen interceptions, and he has been sacked 20 times.

DeMarco Murray is getting just 2.8 yards per carry at home, but overall the Cowboys win more than they lose when he plays.

Ben Roethlisberger is back for the Steelers. He will have DeMarcus Ware to deal with, but Ware has just two sacks in the last five games.

The Steelers are on a 1-3 slump, but even a loss in this game would not be as detrimental to them as a loss would be to the Cowboys. Pitt's season is pretty much going to come down to next week as they host the Bengals.

Two plus two equals four. Standard. Pitts defense is extremely good. Standard. The Steel Curtain is #5 vs the run, and they are numero uno vs the pass.

Pitt is 3-1 when coming off a loss, and the 'Boys are 2-3 when coming off a win. This is a close game to call, but I am under the impression that Bryant will not play which leaves me taking the Steelers to win this game.

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Redskins at Browns

Redskins at Browns
Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

(7-6) Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns (5-8)

The Redskins are 3-3 on the road, while the Browns are 4-3 at home.

Unreal to think that these two teams are a combined 6-0 the past three weeks.

The 2007 Browns were 7-1 at home which is the last time they were above .500 at home. They are currently 4-3 in Cleveland. The last time this organization won at least three in a row was 2009 so we see this Browns team making sure strides.

The home success is pretty much thanks to the defense. Quarterback Brandon Weeden has just four touchdowns and 10 interceptions at home, and 18 of his 24 sacks have happened at home. Trent Richardson is getting just 3.2 yards per carry at home, but he does have four touchdowns during the three game winning streak.

T-Rich had back-to-back 100+ yard games heading into their BYE week. Since then his production has regressed. 95, 85, 72, and last week just 42. I like him a lot, but he will have to ramp it up to get to his potential.

Following a loss to the Carolina Panthers the 3-6 Redskins had their coach proclaim the season was over and they would finish 2012 figuring out who would remain for 2013. Four straight wins later and this team is alllll the way up to the #7 seed in the NFC.

The question is will Robert Griffin III play. Robert Griffin II says yes, but the team is preparing as if Kirk Cousins will be behind center.

RG III is already showing that he is special. He has the best QB rating in the NFL, and on the road he has 10 touchdown passes and just three interceptions so we see the 'Skins need this guy to play.

RG III and Alfred Morris are both in the top 20 for rushing yards, both in the top 20 for rushing touchdowns, and both in the top 10 for yards per carry. Wow.

Pierre Garcon is getting healthier and healthier and he is allowing the Redskins to pair a passing game to their running game. Washington is 6-1 when Garcon plays.

The Redskins are #31 vs the pass, and #7 vs the run. For the Browns to win this game they will have to hit big plays through the passing game which means Josh Gordon will have to have a big game.

If RG III plays - Redskins win...If RG III does not play (I mean the entire game) then the Browns will pulol this upset.

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Jaguars at Dolphins

Jaguars at Dolphins
Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

(2-11) Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins (5-8)

The Jags are 1-5 on the road, while Miami is 3-3 at home.

Ex-Dophins Chad Henne vs new Dolphin Ryan Tannehill. Since Dan Marino retired Henne was the 15th different quarterback Miami has tried, and Tannehill is the 17th.

Henne was 13-18 as a Dolphins QB, and he lost his last seven games. In games played in Miami Henne was just 5-11 and he lost 10 of his last 11 games at Sun Life Stadium.

Week 11 Henne came in to relieve Blaine Gabbert. He went off for 354 yards and four touchdowns, but has been on the decline since. Since then his passing yards are 261, 202, and 185. He has three touchdowns and four interceptions since that impressive week 11 game. His QB rating has gone 126.8, 108.0, 57.8, and 41.3. Yikes.

Tannehill has four touchdowns and five interceptions at home. He has zero 1st quarter touchdowns all season (yikes).

On 3rd down Tanny has one touchdown and six interceptions (yikes).

Reggie Bush is averaging 5.2 yards per carry at home. The Dolphins offensive line is in flux, but Bush and Tannehill should be able to move the ball vs this Jags defense that is 24th vs the pass and 31st vs the run.

Cameron Wake has 14.0 sacks (4th in NFL) but just 3.0 at home.

The Dolphins are on a 1-5 free-fall, and the Jags are even worse at 1-9.

'Phins phans are desperate for something positive and beating Henne would be pleasing to the fan-base. Fans are already staying away from home games in record numbers, and a loss to Henne in Miami would send the fans into a rage. I consider this a must win game for the Dolphins organization.

'Phins win.

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Broncos at Ravens

Broncos at Ravens
Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

(10-3) Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens (9-4)

The Broncos are 5-2 on the road, while the Ravens are 5-1 at home.

This is the final regular season road game for the Broncos. They are in the hunt for a top 2 seed in the AFC which would mean that this may be their last road game, period.

The Broncos are #3 in the AFC, the Ravens #4.

The Ravens will win their division with a win here. They have dropped two in a row for the first time in three years. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was fired this week, and Jim Caldwell will call the shots for the offense going forward. Caldwell spent years coaching Peyton Manning with the Indianapolis Colts.

The Ravens are the ninth best scoring team, but they felt something was off with the offense so they made the late-season change.

Manning is 6-2 in his career vs the Ravens with 17 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Impressive.

Joe Flacco is 2-0 vs Denver with one touchdown and zero interceptions. On the season Flacco has 11 of his 18 touchdown passes at home.

This Broncos organization gets 6+ game win streaks quite often. Impressive really, but the last three times they had a season with a 6+ game winning streak they finished those seasons terribly. 0-3 to finish the season the last three times they had a 6+ game win streak. They are currently at 8 wins in a row.

The offense gets a lot of attention because of Mr. Manning, but the defense is awesome. Top seven vs the pass and also vs the run. They yield just 19.8 points per game which is top five. Denver has recorded 39 sacks, only one team has more.

The Ravens defense has injuries and perhaps that is why they are unrecognizable. The Ravens are just 25th vs the run and just 23rd vs the pass.

Ray Rice has seven of his nine touchdowns at home.

I expect a spirited Ravens effort as they have new coaches now, plus they are suddenly on a losing streak. I do think Manning and John Fox will know the franchises history of fading at the end of promising seasons, and they know how close they are to a top 2 seed (they would love to have Peyton and his crew on a BYE for week one of the playoffs). Broncos win their ninth straight game.

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Colts at Texans

Colts at Texans
Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

(9-4) Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (11-2)

The Colts are 3-3 on the road, while the Texans are 5-1 at home.

The Texans two losses this season were by a combined score of 84-38, but they were to the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots.

The Colts have nine wins, just one of those were by more than seven points. When they lose they get smoked. They average losing by 21.5 points.

Since week 7 the Texans are 6-1 and the Colts are 7-1.

The Texans are the #1 seed in the AFC, but amazingly they have yet to clinch the division thanks to the Colts 9-4 record.

Andrew Luck has eight touchdowns and 13 interceptions on the road. He has six touchdowns and zero interceptions in 1st quarters this season. Just 11 touchdowns and 18 interceptions combined in the other three quarters.

Matt Schaub has a dozen touchdowns and just four interceptions at home.

QB rating = Luck 66.6 on road, Schaub 105.0 at home.

Reggie Wayne has as many touchdowns on the road this season as you or I have, which is to say zero. Donnie Avery leads the team with three road touchdowns.

Houston is #3 vs the run, and #19 vs the pass. If there is a concern for this team it is their pass coverage.

Indy is #20 vs the pass, and #19 vs the rush.

This is the 2nd time the Texans will play a game following a loss. The first time they rebounded to crush the Ravens 43-13. The Colts arrow is pointed up. All due respect to this Colts team but they are the worst nine win team I can remember. This game will be highly anticipated, but the result will be a convincing win for the Texans.

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Seahawks at Bills (Toronto)

Seahawks at Bills (Toronto)
Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE

(8-5) Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills (5-8...this game is in Toronto)

The Seahawks are 1-5 on the road, while the Bills are 1-3 all-time in Toronto.

Toronto's own Buffalo Bills will be without Fred Jackson, but their running back cupboard is hardily bare. C.J. Spiller is having a good 2012. Spiller averages 6.6 yards per carry, but he does need to get better at taking it to the house (just one touchdown in the last seven games).

In Toronto Ryan Fitzpatrick averages 20 for 34 for 220 passing yards. He has three touchdowns and four interceptions in Canada. Bills fans wish the exchange rate meant more production from Fitzpatrick, but I have long thought he is not very good.

As wonderful as Russell Wilson has been this season, he has been pedestrian on the road. He has eight touchdowns and eight interceptions on the road.

Ex-Bill Marshawn Lynch averages 4.8 yards per carry on the road, but has just three of his nine touchdowns away from Seattle. The Bills struggle vs the run (#28 vs run) so we can anticipate a big game from Lynch.

The Seahawks are the #5 seed in the NFC and they have a wonderful opportunity to make the playoffs as this is their final road game. The Bills are bad, but even if the 'Hawks get upset in this game they finish the season with two games at home where they are 6-0.

The Seahawks have just a dozen sacks on the road.

I have little faith in the Seahawks ability to perform on the road, but this is hardily a home field advantage for the Bills. I am in Toronto and I can tell you the Bills playing here is a punchline. It does not have even 30% of the feel that an actual NFL game has, and there is no way the Bills players can feel this is an actual home game on par with their home crowds in Buffalo.

Seahawks win.

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Panthers at Chargers

Panthers at Chargers
Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

(4-9) Carolina Panthers at San Diego Chargers (5-8)

The Panthers are 2-4 on the road, while the Chargers are 2-4 at home.

Both teams had rare 2012 victories last week.

Both teams will have new head coaches in 2013.

Cam Newton spent the majority of 2012 struggling, but lately he has been very goon. In his past four games he has 11 touchdowns (eight passing and three rushing) and zero interceptions. In five of his last six games he has a QB rating north of 95.0. In his last three road games Cam has nine touchdowns (six passing and three rushing) and zero interceptions.

Philip Rivers had three touchdowns and no interceptions last week, but his 2012 has been poor. He needs the running game to help him out. In San Diego's five wins Rivers averages 30 pass attempts, but in their eight losses he averages 40 passes (simply too many passes...balance is required).

The Chargers have just four rushing touchdowns (only the Raiders have fewer).

Coming into 2012 Ryan Mathews had seven career games of 100+ rushing yards. This season he has zero. In 2011 Mathews had 100+ yards from scrimmage in a game 10 times, but this season he has done that just once.

The Chargers have just nine sacks at home, while the Panthers have 21 sacks on the road.

Steve Smith has 999 receiving yards on the season, and both of his touchdowns have come on the road.

Panthers rookie linebacker Luke Kuechly leads the NFL with 130 tackles.

Newton is playing well lately and he will be the best player in this game. I will take the Panthers to pull the upset in this game.

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Chiefs at Raiders

Chiefs at Raiders
John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

(2-11) Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (3-10)

The Chiefs are 1-5 on the road, while the Raiders are 2-5 at home.

Carson Palmer is 4-3 in his career vs the Chiefs with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. He was 14 for 28 for 209 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Raiders 26-16 week 8 win vs KC. The Raiders have lost six in a row since that game.

Darren McFadden is feeling better and he will play in this game. Run DMC had 29 carries for 114 yards in week 8 vs the Chiefs. Because of injuries McFadden has a total of 69 rushing yards since that game.

The Raiders have just three rushing touchdowns this season (worst in NFL).

Jamaal Charles has 1,220 rushing yards which is #5 in the NFL. In his last five games Charles is averaging 117 rushing yards per game. In the week 8 game vs the Raiders Charles had five carries for a total of four yards (yikes).

KC is averaging 149 rushing yards per game (5th best in NFL) but they have lost eight fumbles through the running game (only Philly is worse).

This just in: Brady Quinn is terrible...

Quinn is 4-13 as a starting quarterback (yikes). He was good in the game following the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide, but horrid any other game. He had two touchdowns and zero interceptions in that game, but no touchdowns and five interceptions in the other games.

Dwayne Bowe's 2012 is done, and his tenure as a Chief player is also likely done (I know Dolfans are hopeful to land him in the off-season. He will be highly pursued by several teams).

Two terrible teams. Two terrible coaches who should have never been hired to run a NFL team. Oak vs KC used to be a very fun game to watch, but that has changed. Raiders will win this game and snap their six game losing streak.

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49ers at Patriots

49ers at Patriots
Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

(9-3-1) San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots (10-3)

The 49ers are 4-2 on the road, while the Patriots are 5-1 at home.

Super Bowl XLVII preview.

These two teams have outstanding running games. The 49ers are #2 in the NFL as they average 5.3 yards per carry. SF is tied for 3rd with 16 rushing touchdowns, while the Pats are #1 with 20.

Stevan Ridley has the most rushing 1st downs in the NFL. Frank Gore has the 5th most.

Ridley has 10 rushing touchdowns which is tied for 2nd best in NFL. Gore has seven which is 10th in the NFL.

The Niners yield just 3.6 yards per carry which is tied for 2nd best in the NFL. No team has allowed fewer rushing touchdowns than San Francisco.

The Patriots allow 3.9 yards per carry which is 7th best in NFL. Their 10 rushing touchdowns allowed puts them in the middle of the pack for that stat.

SF does not fumble much, but the Pats create fumbles better than any team in the League.

Tom Brady is a human video game. He is 74-13 at home (I cannot even wrap my head around such dominance/performance). The Pats have won 20 in a row at home in the month of December.

Tom Terrific has 13 touchdowns and just one interception at Gillette Stadium this season. In the Pats 10 wins Brady has 25 touchdowns and just one interception. He faces a SF defense that is #2 vs the pass and #2 vs the run.

Colin Kaepernick has a QB rating of 100.3 as a starter. Even with a great defense backing him up he will still need to produce with his arm and his legs in this game. Any time you play the Patriots you need to be turnover-free and get your team to score in the 30's. Even if you catch the Pats on an off-day you still will need to score in the mid-high 20's.

Aldon Smith is authoring one of the best seasons a defender has ever had. There are two players in the NFL (other than Smith) that have more than 15 sacks this season. Smith has 15 in the last seven weeks alone. Wow. Wow.

Only four teams allow fewer sacks than the Patriots so we will watch that closely in this game. The Pats use formations/personnel to get any match-up they want as well as any team in NFL history so we will watch that to see how they game-plan their offense to not allow Smith to dominate this game.

The game is in New England which = Patriots will win this game, and they will win the Super Bowl as well.

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Jets at Titans

Jets at Titans
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(6-7) New York Jets at Tennessee Titans (4-9)

The Jets are 3-3 on the road, while the Titans are 2-4 at home.

Yikes. This is the Monday nighter? Yikes.

Two putrid teams here. The Jets have won two in a row, and are on a 3-1 run. They think they are back in the playoff hunt. They are not.

Coming out of their week 11 BYE the Titans are 0-3.

The Titans scored 44 points in a week 3 home win over the Lions, but in their other five home games they average just 16 points per game.

Chris Johnson averages 4.4 yards per game, but has just one touchdown at home in 2012.

Shonn Greene averages just 3.2 yards per carry on the road. When the Jets win they average a whopping 155 rushing yards, but in their losses they average just 94. The Titans allow an average of 127 rushing yards per game.

Mark Sanchez has four touchdowns and four interceptions on the road, while Jake Locker has four touchdowns and four interceptions at home.

Only two teams have created fewer sacks than the Jets.

The last two home games Titans fans have watched their team go 0-2 with a combined score of 75-30 (yikes). The Titans have lost a game by 20+ points five times in 2012. The Jets are not really a team that consistently blows out teams. I actually think the Titans will win this game.

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