It's Week 15 of the NFL regular season and while parts of the playoff picture have come clearer the wild-card race is shaping up to be one that will go down to the wire in both the AFC and NFC. That's the result of a weekend of some unexpected results across the league.
Kansas City and New Orleans both won their games and clinched playoff spots as a result. The Chiefs (11-2) remain in the top spot in the AFC bracket but can't take their foot off of the pedal yet with a pivotal home game against the Chargers (10-3) set for the final "Thursday Night Football" offering. Los Angeles is basically guaranteed a playoff spot, but a win in Arrowhead would add intrigue to the AFC West race over the final two weeks of the regular season.
Meanwhile, the Saints (11-2) won their second straight NFC South title with a win in Tampa Bay on Sunday but more importantly reclaimed the No. 1 seed in the conference thanks to the Rams loss in Chicago on Sunday night. New Orleans gets reeling Carolina, who has lost five in a row, on "Monday Night Football," while Los Angeles (11-2) hosts Philadelphia for "Sunday Night Football." The Eagles (6-7) are basically facing a must-win situation as the defending Super Bowl champs find themselves in a four-team logjam of teams hovering around .500 fighting for a wild-card berth.
The Bears (9-4) can clinch the NFC North with a win at home over the archrival Packers on Sunday. The only other divisional matchup on tap has Seattle (8-5), who has distanced itself from the rest of the wild-card pack, looking for a season sweep of the 49ers.
Other intriguing games on the Week 14 schedule include Dallas in Indianapolis as the Cowboys (8-5) look to extend their winning streak to six in a row against a Colts (7-6) team trying to track down Houston (9-4) in the AFC South. Indianapolis is part of a four-pack of teams jockeying for the second wild-card spot in the AFC. The others are Baltimore, Miami and Tennessee.
But the game that will probably get the most attention is the big Steel City showdown between New England and Pittsburgh. The two teams are leading their respective divisions, but both are coming off of disappointing losses. Expect a playoff-type atmosphere at Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon given this game's added significance to the postseason outlook.
So which teams will come out on top in every NFL game in Week 15? Athlon's own Rob Doster (AthlonDoster) and John Gworek (JohnGworek), along with AthlonSports.com contributor Bryan Fischer (BryanDFischer), predict the winners for every game this week:
NFL Week 15 Predictions
Arizona at Atlanta
Detroit at Buffalo
Oakland at Cincinnati
Dallas at Indianapolis
Miami at Minnesota
Tennessee at New York Giants
Washington at Jacksonville
Tampa Bay at Baltimore
*Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland in Week 1 and Minnesota vs. Green Bay in Week 2 both ended in ties.