5 things to watch in Week 15 of the 2019 NFL Season

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Kaleb Kraus

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Pickswise's Esports expert. Very passionate about sports, especially college football and college basketball. I am a 2018 graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.

The NFL has entered the final few weeks of the season, and this is when things start to heat up across the league. It is make or break time for a lot of teams, including all those teams sitting at seven wins on the season. Baltimore has flexed its muscles and looks to be arguably the best team in the league. Behind MVP favorite Lamar Jackson, the Ravens were able to easily dismantle the New York Jets on Thursday night football. Yet another solid NFL Slate this week and with that lets dive into the 5 things to watch in Week 15.

Bills vs. Steelers on Sunday Night Football

In what could be one of the most impactful games of week 15, sees a pair of AFC teams that are right in the thick of the playoff hunt. But it could also be a pretty ugly game, as both teams have been notorious for ugly performances throughout the season. Devlin Hodges at QB for Pittsburgh versus Josh Allen at QB for Buffalo will make for a very interesting quarterback duel. Both capable of making plays with their legs, which will make for an intriguing match-up. With such impactful playoff implications, this is a game to tune into in week 15.

Is Drew Lock for real?

The Broncos won’t be in the playoffs once again, but that hasn’t stopped them from possibly finding their franchise quarterback. They haven’t had the guy since Payton Manning was suiting up at Mile High, but Denver may have found the answer. Drew Lock might be the hidden gem, after a strong performance in the Broncos’ Week 14 win over the Texans. Now he gets to face the Kansas City Chiefs, and if he can replicate that performance against a team with a far better defense, then Drew Lock might be for real. Is Lock the answer the Broncos have been looking for?

How do the Patriots respond to three killer losses?

The Patriots have looked far from being at the level they were to start the 2019 season, as they have suffered some tough losses in the six weeks. Since losing to Baltimore, in a game Lamar Jackson was able to shred the defense, the Patriots have won only twice, and with back-to-back losses in Houston and then having their 21-game home winning streak snapped soundly by Kansas City, New England needs a bounce back. Luckily for them, they get the 1-12 Bengals on Saturday. It is on the road, but the Patriots defense, along with an angry Tom Brady could be in for a big day. However, a new controversy involving videotaping surrounds this game. How will they look will be something to watch?

Cleveland’s Playoff hopes hang by a thread

The Browns playoff dreams hang by a thread, as they visit the Arizona desert for a clash with the Cardinals in week 15. Cleveland has won four of its last five games but hasn’t won a road game since week four when they beat the Ravens in Baltimore. Now would be the perfect time to come together as a team, and get a much-needed road victory. The Baker Mayfield vs Kyler Murray quarterback duel will make for must-see football. A win keeps the playoff hopes alive for Cleveland, a loss kills that dream.

Is the AFC South Up for grabs?

It very well looks that way, as the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans meet twice in the next three weeks. Wins in both match-ups all but locks up the AFC South for either team. Houston couldn’t overcome the Broncos in week 14, while the Titans won their four straight-game heading into Sunday’s clash in Tennessee. The Titans (8-5) destiny is clear, and that is to first beat the Texans this week, and then find a way to beat them when they play in Houston the final week of the season. It will be interesting to see which team comes out on top in Sunday’s clash.

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