“Pick ‘Em or Kick ‘Em”™: FGT VS. Urban Sports Scene Week 15 NFL Picks
By the Football Garbage Time StaffIf you followed last year, you won over 60% of your picks, and we aim to do even better this year.
And if you’ve been following us, you know that we here at Football Garbage Time have gone head to head against Wally, Will and Ray at Urban Sports Scene on our NFL Picks for the last 4 seasons. Why? Because they’re awesome competitors, they KNOW their sports, and, heck, they’re just good guys! This year we’ll have their picks up right HERE, so keep it tuned in, to both us and them, because we’ll be picking all season all long.
Without further to do, here we go:
Week 15 Games
Ha Kung Wong’s Picks
Ha Kung’s Thoughts:
Last year I ended up with a 64.7% record for the season, so that’s five years in a row with over a 60% pick rate. Plus, I had a 88.2% record on Locks of the Week and a 64.7% record on Upsets of the Week. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on stopping now!
We had a strong Week 14 going 11-5, leaving us at 140-66 for the season (67.9%), which is pretty darn good. Starting to create some distance, but I need to keep moving forward because we still have plenty of picks to go! I’m also rolling with 12-2 (85.7%) for Locks of the Week and 6-8 (42.9%) for Upsets of the Week. But I’ve got plenty of work to do, so let’s get to that Lock (for Survivor Leagues) and Upset for Week 15…
Lock of the Week ➡ Tennessee Titans (-10.5) over Detroit Lions
The Lions are looking pretty rough right now, getting D’Andre Swift back, but having Kenny Golladay remain out since Week 8 due to a hip issue and now Matt Stafford looking like he won’t play due to a rib injury. Chase Daniels should be behind center, which is fine, but certainly is less than optimal, seeing as how the Lions have allowed the 7th most sacks (37) this season. The Titans defense isn’t any great shakes but still have the 9th most interceptions (12) this season. And on the flipside, the Titans offense have the 3rd most yards per game (394.5), 4th most points per game (30.0) and have the least amount of giveaways (9) of any team this season facing a Lions defense that allows the fourth most points (29.9) this season. Like I say, don’t over think it. Lock in the Titans.
Upset of the Week ➡ Chicago Bears (+3.5) over Minnesota Vikings
Listen, I’m a Bears fan, but I don’t think they’re turning the season around after blowing out the Texans in Week 14 by a score of 36 to 7. But I do think that Mitchell Trubisky is an upgrade over Nick Foles (yikes) and that a fully healthy David Montgomery makes a difference, particularly against a Vikings defense that allows the 9th most points (27.3) of any team this year. Although the Bears defense has been at best inconsistent after a strong start, the last time the Bears met the Vikings, they held Dalvin Cook to a season low in rush yards in a low scoring affair, and the Vikings offense does have the 5th most giveaways (22) of any team this season. I wouldn’t be surprised with an upset this weekend.
Joanne Kong’s Picks
Survivor Pick: Cleveland Browns
Scott King’s Picks
Ryan Whitfield’s Picks
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Fighting it out for second place, let’s start with a Saturday games, both key in the playoffs. Is Buffalo ripe for an upset after a big win against Pittsburgh and a short week? I say yes. Denver’s defense is tough at home and the good version of Drew Lock can deliver wins against playoff contenders (they beat Miami a few weeks back).
Eliminator: I would use Tampa Bay this weekend even though they are at Atlanta. The Falcons look like they’ve packed it in.
Sunday: There are major clashing trends in New England-Miami game. Bill Belichick’s record against rookie QBs (advantage Pats), teams struggling after playing Kansas City tough (advantage Pats), Patriots awful record in Miami (advantage Dolphins). A Bills loss on Saturday and a chance to kill off the Pats once and for all could provide the extra motivation for Miami.
Washington’s QB situation looks up in the air and Russell Wilson and the Seahawks loving coming East and playing in the 1 p.m. window. And it’s a homecoming of sorts for Wilson as well. Seahawks stop Washington’s win streak.
Philadelphia found new life with Jalen Hurts at quarterback and don’t be fooled by Arizona, there win was the result of the Giants starting the wrong QB. The Eagles revival continues.
Speaking of the Giants they were flexed into the Sunday night game. And I will make the same declaration as last week (and this time back it up by changing my pick if necessary). If the Giants start Colt McCoy who is healthy, they will win. If not the Browns will. This is a big letdown spot for Cleveland after a fantastic effort against the Ravens that just fell short.
I am not sure how much chance New Orleans has against Kansas City with an injured Drew Brees. But if the Saints start Taysom Hill they have no shot.
Week 14 Results
Check back next week for our Week 15 results and Week 16 picks!