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Survivor Pool Analysis – Week 15

Just three weeks to go in the regular season and we are nearing the point of the season where some teams will pack it in while others may rest their injured players for the playoffs. All six options in Week 14 were able to come away with victories. Check out the breakdown for each game in Week 15 as well as your best selections.

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL


Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons – Atlanta fell behind early to Carolina, but was able to come back and pick up a big win to stay ahead in the NFC Wild Card hunt. The Falcons should have no problem with the Jaguars, but they will most likely want to get Michael Turner, who has been quiet, going again. The Falcons are a top pick.

SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL


Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – It is hard to predict how Dallas will respond after that tough loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night. I think Tampa Bay will stick around in this game, but they have been very unimpressive of late, so it is difficult to pick them to win this game. I would stay away from Dallas on the road.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON


Washington Redskins at New York Giants – The Giants need to improve their defense if they want to do anything down the stretch, but Washington should not pose too many problems for them. It is a divisional game, but if you needed to use New York, I would not be opposed to it.

Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs – Green Bay is always an option, but it is unlikely you have them at this point.

New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings – The Saints have been known to have some letdowns on the road, so I would pass on this game.

Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears – I do not completely trust Seattle on the road, but I cannot put any faith in the Bears right now. Pass.

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills – Stay away from this AFC East matchup.

Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans – The magic continues to be alive in Houston, but they are bound to lose one of these games. I would look elsewhere.

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts – The Colts are looking at a winless season, but no one wants to go 0-16. They should be fighting hard to avoid that. I will not bet against a winless team at home unless I had no other options.

Cincinnati Bengals at St. Louis Rams – The Bengals had their hearts ripped out after blowing a 16-3 lead to the Houston Texans at home in the final seconds. They are not in the position they were a few weeks ago in the Wild Card race, so it is questionable how they will respond this week. However, after watching the Rams play on Monday night, I do not see how they will be able to do anything on offense. Cincinnati is a possible option if you are in a jam.

Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders – Pass on this one.

New England Patriots at Denver Broncos – In a game where Tom Brady will start at quarterback for 10-3 New England, all eyes will be on Tim Tebow. Avoid.

New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles – Two big NFC East opponents for the Jets in the next two weeks. This should be a good game with the Eagles having Michael Vick healthy.

Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals – Arizona is coming off a nice win against the San Francisco 49ers, even though San Francisco already had the division wrapped up. Therefore, I am hoping they do not come out sluggish now to face a Browns team that is tough to get up for. Since Cleveland does have to come across the country, I will put Arizona as an option this week.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL


Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers – The Chargers are trying to make a late season push, but that six-game losing streak is going to prove to be too much in the end. I think Baltimore puts out their hopes in this one, but avoid in survivor.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL


Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers – Pass on this Monday night game, which means something for both teams fighting for playoff positioning.

SELECTIONS

Note that the Green Bay Packers are always your first choice if available.

I would follow them with the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans. The road teams go at the end because I have more faith in home teams, and home underdogs have a better chance to pull an upset.

AVOID


Dallas Cowboys – It will be interesting to see how they respond after a tough loss that took them out of first place in the NFC East. I would not risk them on the road this weekend.

New Orleans Saints – The Minnesota Vikings have played hard and might get Adrian Peterson back this week. The Saints also lost to the St. Louis Rams this year on the road, which was very puzzling.

Good luck in Week 15!

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