Issues are heating up within the AFC South because the season nears an finish. Only one sport separates the division-leading Jacksonville Jaguars from the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts, who’re tied for second place.
Although they’re practically out of the playoff race, the Tennessee Titans are driving excessive from their 28-27 upset of the Miami Dolphins. Listed here are predictions for Week 15’s slate of video games:
Houston Texans (7-6) vs. Tennessee Titans (5-8): Within the first matchup of the season between these two groups, followers is likely to be robbed of a C.J. Stroud vs. Will Levis matchup with the previous within the concussion protocol and his standing for this weekend nonetheless unknown. The defenses and run sport are a wash, so this sport will come all the way down to the quarterbacks.
If Davis Mills does, in truth, begin for Houston, the Titans probabilities go up exponentially. He has a 1-2 profession document in opposition to Tennessee with a passer ranking barely above 90. Conversely, Levis is coming off his finest sport as a professional, during which he threw for 327 yards and a landing in an upset of the Dolphins. I just like the Titans to tug out one other shut one and Levis to outduel Mills.
PREDICTION: Titans 24, Texans 23
Indianapolis Colts (7-6) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6): With Kenny Pickett already dominated out this week, the Colts are basically being handed a freebie going through Mitch Trubisky, who threw for 190 yards, a landing and an interception and misplaced to the 3-10 New England Patriots final week.
Indy is coming off its personal loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, however it had received its earlier 4 video games earlier than that. Even with Gardner Minshew operating the present, the Colts rank eighth in scoring (24.2 factors per sport) and 14th in complete offense (337.1 yards per sport). There appears to be some division in Pittsburgh’s locker room, and the Colts might be primed to benefit from it on the proper time.
PREDICTION: Colts 27, Steelers 21
Jacksonville Jaguars (8-5) vs. Baltimore Ravens (10-3): If the Jaguars wish to show they’re for actual and never a pretender, that is the sort of assertion sport they should win. The Ravens are the No. 1 seed within the AFC and the one 10-win group within the convention. A win over them would go a protracted strategy to legitimizing Jacksonville’s case for being a legit menace within the postseason.
Travis Etienne has been comparatively quiet since his streak of three straight video games with two or extra touchdowns six weeks in the past. He must have greater than the 50.3 yards he’s averaged during the last six video games for the Jags to have any sort of likelihood in opposition to Baltimore’s No. 2-ranked protection.
Moreover, Trevor Lawrence, who’s thrown for 300 yards simply twice this season, must have a breakout sport to maintain up with the Ravens’ No. 6-ranked offense. I simply don’t suppose Jacksonville has the horses to maintain up with Lamar Jackson and firm.
PREDICTION: Ravens 35, Jaguars 22