Only the dismal record is predictable

TREVOR BUNKE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:33 AM ET

It's official: I am to NFL prognostication what the San Francisco 49ers are to the NFL -- the worst. At least the 49ers will get the chance to improve with the first overall pick in next spring's draft.

So after a putrid 4-12 ATS, things can't get much worse in Week 15 ... I hope.

Pittsburgh (-10) at NY Giants: Steelers rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger vs. Giants rookie QB Eli Manning. Unless Manning turns into older brother Peyton, this one gets ugly fast. STEELERS

Washington (-5) at San Francisco: If the 49ers win, they risk losing the first overall pick to the Dolphins. It won't happen. REDSKINS

Carolina (+3) at Atlanta: With five straight wins, the Panthers (despite only being 6-7) have moved into the last playoff position in the NFC. The Falcons might be 10-3, but five of their wins have been by four points or less. Carolina is too hot to pass on. PANTHERS

Seattle (+6.5) at NY Jets: Can the Seahawks win road games two weeks in a row? Not a chance. The Jets, smarting from last week's loss in Pittsburgh, will bounce back big. JETS

Dallas (+12.5) at Philadelphia: The Cowboys blew up real good last week. Unless RB Julius Jones has a 300-yarder in him, the Eagles win by four TDs. EAGLES

Minnesota (-3) at Detroit: If the brutal Vikings can't beat the brutal Seahawks -- at home, no less -- they cannot be trusted to win a road game, even vs. Detroit. LIONS

San Diego (-10) at Cleveland: Playing the Browns is also known as "Guaranteed Win Day." And the Chargers are actually playing for something that matters late in the season. CHARGERS

Buffalo (-1) at Cincinnati: If the Bengals hadn't made a couple of crucial mistakes last week in New England, they could have beaten the Patriots. Buffalo won't get away with the sloppy play it displayed at times last week vs. the Browns. BENGALS

Jacksonville (+3.5) at Green Bay: The Packers have fared poorly against AFC foes this season (blowout losses to Indy and Tennessee), and looked downright awful despite beating Detroit last week. The Jaguars, fighting for their playoff lives, will hang tough. JAGUARS

Houston (+1) at Chicago: In the whacked-out NFC, the Bears aren't dead yet. The Texans' year all but ended with last week's loss to the Colts. BEARS

New Orleans (+8) at Tampa Bay: Tampa dropped a tough one last week in San Diego. The Saints aren't tough. BUCCANEERS

St. Louis (-3) at Arizona: If the Cardinals didn't have to play the 49ers (San Fran's only two wins this season), they would control their fate in the NFC West. They get to face Rams backup QB Chris Chandler -- coming off his six-pick beauty last week vs. Carolina. CARDINALS

Denver (+1) at Kansas City: The Broncos are scaring no one with Jake Plummer at QB. The Chiefs are starting to look like the team everyone expected them to be. CHIEFS

Tennessee (+2.5) at Oakland: I might be sick, but I'm sticking with the Titans. That Billy Volek-Drew Bennett combo has got to win a game sooner or later. TITANS

Baltimore (+7.5) at Indianapolis: Even with record-chasing Peyton Manning at QB for the Colts, this spread seems a little high. The Ravens secondary is a proud unit that will do whatever it can to ensure Manning doesn't break passing marks on Sunday. Baltimore needs a win to stay in the playoff race, and QB Kyle Boller is starting to look like an NFLer. RAVENS

New England (-9.5) at Miami: The Patriots might have some problems with the Dolphins defence, but ultimately it's Miami that won't be able to score on New England. PATRIOTS

Last Week: 4-12.

Season: 95-108-5.

Best Bet: NY Jets.

Best Bets: 8-6 after 9.5-point favourite Baltimore beat the NY Giants 37-14.

Suicide Pick: Philadelphia.

Suicide Picks: 12-3 after Buffalo beat Cleveland 37-7.

trevor.bunke@ott.sunpub.com


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