#3: NY Jets over Jacksonville
(12-3: buf, TB, AZ, GB, MN, PIT, LAR, KC, no, DAL, LAC, ind, PHL,
you get down to Week 16, you have some strange options available
to you like Atlanta against Detroit, Vegas versus Denver and this
game, the battle for the first draft pick.
Zach Wilson and Trevor Lawrence never thought that after both
being picked in the first round last year, that their respective
teams might be selecting at the top of the draft again in April.
This season has been far from memorable for both of them, with
Lawrence having his coach imploding before year end.
This week it will come down to which teamís defense comes
to play. Jacksonville has surprised teams like Buffalo, but other
times been ghosts on the field. This game seems to favor the home
team. Michael Carter and change of pace back Tevin Coleman are
healthy to offer Wilson a balanced attack. Lord knows this could
either be a 3-0 snorer, or a 41-38 shootout. In either case, when
the two worst teams in the NFL take the field, it is most probable
that the NFL draft order remains the same when it is over.
#2: Philadelphia over NY Giants
(11-4: TB, GB, DEN, no, NE, LAR, bal, cin, MIA, BUF, CLE, DAL,
IND, LAC, az)
Sirianni may not be on the bench this Sunday against their Turnpike
rivals NY Giants, but that doesnít mean that the Eagles wonít
have an easy time at home after Christmas.
Jalen Hurts will again be back under center, and regardless of
who is running the ball (Miles Sanders, Jordan Howard or Boston Scott), the number one rushing offense will have an easy time
against a Giants defense that is giving up 125 yards per game
(26th in the NFL).
Meanwhile Daniel Jones has been shut down because of his neck
and Sterling Shepard tore his Achilles tendon last week. Both
now lost for the season, it is now Mike Glennonís or Jake
Frommís offense to run. Exciting. Saquon Barkley may be
asking himself why he came back after his injury.
Look for the Eagles to improve their playoffs chances with a solid
game on both sides of the ball while the Giants, look to move
up in Aprilís draft.
#1: LA Chargers over Houston
(13-2: SF, CLE, CAR, BUF, TB, KC, AZ, LAR, dal, IND, ten, BAL,
MN, GB, MIA)
Chargers and second year quarterback Justin
Herbert are in the thick of a playoff push that will probably
come down to the final week of the season. Their division is one
of the most difficult in the NFL and this week, they are probably
going to be without Austin
Ekeler (Covid list, ankle), so Justin
Jackson will get the start. Jared
Cook has been a security blanket for Herbert and the Texans
are 8th in the NFL in yards and points given up to tight ends,
so look for some play action pass which Herbert has been so good
at this season to keep the Texans off balance.
Unfortunately for Houston, Covid hit their number one threat,
Brandin Cooks. While Davis Mills has played admirably, Rex Burkhead
doesnít exactly scare many defenses running the ball. Thus,
the Chargers defense should have no issues against this last placed
If you havenít used the Chargers, go for it. If so, take
the Eagles and hope your opponents get stuck with an upset game.