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Outgunning The Gunslingers

Mill Woods

Posted on December 9, 2019 18:02

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"Don't get into shootouts with gunslingers." That used to be good advice — in the wild west, and more recently, in the NFL. But Sunday, Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyle Shanahan blasted away with Drew Brees and Sean Payton — and were the last ones standing. Meanwhile, another seasoned gunslinger, Tom Brady, was booted out of first place in the AFC by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.

With my crystal ball working pretty well, I was able to foresee most of Sunday's explosive results, but I must admit, that Saints-Forty Niners game posed a rare challenge. I went with the Saints, knowing that Shanahan and the Niners had the firepower to potentially steal it away. The Niners booted the Saints as time expired and re-seized control of the NFC playoff leadership. The Ravens performed as I expected against a tough Bills defense, and now, the Super Bowl is again looking like a repeat of 2013.

Getting into a shootout with gunslingers didn’t go so well for the Colts, who went toe-to-toe with the NFL’s number three offense — the Bucs — but ended up taking a step back in their playoff quest. Something told me the Bucs would come up big Sunday. However, I did not foresee the Texans getting shot down by the Broncos; that loss throws the AFC South into immediate turmoil.
 
With the Titans ransacking the Raiders — and the Colts and Texans both in retreat — Tennessee moves closer to the division title of the AFC South. The Texans and Titans will meet twice this month to settle the score — starting with Sunday.
 
The Chiefs downed the Patriots (as I anticipated), while the Ravens edged the Bills to take over first place in the AFC.
 
My Week 13 picks went 13-3. But, as much fun as that was, it’s time to look ahead to Week 14’s massive contests. To say that most games will have playoff implications would be stating the obvious. For me, the three most intriguing matches are: Texans vs. Titans, Vikings vs. Chargers and Bills vs. Steelers. 

Here are all the Week 15 contests an my picks:

          Visitor                  Home                    My Pick

1.     Jets                      Ravens                     Ravens
2.     Patriots               Bengals                   Patriots
3.     Texans                Titans                      Titans
4.     Bears                  Packers                   Packers
5.     Seahawks          Panthers                 Seahawks
6.     Dolphins             Giants                     Giants
7.     Eagles                Redskins                 Eagles
8.     Broncos               Chiefs                     Chiefs
9.     Buccaneers        Lions                       Buccaneers
10.  Browns               Cardinals                 Cardinals
11.  Jaguars               Raiders                    Jaguars
12.  Vikings               Chargers                  Chargers
13.  Rams                  Cowboys                   Rams
14.  Falcons               49ers                        49ers
15.  Bills                     Steelers                     Bills
16.  Colts                   Saints                        Saints.

Enjoy!

 

Mill Woods

Posted on December 9, 2019 18:02

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Sunday was one of the most exciting days of the NFL season so far. And that was mostly because of two games in particular....

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