Gant “Expert” Challenge – Week 15

12/15-12/17 Games Jay Siegel Rusty McCracken Chris Morelli Dave Glass Dustin Parks
Nevada-Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona Arizona
Steelers-Cowboys Cowboys Steelers Cowboys Steelers Steelers
Giants-Falcons Giants Giants Falcons Giants Giants
Packers-Bears Packers Packers Packers Packers Packers
Redskins-Browns Browns Redskins Redskins Browns Browns
Broncos-Ravens Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos Broncos
Panthers-Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Chargers Panthers
Seahawks-Bills Seahawks Seahawks Seahawks Bills Seahawks
Colts-Texans Texans Texans Texans Texans Texans
Bucs-Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints Saints
49ers-Pats Pats Pats Pats 49ers 49ers
Jets-Titans Jets Titans Titans Titans Jets
Last Week 10-2 7-5 5-7 7-5 4-8
Year-to-date 119-49 114-54 109-59 108-60 102-66


The Last Word

Dustin: “Whew, doozies this week to pick. My eye is certainly gonna be fixated on the San Francisco-New England game. That is going to be a dandy, especially with how good the 49ers have been despite the change in quarterback. I’m picking them because, well, I’m not a Pats fan (which makes my friend Amanda crazy). Aside from that, pretty tough competition this week.”

Dave: “With so many division races decided early, many of these matchups are just ‘for show’, especially since home-field advantage in the playoffs means a lot less than it used to. Like Dustin, I’m going to watch that 49ers-Pats game very carefully – if the Pats can manhandle the 9ers like they pounded the Texans, they will be established as the clear favorite to win it all. San Francisco has more on the line, though – Seattle is suddenly nipping at their heels. Lost in a lot of the discussion about the Steelers is the simple fact that even when Ben has played, the offense has been well below-average by NFL standards. However, they seem to lose when we expect them to win and win when we expect them to lose, so anything is possible against a similarly Jekyll-and-Hyde Dallas team.”

Chris: “I have given up on the Steelers. They’ve now lost to the Titans, Raiders, Browns and Chargers. I just can’t see them making this push down the stretch to claim the sixth and final wild card spot. The offense lacks a solid ground game and the receivers can’t hold on to the football. Based on what we’ve seen this season, it might be time to gut the team and start over. I expect the Steelers to lose 2 of 3 down the stretch and miss the postseason for the second time under coach Mike Tomlin.”

Rusty: “Jay seems to have the golden touch right now. I have to think the Steelers have a good shot at winning and need it badly. I still think the Ravens are on the skid – go Broncos. Redskins and Packers are regrouping well. Giants still rolling. And, the Texans will regroup to get the job done against the Colts. Jay, can I borrow your crystal ball if this week doesn’t work out?”

Jay: “Wish I had some grand thing to say about my picks – I just call ’em as I see ’em. Alot of schizophrenic teams in the NFL this year – Cowboys, Steelers, Giants, etc – make these games hard to pick even without the Vegas lines.”

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