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NFL Draft Prospects in the 2018 Dollar General Bowl

The bowl season gives fans and scouts alike a chance to analyze NFL Draft prospects against solid competition. The bowl season schedule allows all eyes to be on each game. Here are the NFL Draft prospects in the 2018 Dollar General Bowl. Buffalo Bulls Prospects Anthony Johnson, WR Johnson has had a great two-year stint with Buffalo. He has 2,300 yards and 25 touchdowns in those two seasons. This year he has 52 receptions for 944 yards and 11 touchdowns. Johnson has become a big-play threat, as he’s averaging 18 yards per catch. He has good size at 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds, which helps him win a lot of outside matchups. He will likely be selected in the middle rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. Projected draft range: Fourth round-sixth round Khalil Hodge, LB There is another Khalil that is playing at Buffalo now. Khalil Hodge has been a great tackler for the Bulls for three seasons. He has 414 total tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in his career. This season he has 138 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He specializes at stopping the run, but could be better in coverage. He has subpar height at 6-foot-1, but has a good frame at 235 pounds. Hodge is a tackle machine that will get selected in the middle rounds and will have to prove himself on special teams. Projected draft range: Fifth round-seventh round Tyree Jackson, QB Jackson is most notable for being one of the biggest quarterbacks in the class and for leading a good Buffalo offense. At Buffalo, he has 6,725 passing yards, 48 touchdowns and 25 interceptions on 55.8% completion. This season he has thrown for 2,857 yards, 27 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 55.1% completion. His completion percentage is a knock on him, but Josh Allen got drafted in the first round last year with a similar percentage. At 6-foot-7 and 245 pounds, Jackson has tremendous size for a quarterback. It has helped him shake off pass rushers and produce big plays. Projected draft range: Fifth round-seventh round Troy Trojans Prospects Blace Brown, CB Brown could’ve gone pro after last season and probably would have been drafted. He returned to school and his draft stock improved. In his career, he has 12 interceptions and 15 passes defended. This season he has one interception and five passes defended. Brown has been so good this season that opposing quarterbacks rarely test his coverage. He has decent size at 6-foot and 186 pounds, but will need to add strength in order to win battles at the line of scrimmage. Brown should be considered on day two of the NFL Draft. Projected draft range: Second round-fourth round Cedarius Rookard, S Rookard has four years of playing experience at Troy. He has 230 total tackles, four tackles for loss, nine interceptions, 10 passes defended, one fumble recovery and five fumbles forced at Troy. This season he has 64 total tackles, one tackle for loss, four interceptions, two passes defended and two fumbles forced. The senior stands 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, meaning he’ll look at home as an NFL safety. Projected draft range: Seventh round-undrafted free agent Damion Willis, WR Willis’ status for this game is unkown, as he missed Troy’s last game for an undisclosed reason. He will still have a chance to make the NFL regardless. In his career, he has 85 receptions for 1,395 yards and 11 touchdowns. This season he has hauled in 43 receptions for 775 yards and eight touchdowns. He has great height at 6-foot-4, but needs to add weight to his 199-pound frame. Projected draft range: Seventh round-undrafted free agent   Make sure to check out our college football page for more updates and rankings. You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from great TGH writers!

NFL Draft Prospects in the 2018 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl

The bowl season gives fans and scouts alike a chance to analyze NFL Draft prospects against solid competition. The bowl season schedule allows all eyes to be on each game. Here are the NFL Draft prospects in the 2018 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. Houston Cougars Prospects *Defensive Tackle Ed Oliver has announced he is skipping this bowl game for the NFL Draft. He is a projected top 15 pick. Isaiah Johnson, CB Johnson is a former wide receiver who has transitioned to corner for the past two seasons. He has 115 total tackles, two tackles for loss, four interceptions and 12 passes defended in his career. This seasons he has 66 total tackles, two tackles for loss, two interceptions and five passes defended. He has elite size at 6-foot-4 and 203 pounds. Johnson also has great ball skills as a former receiver, which makes him an interesting project for the NFL. Projected draft range: Fourth round-sixth round Will Noble, C Noble has been one of the best centers in the country over his career at Houston. He was named a freshman All-American and has been a starting center for four seasons. As one of the most experienced centers in college football, Noble warrants some NFL Draft consideration. He has solid height at 6-foot-5, but needs to add more weight to his 295-pound frame. Projected draft range: Fifth round-seventh round Emeke Egbule, LB Egbule has been an impact player for two seasons for the Cougars. He has 154 total tackles, 12 total tackles, five sacks, one interception, five passes defended, six fumbles recovered and two touchdowns. In 2018 Egbule has 61 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, four passes defended, three fumble recoveries and one touchdown. At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, Egbule has great size for an NFL linebacker. Projected draft range: Sixth round-undrafted free agent Army Black Knights Prospects Darnell Woolfolk, RB/FB Army is pretty thin on NFL Draft prospects, but Woolfolk will at least be looked at. He has played significant time for three seasons. In that time he has accumulated 2,297 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns. This seasons he has racked up 885 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. He is short at 5-foot-9, but has decent size for his height at 235 pounds. Wollfolk has run the triple option in college and is not used to a pro-style set, which could hold him back along with his size and commitment to the Army. Projected draft range: Undrafted free agent   Make sure to check out our college football page for more updates and rankings. You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from great TGH writers!  

NFL Draft Prospects in the 2018 Jared Birmingham Bowl

The bowl season gives fans and scouts alike a chance to analyze NFL Draft prospects against solid competition. The bowl season schedule allows all eyes to be on each game. Here are the NFL Draft prospects in the 2018 Jared Birmingham Bowl. Memphis Tigers Prospects Darrell Henderson, RB Henderson has already said he is declaring for the NFL Draft, but there are conflicting reports on whether he will play in the bowl game. He is likely out though. In his career, Henderson has 3,545 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns. This season he is second in the nation for rushing yards with 1,909 and has the most rushing touchdowns in the country with 22. Henderson has also shown a proficiency for catching passes with 63 receptions for 758 yards and eight touchdowns in his three seasons at Memphis. He is a little short at 5-foot-9, but has a solid build at 200 pounds. Henderson has done enough to prove he is one of the best running backs in the draft class, so not playing in the game won’t change his draft status. Projected draft range: Second round-Fourth round Trevon Tate, OG/OT Tate has been starting since his freshman season and has experience at both tackle spots. He has helped skill position players in wide receiver Anthony Miller and Henderson improve their draft stock. This season he made the American Athletic Conference second team for his play. His size will likely mean he needs to shift inside to guard in the pros, as he is 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds. Either way, he will have added value due to his ability to play multiple positions. Projected draft range: Sixth round-undrafted free agent Drew Kyser, C At center, Kyser has anchored the line for Memphis for the last few seasons. He was named to the Rimington watch list for three straight seasons, the award given to the nation’s best center. Kyser has shown ability in both pass blocking and run blocking. He has great size for a center at 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds. His experience will give him a shot to make an NFL roster. Projected draft range: Seventh round-undrafted free agent Curtis Akins, LB Akins has been an impact player for three straight seasons as a Tiger. At Memphis, he has 267 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, four passes defended, two fumbles recovered and three forced fumbles. This season he has 91 total tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, one pass defended, one fumble recovered and one forced fumble. He has decent size at 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds. Projected draft range: Undrafted free agent Wake Forest Demon Deacons Prospects Ryan Anderson, C Anderson has experience at both center and right tackle in his time at Wake Forest, but looked his best at center. In 2017, Anderson made the All-ACC second team and finished out his senior season well, even though he did not get named to an All-ACC team. At 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, Anderson has tremendous size for a center. He’ll fit best as a center in the NFL. Projected draft range: Sixth round-undrafted free agent Cameron Glenn, S It is possible that Wake Forest could have a safety drafed in back to back years after Jesse Bates was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals last year. Glenn has 262 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four interceptions, 11 passes defended, four fumbles recovered, four fumbles forced and a touchdown in his career. In 2018 he has tallied 91 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, four passes defended and two passes defended. Glenn stands 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, which is solid given that he will most likely play free safety in the NFL. Projected draft range: Sixth round-undrafted free agent Justin Herron, OT Herron has incredibly started at left tackle for four seasons at Wake Forest. He was rewarded for his play in 2017 by being named to the All-ACC third team. He has finished out a strong career at Wake Forest that should get him some NFL Draft consideration. He has solid height for a tackle at 6-foot-6, but needs to add on to his 290-pound frame. Projected draft range: Seventh round-undrafted free agent   Make sure to check out our college football page for more updates and rankings. You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from great TGH writers!  

2018 Jared Birmingham Bowl Preview

Memphis of the AAC and Wake Forest of the ACC will play in the Jared Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 22. Here is the 2018 Jared Birmingham Bowl preview. Memphis Tigers (8-5) Mike Norvell has kept Memphis’ program steady during his tenure and has helped them reach their fifth straight bowl game. Only one of their eight wins came over a bowl-eligible team, with their win over Houston. They had two losses to UCF, one in the AAC Championship Game, but also lost to a three-win Navy team. Memphis has the seventh-best scoring offenses in the country at 43.6 points per game. They pass for 248.8 yards per game (ranked 49th) and run 285.5 rushing yards per game (ranked third). Brady White has operated the offense for Memphis this season. He has thrown for 3,125 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 63.3% completion. While five pass catchers are productive, Damonte Coxie has been the biggest star. He has 66 receptions for 1,104 yards and seven touchdowns. The Tigers have one of the best running backs in all of college football in Darrell Henderson. He has rushed for 1,909 yards and 22 touchdowns this season and will likely eclipse the 2,000-yard mark in this bowl game (one outlet is reporting Henderson will not play in the game to prepare for the NFL). Patrick Taylor Jr. has given Memphis two 1,000 yard rushers, as he has run for 1,012 yards and 15 touchdowns. Their defense isn’t great, allowing 31.5 points per game (ranked 98th). They are average against the run giving up 169.5 yards per game (ranked 73rd) and bad against the pass allowing 250.8 yards per game (ranked 99th). Linebacker Bryce Huff is one of the best in the nation at tackles for loss with 19. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6) The Demon Deacons qualified for a bowl game in style by destroying Duke 59-7 with a backup quarterback in the game. Of their six wins, three came against bowl-eligible teams in Tulane, NC State and Duke. Only one of their losses came to a non-bowl-eligible team at the hands of Florida State. Wake Forest averages 32.5 points per game as a solid offensive unit (ranked 39th). They pass for 228.4 yards a game (ranked 67th) and rush for 214.8 yards per game (ranked 24th). Freshman Sam Hartman started the year at quarterback for the Demon Deacons, but had a season-ending injury. Jamie Newman has taken over and thrown for 755 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions on 61.2% completion. Greg Dortch has led the team with 89 receptions for 1,078 yards and eight touchdowns. Sage Surratt has also done well with 39 receptions for 568 yards and three touchdowns. Cade Carney and Matt Colburn both contribute to the running game. Carney leads the team with 954 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Colburn has amassed 698 yards and five touchdowns, which helps take some of the load off of Carney. Their scoring defense has held them back this season as they allow 33.3 points per game (ranked 102nd). The Demon Deacons give up 191.3 yards on the ground per game (ranked 91st) and are horrible against the pass, allowing 271.2 yards per game (ranked 120th). Junior cornerback Essang Bassey has some of the most passes defended in the country with 15. Prediction The big question for this game is whether Henderson will play or not for the Tigers. If he does, Memphis has the edge and should be able to win. Without him, Wake Forest may be able to slow down Memphis enough to win. On the assumption that he plays in the game, the Tigers should be able to gash the Demon Deacons’ defense and win the game. Memphis Tigers 42 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 36   Make sure to check out our college football page for more updates and rankings. You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from great TGH writers!

NFL Draft Prospects in the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl

The bowl season gives fans and scouts alike a chance to analyze NFL Draft prospects against solid competition. The bowl season schedule allows all eyes to be on each game. Here are the NFL Draft prospects in the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl. Ohio Bobcats Prospects Joe Lowery, OT Lowery has started for the last two seasons at Ohio with time at both guard and tackle. He is a two-time captain and made the All-MAC second team in 2017 and the first team in 2018. Pro Football Focus named him the fifth best tackle in the country for his play in 2018. At 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds, Lowery has great size for an offensive lineman in the NFL. While he might be a diamond in the rough, his stock should rise as the draft draws nearer. Projected draft range: Sixth round-undrafted free agent A.J. Ouellette, RB Ouellette also made the All-MAC first team this season as he has led a great rushing offense. At Ohio, he has 690 carries for 3,665 yards and 32 touchdowns. This season has been his most productive with 1,142 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Ouellette is also a solid receiver with 62 receptions for 483 yards and six touchdowns in his time at Ohio. He is well-built at 5-foot-10 and 209 pounds. Getting drafted may not happen, but Ouellette will get a chance to make an NFL roster. Projected draft range: Sixth round-undrafted free agent Papi White, WR Another member of the All-MAC first team, White has been a great all-purpose player for the Bobcats. He has 157 receptions for 2,530 yards and 19 touchdown catches in his carer. White has also gotten involved in the running game at Ohio with 90 carries for 456 yards and six touchdowns. He has returned kicks, although not in the last few years, but it should still help his stock. White is undersized at 5-foot-9 and 177 pounds, but could find a niche as a slot receiver and special teamer in the NFL. Projected draft range: Seventh round-undrafted free agent Joe Anderson, OG The last member of Ohio’s offense on the All-MAC first team is Joe Anderson. He has started at guard for the Bobcats for the last two seasons, helping them have a great offense. He is 6-foot-6 and 335 pounds, which is great size for a guard. He’ll have to prove he has the necessary athleticism to play in the NFL. Projected draft range: Seventh round-undrafted free agent San Diego State Aztecs Prospects Ryan Pope, OT Pope is a second-team All-MWC performer that looks like he could have a shot at the pros. He has started the last two seasons and has experience at both tackle spots. He has good size for a tackle in the NFL, standing 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds. His size will intrigue NFL teams and could get him drafted. Projected draft range: Seventh round-undrafted free agent Parker Baldwin, S For three seasons, Baldwin has manned a safety spot for the Aztecs. He has 245 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and five interceptions as an Aztec. This season he has 90 total tackles, four tackles for loss, one interception and six passes defended. He is 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, which helps him hit hard. Baldwin has good speed too as a former high school track state champion. Projected draft range: Seventh round-undrafted free agent Christian Chapman, QB Chapman has been the starting quarterback for three seasons. He has thrown for 5,077 yards, 39 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 59.9% completion. In just six games this season (due to injury), Chapman was able to throw for 774 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception on 57.5% completion. At 6-foot and 200 pounds, he is undersized for the position. Projected draft range: undrafted free agent   Make sure to check out our college football page for more updates and rankings. You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from great TGH writers!

NFL Draft Prospects in the 2018 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl

The bowl season gives fans and scouts alike a chance to analyze NFL Draft prospects against solid competition. The bowl season schedule allows all eyes to be on each game. Here are the NFL Draft prospects in the 2018 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. Marshall Thundering Herd Prospects Juwon Young, LB Young started his career out at Miami before transferring to Marshall for the last two years. He has 145 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, one interception, three passes defended, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. This season he has tallied 43 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He has solid size at 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds. Young has plenty of experience, having played at Miami and then being an impact player at Marshall. Projected draft range: Fourth round-sixth round Tyre Brady, WR Brady, like Young, transferred to Marshall from Miami and has become a good player for the Thundering Herd. He has 131 receptions for 1,873 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career. For this season, Brady has 60 receptions for 819 yards and nine touchdowns. At 6-foot-3 and 206 pounds, his height is good, but he’ll need to add some weight to his frame. He has played good enough to warrant draft consideration in the middle rounds of the draft. Projected draft range: Fourth-Sixth round Levi Brown, OG/C Brown has started at center from his redshirt freshman season and is now a redshirt junior. He has been honored after every season for his play. This season he made the All-C-USA first team for the first time in his career. He is 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds. While he has the necessary height, he’ll need to bulk up before playing in the NFL. As a redshirt junior, he may elect to go back to school for a year. Projected draft range: Sixth round-undrafted free agent USF Bulls Prospects Mitchell Wilcox, TE At USF, Wilcox has specialized in making big plays from the tight end position. He has 69 receptions for 942 yards and six touchdowns. In 2018 Wilcox has 40 receptions for 506 yards and two touchdowns, which is solid production for a tight end, especially because USF doesn’t have the best passing game. Wilcox will look in place as an NFL tight end at 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds. He could go back to USF for another year to improve his already solid draft stock. Projected draft range: Fourth round-Sixth round Blake Barnett, QB He started his career off at Alabama then transferred to Arizona State before Barnett has landed at USF. He has 2,736 passing yards, 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 61.8% completion. This season he has thrown for 2,477 yards, 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 62.1% completion. He has great size at 6-foot-5 and 217 pounds. While he may not get drafted, he should get a camp invite. Projected draft range: Seventh round-undrafted free agent   Make sure to check out our college football page for more updates and rankings. You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from great TGH writers!

2018 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Preview

The C-USA and the American Conference will be matched up in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. Marshall and USF will battle it out on December 22. Here is the 2018 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Preview. Marshall Thundering Herd (8-4) Marshall is now in their second straight bowl game under Doc Holliday after going 8-4 this season. They beat two teams that went above .500 this season in Miami (OH) and Florida International. The Thundering Herd only lost to teams that were bowl-eligible this season. They have an average scoring offense at 27.4 points per game, ranking 74th in the country. Their rushing offense ranks 85th in the country at 155.8 yards per game. They pass for 228.7 yards per game, which is 65th best in the country. Isaiah Green has had a decent freshman season at quarterback for Marshall. He has 2,238 passing yards, 15 passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 55.7% completion. Four receivers have been the main contributors in the passing game this season. Tyre Brady leads the team with 66 receptions for 914 yards and nine touchdowns. Four running backs are also the leading force behind Marshall’s running game. Tyler King leads the way with 615 yards and four touchdowns on 6.1 yards per carry. Brenden Knox, Keion Davis and Anthony Anderson are the other players who have produced. The Thundering Herd have a good scoring defense that allows 22 points per game. Their rush defense is one of the best in the country, ranking ninth and allowing 103.9 yards per game. They allow 231.7 passing yards per game. Junior defensive lineman Ty Tyler has eight sacks to lead the team. South Florida Bulls (7-5) South Florida won seven straight to open up the season, but have since lost their last five games. The Bulls beat Georgia Tech, which is their only win over a bowl-eligible team. They played a heavy dose of bowl-eligible teams to end the year and lost to all five of them. The Bulls score 29.2 points per game, ranking 63rd in the country. A big problem for South Florida is that they have one of the worst run defenses in the country and allow 244.7 yards per game. Fortunately, USF allows 197.3 yards per game, which is solid. Blake Barnett, who formerly played at Alabama, has been playing quarterback for USF this season. He missed a few games at the end of the season with injuries, but is probable for this game. Barnett has thrown for 2,493 yards, 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 62.2% completion. Four pass catchers have at least 400 yards receiving this season, with Tyre McCants being the go-to target. McCants has 58 receptions, 607 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Former Florida Gator Jordan Cronkrite leads the team with 1,095 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Johnny Ford has added 737 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, giving them two solid runners to utilize. USF ranks 91st in scoring defense allowing 31.5 points per game. They rank 121st against the run, allowing 244.7 yards per game. The Bulls rank 35th against the pass at 193.7 yards allowed per game. Linebacker Khalid McGee has 104 total tackles on the season. Prediction While the Bulls are on a skid, they played a lot of good things down the stretch. With Barnett as probable for this game, USF should be able to take advantage of Marshall’s secondary. USF will be able to win a close one. South Florida Bulls 33 Marshall Thundering Herd 27   Make sure to check out our college football page for more updates and rankings. You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from great TGH writers!

NFL Draft Prospects in the 2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

The bowl season gives fans and scouts alike a chance to analyze NFL Draft prospects against solid competition. The bowl season schedule allows all eyes to be on each game. Here are the NFL Draft prospects in the 2018 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Western Michigan Broncos Prospects John Keenoy, C Keenoy has started since his freshman season. Last year he was All-MAC first team and this year he made the All-MAC second team for the second time in his career. As a sophomore, he was part of an offensive line that ranked the fourth best in college football by Pro Football Focus. That season he helped Western Michigan make the Cotton Bowl against Wisconsin. At 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, Keenoy is below average size for an NFL center. His play has earned him a chance to hear his name called in the 2019 NFL Draft. Projected draft range: Sixth round-undrafted free agent Jamauri Bogan, RB Bogan has been a part of Western Michigan’s rushing attack for four seasons now. He has 3,265 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns on the ground in his career. This season he has 702 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. He hasn’t proven to be a good receiver, which hurts his draft stock. He is very undersized at 5-foot-7 and 188 pounds, which may limit his role in the NFL. Projected draft range: Seventh round-undrafted free agent BYU Cougars Prospects Ului Lapuaho, OT Lapuaho has been injured for a lot of his college career, but has still shown enough to NFL scouts to be considered for the 2019 NFL Draft. He played a lot in his first two seasons, but was injured for the two seasons after that. He was able to play in all 12 games of 2018 to help improve his draft stock. At 6-foot-7 and 330 pounds, Lapuaho has good size for a tackle in the NFL. His athleticism will intrigue NFL teams. Projected draft range: Fourth round-sixth round Corbin Kaufusi, DE One of the most impressive, physical specimens in the 2019 NFL Draft is Corbin Kaufusi. He has 153 total tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, four passes defended and two forced fumbles in his career. In 2018 he has 55 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and one pass defended. Kaufusi is one of the biggest players in the draft class at 6-foot-9 and 275 pounds, making him an intriguing project for NFL teams to work with. Adding strength will be the number one priority for him before playing in the NFL. Interestingly enough, Kaufusi has experience on offensive and defensive line and even played on Brigham Young’s basketball team. Projected draft range: Fourth round-sixth round   Make sure to check out our college football page for more updates and rankings. You can like The Game Haus on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more sports and esports articles from great TGH writers!

NFL Week 15 Picks

The NFL season is full of surprises, which makes it hard to pick winners. Cecil Walker and Joe DiTullio, of The Third and the Don Football Show, will do their best to try to predict the winners for every NFL game this season. Here are the NFL week 15 picks. Thursday night: Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs Joe- While the Chargers are a good team and a threat to win the Super Bowl, playing on a short week on the road will hold them back. Kansas City will be loud and the Chiefs will want to put their foot down in the division.- Chiefs Cecil- Arrowhead Stadium is a tough place for anyone to play in. The Chargers are down to their third-string running back and even if Melvin Gordon plays he won’t be close to 100%. Phillip Rivers will keep it close.-Chiefs Sunday: Houston Texans at New York Jets Joe- The Jets did beat the Bills and the Texans win streak was snapped, but this is too tall a task for the Jets. J.J. Watt will make Sam Darnold look bad and Houston will win the game.- Texans Cecil-The Texans are by far the better team here, with talent on both sides of the ball. Meanwhile, there isn’t a star on this Jets team.- Texans Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos Joe- Cleveland still have playoff hopes! The Broncos will win this week though in the altitude and their pass rush.- Broncos Cecil- Playing in Denver is tough, but losing Chris Harris will hurt the defense severely. Baker Mayfield may struggle in the altitude, but should do enough to escape with a win.- Browns Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons Joe- The Cardinals are not a great football team and would be better off tanking. Atlanta is good on offense and that will be good enough to win at home.- Falcons Cecil- Atlanta still has a high-powered offense and while the Cardinals have a good pass defense, it is not good enough to keep up.- Falcons Detroit Lions at Buffalo Bills Joe- Two bad teams will square off in this one. The Lions at least have a franchise quarterback, which should be able to get them the win in Buffalo. Matt Patricia is also familiar with the Bills.- Lions Cecil- The Bills always play well late in the season, in this weather at home. Detroit is struggling on offense as is and the cold weather won’t help- Bills Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears Joe- Green Bay looked better without Mike McCarthy, but there is no magic pill to fix their defense. The Bears’ defense is playing great after shutting down the Rams.- Bears Cecil- Upset pick. Chicago is playing great as of late. However, this is a rivalry game. With the Bears coming off a big win, Aaron Rodgers will play well. Even if it isn’t enough to win the game, it will be close. Oakland Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals Joe- The Bengals played better than expected against the Chargers, but still lost. Oakland just beat the Steelers and have a great opportunity to pick up another win.- Raiders Cecil- The Raiders are not a good team by any means, but they are playing well as of late. Derek Carr has been particularly impressive. Since they are playing a terrible defense, they should be able to keep the win streak going in the right direction.- Raiders Dallas Cowboys at Indianapolis Colts Joe- This is one of the better matchups of the weekend. The Cowboys’ defense will have their hands full with Andrew Luck. Indianapolis needs to keep winning to make the playoffs and will bring it on Saturday.- Colts Cecil- The Colts’ biggest weakness is always the run defense and that is the Cowboys’ speciality. Expect Andrew Luck to keep it close, but it won’t be enough against a good Dallas defense.- Cowboys Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings Joe- Miami had a miraculous win against New England, but traveling to Minnesota will be too tough. Even though the Vikings lost their offensive coordinator, a change could improve things.- Vikings Cecil- Minnesota’s offense has been anemic as of late, but they should still be able to take care of this Dolphins’ team, barring any late-game hijinx.- Vikings Tennessee Titans at New York Giants Joe- The Titans need to keep winning to make the playoffs. New York has looked better, but if Tennessee can run the ball as they did against the Jaguars, they’ll win the game.- Titans Cecil- Saquon Barkley has been on absolute fire. He is the key to the Giants’ success and that will continue against a middle of the road Titans’ team.- Giants Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars Joe- Both of these teams are free falling and are rolling with backup quarterbacks. Jacksonville should be able to take advantage of Josh Johnson starting against them.- Jaguars Cecil- The Reskins have been decimated by injuries. It is hard to imagine them to be competitive against anyone. Look for the Jaguars to focus on stopping Adrian Peterson and making Josh Johnson beat them.- Jaguars Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens Joe- Baltimore played Kansas City tough. Their defense can keep them in any game. This week they will force Jameis Winston into a few turnovers and Lamar Jackson will be the difference.- Ravens Cecil- Tampa Bay is playing well lately, but not good enough to beat one of the best defenses in the NFL. Lamar Jackson and Gus Edwards will wear down their defense.- Ravens Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers Joe- The Seahawks are playing so well right now that not many teams would beat them. San Francisco is better off losing out at this point.- Seahawks Cecil- Seattle is in the thick of the wild-card hunt. Look for them to get one step closer to the playoffs, as they play a very injured 49ers’ squad.- Cecil New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers Joe- Pittsburgh is playing some of the worst football they have played in the 21st…

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