2012 Week 15 5* NFL Picks: Broncos -3, Colts +10 #nflonedotcom

No Ray Lewis. No victory. As it turns out, it is the Denver Broncos defense allowing only just over 300 yards per game and only a 32.6% third down completion percentage that is too hard to resist. Having scored over 30 points in 6 of the games during the 8 game winning streak, the Broncos offense that is powering nearly 400 yards per game is too much and too balanced an attack.

Even though the HOUSTON TEXANS have averaged 404 yards per game in their last five games, they are only powering 25 points per game. Surprisingly managing 364 yards per game, the Indianapolis Colts enter averaging 26 points per game in its last five games. With the Texans defense slipping recently, allowing over 30 points in two of its last three games, look for Luck, 74.5 rating, to avoid mistakes, and make enough big plays to keep this one close.


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  1. WINNER – Broncos 34 – RAVENS 17 – Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) – The Denver Broncos hadn’t beaten the Ravens in Baltimore in their last five tries. But that was before they had Peyton Manning. Manning tossed a touchdown pass, Knowshon Moreno ran for a score and the surging Broncos won their ninth straight game with a 34-17 thumping of the Ravens. Manning, who has won each of his past nine starts against Baltimore, including two playoff meetings, threw for 204 yards on 17-of-28 efficiency for Denver (11-3), which is in the midst of its longest winning streak since the 1998 squad won their first 13 contests en route to the team’s second consecutive Super Bowl. Moreno carried the ball 22 times for 118 yards, Eric Decker caught eight passes for 133 yards and a score and Chris Harris returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown in the triumph. Following last Sunday’s 31-28 overtime setback to the Washington Redskins, the Ravens fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron a day later and elevated quarterbacks coach and one of Manning’s mentors, Jim Caldwell, to the post. The offense, though, didn’t get the jolt it was looking for. Baltimore (9-5), which has lost three straight contests, registered three-and- outs on each of its first five possessions and didn’t record its initial first down until Bernard Pierce broke off a 14-yard run on a 2nd-and-6 at the 8:12 mark of the second quarter. Joe Flacco was 20-of-40 for 254 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in defeat.

    [Colts/TEXANS] LOSER – Colts 17 – TEXANS 29 – Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Matt Schaub threw a touchdown pass to Andre Johnson, Arian Foster gained 165 yards on 27 carries and the Houston Texans shook off a humbling beatdown at New England with a division-clinching 29-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. Schaub ended with 261 yards on 23-of-31 efficiency for the Texans (12-2), who rebounded from Monday night’s 42-14 loss to capture their second straight AFC South title. Johnson made 11 catches for 151 yards. Indianapolis rookie Andrew Luck had two touchdown passes, but was held to 186 yards on a season-low 13 completions in 27 attempts. The Colts (9-5) had won seven of their last eight games. However, the seven victories had come against teams that entered Week 15 with a combined 29-62 record. The one loss in that span came against New England in similar fashion to Sunday’s setback, a 59-24 blowout on Nov. 18.

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