Week 15 of the NFL season is upon us, following more devastating injuries. This time, Thomas Rawls has been lost for the season and Andy Dalton will be out for multiple games. This serves as a reminder that nothing is a given in the NFL, even this late in the season. This week on Thursday night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head to St. Louis to take on the Rams. This game serves as a nice matchup between two of the favorites for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Rams running back Todd Gurley is as good as advertised, with 975 rushing yards and 8 rushing touchdowns already this season. Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has seen some ups and downs this year, but he has the Buccaneers squarely in playoff contention (just a game out, currently the 7 seed, one position away from making the playoffs). The Rams are on a bit of a decline at this point in the season, while things are clicking for the Buccaneers. Will the Bucs continue to pick up steam and make a playoff push? Will the Rams rebound and beat them on Thursday night? Here are our picks (also, just a quick reminder that there is a game on Saturday as the Jets travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys):
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ St. Louis Rams. I have to go with the Buccaneers in this game. Jameis Winston is finally coming into his own as an NFL quarterback and has shown flashes of greatness. He has weapons around him, including Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, and rebounding running back Doug Martin. The Rams only offensive weapon is Todd Gurley; yes, you can argue that Tavon Austin counts as an offensive weapon, but the Rams have only generated 8 passing touchdowns this season, so I have no confidence in their passing game. Yes, the Rams have a dominant front 7 on defense. However, the Bucs are by far the better team, and are starting to get hot at the right time. Winston brings this one home, and keeps the Bucs in the playoff race. Final score: Buccaneers 28, Rams 14.
Bonus pick. New York Jets @ Dallas Cowboys. This game is on Saturday, as the NFL continues to screw with us all and schedule games on a day that should be reserved for college football at the end of the season. I chose to include my pick here instead of with my weekly picks. That being said, New York Jets all the way. Jets still stands for Just End The Season this week, but this season that is a reference to the Cowboys rather than the normally hapless Jets (who are still in playoff contention late in the year). Dallas has been terrible without Tony Romo, and Ryan Fitzpatrick is a much better quarterback than Matt Cassel. The Jets defense has also been solid, and Brandon Marshall is having an outstanding season. The Jets should win this game easily. Final score: Jets 27, Cowboys 7.
--Mike B. (122-87)
i think the Buccaneers got this one. Bucs win 27 -17 over the Rams
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- Tyler B
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