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On 12/15/2013 07:56 AM in NFL

NFL GREEK INSIDER WEEK 15

Seattle -7 over NYG:
The team that sports the best record in the league may not have to travel for the remainder of the season as the Seattle Seahawks (11-2) travel east to take on the NY Giants (5-8) at frigid Metlife Stadium. Seattle has already clinched a playoff spot but San Francisco made the Seahawks wait at least one more week to capture the NFC West crown. The 49ers snapped Seattle's 7 game winning streak thanks to a 19-17 win, however the Seahawks have a chance to redeem themselves if they can defeat big blue with aspirations down the road of playing for it all here once again in February.

The Seahawks, who have won 14 consecutive home games, are playing their final road game before hosting Arizona and St. Louis to close the regular season. They would clinch home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win Sunday along with the 49ers losing and New Orleans falling at St. Louis. Led by Russell Wilson (213/330 2871 23 TD 7 INT) who was also drafted by the Texas Rangers in the MLB Rule 5 draft, Seattle possesses a methodical but effective mix in the air and ground game. Also dangerous with his feet (81-458 5.7 1 TD) Wilson has thrown 4 TD passes this season to 4 different receivers. Golden Tate (52-710 4 TD) has not seen the end zone in a month and could face a ton of coverage from Giants CB Prince Akamura in week 15. Doug Baldwin (43-699 4 TD) was held in check against San Francisco but could see more action despite nursing a neck injury. Marshawn Lynch (244-1042 4.3 4 TD) ran for 72 yards last week and may get more touches with the swirling winds predicted this afternoon combined with big blue's vulnerability against the run as of late yielding nearly 400 yards over the last 3 games.

While the Giants already know they will not be participating as the hosts for Super Bowl XLIX, they can blame turnovers and inefficiency from their offense as their 34 giveaways are the most in the league and has lost 7 of 8 games when committing more than one mistake. It has been a nightmarish season for Eli Manning (266/454 3254 16 TD 20 INT) who is performing reminiscent to his rookie campaign. He'll have to be on top of his game against the league's second ranked scoring defense only behind Carolina if big blue has any pride remaining. Victor Cruz (71-973 4 TD) hasn't scored a TD in nearly 2.5 months and has surpassed 100 yards just once over that span. Hakeem Nicks (49-789) is still looking for his first score of the season, however Ruben Randle (37-571 6 TD) has been one of the few bright spots as of late. The Giants running game has been a major disappointment dealing with inefficiency and injuries. Andre Brown (99-424 4.3 3 TD) did rush for 96 yards against San Diego last week, but took a back seat to Peyton Hillis (53-183 3.5 2 TD) when it came to goal line and red zone scenarios.

New York's season has been awful and it will only get worse when the Seahawks roll into town and put a lot of points on the board even in the potential nasty weather; the Hawks are used to it in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle gets back on track this week and proves why they are the best team in the NFL. Seattle's D holds together even with backups on the field they are deeper than most teams and do not seem to miss a beat.

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12/15/2013 08:28 AM

Carolina -10 over NYJ:
Carolina (9-4) had its eight-game winning streak halted with a 31-13 loss at New Orleans last week, falling a game behind the Saints in the NFC South division race. The Panthers could clinch a playoff spot Sunday as they host the NYJ (6-7) at Bank of America Stadium, combining a win with losses by San Francisco and Arizona, while Dallas or Philadelphia fail to win. A return home, where the Panthers have won five straight, could also benefit Cam Newton, who completed 22 of 34 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown while being sacked five times against the Saints.

Newton (248/400 2776 20 TD 11 INT) will face a New York defense that has permitted 254.9 yards through the air this season, which is the ninth most allowed in the league this season. Steve Smith (60-681 4 TD) who was limited to just 6 catches for 49 yards in week 14 couldbe in line for a more productive performance later on this afternoon. Smith will face a New York defense that has allowed six touchdowns to wide receivers over the last four games. Also getting more involved will be Greg Olsen (58-651 5 TD) who caught 8 passes for 40 yards against New Orleans while playing through a knee injury. DeAngelo Williams (164-662 4.0 2 TD) ran for 52 yards on 13 carries (4.0) last week and will shoulder the load while Jonathan Stewart (48-180 3.8) could likely miss the rest of the season with a MCL injury. What makes Carolina so dangerous in the ground game is that Newton (88-495 5.6 6 TD) can be considered a multi-purpose back with his mobility to scramble out of the pocket.

Gang green likely saved their postseason hopes for at least one more week by ousting Oakland 37-27 in week 14 thanks to a solid performance by Geno Smith (195/352 2475 9 TD 20 INT). Smith completed 16 of 25 passes for 219 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the win over Oakland. He also ran for 50 yards and a score. He'll face a Carolina defense that has allowed only 216.8 passing yards per game, which is the fifth fewest allowed this season. Jeremy Kerley (32-388 3 TD) has emerged as gang green's top target catching 4 passes for 41 yards and a score last week. Santonio Holmes (16-381 1 TD) caught 3 passes for 55 yards in week 14 but needs to run favorable routes in coverage in order to connect with Smith. Stephen Hill (24-342 1 TD) was lost for the season with a knee injury. Look for Chris Ivory (146-639 4.4 3 TD) who ran for 76 yards last week and Bilal Powell (140-530 3.8 1 TD) to keep sustained drives alive keeping Carolina's versatile offense off the field. Powell was held to just 14 yards last week and hasn't scored since week 2 against the Patriots.

Ironically both of these teams rank one and two in the league against the run. The Panthers come into action today winning their last 5 games at home by an average of 20 points and allow a league low 14.5 ppg. When the Jets come out flat they are beating themselves starting with Smith, and while their defense is intriguing enough alone to hang in, at inopportune situations they seem to find a moment to give up the big play with the game on the line. CArolina's too motviated and has more to play for in better postseason position even as a double digit favorite at home. The Jets on the other hand need a lot more help even if they can scrap out a win which given the elements will be highly unlikely.


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12/15/2013 08:59 AM

Kansas City -5 over Oakland:
After ending a 3 game losing streak with a convincing win over Washington, the Kansas City Chiefs (10-3) can now look to clinching a playoff spot while still in contention for the AFC West crown as they continue on the road taking on the Oakland Raiders (4-9) at the O.com Coliseum. A victory would secure a playoff berth, and KC could also punch their ticket if Miami suffers a loss against New England on Sunday or Baltimore falls at Detroit on Monday night. The Chiefs allowed an average of 34.3 points and 371.0 passing yards while losing twice to Denver and at home against San Diego, but gave up 257 total yards to the Redskins and sacked Robert Griffin III five times in a 45-10 rout.

Alex Smith (275/460 2873 18 TD 6 INT) completed 14/20 passes for 137 yard sand 2 TDs in week 14 against Washington's woeful defense. The Raiders have allowed 250.5 passing yards per game, which ranks 23rd this season. Dwayne Bowe (49-603 5 TD) had one of his better games of the season catching 5 passes for 70 yards and a score. Donnie Avery (35-531 2 TD) could see more action recovering and playing through shoulder issues. Jamal Charles (238-1161 4.9 10 TD) ran for a season high 151 yards on 19 carries (7.9) and is extremely durable as the team's 3rd best option in the receiving core (57-460 3 TD). With Smith mobile out of the pocket (66-367 5.6 1 TD) opposing defenses need to be on the lookout on multiple sets for this efficient, but far from dominating Kansas City offense. With the Raiders yielding nearly 26 points per contest, the Chiefs once again could have their way picking up where they left off in week 14.

Matt McGloin (80/140 1044 6 TD 3 INT) has done a nice job filling in for the benched Terrelle Pryor (134/229 1579 5 TD 10 INT), though the change hasn't impacted the Raiders positively in the standings. Still with both QB's showing promise for the future, the combination could prove profitably down the road although one of these could compete for a full time spot on the roster elsewhere next season. Rod Streater (50-787 3 TD) comes off a 7 catch 130 yard effort in the loss to the Jets week 14. Denarius Moore (37-569 5 TD) could return this week after suffering a shoulder injury that has kept him inactive the past 3 games. Rashard Jennings (126-588 4.7 4 TD) is also likely to return after suffering concussion symptoms during a Thanksgiving loss at Dallas. The news however isn't so promising for Darren McFadden (103-365 3.5 4 TD) who could likely be out for the season with an ankle injury.

At worst Kansas City will be the wildcard team in the AFC barring a major catastrophe in the standings while Oakland has nothing but pride to play for. Alex Smith is peaking at the right time throwing the ball with accuracy, velocity and authority down the field thanks to efficient protection from the offensive line. The Chiefs continue to heat up in all 3 phases of the game and people start to wonder if that slump was more of a hiccup than a major obstacle. Oakland never turns its back on a chance to play the spoiler role. However they are overmatched on both sides of the ball and the results show on the field losing 3 straight. While the motivation is there in a divisional rivalry matchup, the Chiefs cruise ever so closer to a playoff spot moving into a first place AFC West tie with Denver.

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12/15/2013 09:20 AM

Chicago/Cleveland over 43:
The Chicago Bears (7-6) will get Jay Cutler back Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, but they can thank their backup for making sure they didn't fall out of the playoff hunt. Josh McCown (147/220 1809 13 TD 1 INT) kept the Bears afloat with three wins in five starts, but hope to grab at least temporary control of the NFC North and put the pressure on Detroit when they visit Cleveland (4-9) at First Energy Stadium.

After consecutive losses at St. Louis and Minnesota, McCown orchestrated a near must-win with 348 yards passing, four touchdown passes, one rushing score and no interceptions against the Cowboys. His 109.8 rating ranks third in the league behind Nick Foles and Peyton Manning. Cutler (167/265 1908 13 TD 8 INT) and Chicago have faced speculation as to whether the 34-year-old McCown is the better fit for the remainder of the season. Some of the credit for McCown's success can be attributed to Alshon Jeffery (75-1193 6 TD), who has 17 catches for 333 yards and 3 TD in the last two games to give Chicago another dangerous option in the passing game beside Brandon Marshall (84-1090 9 TD). In the ground game, Matt Forte (234-1073 4.6 7 TD) continues to show his versatility and success coming off a dominating performance in a win Monday night over the Cowboys. Forte ran for 102 yards on 20 carries (5.1) while catching 7 passes for 73 yards and a TD. Forte (65-518 2 TD) is also dangerous in the flat when thrown to especially gaining plenty of yardage after the catch up the sidelines.

While Cleveland has nothing but pride to play for coming off a heartbreaking loss at New England, Jason Campbell (116/197 1324 9 TD 3 INT) had his best game in week 14 throwing for 391 yards and 3 scores. Campbell spent 2012 with the Bears and could find a little extra motivation for this game. And for something a little more tangible, there's this. Campbell has passed for multiple touchdowns in three of his last four non-concussed games. Also, he has Josh Gordon (71-1400 8 TD) who has picked apart opposing secondaries putting up mind-boggling numbers that come even when missing the first 2 games of the season. Jordan Cameron (72-825 7 TD) also is dangerous in Campbell's receiving core catching 9 passes for 121 yards and a TD against the Pats. The major achillies heal has been the running game, with Willis McGahee (138-377 2.7 2 TD) as their leading rusher accounting for the only 2 scores all season on the ground.

The Browns will stay competitive because of how poor the Bears' run defense is, but Chicago's offense is one of the best in the league. If you like points here, you've come to the right place. It will be quite a matchup for both receiving cores going head to head against each other with the winner very well decided with the team who has the ball at the end of the game or who can score at the final gun.

Best of luck to all in week 15
YTD 33-23 .589

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