Saturday, December 15, 2012
Football Today: NFC West Week 15
By Mike Sando
Ross Tucker, Matt Williamson and Jay Soderberg are back with their weekly NFL predictions on the latest Football Today podcast for Week 15.
I've been singling out NFC West-related highlights for those interested. The full podcast is worth a listen as well.
- 6:35 mark: San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots. Tucker thinks the 49ers must take advantage of the Patriots' slower linebackers. Williamson thinks the Patriots have the best team in the NFL. He called their blowout victory over Houston last week, but he expects a much tougher game for New England in this one. Williamson boils down the game to Tom Brady and Colin Kaepernick.
- 23:25: Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams. Williamson likes the Rams' defense and thinks Jeff Fisher should be coach of the year. He loves the matchup and thinks Adrian Peterson will need 175-plus yards for the Vikings to win the game. Tucker likes the Rams' defensive front seven. He also predicts a pick-six for the Rams' secondary against Christian Ponder. I feel that's a good call.
- 30:22: Seattle Seahawks at Buffalo Bills. Williamson expects a low-scoring game. He and Tucker are both picking the Seahawks. Tucker is down on the Bills, his former team, after home losses to Tennessee and St. Louis. Soderberg picked against Seattle heading into the Seahawks' 58-0 victory last week. He's taking them this time.
- 32:35: Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals. Tucker and Williamson are looking forward to Patrick Peterson facing Calvin Johnson. Williamson wonders whether the Cardinals might surprise this week, but he's not betting on it. Soderberg is making the Lions his lock of the week.
Tucker, Williamson and Soderberg pick outcomes for all games in Week 15, so check out the full podcast if you can.
Related: Check out ESPN's expert picks for the week. Seattle and Detroit are unanimous picks this week. Seth Wickersham is the only one picking the 49ers to beat the Patriots. Picks are mixed for the Vikings-Rams game.