By Kelton Brooks (@BrooksWeekly)
Ok, maybe I jumped the gun a little believing Johnny Manziel would flash his cape in his NFL debut.
A stat line of 10 of 18 for 80 yards with two interceptions and 13 rushing yards on five attempts in 30-0 drumming is not what the former Heisman Trophy envisioned.
Manziel needs to cash in on some points instead his patented money gesture.
Week 15 Predictions Results
Brooks: 13-3; Overall: 144-79
Perez: 13-3; Overall: 156-67
Wooten: 13-3; Overall: 134-73
|Week 16 Matchups||Brooks||Wooten||Perez|
|TEN @ JAX||JAX||TEN||JAX|
|PHI @ WSH||PHI||PHI||PHI|
|SD @ SF||SD||SF||SF|
|MIN @ MIA||MIA||MIA||MIA|
|BAL @ HOU||BAL||BAL||BAL|
|DET @ CHI||DET||DET||DET|
|CLE @ CAR||CAR||CLE||CAR|
|ATL @ NO||NO||NO||NO|
|GB @ TB||GB||GB||GB|
|KC @ PIT||PIT||PIT||PIT|
|NE @ NYJ||NE||NE||NE|
|NYG @ STL||STL||STL||NYG|
|BUF @ OAK||BUF||BUF||BUF|
|IND @ DAL||IND||DAL||DAL|
|DEN @ CIN||DEN||DEN||DEN|
Indianapolis Colts (10-4) @ Dallas Cowboys (10-4)
The Cowboys have sole possession of the NFC East after grounding the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night. But if America’s team wish to make the playoffs for the first time since 2009, a win over the NFL passing touchdown leader (38) in Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts is vital.
However, the Cowboys are already at a disadvantage with the status of MVP candidate DeMarco Murray up in the air as he battles back from surgery on a broken bone in his hand. The Cowboys haven’t ruled Murray—the NFL rushing leader with 1,687 yards—out, but you’d’ have to think playing on the hand he had surgery on just three days ago is troubling for a running back who also has a league high of five fumbles.
The hand issue is troubling enough for Dallas, but playing at home has oddly been their Achilles Heel. The Cowboys are 7-0 on the road, but are 3-4 at home. Like Dallas, the Colts are also road warriors winning six of seven on the road.
If Murray can’t run the same way he has all season, I’d trust the arm of Luck over Tony Romo.
Atlanta Falcons (5-9) @ New Orleans Saints (6-8)
The NFC South could send a 6-10 team to the playoffs (if you include the 5-8-1 Carolina Panthers who are second in the division).
The last time this happened was in the 2010-11 season when the 7-9 Seattle Seahawks became the first team in NFL history to advance to the playoffs with a losing record and miraculously defeated the 10-6 Saints in the Wild Card.
As pathetic and comical the NFC West played that year, I’m inclined to believe that Seahawks team could’ve won at least nine games in the 2014-15 NFC East.
On paper, both the Falcons and Saints are two of the more talented teams in the NFL. Dress Brees has gluttony of targets in New Orleans and Matt Ryan has a top-5 wide receiver in Julio Jones.
But the offense isn’t the issue with these two teams. It’s their defenses. The Saints and Falcons are ranked 31st and 32nd respectively in overall defense. In other words, first to 50 wins.
Eddie P’s Philosophical Take
Tennessee Titans (2-12) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12)
Wow. Thursday Night Football has not been much to watch this season, but this game takes the cake.
Both teams are 2-12 and share the AFC South cellar. Both are vying for the top pick in the 2015 Draft (along with the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Bucs). The difference between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars? The Jaguars have their quarterback of the future in rookie Blake Bortles. Bortles has solid receiving options in rookies Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Marquise Lee. Also, the Jags two wins have come at home. Give me Shad Khan’s team.
Seattle Seahawks (10-4) @ Arizona Cardinals (11-3)
Arizona made a “statement” last week against the St. Louis Rams. The Cardinals will not be able to do the same this week. The Cards struggled against a “pretty good” St. Louis defense. The Seahawks are coming into the desert as one of the top defensively ranked teams. Seattle is first against the pass and fifth in run defense. Ryan Lindley will struggle mightily in his first start.
The Seahawks will be able to shut out the Cards and score points on the ground with Marshawn Lynch. Do not disregard Russell Wilson either. Despite their 31st-ranked passing offense, Russell will make key throws.
Words From Wooten