jimmythegreek Posts:10499 Followers:376
On 12/13/2012 05:37 PM in NFL

NFL GREEK INSIDER WEEK 15

Cincinnati -5 over Philadelphia:
While the Cincinnati Bengals try to move into playoff position, the Philadelphia Eagles will simply be looking to build on their first victory in more than two months.The Bengals will attempt to bounce back from what they hope does not prove to be a costly defeat when they visit the Eagles on Thursday night.

Cincinnati (7-6) was in line for a fifth straight win before allowing 10 points in the closing minutes of a 20-19 home loss to Dallas on Sunday. Dan Bailey's 40-yard field goal as time expired kept the Bengals from taking over the final AFC wild-card spot after Pittsburgh lost to San Diego. The Bengals and Steelers are tied, but Pittsburgh holds the tiebreaker by virtue of its 24-17 win at Cincinnati on Oct. 21. The two teams, who trail AFC North leader Baltimore by two games, meet in Pittsburgh next weekend.

Cincinnati had not allowed more than 13 points in its previous four games and held its fourth straight opponent to fewer than 300 yards, but it could not make stops late. Tony Romo engineered an eight-play drive that concluded with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant with 6:35 left. The Cowboys' winning field goal capped a 13-play, 50-yard drive. Cincinnati's Andy Dalton threw for 206 yards with a TD and an interception, getting sacked five times. Dalton has been picked off three times in the last two games after not throwing an INT in the previous three.

A.J. Green was held to three receptions for 44 yards and failed to score for a third consecutive game after finding the end zone in nine straight. He had two key drops, one of which could have gone for a touchdown in the third quarter. Philadelphia (4-9), which showed some life in rallying from an 11-point deficit to win 23-21 over Tampa Bay on Sunday, looks to win their second straight and to avoid double digit losses. The Eagles snapped an eight-game skid with their first victory since Sept. 30. Philadelphia has come from behind in all four wins, which have been decided by a combined six points.

Nick Foles went 32 of 51 for 381 yards to set team single-game rookie passing records for completions and yards. He ran for a TD and his two scoring passes came in the final four minutes.After converting a fourth-and-5, Foles tossed a 1-yard pass to Jeremy Maclin for the winner as time expired. Foles won't have veteran tight end Brent Celek to target Thursday due to a concussion, the same reason LeSean McCoy will miss a fourth straight game. The Eagles didn't rule out McCoy or Vick until early Thursday. Rookie Bryce Brown rushed 43 times for 347 yards and four TDs in the previous two games in place of McCoy, but was held to six yards on 12 carries Sunday.

Even though Cincinnati comes into this game on a losing streak, while Philadelphia won last week, there’s little question that the Bengals have been playing better football. Last week’s tough home loss to Dallas snapped the Bengals four-game winning streak. Even in defeat, however, the Bengals gave up just 20 points and over their last five games overall they have allowed just 12.2 points per contest. The Eagles on the other hand needed a miraculous fourth-quarter comeback against one of the league’s worst pass defenses to get their first win in more than two months. One week doesn’t completely reverse the direction these two teams appear to be headed. Even though Cincinnati is the road team and could be looking ahead to a crucial, potential playoff-deciding Week 16 showdown in Pittsburgh, I fully expect the Bengals to take care of business on the road and get back into the win column. For what it’s worth, the last time these two teams met nothing was decided, as they played to a 13-13 tie back on Nov. 16, 2008 in Cincinnati.

I'll have some more plays on Sunday.

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jerzee939 Posts:166 Followers:11
12/14/2012 02:10 AM

i crushed on bengals tonight

  • 12/14/2012 09:49 AM

    Way to be jerzee!

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12/16/2012 01:59 AM

Seattle -5.5 over Buffalo:
Marshawn Lynch and the Seahawks try for their fifth victory in six games Sunday as they head to Toronto to face the Buffalo Bills, who appear bound to miss the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season. Although the Bills' ground game has been strong thanks to C.J. Spiller's emergence, Lynch has turned into one of the league's most consistent backs since Buffalo traded him to Seattle for a pair of draft picks in October 2010. He ranks second to Adrian Peterson with a career-high 1,266 yards this season, and he needed only 11 carries to accumulate 128 yards and three touchdowns in last Sunday's 58-0 drubbing of Arizona.

Along with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson and a stout defense, Lynch is a major reason the Seahawks (8-5) currently own the NFC's top wild-card position, and they're feeling especially good after the NFL's third-largest shutout win since 1950. Seattle set a franchise record for points and matched its second-highest takeaway total with eight. The Seahawks are one victory away from clinching their first winning season since going 10-6 in 2007. Their surge prompted next week's game against San Francisco to be flexed to the Sunday night spot.

The lopsided margin against Arizona gave the Seahawks plenty of opportunities to run the ball, which they did 42 times for 284 yards - the fourth-most in team history. Seattle's 152.3 rushing yards per game rank fourth in the league, although the Bills are sixth at 141.2. Wilson sat out the final 25 minutes last Sunday as he became the first rookie quarterback to start and win his first six home games since the 1970 merger.

Preparing to play a game in Toronto for the fifth straight season, the Bills (5-8) haven't given up on their first postseason appearance since 1999 - the league's longest active drought - though they must win out and receive plenty of help. Even after last week's 15-12 home defeat to St. Louis, general manager Buddy Nix said he has no intention of firing coach Chan Gailey, who has at least one year remaining on his contract. In his third season in Buffalo, Gailey is 15-30.

Gailey has been criticized for his perceived under-utilization of Spiller, but with Fred Jackson put on injured reserve Tuesday because of a sprained MCL, he may have little choice but to give the ball to Spiller more often. Spiller has 944 yards on 144 carries - a 6.6-yard average, the NFL's highest through 13 games since Jim Brown in 1963. However, he's carried the ball fewer than 10 times in six of Buffalo's games, gaining 37 yards on seven attempts against the Rams.

Seattle is clearly the better team here. While this is not a true road game as it is technically the neutral site variety. However, there will be a ton of Bills fans flooding across the border to nearby Toronto. The Seahawks must avoid the temptation to look ahead to their showdown with San Francisco next week.

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12/16/2012 02:04 AM

Houston -9.5 over Indianapolis (bought half):
A win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday would clinch a second straight AFC South title for the playoff-bound Houston Texans. A loss, however makes the division race much more interesting. The Texans look to bounce back from a blowout loss and prevent the surging Colts from securing a playoff berth as these teams meet in Houston for the first of two meetings over the final three weeks.

Despite a 42-14 loss at New England on Monday, Houston (11-2) still has the AFC's best record and needs only a third straight home victory over Indianapolis to win the division. However, if Indianapolis (9-4) wins Sunday, it would wrap up a playoff spot and put a division crown very much within its grasp. If the Colts win their final three games, including at Kansas City next week and at home against the Texans in the regular-season finale, they would claim the South title. Indianapolis has won three straight and seven of eight, moving in position to join the 2008 Miami Dolphins as the only teams to lose at least 14 games one season and make the playoffs the next.

Much of the turnaround has been attributed to Andrew Luck, whose six fourth-quarter comebacks are the highest single-season total by a rookie since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. A week after Luck's two TD passes in the final 2:39 - including one as time expired - resulted in a 35-33 win at Detroit, he helped rally the Colts from a 13-point halftime deficit in last Sunday's 27-23 victory over Tennessee. Though he's managed to come through when needed, Luck has been far from consistent of late. He's completed less than 50 percent of his passes in back-to-back games and has 10 interceptions over the past five, including two last week while throwing for 196 yards - his second-lowest total of the season.

Luck has been sacked 10 times in the last three games, raising his total to 32 - tied for third-most in the league entering Week 15. Add in starting offensive linemen Winston Justice (biceps) and Samson Satele (ankle) getting ruled out, and the Colts could face an even tougher time trying to protect Luck from a player like Watt, who leads the AFC with 16 1/2 sacks. That uncertainty on the offensive line also could prevent rookie Vick Ballard from building on the career-high 94 rushing yards he recorded against Tennessee. The Colts, who placed second-leading rusher Donald Brown (ankle) on injured reserve this week, are averaging 105.8 yards on the ground to rank 22nd in the NFL

Houston ranks third against the run, giving up 90.8 yards per game despite yielding 130 to the Patriots. Over the last four games, the Texans' strongest defensive performance came when they allowed 354 total yards in a 24-10 win at Tennessee on Dec. 2. In the other three, including overtime wins over Jacksonville and Detroit, they have yielded averages of 467.3 yards and 36.7 points. Arian Foster has been limited to 84 yards on 29 carries in the last two games, but he had rushing TDs in both and four in the last three contests. He hasn't gone three straight games without rushing for 100 yards since his 2009 rookie season.

The Colts will likely be no match for the Texans defense. Yes, the Colts are 2-2 in games against teams with winning records, but the two games they’ve lost (Chicago and New England) have both been on the road, and the average margin of loss has been a staggering 27.5 points. Not to mention the fact that said offensive line couldn’t block my grandmother right now. Add all that up and it looks to be a tough day for the Colts and Luck, who is going to need all he can get.

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12/16/2012 02:14 AM

NYJ/Tennessee over 41.5 (Monday night):
Back-to-back wins have turned the New York Jets into a viable playoff contender. The Jets will try to improve their postseason chances by continuing to capitalize on a favorable schedule Monday night when they visit the struggling Tennessee Titans. It seemed inevitable that New York (6-7) would miss the playoffs for the second straight time after a 49-19 home loss to New England on Thanksgiving. With the remaining five games against opponents with losing records, New York began the stretch with a 7-6 win over Arizona two weeks ago before winning 17-10 at lowly Jacksonville in Week 14.

The Jets' remaining schedule is very friendly. After facing the Titans (4-9), they'll host San Diego (5-8) before concluding the regular season at Buffalo (5-8). Mark Sanchez has continued to struggle despite less-than-stellar competition. The Jets' embattled quarterback is 22 of 40 for 208 yards with three interceptions and a fumble over the last two games. He didn't even throw the only touchdown pass in that stretch, as third-stringer Greg McElroy had it against the Cardinals after replacing Sanchez. Sanchez's last TD pass came in the final minutes against the Patriots, a game remembered for him running into his lineman's rear end, causing a fumble that was returned for a score. He should have a familiar target to throw to this week after the Jets claimed Braylon Edwards off waivers from Seattle. The receiver passed his physical and Ryan was optimistic about his chances to play Monday.

New York will likely rely heavily on the running game again after Shonn Greene and Bilal Powell combined for 317 of the team's 343 yards on the ground the past two games. They may be in for another productive performance since Tennessee allows an average of 127.0 rushing yards, tied for 23rd in the league. However, Tennessee has a surging Chris Johnson, who is just the eighth player in NFL history to run for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first five seasons.

Best of luck to all in week 15

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