Wednesday 23 August 2017 / 02:58 AM

Games to look forward to in Week 15

When the 2014 schedule came out last summer, it was plain to see that the No.1 game to watch in week 15 would be San Francisco at Seattle.

But fast forward to early December and the second rematch of last season’s NFC Championship doesn’t look as intriguing as it once did.

Sure, these two teams don’t care for each other and there’s no love lost between Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh, but the Niners are spiraling down the toilet while the Hawks have rekindled their nasty defense and are preparing for yet another title run.

This NFC West clash might very well turn into a barn-burner, but there are a few other games that are piquing my interest as the season winds to a close.

1. Bengals @ Browns There are two reasons you NEED to see this game.

a) It’s Johnny Manziel’s first pro start. Blah, blah, yeah, yeah, we all tired of Johnny Football Mania during the preseason, but now that #2 is popping his NFL cherry it’s worth three hours of your time to see if he can live up to the hype.

b) Cleveland is still alive 10 days into December. F-in’ A, right?

2. Cowboys @ Eagles – Dallas was embarrassed at home on Thanksgiving and Tony Romo all but guaranteed a better performance in Round 2 at Philly.

What happened in Dallas stays in Dallas. The winner of this game takes first place in the NFC East and controls their own destiny.

3. Texans @ Colts – Houston is on the cusp of being eliminated but is technically still alive in the AFC South if they can pull off the upset at Indianapolis.

Andrew Luck has looked both fallible and brilliant in 2014, racking up huge numbers and engineering stunning 4th-quarter comebacks.

But…many of those comebacks (like last week’s in Cleveland) are only necessary because Mr. Neckbeard dug himself a hole with early-game INTs.

If JJ Watt can get after Luck the Texans can pull within one game of the division leaders with two more games left on the schedule.

I mean seriously, JJ Watt is everywhere.

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