About last week's picks ... there are a couple of things that need some clarification.
You know, those silly little errors that should have never made it into print.
What appeared: "The Bills will hang tough with the Patriots." It should have read: "The Bills will be hung out to dry by the Patriots."
What appeared: "The Broncos are mad as hell after losing to the Chiefs." It should have read: "The Broncos are playing like hell and will eke out a narrow win over the Ravens."
There were seven other such examples of stupidity like that in the Week 14 picks. Just downright preposterous.
About as preposterous as getting $25 a week from the government and spending it on beer and popcorn.
I mean, really, who would waste money on popcorn?
On to the Week 15 picks:
Tampa Bay (+4.5) at New England: The Buccaneers are 2-21 all time when the game-time temperature is 4C or lower. Patriots QB Tom Brady is 19-0 under those conditions. The forecast high for tomorrow is 2C. PATRIOTS
Kansas City (+3) at NY Giants: The Giants, who are 6-1 at home (5-2 against the spread) this season, are 5-0 ATS in the past five meetings vs. K.C. The Chiefs are 1-6 in their last seven road games against NFC foes. GIANTS
Denver (-9) at Buffalo: The Broncos are mad as hell ... wait a second, that's already been used. How about this: The Bills have become completely unglued. BRONCOS
Pittsburgh (-3) at Minnesota: How is it a team (Minnesota) that has won six straight games winds up as a three-point underdog at home? Minnesota is playing too well to pass on, regardless of whom their opponents have been. VIKINGS
San Diego (+7.5) at Indianapolis: I thought this might be the week the Colts finally lose ... then I saw how the Chargers played against the Dolphins. COLTS
San Francisco (+15.5) at Jacksonville: There is no doubt the Jaguars (9-4) will beat the 49ers (2-11). It's winning by 16 points that's a little scary. Jacksonville has only one victory (30-3 over the Ravens in mid-November) that was a blowout. And seven of the Jags' other eight wins have been by a touchdown or less. I'll take the points. 49ERS
Seattle (-7) at Tennessee: The Seahawks, winners of nine straight, have beaten their last two opponents by a combined score of 83-3. Good luck, Titans. SEAHAWKS
Arizona (-1.5) at Houston: Believe it or not, this isn't the Brutal Bowl. That will come in two weeks when Houston travels to San Francisco to see who wins (loses?) the right to choose USC RB Reggie Bush in next spring's draft. The Texans aren't about to muck up their chances this week vs. the Cardinals. CARDINALS
NY Jets (+9) at Miami: The Dolphins are putting together a nice little run to end the season. But a 10-point win over the Jets? That just seems a little too high. JETS
Carolina (-9.5) at New Orleans: Hard to believe the Saints actually beat Carolina in the season opener in Charlotte. New Orleans coach Jim Haslett has named backup QB Todd Bouman, who has three career starts in eight seasons, as his starter for the rest of the year. PANTHERS
Dallas (+2.5) at Washington: Let's not kid ourselves. The Redskins played themselves back into contention with wins over the Rams and Cardinals. Against the Cowboys, Washington has posted a 2-14 record in the last 16 meetings. The Cowboys are 7-0 ATS in the last seven games in Washington. COWBOYS
Cincinnati (-8) at Detroit: If Pittsburgh loses Sunday, the Bengals will clinch the AFC North title before their game vs. the Lions. No matter, Cincinnati, which is 3-0 ATS in its last three trips to Detroit, still has a first-round bye to play for. BENGALS
Cleveland (+3) at Oakland: The Raiders' Marques Tuiasosopo experiment lasted a whole week. Oakland will give the ball back to starting QB Kerry Collins, but not even that may be enough to beat the Browns by more than three points. BROWNS
Philadelphia (+3) at St. Louis: Surely, if the Eagles can take the Giants to overtime before losing by a field goal, they can stay within three points vs. the Rams. EAGLES
Atlanta (+3) at Chicago: The Bears have more than enough speed on defence to hassle gimpy Falcons QB Michael Vick (bruised ribs). Game-time temperature is expected to be around -10C. BEARS
Green Bay (+3.5) at Baltimore: The Ravens' defence is playing well. Packers QB Brett Favre is turning the ball over at a career-worst rate (22 picks, six lost fumbles). Not a good combination. RAVENS
Last Week: 6-9-1.
Best Bet: Dallas.
Best Bets: 7-7 after 5.5-point favourite Carolina lost 20-10 to Tampa Bay.
Suicide Pick: Jacksonville.
Suicide Picks: 14-0 after Seattle beat San Francisco 41-3.