The best games on the schedule for NFL Week 15 come late in the day Sunday and then Monday night. We will get to finally find out if Tom Brady is really better than Tim Tebow and on MNF, the 49ers battle the Steelers for respect and playoff seeding. We have our picks against the spread for these final five games of the week.
Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders (+1.5): Oh, how these two "mighty" teams have fallen. Darren McFadden is still doubtful and Carson Palmer is still Carson Palmer. But things aren't all that better with the Lions. We'll got with the home team here and hope that Sea Bass can kick the Raiders to a win. Pick: Raiders
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos (+7): This is the showdown
fans ESPN has been waiting for! Finally, we can determine who is the best quarterback in the NFL. Does accurate passing of the football beat mobility and running the college-style option? We'll finally find out on Sunday!...But we already know the answer. Pick: Patriots
New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles (-3): Two teams that have failed to meet expectations with one who's season is all but done and the other who still has a chance to make the playoffs. This game will decided which is which. The Jets are a bit healthier and better defensively. Pick: Jets
Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers (+3): I can't come up with any reason why this line is so small other than the Ravens history of playing down to their competition. Yes, we're surprised the Chargers have the same record as the Cardinals, but that doesn't change the fact they do and Baltimore still have plenty to play for with playoff seeding on the line. Pick: Ravens
Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers (-2.5): The Steelers are a better football team if healthy. They are not healthy and likely won't have Ben Roethlisberger for this game. The 49ers are upset they lost to the Cardinals and are still battling for seeding. They are also battling for respect and confidence heading into the playoffs. Pick: 49ers