NFL weekly picks: Week Fifteen

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Week Fourteen had enough upsets to span a season. We saw a slip on a game-tying field goal as time expired, a giant beatdown at the Meadowlands, a takedown of the number one team in the NFC, and… of course… a Miami miracle. The scoreboard is starting to loosen up as Tom has a healthy two game lead over Zach with three weeks to go. Here is how the rest of us size up:






Here are our picks for Week Fifteen:

Game of the week: An AFC West showdown on primetime for the potential fate of the number one seed? Count us in. This Chargers versus Chiefs game has huge implications on the AFC playoff. The Philip Rivers led Chargers have had a strong showing this year. They currently sit at 10-3 and have the second best record in the AFC, but are currently a wildcard team. The Chiefs are the reason that they can’t be the second seed and have a bye.
The Chiefs offense has been prolific this season with Patrick Mahomes playing at an MVP level in his sophomore season. After the loss of Kareem Hunt due to off field issues the Chiefs struggled against the Raiders and went to overtime against the Baltimore Ravens. Both teams come in to this Thursday night game banged up. The Chargers have their two running backs Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon listed as out and questionable respectively. On the Chiefs side, Sammy Watkins is out, Spencer Ware is doubtful, and Tyreek Hill and Eric Berry are questionable. The return of Eric Berry is huge for the Chiefs if he can play the way he was before his injury, he could help strengthen the Chiefs weak defense.
For us Patriots fans, this game has huge meaning because if the Chargers could become the number one seed in the AFC and the games would go through them. But playing in LA where no one really cares about the Chargers would be a much better alternative than going to play in Arrowhead.
This game probably won’t be another Chiefs vs Rams games, but it should be exciting. Both offenses are potent with two gunslinging QBs going at it. Out of the two defenses, the Chargers is probably the better one with potential defensive rookie of the year in Derwin James and the best pass rushing duo in the league with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. It won’t be an easy road game but, hopefully they can pull of the upset and help out the Patriots in not having to go to Arrowhead.

Player of the week: Our player of the week is Saquon Barkley. Barkley, a stud rookie, has been dazzling and impressing everyone who gets to watch him. After a fourteen carry, 170 yards, and one touchdown outing Barkley is poised for even more. The Titans run defense will have their hands full in preparation for one of the league’s most promising players. We predict Barkley to build off of his strong performance last week and have a career day.

Sleeper of the week: Our sleeper of the week is Aaron Jones. The Packers up incoming stud has his toughest matchup yet, facing off against a tough Chicago front seven. Last week, they held the leagues top RB Todd Gurley to 28 yards on 11 carries. Saying this, Jones has been a lone bright spot in a pretty weak offensive unit in Green bay this season. He has been an all-purpose back for the Packers, averaging 63 yards per carry and hauling in three to five receptions per game. He has also dominated in the red zone, breaking through for seven touchdown in the past five games. With all of this being said, I figure Jones to have a surprisingly strong week when the Packers travel to Chicago for an afternoon matinee.

Bust of the week: Kirk Cousins is our bust player of the week. He received a giant contract in the offseason from the Vikings, but he is nowhere near the QB they payed for. Cousins has been mediocre for most of the year even with multiple weapons surrounding him, including a top five receiver in Adam Theilen. We expect yet another down performance against a Miami’s decent secondary.







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