I actually thought I did a lot worse than I did last week. A few misses, like the Texans getting demolished by Drew Lock, hurt, but I ended up picking pretty accurately. Let us see if we can’t finish this season on a strong note.
Last Week’s Record: 10-6
Overall Record: 132-70
LOCK Record: 10-4
Ryan’s NFL Picks (2019): Week Fifteen
New York Jets @ Baltimore Ravens- Baltimore Ravens
Lamar on one leg, two leg, red leg, blue leg, doesn’t matter, Ravens win huge.
New England Patriots @ Cincinnati Bengals- New England Patriots
Man, the Patriots really are done. For the first time in a very long time, I’m very confident that the Patriots aren’t going to come out of the AFC this season. Face it, they’ve played every other division leader in the conference and they’re 0-3 against them. Throw in another spygate scandal and well… it’s time to pull the plug. However, the Bengals are big trash so…
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Detroit Lions- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Remember when I said Jameis Winston was underrated? That take has been beaten to death over the weeks. Well… he’s on pace for 5,000 yards this season. If you take away his turnovers, he’s not a half-bad quarterback. Meanwhile the Lions are on quarterback number three with no hope in sight.
Houston Texans @ Tennessee Titans- Tennessee Titans
This is a bit of a wild pick. The Tennessee Titans are red hot right now, and Ryan Tannehill has been playing at extremely high level since he took over for Marcus Mariota. Meanwhile the Texans just got blown out by Drew Lock and the Denver Broncos in only his second start. Are… are the Titans going to win the AFC South?
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs- Kansas City Chiefs (drew LOCK OF THE WEEK)
Thank god, the Drew Lock hype train dies a painful, painful death in Kansas City. If the Broncos win this game, meaning Drew Lock has more wins in Arrowhead than Derek Carr after literally three career games? I will never watch football again… Probably.
Miami Dolphins @ New York Giants- New York Giants
Believe it or not, I was actually really torn on this one. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Dolphins pull this one off. Whenever you get two bad teams in a game like this, it could really go either way. Meanwhile, the Dolphins do have a little momentum. If this game were being played in Miami, I’d probably pick the other way.
Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins- Philadelphia Eagles
Man, the Eagles need this one. They had to take geriatric Eli Manning to overtime just to stay alive on Monday night, and they can’t overlook Dwayne Haskins and the Redskins for the week 16 showdown with the Dallas Cowboys. The NFC (L)East is doing everything it can to prove the current playoff format is flawed.
Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers- Seattle Seahawks
Bobby Wagner isolates Christian McCaffrey, Kyle Allen implodes, and the Seahawks rebound from last weekend’s disappointing loss.
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers- Green Bay Packers
It’s in Green Bay, and both teams have been nibbling on bad squads for a few weeks. As the only person that picked the Vikings to take the North, I’m pulling for Chicago. As a Raiders fan, I’m pulling for Green Bay. As a man that hates overrated quarterbacks, I’m pulling for this game to end quickly.
Minnesota Vikings @ Los Angeles Chargers- Minnesota Vikings
This feels like the kind of game that the Vikings absolutely should win, but inexplicably won’t. It is in Los Angeles, meaning there will probably be more Ravens fans than Chargers fans in the crowd, and if they’re ever going to establish themselves as contenders in the NFC, this is the kind of game the Vikings need to win.
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Oakland Raiders- Oakland Raiders
This is the last home game in the history of the Oakland Raiders. If they don’t win this one, then I don’t want anyone on this team to make the trip to Las Vegas. Embarrassing.
Cleveland Browns @ Arizona Cardinals- Cleveland Browns
Baker Mayfield and the Browns have had a tumultuous season, and if they can’t beat up a really, really bad Cardinals team… then I don’t know what to tell you. However, when was the last time the last two first overall picks were players that played the same position at the same school facing off in a game?
Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas Cowboys- Los Angeles Rams
I just don’t take these Cowboys seriously anymore. Jason Garrett has lost that locker room, and the Rams are just good enough for “Bad” Dak Prescott to show up. This is a must-win for the Cowboys, but so were the games against Buffalo and Chicago, and we saw how that turned out.
Atlanta Falcons @ San Francisco 49ers- San Francisco 49ers
If this game were in Atlanta, maybe I’d consider giving them a shot, but in San Fran? San Forget about it. 49ers roll.
Buffalo Bills @ Pittsburgh Steelers- Pittsburgh Steelers
Wow, this game actually has a lot of heat to it. A couple of wildcard hopefuls facing off in primetime? I’m all about it. This game could go either way, but I just don’t trust Josh Allen. I bet this is an intense, low-scoring game with one big play determining the outcome.
Indianapolis Colts @ New Orleans Saints- New Orleans Saints
Please. The Saints are one of the best teams in professional football, coming off a devastating last-second loss, at home, against the AFC’s most inconsistent team. Saints win big.