NFL Week 15 Odds + Predictions
Looking for NFL Week 15 Odds and free NFL picks? Week 14 of the NFL season is in the books – time to look ahead at Week 15 and its slate of games. Cold weather reared its ugly head last week and that should be the case again – December football must not be as fun as it looks!
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Without further adieu here is a look at every game on the schedule, the early Week 15 lines associated with the contests and what should play out on what is sure to be another scintillating week of NFL action.
Rams (4-9) at Seahawks (8-4-1)
Thursday Opening line: Seahawks, -12.5 points
Somehow the Rams have won three straight games against the Seahawks and four of the last five – incredible.
Don’t think it will happen again – LA is in absolute shambles – the firing of Jeff Fisher, the brutal offense and a defense has shockingly been very leaky as of late.
Forget the recent series and forget that Seattle was awful in Week 14 – expect a huge bounce back in front of their fans this week – they are stellar at home, they are 3-0 ATS after a loss and 8-1 in their last nine prime time games.
This is going to be an absolute blowout folks – don’t overthink!
Miami Dolphins (8-5) at New York Jets (4-9)
Opening line: Dolphins, -3 points
This will be a showdown between Bryce Petty and Matt Moore – ugh! The Jets have won three of the last four games in the series but can’t be trusted Sunday. The reason? New York’s defense that has absolutely given up.
I expect Jay Ajayi to control this game, for the Miami defense to harass Petty all game long and for the Fins to somehow keep their playoff hopes alive. 20-13 sounds about right!
Buccaneers (8-5) at Cowboys (11-2)
Opening line: Cowboys, -8.5 points
The Cowboys are back home Sunday after their second loss of the year. They have gone 9-4 ATS this year, although they are 0-3 ATS in their last three. Tampa arrives on a five game win streak and they have gone 5-1 SU and ATS on the road this year.
The Bucs defense has been terrific lately allowing just less than 13 points per game their last 4 – expect this unit to give Dak and company as much as they can handle Sunday.
This looks like a close game to me – I’m taking Tampa Bay to cover here with an upset win a real possibility.
Detroit Lions (9-4) at New York Giants (9-4)
Opening line: Giants, -5.5 points
Two of the surprise teams in the NFC do battle Sunday when the Lions take on the Giants in what is sure to be a chilly MetLife Stadium.
The Lions have won three of the last four games in the series and enter looking like a team of destiny while New York has to be a confident bunch after beating Dallas for the second time last week.
I expect Matt Stafford’s finger injury to be a factor in the cold Sunday – we all saw how finger injuries can hamper a QB last week with Derek Carr.
Detroit is due for a letdown Sunday – I think it comes as New York pulls away by at least a touchdown.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-8) at Baltimore Ravens (7-6)
Opening line: Ravens, -6 points
The Eagles ride a four game losing streak into Baltimore to face a Ravens team looking to avenge a loss Monday night. Baltimore’s top ranked defense was exposed mightily in that game but Carson Wentz is certainly no Tom Brady!
Six points looks a little rich but I have faith that Joe Flacco, Terrence West and the rest of the decent Baltimore defense will score Sunday.
The Eagles on the other hand will find tough sledding. Take Baltimore to win and cover the six!
Packers (7-6) at Chicago Bears (3-10)
Opening line: Packers, -4 points
This line should go higher – the Packers, assuming that Aaron Rodgers plays has a knack of delivering on his promises – he vowed to run the table for his team this year.
Rodgers hasn’t lost at Soldier Field in six years, the Pack has won five of the last six games in the series and Green Bay is as confident as they have been all season long.
Forget that the Bears have covered in four straight and five of their last six games – Green Bay will score a ton with the Bears struggling to score at all!
Indianapolis Colts (6-7) at Minnesota Vikings (7-6)
Opening line: Vikings, -4 points
This is an important game for both clubs – a loss by either would almost certainly eliminate them from playoff contention.
The Colts have won every matchup between these teams the last 20 years but Minnesota is at home. The Vikes have also gone 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games against AFC teams and 3-0 ATS this year against the AFC South.
While I don’t love Minnesota, I do like their defense to force the necessary mistakes from Andrew Luck here. Take the Vikes by a TD at home.
Browns (0-13) at Bills (6-7)
Opening line: Bills, -10 points
Buffalo is slumping – the best cure for losing woes is a date with the Cleveland Browns! The Bills are just 2-5 SU and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall but the Browns are 2-11 ATS this year.
I expect Shady McCoy to dominate this game and for the Bills to do what every other team in the NFL has done to Cleveland so far – dominate them!
Tennessee Titans (7-6) at Chiefs (10-3)
Opening line: Chiefs, -6 points
On paper this is a pretty close game – not sure about the six points. It pits Tennessee’s third ranked rushing game against KC’s surprisingly poor run defense.
The Titans have been playing some good football lately to boot – wins over Green Bay and Denver is proof of that!
Add in the fact that KC has a knack of playing close games – five of their last six games have been decided by 5 or less points and this you have to like the Titans to cover here.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11) at Texans (7-6)
Opening line: Texans, -5 points
The lowly Jags try to snap an eight game losing streak Sunday against a Houston team that has beaten them five straight times. Jacksonville is just 2-6 ATS during their eight game slide.
While I don’t love Houston, they are undefeated SU and ATS within their division. I think they find a way again against a brutal Jags team Sunday and keep their playoff hopes alive with a double-digit win.
New Orleans Saints (5-8) at Arizona Cardinals (5-7-1)
Opening line: Cardinals, -2.5 points
Two struggling teams do battle on Sunday when the Saints and Cards do battle in the desert. Drew Brees and the Saints offense has really struggled lately – Brees has thrown ZERO TDs and six picks the last two weeks and New Orleans has gone 0-2 SU and ATS because of it.
The Cards on the other hand have gone south – just 4-9 ATS this year. You have to think that Arizona is due for an explosion – the Saints brutal defense should give that up.
I’m taking Arizona by at least a TD here.
49ers (1-12) at Falcons (8-5)
Opening line: Falcons, -11.5 points
The 49ers are bad folks – they are 1-12 SU and 2-10-1 ATS. Now they travel across country to play a 1 PM ET game. They have struggled mightily in such cases – 0-6 SU and ATS lately.
In a game featuring the league’s best offense and the NFL’s worst defense the outcome is obvious to me – take Atlanta in an absolute blowout.
New England Patriots (11-2) at Broncos (8-5)
Opening line: Patriots, -3 points
The Pats took on the best statistical defense in the game in Week 14 – Tom Brady threw for 400+ yards and LeGarette Blount rumbled for 70 yards and a TD.
It is hard to imagine anybody being able to slow this HOT unit down and to score enough to keep this game as close as the oddsmakers feel it is going to be. I Iove New England to get it done again and to send yet another message to the AFC.
Oakland Raiders (10-3) at San Diego Chargers (5-8)
Opening line: Raiders, -2.5 points
The Raiders will try to avenge an ugly Week 14 outing this week – back in California after 10 days rest. Hopes are that the time off will have helped Derek Carr’s injured digits!
Their opponent San Diego will be without Melvin Gordon – a huge loss for the offense. Oakland is 5-1 SU and ATS on the road this year and they have won three straight in the series.
I expect those trends to continue Sunday in what should be a fairly easy Raiders win.
Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-7-1)
Opening line: Steelers, -3 points
How are the Steelers only favored by 3 here? I realize that Pittsburgh is a slightly different team on the road and understand that Cincinnati is 4-0-1 ATS as home underdog but c’mon!
Pittsburgh is 6-1 in their last seven visits to Cincinnati and the Steelers ride a 4-0 streak SU and ATS into this game. To me this looks like an obvious win for Pittsburgh – my guess is by double-digit points.
Carolina Panthers (5-8) at Washington Redskins (7-5-1)
Monday Opening line: Redskins, -4 points
The Redskins host the Panthers on Monday night – should be a good game. Carolina is just 1-5 SU and 1-4-1 ATS on the road this year but they have won four straight games against Washington.
I am riding Washington’s scorching offense here – the Skins are 5-1 ATS in their last six overall and look like a sneaky threat to make some noise down the stretch. Carolina just doesn’t seem to be in the same category this year.
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