NFL Week 15 Picks Against The Spread
Week 15 Picks
Unfortunately, the NFL schedule does not agree with the fans like it has for the past four weeks. This week sees a lot of seemingly lopsided matchups.
The playoff picture still has some work before anyone is guaranteed a spot. Four of the divisions have two teams within one game of each other. The Wild Card has a plethora of teams that still have something to play for. It is Week 15, and we have no idea what our playoff picture could look like. Only three teams have clinched playoff berths, and this may be the first year in a while with multiple meaningful games in Week 17.
Last week once again saw me barely slip out of the week with a winning record. The weather around the NFL made it close to impossible to make intelligent guesses on some of these games. Some of the teams won and failed to beat the spread. Josh McCown tore up the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night. With everything on the line, the Baltimore Ravens barely squeaked out a win against Matt Cassel.
We are coming to the end. To stay over .500 in my first year, I will have to only go 18-30 in my final three weeks. Although bigger leads have been overcome, I have confidence that I can make it throughout the rest of the season with this intact. Hopefully I can win you money (legally of course) for the last three games before we bid farewell for the season.
These are the week 15 picks against the spread.
Last Week: 9-7
2013 Season: 109-96-2
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos (-10.5)
The last time Peyton Manning played on Thursday night, he threw for seven touchdowns against the Ravens, which was different because he didn't play a game that Sunday. It is going to be a relatively warm December night for Denver standards. This spread is just too high for a Thursday game; even with Peyton, take the points.
San Diego 31 Denver 35
Buffalo Bills (-2.5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars
EJ Manuel has seemed to regress as the season has gone on. It is clear that he is not on the level of Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck of years past (not that anyone thought different). The Buffalo Bills once again find themselves playing for a draft pick. The Jacksonville Jaguars seem to think they are playing for something. Stay away from this road favorite.
Buffalo 13 Jacksonville 17
Houston Texans @ Indianapolis Colts (-6.5)
The Houston Texans haven't felt a victory since week two of the season, and they also haven't lost a game by more than a score since week six. The Indianapolis Colts have shown to be quite possibly the most flawed team currently in the playoffs. This just seems like the kind of game where Andrew Luck breaks the hearts of Houston fans at the very end.
Houston 24 Indianapolis 27
Chicago Bears @ Cleveland Browns (-2.5)
Word came out today that Jay Cutler will be starting this weekend for the Chicago Bears. He will be going toe-to-toe with Jason Campbell. Cutler will be out there trying to prove something; bet on him against a bad team.
Chicago 24 Cleveland 16
Washington Redskins @ Atlanta Falcons (-6.5)
The Kirk Cousins era has begun in Washington. Well, at least we can say the Mike Shanahan era is coming to a close. Even with that fact, the Atlanta Falcons don't deserve to get this many points.
Washington 17 Atlanta 20
Philadelphia Eagles (-4.5) @ Minnesota Vikings
Nick Foles is making a real run to be in the running for MVP of the league at this point; he has thrown one interception against 20 touchdowns. Manning is the most likely winner, but Foles is a darkhorse. The Minnesota Vikings go up against it with Cassel and Toby Gerhart, and it won't end well.
Philadelphia 44 Minnesota 17
Seattle Seahawks (-7.5) @ New York Giants
This New York Giants team cannot figure out what it wants to be. It was the worst team in the league for the first six weeks. Then it looked like a sleeping giant (see what I did there?) for the next four weeks. NOw they are back to being really bad. The Seattle Seahawks are looking to avenge last week's loss. They won't hold back. Seattle 34 New York 20
San Francisco 49ers (-5.5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It seems that both these teams found some familiarity last week. The San Francisco 49ers found their winning ways, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won by the same exact score they lost a week prior. The Niners are trying to show they are still one of the better teams in the league, and this week will help reaffirm that.
San Francisco 33 Tampa Bay 21
New England Patriots (-2.5) @ Miami Dolphins
How many more games can Tom Brady play hero? The scary part about this game is the New England Patriots seem to always lose at Sun Life Stadium. This year will be different, however. Aqib Talib will neutralize Mike Wallace, which can help the rest of the secondary focus on Brian Hartline. It will be another close one, but Brady and Co. will pull it off.
New England 34 Miami 31
Kansas City Chiefs (-4.5) @ Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders are just a terrible team. This line should be much higher.
Kansas City 44 Oakland 13
New Orleans Saints (-5.5) @ St Louis Rams
This may also be a trap game for the Saints. The St Louis Rams have been a feisty team for some of the better teams in the league. Once again, the favorite will win, but they won't cover.
New Orleans 33 St Louis 31
Arizona Cardinals (-3.5) @ Tennessee Titans
This Arizona Cardinals team may be for real. They need to win out if they want to have a chance to overcome the 49ers or Panthers for the final Wild Card spot.
Arizona 31 Tennessee 20
Green Bay Packers @ Dallas Cowboys (-5.5)
The Matt Flynn return for the Green Bay Packers came up a winner against Atlanta. The Cowboys can't afford to lose this game like that, especially at home.
Green Bay 20 Dallas 27
Cincinnati Bengals (-3.5) @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Cincinnati Bengals have been on a complete roll as of late. They have been absolutely killing teams the last three weeks, and that won't be any different this week.
Cincinnati 30 Pittsburgh 21
Baltimore Ravens @ Detroit Lions (-6.5)
This may be the best game of the week. The Jekyll and Hyde Lions have been keeping their fans on a leash all season. They currently lead the division, but Cutler is now back for the Bears. The Ravens are holding on to that six seed for dear life, and they will win and keep themselves in that spot.
Baltimore 24 Detroit 21