Daniel Jeremiah and Lance Zierlein preview the Week 15 matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks.
Week 15 of the NFL season is “show-me” time. With plenty of playoff lives on the line, we can expect a phenomenal slate of games. Don’t forget either, that Aaron Rodgers returns to Green Bay with the hopes of leading the Packers to their eighth straight playoff appearance.
Here are our five bold predictions for Week 15.
Rodgers was brilliant before the injury, amassing 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions. And he’s already proven that few, if any, are more deft at
Rodgers is motivated and has the added benefit of Davante Adams’ emergence, along with a strong ground game from rookie Jamaal Williams. Expect a rusty No. 12 to carve Carolina’s secondary up, while leaning on the play-action threat. Williams has totaled 352 rushing yards, 193 receiving yards and five total touchdowns over the past five games.
2. Jared Goff still can’t figure out Seattle’s defense, despite Seahawks’ high profile injuries
Seattle has Goff’s number, which
3. Russell Wilson re-inserts himself into the MVP conversation
The 8-5 Seahawks are desperate for a win, and it’s Wilson – above all else – who will deliver the goods. Following a rare three-interception performance on the road against feisty Jacksonville (
4. Tom Brady takes his anger out on Pittsburgh
In his previous games against the Steelers, Brady has totaled 22 touchdowns, zero interceptions and six wins. Think about it in the following terms: Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Tom Brady – Don’t make them angry. Brady – who is enduring a three-game stretch of completing just 42 percent of his passes – also comes off his worst game of the year, a lackluster two-interception dud against Miami. (He had completed 70 percent of his passes during the first 10 games.) Don’t forget that four of his six picks have come since appearing on the Week 12 injury report with an Achilles. New England however, is known to expose Pittsburgh, and I could care less that this game is on the road. Brady and the Pats want the AFC’s top seed and the horrific injury to Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier significantly limits what the Steelers can do defensively.
Also, look for Brandin Cooks (one catch for 38 yards versus the Dolphins) to have a big game. Cooks is too good a player to be shut down again, especially with a Steelers secondary that is reeling right now. With the focus heavy on Rob Gronkowski, expect Brady to feed his top wide receiver, both vertically and in the underneath game. Cooks will go over 100 yards with a score as Brady looks to get right following last week’s debacle in South Florida.
5. Miami Dolphins upset the Buffalo Bills
Miami played its most complete game of the season in its
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