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Fearless Rick's NFL Week 15 Picks - Early Games

Rick Gagliano | December 11-14

All times Eastern - Click here for late games.

Thursday, December 11

Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams (-3, 40 1/2) 8:25 pm - Rams have scored back-to-back shutouts over Oakland (52-0) and Washington (24-0) and are playing with the zeal of a playoff-bound team.

The Cardinals have not distinguished themselves since starter Carson Palmer went down for the season, as backup QB Drew Stanton has delivered a 2-2 record. The Arizona offense is struggling to score, having posted just 52 points their last four games (13 per game average). All indications point to a narrow St. Louis victory.

Prediction: Rams 16 Cardinals 12

Sunday, December 14

Cincinnati Bengals (-1 1/2, 44 1/2) at Cleveland Browns 1:00 pm - The Bengals ended a three-game winning streak with a 42-21 defeat by Pittsburgh and now must face another NFC North squad hell-bent on grabbing either a division crown or a wild card spot for the playoffs.

Cleveland defeated the Bengals 24-3 back in early November, and now have their arch-nemesis on home turf. The Browns are 7-6 but still have a very good shot at post-season play, though a win here is essential to their future success.

Prediction: Browns 28 Bengals 23

Green Bay Packers (-6, 48) at Buffalo Bills 1:00 pm - Cold-weather teams, both, but the Packers have the advantage of a seasoned QB in Aaron Rodgers, having an MVP season. Kyle Orton has played well for Buffalo, but they're still a season away from being a playoff-type team.

Whatever conditions the field may present on Sunday, the Packers are a prime pick.

Prediction: Packers 27 Bills 13

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (-5 1/2, 43) 1:00 pm - Believe it or not, even with a record of 4-8-1, the Panthers are still in contention to capture the NFC South, by far the weakest division in the NFL, with a combined record for the four teams of 16-34-1. The Bucs are just 2-11 and reverting back to their form of when they were an expansion team.

Cam Newton had a remarkably good game against the Saints last week, in Carolina's 41-10 stomping in New Orleans, and that momentum should carry over to this - the second-last home game of the season. Carolina dusted Tampa Bay, 20-14 in the opening week of the season and the Panthers are still probably a touchdown or two better than the low-end Bucs.

Prediction: Panthers 24 Buccaneers 14

Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens (-14, 45 1/2) 1:00 pm - 8-5 Ravens are looking good to capture the title in the AFC North, with Houston and Cleveland remaining after this homer against the Jaguars.

Justin Forsett has filled the backfield void nicely in the absence of Ray Rice and Joe Flacco has re-discovered his All-Pro flair at QB. While Baltimore's defense is not what it used to be though they are sixth overall in points allowed, at 19.6 per game - it is getting better and may register a shutout against the offensively-challenged Jags, who are dead last in scoring, with an average of 15.3 points per outing.

Prediction: Ravens 34 Jaguars 6

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Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (-6 1/2, 49) 1:00 pm - Houston has managed to hang around just enough to make this a must-win game for both teams.

Currently, the Colts lead the AFC South by two games over the Texans, and the record shows that the Colts won their first meeting by a 33-28 score.

Winners of three of their last four, Houston is poised to spring the upset and keep the Colts from clinching.

Prediction: Texans 29 Colts 27

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs (-10 1/2, 41 1/2) 1:00 pm - The last time these two teams met was on Thursday, November 20, when the Raiders scored a 24-20 upset over the Chiefs.

Since then, Oakland lost, 52-0, at St. Louis, but rebounded last week to upend the 49ers, 24-13. Kansas City has dropped their last two after the Oakland game, losing to Denver, 29-16, and, at Arizona, 17-14.

As far as mojo goes, the Raiders got it, and KC don't.

Prediction: Raiders 16 Chiefs 13

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Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots (-7, 47 1/2) 1:00 pm - Miami's worst nightmare is about to come to fruition: playing the Patriots in Foxboro in December.

Brrr... easy choice is New England, with a chance to clinch the division outright and put themselves in position for home field throughout the playoffs.

Prediction: Patriots 38 Dolphins 24

Washington Redskins at New York Giants (-6 1/2, 47) 1:00 pm - Really, this used to be a great NFL match-up, but the teams are a combined 7-19. The Giants actually look like the better team and have home field to boot, so there's some things to like in this nothing game.

Prediction: Giants 30 Redskins 16

Pittsburgh Steelers (-1 1/2, 51) at Atlanta Falcons 1:00 pm - Both teams are looking for playoff spots and a loss would not be the end of the world, but a win would improve either squads' chances at making it to the post-season.

Pittsburgh is arguably in batter shape overall, but the Falcons have managed to win three of four (pending their result of their Monday night game with the Packers) and may be due for a home win, where they are 3-3. Th Steelers are 1-2 outside their division, so siding with the Falcons makes some sense.

Prediction: Falcons 26 Steelers 23

All times Eastern - Click here for late games

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