What a rough start to Week 15 for both Peyton and Pano. The elder Manning lost at home for the first time this season, and David was way off for the first time as well. Perhaps the lack of graphics had a larger impact then anyone could have guessed. Fear not, they are back! And so is the ‘Peoplez Picker’ with three games for Sunday that are sure to be winners. How will Cousins fare as a full-time starter, and do the Bears retreat with Cutler’s return? Can the Chiefs stay hot on the road against a heated rival, or will they fall in the Black Hole? Those answers, and more, are below. Good Luck to all, and check back on Monday for the pick between the Ravens and Lions. See you then!
Week 15 Record: 0-1
Season To Date: 11-9
By David Panosian
Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons (-7), 1:00pm FOX:
The Washington Redskins head to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in a battle of two teams who definitely hoped for better things in 2013. The Redskins appear to have completely mailed it in, having turned the reigns over to Kirk Cousins for the final 3 games. In the meantime, the Falcons offense appears to be at least a little rejuvenated with the mini resurgence Steven Jackson has had. Roddy White also appears to be fully healthy, and I expect them to be simply too much for the Redskins, especially at home. I’ve picked against the Redskins the past few weeks and it has worked, so if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? The sad thing for the Redskins is, their utterly pitiful recent performance is benefitting the Rams the most, as they own the ‘Skins’ first round pick from the (ill-fated?) RG3 deal. Suffice it to say, not good to be a Redskins fan at the moment. I see the Falcons winning by at least 10 here. Lay the points.
Chicago Bears (Pick ‘Em) at Cleveland Browns, 1:00pm FOX:
The Bears head to Cleveland to take on the Browns in a game that marks the return of Jay Cutler. Many pundits are calling for Josh McCown to retain the starting job, but I agree with the move. McCown feasted on some very poor defenses during his run, and I counted at least 3 potential interceptions dropped by Dallas’ defense on Monday Night Football. The weapons Cutler has at his disposal is downright studly; Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, and Martellus Bennett make the life of a QB very easy. I’m surprised the line is a pick’em, though the Browns have been playing better of late. The bottom line here is this: the Bears have a realistic shot at playing in January, and the Browns do not. Just as I advised for Monday Night’s game, take DA BEARS as a pick’em!
Kansas City Chiefs (-4) at Oakland Raiders, 4:05pm CBS:
The Kansas City Chiefs head to Oakland to take on the Raiders. As I noted in last week’s write-up of the Chiefs-Redskins game, this is the type of team the Chiefs have taken advantage of in building their record up to 10-3. I expect the Chiefs to be able to win, and tie the Broncos atop the AFC West after Denver’s shocking loss to the Chargers at home on Thursday Night Football (I never saw that one coming). Jamaal Charles should have a great day, and I also think Dwayne Bowe has a decent chance at a score. The Raiders should have Rashad Jennings available, which is a major plus considering how well he has played since he wrestled the starting job away from Darren McFadden. That should keep this game somewhat close, though I expect the Chiefs to win by about 7. With that being the case, lay the points as the Chiefs should win yet another fierce battle versus their hated rivals.