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Each week during the 2009 season, we’ll get the opinions and predictions from a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They’ll share their thoughts on the top three games of the week and run down all of the other NFL games on the schedule.
THIS WEEK’S HALL OF FAMER: Don Shula, Class of 1997
Coach Don Shula is the National Football League's winningest coach in history. He sports an overall record of 347-173-6. In 1963 he became the head coach of the Baltimore Colts at the age of 33. He led the Colts to seven straight winning seasons and an appearance in Super Bowl III.
In 1970 he joined the Miami Dolphins where in 26 seasons, he experienced only two seasons below .500. He coached the Dolphins to wins in Super Bowls VII and VIII and in 1972 he completed the only 17-0 perfect season in NFL history.
Today, Coach Shula resides in South Florida and is heavily involved with his chain of self-branded steak houses, hotels and golf courses.
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I look for the Dolphins defense to remain tough against the Titans.
Bronzed Bust/Gold Jacket games
I don’t think that any other games will be as big as the match-ups with the two undefeated teams. A perfect season is something very difficult to attain. I am very proud to have been a part of the 1972 Dolphins when we went 17-0 and won Super Bowl VII. The Colts are squaring up against Jacksonville and the Saints have a tough one against the Cowboys. Both of the unbeaten squads have great quarterbacks – Manning in Indy and Brees in New Orleans. They are the leaders of those squads, but the pressure to stay perfect grows immensely as the weeks progress. It cannot get more interesting than this. I am, however, going to predicts upsets. I like the Jaguars and the Cowboys.
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Miami has seemed to turn their season around. This week they are playing Tennessee who has been playing really well as of late. The Titans and running back Chris Johnson will be a big test for them. I look for my former team to prevail in this one.
As for the rest of the games in Week 15, here’s who else I like:
Baltimore on top of Chicago
New England will win at Buffalo
Arizona will rebound against Detroit
I like Cleveland over Kansas City
The Jets over Atlanta
Philadelphia will continue to roll over San Francisco
Green Bay will win at Pittsburgh
Houston over St. Louis
Denver wins at Oakland
San Diego over Cincinnati
I like Seattle vs. Tampa Bay
Minnesota will win at Carolina
New York Giants win at Washington