NFL week 15 is here. Picking NFL games straight up is hard enough, but picking against the spread is even tougher. Here are the NFL week 15 picks against the spread. (Spreads are from tallysight.com as of Tuesday morning)
Last week: 9-7, Overall: 105–102-1
Thursday Night Football
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders (-3)
The Raiders are really struggling, but the Chargers have not won a game against a team with more than four wins all season long. Jon Gruden will get things back on track this week.
Buffalo Bills (-6.5) at Denver Broncos
Playing in Denver is always tough, but the Bills should be riding the confidence after defeating the Steelers. Drew Lock looked good against the Panthers in week 14, but is too inconsistent to trust on a weekly basis.
Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers (-9)
The Panthers are starting to wear down. They played hard at the start of the season despite not being the most talented team in the league, but they have only won one of their last eight games. Green Bay will want to keep winning to secure a bye and will be focused for this game.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-5.5) at Atlanta Falcons
For a short time, the Falcons looked better after firing their head coach. That has worn off. The Falcons won’t be able to stop Tom Brady and the Bucs’ offense.
Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans (-10.5)
San Francisco 49ers (-2.5) at Dallas Cowboys
Both of these teams are battling a lot of injuries. The 49ers did not look good against Washington, while Dallas looked a lot better against Cincinnati. It will be an ugly game, but the Cowboys could pull off the upset and stay in the playoff race.
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts (-7)
The weather is getting colder and the Colts are well equipped for that, even if they do play indoors. After getting mauled by the Bears, the Texans will not be ready for a physical game against the Colts.
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings (-3)
What got into the Bears in week 14? They destroyed the Texans in a performance that not many saw coming. Both these teams are hoping to get to the playoffs and have had good runs and bad runs this season. Take the points in what should be a close divisional game.
Seattle Seahawks (-5.5) at Washington Football Team
The Seahawks weren’t playing as well as they were to start the season, but should be able to get back to it after destroying the Jets. Washington’s defense is tough, but Russell Wilson will be able to have a good game regardless.
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins (-2.5)
Both of these defenses are very good. The Dolphins specifically have a great secondary, as Xavien Howard already has nine interceptions on the season. It will be hard for the Patriots to throw, which will help the Dolphins win and cover.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens (-13.5)
This is a big spread, but the Ravens should be riding high after a crazy Monday Night Football win over the Browns. Lamar Jackson looked great, even after he came back into the game with cramps. He looks like he is about to go on a tear to end the season.
New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams (-17)
There isn’t much reason to pick the Jets right now. They are traveling across the country and have been awful all season. The Rams, on the other hand, will be coming into this game with extra rest and looked great in their last performance against the Patriots. They will be able to cover.
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals (-6.5)
The Eagles got a big win over the Saints in week 14. Jalen Hurts played solidly at quarterback and his dual-threat abilities are hard to gameplan for. It will be hard for him to pick up two straight wins, but they should be able to keep it within a touchdown against the Cardinals.
Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) at New Orleans Saints
Patrick Mahomes threw three picks against the Dolphins and they still managed to win by six on the road. He’ll clean it up against the Saints and help the Chiefs to win by double-digits.
Cleveland Browns (-3.5) at New York Giants
They say there is no such thing as moral victories, but Cleveland’s ability to stick right with the Ravens on Monday Night Football should give them some more belief. The Browns run the ball well and that opens up play action for Baker Mayfield. They can win and cover on the road.
Monday Night Football
Pittsburgh Steelers (-12.5) at Cincinnati Bengals
Pittsburgh is getting just what they needed. They have been struggling and are getting to play a Bengals team that has no shot of winning this game. The Steelers’ defense won’t allow the Bengals to do much of anything and they will cover.
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