Still riding that big wave of success. Going into Week 15, picked 13 winners and still only have one blemish on the right side of the dash for Leo’s Lock. With that correct prognostication last week and a 4-1 slate in Leo’s Losers, it offset the 4-5 showing in Leo’s Others. After the dust cleared, I added $190 to the till. Another positive week that increased the pot to $1310 for the year. Not bad if I do say so myself.
This week is another strictly devoted to the NFL. But, don’t fret you college football aficionados, go to the Let’s Go Bowlin’ column for my bold predictions for all the bowl games.
So, without further adieu, let’s take a look at Week 15.
OAKLAND (+3) loses to Green Bay
Yes, I realize that the Raiders beat the Broncos last week but this week brings a little different opponent to the Bay area. Don’t look for the Pack to drop any passes thrown by QB Aaron Rodgers or Mr. Relax may do a Discount Double Check on them. Green Bay is on a mission and, with the Vikings hot on their heels in the NFC North, can’t afford to stumble. I’m betting they won’t and beat Oakland by double digits.
Detroit (+3) loses to NEW ORLEANS
Throw out all logic here. Detroit is the most snake-bitten team in the National Football League. The guys from the Motor City will find a way to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory. Don’t ask me why. It just happens. Watch for QB Drew Brees to have a big day in the Big Easy leading the Saints to victory with a late score and with some help from the Lions in some way.
PITTSBURGH (-7) loses to Denver
Hey, don’t blame QB Brock Osweiler for the loss in Oakland. Denver receivers dropped enough passes for a season at O.co Coliseum and that won’t happen this week in The ‘Burgh. Steelers are tough especially at Heinz Field but QB Ben Roethlisberger is really banged up. Look for the Broncos D to pressure Big Ben all afternoon and force a few errant throws that leads to a big road win.
Miami (+1 ½) loses to SAN DIEGO
This could be the last NFL game in San Diego if the Chargers move back to their original digs in Los Angeles. Do you think QB Philip Rivers and TE Antonio Gates will go out with a loss in possibly their final contest at Qualcomm Stadium? I sure as heck don’t. Miami defense is sub-par, playing on a short week and travelling to the West Coast adds to the Dolphins dilemma. Lightning Bolts big over the Fins.
INDIANAPOLIS (-2) loses to Houston
All sorts of playoff implications here. Winner jumps to the top of the AFC South. Both teams are using back-ups at quarterback so that’s a wash. Texans haven’t had much success in Indy but that’s when guys named Manning and Luck were under center. That’s not the case this week so I’m going with DL J.J. Watt and the Houston defense to win a close one at Lucas Oil Stadium.
NEW YORK GIANTS (+4) loses to Carolina
The Panthers are 13-0 because they can control the contest with a consistent running game that allows QB Cam Newton to be selective with his throws especially to TE Greg Olsen. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the guys from Charlotte have a stifling defense led by LBs Luke Keuchly and Thomas Davis. Giants have a big-play offensive threat with WR Odell Beckham Jr. to counteract but G-Men have no pass rush. Carolina moves to 14-0 with an easy win in the Big Apple.
Chicago (+5 ½) loses to MINNESOTA
JACKSONVILLE (-3) loses to Atlanta
BALTIMORE (+7) loses to Kansas City
WASHINGTON (+1 ½) loses to Buffalo
Tennessee (+14) loses to NEW ENGLAND
Arizona (-3 ½) loses to PHILADELPHIA
Cleveland (+14) loses to SEATTLE
SAN FRANCISCO (+5 ½) loses to Cincinnati