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NFL Week 15 viewer's guide

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There are six Week 15 matchups with huge playoff implications, starting with the epic renewal of the NFL's oldest rivalry in Chicago and concluding with a colossal clash between the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots. The surprising Indianapolis Colts also get their first of two matchups in three weeks against the division-leading Houston Texans.

    • Green Bay at Chicago

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Chicago's in a free-fall, losing four of its last five and definitely feeling the pressure. Green Bay's leading the division after winning seven of its last eight. The good news for the Bears is they won't have to stop Adrian Peterson this week. The bad news is, if they lose, they are suddenly looking up at a playoff spot. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Packers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Jay Cutler is expected to play against the rival Packers, but that doesn't mean he should have a place in the starting lineup of your fantasy football team. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      This game might very well determine the division winner. The Packers could clinch the NFC North crown with a win. A Bears win gives them hope to recapture the division lead they lost just two weeks ago. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Packers-Bears among solid Week 15 slate
      » Bears' Cutler among pivotal players for Week 15
      » Urlacher: Pack better without Finley
      » Bears' Marshall: I 'really dislike' the Packers
      » Power rankings: Pack at No. 6; Bears No. 10
    • On Twitter:

      #GBvsCHI
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New York at Atlanta

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The only true barometer will be success in the playoffs. That's part of the vibe inside the Falcons' locker room. The goal, instead of merely piling up wins, is to build toward the postseason. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Giants victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Michael Turner is a sit-of-the-week pick for his team's matchup against the Giants. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Giants dumptrucked the Falcons, 24-2, in the first round of the playoffs last year and helped spawn Big Blue's run to glory. This latest matchup could also have far-reaching playoff implications. Even if the Falcons get home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs, the Giants could send a message with a win in the Georgia Dome. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Giants-Falcons among solid Week 15 slate
      » ATL picks: Unanimous for Giants
      » Falcons' DeCoud among pivotal players for Week 15
      » Schein: Giants a contender, Falcons a fraud
      » 10 mind-blowing stats for Week 15
    • On Twitter:

      #NYGvsATL
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Denver at Baltimore

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      At 10-3, the Broncos have won the AFC West and revived Peyton Manning's career, supporting the iconic quarterback with a defense that might be nastier than what he once had in Indianapolis. On the road, in an early game, with little to prove, this isn't about them. Nope, this one is about the oddly vulnerable Ravens. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Broncos victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      It's tough to bench a top-10 fantasy defense, but when the opponent is Peyton Manning it just makes sense. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Broncos and Ravens can still claim the AFC's No. 2 seed and a coveted first-round playoff bye. The Broncos need both the Patriots and Texans to slip in order to attain home-field advantage. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Broncos-Ravens among solid Week 15 slate
      » Ravens' Rice among pivotal players for Week 15
      » The NFL Season: Manning's stunning comeback
      » Manning or AP? Whose comeback is greatest?
      » Brooks: How to fix Ravens' offense
    • On Twitter:

      #DENvsBAL
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Indianapolis at Houston

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The fact that this Week 15 game is actually important -- and will be entertaining -- is stunning. By this point, we thought the Colts would have been pondering their draft spot while the Texans would have been on cruise control in the AFC South. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Texans victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The Colts have struggled against opposing tight ends, which means Owen Daniels could have a big week. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Colts can clinch a playoff berth with a win, thus capping one of the most amazing turnaround stories in NFL history following a dismal 2-14 season. The Texans -- after a 42-14 humiliation at the hands of the Patriots on "Monday Night Football" -- must regroup and retain their edge for home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Colts-Texans among solid Week 15 slate
      » Texans' Foster among pivotal players for Week 15
      » Official Review: Luck's pick six vs. Titans
      » Lombardi: Loss illustrates hard truth about Texans
      » Avery: 'It's all about team chemistry'
    • On Twitter:

      #INDvsHOU
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Pittsburgh at Dallas

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Both teams face obstacles off the field and on. And both are eyeing coveted playoff spots, trying to make it work somehow. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Steelers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Heath Miller will be active in most fantasy football leagues, but that doesn't mean he's bound for a big game. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      While the Cowboys and Steelers sport identical 7-6 records, it seems the two teams are headed in opposite directions. Can the surging Cowboys secure a wild-card berth? Are the Steelers capable to holding onto a wild-card spot? More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Steelers-Cowboys among solid Week 15 slate
      » Cowboys' Romo among pivotal players for Week 15
      » Big Ben calls Steelers 'The World's Team'
      » Vote: Did Cowboys have top moment of Week 14?
      » ATL picks: Majority take Steelers
    • On Twitter:

      #PITvsDAL
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • San Francisco at New England

      Sun 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      On "Sunday Night Football," this mega-rumble will be all about 2012. It might also be a Super Bowl preview, especially if the Patriots continue to perform like they did in their most recent prime-time battle. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Patriots victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Colin Kaepernick has scored 17-plus fantasy points in four of the last five games, so don't be afraid to start him against the Patriots. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      This could very well be a Super Bowl XLVII preview. The 49ers and Patriots have been among the top teams in the NFL all season long and this game could be a glimpse of what's to come in early February. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » 49ers-Patriots among solid Week 15 slate
      » ATL picks: Unanimous for Patriots
      » 49ers' Smith among pivotal players for Week 15
      » Brady started his prep for Niners after Thanksgiving
      » 10 mind-blowing stats for Week 15
    • On Twitter:

      #SFvsNE
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Tampa Bay at New Orleans

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      As fun as this game could be to watch -- two big-play offenses going head-to-head -- it just won't mean much. Both teams are long shots to make the playoffs. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Buccaneers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Josh Freeman is a terrific fantasy option this week, as he faces a Saints defense that has allowed more fantasy points to quarterbacks overall than any other team in the league. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      While the Saints' playoff hopes were all but shattered against the Giants in Week 14, the Buccaneers still cling to fading playoff aspirations. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Stick a fork in the Buccaneers
      » Stick a fork in the Saints
      » Saints bounty player suspensions vacated
      » Tagliabue strongly rebukes Saints organization
      » Stats Lab: Brees vs. Freeman
    • On Twitter:

      #TBvsNO
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Minnesota at St. Louis

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      It's December, and we're still talking about these teams? Yup. For the Rams, this is the first time they've had a .500 record in December since 2003. That in itself is an accomplishment for a franchise that is rebuilding as fast as only they thought they could. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Rams victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Adrian Peterson is an obvious starter, but which other running backs should you consider for your fantasy football team? Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Rams and Vikings each still harbor playoff hopes, but the two teams will need to keep winning and get some help to play into January. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Will Peterson run for 2,000 yards?
      » Should Peterson win MVP?
      » Dickerson against Peterson setting mark
      » Kluwe's antics wearing thin on Vikings coach
      » Peyton or AP, whose comeback is greatest?
    • On Twitter:

      #MINvsSTL
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Washington at Cleveland

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      While the Browns aren't quite world-beaters, it's worth noting they have won three in a row. They have a shutdown corner in Joe Haden to put on Pierre Garcon. And Cleveland has a rare power back (Trent Richardson) who can match the way the Redskins run. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Browns victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Browns rookie receiver Josh Gordon has been put on sleeper alert status. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      With all three of their remaining games against playoff contenders, the Browns can play the role of spoiler. The Redskins need to keep winning to slide into the playoff field. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Breer: Browns should stick with Shurmur, Heckert
      » DDFP: Weeden yaps about Browns, RG3
      » Would Redskins be dangerous in playoffs?
      » What if RG3 isn't back?
      » Shanahan pulling the right strings
    • On Twitter:

      #WASvsCLE
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Jacksonville at Miami

      Sun 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Dolphins' playoff hopes are gone, but every game is important in the development of a young quarterback (Ryan Tannehill). More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Dolphins victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Reggie Bush has been inconsistent in 2012, but gets a good matchup against the woeful Jaguars. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      Only the magic of mathematics keeps the Dolphins alive in the AFC playoff race. The Jaguars could put an end to that hope on Sunday. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » '72 Dolphins had one of top RB tandems ever
      » Mularkey back with Jags after hospital stay
      » Jaguars' Tucker talks Wisconsin
      » Stats Lab: Henne vs. Tannehill
      » 10 mind-blowing stats for Week 15
    • On Twitter:

      #JACvsMIA
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Detroit at Arizona

      Sun 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      Will the Cardinals rebound from the dumptrucking in Seattle, quarterback situation and all? Coach Ken Whisenhunt has done some impressive things in Arizona since taking over in 2007, including making a run to the Super Bowl. Can his team show enough fight for him to hang on? More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Lions victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      The Lions will be the hottest addition on the fantasy football waiver wire in Week 15. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Cardinals -- who started the season 4-0 -- and the Lions -- who made the playoffs a season ago -- each fell short of expectations in 2012 and have been eliminated from playoff contention. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Peterson says Megatron is NFL's No. 2 receiver
      » Cardinals falling apart
      » Cardinals on wrong end of 58-0 beatdown
      » ATL Warming Seat: Nobody beats the Whiz
      » Lions' Young considered amputation
    • On Twitter:

      #DETvsAZ
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Carolina at San Diego

      Sun 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      The Panthers are on the heels of a wake-up win over the Falcons, and things might be looking up for Ron Rivera's staff. Finishing strong could work wonders for the future of the franchise -- and that of Cam Newton, as well. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts an Chargers victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Greg Olsen is having a solid season, but a matchup against the Chargers isn't promising from a production standpoint. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Chargers kept postseason hopes alive for another week following a shocking win over the Steelers -- the first for the franchise in the regular season in Pittsburgh proper. The Panthers' only hope for the rest of the season is to continue to play spoiler to more fortunate teams. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Breer: Why Newton is misunderstood
      » QB Performance Faceoff: Rivers vs. Foles
      » ATL picks: Majority take Panthers
      » Stats Lab: Newton vs. Rivers
      » Photos: Cheerleaders during Week 14
    • On Twitter:

      #CARvsSD
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Seattle at Buffalo

      Sun 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      It would be tough for Pete Carroll's team to be playing any better. However, this is a road game, which tends to weaken the Seahawks a bit. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Seahawks victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      C.J. Spiller is a start-of-the-week option at running back in Week 15. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Seahawks are in the thick of the NFC wild-card race, and an outside hopeful for the NFC West crown. The Bills have not yet been mathematically eliminated, but the playoffs are not a realistic goal at this time. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Seahawks unleashing 'Wolf Grey' uniforms
      » Should Gailey give up his play-calling duties?
      » Stick a fork in the Bills
      » Gailey: Spiller to carry load for Bills
      » 49ers-Seahawks matchup moved to Sunday night
    • On Twitter:

      #SEAvsBUF
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • Kansas City at Oakland

      Sun 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      A tough year for two rivals, but if they are still into bragging rights, they can get some Sunday. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts a Raiders victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Darren McFadden has been tough to trust in 2012, but it's even harder not to like this week's matchup against the Chiefs. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      The Chiefs and Raiders have combined for five victories, so postseason hopes were crushed some time ago. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Marcus Allen among top Heisman winners in NFL
      » 'A Football Life': Allen's poetic justice
      » Allen, Jackson among top RB tandems in NFL history
      » Chiefs' Bowe has broken ribs
      » Raiders reinstate McClain
    • On Twitter:

      #KCvsOAK
    • Watch: Game Preview
    • New York at Tennessee

      Mon 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Get Tickets
    • Why you should care:

      With Gang Green at 6-7, not even Rex Ryan is talking playoffs. But stranger things have happened. Not many, but a few. More ...
    • Who will win:

      Elliot Harrison predicts an Titans victory. See more experts predictions and make your own picks with NFL Weekly Pick 'Em
    • Fantasy implications:

      Shonn Greene has been losing some carries to Bilal Powell in recent weeks, but it'd be wise to still roll the dice with him as a flex starter against the Titans. Michael Fabiano examines in Start 'Em, Sit 'Em.
    • Playoff picture:

      Despite the season-long circus in New York, the Jets have shocked most everybody by sticking around in the AFC playoff chase. More ...
    • Top five picks to click:


      » Ryan on Braylon's comments: I'm not the idiot
      » ESPN: Less Tebow coverage
      » Jets bring back WR Edwards
      » Ryan won't guarantee Jets a playoff spot
      » Power rankings: Jets soar to No. 23
    • On Twitter:

      #NYJvsTEN
    • Watch: Game Preview

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