Week 15 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Beazley)
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Here are my Week 15 NFL picks against the spread:
Carolina Panthers -10.5 (over New York Jets)
The Saints had little problems moving the ball up and down the field against the Panthers defense last Sunday Night. I don't think that will happen when the Jets come to down Sunday.
There obviously is an enormous difference between Drew Brees and Geno Smith. I think Geno is going to struggle all day, and could have one of his worst starts as a pro Sunday, and that may be tough to match considering how bad he has played this year.
The Jets have struggled against the pass all year, and I think Cam Newton is the perfect QB to light up this defense. I think Cam hits all three of his WRs (Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn) on TD scores of over 40 yards, and the Panthers roll at home and clinch a playoff berth. Panthers, 36-9.
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Arizona Cardinals -3 (over Tennessee Titans)
The Titans have games versus Houston and Jacksonville remaining on their schedule after this home battle versus Arizona, so this one is super important if they want any shot at securing a playoff berth. On the other hand, Arizona is equally in need of a win as they are staring up at both Carolina and San Francisco in the wild card race in the NFC.
As a Titans fan, this season has definitely been tough. Jake Locker was looking great at the beginning of the year until he got hurt. He came back from injury, and he never looked the same. Last week there were reports that both Locker and Chris Johnson will be gone this offseason, and that head coach Mike Munchak is coaching for his job.
I think this team needs a change, and I think the players want a change as well. Munchak might be fighting for his job, but I don't think the team will be behind him. Cardinals win an important game on the road, 27-17.
Green Bay Packers +6.5 (over Dallas Cowboys)
The Cowboys defense couldn't stop anything Monday night, but lucky for them Aaron Rodgers is out for this one, otherwise I think they would most likely be home dogs. I still think Matt Flynn can lead this Packers offense up and down the field. I have Flynn rated higher today than Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton, and Russell Wilson this week.
This game will be the one we look at where it costs Cowboys coach Jason Garrett his job. I think the Packers stroll into Dallas and upset the Cowboys, thus pretty much eliminating them from the playoffs. Green Bay, 31-26.
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