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Cats in the NFL week 15 Preview

© Philip G. Pavely | USATSI

© Philip G. Pavely | USATSI

The push for the playoff is in the air in week 15. Here’s where our Cats stand heading into the final push.

Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers (Benny Snell, Bud Dupree)

Benny Snell football is heading to primetime! While this isn’t the first time the Steelers will be kicking things off in primetime this season, this will probably be the first time Benny Snell gets to make a statement in front of a national audience. Snell’s volume has tripled the last few weeks and Mike Tomlin makes no mistakes about it, he is all about Mr. Snell ya Later.

Bud Dupree will also try to keep playing well in his contract year. The former Cat has 42 tackles on the year and is 12th in the league with 9.5 sacks.

The Steelers will kick things off against the 9-4 Buffalo Bills on Sunday Night Football at 8:15 p.m.

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (Za’Darius Smith)

Oh, what a wonderful day this can be. The Chicago Bears will head up to the Frozen Tundra today as they try to stay in the hunt for that final NFC wild-card spot. Despite the Bears taking four of their last five, it has to be near impossible for this Chicago team to beat Aaron Rodgers on his home turf. Not to mention that the ever-struggling Bears offense has to line up against Za’Darius Smith, who is tenth in the league with ten sacks. In the first game of the year, the Green Bay defense held the Bears to just three points and I’d like to see more of the same today.

Green Bay will try to end Chicago’s season today at 1:00 pm ET on FOX from Lambeau.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Mike Edwards) at Detroit Lions

Mike Edwards and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were eliminated from playoff contention last week. This week they face a Detroit Lions team that has lost six straight. You either have to be a die-hard fan of both teams or live in a horrible market area to watch this one. Unless, of course, Mike Edwards has a big game…that’s about the only thing I can imagine for tuning in.

Kickoff for this monstrosity will be at 1:00 pm ET on FOX.

Houston Texans (Lonnie Johnson) at Tennesee Titans (Wesley Woodyard)

From a game that means absolutely nothing, to a game that means just about everything in the AFC South. The Titans seem to have found some life in the form of Ryan Tannehill to keep them in the hunt at 8-5 as they go up against an under-achieving Houston Texans team that also sits at 8-5. The winner will, of course, be a leg up in the AFC South and ultimately take over the playoff spot for the time being. The nation’s eyes will be set on Deshaun Watson and Derrick Henry, but the Kentucky eyes will be set on the defense as Lonnie Johnson takes on Wesely Woodyard.

Kickoff from the Music City is set for 1:00 pm ET on CBS…someone check on Drew.

Jacksonville Jaguars (Josh Allen) at Oakland Raiders

Josh Allen and the Jacksonville Jaguars head out west to take on the Oakland Raiders in the Black Hole. Josh Allen will try to continue his stellar rookie season, as he looks to close the gap between him and Nick Bosa in the rookie of the year race. But, if we’re honest, playing in Jacksonville hasn’t done him any favors this season. Regardless, he will look to remain as the Rookie sack leader.

Jags and Raiders at 4:05 pm ET on CBS.

Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys (Randall Cobb)

We love Randall Cobb and we also love watching the Cowboys struggle to get a win when it comes to playoff time. So it’s a win-win if you ask me. The Rams will try to stay in the hunt today against a Cowboy team that has been just miserable after their 3-0 start to the season. Randall Cobb will look to make a bigger impact in this one as he’s only hauled in 44 catches for three touchdowns this season.

Kickoff at Jerry World is at 4:30 pm ET on FOX.

Article written by Brent Wainscott

Twitter: @BrentWainscott_