NFL Week 15 TV Schedule – Announcer Pairings – Point Spreads

NFL Week 15 TV Schedule - Announcer Pairings - Point Spreads - Over-Under OddsThe Tennessee Titans, New York Giants, and Arizona Cardinals have all clinched playoff spots. My beloved Cleveland Browns have not, but they can still affect the playoff race this upcoming Monday night when they take on a red shot Philadelphia Eagles team that has thrust itself back into contention with back-to-back strong performances.

The Browns-Eagles game on Monday is just one of a host of key matchups in Week 15 of the 2008 NFL Season. With the playoff lives of so many teams hanging in the balance, the results of Week 15 will set us up for the final two week sprint to the playoff finish line.

As we do every week here at Midwest Sports Fans, we present you with the TV Schedule, Announcer Pairings, Point Spreads, and Over-Under odds for NFL Week 15. The announcer pairings are courtesy of the506.com and the point spreads and over-under odds are from Danny Sheridan at USA Today (and are subject to change before kickoff).

Remember, all times are ET. Here we go, the NFL Week 15 TV Schedule and Announcer Pairings:

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears

  • Thursday, December 11 — 8:15 ET — NFL Network
  • Announcer Pairing: Bob Papa and Chris Collinsworth
  • Point Spread: Chicago Bears -3
  • Over-Under: 45
  • Why you should watch: Both teams are clinging to playoff hopes, Drew Brees still has a good chance to break the single-season passing yardage record, and there are lots of exciting playmakers on the field (Devin Hester, Brian Urlacher, Brees, Reggie Bush, Marques Colston, etc.). Plus, it’s Thursday night — what the hell else are you going to do?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons

  • Sunday, December 14 — 1:00 ET — FOX
  • Announcer Pairing: Dick Stockton and Brian Baldinger
  • Point Spread: Atlanta Falcons -3
  • Over-Under: 44 1/2
  • Why you should watch: Both teams are batting for second place in the NFC South and for a wild card berth. Atlanta rookie Matt Ryan has developed an incredible rapport with Roddy White that goes well with the power run game of Michael Turner. Can Tampa Bay rebound from giving 6,000 yards rushing against Carolina?

San Francisco 49ers at Miami Dolphins

  • Sunday, December 14 — 1:00 ET — FOX
  • Announcer Pairing: Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan
  • Point Spread: Miami Dolphins -6 1/2
  • Over-Under: 42
  • Why you should watch: The Miami Dolphins, 1-15 a year ago, control their own destiny in the AFC East with three weeks to go. Amazing. San Francisco has been playing much better since Mike Singletary flashed his butt cheeks to the team. This could be a very entertaining game with young stars like Patrick Willis and Frank Gore on one side, and grizzled vets like Chad Pennington and Joey Porter on the other.

Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams

  • Sunday, December 14 — 1:00 ET — FOX
  • Announcer Pairing: Matt Vasgersian and J.C. Pearson
  • Point Spread: No line
  • Over-Under: No line
  • Why you should watch: You shouldn’t. They are only playing this game because the schedule says they have to.

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

  • Sunday, December 14 — 1:00 ET — CBS
  • Announcer Pairing: Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf
  • Point Spread: New York Jets -7
  • Over-Under: 41 1/2
  • Why you should watch: You can pretty much stick a fork in the Bills, but it will be interesting to see how the Jets rebound from two straight losses to Denver and San Francisco. Laveraneus Coles and Brett Favre seem to not be on the same page, and the Jets D is playing much less stoutly than before.

San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

  • Sunday, December 14 — 1:00 ET — CBS
  • Announcer Pairing: Ian Eagle and Solomon Wilcots
  • Point Spread: San Diego Chargers -5
  • Over-Under: 46
  • Why you should watch: San Diego is still clinging to very faint playoff hopes. This is a matchup of two of the greatest tight ends ever in Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates. Other than that, not much here.

Washington Redskins at Cincinnati Bengals

  • Sunday, December 14 — 1:00 ET — FOX
  • Announcer Pairing: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, and Tony Siragusa
  • Point Spread: Washington Redskins -7
  • Over-Under: 36
  • Why you should watch: If you’re a Redskins game, this is a huge must-win game against a terrible team. Otherwise, don’t waste your time.

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans

  • Sunday, December 14 — 1:00 ET — CBS
  • Announcer Pairing: Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker
  • Point Spread: Tennessee Titans -3
  • Over-Under: 44 1/2
  • Why you should watch: A sleeper pick for game of the week. Houston is all but eliminated from playoff contention, but they have been playing better as of late. This game features two of the most exciting young players in the league in Steve Slaton and Chris Johnson. And, of course, Gus Johnson is announcing. This game could be fun.

Green Bay Packers at Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Sunday, December 14 — 1:00 ET — FOX
  • Announcer Pairing: Ron Pitts and Tony Boselli
  • Point Spread: Green Bay Packers -2 1/2
  • Over-Under: 45
  • Why you should watch: If you’re a Packers or Jaguars fan. That’s it. Both of these teams’ seasons are toast.

Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts

  • Sunday, December 14 — 1:00 ET — FOX
  • Announcer Pairing: Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick
  • Point Spread: Indianapolis Colts -17 1/2
  • Over-Under: 45
  • Why you should watch: Can Detroit get the win they need to avoid being 0-16? Can the Colts actually run the ball against someone? Indianapolis has won six straight, but questions still remain about their strength for the playoffs. This should be a nice tune-up game for them. But then again, the Cleveland game was supposed to be like that also before they got on track last weekend.

Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals

  • Sunday, December 14 — 4:05 ET — FOX
  • Announcer Pairing: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
  • Point Spread: No line
  • Over-Under: No line
  • Why you should watch: Adrian Peterson is always worth watching, and the Vikings are fighting to stay atop the NFC North. Kurt Warner is trying to challenge Drew Brees for the single-season passing record, and it is always entertaining watching Warner throw to Fitzgerald, Boldin, and Breaston. This game could actually be a preview of a future first round playoff matchup.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

  • Sunday, December 14 — 4:15 ET — CBS
  • Announcer Pairing: Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
  • Point Spread: Baltimore Ravens -1 1/2
  • Over-Under: 34
  • Why you should watch: If you’re a football fan, this is a must-watch game. Pittsburgh is winning, although they are still struggling on offense. Coming into Baltimore with an offense clicking on less than all cylinders is not usually a recipe for success. Baltimore is a fun team to watch when their D is playing inspired like it is right now. Oh, and the AFC North is on the line.

Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers

  • Sunday, December 14 — 4:15 ET — CBS
  • Announcer Pairing: Dick Enberg, Randy Cross, and Dan Fouts
  • Point Spread: Carolina Panthers -7 1/2
  • Over-Under: 47 1/2
  • Why you should watch: Carolina ran the ball for over 300 yards on Tampa Bay, one of the best defenses in the NFL. Denver boats one of the worst run defenses in the entire league. Can Carolina go for 400 this week? 500? No, this is the NFL, where randomness rules, so Denver will probably stuff Carolina and make us all scratch our heads. If Denver’s offense comes to play, this should be an entertaining, high-scoring affair.

New England Patriots at Oakland Raiders

  • Sunday, December 14 — 4:15 ET — CBS
  • Announcer Pairing: Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
  • Point Spread: New England Patriots -7
  • Over-Under: 40
  • Why you should watch: The Patriots need a win to keep pace with the Jets and Dolphins in the AFC East. Oakland sucks, so they should get it.

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

  • Sunday, December 14 — 8:15 ET — NBC
  • Announcer Pairing: Al Michaels and John Madden
  • Point Spread: Dallas Cowboys -3
  • Over-Under: 44 1/2
  • Why you should watch: Two solid teams, and a good matchup for the primetime game. Can the Giants overcome more injuries and distractions and prove that last week was aberration? Or is New York prepping for a later season swoon…like the Cowboys did last year? The Cowboys need a win to stay in the playoff hunt.

Cleveland Browns at Philadelphia Eagles

  • Monday, December 15 — 8:30 ET — ESPN
  • Announcer Pairing: Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Tony Kornheiser
  • Point Spread: Philadelphia Eagles -14
  • Over-Under: 38 1/2
  • Why you should watch: This game had so much potential at the beginning of the year. But with Ken Dorsey starting, a lame-duck head coach, and the Browns possessing zero belief that they can win games, this one will be nearly impossible on the road against a time playing well and fighting for its playoff life. Sure, anything can happen in the NFL — but probably not this one for the Browns.

Enjoy your weekend of Week 15 NFL football everybody. We’ll be back next week with another TV Schedule, Announcer Pairing, Point Spread, and Over-Under breakdown.



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    At least half of the Ravens’ players own a gun, according to a team official.
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    “You’ve got a constitutional right to bear arms,” said Sanders, who spent 17 years with the Baltimore City Police Department. “We have a number of players who are hunters, but many who feel they need a gun for protection. There are plenty of athletes and celebrities that have been shot and/or killed in recent years, so they feel the need to protect themselves.”

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