NFL Week 15 Picks: Road Warriors That Will Narrowly Defeat Home Teams

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIDecember 10, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 09:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass during the third quarter against the San Diego Chargers on December 9, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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We are to the point of the NFL season where teams that need victories decide to play the best football of the season. Those same teams find a way to get into the postseason and are generally the ones who make a run once they get there.

With that said, here are three road teams who will find a way to get the job done in Week 15.


Pittsburgh Steelers defeat Dallas Cowboys

Pittsburgh and Dallas are two teams playing for a postseason berth. The Cowboys are coming off a great road victory over the scorching hot Cincinnati Bengals.  

The Steelers, however, are coming off one of the more disappointing performances of the season. They lost to the San Diego Chargers at Heinz Field.

No, Charlie Batch wasn't in the game throwing three interceptions while looking terrible. Ben Roethlisberger was back under center and received little help from the offensive line, his running backs, Todd Haley and his receivers.

Now the two will lock horns in Dallas this week with a lot on the line.

Mike Tomlin and his Steelers have a way of getting up for big games. Dallas is a team that every team can get up for, and Tomlin will have his guys ready similar to what they were against the Baltimore Ravens last week.

Just when Dallas has your attention, they find a way to blow it down the stretch. They will do it again.

Prediction: Steelers 20, Cowboys 17.


New York Giants defeat Atlanta Falcons

All teams go through a funk at one point of a 16-game season. Atlanta is currently going to go through that funk.

With the Giants coming into town, and with their ability to get up for games, New York and Eli Manning will find a way to get the job done in Atlanta.

Atlanta's defense is average this season. Prior to Sunday's game against Carolina, the Falcons ranked 15th in passing yards allowed and 20th in rushing yards allowed.

If Manning can receive time to throw the football he will carve up the Falcons' defense.

Also, Matt Ryan hasn't been overly impressive since playing the Saints on Nov. 11. Since that game, Ryan has accounted for four touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Against a stingy defensive front four, New York will find a way to rattle Ryan just like they did last year in the postseason.

Prediction: Giants 27, Falcons 23.

San Francisco 49ers defeat New England Patriots

Remember when the Arizona Cardinals went to New England and defensively defeated the Patriots earlier this season? They forced a turnover, held New England to 5-of-15 on third downs and won at the line of scrimmage.

San Francisco will play that same exact role in Week 15.

The 49ers are another team that gets up for games when they feel disrespected. Throughout this week, San Francisco will hear its share of doubts from the analysts. 

With its stout defense, San Francisco will have the right remedy for Brady and the Patriots.

Expect one of San Francisco's best games of the season.

Prediction: 49ers 20, Patriots 17.