The Week 15 slate in the NFL has six divisional games on tap, but there also are several important matchups that look much different at this point than they did before the season started.
Entering this season, there probably weren’t many that thought Tennessee would still be in contention in the middle of December. But the Titans sit at 7-6 tied atop the AFC South with Houston. Tennessee is coming off of a huge home win over Denver but now must travel to Kansas City to take on the AFC West-leading Chiefs (10-3). The Texans host lowly Jacksonville while Oakland travels to San Diego to face the Chargers, as the pressure to keep pace rises with every passing week.
Elsewhere, Detroit heads to the Big Apple to take on the Giants in a matchup of two 9-4 teams that also could serve as a potential playoff preview. The Lions have a two-game lead in the NFC North while the Giants are a game clear of Tampa Bay (8-5) for the first wild card spot following last week’s win over Dallas. Besides the Buccaneers, who are tied with Atlanta record-wise in the NFC South, the Redskins (7-5-1), Packers and Vikings (both at 7-6) are the closest in the wild card pursuit.
Speaking of Tampa Bay, the Bucs will take on the Cowboys in the Sunday night matchup. Dallas has already clinched a playoff spot, but missed out an opportunity to claim the NFC East in last week’s loss to New York. Tampa Bay is on the wrong end of one of the tiebreakers to Atlanta, so a win in Big D would go a long ways towards improving the young Bucs’ playoff positioning.
And even though one of the principals has changed, Sunday's renewal of the New England-Denver rivalry in the Mile High City still carries a great deal of importance. The Patriots (11-2) are the top seed in the AFC and one win away from claiming yet another AFC East title. The Broncos (8-5) currently hold the second wild card spot, but can ill afford to lose given they are two games behind both the Chiefs and Raiders in their own division. Can the defending Super Bowl champions rise to the occasion against Bill Belichick and Tom Brady once more?
So which teams will come out on top in every NFL game in Week 15? Athlon's own Rob Doster (AthlonDoster), John Gworek (JohnGworek), Steven Lassan (AthlonSteven), and Mark Ross (AthlonMarkR), along with AthlonSports.com contributor Bryan Fischer (BryanDFischer), predict the winners for every game this week:
NFL Week 15 Predictions
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Note: Ties are not included in season record.