I’m coming off a good week here with my NFL Gambling column and I’m just about even on the season, which is pretty darn good considering how terribly I started. This is a tough week of games to predict here, but there are a couple I really like. One thing is for sure, however: Expect the unexpected. That’s just the way the NFL works at this point in the season, so don’t be surprised to see some crazy stuff today… Continue reading “TOJ Week 15 NFL Gambling Advice and Picks”
TOJ with a rooting guide for New York Jets fans in week 15. Is more help on the way?
Last week was one of those beautiful times where every single thing broke the New York Jets way. Can they get the same kind of help this weekend? It isn’t too likely considering the following match-ups, but hey you never know…
Tennessee Titans (7-6) at Indianapolis Colts (0-13) – The Colts have to eventually win right? Right? Maybe I am reaching here but I do think this game will end up being somewhat competitive. If Indy actually does pull off a win, you know God has a little love for our Jets. Oh wait, nevermind he can’t because the only thing God cares about is Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos…my bad.
Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) at St. Louis Rams (2-11) – Kellen freakin Clemens. It looks the Jets ex quarterback will be under center for the Rams as they attempt to pull off the upset over the Bengals. St. Louis did upset New Orleans earlier this year but relying on Clemens for anything isn’t a very good idea.
Detroit Lions (8-5) at Oakland Raiders (7-6) – The Raiders appear to be free falling and a loss to the Lions here could put a nail in their coffin. I am pretty sure we will look back one day and remember the Carson Palmer trade as one of the stupidest decisions made this decade by a NFL team.
New England Patriots (10-3) at Denver Broncos (8-5) – A scoreless tie? I think I will root for Denver so they have a shot of getting the number three seed, which brings my dream closer to a reality. A Jets rematch in Denver, round one of the playoffs. Could you imagine how hard everybody else in the free world will be rooting against Rex and the Jets? All I want is for that game to occur, the Jets to be up 14-10 with 3 seconds left with Denver at the Jets 3 yard line. Tebow runs up the middle, David Harris sticks him in the backfield, forces a fumble, Darrelle Revis picks it up and runs it back for a score and then proceeds to “Tebow” in the end-zone, while all us Jets fans do the same thing and then run around New York City with our flight boy celebrations…but I digress…
Carolina Panthers (4-9) at Houston Texans (10-3) – We want Houston to keep winning so they are still playing for a bye in week 17 against Tennessee.
Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) at San Francisco 49ers (10-3) – We want Pittsburgh to keep winning so Baltimore still has something to play for week 17 against Cincinnati.
San Diego Chargers (6-7) at Baltimore Ravens (10-3) – We want Baltimore to keep winning so they either playing for a division title or a bye in week 17 against Cincinnati.
Transcript of an interview I had with Jets right tackle Damien Woody a few days before the Pittsburgh game…
It has been dark times lately for the 12 Pack, as well as the Jets…let’s see if we can turn things around —
1. Joe McKnight will have at least five offensive touches that aren’t in garbage time and will make a case for more playing time during the last couple of games. LaDainian Tomlinson’s role in the game plan will be diminished…or at least it should be.
2. Santonio Holmes is going to have a monster game, on both offense and special teams. He is an elite playmaker in the NFL and will be beyond motivated this game to bounce back from his drop last week and to prove Pittsburgh was wrong for trading him.
3. Hines Ward is going to have a big day working against Antonio Cromartie and Heath Miller, Emmanuel Sanders, and Antawan Randle El will make a few plays in the middle of the field against Dwight Lowery and Brodney Pool at safety.
4. Both teams will struggle to run the football. There won’t be a 100 yard rusher in this game, in fact I’d be surprised if there was a 70 yard rusher in this game.
5. Nick Folk won’t make a field goal that is longer than 40 yards.
6. The Jets defense is going to rise to the occasion and play one of their best games of the season, keeping this a competitive football game.
7. Mark Sanchez will play better than he did the previous two weeks, but there is no way he is getting through this game without a turnover.
8. I think we will see another quiet game from Dustin Keller and Braylon Edwards.
9. The Jets defense will force a fumble from Rashard Mendenhall and sack Ben Roethlisberger at least two times.
10. Mike Wallace will have less than 60 receiving yards and will be kept out of the end-zone by Darrelle Revis.
11. The Jets inactive players and coaches will be about 30 yards from the sideline when the Steelers return punts.
12. Despite putting up a better effort than most people expect, the Jets are going to lose their third straight, 17-10. The loss will mean the Jets will have to win in Chicago and then at home against Buffalo if they want a playoff spot.
The Jets are falling down these power rankings faster than Mark Sanchez’s quarterback rating…
1. New England Patriots (11-2) – For the first time this season, there is a clear cut best team in the NFL. The Patriots are looking like they will roll to a 14-2 record and homefield throughout in the playoffs.
2. Atlanta Falcons (11-2) – There is no reason the Falcons shouldn’t be able to at least win 2 of their last 3 and wrap up the #1 seed in the NFC.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) – Their defense must be licking their chops after watching Mark Sanchez’s game tapes from the past three weeks.
4. New Orleans Saints (10-3) – Funny enough, they might have to go on the road to beat the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the playoffs after smacking them around this past week.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (9-4) – They can basically wrap up a NFC East title with a win on the road over the Giants this Sunday.
6. New York Giants (9-4) – They are back to running the football and playing superior defense, which makes them tough to beat.
7. Baltimore Ravens (9-4) – They are far from a dominant team but will still be dangerous in January.
8. Chicago Bears (9-4) – Embarrassment to the Patriots doesn’t hurt as much because of the Packers loss.
9. Green Bay Packers (8-5) – Bad timing to finally lose to the Lions, even worse timing to have Aaron Rodgers banged up with a trip to New England on the schedule.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-5) – The Jaguars can clinch the AFC South by beating Peyton Manning in his own building this Sunday.
11. Tampa Bay Bucs (8-5) – With Detroit and Seattle coming up on the schedule, there is no reason the young Bucs shouldn’t be playing for a playoff spot in week 17.
12. San Diego Chargers (7-6) – There is no reason they shouldn’t run the table with their remaining schedule, but will it be enough for a division title?
13. Kansas City Cheifs (8-5) – They need Matt Cassel back as soon as possible because playing in St. Louis won’t be a gimme with Brodie Croyle under center.
14. Indianapolis Colts (7-6) – Do or die this week against the Jags.
15. New York Jets (9-4) – It is hard to see 9-4 not turning into 9-6 very quickly with road games upcoming against the Steelers and Bears.
16. Miami Dolphins (7-6) – They need to run the table and get major help for a shot at the playoffs.
17. Oakland Raiders (6-7) – The Raiders should at least be a .500 team this year, which is a major step in the right direction.
18. Dallas Cowboys (4-9) – Too bad they aren’t in the NFC West.
19. Houston Texans (5-8) – Still have no clue on how to win close games. It is shame because they wasted a great comeback last night.
20. St. Louis Rams (6-7) – Tough day at the office for Sam Bradford but he is going to dominate the NFC West for years to come.
21. San Francisco 49ers (5-8) – If they can upset the Chargers on Thursday, they will be in pretty good shape to steal a division title.
22. Washington Redskins (5-8) – Botched extra point snap only added to a miserable season for the Redskins.
23. Tennessee Titans (5-8) – It feels like it has been 5 years since the Titans have won a game.
24. Minnesota Vikings (5-8) – Didn’t show any heart in competing against the Giants on Monday Night Football.
25. Cleveland Browns (5-8) – Eric Mangini might need to win out to save his job.
26. Buffalo Bills (3-10) – Ryan Fitzpatrick has put together a very good year for the Bills under center.
27. Seattle Seahawks (6-7) – Yes, I am saying I think the Bills would beat the Seahawks right now.
28. Detroit Lions (3-10) – Nice to see them finally beat Green Bay.
29. Cincinnati Bengals (2-11) – Starting to become impossible to picture Carson Palmer under center for them in 2011.
30. Arizona Cardinals (4-9) – Larry Fitzgerald is still counting the seconds until this season is over.
31. Denver Broncos (3-10) – Why not give Tim Tebow a look?
32. Carolina Panthers (1-12) – Not really a positive thing you can say about this team right now.