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WEEK
15
PETE PRISCO
Senior NFL Columnist
Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and can be seen throughout the week on CBS Sports' NFL shows. When he's not watching game tape you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.
MATCHUP SCORE ANALYSIS
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016
 
Seattle
Seahawks
28
The Rams will be without Jeff Fisher, who was fired Monday. Does it matter? This team is a disaster and now must face a team coming off a bad loss on the road on a short week. The Seahawks unload on a team that has beaten them three times in a row.
Result: Seattle Seahawks 24, Los Angeles Rams 3
Los Angeles
Rams
10
 
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016
 
Miami
Dolphins
21
The Dolphins will start Matt Moore here for the injured Ryan Tannehill. He is capable of winning here, but the Jets will be focused against their rivals. Even so, I donít see Bryce Petty beating the Dolphins -- even at home.
Result: Miami Dolphins 34, NY Jets 13
New York
Jets
17
 
Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016
 
Philadelphia
Eagles
20
The Ravens are still in the wild-card hunt, but they canít afford another loss. The Eagles are playing out the string, but did look better last week. Motivation is in play here and the Ravensí defense will be the difference.
Result: Philadelphia Eagles 26, Baltimore Ravens 27
Baltimore
Ravens
14
 
 
Buffalo
Bills
31
Is this the week the Browns win? Nope. The Bills havenít played well lately, but they will be good enough here for Rex Ryan, who might be out soon. The Browns lack talent. They arenít winning.
Result: Buffalo Bills 33, Cleveland Browns 13
Cleveland
Browns
14
 
 
Green Bay
Packers
27
The Packers have righted things the past three weeks and have a real shot to make the playoffs, but they have to win out. It starts here. This wonít be easy, but Aaron Rodgers is riding high now. It stays that way. Packers take it.
Result: Green Bay Packers 30, Chicago Bears 27
Chicago
Bears
18
 
 
Houston
Texans
21
The Texans beat the Jaguars on the road, and theyíve been much better at home. What is Jacksonville playing for now? Nothing, That matters. The Texans push to a division title.
Result: Houston Texans 21, Jacksonville Jaguars 20
Jacksonville
Jaguars
13
 
 
Kansas City
Chiefs
21
This is a big game for both teams. The Titans are in the AFC South race, while the Chiefs have the lead in the AFC West. The Titans will go into Arrowhead and keep it close. The Chiefs will find a way late.
Result: Kansas City Chiefs 17, Tennessee Titans 19
Tennessee
Titans
20
 
 
Minnesota
Vikings
20
The Colts blew a home game last week, and now must travel to face a tough defense in their place. Andrew Luck wasnít good against the Texans, and this wonít be easy. Vikings find a way to squeak out a close one.
Result: Minnesota Vikings 6, Indianapolis Colts 34
Indianapolis
Colts
17
 
 
New York
Giants
27
This game has big playoff implications for both teams. The Lions have to see how well Matthew Stafford will play with the injured finger. The Giants looked good on defense last week against the Cowboys, and that carries over here. Giants take it.
Result: NY Giants 17, Detroit Lions 6
Detroit
Lions
21
 
 
Pittsburgh
Steelers
23
This once looked like it would be a big game for the division race, but the Bengals have no chance now. Even so, I expect them to show up against a team they hate. The Bengals will keep it close, but the Steelers will pull it out even playing consecutive road games.
Result: Pittsburgh Steelers 24, Cincinnati Bengals 20
Cincinnati
Bengals
17
 
 
Arizona
Cardinals
31
The Saints are playing consecutive road games and didnít play well last week at Tampa Bay. Arizona hasnít looked right all season, but they will show up on defense here and get the best of Drew Brees.
Result: Arizona Cardinals 41, New Orleans Saints 48
New Orleans
Saints
21
 
 
Atlanta
Falcons
30
The 49ers competed last week, but this is a long trip against a team pushing for a division title. The Falcons looked good last week without Julio Jones. He is expected back. That matters. Falcons big.
Result: Atlanta Falcons 41, San Francisco 49ers 13
San Francisco
49ers
14
 
 
New England
Patriots
24
The Patriots, and especially Tom Brady, impressed against the top-ranked Baltimore defense Monday night. But this is a tough turnaround and the Patriots struggled here in the AFC Championship Game last January. They will fare better today. Brady stays hot -- even against this talented defense.
Result: New England Patriots 16, Denver Broncos 3
Denver
Broncos
17
 
 
Oakland
Raiders
28
The Chargers have a lot of injuries, including to running back Melvin Gordon, which changes their team. Philip Rivers will compete, but he is shorthanded here. The Raiders will have been off for 10 days. They rebound from the loss to the Chiefs.
Result: Oakland Raiders 19, San Diego Chargers 16
San Diego
Chargers
22
 
 
Dallas
Cowboys
23
This is an enormous game for both teams. For Tampa Bay, itís a proving ground. For the Cowboys, itís a chance for Dak Prescott to get back on track. I think the Cowboys win the game, but it wonít be easy.
Result: Dallas Cowboys 26, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers
20
 
Monday, Dec. 19, 2016
 
Washington
Redskins
30
The Panthers showed some life last week against the Chargers. But this is a tough game against a team still in the playoff race. Look for the Redskins to get some big plays down the field to pull this one out. Kirk Cousins plays well.
Result: Washington Redskins 15, Carolina Panthers 26
Carolina
Panthers
20
 
 
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