The number of teams eliminated from playoff contention for the 2021 NFL season increased during Week 14. AFC teams who are no longer in the mix for the 2021 NFL playoffs are The NY Jets, Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Detroit Lions are the only NFC team who are officially out of the playoff mix heading into Week 15. Expect some additional teams to make the list of eliminated clubs during Week 15.
Week 15 sees some interesting matchups that could affect the playoff seeding. One of those games is the late Saturday game between the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts. As for Sunday, eyes should be on the afternoon matchup between the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens and the late game, which sees New Orleans travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers.
NFL Week 15 – Saturday Slate
NFL Week 15 – Sunday Slate
New England vs. Indianapolis
- Date & Location: Saturday, December 18 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
- Time: 8:15 p.m ET
- How to Watch: NFL Network
If you’re like me, you did a double take when you looked at the money line of this game and saw the New England Patriots are the underdog. The Patriots have won their past seven games and are looking like they could be the surprise team of the 2021 playoffs. The Colts are good, but they aren’t as hot as the Patriots are as a team right now.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 7, 2021
What makes this game so interesting, besides the playoff implications — the Patriots are first in the AFC at 9-4 and the Colts are sixth in the conference at 7-6, is that both teams started the season poorly and then turned things around. New England opened 2021 with a 2-4 record. On the other side of the ball, Indianapolis opened the season with three straight losses.
Pick the Patriots to beat the Colts.
Arizona vs. Detroit
- Date & Location: Sunday, December 19 at Ford Field, Detroit, MI
- Time: 1:00 p.m ET
- How to Watch: FOX
The Arizona Cardinals have quietly put together the best record in the NFL heading into Week 15 of the NFL season. Along with Tampa Bay and Green Bay, Arizona is 10-3 and that third loss came on Monday night when the team fell to the Los Angeles Chargers 30-23, despite quarterback Kyler Murray throwing for 383 yards. Arizona opened the year on a seven-game winning streak. The Cardinals have alternated wins and losses over their past seven games. Look for that streak to go to eight as Arizona should be able to handle the Detroit Lions, who are 1-11-1.
If you didn't know the phrase #ConnerStrong…
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 14, 2021
Pick Arizona to win.
Pick Arizona to cover.
Green Bay vs. Baltimore
- Date & Location: Sunday, December 19 at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
- Time: 4:25 p.m ET
- How to Watch: FOX
Week 15 is not a great time for the Baltimore Ravens to face the Green Bay Packers. The Ravens are 2-3 in their past five games and plummeting down the board as a potential Super Bowl 56 team. Meanwhile. Green Bay is heading in the opposite direction and are closing the distance between themselves and the Buccaneers as a favorite to win the Super Bowl.
.@AaronRodgers12 threw 4️⃣ TD passes Sunday night to bring his career total to 61 TDs thrown vs. Chicago, the most in @NFL history against the Bears as he moved past Brett Favre (60). #ProBowlVote | #CHIvsGB | #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/V7pE1OePVX
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 13, 2021
The difference in this game could be the confidence and play of the two quarterbacks. Packers’ starter Aaron Rodgers is coming off three straight 300-plus yard games, while Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson was injured early in Week 14 and has struggled while he has been on the field.
Pick Green Bay to win.
New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay
- Date & Location: Sunday, December 19 at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
- Time: 8:20 p.m ET
- How to Watch: NBC
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost three games this season. The Bucs won’t get a chance to face two of those teams – LA Chargers and Washington – a second time in 2021. They will, however, get the opportunity to face the other team that beat them. That team is the New Orleans Saints. The Saints topped Tampa Bay in Week 8 by a score of 36-27. Tampa Bay faces the Saints at home during Week 15.
TD 7️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ FOR THE WIN! pic.twitter.com/TrSrBz1Uv3
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) December 13, 2021
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are the favorites to win Super Bowl 56. They have won four straight and are coming off an OT win over the Buffalo Bills. The highlight of the Saints season might end up being that first win over Tampa. New Orleans has a 1-5 record since beating the Buccaneers and that win came during Week 14 when the Saints blew out the NY Jets 30-9. The Buccaneers might be the polar opposite of the Jets.
Pick Tampa Bay to win.
Pick New Orleans to cover.
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