SNYGiants Week 15 NFL Picks

Jim Mancari, Contributor

These are the types of weeks I envisioned earlier in the season…

I won with the Cardinals, Saints and 49ers last week, but of course the Giants were a major disappointment

Here are this week’s picks. I’ll be using the point spreads from Yahoo! Sports. Feel free to include your picks for these or any other of the week’s games in the comments section. Good luck!

Week 14 Record: 3-1

Overall Record: 24-32

New England Patriots (-2) at Miami Dolphins

With Rob Gronkowski now out for the season, many football pundits have already cast the Patriots aside as AFC contenders. But they still have Tom Brady. The Pats are currently holding the No. 2 seed in the AFC, but the Bengals and Colts are still in the mix. I can see New England beating the division-rival Dolphins, even on the road and even without Gronk.

Pick: Patriots

Kansas City Chiefs (-4.5) at Oakland Raiders

The Chiefs can clinch a playoff berth with a loss by either the Ravens or Dolphins, but Kansas City can also clinch with a win. That’s what they’ll hope to do on the road against the Raiders. Why even worry about what the other teams do? Just got out and win in Oakland. The Chiefs defeated the Raiders 24-7 earlier this season, and a similar outcome seems likely.

Pick: Chiefs

Cincinnati Bengals (-3) at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have actually rebounded nicely after a terrible start, but it looks like I’m going to be sticking with the theme of AFC road favorites this week. The Bengals would clinch the AFC North with a win and a Ravens’ loss. But even if the Ravens win, Cincinnati still needs to win this game, and I think they’ll be ready.

Pick: Bengals

Seattle Seahawks (-7) at New York Giants

The road favorites theme will continue with this one, and at least the Seahawks used to be in the AFC from 1977 to 2001. The Giants have no shot in this one. The Seahawks are known for being a dominant team at home and not so great on the road, but this season the Seahawks are an impressive 5-2 on the road. Expect that record to improve to 6-2, as the Giants have too many issues to compete with the arguably the best team in football.

Pick: Seahawks

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20 comments
andthenjohnsaid
andthenjohnsaid

not one person commented on jerry stackhouse in this thread lol

rico
rico

The only thing that matters is what LUTE OLSEN thinks !   :)

lobcity1
lobcity1

Kicking my feet up and enjoying Phil's work. I will get my favorite cognac this weekend and celebrate SK hiring,

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Phil Jackson denied this after D'Antoni was hired, but the Lakers reported that he wanted to only coach home games and not travel with the team. If this is true, he may be even more hands on that we imagined. So hiring a Kerr and mentoring him, along with some time spent with the team could be a great situation for the Knicks. I do believe Phil wants to coach, but is physically unable to handle the rigors of travel. This could be a win-win situation.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Steve Kerr wouldn't be the first person to use the Knicks for leverage in securing a better deal somewhere else.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

We are going to have a coaching staff of neophytes. Holy F***

rico
rico

@andthenjohnsaid  the Stackhouse info is too vague, 

was he interviewing as an assistant or is he getting an internship?



Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@thatsagoodpoint @pezhao 

He has that Italian style down. I'm concerned about his elbow. He went out in January and it was supposed to heal in 6-8 weeks, unless he had surgery. Surgery would put him out for the year. He never got back on the roster. Not sure if he has any value, until he shows he is healthy

goldbuddha
goldbuddha

i Had this exact same thought this morning. Lol

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Sandro Guedes @Knicks_Fanatic 

Lowry and Derozan were the same players they always were. What happened was their usage increased. They had more opportunities with the ball. Rudy was taking 18.6 shots per game hitting 39%. That's not good. When Rudy went to SAC and wasn't the primary scorer, he shot 48%.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Sandro Guedes @thatsagoodpoint 

Memphis traded Rudy and improved.

Toronto traded Rudy and improved.

He thus was not their best player. Rudy is simply a volume scorer, who takes lots of shots and puts up points in an inefficient manner. Lowry and Derozan are better than Rudy.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Sandro Guedes @Knicks_Fanatic 

It's just a question of what the Suns need to move ahead. Obviously when you are building draft picks, especially lottery picks, are invaluable. At some point, you get enough talent and depth, so that rookies won't really contribute right away. If THJ was drafted by the Clippers, he might be as unknown as Reggie Bullock.who went next.

So they have an extra draft pick, but no Bird rights to Gortat, and will move ahead a few spots by missing the playoffs. So let's see who they draft and what they do with their cap space. They really need an experieced veteran player at the PF-C spot. McDonough is good, so I look forward to seeing how he plays his hand. Right now, I think they would be better off with Gortat and his Bird rights.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Sandro Guedes @Knicks_Fanatic 

You can't discount the experience that a playoff series would have on the team as a learning mechanism. The Suns need a big man and there is no guarantee that they will find one in the draft. Let's see how they do with their picks before making a decision on the trade. Plumlee and Len are not looking like they are the answer at this point in time.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Sandro Guedes @thatsagoodpoint@Knicks_Fanatic  

Kerr has ties to GSW. 

Kerr has close ties to Golden State owner Joe Lacob and team executive Rick Welts, a former Suns president when Kerr was the Phoenix general manager.

Kerr was set to hire Lacob’s son, Kirk, four years ago as a front-office intern, but Kerr left for TNT. Kirk Lacob now is the Warriors assistant GM. One report out the Bay area stated Kerr will be approached, but “there was debate about his candidacy’’ among front-office types. It wasn’t clear if it meant Kerr already was too far along in talks with the Knicks.