There are three weeks left in the NFL regular season and entering Week 15 there are more teams that have been officially eliminated from playoff contention (six) than those that have clinched a postseason berth (four).
So with much still to be decided, that’s mean certain games carry even more importance. That’s the case for Las Vegas (7-6), who needs a win against the Los Angeles Chargers on "Thursday Night Football" to stay in wild-card contention.
On Sunday, Seattle and Washington are set to go head-to-head. The Seahawks (9-4) are battling the Rams for first place in the NFC West while Washington (6-7) currently leads the NFC East by a game over the Giants. Also in the early window, Chicago and Minnesota, both 6-7, get together in a game that most likely eliminates the loser from wild-card contention in the NFC.
Later on Sunday, Philadelphia is in Arizona for a matchup of former Oklahoma quarterbacks (Jalen Hurts vs. Kyler Murray), but more importantly, the Eagles (4-8-1) are trying to make a late charge in the NFC East while the Cardinals (7-6) currently hold the final wild-card spot in the NFC. The aforementioned Rams can clinch a playoff spot with a home win over the 0-13 Jets but the game of the week has Kansas City in New Orleans. Both teams have already clinched playoffs spots (and the Chiefs have secured the AFC West title), but have their sights set on the No. 1 seed in their respective conferences and that coveted first-round bye.
In prime time, Cleveland will try and bounce back from an exhausting, emotional last-second loss to Baltimore when the Browns pay a visit to the Giants on "Sunday Night Football." Cleveland hopes to take another step toward ending its prolonged playoff drought while the Giants (5-8) are a game behind Washington in the NFC East needing to win the division to get into the postseason.
Week 15 concludes with Pittsburgh in Cincinnati for "Monday Night Football." The Steelers have lost two in a row after starting the season 11-0 but a victory over the reeling Bengals (lost five in a row) would basically sew up the AFC North and keep them in the running for the No. 1 overall seed.
So which teams will come out on top in every NFL game in Week 15? Athlon's own Rob Doster (@AthlonDoster) and Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib), along with AthlonSports.com contributor Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer), predict the winners for every game this week:
NFL Week 15 Predictions
Tampa Bay at Atlanta
Jacksonville at Baltimore
San Francisco at Dallas
Houston at Indianapolis
New England at Miami
Detroit at Tennessee
New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams
Philadelphia at Arizona
^Cincinnati vs. Philadelphia in Week 3 ended in a tie.