The Falcoholic expert picks: Week 15

Patrick Smith

Kirk Cousins gets the start over RG3 this week. The Falcons picked him off twice in his brief appearance last year. How do our "experts" feel about the matchup this time around?

The Falcons take on the Redskins in a matchup that is actually one of the most intriguing of the week. Of course it's not due to promises of a tightly contested game or the race for a playoff position; Sunday holds major implications for the 2014 NFL Draft.

As far as the standings go today, Washington holds the No. 2 pick (which will go to St. Louis), and Atlanta is right behind at No. 3. The fanbase is surely split once again on what the Falcons should do. Expect "tanking" to be a popular topic on Twitter.

This week, our "experts" are jumping on board with my decision to start picking the Falcons again. James holds the overall lead by two games over me. Dave and Jeanna are in a situation similar to the Falcons-Redskins matchup. Who can finish last? Here are our picks for Week 15.

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Redskins-Falcons, 1 p.m. (FOX)

James still shows zero faith in the Falcons, or he just wants a better draft pick. He's picked the Buccaneers every week, so I'm beginning to suspect he's secretly a Tampa homer. Kirk Cousins threw two picks in 11 passes last season against Atlanta. I'm expecting several turnovers again, and with the way his team is playing right now, I can't help but think the Falcons will walk away with a W.

49ers at Bucs, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Tampa has won three straight at home, but the 49ers are riding a three-game win streak that includes a victory over the Seahawks. Everyone feels confident in San Fran, aside from James, Bucs lover.

Jets at Panthers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

The Jets have one road win in 2013. Guess who it was against? (No seriously don't guess please stop talking about it.) While the Panthers were embarrassed in prime time against the Saints, they travel back to Bank of America Stadium where they have one home loss all year (Week 1 against Seattle). I don't expect this game to be close.

Saints at Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Only Jeanna was brave enough to call an upset here. The Saints dominated Week 14's game against the Panthers, but they have slipped up on the road this year (see: Week 9, Jets). St. Louis' No. 22 pass defense is bound to struggle with Drew Brees, though.

Bengals at Steelers, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)

I don't know why I picked the Steelers. Let's just move on.

Ravens at Lions, 8:30 p.m. (Monday, ESPN)

The Ravens are 1-5 on the road. Their miraculous comeback in Minnesota might provide some momentum for Week 15, but it doesn't look like any of us expect Baltimore to suddenly start playing well away from home.

Thoughts on Week 15?

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