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AFC and NFC South Previews: Week 15

These are the AFC and NFC South previews for week 15 in the NFL

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts

The Gary Kubiak era in Houston is now done. Was it the underachievement of this talented team? Was it the constant going back to Matt Schaub at a pointless time in the year? Was it that the front office just saw what I’ve been saying for the past couple years, that he’s not a good coach? No matter what it is, he’s done in Houston, Wade Philips will be the interim Head Coach, and the Indianapolis Colts will be the benefactor. It will be a sweet icing on the cake for a team that has already clinched the AFC South.

Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans

At the beginning of the year, I said the Arizona Cardinals were the only team in the NFC I could not see making the playoffs. They have partially proved me wrong with their 8-5 record. However, they are still not in and they still need some help to get in. The Titans on the other hand are essentially done. The report came out last week that RB Chris Johnson will probably be cut in the offseason, Coach Mike Munchak is coaching for his job, QB Jake Locker’s 2015 option will not be picked up, and they will show interest in Jay Cutler. It’s just a start of what can be a wild offseason for the Titans.

San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After a tough hard fought win against the Seahawks last week, the 49ers have to avoid a letdown against a Bucs team that is still playing hard. It’s possible that the 49ers realized that they have to give Gore over 15 carries in their bigger games. In week 2’s blowout to Seattle, Gore received 9 carries, last week, 17. The Bucs seemed to be 1 of the few teams that isn’t in contention, and never was, but hasn’t given up. That’s a feather in the cap for Head Coach Greg Schiano.

Washington Redskins at Atlanta Falcons

The NFL’s soap opera, also known as, the Washington Redskins, seemed to reach its climax this week. Reports surfaced that Head Coach Mike Shanahan almost left the team last year because of his bad relationship with owner Daniel Snyder. QB Robert Griffin III has now been officially benched. It’s just a bad situation. The Falcons for the 1st time in a while aren’t coming into the game as an underdog. They may actually steal this one at home against a crumbing situation in Washington.

Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars

Let’s just say that this game won’t be the CBS “Game of the week”. The Bills are coming off a bad performance, with the worst part being the slight regression of their young rookie QB, EJ Manuel. They have already stated that they will probably scale back the offense for them. They are a talented team, but they need to get a better scheme and execute. The Jags have played like a good team for the past month or so. They are no longer the laughing stock of the league and they look to be the favorite in this one.

New Orleans Saints at St Louis Rams

After a terrible display against Seattle on Monday Night, the Saints came back to put on a show on their own against Carolina on Sunday night. It just shows how vulnerable they are on the road and how lights out they can be at home. The Rams got beat up by Arizona last week in a ho-hum type of game. Their best attribute is their pass rush, so let’s see if they can lay some hands on Drew Brees. If not, this will not be pretty..

New York Jets at Carolina Panthers

The New York Jets need to win out and get some help to make the playoffs, don’t hold your breath. They are still a very inconsistent team with a rookie QB, no established RB, and a defense that seems to show more weak spots as the year goes on. The Panthers are still in a solid spot to make the playoffs at 9-4. Thy allowed over 20 points for only the 3rd time this season as Drew Brees went all Tecmo Bowl on their defense last week. Their defense is still for real. Anyone can have a bad week and I expect them to bounce back in a big way this week.

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