There are just three weeks remaining in the NFL season, and playoff races are heating up in each conference. The Green Bay Packers have won the NFC North, and the Kansas City Chiefs are AFC West champions, but that is all that has been settled.
This week there are games on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, which will add to the excitement set to take place in Week 15. There are plenty of terrific games on the Week 15 slate, with some potential playoff previews looming.
Here is a brief look at all of the Week 15 games with a quick betting overview of each game.
Week 15 will begin with a battle of AFC West rivals meeting for the second time this season. The 4-9 Los Angeles Chargers will be looking to avenge an earlier loss when they head to Las Vegas to take on the 7-6 Raiders.
Los Angeles is led by rookie quarterback Justin Herbert and his 3,467 passing yards. The Chargers defense has been a bit of a mess all season long, and that could prove to be an issue against the Raiders.
Las Vegas wants to run the football, and Josh Jacobs has racked up 831 rushing yards and nine touchdowns this season. The Raiders have also struggled to get defensive stops, but their offense is good enough to make up for some flaws.
This should be another competitive game between two teams not likely to make the playoffs. In the end, the Raiders are the better team, and they will cover the 3.5-point spread on Thursday night.
The red-hot Buffalo Bills head into Denver on Saturday afternoon for a matchup with the struggling Broncos. Buffalo enters Week 15 with a 10-3 record, while the Denver Broncos are just 4-9 on the season.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen has thrown for 3,641 yards and 28 touchdowns this season, and he is in the MVP discussion. Buffalo struggled on defense to begin the season, but that unit has started to play much better.
Denver is still looking for more offense, but quarterback Drew Lock was terrific in Week 14. The Broncos do a great job of pressuring opposing quarterbacks, and that could be a huge key in this game.
The Broncos are always tough to beat at home, but Buffalo is a much better team. Take the Buffalo Bills -6.5 over the Denver Broncos in Week 15.
The second of two Saturday games will feature the 10-3 Green Bay Packers hosting the 4-9 Carolina Panthers. The Packers are looking to stay atop the NFC, while the Carolina Panthers are hoping to build momentum heading into 2021.
Carolina has been playing without star running back Christian McCaffrey, and it has really hurt its offense. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has completed more than 70 percent of his passes, but the Panthers just don’t have enough balance.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 3,685 yards and 39 touchdowns this season, and he has the Packers leading the league in scoring. Green Bay will give up some points on defense, but Rodgers and company are nearly impossible to stop.
This game likely won’t be close for long as the Green Bay Packers will roll. Bet the Packers -8.5 to cover the spread over the Panthers on Saturday night.
NFC North rivals will meet up in Minnesota on Sunday when the Vikings host the Chicago Bears. Both teams enter Week 15 with identical 6-7 records, and the loser of this game will be eliminated from playoff contention.
The Bears will need their defense to lead the way, and that unit was dominant in Week 14 against the Houston Texans. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns in that win, and he will need to play well again.
Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook has rushed for more than 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, and he will be a key player in this matchup. The Vikings defense has really struggled this season, and that unit must show up.
This game will likely be close throughout but look for the Bears defense to be the difference. The Chicago Bears will win this game outright over the Minnesota Vikings.
The 4-9 Atlanta Falcons host the 8-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in an NFC South rivalry game. If you are a fan of offense, this might be the highest-scoring game of the entire weekend.
Quarterback Tom Brady has struggled at times this season, but the Buccaneers are still scoring 28.5 points per game. The Tampa Bay defense is giving up just 22.6 points per game, and its defensive line can be dominant.
Atlanta is one of the worst defensive teams in the league, and it will give up a ton of points. Quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown for 3,660 yards this season, but the Falcons just put too much pressure on that unit.
This could be a very entertaining game, but in the end, the Bucs are the better team. Take Tampa Bay -5.5 to cover the spread against the Atlanta Falcons.
Two of the most storied franchises in league history will meet up on Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys host the San Francisco 49ers. Dallas enters this game with a record of just 4-9 while the San Francisco 49ers are 5-8.
Injuries have plagued San Francisco all season long, but quarterback Nick Mullens has thrown for more than 2,220 yards in limited action. The 49ers defense has the ability to take over a game, and that unit will need to play well Sunday.
Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for 832 yards this season, and the Cowboys offense will have to find a way to score. The Cowboys have really struggled on defense, and it doesn’t appear that will get fixed this season.
San Francisco might have the better record, but Dallas still has something to play for. Take the Cowboys to win this game outright over the 49ers.
The 5-8 Detroit Lions will be in Tennessee on Sunday for a matchup with the 9-4 Tennessee Titans. Detroit will miss the playoffs again this season while Tennessee is hoping to win the AFC South.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered an injury late in the Week 14 loss to the Packers. Stafford has thrown for over 3,500 yards in 2020, and his status will play a large role in this game.
Tennessee running back Derrick Henry leads the NFL with 1,532 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. The Titans should have a big day on offense, but this team is still looking for better play from its defense.
Don’t expect this game to be close for long as Detroit is severely overmatched without Stafford. Take the Titans -8.5 in what should be a blowout.
AFC South rivals collide in Indianapolis on Sunday when the 9-4 Colts host the 4-9 Houston Texans. This is a rematch of a game played in Week 13, as the Colts were barely able to come away with a win in Houston.
The Texans were blown out by the Chicago Bears in Week 14, and their defense continues to be a major problem. Quarterback Deshaun Watson has thrown for 3,761 yards and 25 touchdowns, but he just doesn’t get enough help from his teammates.
The Colts feature one of the best defenses in the league, and they will be coming after Watson in this game. Running back Jonathan Taylor leads the team with 759 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
Don’t expect this game to be as close as the Week 13 matchup. The Texans are falling apart, and the Colts will be able to cover the seven-point spread in this one.
The 8-5 Miami Dolphins will host the 6-7 New England Patriots on Sunday in an AFC East rivalry game. It has been a long time since the Dolphins were favored over the Patriots, but a 2.5-point spread is not very large.
The Patriots need better play from quarterback Cam Newton, as he has thrown just five touchdown passes this season. Newton was replaced in Week 14 by Jarrett Stidham, and finding offense is a huge key for this team.
Miami has one of the best defenses in the league, but that unit struggled against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 14. Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was sharp in that game, and wide receiver DeVante Parker is one of the best in the league.
The Dolphins are just a better team than New England this season, and they will take care of business at home. Bet the Miami Dolphins -2.5 over the New England Patriots on Sunday.
The 9-4 Seattle Seahawks will be in Washington on Sunday for a matchup with the 6-7 Washington Football Team. This is a battle of first-place teams, and there is a chance that this could be a playoff preview.
Seattle is led by quarterback Russell Wilson, who has thrown for 3,685 yards and 36 touchdowns this season. The Seahawks defense will give up some yards and points, and that unit needs to improve moving forward.
The Washington Football Team is red-hot, and their defensive line is leading the way. Washington won’t impress anyone with its offense, but this team can really defend.
Look for this to be a close game, and taking the points is the best bet on Sunday.
The 8-5 Baltimore Ravens host the 1-12 Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in an AFC battle. Jacksonville has lost 12 straight games, while the Ravens have a ton of momentum after winning on Monday Night Football.
Jacksonville will have Gardner Minshew back under center for this game, and that could help a struggling offense. Running back James Robinson has racked up over 1,000 rushing yards, but that defense is a mess.
Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson has thrown for just 2,218 yards this season, but he continues to make plays with his legs. The Ravens are still dealing with some injury concerns, but that offense is explosive.
This game will be over in a hurry as the Baltimore Ravens cruise to victory and cover the 11.5-point spread.
The 0-13 New York Jets will be in Los Angeles this weekend for a matchup with the 9-4 Los Angeles Rams. The 17-point spread is the largest in the NFL in Week 15, and for good reason.
The Jets are averaging just 14 points per game while giving up 30 points per game. This team has been competitive at times, but winning its first game has proved to be elusive.
Los Angeles was impressive in beating the New England Patriots in Week 14, and the Rams feature a balanced offensive attack. On defense, Aaron Donald and Leonard Floyd are two of the best pass rushers in the league.
This game is a mismatch on paper, and it will play out that way on the field. Bet the Los Angeles Rams -17.0 over the New York Jets.
Two teams fighting for playoff spots in the NFC will meet up in Arizona on Sunday afternoon for an important game. The 7-6 Arizona Cardinals host the 4-8-1 Philadelphia Eagles, and two young quarterbacks will be on display.
Rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for just 167 yards and one touchdown in Week 14, but he sparked the Eagles offense. The defense also performed well, holding the explosive Saints to just 21 points.
The Cardinals are scoring 27.5 points per game, and quarterback Kyler Murray is a dual-threat. The defense will give up some points, but stopping the run will be a big key in this game.
Hurts has provided a spark for Philadelphia, but this team still has some flaws. Look for the Arizona Cardinals to cover the 6.5-point spread with a win on Sunday.
The New Orleans Saints will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon in what could be a Super Bowl preview. The Chiefs enter this game with a record of 12-1 while the Saints are 10-3.
Kansas City is led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his 4,208 passing yards. The Chiefs want to score points in a hurry, and their offense is loaded with weapons.
New Orleans is still without quarterback Drew Brees, and that turns it into a one-dimensional offense. The Saints will also need a dominant performance from a defense allowing just 20.4 points per game.
This might be the best game of the weekend, but the Chiefs are the more complete team. Take the Kansas City Chiefs -3.5 over the New Orleans Saints.
Sunday Night Football will feature a pair of second-place teams looking to reach the playoffs in their respective conferences. The Cleveland Browns enter play with a 9-4 record while the New York Giants are just 5-8.
Cleveland had been red-hot until suffering a last-second loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. The Browns want to run the football, and Nick Chubb leads the team with 881 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
The Giants got quarterback Daniel Jones back on the field in Week 14, but they were unable to do much against the Arizona Cardinals. New York has a strong defensive line, and that unit will need to play well.
New York has had a great season, but the Browns are the better team. Take the Browns -3.5 over the New York Giants on Sunday night.
Longtime AFC North rivals will wrap up the Week 15 schedule with a showdown on Monday Night Football. The 11-2 Pittsburgh Steelers will visit Cincinnati to take on the 2-10-1 Bengals in what could be a trap game.
Pittsburgh has now lost two straight games after starting the season with 11 straight wins. The Steelers are struggling to run the football, but facing a bad Cincinnati defense could help fix this problem.
Cincinnati is playing without injured quarterback Joe Burrow, and there just isn’t much hope for this offense. The Bengals do have a star wide receiver in Tyler Boyd, but they don’t have a quarterback capable of getting him the ball.
This matchup has produced some memorable games in recent seasons, but this won’t be one of them. Take the Pittsburgh Steelers -11.5 over the Cincinnati Bengals in a rout.
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