With 14 weeks already on the books, the NFL Week 15 games to watch 2021 list is already here. Moreover, this promises to be one of the most exciting and important weeks of the season.
For the first time in years, it seems like both the AFC and NFC are up for grabs. Not because the first seeds are at risk of losing their spots but because there are multiple teams that are legit contenders to make it to the Super Bowl. And this week will be proof of that.
NFL Week 15 games to watch 2021
Some of the matchups will determine playoff seeding. Some will determine whose season is over. And some can even help the teams get the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. So, without further ado, let’s discuss our NFL picks today and talk about the best NFL games this week.
Chiefs at Chargers: Must-win divisional matchup for TNF
The Los Angeles Chargers easily handled the New York Giants, while the Kansas City Chiefs thrashed the Las Vegas Raiders with no mercy. It was a quick in-and-out game for both teams as the games were decided by halftime. That’s great news as they needed to get some rest ahead of their matchup for Thursday Night Football.
It’s pretty safe to say that the Chiefs are back. Their revamped defense has become top-notch and Patrick Mahomes has limited turnovers. The Chargers already beat them in Week 3 so you know Andy Reid has this game circled for quite some time. A win would pretty much give them the division.
Patriots at Colts: Can Mac Jones deal with Indy’s defense?
The New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts will both be off their bye week when they clash on Sunday. Obviously, giving Bill Belichick two weeks to prepare for a game isn’t an ideal setting for their rivals, especially given how well they’ve performed as of late.
I am here for all the Belichick bye week content. pic.twitter.com/VEnXdZNDRZ
— Lucy Burdge (@LucilleBurdge) December 12, 2021
The Patriots are riding a league-best seven-game winning streak and their defense is just elite. Nonetheless, Mac Jones will have his hands full against a physical, bruising defensive unit. This is going to be one of the best NFL games this week by a long stretch.
Cowboys at Giants: The Micah Parsons show goes on
The Dallas Cowboys are almost a lock to win the NFC East division. Barring a disaster, they should easily beat the New York Giants, as Daniel Jones is expected to miss yet another game. The Giants have been nothing short of terrible, and a Week 15 clash with Micah Parsons isn’t exactly what they need to turn things around.
Even if this divisional game isn’t exactly attractive, Parsons has become must-watch television week in and week out. Not only is he a lock to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award but he could also be the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Texans at Jaguars: The battle for the 1st-overall pick?
Even if these teams aren’t good at all, that doesn’t mean that it won’t be one of the NFL Week 15 games to watch 2021. Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars are tied with a mediocre 2-11 record, meaning they could still get the first overall pick in the Draft.
The Detroit Lions are terrible but they really want to win and compete, so chances are they can steal another win down the line. That’s why losing this game would be so crucial for both the Texans and Jaguars. This won’t be pretty to watch, though.
Read more: Five things we learned from Week 14
Bengals at Broncos: Pretenders or contenders?
The Cincinnati Bengals were able to force overtime against the San Francisco 49ers but eventually couldn’t finish the job. They’ve fared better as an underdog than as a favorite and that worrisome trend could take them out of the playoff picture.
JOE BURROW CLUTCH DIME 🥶
Bengals tie it up late against the 49ers
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 13, 2021
They’ll face a revamped Denver Broncos unit that features one of the best running attacks in the league over the past couple of weeks. Both teams have a 7-5 record and are still in the hunt for a playoff berth, so this will be a tough challenge for Joe Burrow.