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I served in the US Navy from 2002-08; four of those years were as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier. I engage in political activism in various Democratic circles when I am able to. I have a cat, and I am an uncle.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

2015 NFL SEASON: WEEK 15




Me
Eli
WEEK 14
8-8
10-6
8-8
TOTAL
128-80
131-77
124-84


With the premier of Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend, the game previews will have a theme attached to them.





MUST WATCH GAMES

Buccaneers at Rams/Bears at Vikings


“You have failed me for the last time Admiral.”

“Apology accepted, Captain Needa.”

This is what a loss will do for the playoff chances of the teams involved.


Jets at Cowboys
“That’s no moon. It’s a space station.”
- Obi Wan Kenobi, Star Wars


Texans at Colts/Falcons at Jaguars
Here are the highlights from last Sunday’s Colts at Jaguars game.


Whoever wins the Texans at Colts game will likely have an inside edge to winning the AFC South. Fun fact: The Texans have never won at Indianapolis in the team’s history.

- Han Solo, The Empire Strikes Back

Speaking of which, the Atlanta Falcons started the season like the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars. Now they are playing like the Falcon from Empire Strikes Back.

Oh, and yes, the division is so terrible that the Jaguars could win the division and host a playoff game. I can’t wait to see the promos for that game.


Panthers at Giants
“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side kid.”

“It’s true. All of it.”

When we first meet Han Solo in Star Wars he is a cynic even skeptical of Luke Skywalker’s belief in the Force. Over time Solo becomes a true believer as shown with the line in the trailer for The Force Awakens.

The same could be said about the Panthers chances of becoming the first NFL team since the 1972 Dolphins to complete a perfect season. I’m sure there were cynics and skeptics at the start of the season, but now there are believers that it could happen.

Carolina has a connection to the 1972 Dolphins. The Panthers offensive coordinator is Mike Shula who is the son of Don Shula who was the coach of that team.


Titans at Patriots

No real reason to watch this game. I just wanted to post this picture of comparing Emperor Palpatine to Patriots coach Bill Belichick.


Broncos at Steelers
“I have a bad feeling about this” is a line said by at least one character in every Star Wars film.

I’m sure that is the sinking feeling by Broncos fans after their 15-12 loss to the Raiders in Denver last Sunday. Prior to the game, Denver was the AFC’s 2-seed. Now the Broncos have dropped to a game behind New England, who they beat in Denver, and would lose the conference tiebreaker to Cincinnati forcing them play in the first round of the playoffs.

Denver’s next two games are critical to their postseason chances: at Pittsburgh and home against the Bengals on Monday night next week.

Cardinals at Eagles
When it was announced that this game was to be flexed in to the Sunday Night slot, this was a head scratcher.

But as you look at the statistics of which teams are likely to get flexed into the Sunday Night slot, it is not really a surprise.

In the 10 seasons that NBC has had the Sunday Night package, an NFC East team has made 60 appearances with the Cowboys having the most at 34. The Eagles will make their 26th appearance on Sunday night with this game breaking a tie with the Patriots while next Sunday night the Giants will make their 24th appearance breaking a tie with the Steelers when they travel to Minnesota.

The goal is having the most eyeballs to watch these games. While the Cardinals do not have the same following as the Eagles do, they have made their presence known in the primetime slot with wins at Seattle, and at home against the Bengals and Ravens, and most recently against the Vikings a week ago.


And now the picks.

Kickoff times are Mountain Time
Sunday afternoon games airing in Denver are noted by (DEN)
Picks are in BOLD


THURSDAY NIGHT, NFL 6PM
Buccaneers at Rams


SATURDAY NIGHT, NFL 6PM
Jets at Cowboys


CBS 11AM
Chiefs at Ravens (DEN)
Texans at Colts
Titans at Patriots

FOX 11AM
Panthers at Giants (DEN)
Bears at Vikings
Bills at Washington
Falcons at Jaguars


CBS 2PM
Broncos at Steelers (DEN)
Bengals at 49ers
Dolphins at Chargers

FOX 2PM
Browns at Seahawks
Packers at Raiders


SUNDAY NIGHT, NBC 6:30 PM
Cardinals at Eagles


MONDAY NIGHT, ESPN 6:30 PM
Lions at Saints



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