NFL Week 15 Predictions
There’s three weeks left in the NFL and the playoff picture is still up in the air. One thing is for sure, the Browns certainly didn’t make it. The disappointing Bengals are looking to turn things around, while Denver tries to make up for their loss last week. The first place defense takes on the first place offense when the Saints go marching into Arizona. It’s a wild Week 15 and we’ve got picks and predictions for your favorite games.
NFL Odds Week 15
We had a small losing week last week, going 3-5. It was our first losing week in a while, but it was expected after our incredible run. The Cardinals let us down ever so slightly, while the 49ers just gave up the game in spectacular fashion. We won with the Vikings, the Bears, and a great 0.5 win with the Ravens. On to this week.
Week 15 NFL Predictions
We have another 8 games for you this week. The Giants are hosting the Lions, the Browns try to get their first win against the Bills, the Patriots visit the Broncos, the 49ers take on the Falcons, Big Ben and LeVeon Bell clash with the Bengals in an AFC North matchup, offense meets defense as the Saints play the Cardinals, the Titans try to keep their playoff hopes alive in Kansas, and the Buccaneers travel to Dallas for the primetime game on Sunday night. Let’s get into it!
Detroit Lions @ New York Giants Prediction
BET NEW YORK GIANTS -4 AT BET365. Is yet another 4th quarter comeback in the cards for the Detroit Lions? With 8, they have the most of these out of any team since 1970. With a win here and a Packers loss this week, they could clinch the NFC North. Last week, the 9-4 Lions failed to cover the spread against the Bears partially because of QB Matthew Stafford’s finger injury suffered in the first quarter. He threw an interception and pick 6 after that, but did run in the winning touchdown to give them the win. Stafford needs to be healthy this week if the Lions have any chance. He has 22 TDs, and ranked 9th in passing yards with 3447, and likewise for pass completion rate which is at 66.7%. This makes up for their lack of an efficient running game.
The 9-4 New York Giants are fresh off a huge division win over the Cowboys, in which they held them to only 260 total yards, forcing 3 turnovers, and amassing 3 sacks. While offense hasn’t been their forte, the defense is what won Eli Manning and the Giants 7 of their last 8 games. They are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 overall, but more specifically 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. There are only so many times a team like Detroit can keep making these 4th quarter victories. Stafford’s injury might just be media overreaction, but it won’t make a difference. Take the New York Giants at -4.
Cleveland Browns @ Buffalo Bills Prediction
BET CLEVELAND BROWNS +10.5 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. Zero wins…Thirteen losses. This is starting to get ridiculous. The Cleveland Browns agree, and are hoping to stop the embarrassment this weekend. Robert Griffin III is getting another start after last week’s debacle where he posted a 38.4 passer rating in a 23-10 loss to the Bengals. We know this team can’t get any worse. Though 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games overall, they are a shocking 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 road games against a team that’s under .500 at home. This could be one of those spots to take this team. A straight up win is doubtful, but still quite possible. Getting 10.5 points though is key.
The Buffalo Bills are effectively falling apart. QB Tyrod Taylor is playing abysmally, with his team ranked last in the league in passing yards, and rumor has it Taylor might not be with the Bills for much longer. Though not officially out of the playoffs, currently at 6-7, they need to win every game from here on out and still get a miracle. It will be the 17th year they miss the playoffs in a row. They aren’t that much better than the Browns ATS-wise either, sitting at 1-6 ATS in their last 7. It is almost just as tough to go 0-16 in a season as it is to go 16-0. The Browns can’t be this bad for this long. Sharps have been pounding them week after week to no avail, but this time, against this flimsy Bills team, we’ll take a shot with them. Take the Cleveland Browns at +10.5.
New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos Prediction
BET NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS -3 AT SPORTSINTERACTION.. The New England Patriots are looking to avoid a repeat of last January’s AFC Championship game loss, in which QB Tom Brady was sacked 5 times. Coach Bill Belichick, as a top coach in this league, will not let this happen again. Von Miller will be dealt with this time on offense, and when it comes to defense, Trevor Siemian is no Peyton Manning. Brady has 22 TDs to just 2 INTs in his 9 games back since suspension. This team is a stunning 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 overall. This is also a great spot for them, as they are 13-3-2 ATS in their last 18 after giving up over 250 passing yards in their last game, and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 after holding opponents to less than 90 rushing yards in their last game.
The Denver Broncos will need their offense to step up in order to handle this Pats team. They are tied with the Dolphins for the last AFC Wild Card spot, both teams with an 8-5 record, and have three 7 win teams breathing down their necks. The pressure is definitely on for the defending champs. Some might even count them out now because their next three opponents all have at least 10 wins. While possible, it’s not likely for them to sweep. For this game, look for the Pats to put the dagger in early, as the Broncos are abysmal in the first quarter of games, only scoring 23 points for the year, while allowing 70. A first half bet on the Pats might also be a wise idea, but it’s not an official pick. Our main focus will be on the Pats covering again like the machines they are. Take the New England Patriots at -3.
San Francisco 49ers @ Atlanta Falcons Prediction
BET ATLANTA FALCONS -14 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. The San Francisco 49ers are looking to rebound from their disastrous loss to the Jets last week. Running back Carlos Hyde ran for 193 yards, but without scoring a point in the second half, they squandered a big lead. Since Week 6, Colin Kaepernick has 11 TDs to 3 INTs, but still hasn’t won a game. At 1-12 now, the Niners have been hit with 12 straight losses. Coming in as 14 point underdogs, it’s safe to say they will be at 13 straight losses. After the spread, they are only 2-6 in their last 8, and 6-19-1 in their last 28 after getting over 350 total yards in their last game.
The Atlanta Falcons are licking their chops at their remaining schedule. After the 1-12 49ers, they are facing the Panthers and Saints, who only have a combined 11 wins. They are coming off a big win over the Rams, in which Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu didn’t play, and while Jones is probably still out for this game, it’s looking like Sanu will play. With Matt Ryan sitting at over 4000 passing yards for the season, and 30 TDs to 7 INTs, this game could be a blowout. Take the Atlanta Falcons at -14.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Dallas Cowboys Prediction
BET DALLAS COWBOYS -7 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. Dallas Cowboys‘ QB Dak Prescott is seemingly under pressure again after the team’s loss last week to the Giants. With 20 TDs to 4 INTs, leading his team to an 11.2 record, his last few starts have been lackluster. He had 1 TD and 2 INTS in his last game, and threw for only 165 yards. His last 2 games saw the team go 2 for 24 (0.08%) on 3rd down conversions, and he hasn’t gone over 200 passing yards in his last 3 games. Jerry Jones has stated he wants to give Tony Romo another shot before the season ends, but this will just strengthen Dak’s resolve. Just knowing Romo is in the wings should help him get his focus back.
The streaking Tampa Buccaneers are winners of 5 straight, their best streak since 2002. They haven’t really put up the points, with Jameis Winston just scoring 6 TDs in their last 4 games, but their defense has been stellar, only allowing 12.8 points per game since Week 10. They are preparing for the playoffs, so might take their foot off the gas a bit here. Also between these teams, Dallas is 13-4 straight up, and the favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7. The Bucs seem to falter in near the end of the season, only going 12-25-1 ATS in their last 38 December games. It will be a competitive game, but Dallas should get a late cover. It won’t be a blowout, but a TD is not enough points to give this motivated Dallas team. They will make amends under the primetime lights of Sunday Night Football. Take the Dallas Cowboys at -7.
Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs Prediction
BET KANSAS CITY CHIEFS -5.5 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. The Tennessee Titans are ecstatic that their playoff hopes are still alive. Sitting at 7-6 after their low scoring win over the Broncos last week, they are tied with the Texans for top spot in their division. QB Marcus Mariota had little to do with the win, only throwing for 88 yards with a 30% completion rate, a steep drop off from his November stats, which boast 11 TDs to 2 INTs, with a 66% completion rate. Their running game was the key, as they hit 180 rushing yards. This team does play its games tight, not winning by more than 6 points and not losing by more than 10 all year. The trends, however, aren’t favorable. This team is is a paltry 16-34-1 in their last 51 after a straight up win, 8-20 ATS in their last 28 after putting up less than 15 points in their last games, 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 road games, and 13-37-3 ATS in their last 53 overall.
The Kansas City Chiefs are riding high, and can clinch a spot in the playoffs with a win here. After dispatching of their rivals, the Raiders last week, they are now top of their division. They are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 overall and are determined to get this win this week. If they don’t clinch this time, they will have other chances, but teams perform better when the pressure’s off. Look for the Chiefs to get a win here. They will win by at least 6 points. Take the Kansas City Chiefs at -5.5.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Cincinnati Bengals Prediction
BET PITTSBURGH STEELERS -3 AT BODOG. It’s not looking goof for the Cincinnati Bengals. After zero wins in November, they gave themselves a small amount of hope with two wins in a row, but it’s not likely in the least. Andy Dalton still isn’t playing well, but their running game is back on track, getting 213 running yards last week and averaged 5.6 yards per run. It was against Cleveland tough… A.J. Green could be back for this one after suffering a hamstring injury.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have turned their season around, now that they have a better balance between Big Ben and LeVeon Bell. In the last 4 games, Bell averaged 115 rushing yards and around 30 runs, as opposed to less than 60 yards during Pittsburgh’s losing streak. They are in control of the AFC North, and need this win to stay ahead of Baltimore. Based on trends alone, the Steelers would be the play, as they are 16-4-2 ATS in their last 22 at Cincy, and 18-7-2 ATS in the last 27 between these teams. Look for Cincy to come out blazing, but lose their mojo in the 2nd half as Pittsburgh comfortably covers. Take the Pittsburgh Steelers at -3.
New Orleans @ Arizona Cardinals Prediction
BET ARIZONA CARDINALS -2.5 AT SPORTSINTERACTION. Offensive vs defense will meet on Sunday, but which will bend? The New Orleans Saints are coming into this game with the top ranked offense in the league, with 418.3 total yards per game. Drew Brees, however, hasn’t been playing like himself the past couple of weeks, earning 0 TDs to 3 INTs, in losses to the Lions and Bucs. Will an aging Brees bounce back this week against this defense? He should hope to if they want to sweep the rest of their games and avoid a losing season, but will that even be enough?
The Arizona Cardinals are on the other side of the coin, sitting as the top ranked defense in the league, allowing only 285.5 total yards per game. They will need to rely on this defense too, as their offense took a hit when WR Michael Floyd was cut from the team after his DUI arrest. Winning only 2 of their last 7, the Cards will bounce back here, possibly sweeping the board. RB David Johnson could become the 3rd player in history to finish the season with 1000 rushing yards and 1000 yards receiving. He is currently at 1085 rushing yards, and needs just 285 more reception yards to hit 1000. His team will play around him, and get this win. The Cards play surprisingly well ATS against bad teams, going 21-9 ATS against teams under .500, so they are most likely undervalued here at this price.
The home team is a perfect 6-0 ATS in the last 6 between these teams, and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5. This Arizona team won’t have this bad of a season, after going 13-3 last year. Take the Arizona Cardinals at -2.5.
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