Week 15 and there were more teams that clinched their divisions, most notably Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. New England had the chance to close out the AFC East, but they tanked on Monday night verses Miami. Minnesota also blowing an opportunity to clinch the NFC North. We should see more teams clinch their divisions this weekend, with some important matchups heading our way.
Last Week’s Results
Head to Head: 9-7
Against the Spread: 9-7
Season to Date
Head to Head: 126-81
Against the Spread: 89-75-27
All odds courtesy of Oddsshark.com
Thursday, December 14
Denver at Indianapolis
Line: Broncos by 2½
This is a matchup that could have been more interesting had both teams won more games. But both teams are going nowhere fast. And this is a matchup for who gets the better draft spot.
This is my upset special!
Smooth’s Pick – Indianapolis 24-17
Saturday, December 16
Chicago at Detroit
Line: Lions by 5½
The Bears continue to play some pretty good football and this weekend, they can play spoiler on the road verses the Lions. Detroit needs this game badly and it’s going to a tough game to do it.
Smooth’s Pick – Detroit (28-16)
LA Chargers at Kansas City
Line: Pick ‘em
The winner of this game takes control of the AFC West, and right now the Bolts have the advantage. Despite the Chiefs playing at home, the Chargers have the upper hand because they’re playing better.
Smooth’s Pick – LA Chargers (27-21)
Sunday, December 17
Arizona at Washington
Line: Redskins by 4½
The Redskins could have been in contention had they played better earlier in the year. But this is just to play out the season. The Cardinals need a win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Smooth’s Pick – Washington (19-17)
Baltimore at Cleveland
Line: Ravens by 7
Baltimore looks to solidify a wildcard spot verses the hapless Browns, who look like they won’t win another game this season. They’re destined to get the top pick in next year’s draft.
Smooth’s Pick – Baltimore (25-13)
Cincinnati at Minnesota
Line: Vikings by 11
Tough luck for the Vikings who missed the chance to clinch last weekend. They get another chance verses a Bengals team who probably won’t make .500 this season.
This is my lock!
Smooth’s Pick – Minnesota (37-10)
Green Bay at Carolina
Line: Panthers by 2½
The Packers get Aaron Rodgers back at the right time. They’ve struggled without him and they need to run the gauntlet and get to 10-6. The Panthers are a tough sell to do that.
Smooth’s Pick – Carolina (30-14)
Houston at Jacksonville
Line: Jags by 11½
Both teams are going in different directions. The Jags can control the AFC South win a win verses the Texans. This will be a huge win, as they will have a 10 win season for the first time in 10 years.
Smooth’s Pick – Jacksonville (33-12)
Miami at Buffalo
Line: No Line
The Bills need to win all their games to get any chance at a wild card. The Dolphins shocked the Patriots last weekend, but with snow in the forecast in Buffalo on Sunday, it’s looking pretty bleak for the fish.
Smooth’s Pick – Buffalo (17-10)
NY Jets at New Orleans
Line: Saints by 16
Gang Green got clobbered in the Mile High city last weekend, and it could get worse going into the Big Easy. The Saints can clinch a playoff berth with a win Sunday, and they could get it.
Smooth’s Pick – New Orleans (33-7)
Philadelphia at NY Giants
Line: Eagles by 7½
The G-men are just not that good this season. With injuries and the debacle at the helm, it just wasn’t meant to be. For the Eagles, they’ll have to win the rest of the way without Carson Wentz who had successful surgery on his knee. Nick Foles will lead the way in the playoffs.
Smooth’s Pick – Philadelphia (27-14)
LA Rams at Seattle
Line: Seahawks by 2½
The Rams failed in their test against a formidable opponent. They get another chance verses a Seahawks team who need this game badly.
Smooth’s Pick – Seattle (23-21)
New England at Pittsburgh
Line: Patriots by 3
The Steelers are slight underdogs verses the Patriots, who could lose two straight. That would be unheard of in the Tom Brady era. But the Patriots have had the Steelers number the last few years.
Smooth’s Pick – New England (26-22)
Tennessee at San Francisco
Line: Niners by 2
This is a rare moment for the Niners, being favored against a team over .500. That’s because they have a two game win streak. The Titans need to figure out their offense problems and fast.
Smooth’s Pick – San Francisco (21-15)
Dallas at Oakland
Line: Cowboys by 3
Dallas needs to win on Sunday night to keep their wildcard dreams alive. They take on a Raiders team who have sputtered at the worst time possible. The Silver and Black need to stop the bleeding fast.
Smooth’s Pick – Dallas (27-19)
Monday, December 18
Atlanta at Tampa Bay
Line: Falcons by 6
The Falcons got the big victory over New Orleans to keep their division title hopes. But they’ll need to continue to win and having to go to a division rivals house, that gonna be a tall order.
Smooth’s Pick – Atlanta (27-20)
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