2019 NFL Week 15 Preview

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Baltimore Ravens Vs New York Jets

Friday 13 December, 12:20pm, M&T Bank Stadium

New York Giants Vs Miami Dolphins

Monday 16 December, 5:00am, MetLife Stadium

Tennessee Titans Vs Houston Texans

Monday 16 December, 5:00am, Nissan Stadium

Cincinnati Bengals Vs New England Patriots

Monday 16 December, 5:00am, Paul Brown Stadium

Carolina Panthers Vs Seattle Seahawks

Monday 16 December, 5:00am, Bank of America Stadium

Detroit Lions Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday 16 December, 5:00am, Ford Field

Kansas City Chiefs Vs Denver Broncos

Monday 16 December, 5:00am, Arrowhead Stadium

Washington Redskins Vs Philadelphia Eagles

Monday 16 December, 5:00am, FedEx Field

Green Bay Packers Vs Chicago Bears

Monday 16 December, 5:00am, Lambeau Field

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Buffalo Bills

Monday 16 December, 5:00am, Heinz Field

Oakland Raiders Vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Monday 16 December, 8:05am, Oakland Coliseum

Arizona Cardinals Vs Cleveland Browns

Monday 16 December, 8:05am, State Farm Stadium

San Francisco 49ers Vs Atlanta Falcons

Monday 16 December, 8:25am, Levi’s Stadium

Dallas Cowboys Vs Los Angeles Rams

Monday 16 December, 8:25am, AT&T Stadium

Los Angeles Chargers Vs Minnesota Vikings

Monday 16 December, 12:20pm, Dignity Health Sports Park

New Orleans Saints Vs Indianapolis Colts

Tuesday 17 December, 12:15pm, Mercedes Benz Superdome

 


2018

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 Vs 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 Vs Houston Texans

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

Denver Broncos Vs Cleveland Browns

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

Chicago Bears Vs 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

Buffalo Bills Vs Detroit Lions

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

Baltimore Ravens Vs 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

Atlanta Falcons Vs Arizona Cardinals

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

Cincinnati Bengals Vs Oakland Raiders

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 Vs Tennessee Titans

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

Minnesota Vikings Vs Miami Dolphins

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

Jacksonville Jaguars Vs Washington Redskins

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

Indianapolis Colts Vs Dallas Cowboys

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 Vs Seattle Seahawks

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

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs 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 Vs Philadelphia Eagles

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

Carolina Panthers Vs 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


2017

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.

Indianapolis Colts Vs Denver Broncos

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.

No Bet

Detroit Lions Vs Chicago Bears

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.

No Bet

Kansas City Chiefs Vs 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 Vs Philadelphia Eagles

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)

Minnesota Vikings Vs Cincinnati Bengals

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.

No Bet

Cleveland Browns Vs Baltimore Ravens

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.

No Bet

Washington Redskins Vs Arizona Cardinals

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

Carolina Panthers Vs 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 Vs 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)

Buffalo Bills Vs Miami Dolphins

Monday December 18, 5:00am, Ralph Wilson Stadium

Jacksonville Jaguars Vs Houston Texans

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)

Seattle Seahawks Vs 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 Vs Tennessee Titans

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.

No Bet

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs 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)

Oakland Raiders Vs Dallas Cowboys

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 Vs Atlanta Falcons

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)


2016/2017

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.

Seattle Seahawks Vs 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 Vs Miami Dolphins

Sunday December 18, 4:00am, MetLife Stadium

New York Jets 13 - Miami Dolphins 34

No Bet

Chicago Bears Vs 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)

Dallas Cowboys Vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Monday December 19, 4:00am, AT&T Stadium

Dallas Cowboys 26 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20

Back Tampa Bay @ $3.50

Houston Texans Vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Monday December 19, 4:00am, NRG Stadium

Houston Texans 21 - Jacksonville Jaguars 20

Back Houston To Beat The Line (-6 Points)

Buffalo Bills Vs Cleveland Browns

Monday December 19, 4:00am, New Era Field

Buffalo Bills 33 - Cleveland Browns 13

No Bet

Baltimore Ravens Vs Philadelphia Eagles

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 Vs Tennessee Titans

Monday December 19, 4:00am, Arrowhead Stadium

Kansas City Chiefs 17 - Tennessee Titans 19

No Bet

New York Giants Vs Detroit Lions

Monday December 19, 4:00am, Ford Field

New York Giants 17 - Detroit Lions 6

Back Detroit To Win @ $2.70

Minnesota Vikings Vs Indianapolis Colts

Monday December 19, 4:00am, US Bank Stadium

Minnesota Vikings 6 - Indianapolis Colts 34

Back Indianapolis To Win @ $2.70

Arizona Cardinals Vs 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)

Atlanta Falcons Vs San Francisco 49ers

Monday December 19, 7:05am, Georgia Dome

Atlanta Falcons 41 - San Francisco 49ers 13

No Bet

Denver Broncos Vs 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 Vs Oakland Raiders

Monday December 19, 7:25am, Qualcomm Stadium

San Diego Chargers 16 - Oakland Raiders 19

Back Oakland To Beat The Line (-3 Points)

Cincinnati Bengals Vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Monday December 19, 11:30am, Paul Brown Stadium

Cincinnati Bengals 20 - Pittsburgh Steelers 24

Back Pittsburgh To Beat The Line (-3 Points)

Washington Redskins Vs Carolina Panthers

Tuesday December 20, 11:30am, FedEx Field

Washington Redskins 15 - Carolina Panthers 26

Back Washington To Beat The Line (-4.5 Points)