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1206805 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2011-12-18 00:31:18.0 UTC 2011-12-17T19:31:18.000-05:00 nfl-week-15-projections Published 2011-12-18 00:31:19.0 UTC 2011-12-17T19:31:19.000-05:00 sports DTI 86123175 Bengals (7-6) at Rams (2-11) 1 p.m. Bengals by 9, 39½ 'Tis the season for firing coaches, and you have to believe the Rams' Steve Spagnuolo, above, is in the crosshairs. To be fair, it's not all his fault. His quarterback has been hurt, and he doesn't have many reliable receivers. Still, 2-11 is 2-11 — especially in a weak division (at least the Bucs are in a tough one). The Bengals have slipped up but are still thinking playoffs. Can't see them falling; not with their defensive and offensive balance. Bengals 26, Rams 14 Lions (8-5) at Raiders (7-6) 4 p.m. Lions by 1, 47½ Has Ndamukong Suh, above left, learned his lesson from a two-game suspension? Have the Lions figured out personal fouls don't help? Will the Lions make the playoffs? Check back after this game. It will go a ways toward answering that last question, at least. We say QB Matthew Stafford finds a way to make some big plays. Meanwhile, Oakland's offense will be less able to exploit Detroit's defense without injured RB Darren McFadden. Lions 24, Raiders 21 Browns (4-9) at Cardinals (6-7) 4:15 p.m. Cardinals by 6½, 37½ You might need to read this twice to grasp it: The Cardinals are alive in the playoff hunt. Yes, you read that right. If they can snatch this very winnable game, they get back to .500 with games against the Bengals and Seahawks remaining. QB Kevin Kolb will remain out because of a concussion, ESPN.com reported. But John Skelton, above, played well in Kolb's place, leading Arizona to a win over the 49ers last week after Kolb got hurt. Cardinals 23, Browns 17 Patriots (10-3) at Broncos (8-5) 4:15 p.m., Ch. 10 Patriots by 7½, 46 The Broncos have won six straight, and QB Tim Tebow, above, is a great story. But the way this game threatens to play out could negate Tebow's strengths. He's at his best when his defense keeps the game close and he can perform fourth-quarter magic. But what if QB Tom Brady is lights-out? And what if the Patriots build a big lead? Can Tebow overcome that? We have our doubts, though admittedly, doubting Tebow hasn't proved smart. Patriots 29, Broncos 14 Jets (8-5) at Eagles (5-8) 4:15 p.m. Eagles by 3, 44 Who knows what to expect here? It's tough to tell when you don't know which Eagles team will show up. Conventional wisdom says the Jets have more at stake and don't mess this up. Besides, they've got the Giants next week in a game that would be huge even if it didn't affect both teams' playoff hopes. QB Michael Vick, above, returned last week to keep the Eagles' faint playoff hopes alive. But he needs to protect his previously broken ribs. Jets 27, Eagles 24 Steelers (10-3) at 49ers (10-3) 8:30 Monday, ESPN Off The biggest question for this game remains unanswered: Will Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (ankle) play? Thing is, even if Roethlisberger does, he probably won't be himself, given the severity of the sprain. Look for rookie Aldon Smith (10½ sacks), above, to take advantage of the reduced mobility and make a forceful introduction to the veteran. Roethlisberger without his wheels just isn't the same player, and the Niners will seize on this. 49ers 23, Steelers 20 Ravens (10-3) at Chargers (6-7) 8:20 p.m., Ch. 8 Ravens by 2½, 44½ The Chargers are very good at disappointments, and that's the feeling that might result from making this pick. But shaky San Diego still has one of the league's elite quarterbacks in Philip Rivers, above left. He has thrown seven touchdowns and no interceptions in his past three games, but he faces an angry Baltimore defense. Rivers doesn't have to dominate the Ravens. He just has to make a few big plays. We think he can. Chargers 24, Ravens 21 Dolphins (4-9) at Bills (5-8) 1 p.m., Ch. 10 Off The career of Matt Moore, above, had been a disappointment until the past six weeks. The Dolphins quarterback, questionable with a concussion, flamed out in Carolina last season, and he was never intended to start for Miami. The question now is if he has a future with the Dolphins. Has he done enough to warrant consideration after going 4-2 in his past six starts? That's a question for the next coach now that Tony Sparano is gone. Dolphins 24, Bills 20 Panthers (4-9) at Texans (10-3) 1 p.m. Texans by 6, 45 Pop quiz: If the playoffs started today, who would be the AFC's top seed? Not the Patriots, Ravens or Steelers. It's the Texans, led by — of all people — rookie QB T.J. Yates, above. To be fair, Yates hasn't set the world on fire. But you don't need to when you have the kind of running game he does in Arian Foster and Ben Tate. QB Cam Newton faces a tough matchup against a Houston defense that remains ranked No. 1 in the league. Texans 24, Panthers 17 Titans (7-6) at Colts (0-13) 1 p.m. Titans by 6½, 41 Who among us honestly believed we'd be broaching the subject of the Colts going 0-16 — Peyton Manning or not? This never seemed like a consideration three months ago, but here's Indy on the verge of moving to 0-14. Can it avoid this infamous fate with Dan Orlovsky, above, under center? And how likely are the Colts to win a game when they're 29th in scoring and last in points allowed? As for today, expect a big day from Titans RB Chris Johnson. Titans 27, Colts 17 Packers (13-0) at Chiefs (5-8) 1 p.m., Ch. 13 Packers by 13½, 46 The Packers have won 19 straight dating to last season. You can count on one hand the games in which it felt as if they might lose, and they seem unfazed by the pressure associated with chasing perfection. Chiefs QB Kyle Orton gets his second start of the season against the Packers. With Denver in Week 4, he went 22-of-32 for 273 yards, three TDs and three interceptions. CB Charles Woodson, above, returned one for a score. Packers 38, Chiefs 17 Redskins (4-9) at Giants (7-6) 1 p.m. Giants by 6½, 46 Want to know, arguably, the biggest reason the Redskins are 4-9? Look at their eye-popping minus-14 turnover margin, worst in the NFL. That's why a defense that holds its own can't get any traction. Giants fan should be sweating their defense, which has given up 49, 38 and 34 points in consecutive games. But each came against high-octane offenses. Today, we think Eli Manning, above, does enough to beat fellow QB Rex Grossman. Giants 28, Redskins 17 Saints (10-3) at Vikings (2-11) 1 p.m. Saints by 7, 51½ The Saints are one of the hottest teams no one's talking about. You don't want to play these guys. They've won six of seven and five straight. New Orleans still has a shot at one of the NFC's first-round playoff byes, so don't expect any letup. Keep an eye on TE Jimmy Graham, above. He's going up against a weak Minnesota secondary that has given up some big days to other tight ends. Oh, and Drew Brees is his quarterback. Saints 33, Vikings 20 Seahawks (6-7) at Bears (7-6) 1 p.m. Bears by 3½, 35½ The Bears are fading fast, and it's obvious why. Their offense has been a myth since the loss of QB Jay Cutler and RB Matt Forte to injuries. In the past three games, the Bears have averaged 11 points. QB Caleb Hanie, above, clearly isn't going to put this team on his back, but the defense can. The Seahawks aren't out of the playoff picture and are playing well. Bears LB Brian Urlacher needs to ensure that RB Marshawn Lynch doesn't go off. Bears 21, Seahawks 20 By Stephen F. Holder, Times Staff Writer Sports NFL Week 15 projections By Stephen F. 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HOLDER</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2282625 2016-06-22 03:24:38.0 UTC 2 Months Ago giants-15-pirates-4 sports Giants 15, Pirates 4 StaffArticle 2284875 2016-07-11 01:31:59.0 UTC 1 Month Ago twins-15-rangers-5 sports Twins 15, Rangers 5 StaffArticle 2281301 2016-06-12 00:01:15.0 UTC 2 Months Ago red-sox-15-twins-4 sports Red Sox 15, Twins 4 StaffArticle <p><b>Bengals (7-6) </b> <b>at Rams (2-11)</b></p> <p>1 p.m.</p> <p>Bengals by 9, 39&frac12;</p> <p>'Tis the season for firing coaches, and you have to believe the Rams' <b>Steve Spagnuolo</b>, above, is in the crosshairs. To be fair, it's not all his fault. His quarterback has been hurt, and he doesn't have many reliable receivers. Still, 2-11 is 2-11 — especially in a weak division (at least the Bucs are in a tough one). The Bengals have slipped up but are still thinking playoffs. Can't see them falling; not with their defensive and offensive balance.</p> <p><b>Bengals 26,</b><b> Rams 14</b><br /><br /><b>Lions (8-5) </b> <b>at Raiders (7-6)</b></p> <p>4 p.m.</p> <p>Lions by 1, 47&frac12;</p> <p>Has <b>Ndamukong Suh</b>, above left, learned his lesson from a two-game suspension? Have the Lions figured out personal fouls don't help? Will the Lions make the playoffs? Check back after this game. It will go a ways toward answering that last question, at least. We say QB <b>Matthew Stafford</b> finds a way to make some big plays. Meanwhile, Oakland's offense will be less able to exploit Detroit's defense without injured RB <b>Darren McFadden</b>.</p> <p><b>Lions 24, Raiders 21</b><br /><br /><b>Browns (4-9) </b> <b>at Cardinals (6-7)</b></p> <p>4:15 p.m.</p> <p>Cardinals by 6&frac12;, 37&frac12;</p> <p>You might need to read this twice to grasp it: The Cardinals are alive in the playoff hunt. Yes, you read that right. If they can snatch this very winnable game, they get back to .500 with games against the Bengals and Seahawks remaining. QB <b>Kevin Kolb</b> will remain out because of a concussion, ESPN.com reported. But John Skelton, above, played well in Kolb's place, leading Arizona to a win over the 49ers last week after Kolb got hurt.</p> <p><b>Cardinals 23, Browns 17</b><br /><br /><b>Patriots (10-3) </b> <b>at Broncos (8-5)</b></p> <p>4:15 p.m., Ch. 10</p> <p>Patriots by 7&frac12;, 46</p> <p>The Broncos have won six straight, and QB <b>Tim Tebow</b>, above, is a great story. But the way this game threatens to play out could negate Tebow's strengths. He's at his best when his defense keeps the game close and he can perform fourth-quarter magic. But what if QB <b>Tom Brady</b> is lights-out? And what if the Patriots build a big lead? Can Tebow overcome<i> that</i>? We have our doubts, though admittedly, doubting Tebow hasn't proved smart.</p> <p><b>Patriots 29, Broncos 14</b><br /><br /><b>Jets (8-5) </b> <b>at Eagles (5-8)</b></p> <p>4:15 p.m.</p> <p>Eagles by 3, 44</p> <p>Who knows what to expect here? It's tough to tell when you don't know which Eagles team will show up. Conventional wisdom says the Jets have more at stake and don't mess this up. Besides, they've got the Giants next week in a game that would be huge even if it didn't affect both teams' playoff hopes. QB <b>Michael Vick</b>, above, returned last week to keep the Eagles' faint playoff hopes alive. But he needs to protect his previously broken ribs.</p> <p><b>Jets 27, Eagles 24</b><br /><br /><b>Steelers (10-3) </b> <b>at 49ers (10-3)</b></p> <p>8:30 Monday, ESPN</p> <p>Off</p> <p>The biggest question for this game remains unanswered: Will Steelers QB<b> Be</b><b>n Roethlisberger</b> (ankle) play? Thing is, even if Roethlisberger does, he probably won't be himself, given the severity of the sprain. Look for rookie Aldon Smith (10&frac12; sacks), above, to take advantage of the reduced mobility and make a forceful introduction to the veteran. Roethlisberger without his wheels just isn't the same player, and the Niners will seize on this.</p> <p><b>49ers 23, Steelers 20</b><br /><br /><b>Ravens (10-3) </b> <b>at Chargers (6-7)</b></p> <p>8:20 p.m., Ch. 8</p> <p>Ravens by 2&frac12;, 44&frac12;</p> <p>The Chargers are very good at disappointments, and that's the feeling that might result from making this pick. But shaky San Diego still has one of the league's elite quarterbacks in<b> Phi</b>lip Rivers, above left. He has thrown seven touchdowns and no interceptions in his past three games, but he faces an angry Baltimore defense. Rivers doesn't have to dominate the Ravens. He just has to make a few big plays. We think he can.</p> <p><b>Chargers 24, Ravens 21</b><br /><br /><b>Dolphins (4-9) </b> <b>at Bills (5-8)</b></p> <p>1 p.m., Ch. 10</p> <p>Off</p> <p>The career of <b>Matt Moore</b>, above, had been a disappointment until the past six weeks. The Dolphins quarterback, questionable with a concussion, flamed out in Carolina last season, and he was never intended to start for Miami. The question now is if he has a future with the Dolphins. Has he done enough to warrant consideration after going 4-2 in his past six starts? That's a question for the next coach now that <b>Tony Sparano</b> is gone.</p> <p><b>Dolphins 24, Bills 20</b><br /><br /><b>Panthers (4-9) </b> <b>at Texans (10-3)</b></p> <p>1 p.m.</p> <p>Texans by 6, 45</p> <p>Pop quiz: If the playoffs started today, who would be the AFC's top seed? Not the Patriots, Ravens or Steelers. It's the Texans, led by — of all people — rookie QB <b>T.J. Yates</b>, above. To be fair, Yates hasn't set the world on fire. But you don't need to when you have the kind of running game he does in Arian Foster and <b>Ben Tate</b>. QB Cam Newton faces a tough matchup against a Houston defense that remains ranked No. 1 in the league. </p> <p><b>Texans 24, Panthers 17</b><br /><br /><b>Titans (7-6) </b> <b>at Colts (0-13)</b></p> <p>1 p.m.</p> <p>Titans by 6&frac12;, 41</p> <p>Who among us honestly believed we'd be broaching the subject of the Colts going 0-16 — <b>Peyton Manning</b> or not? This never seemed like a consideration three months ago, but here's Indy on the verge of moving to 0-14. Can it avoid this infamous fate with <b>Dan Orlovsky</b>, above, under center? And how likely are the Colts to win a game when they're 29th in scoring and last in points allowed? As for today, expect a big day from Titans RB <b>Chris Johnson</b>.</p> <p><b>Titans 27, Colts 17</b><br /><br /><b>Packers (13-0) </b> <b>at Chiefs (5-8)</b></p> <p>1 p.m., Ch. 13</p> <p>Packers by 13&frac12;, 46</p> <p>The Packers have won 19 straight dating to last season. You can count on one hand the games in which it felt as if they might lose, and they seem unfazed by the pressure associated with chasing perfection. Chiefs QB <b>Kyle Orton</b> gets his second start of the season against the Packers. With Denver in Week 4, he went 22-of-32 for 273 yards, three TDs and three interceptions. CB C<b>harles Woodson</b>, above, returned one for a score.</p> <p><b>Packers 38, Chiefs 17</b><br /><br /><b>Redskins (4-9) </b> <b>at Giants (7-6)</b></p> <p>1 p.m.</p> <p>Giants by 6&frac12;, 46</p> <p>Want to know, arguably, the biggest reason the Redskins are 4-9? Look at their eye-popping minus-14 turnover margin, worst in the NFL. That's why a defense that holds its own can't get any traction. Giants fan should be sweating their defense, which has given up 49, 38 and 34 points in consecutive games. But each came against high-octane offenses. Today, we think <b>Eli Manning</b>, above, does enough to beat fellow QB <b>Rex Grossman</b>.</p> <p><b>Giants 28, Redskins 17</b><br /><br /><b>Saints (10-3) </b> <b>at Vikings (2-11)</b></p> <p>1 p.m.</p> <p>Saints by 7, 51&frac12;</p> <p>The Saints are one of the hottest teams no one's talking about. You don't want to play these guys. They've won six of seven and five straight. New Orleans still has a shot at one of the NFC's first-round playoff byes, so don't expect any letup. Keep an eye on TE <b>Jim</b><b>my Graham</b>, above. He's going up against a weak Minnesota secondary that has given up some big days to other tight ends. Oh, and <b>Drew Brees</b> is his quarterback.</p> <p><b>Saints 33, Vikings 20</b><br /><br /><b>Seahawks (6-7) </b> <b>at Bears (7-6)</b></p> <p>1 p.m.</p> <p>Bears by 3&frac12;, 35&frac12;</p> <p>The Bears are fading fast, and it's obvious why. Their offense has been a myth since the loss of QB <b>Jay Cutler </b>and RB <b>Matt Forte</b> to injuries. In the past three games, the Bears have averaged 11 points. QB <b>Caleb Hanie</b>, above, clearly isn't going to put this team on his back, but the defense can. The Seahawks aren't out of the playoff picture and are playing well. Bears LB <b>Brian Urlacher</b> needs to ensure that RB Marshawn Lynch doesn't go off.</p> <p><b>Bears 21, </b><b>Seahawks 20</b></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 06:00:50