Washington Redskins vs Jacksonville Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE – Each Saturday during the 2018 season, nine Jaguars experts – Rick Ballou, Tony Boselli, Frank Frangie, Jeff Lageman, Brent Martineau, John Oehser, Brian Sexton, J.P. Shadrick and Ashlyn Sullivan – will break down the following day’s Jaguars matchup.

Washington Redskins AT Jacksonville Jaguars
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 NFL GameTrax – Regular Season – Week 15
TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, Florida

Up this week:

The Washington Redskins at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.

Rick Ballou, Jaguars sideline reporter

The Jaguars will win if: They force Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson to turn the ball over. Jacksonville should be able to stop the run, even after last week’s debacle against Tennessee running back Derrick Henry, and force Johnson to beat them in the air. Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette will leave the home crowd thinking of what could have been with his best game of the year.

The Redskins will win if: They rattle Jaguars quarterback Cody Kessler. Jacksonville only has scored 15 points in the two games Kessler has been under center. If Washington can create pressure and force turnovers, they could win a one-possession game.

As Ballou sees it: Jaguars, 16-7. The Jaguars’ defense will respond after getting blistered a week ago. Fournette will rush for more than 100 yards and Jacksonville will have three field goals in the victory.

Frank Frangie, Radio Voice of the Jaguars

The Jaguars will win if: They cover downfield even moderately well and make things very tough for Johnson, who hasn’t played much meaningful football in recent years. I can’t imagine the Redskins will do much offensively in this game. The Jaguars must cover, harass Johnson and hit a few plays down the field.

The Redskins will win if: They can get a lead. After trailing by 40 points a week ago, they need some confidence. The Jaguars aren’t full of confidence, either, so the team that starts well has a huge advantage. These are two struggling teams that had decent expectations before the season began.

As Frangie sees it: I think the Jags will win. I can’t see Washington scoring very much; I think the Jaguars will get Fournette going and will win a low-scoring game.

Jeff Lageman, Jaguars analyst and former Jaguars defensive end

The Jaguars will win if: If they play defense as they are capable. Last week in Nashville was disappointing or embarrassing – however you look at it.

The Redskins will win if: They keep the Jaguars’ offense in its current state. Fifteen points with one meaningful touchdown in two weeks since changes were made has not given the Jaguars the desired result.

As Lageman sees it: The Redskins have lost four consecutive games, but still have meaningful football to be played with an opportunity at getting in the playoffs. The Jaguars are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and can win from losing to improve draft position for a future quarterback. That being said, the Jaguars will win their final home game of the season.

Brent Martineau, Action Sports Jax Sports Director

The Jaguars will win if: They win the turnover battle. It’s as simple as that in this low-scoring affair. That turnover-battle thing has not always resulted in victories or losses for the Jaguars this season, but it definitely will against Washington. Punting will not be a bad play against the Redskins.

The Redskins will win if: They get a special teams or defensive touchdown. Johnson can’t be reliable in this situation, so the Jaguars will stuff the run now that Henry got their fundamental tackling attention. Washington needs something exotic to happen to pull this one out.

As Martineau sees it: This game should be sponsored by a doctor’s office. The attrition on offense for both these teams is now comical. The teams have played a combined six different quarterbacks in 2018. That’s crazy – not to mention all the other positions that are injured on both teams. The Jaguars will win 17-6 to close out the home season.​

John Oehser, jaguars.com senior writer

The Jaguars will win if: They can find a way to run effectively. This seemed like the formula to win in Tennessee last week, but the Jaguars struggled in Fournette’s return from a one-game suspension. The passing game hasn’t improved enough in Kessler’s two starts to expect that area to carry the offense, so Fournette must be more effective.

The Redskins will win if: Johnson carries last week’s second-half effectiveness into this week. Despite not starting since 2011, Johnson played well in a loss to the Giants last Sunday. Yes, the performance came with the game long since decided, but if Johnson plays as well Sunday as he did last week, the Redskins will remain alive in the postseason chase.

As Oehser sees it: The Jaguars will win a low-scoring game. The Jaguars will be focused and motivated following a one-sided, nationally-televised loss at Tennessee last Thursday. That should be enough against the beat-up Redskins.

Brian Sexton, jaguars.com senior correspondent

The Jaguars will win if: They score early. The Redskins are as injured and ineffective on offense as the Jaguars, which is really saying something. They fell behind 40-0 last week before throwing up meaningless touchdowns. The Jaguars must get ahead early and get after the quarterback who was playing in a charity basketball game two Sundays ago.

The Redskins will win if: They go for broke. Why not? They must craft a creative game plan built around a mobile quarterback who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2014; when he did play, he wore 12 of the 32 uniforms so he isn’t exactly a franchise quarterback. Single wing, triple option, wildcat … some of it, all of it, you name it. If they can catch the Jaguars off guard, then they can make something happen.

As Sexton sees it: The Jaguars will win, because they’re starting their backup quarterback and not their backup, backup, backup quarterback.

J.P. Shadrick, jaguars.com reporter/editor

The Jaguars will win if: They can score two touchdowns. The Redskins’ offense might be the only offense more injured than the Jaguars’ in the entire league. If the Jaguars can score somehow, the Jags’ defense should be able to hold down Johnson at quarterback.

The Redskins will win if: They stuff Fournette and the Jaguars’ running attack, forcing a one-dimensional throwing offense. Running is vital, as the Jaguars have struggled to keep Kessler clean the last couple of weeks.

As Shadrick sees it: It’s the final home game of the season, and far from what anyone thought would be the storyline entering this game. We’re already looking ahead to 2019 since the Jaguars were mathematically eliminated with last week’s loss. I don’t think it will be the case, but if the Jaguars on the field are looking to 2019 as well, it could be a long day at the office. I expect a low-scoring game.

Ashlyn Sullivan, Digital reporter and host

The Jaguars will win if: They score more points than they have lately. This game is going to be a defensive battle with both offenses struggling lately. Johnson should not scare the Jaguars’ defense. It’s all on the Jaguars’ offense this week to put scoring drives together.

The Redskins will win if: The Jaguars defense gets run over by Redskins running back Adrian Peterson. The Jaguars’ defense had no answers to stop Henry last week. They defense has emphasized going back to basics, revamping tackling techniques this week at practice to attempt to stop the run. If they adopt the same tackling technique they did last week, they aren’t going to be able to stop AP.

As Sullivan sees it: This locker room wants to win this week for Jacksonville. Head Coach Doug Marrone has made that a goal this week for his team; it seems the players have bought in. The Jaguars defense’ has the talent to perform at a high level against a limited Redskins offense. All eyes are on Fournette and Kessler to make something happen on offense for the Jaguars to win this one.

Dallas Cowboys vs Indianapolis Colts

The Dallas Cowboys (8-5), led by quarterback Dak Prescott, meet the Indianapolis Colts (7-6), led by quarterback Andrew Luck, in a Week 15 NFL football game on Sunday, December 16, 2018 (12/16/18) at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Here are the playoff scenarios for Week 15.

Here are our picks and predictions for Week 15.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Cowboys vs. Colts

What: NFL, Week 15

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium

Time: 1 p.m. Eastern

TV: Fox

Livestream: Fox Sports Go

Line: Colts -3

Cowboys notes: QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 42 of 54 (77.8 pct.) for career-high 455 yards with 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 104.9 rating last week. In his past 3, has completed 88 of 113 (77.9 pct.) for 993 yards (331 per game) with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 113.6 rating. Aims for his 4th in row with 100+ rating. In his past 2 vs. AFC, has 4 TD passes vs. 1 INT for 103.1 rating. * RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 192 scrimmage yards (113 rush, 79 rec.) last week. Leads NFL with 1,764 scrimmage yards & 1,262 rush yards this season. Has 970 scrimmage yards (161.7 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 6. In 9 career games vs. AFC, has 1,032 scrimmage yards (114.7 per game) & 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.). * WR AMARI COOPER had 10 catches for 217 yards & 3 TDs in Week 14. Has 2 career games with 200+ rec. yards & 2+ TDs, most among active players. In 6 games since joining Dal., has 40 catches for 642 yards (107 per game) & 6 TDs. His 642 yards since Week 9 are most in NFL & his 6 TDs tie for most over span. WR COLE BEASLEY had TD catch in only career meeting. * DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 4 on road vs. AFC. Since 2017, ranks 4th in NFC with 23 sacks. LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH is only NFL rookie with 100+ tackles (106) & 2+ INTs (2) in 2018. In 3 career games vs. AFC, has 31 tackles (10.3 per game) & 2 PD. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC with 9+ tackles. DL TYRONE CRAWFORD had sack & FF last week.

Colts notes: QB ANDREW LUCK completed 27 of 41 (65.9 pct.) for 399 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 103.6 rating last week. Has completed 149 of 221 (67.4 pct.) for 1,581 yards (263.5 per game) with 12 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 98.6 rating in his past 6 vs. NFC. Has 2+ TD passes in 17 of his past 20 games. * RB MARLON MACK had rush TD last week. Has 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 7. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 4 vs. NFC. In his past 4 at home, has 362 scrimmage yards (90.5 per game) with 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). * WR T.Y. HILTON had 9 catches for 199 yards last week. Has 566 rec. yards (139 per game) & 2 TD catches in his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 125+ rec. yards. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. Ties for 4th in NFL averaging 15.9 yards per catch (min. 60 catches). Is 1 of 2 active WRs (ANTONIO BROWN, 6) with 950+ rec. yards in 6 consecutive seasons (2013-18). TE ERIC EBRON had TD catch last week. Has 6 TD catches in 5 home games this season. Has 2+ rec. TDs in 2 of his past 3 at home. Ties for NFL lead & ranks 1st among TEs with 12 TD catches in 2018. WR ZACH PASCAL had 68 rec. yards with TD last week. * LB DARIUS LEONARD (rookie) led team with 12 tackles & had sack in Week 14. Leads league with 135 tackles & is only NFL player with 100+ tackles & 5+ sacks (7) in 2018. Is 1 of 3 NFL players since 2000 (LAVONTE DAVID & DARYL WASHINGTON) with 130+ tackles & 7+ sacks. DL DENICO AUTRY had 2 sacks last week. Has 5 sacks in his past 2. — NFL Communications

Dallas Cowboys vs Indianapolis Colts

The Dallas Cowboys (8-5), led by quarterback Dak Prescott, meet the Indianapolis Colts (7-6), led by quarterback Andrew Luck, in a Week 15 NFL football game on Sunday, December 16, 2018 (12/16/18) at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Here are the playoff scenarios for Week 15.

Here are our picks and predictions for Week 15.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Cowboys vs. Colts

What: NFL, Week 15

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium

Time: 1 p.m. Eastern

TV: Fox

Livestream: Fox Sports Go

Line: Colts -3

Cowboys notes: QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 42 of 54 (77.8 pct.) for career-high 455 yards with 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 104.9 rating last week. In his past 3, has completed 88 of 113 (77.9 pct.) for 993 yards (331 per game) with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 113.6 rating. Aims for his 4th in row with 100+ rating. In his past 2 vs. AFC, has 4 TD passes vs. 1 INT for 103.1 rating. * RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 192 scrimmage yards (113 rush, 79 rec.) last week. Leads NFL with 1,764 scrimmage yards & 1,262 rush yards this season. Has 970 scrimmage yards (161.7 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 6. In 9 career games vs. AFC, has 1,032 scrimmage yards (114.7 per game) & 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.). * WR AMARI COOPER had 10 catches for 217 yards & 3 TDs in Week 14. Has 2 career games with 200+ rec. yards & 2+ TDs, most among active players. In 6 games since joining Dal., has 40 catches for 642 yards (107 per game) & 6 TDs. His 642 yards since Week 9 are most in NFL & his 6 TDs tie for most over span. WR COLE BEASLEY had TD catch in only career meeting. * DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 4 on road vs. AFC. Since 2017, ranks 4th in NFC with 23 sacks. LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH is only NFL rookie with 100+ tackles (106) & 2+ INTs (2) in 2018. In 3 career games vs. AFC, has 31 tackles (10.3 per game) & 2 PD. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC with 9+ tackles. DL TYRONE CRAWFORD had sack & FF last week.

Colts notes: QB ANDREW LUCK completed 27 of 41 (65.9 pct.) for 399 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 103.6 rating last week. Has completed 149 of 221 (67.4 pct.) for 1,581 yards (263.5 per game) with 12 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 98.6 rating in his past 6 vs. NFC. Has 2+ TD passes in 17 of his past 20 games. * RB MARLON MACK had rush TD last week. Has 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 7. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 4 vs. NFC. In his past 4 at home, has 362 scrimmage yards (90.5 per game) with 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). * WR T.Y. HILTON had 9 catches for 199 yards last week. Has 566 rec. yards (139 per game) & 2 TD catches in his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 125+ rec. yards. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. Ties for 4th in NFL averaging 15.9 yards per catch (min. 60 catches). Is 1 of 2 active WRs (ANTONIO BROWN, 6) with 950+ rec. yards in 6 consecutive seasons (2013-18). TE ERIC EBRON had TD catch last week. Has 6 TD catches in 5 home games this season. Has 2+ rec. TDs in 2 of his past 3 at home. Ties for NFL lead & ranks 1st among TEs with 12 TD catches in 2018. WR ZACH PASCAL had 68 rec. yards with TD last week. * LB DARIUS LEONARD (rookie) led team with 12 tackles & had sack in Week 14. Leads league with 135 tackles & is only NFL player with 100+ tackles & 5+ sacks (7) in 2018. Is 1 of 3 NFL players since 2000 (LAVONTE DAVID & DARYL WASHINGTON) with 130+ tackles & 7+ sacks. DL DENICO AUTRY had 2 sacks last week. Has 5 sacks in his past 2. — NFL Communications

Oakland Raiders vs Cincinnati Bengals

The dog days of December are upon us.

Oakland Raiders AT Cincinnati Bengals
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 NFL GameTrax – Regular Season – Week 15
Paul Brown Stadium – Cincinnati, Ohio

In a stark contrast to the glory years of 2011-2015, Bengals fans are once again becoming re-accustomed to the team sitting at home with the arrival of a new calendar year. Reasons (excuses?) abound as everyone is staring the third straight non-winning season in the face.

Cincinnati’s future beyond the next three weeks is cloudy. Marvin Lewis is technically under contract for another year if the team chooses to bring him back, while their “franchise quarterback” has seen his season cut short with a familiar injury for the second time in four years.

The Bengals are in an abysmal 1-7 stretch since starting the season 4-1, and “Do your job” just isn’t cutting it. Throw in the All-Star receiver having a season-ending injury twice in three seasons to the whole mess and the haters are coming out of the woodwork.

But, wait…what’s that?

Believe it or not, Cincinnati still has a very faint playoff pulse in Week 15. They need to win out and receive immense help in order to sneak into the race with what would be a blasé 8-8 record, but there’s a very narrow postseason path, nonetheless.

Hey—half of a percent of a chance is still “alive”, right?

Before they look to avenge themselves in rematches against Cleveland and Pittsburgh to push away the mortician, the Bengals host the reeling Raiders on Sunday. It’s a blast from the past of sorts, as 16-year head coach Marvin Lewis hosts Jon Gruden in the first year of his Oakland reunion at Paul Brown Stadium.

Cincinnati has had recent success against Oakland, going 3-1 in the last four matchups. The last two victories have been particularly lopsided, with the point differential favoring the Bengals to the tune of plus-44.

However, because of a lethal combination of injuries and underachievement, this game will be a veritable match of “Guess Who?”. Gruden traded away two of his best players this season in Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, while A.J. Green, Andy Dalton and Vontaze Burfict will all be sidelined with various injuries.

Most nationally-recognized talking heads would readily point to Gruden’s Raiders as the bigger overall disappointment, but the Bengals shouldn’t be far behind in the category. Cincinnati went from massive spring underdogs, to en vogue picks in the early fall, to the eventual and predictable laughing stock we’ve seen since mid-October.

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The parallels don’t stop at the old school coaches and lack of recent success, though. The Raiders and Bengals hold the dubious distinction of being two of the most dysfunctional franchises in the NFL. Between the two teams, it’s been 44 combined years since either have won a playoff game (28 for Cincinnati, 16 for Oakland/Los Angeles).

Oakland has also become “Buffalo West” in their gathering of former Bengals coaches and players. Reggie Nelson, Leon Hall, Mike Nugent and Brandon LaFell (all on Injured Reserve) comprised a chunk of the roster, while Paul Guenther is their defensive coordinator.

And, in making the Cincinnati/Oakland/Buffalo love triangle complete, AJ McCarron was dealt from the Bills to the Raiders during the preseason.

They’re also franchises being known for having meddlesome owners who are extremely nepotistic, hard-headed and can’t seem to get out of their own way. It’s not a coincidence that they haven’t had any level of recent success. (Side note: does anyone ever think about how Carson Palmer forced his way out of one dysfunctional franchise, only to be tossed around to two others?)

In the summer of 2017, Derek Carr signed a deal that gave him the richest contract in NFL history at the time. Since that ink dried, Carr has thrown 40 touchdowns along with 21 interceptions, and has compiled a 9-19 record. Because of the sizable contract and his slight regression since his outstanding 2016 campaign, some are wondering if he’s “Gruden’s guy” in the long-term.

Meanwhile, Dalton’s future might be a little cloudy in 2019 as well. Most signs from the uber-conservative Bengals franchise point to keeping him, but with the aforementioned injuries, the losing seasons, a possible head coaching change and a team-friendly “out” in the form of zero dead money in 2019 and 2020, No. 14’s days could be numbered in The Queen City.

Even with Cincinnati’s very slim playoff chances being alive (notice how nobody in the building is talking about that, by the way?), this game will for sure be about jockeying for draft position come April. Both of these teams are projected to pick in the top-10, based on how things have gone and where they are headed, so this game holds importance to both squads in a non-traditional sense.

We could spend an inordinate amount of time talking about matchups, the X’s and O’s of this Sunday, and the like. However, much like the teams themselves, we’re looking beyond those facets.

Both teams are also looking ahead to see what they have on the roster for the future, as struggling football teams do towards the end of a lost season. For Cincinnati, this will take the stubborn Lewis to take a break from being a roster curmudgeon and allow some promising guys to get more time.

John Ross is looking like Cris Carter in the early days of his career, while the team is also trying to find out if Jeff Driskel has long-term viability as an NFL backup quarterback. Cincinnati also knows what they have in Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd and other young standouts.

But, there are the cases of guys like Josh Malone, Cody Core and Malik Jefferson. What about Christian Westerman? He played very well last week, but might be plopped back on the bench with Cordy Glenn getting back to limited practice work this week.

For the Raiders, they definitely have their eyes on the draft, but also need to see if there’s anyone they already have under contract who can fill the shoes of Cooper and/or Mack. At wide receiver, no player has has eclipsed more than 500 yards, while defensive tackle Maurice Hurst leads the team with four sacks.

For reference, Mack has 10 sacks and six forced fumbles for the Bears, while Cooper has 642 yards and six touchdowns in six games with the Cowboys.

This Sunday will come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes (AKA who sucks less), as well as in which young players will step up with a potential 2019 job on the line. It’s more “let’s get this over with” than it is “let’s get it on!”.

Raiders 16, Bengals 20

Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears

The Green Bay Packers (5-7-1), led by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, meet the Chicago Bears (9-4), led by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, in a Week 14 NFL football game on Sunday, December 16, 2018 (12/16/18) at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Here are the playoff scenarios for Week 15.

Here are our picks and predictions for Week 15.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Packers vs. Bears

What: NFL, Week 15

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

Where: Soldier Field

Time: 1 p.m. Eastern

TV: Fox

Livestream: Fox Sports Go

Line: Bears -5.5 (Over/under: 45.5)

Packers notes: QB AARON RODGERS has 1,043 pass yards (260.8 per game) with 10 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.7 rating in his past 4 vs. Chi. In 20 career meetings, has 45 pass TDs vs. 9 INTs for 108.3 rating. Has 27 TD passes vs. 0 INTs for 114 rating in his past 11 vs. division. His 27 consec. TD passes without INT vs. division is 3rd-longest streak since 2002 (DREW BREES, 28 vs. NFC North from 2009-14 & Rodgers, 28 vs. NFC North from 2013-15). Has not thrown an INT in 368 pass attempts, longest streak in NFL history. * RB AARON JONES had 106 scrimmage yards (78 rush, 28 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for his 6th in row with rush TD. In his past 4 on road, has 367 scrimmage yards (91.8 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.). Since Week 10, ranks tied for 2nd in NFL with 6 rush TDs. * WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 7 catches for 81 yards & TD in Week 14. Ties for NFL lead with 12 TD catches this season. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. & his 6th in row vs. division with TD catch. In 6 road games in 2018, has 42 catches for 600 yards (100 per game) & 4 TDs. WR RANDALL COBB had rec. TD last week. Had 9 catches for 142 yards & TD in Week 1 meeting. * LB BLAKE MARTINEZ led team with 12 tackles in Week 14. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (DARIUS LEONARD) with 110+ tackles (118) & 4+ sacks (4) this season. CB BASHAUD BREELAND had 22-yard INT-TD last week, his 2nd-career INT-TD. Has INT in 2 of his past 3. Had 2 INTs in his last game vs. Chi. (12/24/16 with Was.).

Bears notes: QB MITCHELL TRUBISKY has 996 pass yards (249 per game) with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 98.5 rating & rush TD in his past 4 at home vs. NFC North. Had rush TD in last meeting. Has 6.7 yards per rush avg. this season, 2nd-highest in NFL (min. 50 atts.). * RB JORDAN HOWARD rushed for 101 yards last week. Had 107 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 1 meeting. In 8 career home games vs. division, has 799 scrimmage yards (99.9 per game) & 3 rush TDs. RB TARIK COHEN has TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC North. In his past 6 at home, has 550 scrimmage yards (91.7 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 rush). * WR ALLEN ROBINSON has 172 rec. yards (86 per game) & 2 TDs in his past 2 at home vs. division. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches. T BRADLEY SOWELL had 2-yard TD catch last week, his 1st-career TD. * BEARS defense had 4 INTs & 3 sacks last week. Ranks 1st in NFL in turnover differential (+13) & INTs (25) & 3rd in scoring defense (19 points allowed per game). LB KHALIL MACK had sack & FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had 27-yard INT-TD, sack, FF & FR in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with sack. Ties for 1st in NFL with 6 FFs this season. DT AKIEM HICKS had sack & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall with sack. CB KYLE FULLER had INT in Week 14. Ties for NFL lead with career-high 7 INTs in 2018. — NFL Communications

Detroit Lions vs Buffalo Bills

Detroit Lions AT Buffalo Bills
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 NFL GameTrax – Regular Season – Week 15
New Era Field – Orchard Park, New York

The Bills and Lions in December. It doesn’t get much better than this.

What does this mean for Brady Quinn’s broadcast career that he did Detroit and Arizona last week and now gets the Lions and the Bills?

What does it mean for us that we’re still going to watch?

But as always, there are reasons. Some of them good ones.

Here are five things to watch Sunday at Buffalo (1 p.m., FOX, WJR 760):

  1. King of the Cassel?
    The smart money is on Matthew Stafford starting his 126th straight regular-season game for the Lions.

But if his back is getting worse — and there are indications that it might be — the Lions could choose to sit down the franchise quarterback in favor of Matt Cassel, who has thrown six passes this season, all in the opener against the New York Jets.

This year could be the swan song for the 36-year-old, whose one appearance so far this season would be a career low.

  1. Rookies ready?
    The trends and injury report suggest safety Tracy Walker and offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby will get a heavy workload in Buffalo.

Walker’s advanced stats say he’s been an elite safety this year, although his snap count is too low to take much away from that. Maybe now there’s enough film on him now for play-callers like Buffalo’s Brian Daboll to expose the third-round pick.

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The same could be true for Crosby, who will have to deal with defensive ends Trent Murphy and Shaq Lawson, a name bandied about by Lions’ fans before the 2016 NFL Draft, although Detroit took offensive tackle Taylor Decker at No. 16 and Lawson went 19.

  1. Wrench Allen’s plans
    Buffalo rookie quarterback Josh Allen has had tremendous success running the ball, but not so much through the air.

The Lions’ defense has allowed 4.8 yards on the ground per game to quarterbacks this season, the best in the league.

With the Bills pass-catching threats pretty non-threatening after the release of Kelvin Benjamin last week, something has to give in the Allen’s legs vs. Lions’ spies matchup.

  1. Which is the real McCoy?
    After two straight 1,100-yard seasons in Buffalo, LeSean McCoy’s career appears to be on its last legs.

And just like he hasn’t helped your fantasy team as an injury fill-in over the years, Chris Ivory hasn’t been much help either, as Bills running backs have rushed for a league-low three rushing touchdowns — although wide receivers and quarterbacks have a league-high eight rushing TDs.

But “Shady” McCoy’s career high and only time he’s eclipsed 200 yards came against the Lions in 2013 when he rushed for 217 yards in a 34-20 win for Philadelphia.

He’s listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury.

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  1. Scoreboard watching
    Everything went right last week for the Lions in their last-ditch effort for a playoff berth.

In addition to Detroit winning out these last three games, hopeful Lions’ fans should be rooting this week for: Tennessee over the New York Giants, Baltimore over Tampa Bay, Chicago over Green Bay, Jacksonville over Washington, New Orleans over Carolina, the Los Angeles Rams over Philadelphia, and most importantly, Miami over Minnesota.

Keep hope alive?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Baltimore Ravens

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens – 12/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Buccaneers AT Baltimore Ravens
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 NFL GameTrax – Regular Season – Week 15
M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, Maryland

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8) at Baltimore Ravens (7-6)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm (M&T Bank Stadium)
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -6 — Over/Under: 47.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Baltimore Ravens will meet up in Week 15 NFL action on Sunday.

The Bucs enter this one at 5-8 on the season. Following two consecutive wins over the 49ers 27-9 and the Panthers 24-17, Tampa Bay lost their last outing 28-14 at the hands of New Orleans.

In the Saints game, Tampa QB Jameis Winston put up 213 yards with two TDs and one pick, while also leading the rush with 47 yards on five carries. Tops in receiving for Tampa was Mike Evans with 86 yards on four grabs.

Over on the Ravens’ side, they’re 7-6 this season. Following wins over the Bengals, Raiders and Falcons, Baltimore was tripped up by the Chiefs in their last outing, falling 27-24 there.

In the Chiefs game, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson threw for 147 yards and two TDs, while Gus Edwards led the rush on 67 yards. Willie Snead hauled in five catches for 61 yards to lead the baltimore receivers.

The Bucs are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five road games. Tampa is 1-4-1 ATS in their last six following an ATS loss and 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven following a straight-up loss.

Meanwhile, Baltimore is 6-2 ATS in the last eight in December and 2-5 ATS in their last seven in Week 15. The under is 6-2 in the Ravens’ last eight versus a team with a losing record and the over is 8-3 in the last 11 in December.

Take the wins over a bad 49ers team and a struggling Panthers team with a grain of salt; Tampa is still in a rough spot as far as being competitive, and if they’re going to keep things close here they’ll really have to push.

Baltimore gets props for a quartet of pretty good showings in their last four, and with a revitalized squad they’ve got a real shot at playoff glory. I’m going to stick with the Ravens to keep it going here and cover, but the number may be very close since the line is so thick.

Watch UFC 232 Live Stream

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If you have been following the actions of the UFC, you will also want to watch UFC 232. It has never been too early to reserve the option to follow the spectacular moments. Here we are going to share you how to watch UFC 232 live stream online. UFC 232 is the upcoming Fight Card which features Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 as the main event.
The UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 is a highly-anticipated MMA event that will happen on December 29th, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, Las Vegas Metropolitan Area. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is the producer of the UFC 232.

What channel is it on?
UFC 232 is the upcoming PPV event. In this case, PPV is the only official way that you can take to watch UFC 232 without any problem. The preliminary fights will be available in UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports, as well as ESPN. If you have subscribed to either of them, you will be able to watch the preliminary fights for free. However, you will need to purchase the PPV package through UFC.tv to attend the main event of the UFC 232. If you are a subscriber of the UFC.tv, you can watch the UFC 232 main event replay a month after the actual event happens.

United States
The US viewers can watch the UFC 232 event through the usual channels including Fox Sports and ESPN. But these only open the access to the preliminary fights. Purchasing the PPV package is a crucial thing to do to enjoy the main event. The matchups of the UFC 232 will be the part of the Fight Pass library in roughly a month after the actual event. So, if you have the Fight Pass credentials, you will be able to watch all the replays in one month later. UFC Fight Pass also provide the preliminary fights for free. If you are the subscriber, you are in luck. You can also view some of the preliminary fights via FOX Sports GO digital streaming service. Keep in mind that the PPV is the only official way to watch UFC 232 Main event live.

United Kingdom
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to watch UFC 232 in the BT Sport. Perhaps you haven’t known this yet; the BT spokesperson confirmed that BT company would end the relationship with the UFC in December 3rd. That means BT Sports will no longer broadcast the UFC events on the channel. The UFC 232 event happens on December 29th. But you can still purchase the PPV through the service.

Eleven Sport comes as the replacement of the BT Sport. So, you could also purchase the PPV from the respective channel. Eleven Sport provides the TV and digital services. You will quickly find the PPV option when subscribing to the channels. Consider checking on its official site to know furthermore.

Also, we ought to mention that you can still get the PPV packages from BT Sports Box Office or Sky Sports Box Office for the UFC 232 coverage.

Ireland
Ireland viewers can tune in the Eleven Sports. As mentioned, BT Sport will no longer provide the service starting from December 3rd. You will want to purchase the PPV through the UFC.tv for safer and more comfortable option. If you already have the UFC FIGHT PASS, the process will be much easier. Not to mention that you can also watch Preliminary Fights live stream for free by using your FIGHT PASS credentials.

Russia
Viewers in Russia can order the PPV Package to watch the UFC 232 live from their favorite device. You could tune in Fox Sports or ESPN to watch the preliminary fights for free. The good thing here is that you can also use your UFC Fight Pass to watch the boats excluding the main event. Check your full options in the UFC.tv. MatchTV is the official broadcaster in Russia. You could also purchase the PPV through the channel.

Canada
Usually, you would want to tune in TSN when the event happens.TSN holds the right to broadcast the bouts of the UFC events. You can watch the preliminary fights through the TSN TV. But you will want to purchase the PPV to enjoy the main event live.

Australia
The preliminary fights will be available on the UFC Fight Pass. You will want to tune in the UFC.tv to watch them for free. Meanwhile, you will need to purchase the PPV package to attend the Main event in HD quality. The FS1 prelim will also be available on FOX Sports GO.

UFC 232 Overview
The ufc 232 has set date on December 29, 2019, and would be the PPV fight live broadcast from the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. The ufc 232 would be a spectacular year-end show due to terrifying main card and undercard. There are two main cards for the ufc 232 including Jones vs Gustafsson and Cris Cyborg vs Amanda Fight. There will be 10 undercards, so ufc 232 would have 12 bouts in total and could be the clashes of the champions.

Jones vs Gustafsson 2 Fight Preview
Jones vs Gustafsson 2 Fight is the main event of the ufc 232 which will be played under Light Heavyweight title. Jone Jones is a 31 years old fighter with height 6’4” and weight 205 lbs. Alexander Gustafsson is a 31 years old fighter with height 6’5” and weight 205 lbs.

Cris Cyborg vs Amanda Fight Preview
Cris Cyborg vs Amanda Fight is the co-main event of the ufc 232 which will be played under featherweight title. Cris Cyborg is a 33 years old fighter with height 5’8” and weight 145 lbs. Amanda Nunes is a 30 years old fighter with height 5’5” and weight 135lbs.

Arizona Cardinals vs Atlanta Falcons

On the surface, there isn’t a whole lot to like about Sunday’s game between the Cardinals (3-10 and the Falcons (4-9) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. On paper, it’s actually a whole lot of ugly.

But if you like intrigue and drama, you might want to tune in and catch the game within the game. It’s the one element that might really be able to capture your full attention.

It’s the one-on-one matchup between Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones. They are two of the very best at their respective positions and it’s the continuation of a personal rivalry that began when they each were collegiate standouts – Peterson at LSU and Jones at Alabama.

“I put him on notice on Tuesday – ‘Let’s go. Best versus best,’ ” Peterson said, referencing a post he shared on social media. “These are the type of matchups I live and thrive for. I’m sure he’s the same way. This is why you play the game of football. This is why Hall of Famers are Hall of Famers. This is why greats are greats.

“It’s because they look forward to these types of matchups. And I want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to make sure I’m on top of my game.”

Both players have been dynamite throughout their careers and specifically, this season, even though their teams haven’t played up to par. Peterson has only allowed 25 total receptions, the second-fewest by a cornerback in 2018. Jones leads the NFL with 1,429 receiving yards – becoming the first player in league history to record 1,400 or more in five consecutive seasons. And he ranks fourth this year with 94 receptions.

Jones missed almost all of practice in the days leading up to this game because of a sore foot, a calf strain and an illness. But he’s fully expected to play according to Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who said, “Julio and Pat, that’ll provide for some really good ball.”

“I know he hasn’t practiced … but I know he’s going to bring his ‘A’ game because he’s arguably the best receiver in the league this year,” Peterson said. “And having five consecutive seasons of 1,400 yards, he don’t need much practice at this point, right?”

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Peterson hasn’t allowed a single wide receiver to finish with 80 or more receiving yards in a game since Jones mostly beat up on him for 10 receptions and 189 yards with a touchdown during a 29-18 Falcons’ win back in 2014 season. That game still haunts Peterson.

“The worst game I ever played,” he said. “We came into the locker room and I told the guys, ‘I let you down.’ Because if he didn’t have that big game, if he didn’t go off the way he went off, I believe the game would have been much more manageable for us to win.

“From that point on, I was like, ‘Man, something has got to change.’ I told myself, ‘That can’t happen again.’ ”

Peterson got the better of Jones in the other two matchups that sandwiched that game. He held Jones to a very pedestrian three catches for 33 yards and no touchdowns in 2012 and held him to four receptions for 35 yards and no touchdowns in 2016.

“They’ve been going at it for a while,” Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea said. “Two of the best players at their position in the league, so it’s definitely going to be a dog fight and it’s going to be fun to be out there while it’s happening.”

Not that Bethea will be able to see the competition play out on every single snap, but he’ll watch when he can.

“I’m not going to be able to watch too much, but I know what’s going to be happening,” he said. “Again, it’s two great players going at it. Eventually, I will get the chance to look at it, even if it’s just watching film.”

Even though they haven’t played against each other a ton, Peterson and Jones essentially came into the league joined at the hip. Peterson was drafted fifth overall, Jones sixth. And since then, they’ve each crafted wonderful careers for themselves, earning multiple Pro Bowl selections (seven for Peterson, five for Jones) and first-team All Pro status (three times for Peterson, twice for Jones).

“I think it’s going to be a great matchup,” Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said. “You’re talking about two of the best at their position. Who knows? Those two guys could be future Hall of Famers. It’s going to be a great contest. I know Patrick is excited about – I don’t want to call it a challenge – but the opportunity to be able to cover Julio.”

The game itself might not amount to much, but everybody wants to see Peterson vs. Jones.

“Neither one of us has any playoff implications,” Peterson said. “I wouldn’t even say (the game’s) about pride, but what you want to be remembered for, at the end of the day.”

Even Jones at less than 100 percent could make it a long day for Peterson, according to Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

“It’s out of this world,” Fitzgerald said, when asked what his respect level is for Jones. “To do what he’s done, have five straight 1,400-yard seasons, nobody’s ever done that. He’s a mutant, man. There’s nobody like him in the game. To be that fast, that explosive, that abrupt in terms of changing direction in his route running, is unbelievable.

“He’s done a great job of bringing (rookie Calvin) Ridley along and I think Mohamed Sanu is one of the best interior guys. I mean those three guys together, they make the best combination of receivers in the National Football League.”

But which player is going to get the better of the other when it comes down to Peterson vs. Jones?

“Oh, P2, no doubt,” Bethea said, laughing. “Just ask him.”