Las Vegas Raiders
Los Angeles Chargers
Friday 18 December, 12:20pm, Allegiant Stadium
The Las Vegas Raiders have fallen in a hole in recent weeks, but they are still clear favourites to account for the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Raiders need to win this game to keep their playoff hopes alive and I expect them to do exactly that.
Los Angeles have lost their past nine games against their rivals in the AFC West and the Raiders have covered the line in their past six night games.
Tip: Raiders To Cover The Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.94
Sunday 20 December, 8:30am, Empower Field
The Buffalo Bills stamped themselves as the real deal with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and it is no surprise that they are clear favourites for this clash with the Denver Broncos.
The Bills have won six of their past seven games and they will go into the NFL Playoffs as serious contenders in the AFC.
The Denver Broncos continue to struggle for consistency and stringing together back-to-back wins has been an issue for them.
This is a clash that the market has just about right and I am happy to stay out from a betting perspective.
Green Bay Packers
Sunday 20 December, 12:15pm, Lambeau Field
The Green Bay Packers has recorded three wins on the trot and they are dominant favourites for this clash with the Carolina Panthers.
The Packers have won 11 of their past 12 games at Lambeau Field and it would be a surprise if they failed to fire against the Panthers.
Carolina have fallen apart somewhat in the second half of the season, but they have covered the line in seven of their past eight games as underdogs.
The market that appeals in this clash is the Over in Total Points betting.
The Over has saluted in six of the past seven games played between these two sides and it is clearly the best bet in this clash.
Tip: Back Over 51.5 Total Points @ $1.90
New England Patriots
Monday 21 December, 5:00am, Hard Rock Stadium
This is the first time in many years that the Miami Dolphins will start a game with the New England Patriots as favourites.
The Dolphins gave the Kansas City Chiefs a genuine scare last week and they are a side that continue to improve.
Miami have won four of their past five games at Hard Rock Stadium and they have covered the line in eight of their past nine games.
The New England Patriots were dreadful against the Los Angeles Rams and they have won only one of their past five games as away underdogs.
Tip: Back Dolphins To Cover The Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.90
Washington Football Team
Monday 21 December, 5:00am, FedEx Field
The Washington Football Team have won four games on the trot and it will be interesting to see how they fare against the Seattle Seahawks.
Washington’s defensive line is arguably the best in the NFL at the moment and Chase Young will play havoc with the Seahawks offensive line.
That is going to put plenty of pressure on Russell Wilson and he will need to be at his very best to deal with an in-form side.
I don’t think that there is as much between the two sides as this market suggests and Washington are a great bet to cover the line with a start.
Tip: Back Washington To Cover The Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.87
San Francisco 49ers
Monday 21 December, 5:00am, AT&T Stadium
Both these teams remain an outside chance of qualifying for the NFL Playoffs, but a loss in this game will see them officially eliminated from contention.
The San Francisco 49ers head into this clash on the back of losses at the hands of the Buffalo Bills and Washington, but they will still start this game as favourites.
The 49ers have won their past three games as away favourites and they have covered the line in each of these victories.
The Dallas Cowboys returned to winning form against the Cincinnati Bengals, but stringing together back-to-back wins has been an issue.
Dallas have won only one of their past six games as underdogs and they are 2-7 against the line in front of their home fans.
It is tough to have any faith in the Cowboys and the 49ers are a good bet to bounce back.
Tip: Back 49ers To Cover The Line (-3 Points) @ $1.90
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Monday 21 December, 5:00am, Mercedes Benz Stadium
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended their losing streak with a win over the Minnesota Vikings and they should prove too strong for the Atlanta Falcons.
Tampa Bay have won four of their past five games as home favourites and they have been a profitable betting play against the line in this scenario.
The Falcons have lost nine of their past ten games against NFC opposition and they are a poor 3-5 against the line in Atlanta.
Tampa Bay should win this game and win this clash comfortably.
Tip: Back Buccaneers To Cover The Line (-6 Points) @ $1.94
Monday 21 December, 5:00am, M&T Bank Stadium
The Baltimore Ravens are one of the shortest-priced favourites of the weekend and they face a Jacksonville Jaguars side that are clearly tanking.
The Jaguars have lost their past 12 games and it is tough to see that ending this weekend.
Baltimore will be far too good for the Jaguars, but there is no real value available in this clash.
Monday 21 December, 5:00am, Lucas Oil Stadium
The Indianapolis Colts have won four of their past five games and they have found form at the right time of the year.
Indianapolis have won five of their past six games as home favourites and they have been a profitable betting play against the line in that scenario.
The Houston Texans have failed to win any of their games as away underdogs this scenario and they are a very poor 1-4 against the line in this scenario.
Tip: Back Colts To Cover The Line (-7 Points) @ $1.90
Monday 21 December, 5:00am, US Bank Stadium
The Minnesota Vikings are running out of their chances and they will definitely need to win this clash to be any chance of qualifying for the NFL Playoffs.
The Vikings have been a tough side to trust as favourites this season.
Minnesota have won only three of their past seven games as home favourites and they are a very poor 1-6 against the line in this scenario.
The Chicago Bears were finally able to end their winning streak with a win over the Houston Texans, but they remain a very tough side to trust from a betting perspective.
The value in this clash lies in Total Points betting.
The Over has saluted in seven of the past eight Vikings home games and it would not surprise if there were plenty of points in this clash.
Tip: Over 47 Total Points @ $1.90
Monday 21 December, 5:00am, Nissan Stadium
Los Angeles Rams
New York Jets
Monday 21 December, 8:05am, SoFi Stadium
The Los Angeles Rams are the shortest-priced favourites in the NFL this weekend and it is easy to see why.
The New York Jets are on track to secure the number one pick in the NFL draft and along with that future franchise quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
It is in their best interests to lose.
A win for the Rams will secure them a place in the NFL Playoffs and they are an extremely safe bet to do just that.
The betting play that appeals in this clash is the Under in Total Points betting.
Backing the Under in games involving either of these sides has been a profitable betting play and the Under has saluted in nine of the Rams past ten games as favourites.
Tip: Under 44 Total Points @ $1.87
Monday 21 December, 8:05am, State Farm Stadium
Can Jalen Hurts lead the Philadelphia Eagles to an unlikely NFL Playoffs berth?
Probably not, but he showed in the Eagles win over the New Orleans Saints that he is a clear step-up from the struggling Carson Wentz.
It is the Arizona Cardinals that will start this clash as clear favourites, but they are a tough team to back in this scenario.
The Cardinals have won only four of their eight games as favourites and they are 1-3 against the line as home favourites.
It is tough to have any faith in the Eagles though and it has been a while since they recorded back-to-back wins.
This is another game where the Under appeals.
Backing the Under in games involving either of these teams has been a profitable play and it would not surprise if Hurts struggles in his second NFL start.
Tip: Back Under 49.5 Points
New Orleans Saints
Kansas City Chiefs
Monday 21 December, 8:25am, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
This is easily the highlight of the weekend and this clash between the New Orleans Saints and the Kansas City Chiefs could be a genuine Super Bowl preview.
The Chiefs just keep finding ways to win and they will go into this game as narrow favourites.
Kansas City are 7-0 as away favourites over the past 12 months, but they are only 3-4 against the line in this scenario.
The Saints head into this clash on the back of a surprise loss against the Philadelphia Eagles and we still don’t know whether Drew Brees will be in action.
I simply refuse to bet against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, so the current price on offer does represent some value.
Tip: Back Chiefs To Win @ $1.65
New York Giants
Monday 21 December, 12:20pm, AT&T Stadium
Tuesday 22 December, 12:15pm, Paul Brown Stadium
The Pittsburgh Steelers have an excellent chance to earn their losing streak when they take on the struggling Cincinnati Bengals.
The Steelers have won their past 11 games against the Bengals and it is no surprise that they are dominant favourites for this clash.
Pittsburgh should be able to win this clash comfortably, but the market does look about right.
This is another game where I am keen to be on the Under in Total Points betting.
The Under has saluted in the past five games played between these two sides as well as the past eight night games played by the Steelers.
Tip: Back Under 40.5 Points @ $1.90
Three weeks remain in the regular season as we set out sights on another huge week of key divisional games.
The Texans and the Titans are the headline act on Monday as the battle for AFC South supremacy continues. The Bears and the Packers also square off in a classic NFC North rivalry from Lambeau, followed by an important showdown from Texas as the Rams and the Cowboys hope to keep their hopes alive.
This year’s playoff seeding remains a guessing game, but that doesn’t mean your multi’s have to be. Be sure to read on below for our complete 2019 NFL Week 15 Preview.
New York Jets
Friday 13 December, 12:20pm, M&T Bank Stadium
Ravens 42 - Jets 21
With a playoff spot in hand, Baltimore fans can now turn their attention towards securing the first seed in the AFC.
Our bookies have wasted no time favouring the Ravens by over two touchdowns on the heels of last week’s impressive 24-17 win over the Bills. Baltimore’s offence is on a whole different level right now, which could spell potential disaster against a Jets team that has won only one game on the road.
At 5-8, New York has nothing left to play for. The Jets will, however, relish the role of playing spoiler as they hope to put an end to the Ravens’ impressive nine game winning streak.
The last 10-games between these two sides have well and truly gone in Baltimore’s favour. The Ravens have won eight by an average score of seven points, but after losing to the Jets in New York last year, don’t be surprised if Harbaugh’s team has revenge on their mind.
Baltimore is by far the most impressive team in the AFC, if not the NFL right now. But that doesn’t mean you should back the Ravens to cover this week.
At home, the Ravens are just 2-4 against the spread, leaving this long line looking very risky.
If you’ll recall, the Jets pulled off an exciting last second field goal win over the Dolphins last week, highlighting just how frisky the Jets can be when Sam Darnold and his receivers are on the same page. Throw in a returning Le’Veon Bell into the mix, and there’s nothing stopping the Jets from at least putting some points on the board.
Tip: Jets Over 15 Total Points @ $1.92
New York Giants
Monday 16 December, 5:00am, MetLife Stadium
Giants 36 - Dolphins 20
The Giants return home to the Meadowlands this week sporting a serious nine-game losing streak.
With the 3-10 Dolphins coming to town, it’s difficult to get too excited about this game. But from a betting perspective, there might be some value with the Giants favoured by -3.5.
There’s still no word on Daniel Jones returning at time of publish, meaning New York will again turn to Eli Manning in what could or could not be his farewell game.
All Eli has done during his career against Miami is play to a perfect 3-0 record, complete over 67% of his passes, throw for six touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Facing one of the league’s worst defences would be a perfect send off for Manning in front of the home faithful in New York. The Giants have won three straight games over Miami dating back to 2007, so take Big Blue to earn their third win of the season.
Tip: Back the Giants to Cover the Line (-3.5 Points) @ $1.92
Monday 16 December, 5:00am, Nissan Stadium
Titans 21 - Texans 24
The AFC South steals the show once again in what should be a tell-all battle between the 8-5 Texans and Titans.
Houston was by far the biggest loser of Week 14 coming up short to the Broncos in a forgettable performance.
It’s been an ongoing story for the Texans for a number of years, but if you’ve paid attention to the rollercoaster ride at all this season, you’ll know Houston is due for a bounce-back.
As stated last week, the Texans have consistently gone loss, win, win, loss, all season. Houston is 4-0 straight-up following a previous defeat this year, and although the Titans and Ryan Tannehill are the hottest team in the league right now, it’s hard to argue with that kind of form.
In case you need further convincing though, the Texans are also 7-3 in their last 10-games against Tennessee. A win this week won’t lock up the division, but it should tell us all we need to know as these two meet again in a fortnight’s time.
Tip: Back the Texans to Win @ $2.30
New England Patriots
Monday 16 December, 5:00am, Paul Brown Stadium
Bengals 13 - Patriots 34
Back to back losses to the Texans and the Chiefs has Patriots fans feeling a way they haven’t felt in quite some time: concerned.
Normally this time of year we see New England’s offence really clicking into gear as they silence the doubters, right before making a long and memorable run to the Super Bowl that reminds us why they are one of the greatest teams of all time.
This time around though, Bill Belichick has a few things on his plate. For one, the offensive line can’t protect Tom Brady, which resulted in three sacks during last weeks 23-16 home loss to the Chiefs and No. 12 in an arm sling following the game.
The other areas of concern for the Patriots come on special teams, as New England’s complete lack of depth at kicker continues to result in missed points. Fortunately, the Patriots now head to Cincinnati for what many fans are calling a bye week, providing plenty of time for Belichick to get things right before the playoffs.
It’s almost surprising to find New England favoured by only -9 points, but with a 5-1 record against the spread in their last six games vs Cincinnati, who are we to complain?
Also, there might be some value on the double here. The Total has gone Under in both of the Patriots’ games following a previous loss this year, so this could be low scoring.
Tip: Back the Patriots to Cover the Line (-9.5 Points) & Under 40.5 Total Points @ $3.90
Monday 16 December, 5:00am, Bank of America Stadium
Panthers 24 - Seahawks 30
The wild NFC West got a whole lot more interesting last week as the Seahawks saw their five-game winning streak snapped by the Rams.
Seattle still stands a 98% chance of making the playoffs at 10-3, but if they wish to win the division, they’ll need to win out from here and also have results go their way.
This week the Seahawks square off against the reeling 5-8 Panthers – a team riding a five-game losing streak in the shadow of former head coach Ron Rivera.
On paper, the Panthers are still a very talented team capable of causing an upset, but it’s difficult to back against the trends in this case. The Seahawks are a perfect 2-0 straight-up following a previous loss this season, so take Seattle to further strengthen Carolina’s spot in next year’s draft.
Tip: Back the Seahawks to Cover the Line (-6 Points) @ $1.96
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Monday 16 December, 5:00am, Ford Field
Lions 17 - Bucs 38
Herm Edwards once said, “you play to win the game.” In the case of the Bucs though, it turns out winning isn’t everything.
Tampa Bay pulled off a season-defining win over the Colts last week, but it still wasn’t enough to stop the Bucs from being eliminated from playoff contention.
Now, Bruce Arians and company will look to end the season on a high note, and there is no better team to do that against than the down and out Detroit Lions.
Detroit has now lost six games in a row since Matthew Stafford was benched due to injury. News only got worse on Wednesday as the Lions also announced Marvin Jones Jr’s season is over due to an ankle injury.
The Bucs will also go without one of their own star receivers as Mike Evans is expected to miss the rest of the year with a hamstring injury. Fortunately, Tampa Bay’s defence could do the talking in this one as the Bucs hope to extend their winning streak to four.
Tampa Bay ranks fourth in the league in turnovers, which spells potential disaster for Lions backup David Blough.
Tip: Lions Under 21.5 Total Points @ $1.92
Kansas City Chiefs
Monday 16 December, 5:00am, Arrowhead Stadium
Chiefs 23 - Broncos 3
The Denver Broncos might be the most underwhelming 5-8 team in the history of the league.
Just when you thought the Texans were picking up steam, the Broncos go and crash the party by handing Houston a 38-24 loss.
It was an outstanding performance from rookie quarterback Drew Lock that did the trick as the 23-year-old threw for 300-yards and three touchdowns. The Broncos will need more of the same from the youngster this week however, as they now hit the road to face the red-hot Chiefs on the road.
Not to be outdone, Kansas City also pulled off a big upset of their own against the Patriots last week.
The Chiefs defence played surprisingly well holding New England to only two third down conversions, while further good news came mid-week as Andy Reid announced Patrick Mahomes’ hand injury isn’t anything to worry about.
Denver’s defence can cause some real issues for opposing teams, but there’s no getting around how much the Broncos have struggled against Kansas City in recent times.
The Broncos have won only two of their last 10-games against the Chiefs, while you have to rewind back to 2015 to find their last win at Arrowhead. Kansas City is also a perfect 4-0 against the spread vs division opponents this year, so take the Chiefs to make a big statement.
Tip: Back the Chiefs to Cover the Line (-9.5 Points) @ $1.92
Monday 16 December, 5:00am, FedEx Field
Redskins 27 - Eagles 37
It’s another must-win game for the Eagles this week as they hope to improve to .500 and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Nothing about Philly’s overtime win over the Giants last week was convincing, but it was still the result the Eagles needed to remain in the hunt.
The Redskins have nothing left to play for as they now hope to spoil the party against one of their division foes, and although it’s been a miserable season, there were still plenty of positives to take away from their loss to the Packers last week.
Bill Callahan’s side came within five points of upsetting Green Bay as the defence held the Packers to only six points in the second half. Dwayne Haskins also showed plenty of promising signs in a tough road environment leading a strong two-minute drill to bring the Skins within five.
You might not know it, but Washington has been a strong play against the spread recently. The Redskins have covered in five of their last seven games, so it goes without saying that if Haskins can challenge one of the worst pass defences in the league, there’s nothing stopping Washington from keeping this close.
Tip: Back the Redskins to Cover the Line (+4.5 Points) @ $1.92
Green Bay Packers
Monday 16 December, 5:00am, Lambeau Field
Packers 21 - Bears 13
Green Bay can clinch a playoff spot this week if they beat the Bears and the Rams lose to the Cowboys, but if you caught a glimpse of the Packers (or Dallas) last week, you’ll know that is far from a guarantee.
The Packers got the job done at home against the Redskins last week, although that’s about all you can say of Green Bay’s measly 20-15 victory.
In the first half it looked as though the Packers would win comfortably, but the offence sputtered in the second as Aaron Rodgers threw for under 200-yards.
Green Bay is perhaps the most underwhelming playoff team in the NFC, and the scary thought is, the Packers could still snag the number one seed if results go their way.
The Packers already own a win over the Bears this season in their very convincing Week 1 win at Soldier Field. Therefore, it’s no surprise to find Green Bay favoured by -4.5 this week as they prepare for their final regular season game at Lambeau Field.
Chicago still holds a very realistic chance of making the playoffs at 7-6, making this one of the biggest games of the week.
Unfortunately for the Bears, winning at Lambeau hasn’t come easy as you have to rewind all the way back to 2015 to find their last win in Green Bay.
That said, the line does allow you some room to work with. No more than a touchdown has separated these two sides in their last four games, and with the way Green Bay’s defence is allowing large chunks of yards, don’t be surprised if the Bears put up some points.
Tip: Bears Over 18 Points @ $1.85
Los Angeles Chargers
Monday 16 December, 8:05am, Dignity Health Sports Park
Chargers 10 - Vikings 39
It would take a special kind of choke job for the Vikings to miss the playoffs from here.
Minnesota’s win over the Lions last week was enough to vault the Vikes into the sixth seed in the NFC for now, but with the Packers only a game ahead in the NFC North, winning the division isn’t out of the question.
The Chargers have very little to play for at 5-8, but with big changes coming during the offseason, this is still a chance for Los Angeles to end 2019 on a high note.
The market is surprisingly close between these two with the Vikings at a very backable head-to-head price. With no injuries to speak of, the current quote for Minnesota looks great value, but when you consider the Vikings’ 3-4 record on the road, it’s obvious why the bookies are having a tough time separating the two.
At the same time, Los Angeles has won only two of its six games at home this year. These two sides haven’t met since 2015, making the job even tougher when it comes to finding a play.
If there is one thing to hang your hat on its Minnesota’s impressive 13-6 record straight-up in non-conference games since 2015. In their eight losses this year the Chargers have lost by no more than a touchdown – so there’s every chance they keep this close – but with the Vikings out to win their first football game in Los Angeles since 1992, take Minnesota to get the job done.
Tip: Back the Vikings to Win @ $1.74
Monday 16 December, 8:05am, Oakland Coliseum
Raiders 16 - Jaguars 20
It’s now or never for the Raiders as they face another must-win game.
Oakland is clinging on for dear life in the AFC playoff picture after losing 42-21 to the Titans last week. Now at 6-7, it’s going to take a miracle for the Raiders to make the playoffs, let alone finish above .500 – but none of that really matters when you consider this is likely the final game at The Black Hole.
Jacksonville’s collapse has been one of the most surprising storylines of the season. The Jaguars have lost five-straight games to fall out of the AFC South race, leaving nothing more than bragging rights on the line.
The Black Hole is a tough environment no matter the occasion – but given this could be the final time we see the Raiders at the Coliseum; you can expect a hostile atmosphere.
Jacksonville has only ever won in Oakland twice, most recently back in 2005. The Total has gone Over in close to 66% of Raider games following a loss, as well as 67% of Jag games on the road. All things considered, it’s worth taking a Same Game Multi.
Tip: Back the Raiders to Win & Over 45.5 Total Points @ $2.40
Monday 16 December, 8:05am, State Farm Stadium
Cardinals 38 - Browns 24
This is far from the biggest game of the week, but it’s certainly the toughest to pick.
The Cardinals continue to show signs of improvement, even if the results aren’t exactly going their way.
Arizona lost its sixth-straight game last week 23-17 to the Steelers, but there still might be some value on the Cardinals here at the line.
Kliff Kingsbury’s team has been a very strong play against the spread on the road this year covering in four of their six games. The Cardinals are also 2-1 against non-conference opponents, so as much as this game looks unexciting on paper, don’t be surprised if Arizona’s frisky offence puts up some points.
Tip: Back the Cardinals to Cover the Line (+2.5) @ $2.00
San Francisco 49ers
Monday 16 December, 8:25am, Levi’s Stadium
49ers 22 - Falcons 29
There are wins and there are statements – and that’s exactly what the 49ers recorded in their 48-46 victory over the Saints last week.
San Francisco is in control of its own destiny now as they hold the outright first seed in the NFC. The Niners will need to take care of business with Green Bay and New Orleans breathing down their neck, but with a game in hand against the Falcons, San Francisco has a real chance to only further strengthen their position.
Atlanta currently sits dead last in the NFC South behind a 4-9 record, but make no mistake, these Falcons don’t come easy.
Dan Quinn’s side has won three of their last five-games including a convincing 40-20 win over the Panthers last week. Defensively the Falcons are a basket case, but there’s still an enormous crop of talent on the offensive side of the ball.
It’s crazy to think that this once would have been considered one of the games of the year. These two teams met only seven years ago for the NFC Championship, a game the Niners won 28-24.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to see the Falcons putting up those kinds of points against one of the league’s top defences – especially on the road. The Total has gone Under in 16 of Atlanta’s last 19 games against a team with a winning record, so take the Falcons to revert back to their struggling ways.
Tip: Falcons Under 18 Points @ $1.92
Los Angeles Rams
Monday 16 December, 8:25am, AT&T Stadium
Cowboys 44 - Rams 21
The odds paint the picture in this pivotal NFC showdown as the Rams and the Cowboys duke it out with plenty of playoff implications on the line.
Despite what the market suggests, these two teams couldn’t be further apart if they tried.
On one hand, the Rams roll in fresh from a season-defining win over the Seahawks, while on the other, the Cowboys are looking to snap a three-game losing streak after a dreadful loss to the Bears last Friday week.
Dallas has the added rest advantage, but if you’ve caught a glimpse of the Cowboys’ offence at all, you’ll know that probably doesn’t mean much.
The Rams, meanwhile, look to be back to their old selves riding a two-game winning streak. Todd Gurley rewound the clock with a 79-yard performance last week against Seattle, while Jared Goff also looked steady in the pocket completing 22 of his 31 passes for 293-yards and a pair of touchdowns.
You could really build a case for either team here. Dallas has home-field advantage in their favour, but the one trend worth paying attention to is Los Angeles’ impressive 6-3 record against the spread vs non-division opponents this year.
Try to keep in mind the Rams have also combined for 62 points offensively over their last two games and held both opponents to under 15-points. This looks like the Rams of old on both sides of the ball, so take Los Angeles to put another dagger in the Cowboys’ season.
Tip: Back the Rams to Cover the Line (-1 Point) @ $1.92
Monday 16 December, 12:15pm, Heinz Field
Steelers 10 - Bills 17
The bookies have favoured the Steelers narrowly by -1.5 this week as they return home to Heinz Field to face the Bills.
Pittsburgh now holds a 62% chance of making the playoffs thanks to their win over the Cardinals last week and Mike Tomlin’s side can only strengthen their cause further with a win over the 9-4 Bills.
As far as big games go, this is also a huge occasion for Sean McDermott’s side with only a game separating the Bills and the Patriots in the AFC East.
The Bills were dealt a harsh taste of reality last week in their 24-17 home loss to the Ravens. From a betting perspective however, the defeat actually comes as good news as the Bills are a perfect 3-0 straight-up following a previous loss.
Tip: Back the Bills to Win @ $2.10
New Orleans Saints
Tuesday 17 December, 12:15pm, Mercedes Benz Superdome
Saints 34 - Colts 7
Sean Payton has plenty to reflect on following last week’s loss to the Niners.
Now in his 19th season, plenty of people have doubted the aging Drew Brees, but the gunslinger proved he’s still capable of going toe-to-toe with one of the best defences in the league.
A win this week for the Saints is vitally important as they now find themselves sitting third in the NFC seeding. A Saints win and a Niners or Packers loss would vault New Orleans back into the top two, however.
The Colts are still in the playoff hunt at 6-7, but nothing about Indy’s loss to the Bucs last week was convincing. Indianapolis allowed 542 total yards to Tampa Bay as the defence struggled to get off the field.
Last week the Colts allowed the Bucs to possess the football for 34-minutes, a potential recipe for disaster on the road against a Saints team looking to bounce-back. It just so happens that New Orleans is a perfect 2-0 against the spread following a previous loss this year, so it’s worth paying attention to the market and playing it safe.
Tip: Back the Saints to Cover the Line (-9 Points) @ $1.96
Successful NFL betting takes skill, luck, and an uncanny ability to back a good upset.
We saw just that last week as six favourites were upset, and with the NFL’s playoff picture as cloudy as ever, you’d do well to jump aboard a few underdogs at long odds this week.
So who exactly should you be backing?
We’ve previewed all 16 games, and all 32 teams, and our complete 2018 NFL Week 15 Preview can be seen below!
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
Friday 14 December, 12:20pm, Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City 28 – LA Chargers 29
Kansas City Chiefs (11-2):
The Chiefs held on for a 27-24 overtime win against the Ravens at home last week, moving them one step closer to securing the top seed in the AFC.
It was another standout performance from this year’s MVP favourite Patrick Mahomes, who threw for 377-yards and two touchdowns, most of which wound up in the hands of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce.
As a team the Chiefs stood the test against a tough Ravens defence, particularly on crucial downs. But there was one glaring, and fairly obvious factor – Kansas City are a different team without Kareem Hunt.
Anything under 100-rushing yards is almost unheard of when it comes to the Chiefs. The offence is still as explosive as ever, although Hunt’s absence certainly played a part in Mahomes attempting 53-passes last week.
The lack of a serious downhill runner poses problems against a defence like the Chargers. Los Angeles have allowed the eighth fewest passing-yards this season, and as we saw last week, a challenging defence can make life tricky for Andy Reid’s schemes.
With an elite offence on the other side of the ball this time, one that can score points in a hurry, Kansas City’s 4-1 home record against the Chargers is far from safe.
Los Angeles Chargers (10-3):
Don’t let last week’s 26-21 scoreline fool you, the Chargers toyed with the Bengals for the better part of four quarters.
It was the kind of game that saw LA put in only 65% effort against a much-lesser opponent. Whether or not that was a strategy who knows, however LA are certainly in for a fight this week in Kansas City.
The good news for the Chargers is the running game looks to be doing just fine, which is great news against the Chiefs. In case you hadn’t already heard, the Chiefs are one of the worst teams when it comes to stopping the run allowing 5.1 rushing yards-per-attempt.
Arrowhead has hardly been a stomping ground for the Chargers though, which makes the line a nice bet. Los Angeles are 0-5 straight up in their last five games against the Chiefs, but 4-2 at the line when playing on the road in Kansas City.
Tip: Back the Chargers at the Line (+3 Points) @ $1.91
New York Jets
Sunday 16 December, 8:30am, MetLife Stadium
NY Jets 22 – Houston 29
New York Jets (4-9):
The Jets looked gone for all money last week against the Bills trailing 14-3 by the end of the first quarter.
As we’ve seen time and time again this season though, New York fought back to steal a 27-23 road win thanks to a huge fourth quarter from rookie quarterback Sam Darnold.
There’s been a lot to loathe about this Jets team, but Darnold’s play has kept them in their fair share of games when he finds the time in the pocket to look downfield and deliver.
That’s exactly what the Jets will need from their man this week against a Texans defence that currently ranks fifth in the league in turnovers.
For all the positives about Darnold’s game, there’s no denying the fact that he leads the NFL in picks. The Texans just so happen to rank eighth in the league in interceptions, and after a narrow loss to the Colts last week, you can bet they’ll be looking for revenge on the road.
Houston Texans (9-4):
Houston’s nine-game winning streak came to an end last week at the hands of the Colts. It was a game the Texans always looked a chance at losing, and wouldn’t you know it, everything boiled down to the offensive line.
The Texans are one of this year’s Super Bowl favourites, but they won’t get very far if Deshaun Watson is sacked five times like he was last week.
Houston have allowed the second-most sacks on their starting quarterback behind the Cowboys this season, but fortunately the Texans should catch a break this week against a Jets team that has struggled to rush the passer.
As far as trips to New York go, the Texans haven’t travelled to Metlife to face the Jets since 2012. It makes the possibility of a second-straight Texans upset intriguing, especially when you consider the Jets are 5-2 head-to-head and at the line in their last seven-games against Houston.
Tip: Back the Jets at the Line (+6 Points) @ $1.91
Sunday 16 December, 12:20pm, Broncos Stadium
Denver 16 – Cleveland 17
Denver Broncos (6-7):
Denver are still in the thick of things in the AFC Wild Card race, although last week’s 20-14 loss to the Niners hardly helped.
The Broncos were deplorable on third down converting just two of their 15 opportunities. Known for their stingy defence, Denver also allowed Nick Mullens and George Kittle to combine for 210-yards and a touchdown.
A year ago this would have been easy pickings for the Broncos, as their 5-0 record against the Browns suggests. Now, they’ll be relying on a bounce-back performance from Phillip Lindsay to keep their season alive with quarterback Case Keenum urged to play more aggressively.
Even with home-field advantage, the indefinite loss of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders looks like it will pose plenty of problems for Denver in the passing game again this week.
Cleveland Browns (5-7-1):
Believe it or not, there is a scenario where the Browns could still make the playoffs.
Firstly, Cleveland needs to win out from here. They also need the Steelers to lose their three remaining games and the Ravens to go 1-1 – not that crazy, right?
It all starts this weekend against the Broncos, a tough away assignment for a team that hasn’t won at Mile High since 1990.
To their credit, the Browns looked great during last week’s 26-20 win over the Panthers, particularly wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who caught for 81-yards after what has been a luckless to start his NFL career.
On the road this season Cleveland are 1-5, so no one would blame you for steering clear of the Browns. Keep in mind Cleveland also rank Top 5 in passing and rushing yards allowed, which should only further persuade you to stick with the Points market.
Tip: Back Under 45 Total Points @ $1.95
Green Bay Packers
Monday 17 December, 5:00am, Soldier Field
Chicago 24 – Green Bay 17
Chicago Bears (9-4):
After fourteen weeks, here we are – the Bears could clinch their first NFC North title since 2010.
If Chicago beat the Packers at home or the Vikings lose to the Dolphins, the Bears will wrap it up. In terms of expectations, no one expected the Bears to sit atop the division, but following their resounding 15-6 win at home last week over the Rams, some fans are even thinking Super Bowl.
It’s not entirely out of the question with the way the Bears are playing on defence. Largely thanks to Jared Goff’s four interceptions, Chicago held Los Angeles to just 214-yards on offence.
The pass rush is fierce, which Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers knows all too well. The Bears injured the future Hall of Famer in Week 1, only to watch Rodgers return in the fourth quarter to lead an historic Packers comeback on one leg.
That memory will be fresh in the mind of the Bears, and you can bet they’ll be out for revenge. There’s also the matter of Chicago’s 0-5 record at home against the Packers they’ll be hoping to atone for.
Green Bay Packers (5-7-1):
Somehow, some way, the Packers can still make the playoffs.
It’ll obviously take a win over the Bears this week, plus a whole bunch of other factors to go their way, but for now, Green Bay at the very least have something to believe in.
Last week’s 34-20 win over the Falcons came as a surprise. To think, these two teams were former NFC Championship foes – but now, the Packers completely bulldozed the Falcons thanks to another big day from Aaron Jones and Davante Adams.
Interim head coach Joe Philbin got off to a rocky start losing two challenges in the first quarter last week, which doesn’t fill fans with confidence about the game plan or time management.
Not to worry though, Chicago’s pass-rush is enough to make Green Bay fans nervous, especially following Week 1’s near disaster against Khalil Mack and company.
It should come as no surprise to learn the Bears have allowed the second-fewest rushing yards in the league. That spells bad news for Jones, leaving the Packers relying heavily on Rodgers – a recipe for disaster if the blocking in front of him falls apart.
It’s always special when these two teams get together, and it’s normally always close. The Packers have had the Bears’ number recently, but it just feels like Chicago’s time in the sun is well under way.
Tip: Back the Bears 1-6 @ $4.33
Monday 17 December, 5:00am, New Era Field
Buffalo 14 – Detroit 13
Buffalo Bills (4-9):
Is it any wonder the Bills lost last week?
The growing pains of the Josh Allen experiment continue after the Bills’ first round rookie quarterback threw two-picks during Buffalo’s 27-23 blown loss against the Jets.
It was a game the Bills really should have won after leading 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. The lack of receiver depth, or talent, continues to hurt this team, though.
Just like last week, the Bills will feel they can win this game, especially at home. Buffalo haven’t hosted the Lions since 2010, and are 4-1 in their last five meetings against Detroit.
Detroit Lions (5-8):
Detroit made short work of a much-lesser opponents last week, which is something they’ve struggled to do at times this season.
A 17-3 win over the Cardinals was highlighted by a pick-six interception by cornerback Darius Slay, but really, there wasn’t a whole lot to get excited about with the Lions despite the scoreline.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford had another day to forget passing for just 101-yards and zero touchdowns. The running game continues to stagnate with Kerryon Johnson missing, while talented receivers like Kenny Golladay are hardly seeing the ball.
A trip to snowy Buffalo is hardly what the Lions need right now, although head coach Matt Patricia has been preparing for these kind of conditions for months.
With very little ball movement and unfamiliarity with the field, it’s no surprise to see the Bills as the favourite.
Tip: Back the Bills to Beat The Line (-2.5 Points) @ $1.91
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Monday 17 December, 5:00am, M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore 20 – Tampa Bay 12
Baltimore Ravens (7-6):
A win over the Bucs and a Steelers loss to the Patriots this week will see the Ravens claim the top spot in the AFC North.
Baltimore were brave last week in their overtime loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead, a game that, not for the first time this season, saw plenty of promise out of the Ravens’ defence.
Baltimore held Kansas City to just 94-rushing yards last week. They also made life difficult on third down for the Chiefs, while the pass-rush accounted for three sacks on Patrick Mahomes.
We hate to beat the same old drum, but the offence is still the biggest question mark. Lamar Jackson threw for two touchdowns last week, but can this team score points in the playoffs? We wait and see.
Fortunately the Bucs defence is one of the worst in the league, and the Ravens also hold a 7-2 record in their last nine meetings against Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-8):
For more than just a brief moment last week, the Bucs looked like they might upset the Saints for the second time this season.
Tampa Bay led 14-3 at half time on the back of what was a brilliant display of chemistry from Jameis Winston and tight end Cameron Brate. The two hooked up for a pair of touchdowns, but ultimately, the defence fell through as the Bucs allowed Michael Thomas to catch for 98-yards.
It’s no shock to learn Tampa bay are 0-5 in their last five road games, and against a Ravens defence that has allowed the third-fewest passing yards and the fourth-fewest rushing yards this season, that spells a whole lot of trouble.
Tip: Back the Ravens 7-12 @ $4.75
Monday 17 December, 5:00am, Mercedes Benz Stadium
Atlanta 40 – Arizona 14
Atlanta Falcons (4-9):
It’s strange to think the Falcons finished 10-6 a season ago when you consider how poorly this team has played all year.
Atlanta waited until the fourth quarter to show up last week in Green Bay, and by then it was too late. The Packers marched home to a commanding 34-20 win, leaving plenty of uncertainty about the Falcons after locking up their first losing record since 2014.
It’s not panic stations just yet, but head coach Dan Quinn has to be in danger of losing his job. The Falcons have been riddled by injuries, particularly on defence, but there’s zero offensive creativity when it comes time to converting on short-yardage situations.
The Falcons will be granted some reprieve this week though with the Cardinals coming to town. Atlanta have won seven of their last 10-games against Arizona, while the Cardinals remain 0-5 in their last five trips to Georgia.
Arizona Cardinals (3-10):
If it wasn’t for a late field goal in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals could have easily laid a goose egg in their 17-3 loss to Detroit last week.
Considering the scoreboard, there obviously wasn’t a lot to love from Arizona offensively. Josh Rosen threw for 240-yards, a pick and three sacks, while David Johnson was held under 50-yards –a surprising outcome against the Lions’ sloppy run defence.
To their credit though Arizona’s own defence continues to improve. A week after upsetting the Packers at Lambeau, the Cardinals held Matthew Stafford scoreless last week.
A trip to Atlanta, a game the Cardinals haven’t visited since 2016, poses plenty of challenges, though. Despite last week’s shortcomings, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones hooked up for over 100-yards and two scores – a connection we should see plenty of again this week.
Tip: Back Under 44 Total Points @ $1.91
Monday 17 December, 5:00am, Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati 30 – Oakland 16
Cincinnati Bengals (5-8):
This is hardly a game to get excited about between two teams destined to finish with a Top 5 draft pick.
The Chargers did the Bengals a favour last week by taking their foot off the gas, but despite the flattering scoreline, Cincinnati hardly have anything to feel proud about.
Aside from Joe Mixon’s 111-yard, one touchdown effort, the Bengals stunk. Quarterback Jeff Driskel will be counting down the days until the season is over, similar to Bengals fans longing for the day when head coach Marvin Lewis is finally fired.
As far as this game goes, the Bengals enter as the favourite. Cincinnati are 4-1 in their last five home games against Oakland, which is just about the only number worth paying attention to.
Oakland Raiders (3-10):
Last week’s 24-21 win over the Steelers was the highlight for the Raiders in this long lost season.
With Ben Roethlisberger exiting in the third quarter with a head injury, Oakland sure caught a lucky break, but there’s no denying Derek Carr’s 322-yard, two touchdown performance.
Re-signing tight end Jared Cook is paramount this offseason if the Raiders hope to keep Carr happy with his No.1 target.
With that in mind, expect plenty of the Carr-Cook connection this weekend considering the Bengals have allowed the fourth-most passing yards in the league. Running the ball as often as possible is also the likely strategy against Cincinnati’s equally poor run defence.
Tip: Back the Raiders To Win @ $2.35
New York Giants
Monday 17 December, 5:00am, MetLife Stadium
NY Giants 0 – Tennessee 17
New York Giants (5-8):
The Giants are fresh from a 40-17 blowout win over the Redskins last week that left plenty of fans feeling nostalgic about the days of old.
Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns in the win, but most importantly managed to keep a clean sheet in the turnover column.
Having now won two-straight, New York’s miserable season suddenly has fans feeling optimistic about the future. Manning won’t figure in those plans for much longer, but Saquon Barkley most certainly will.
The short-priced Rookie of the Year favourite finished with a touchdown and an outstanding 197 scrimmage yards to his name last week, which the Giants will be relying on heavily this weekend against a very stingy Titans defence.
New York haven’t hosted the Titans at home since 2010, a game they lost 29-10. The Giants are 1-5 in their last six-games against Tennessee, but since Big Blue look determined to end this season on a high note, it’s no surprise to see the Giants as favourites.
Tennessee Titans (7-6):
The Titans remain on the outside looking in, for now.
Currently holding the ninth seed for a Wild Card spot behind the Colts and Dolphins, Tennessee are as good a chance as any to sneak into the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Last week’s 30-7 win over the Jaguars last week certainly helped, and in case you missed the Derrick Henry pandemonium, make sure you go back and watch his 238-yard, four touchdown effort.
As great as last week was though, can Tennessee really back it up? Consistency has been far and few between for this team, particularly on offence as the running game remains hit and miss alongside quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Throw in the fact that the Titans have very little experience playing in New York – which should be quite cold – as well as their 1-4 record on the road this season, and it looks tough to back the Titans outright.
Tip: Back Under 44 Total Points @ $1.91
Monday 17 December, 5:00am, US Bank Stadium
Minnesota 41 – Miami 17
Minnesota Vikings (6-6-1):
Its simple math for the Vikings from here: win.
A loss this week at home against the Dolphins would gift the Bears the NFC North crown, but a win and a Chicago loss could certainly make things very interesting.
It’s tough to find faith in the latter though considering Minnesota’s dismal performance against the Seahawks last week. As the highest-paid quarterback in the league, Kirk Cousins sure isn’t playing one, and for all the talk surrounding Minnesota’s defence, the Vikings hardly look capable of stopping anyone.
To make matters worse, Minnesota made a controversial decision during the week firing offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. It’s hardly the ideal time to be making drastic decisions with the playoffs still a chance as we wait and see if the Vikings can turn this thing around.
To their credit, Minnesota are 10-2 in their last 12 home games, which has proved valuable for punters. Considering Cousins’ struggles, as well as the bevy of off-field distractions, it’s still surprising to see Minnesota priced the way they are.
Miami Dolphins (7-6):
If you were to bank on one team sneaking into the playoffs this year, it has to be the Dolphins.
Fresh from their walkoff touchdown to stun the Patriots last week, Miami’s season has caught spark having now won two-straight.
Last weekend’s heroics provided one of the touchdowns of the season, but it could also be the defining moment for the Dolphins as they look to make a serious playoff push.
That might sound strange considering this teams struggles – like the fact they’ve allowed the fourth most-rushing yards – but momentum can be a dangerous thing in the NFL.
This week’s trip to Minnesota will be telling for Miami. It’s a tough environment that very few teams walk away from unscathed, especially with an 0-5 record on the road this season.
The Vikings aren’t the best team when it comes to stopping the run, but they have allowed only nine rushing touchdowns all season. On the flip side, the Dolphins have scored the fewest rushing touchdowns in the league, leaving quarterback Ryan Tannehill with plenty of work to do.
Tip: Back the Vikings to Beat The Line (-7 Points) @ $1.91
Monday 17 December, 5:00am, TIAA Bank Field
Jacksonville 13 – Washington 16
Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9):
Outcoached, outplayed and outmuscled – that was the story of Jacksonville’s blowout loss to the Titans last week.
It comes as no surprise considering this team has very few playmakers left to rely on, but it’s hard to win football games when you defence lacks the basic fundamentals – like tackling – to give yourselves a chance.
Derrick Henry ran all over the Jags last week for over 200-yards. Confidence is low and so is talent, making this game between two of the NFL’s least exciting franchises a market worth staying away from.
Washington Redskins (6-7):
The Redskins are now down to Josh Johnson at quarterback after Mark Sanchez was benched in the third quarter last week.
The 10-year veteran has started in just five games, the most recent dating back to 2011 with the Buccaneers.
Aside from Adrian Peterson, the Redskins are a mess right now. Alex Smith is reportedly having complications following surgery on his leg, leaving Washington with plenty of big quarterback decisions to make during the offseason.
Washington are 5-1 in their last six-games against Jacksonville, but with two B-grade quarterbacks suiting up under centre, this game isn’t worth your money.
Tip: No Bet
Monday 17 December, 5:00am, Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis 23 – Dallas 0
Indianapolis Colts (7-6):
The Colts returned to winning ways last week in a big time victory over their fiercest rival.
It wasn’t pretty, but Indy hung on for a 24-21 win over the Texans behind 399-yards and two touchdowns from Andrew Luck.
The best part of the Colts’ win though was the defence. Indianapolis held Lamar Miller to just 33-yards and a score, a successful day considering the 27-year old has torched four teams for over 100-yards this season.
As far as their own running game goes, the Colts will need to establish something early this week against one of the toughest interior defences in the NFL.
That responsibility falls firmly in the lap of Marlon Mack, while we should expect to see plenty of Nyheim Hines on swing and wheel routes from the backfield.
The Colts haven’t hosted the Cowboys at home since 2010, but their 4-1 record at Lucas Oil Stadium is enough to make them the favourite this week.
Dallas Cowboys (8-5):
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones looks like a genius following Amari Cooper’s brilliant (and lucky) catch in overtime against the Eagles last week.
The win now sees Dallas in the midst of a serious five-game winning streak, but surprisingly enough, they do enter this game against the Colts as the underdog.
Dallas still has plenty of question marks about them though, particularly on offence. Dak Prescott remains the most sacked quarterback in the NFL, so can he really steer the Cowboys towards the Super Bowl? And what about Cooper, is he really Dallas’ go-to guy long term?
We’ll find out in the coming weeks if the Cowboys offence can keep up with the pace, but for now, the defence is stealing most of the headlines – alongside Ezekiel Elliott of course.
Dallas held the Eagles to just 34-rushing yards last week, while Elliott racked up 113 of his own.
Stopping the Colts on the ground will be crucial to the Cowboys’ chances on Monday, and if the Cowboys interior defence can pressure Luck, something not a lot of teams have accomplished this year, they’ll be well on their way to an upset.
Tip: Back the Cowboys To Beat The Line (+3 Points) @ $1.87
San Francisco 49ers
Monday 17 December, 8:05am, Levi’s Stadium
San Francisco 26 – Seattle 23
San Francisco 49ers (3-10):
The NFL schedule has done us a few favours as far as this San Francisco-Seattle match up goes.
These two teams met a fortnight ago, a game the Niners lost 43-16. San Francisco were dominated by Russell Wilson and Seattle’s running back committee, but the one positive was Nick Mullens passing for over 400-yards.
San Francisco are still riding the highs of a 20-16 upset win over the Broncos last week, so they’ll fancy themselves a chance against Seattle at home.
Despite tight end George Kittle’s huge 200-plus yard game last week though, unfortunately the 49ers are 1-4 in their last five home games against the Seahawks.
Seattle Seahawks (8-5):
Make it four-straight for the up and about Seahawks.
They won’t catch the Rams in the NFC West, but this is by far the most dangerous team nobody wants to face come playoff time.
As it stands, Seattle would match up against the Cowboys in the Wild Card round next month. Seattle need to keep their sights set on the remaining three weeks though, because as we found out last week, San Francisco are capable of an upset.
You don’t have to be a genius to work out how well the Seahawks’ defence is playing right now. Seattle stopped the Vikings on two fourth down conversion attempts in their 21-7 win last week, all the while holding Kirk Cousins to just 208 passing yards.
An away game in San Francisco is hardly the challenge it used to be for the Seahawks, so they should be one of the safer picks this week. The Niners defence has recorded the fewest turnovers all year, so this figures to be a nice day out for Russell Wilson, especially if Doug Baldwin is healthy.
Tip: Alternative Spread: Seahawks (-8) @ $2.35
New England Patriots
Monday 17 December, 8:25am, Heinz Field
Pittsburgh 17 – New England 10
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5-1):
The Steelers are from home and hosed in the AFC North.
The Ravens are breathing down their neck, but that’s not the only worry for the Steelers as the health of star running back James Conner remains up in the air.
Head coach Mike Tomlin remains optimistic about Conner’s chances this week, although the Steelers might be a little pre-occupied auditioning kickers this week.
After Chris Boswell’s slip n’ slide on the game-tying attempt against the Raiders during last week’s 24-21 loss, Tomlin confirmed the Steelers are looking at other options when it comes to field goals and extra point attempts.
It goes without saying that none of this bodes particularly well with the Patriots coming to town this week. The Steelers are 1-5 in their last six games when playing at home against New England.
New England Patriots (9-4):
The Patriots are staring at the second seed in the AFC, but is this team really any good?
On paper the Patriots are led by two of the games future Hall of Famers, aside from that though, there’s not much else.
Last week’s deflating loss to the Dolphins on a last second miracle left head coach Bill Belichick a little exposed on the defensive front. Rushing four men on quarterback Ryan Tannehill was one of the worst calls in his coaching career, and not for the first time this season, the Patriots defence looked extremely vulnerable.
They normally find a way to win, but this game in Pittsburgh could be the most telling in recent years. New England are likely to travel in the playoffs, and if they fall short at Heinz Field, they’ll be tough to trust come January.
To their credit, the Patriots have been fantastic on the road. New England are 19-5 in their last 24 road games, and since the run defence is by far their biggest achilles heel, the absence of James Conner would do New England a huge favour.
Tip: Back the Patriots To Win @ $1.80
Los Angeles Rams
Monday 17 December, 12:20pm, LA Coliseum
LA Rams 23 – Philadelphia 30
Los Angeles Rams (11-2):
The Rams look kinda beatable right now, don’t they?
Last week’s cold and windy loss to the Bears in Chicago was by far one of the worst games we’ve seen from LA in the last two years.
Head coach Sean McVay was partly to blame, as the Rams stubbornly stuck to the passing game despite Jared Goff showing no confidence whatsoever with the ball. As a result, Goff threw four picks in the loss, while running back Todd Gurley endured his worst game of the year to date.
Traveling back to sunny California should do the Rams a great deal of confidence this week though, particularly against an Eagles side that ranks third in passing yards allowed.
The Rams last met Philly this time last year, a game they lost 43-35 at home. There’s no shame in losing to the eventual Super Bowl champs, but you can bet LA will have revenge on the brain.
Philadelphia Eagles (6-7):
The Eagles aren’t dead in the water just yet, but you can just about stick a form in them if they lose to the Rams this week.
Philadelphia’s rollercoaster season hit a new low last week in an overtime loss to the Cowboys, a team the Eagles have lost to twice this season.
It’s crazy to think the Eagles were the benchmark on offensive creativity a season ago. Now, the lack of a running back, as well as a serious deep, down-field receiver, has left Philly staring at the drawing board.
The Eagles are 2-4 on the road this season, and even though they are capable of putting up points on the Rams’ hit and miss defence, Philly’s own defensive woes should keep them out of this game.
LA have won four games by six-points or less this season, so expect the Eagles to keep this one close.
Tip: Back the Rams 1-6 @ $4.50
New Orleans Saints
Tuesday 18 December, 12:15pm, Bank of America Stadium
Carolina 9 – New Orleans 12
Carolina Panthers (6-7):
Five straight losses has the Panthers looking very close to done in the NFC Wild Card picture.
The same goes for Ron Rivera’s coaching career, as Carolina’s fall from grace reached new lows last week losing to the Browns by six-points on the road.
Carolina’s main problem has been Cam Newton’s accuracy. The 2015 MVP has been a shell of his former self, although it’s fair to say, the Panthers really don’t have an elite level of wide receiver talent.
It’s likely we see the Panthers utilise the running game this week against the Saints, which isn’t entirely a smart plan. The Saints have allowed the fewest rushing yards on the season, while they also rank third in the league in sacks.
That spells plenty of pressure inside and outside the pocket on Cam, and more than likely, a Panthers loss.
New Orleans Saints (11-2):
The Saints can rest easy knowing they’ve already locked up the division. They’ll want to make up for last week’s slow start against the Bucs though, a game New Orleans easily could have lost after committing two crucial turnovers.
Like all great teams do, the Saints still found a way to win however. Head coach Sean Payton knows the game better than anybody, so it was no surprise to see him target the best player on the field, Michael Thomas.
The Drew Brees-Michael Thomas connection is something to behold, and it should be in full force in the red zone this week. The Panthers have allowed the third-most passing touchdowns on the year, so expect plenty of the dynamic duo on Monday.
New Orleans are 4-1 in their last five games against the Panthers, but just 2-6 on the road in Carolina. Still, the Panthers have shown us nothing of note in recent weeks, while the Saints offence still resembles the most potent attack in the league.
Tip: Back the Saints 1-6 @ $4.50
There are a number of big games set to take place in the NFL this weekend, but none bigger than the huge clash between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots.
These teams are expected to meet in the AFC Championship and this will be a massive test of where both teams are at ahead of the NFL Playoffs.
There is betting interest in a host of NFL games this weekend and our complete 2017 NFL Week 15 tips can be found below.
Friday December 15, 12:25am, Lucas Oil Stadium
The Peyton Manning Derby features two teams that are having seasons to forget.
The Denver Broncos beat the New York Jets in dominant fashion last week and they will start this clash as favourites.
Denver have lost their past seven games on the road and they have failed to cover the line in any of these games.
The Indianapolis Colts went down to the Buffalo Bills in the Snow Bowl last weekend and they have won only one of their past eight games.
Indianapolis have lost their past four games as home underdogs and they are a middling 2-2 against the line.
Both these teams are impossible to trust from a betting standpoint and this is a game that I am more than happy to stay out of.
Sunday December 17, 8:00am, Ford Field
The Detroit Lions need to keep winning to have any chance of qualifying for the NFL Playoffs and they will start this clash with the Chicago Bears as clear favourites.
Detroit have won seven of their past eight games against the Bears, but their form at home has been poor and they have won only two of their past seven games at Ford Field.
The Bears returned to winning form with an impressive win over the Cincinnati Bengals, but they are a side that does struggle for consistency.
Chicago have won two of their past seven games as away underdogs and their record against the line is no better.
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday December 17, 12:25pm, Arrowhead Stadium
This is a huge game as the winner will go to the top of the AFC West.
It is the Los Angeles Chargers that will start this clash as narrow favourites and they have won four games on the trot in impressive fashion.
The Chargers have been a tough inconsistent away from home and they have lost their past seven games against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kansas City ended their losing streak with a win over the Oakland Raiders and their record against the Chargers can’t be sneezed at.
The Chiefs should be favourites and they represent genuine value at their current price.
Back Kansas City To Win @ $2
New York Giants
Monday December 18, 5:00am, MetLife Stadium
The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the shortest-priced favourites in the NFL this weekend.
Carson Wentz may have been ruled out for the rest of the season, but Nick Foles is a more than adequate back-up and the Eagles have a ground game that is strong enough to beat the struggling New York Giants.
The Eagles have won two of their past three games as away favourites and they have covered the line in both those wins.
New York produced another poor effort against the Dallas Cowboys last weekend and there is no doubt that they are a franchise in crisis.
The Giants have won only one of their past four games as home underdogs and their record against the line is no better.
Philadelphia can overcome the loss of Wentz and record another comfortable win.
Back Philadelphia To Beat The Line (-7 Points)
Monday December 18, 5:00am, US Bank Stadium
The Minnesota Vikings remain in the hunt for the number one seed in the NFC and they are dominant favourites to beat the Cincinnati Bengals.
Minnesota went down to the Carolina Panthers last weekend, but this is obviously an easier assignment.
The Vikings have won four of their past six games as home favourites and they have covered the line in each of these wins.
It has been a season to forget for the Bengals and they were extremely poor against the Chicago Bears last weekend.
The Bengals have won only one of their past six games as away underdogs and they are 4-2 against the line in this scenario.
Minnesota should have no issues beating Cincinnati, but their is no value at their current price.
Monday December 18, 5:00am, FirstEnergy Stadium
There is no love lost between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens were not disgraced against the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend and it is no surprise that they will start this clash as clear favourites.
Baltimore have won only one of their past three games as away favourites and their record on the road this season has been poor.
Cleveland went close to winning their first game of the season last weekend, but they suffered a heart-breaking loss in overtime against the Green Bay Packers.
The Browns have won only one game across the past two seasons and they have been a losing betting play in just about every metric.
It is impossible to back Cleveland, but there is no value in the current price on offer for the Ravens.
Monday December 18, 5:00am, FedEx Field
The Washington Redskins have won only one of their past five games, but they will still start this clash with the Arizona Cardinals as clear favourites.
Washington have won only two of their past four games as home favourites and their record against the line in this scenario is a poor 1-3.
Arizona produced their best defensive performance of the season against the Tennessee Titans and there really isn’t as much between these two teams as the current betting market suggests.
The Cardinals have been a profitable betting play as away underdogs this season and they have won their past two games against Washington.
The $2.88 currently on offer is well and truly over the odds and the Cardinals are one of the best value betting plays of the weekend.
Back Arizona To Win @ $2.88
Green Bay Packers
Monday December 18, 5:00am, Bank Of America Stadium
This is set to be one of the biggest games of the weekend.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been cleared to return to action for the first time since suffering a broken collar bone and he gives the Packers a genuine chance of upsetting the Panthers.
It is still the Carolina Panthers that will start this clash as favourites and they have been a tough team to trust in that situation this year.
The Panthers have won two of their past four games as home favourites and their record against the line was even worse.
Green Bay have won two games in overtime on the trot and the return of Rodgers makes them a serious contender once again.
The Packers have won three of their past six games as away underdogs for a clear profit and they are 4-2 against the line in this scenario.
A fired-up Green Bay can upset the Panthers and they are excellent value to do just that.
Back Green Bay To Win @ $2.35
New Orleans Saints
New York Jets
Monday December 18, 5:00am, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
The New Orleans Saints are the shortest-priced favourites in the NFL this weekend.
New Orleans went down to the Atlanta Falcons last weekend, but they continue to be one of the best betting sides in the NFL.
The Saints have won their past six games as home favourites and they are an impressive 5-1 against the line in this scenario.
The New York Jets produced their worst performance of the season in their defeat at the hands of the Denver Broncos and the loss of Josh McCown is a big one.
New York have lost their past six games as away underdogs and they have failed to cover the line in any of these games.
This could get ugly for the Jets and the Saints can cover the big line.
Back New Orleans To Cover The Line (-15.5 Points)
Monday December 18, 5:00am, Ralph Wilson Stadium
Monday December 18, 5:00am, EverBank Field
The Jacksonville Jaguars remain in control of the AFC South and as long as they keep winning they will claim a division title.
Jacksonville showed that they are the real deal with their win over the Seattle Seahawks and they should prove too strong for this struggling Texans outfit.
The Jaguars have won four of their past five games as home favourites and they are 3-2 against the line in this scenario.
The Houston Texans went down to the San Francisco 49ers last weekend and they have now lost six of their past seven games.
Houston have won just one of their past eight games as away underdogs and they are a middling 4-4 against the line in this situation.
Jacksonville should win this game comfortably and cover the line in the process.
Back Jacksonville To Beat The Line (-10.5 Points)
Los Angeles Rams
Monday December 18, 8:05am, MetLife Stadium
This is a massive game and the lead in the NFC West is on the line.
The Seattle Seahawks went down to the Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend, but they will still start this clash as narrow favourites.
Seattle have won four of their past seven games as home favourites for a loss and they are a poor 2-5 against the line in this scenario.
The Los Angeles Rams were not disgraced against the Philadelphia Eagles and their offence continues to make big strides.
Los Angeles have won two of their past three games as away underdogs and this really is their opportunity to beat the Seahawks,
There is rarely much between these two sides and the Rams are a good bet to win with the insurance of a 2.5 points start.
Back Los Angeles To Beat The Line (+2.5 Points)
San Francisco 49ers
Monday December 18, 8:25am, Levi's Stadium
The Jimmy Garoppolo era at the San Francisco 49ers has gotten off to a winning start and they will start this clash with the Tennessee Titans as clear favourites.
The 49ers have won only one of their past seven games and they are 3-4 against the line in this scenario.
Tennessee produced their worst performance of the season when they went down to the Arizona Cardinals and they are now a game behind the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC South.
The Titans have won one of their past three games as away underdogs, but their overall record on the road is poor.
This is another game that the market has gotten just about right.
New England Patriots
Monday December 18, 8:25am, Heinz Field
This is a massive game on a weekend that is packed full of them and the top seed in the AFC is on the line.
The New England Patriots suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of the Miami Dolphins last weekend, but they will still start this clash as clear favourites,
New England have won their past four games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tom Brady has always had the edge over Ben Roethlisberger.
The Patriots have won nine of their past ten games as away favourites and they are 8-2 against the line in this scenario.
Pittsburgh extended their winning streak with a victory over the Baltimore Ravens and they continue to find ways to win games.
They have won eight of their past nine games in front of their home fans, but they are only a middling 4-5 against the line.
The Patriots simply don’t lose back-to-back games and they can return to winning form against the Steelers.
Back New England To Beat The Line (+3 Points)
Monday December 18, 12:30pm, O.co Coliseum
The Dallas Cowboys need to keep winning to stay in the NFL Playoffs hunt and they will start this clash as favourites.
Dallas have won two games on the trot and they appear to have found their groove following their mid-season meltdown.
The Cowboys have won four of their past five games as away favourites and they have covered the line in each of these wins.
Oakland were very disappointing against Kansas City last weekend and their season is on life-support.
They have won five of their past eight games at home, but they have been successful in just two of their past eight games as underdogs.
Dallas can keep their season alive with a comfortable win.
Back Dallas To Beat The Line (-3 Points)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tuesday December 19, 12:00am, Raymond James Stadium
The Atlanta Falcons have won four of their past five games and they will start this clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as clear favourites.
Atlanta are 4-1 as away favourites this season, but they are only 2-3 against the line in this scenario.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not lived up to expectations this season and they have now lost three games on the trot.
Tampa Bay have lost their past seven games as underdogs and they have failed to cover the line in any of these defeats.
The Falcons are rolling into the NFL Playoffs and the line of six points will not be enough.
Back Atlanta To Beat The Line (-6 Points)
It is a new era in the rivalry between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots – Peyton Manning will not be in action – but their clash on Monday morning is still the pick of the weekend.
The Cincinnati Bengals host the Pittsburgh Steelers in a crucial NFC North clash in the prime-time game on Monday before the round concludes when the Washington Redskins face the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday.
We are reaching the final weeks of the NFL regular season, but there are still plenty of winners to be found and you can find our thoughts on every single game below.
Los Angeles Rams
Friday December 16, 11:25am, CenturyLink Field
Seattle Seahawks 24 - Los Angeles Rams 3
Back Under 38.5 Points
New York Jets
Sunday December 18, 4:00am, MetLife Stadium
New York Jets 13 - Miami Dolphins 34
Green Bay Packers
Monday December 19, 4:00am, Solider Field
Chicago Bears 27 - Green Bay Packers 30
Back Chicago To Beat The Line (+6.5 Points)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Monday December 19, 4:00am, AT&T Stadium
Dallas Cowboys 26 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20
Back Tampa Bay @ $3.50
Monday December 19, 4:00am, NRG Stadium
Houston Texans 21 - Jacksonville Jaguars 20
Back Houston To Beat The Line (-6 Points)
Monday December 19, 4:00am, New Era Field
Buffalo Bills 33 - Cleveland Browns 13
Monday December 19, 4:00am, MT&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore Ravens 27 - Philadelphia Eagles 26
Back Baltimore To Beat The Line (-6 Points)
Kansas City Chiefs
Monday December 19, 4:00am, Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City Chiefs 17 - Tennessee Titans 19
New York Giants
Monday December 19, 4:00am, Ford Field
New York Giants 17 - Detroit Lions 6
Back Detroit To Win @ $2.70
Monday December 19, 4:00am, US Bank Stadium
Minnesota Vikings 6 - Indianapolis Colts 34
Back Indianapolis To Win @ $2.70
New Orleans Saints
Monday December 19, 7:05am, University Of Phoenix Stadium
Arizona Cardinals 41 - New Orleans Saints 48
Back New Orleans To Beat The Line (+2.5 Points)
San Francisco 49ers
Monday December 19, 7:05am, Georgia Dome
Atlanta Falcons 41 - San Francisco 49ers 13
New England Patriots
Monday December 19, 7:25am, Mile High
Denver Broncos 3 - New England Patriots 16
Back Denver To Beat The Line (+3 Points)
San Diego Chargers
Monday December 19, 7:25am, Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego Chargers 16 - Oakland Raiders 19
Back Oakland To Beat The Line (-3 Points)
Monday December 19, 11:30am, Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati Bengals 20 - Pittsburgh Steelers 24
Back Pittsburgh To Beat The Line (-3 Points)
Tuesday December 20, 11:30am, FedEx Field
Washington Redskins 15 - Carolina Panthers 26
Back Washington To Beat The Line (-4.5 Points)