2013 NFL Week 15 Picks: Scottie vs Mattyoshow

Last Week:

Scottie: 11-5, 98 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Mattyoshow: 11-5, 101 CONFIDENCE POINTS


Scottie: 130-77-1, 1100 CONFIDENCE POINTS

Mattyoshow: 123-84-1, 1098 CONFIDENCE POINTS

That sound you hear?  Oh, that’s just me running away with the 2013 title.

Chargers @ Broncos

Scottie: Broncos 10

The Broncos will be without Wes Welker in this one.  I am interested to see how Peyton Manning will do in freezing temperatures without his 1st down safety outlet.  The Broncos rushing attack has seemingly flown under the radar for the past month.  Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball have run the ball effectively and been able to take some of the pressure off of Peyton.  Because of their rushing attack, I am taking the Broncos in this one.

Mattyoshow: Broncos 14

Yes, it will be cold.  Yes, the Chargers are fighting for their playoff lives.  Yes, Wes Welker won’t be playing.  But I just can’t see a scenario where the Broncos lose this one.  They have plenty of offensive weapons to make up for the loss of Welker.

Redskins @ Falcons

Scottie: Redskins 1

Every part of me wants Kirk Cousins to light up the Falcons on Sunday.  If that were to happen, can you imagine the quarterback controversy talk down in DC for the next 8 months? You know what? I am going with it.  DC needs an intriguing story line and right now there will be nothing better than Cousins vs. RG3-10 and Snyder vs. Shanahan.  The Falcons smell worse than the Johnston Landfill (home of the great MattyO) and there’s no reason why Cousins can’t beat the Falcons.

Mattyoshow: Falcons 2

I think that Kirk Cousins being named the starter for the Redskins is actually going to backfire on the team.  RG3 is their franchise quarterback, everyone knows that.  Now, he is getting the rest of the season off for his health?  What about the health of Alfred Morris?  Pierre Garcon? Brian Orakpo?  How come those guys aren’t getting the rest of the season off?  Sounds like a crock of crap if you ask me…

49ers @ Buccaneers

Scottie: 49ers 16

The 49ers are primed for a Super Bowl bid.  While most pundits have Seattle penned for New York in February, give me San Fran.  Kaepernick has to bust out at some point.  Overall he has had a miseable season, but I have a hunch he is poised to breakout and end the season on a high note.  Tampa has won 4 of their last 5.  I would say it is a surprise but it’s really not.  On paper, the Bucs have some of the best talent in the league.  They were just unable to put it together all year.  The 49ers D will haunt Mike Glennon and coast to a W.

Mattyoshow: 49ers 10

Maybe Scottie hasn’t been paying attention over the last few weeks, but the Bucs have been playing some good football.  Their defensive line is good enough to contain Kaepernick.  If they can control the impact that Frank Gore has on the game, the Bucs will keep this one close.  I don’t think that they will have enough offensively to win, however I’m not guaranteeing a 49ers win here.

Seahawks @ Giants

Scottie: Seahawks 11

The Giants did have a nice little run during the middle part of the season.  I admit I thought they were going to find themselves in the playoffs for awhile there.  Now they are just hoping for a rapid end to the season.  Russell Wilson was drafted by the Texas Rangers in baseball’s Rule 5 draft today.  I, for one, hopes he does play for the Rangers at some point.  I was not old enough to appreciate Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson being two sport stars at the professional level.  The Seahawks will rebound from a tough loss to the 49ers and clinch the #1 seed in the NFC.

Mattyoshow: Seahawks 15

The Seattle Seahawks aren’t the same team on the road, but they are certainly good enough to beat the New York Giants.  The G-Men are just looking to get this season over with, so I don’t imagine that they are going to play with much passion the rest of the way.

Eagles @ Vikings

Scottie: Eagles 15

It took a blizzard for Nick Foles to throw his first interception of the year last week.  The man has been one of the most, if not the most, efficient quarterback in the league since taking over for Michael Vick.  A win over the Vikings puts the Eagles in an outstanding position to win the NFC East.  The Eagles have won 5 in a row and it will be 6 when they steam roll the Vikings.  The Vikings may be with out Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart leaving them with zero offense to speak of.

Mattyoshow: Eagles 11

Adrian Peterson is banged up.  Toby Gerhart is dealing with a bum hamstring.  I think that the Vikings can keep this one relatively close by moving the ball through the air, but not being able to run the ball against a porous Eagles run defense will be their downfall in this one.

Patriots @ Dolphins

Scottie: Patriots 4

The Dolphins pose a fair test for the Patriots in their first game (again) without Rob Gronkowski.  I expect Shane Vereen to continue to dominate the stat line for the Patriots.  The Pats need to quit this come from behind nonsense. I want to see the Pats get an early lead and then run the bejesus out of the football.  Jason Campbell tuned up the medical infirmary known as the Pats defense last week.  If Tannehill does the same this week, I don’t see the Pats getting to the AFC Championship game.

Mattyoshow: Patriots 5

The Patriots had no deal winning that game last week.  The Browns outplayed New England in every facet of the game.  The lose of Rob Gronkowski shifts my focus back onto the defense.  The offense will no longer be able to carry the defense through games.  If the Pats give up less than 24 points, they win.  If they give up more than 24, they lose.  That’s what will happen the rest of the way.

Bills @ Jaguars

Scottie: Jaguars 5

I go from not picking the Jaguars all season to picking them two weeks in a row and with some confidence!  How did that happen?  The Bills were horrific last week getting trounced by the Bucs.  I am going to stick with the hot team in the biggest snoozer of the week.

Mattyoshow: Bills 1

It’s looking like Maurice Jones-Drew won’t be playing on Sunday.  The Bills are coming off a complete disaster last week against the Bucs.  I think that Buffalo rebounds and picks up a win on the road.

Texans @ Colts

Scottie: Colts 14

Man, the Texans are bad.  They have lost 11 in a row.  I am ashamed to admit in the beginning of the season I stated they would be in the AFC Championship.  My how times have changed. The Colts have been mediocre at best going 3-3 over their last 6 games.  Fortunately for the Colts, they get a lay up at home against the hapless Texans.  Case Keenum has done nothing to prove he should be a starting quarterback.  Teddy Bridgewater may be the future of Houston.  As for the Colts, they will win this week but I expect an early exit in the playoffs.  Losing Reggie Wayne has been one thing, but the real area of need for the Colts is their offensive line.  Wow, are they bad!   They need to do a better job of protecting their investment, Andrew Luck!

Mattyoshow: Colts 8

Scottie goes on and on about how bad the Texans have been lately, but the Colts haven’t beed much better.  A beat-up Cincinnati team smoked them last week.  Andrew Luck has no offensive weapons to work with.  The Colts run game seems to get worse on a weekly basis.  In Houston, I’m going with the Texans, however in Indy I have to go with the home team.

Bears @ Browns

Scottie: Bears 9

If I am the Bears, I let Jay Cutler walk in the off-season.  Josh McCown has proven to be a serviceable enough quarterback to lead the Bears.  Then again, I could play quarterback with receivers like Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and a running back like Matt Forte.  Bears ownership should spend the money they will save by not signing Cutler on their defense.  If that were to happen, the Bears are a legitimate NFC contender.  Their defense has allowed a 100 yard rusher in 6 straight games.  Even though I love my Longhorn boys Chris Ogonbanaya and Fozzy Whitaker, they won’t rush for 100 against Chicago.  Plus, I will be in Chicago for the weekend, double win for the city right there!

Mattyoshow: Bears 9

The Cleveland Browns are one of the most surprising teams in the AFC.  Not record wise, but just watching them play you can see that there is some potential there.  Their offense looks pretty damn good when Josh Gordon is doing his thing.  With the addition of a good running back and some help on the offensive line, the Browns could compete for a playoff spot next year.  My issue in this game is that the Browns might be able to stop Brandon Marshall, but I can’t see them stopping Marshall, Jeffrey, and Forte.

Chiefs @ Raiders

Scottie: Chiefs 13

The Chiefs defense and special teams were spectacular again last week against the woeful Redskins.  Trust me, I know.  They are on my fantasy team.  The Raiders went with a quarterback by committee approach last week with McGloin and Pryor.  It simply did not work.  There is no consistency in Oakland.  From Darren McFadden, to Rashard Jennings, and now Marcel Reece the team has been unable to establish any continuity on the offensive side of the ball.  The Chiefs will roll over their division rival on Sunday.

Mattyoshow: Chiefs 13

Matt McGoin, Terrell Pryor, Rich Gannon…it doesn’t matter.  The Raiders are a mess.  They have no weapons for their quarterbacks to work with.  Denarrius Moore is there best receiver, and he sucks.  McFadden might be shutting it down for the season.  The Raiders are a mess once again.

Jets @ Panthers

Scottie: Panthers 12

The fact the Jets are still in the playoff hunt is absolutely unfathomable.  Geno smith can’t even get through the first quarter of games before being benched anymore.  I am grateful Cam and friends are going to rebound from their loss on Sunday night and knock the Jets out for the season, much like MattyO is done.

Mattyoshow: Panthers 16

The Jets playoff aspirations disappear (even though Kellen Winslow already thinks the Jets are out) when they head to Carolina this weekend.  The Panthers need to get back on track after a tough loss to the Saints last weekend.  Defensively, I expect the Panthers to absolutely wreak havoc against Geno Smith and the Jets.

Packers @ Cowboys

Scottie: Cowboys 5

Easy on the December Tony Romo criticism.  I watched the Dallas defense get shredded last week by the Bears.  Their defense is simply terrible.  Maybe Rob Ryan wasn’t the problem.  Monte Kiffin has no idea what’s going on.  Maybe DeMarcus Ware is extremely overrated.  This year the Dallas D kept the Cowboys out of the playoffs.  For once it was not Tony Romo.  All of these problems should not affect the outcome up in Lambeau this weekend.  Without Rodgers, I just can’t find it in me to pick Green Bay.

Mattyoshow: Cowboys 7

I actually kind of feel bad for the Packers.  They are fighting and battling with everything that they have to try and keep their playoff hopes alive.  With Aaron Rodgers, they are Super Bowl contenders, however Rodgers just can’t get that clavicle healthy enough to get back on the field.  The Cowboys try and keep pace in the NFC East race with a win at home.  Scottie, the Packers are on the road you idiot…the game isn’t in Lambeau.

Cardinals @ Titans

Scottie: Cardinals 6

The Cardinals have the best rushing defense in the NFL.  I will lay off Chris Johnson for once this week.  He received bad news as it is that he is likely to be cut at season’s end.  Tough break for the Honey Badger last weekend tearing his ACL and MCL.  I hope the kid has a successful comeback.  With a young core in Floyd and Ellington, a superstar in Larry Fitzgerald, the Arizona offense is a quarterback away from being a contender in the NFC.  Enter Jay Cutler?

Mattyoshow: Cardinals 4

This game might be the toughest pick of the week.  Scottie is right, the Cards have one of the best run defenses in the NFL, which means tough sledding for Chris Johnson.  However, the Titans have a very good secondary, which will make Carson Palmer’s life pretty difficult.  The Cards still have something to play for, while the Titans are just trying to survive with Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Saints @ Rams

Scottie: Saints 8

It amazes me how different the Saints are at home than they are on the road.  Last week they channeled their inner greatest show on turf against a stout Carolina defense.  Marques Colston came back from the dead right at the time I was eliminated from one of my fantasy leagues.  He earned a spot on my “I will never draft you again” board.  The Saints are on the road but indoors against the Rams.  I see the Saints marching to an easy victory.

Mattyoshow: Saints 12

The Saints are making a serious push at the top seed in the NFC.  They need a little help from the Seahawks, but they need to keep winning to at least give themselves a shot.  The Rams fight, but they just aren’t good enough to keep pace in this one.  However, the Rams will continue to build through the draft and will be major players in the NFC over the next several years.

Bengals @ Steelers

Scottie: Bengals 3

Some how, Some way, I finally correctly picked a Bengals win last week.  I am going to roll the dice and hope for two in a row.  Believe it or not, the Bengals are sneaky scary for me as a Patriots fan.  They have a damn good defense.  They can control the time of possession with The Law Firm and Gio Bernard.  Their only enemy is Andy Dalton who loves to turn the ball over.

Mattyoshow: Bengals 6

At 5-8 the Steelers haven’t been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, however it is pretty much a done deal in Pittsburgh.  Meanwhile, the Bengals and their inconsistencies have someone led to a 9-4 record, and Cincy has an outside shot at the top seed in the AFC.  Cincinnati keeps their momentum going in Pittsburgh.

Ravens @ Lions

Scottie: Lions 2

Both teams are scratching and clawing for a playoff spot.  I expect Suh and company will bottle up Ray Rice.  I don’t think Calvin Johnson will be stopped on national television in prime time.

Mattyoshow: Lions 3

The Detroit Lions have this amazing ability to shoot themselves in the foot at the end of every season.  Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens always seem to find a way to get into the playoffs and then make a run from there.  In 2013, I see the roles reversing, and the Lions drive to a playoff spot begins on Monday night!

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