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2006 NFL Week 15 Picks

OK folks, it’s coming down to the wire which means there’s only a few weeks left to win your office pool’s weekly prize and, more importantly, the overall season prize. Check out the Week 15 picks below if you need some help beating the idiot guy in your office who talks too much trash and loves the Cowboys even though he lives in New Jersey. If you want to see how we stack up against all the experts, check out a very nifty expert picks compilation spreadsheet by our buddy Tokar.

The featured games for week 15 are Dallas @ Atlanta, Philly @ NY Giants, Kansas City @ Chargers, and Cincinnati @ Indy. You can download the podcast directly (running time 30 mins) or subscribe to the feed.

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Week 15 Picks

MATCHUP  Vegas  Vinny  BostonMac  Trevor  RJ Warner
Niners @ Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks
Cowboys @ Falcons Cowboys Falcons Falcons Cowboys
Browns @ Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens Ravens
Lions @ Packers Packers Lions Packers Packers
Texans @ Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots Patriots
Jaguars @ Titans Jaguars Titans Titans Jaguars
Dolphins @ Bills Bills Bills Bills Bills
Jets @ Vikings Vikings Jets Jets Jets
Steelers @ Panthers Steelers Panthers Panthers Steelers
Bucs @ Bears Bears Bears Bears Bears
Redskins @ Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints
Broncos @ Cards Broncos Cards Broncos Cards
Eagles @ Giants Giants Giants Giants Giants
Rams @ Raiders Rams Rams Rams Rams
Chiefs @ Chargers Chiefs Chargers Chargers Chargers
Bengals @ Colts Colts Colts Colts Colts
Prev Week 11-5 (.688) 8-8 (.500) 7-9 (.438) 7-9 (.438)
Overall 137-71 (.659) 120-88 (.577) 126-82 (.606) 124-84 (.596)
LOCKS 6-8 8-6 7-6 5-9
Locks of the Week

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[Editor’s Note: This year, we’re making the Locks of the Week a little more interesting as we have a side bet amongst the four experts. The person with the most money at the end of the year in Locks betting takes home all the money. Disclaimer: The amounts discussed are for illustrative and entertainment purposes only. Gambling may be illegal in your locale.]

Vegas Vinny: Dallas got absolutely whooped last week. A team that most people were calling the best in the NFC got outcoached, outplayed and embarassed by the Saints at home. Don’t expect a repeat of that performance against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons might be on a two game winning streak but those two wins were against the Redskins and the Bucs. 7 of their 17 points last week came on a play where Bruce Gradkowski fumbles and half the Bucs decide they don’t want to cover up and Demorrio Williams returned it for a TD. The Cowboys will use DeMarcus Ware to contain Michael Vick and Tony Romo gets back on track against a defense ranked 31st against the pass. This is an easy easy win for the Cowboys. I’m putting $110 to win $100 on the Cowboys (-3). (Balance = $950)

BostonMac: I am certainly jumping off the 49ers bandwagon. After being an ATM for me for a few weeks, they just as quickly turned the corner and became highway robbers on my wallet. Here are five reasons to take the Bills against the Dolphins this week: (1) It is a well-known fact in the NFL that warm-weather teams have difficulty winning in cold-weather cities in December. (2) The Dolphins are screaming LETDOWN GAME after their 21-0 pasting of the Patriots at home last weekend. (3) This is a hard-fought divisional matchup between two ancient rivals in which anything can happen. (4) The Dolphins might be a flavor of the week right now, but they are still streakier than Frank the Tank after a “Golf Pro’s and Tennis Ho’s” party. (Not a great simile, I know.) (5) It’s still Joey Harrington on the road in December. No reason not to take Buffalo, especially when giving only one point which makes this essentially a pick-em. $220 on the Bills (-1) to win $200. (Balance = $900)

Trevor F: There is one general rule that I always follow when picking a game. Anytime there is a lively home underdog, take them without hesitation. Right the Tennessee Titans are playing great football. In fact, if
they were in the NFC, they would have a chance of getting to the Super Bowl. Vince Young has been amazing. This year’s Rookie of the Year race will probably be the tightest in recent memory as Young, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Devin Hester and Marques Colston can all make a very good case. I cannot believe the Titans are getting 3.5 points at home against Jacksonville. The Jags are schizophrenic. I know they beat the Colts last week, but that’s even more the reason to pick against them this week. I’m taking the Titans at home. I think Tennessee wins the game. Worst case scenario…..the half point buys you the backdoor cover. $55 on the Titans (+3.5) to win $50. (Balance = $1175)

RJ Warner: I’ve got nothing this week. The Colts thoroughly emabarrased me and made me question my football existence by getting run out of the state of Florida. I’m almost broke and begging for change so I can get my week 16 and 17 bets in. That being said, I think it’s safe to say the Chiefs, who are fighting for a playoff spot, are desperate. The Chargers have already clinched their division. LT already has the touchdown record. They are the best team in the NFL right now, so they will beat the Chiefs on talent alone. But the 9 points they are giving to a team that will throw everything at them is a little excessive. KC should cover this one rather easily, if not win outright. $55 to win $50 says I’m right. (Balance = $185)

7 replies on “2006 NFL Week 15 Picks”

Locks with Unlimited Keys i don’t believe any of you guys’ locks are indeed locks. i think vegas vinny is the only one that has a lock that might come through. Boston Mac and Trev are crazy. the Dolphins are not going to lose to the bills. and the Jags are primed to be the most dangerous team in the playoffs. i would never take the titans. i’ve been tracking you guys’ picks for awhile and i just was unhappy with yours this week. no hate on you personally i just think your locks need a little more work.

well at least I got a vote of confidence….

Trevor has been leading the locks all year but I think his pick is a little out there.  As I said on the podcast, the Jaguars ran all over the Colts who are ranked dead last in rushing defense.  And what is Tenn ranked?  #28.  It could get ugly.

Titans I honestly think right now they are a better team than the Jags.  Ever since Vince Young has taken over they have been a completely different team.  Jacksonville is know to follow up big wins with gut shot losses.  They do it again this week.

ninerssss Haha, I knew it! C’mon Trevor what kind of homer are you?? Still got a chance…Zona at home next week, then at Denver against Cutler (who’s not THAT good…). And Seattle playes SD next week and then anything can happen in Tampa in the final week!! Niners could finish tied 8-8 with Seattle and then we’re in!!

Anyone see Alex Smith tonight? Damn.

The 49ers I can’t believe we won last night.  You’re right.  Zona should be a win next week and Seattle is definitely losing to San Diego next week.  The problem is they play Tampa Bay in the season finale.  That being said, if Dallas beats Atlanta, the 49ers will only be a game out of wild card contention with a much easier last two games than the rest of the contenders.

too late.. If they would’ve beat Green Bay, we could’ve talked. As awful they look and as quickly as they’re going to go out in January, Seattle is not going to lose out and blow that division. Or will they? I hate effing football right now. Go hockey!

Oh, can’t wait to talk some more football with you guys next week. (expletive deleted–I’m trying to cut back)

Indy Forget about the Niners.  That game’s over and I picked dumb Seattle for my department pool.  

But going on to the Monday Night Game – and BTW, it was a funny funny week 15 podcast.  And I like that fact that even though you guys don’t pick against the spreads but at least you do provide guidance about the points.  

I think the Colts should all get together and petition that if they win this game, Dungy shaves off his feminine pencil-thin mustache.  If they loose, then all the players will grow one just like it.  It’s going to be a very exciting Monday night game.  

And Go Go Go Philly.  I always said McNabb was a BUST.  See how good Garcia is doing?

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