Week 13 was another strong one for my predictions and hopefully this is a sign that I’m making a nice playoff push. Speaking of that, entering this weekend there are only a handful of teams that have officially been eliminated from playoff contention. With so much uncertainty surrounding even the teams figured to be contenders in each conference, this could be one of the wilder regular season finishes in recent memory. Fortunately for us as fans, there will be 15 games between Sunday afternoon and Monday night to enjoy while we continue to sort out the playoff picture.
Last week: 11-4, Season: 116-76
Last week against the spread: 10-5, Season: 94-98
Game of the weak: Jets vs 49ers: Did I really have a choice with this one? While it’s something nobody wants to say about teams, a lot of analysts felt the Jets just quit this past Monday night. They’re officially in tanking mode as Bryce Petty has been named the starter so the Jets have a quarter of a season’s worth of tape to evaluate him on. The 49ers had been competitive in recent weeks, but then couldn’t find any semblance of a passing game in the snow against the Bears.
The two headed monster of Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert combined to go 5 of 15 for 39 yards. If you account for sacks, the 49ers had 6 net yards via the pass. For better or worse, this is a game that quarterbacks who will be in the 2017 draft such as Clemson’s DeShaun Watson should have an eye on. Jets 17 49ers (-2.5) 20
Game of the week: Ravens vs Patriots: This installment can so often become the NFC East game of the week (a strong division helps the case this year) that I wanted to go with something different. Despite sitting at 7-5 and atop the AFC North, we still don’t know how good the Ravens actually are. Their two best wins are at home against the Steelers (Ben Roethlisberger’s first game off returning from injury), and a complete beatdown of the Dolphins who metrics would say aren’t as good as their record would suggest. Despite that, the Ravens and their brand of football always tend to play the Patriots tough.
Brady has won against the Ravens, but it rarely comes easy. Obviously without Rob Gronkowski at his disposal, the task will become even harder. I still like the Patriots in a close one, but this game is a very good measuring stick to see what kind of team the Ravens could be in the event they have the chance for a run in January. Ravens 23 Patriots (-7.5) 28
Steelers 26 Bills (+2.5) 21
Broncos 17 Titans (-1.5) 20
Redskins 27 Eagles (+1.5) 21
Cardinals 20 Dolphins(-1.5) 24
Chargers 23 Panthers (-1.5) 17
Bengals 24 Browns (+5.5) 21
Bears 16 Lions (-8.5) 24
Texans 17 Colts (-6.5) 24
Vikings 16 Jaguars (+3.5) 10
Saints 26 Buccaneers (-2.5) 30
Falcons 23 Rams (+6.5) 16
Seahawks 26 Packers (+3.5) 23
Cowboys 27 Giants (+3.5) 21