The last post of 2015. We fell apart in 2015, and I blame Tyler. 2015 has been an interesting year. I found out I don't like living in San Diego. It's a great place to visit, but not to live. I found out that 3rd place in my big money fantasy league doesn't get you any money. I found out that Bruce Jenner always wanted to be a chick. I found out ISIS is bad, but they are not good at using maps. I found out the French may be assholes, but sucks when they get attacked. I found out Black lives matter. I found out that protesting and rioting still happens and can be scary. I found out the media likes to blow things out of proportion. I found out that Donald Trump might be the most fun political candidate of all time. but most of all, i found out that I don't know shit about anything. Steph Curry, like whoa in 2015. Mets and Cubs became real teams again. Deflated footballs are a big deal, until they aren't. Some people maybe used HGH. Ronda Rousey is a fake. Tiger Woods is done. Peter Rose is still banned. hockey something. the SEC is not great at football. Chip Kelly sucks. your mom sucks. H doesn't want as much attention anymore. Keith is less of a smart ass. Tem has no time for this shit (RIP TCS). EP is worse than me at picking nfl games. Jug is no longer an astronaut. Meiz is good at trivia, until he's not. beth still exists (maybe). Tyler changed jobs and waited a long time for some tools to ship (via twitter, not LOV) And people who like star wars are nerds apparently.
On to the picks. Last week I was 6-9-1 thank you very much. Brings my annual total to 118-99-6 (.543). El Padrino was 5-9-1 bringing his total all the way up to 102-98-6 (.510). I don't know if he can catch me, it would involve math, and i'm not good at that. I guess there is always the playoffs too.
Bills +3 vs Jets
It's so Jets to lose this game. Classic. Rex may have his team fired up for this game. I mean it's still the team that fired him, and they have a chance to get to .500. And spoil the Jets playoffs hopes. It's a tsunami of positives for the Bills. Jets probably blow this one because of the high they have coming off of beating the living tar out of New England. Just classic Jets. Bills win 17-14
Pats -11.5 vs Dolphins
Last game of the Dan Campbell era. Interesting to see who the Dolphins get to come coach that team. Pats still have something to play for, they have to win to keep from going to Denver in the playoffs. Maybe Belichick doesn't care about home field, but I bet he does. Pats jump out big and coast with Garapolo in the second half. 31-17.
Saints +4 vs Falcons
Falcons superbowl was last week. Saints are just playing for pride, and could be the last game with the Saints for both Brees and Payton. Or it could not be, who knows. Anyway, i think the saints win this outright because the falcons are garbage. Saints 31-28
Ravens +10 vs Bengals
one thing i learned last week, division rivalries are no gimme. Even though the Bengals are far and away the better team, John Harbaugh will have his team ready to play and compete, and if they can go into 2016 having beat both the bengals and the steelers it will give them a ton of momentum for next year. That being said, they won't win the game, but they'll keep it close. AJ McCarron is not that great. Look, they moved the ball in the first half against the broncos, but AJ Green and Marvin Jones each had about 3 or 4 catches on the sideline that were spectacular at keeping their feet in bounds to keep those drives alive. It's not like AJ was shredding the defense. Anyway, I like the bengals to win because they're the better team 24-17
Steelers -11.5 vs Browns
Another divisional game, pride on the line...etc. The Steelers won't be fooled again. It just won't happen. They need some help to get into the playoffs, but they have to take care of their own business first, and they'll do just that. 38-10 and the Mike Pettine era ends in Cleveland with a whimper.
Jags +7 vs Texans
I know Hoyer is going to play, but I just like Blake Bortles better. Texans are probably going to win, have the better defense for sure. But the Jags are no slouch, their coach is coming back next year, and they've done some decent things this year. They haven't been good on the road though, and that's the sign of a young team. I think the texans win 24-20 so won't cover that spread.
Colts (off) vs Titans
I'll take the colts here in the battle of who the fuck? If Hasselbeck can't play, who knows who the Colts will throw out there at QB, but it's still better than Mettenberger. a lot of talk about Chip Kelly going to the Titans next year, but doubtful. I like either Adam Gase or Josh McDaniels there better than Chip. Colts will be looking for a new coach too, and both Gase and McDaniels should be on their radar. How about that for McD, if he were to go to the hated Colts organization. Maybe there is too much hatred for that. I don't know. either way, colts win 24-7
Skins +3.5 vs Cowboys
That line has to be wrong right? Is it because the skins are bad on the road? has vegas not been watching these two teams. Kirk Cousins keeps the mojo going, they win 24-14.
Eagles +3.5 vs Giants
One of those, our coach got fired, so now we're going to play really hard games. Giants may be playing to save Coughlin's job. I don't know, he's got 2 superbowls and who are you going to get that's better. Giants did not look interested in playing at all last week, so no reason to think they'll be any better this week. I'll take the points Eagles win 24-21
Lions (pick 'em) vs Bears
Lions are playing a lot better lately. 5-2 in their last seven games, and one was the stupid hail mary game, and the other was a bogus call against the seahawks or they've won seven straight. Bears were hot for a bit in the middle of the season, but haven't finished strong. I'm going with the hotter team right now. This run may have saved Jim Caldwell for another year. Lions win 31-24
Chargers +10 vs Broncos
Broncos shouldn't be giving 10 points to anyone. Will be interesting to see how short of a leash Osweiler is on, now that Manning is back as the backup. Will he be looking over his shoulder after every poorly thrown ball? I think the broncos win this game because of their defense, but unless they get at least 1 if not 2 defensive scores, they don't beat anyone by double digits. This has the feel of a 17-10 game, so i'll take that for the broncos.
Panthers -11.5 vs Bucs
Panthers need this game to keep HFA throughout the playoffs. And they looked like stink last week, so they'll be focused and come out intense and ready to go. I like what Winston has done, gotten a little better each week. The only way the panthers don't cover is if they get way ahead, bring in derek anderson, and let the bucs get a late TD to cover in garbage time. Which could happen. but i'm betting against it. Panthers win 31-17.
Raiders +7.5 vs Chiefs
This is a game the Chiefs have to have. They could move all the way up to the 3 seed and host a playoff game if they win and the Broncos lose. So you know they'll come out motivated. Raiders last game for Charles Woodson. They'll play their asses off. Plus it's a division rival, and you don't just roll over for them. Raiders win and they get to 8-8, so you know the team wants to hit that magic .500 number. Chiefs have been riding high, and I keep thinking they'll have an emotional let down and get bit eventually. This is the week. Raiders win, in shocking fashion on a Janikowski 58 yard FG in the snow 24-23.
Seahawks +7 vs Cardinals
I like how the NFL messed with the kickoff time of the Panthers and Chief's games so that nobody knows if they can just put it on cruise control and not play their guys. Cardinals still have a shot at the #1 seed, so you expect them to come out and play hard. Seahawks need to win so they have a shot at playing the Skins as opposed to going to Green Bay or Minnesota next week. Plus the seahawks just got embarrassed last week. They are a championship team, so they rebound hard. Cardinals might be the best team in the NFC, but hawks win this one. 31-30
49ers +3 vs Rams
I'll take the home dog here. No real reason. 49ers win 21-20
Vikings +3 vs Packers
Pack has dominated this series. A lot at stake for both teams here. The winner gets to host a playoff game next week, loser goes on the road, maybe against this same team. Weird scheduling for the packers if they win, they'll have played at Arizona, then home against the Vikings, then home again against the vikings, and if they win that game, go back to Arizona (assuming the cards don't get the #1 seed). not much to say about this other than, the packers look awful at a time of year you shouldn't look awful. Vikings had their best game of the season last week and have been clubbing fools the last few weeks. I'll take the vikings in an upset here 21-17.