NFL Week 15 Game by Game Guide: Matchups, Stats and Trends, Injury Report, and Odds

NFL Week 15 Game by Game Guide: Matchups, Stats and Trends, Injury Report, and Odds

Get set for NFL week 15 action with this betting cheat sheet, a comprehensive guide to all 16 matchups slated this week, complete with stats, trends, injury updates, odds, and more.

NFL Betting Recap Week 14

Favorites went 12-4-0 SU and 10-6-0 ATS over underdogs, home teams went 7-9-0 SU and 8-8-0 ATS against road teams, and the UNDER cashed in 11 of 16 games.

The largest favorites to cover were the Seattle Seahawks (-16.5) in a 40-3 win over the NY Jets; the Tennessee Titans (-7.5) in a 31-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars; and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-7) in a 26-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

The largest underdogs to win were the Philadelphia Eagles (+7.5) in a 24-21 win over the Saints; the Denver Broncos (+4) in a 32-27 win over the Carolina Panthers; and Washington Football Team (+3) in a 23-15 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Now that we’ve put a bow on Week 14, we look ahead to the coming week and set the stage for what should be a very interesting week 15 for NFL picks. One that is sure to pose huge playoff implications for those teams that are in the hunt.

Thursday Night Football

Los Angeles Chargers (4-9-0) vs. Las Vegas Raiders (7-6-0)

Thursday, December 17, 2020 – 8:20 PM ET at Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas

The Los Angeles Chargers are coming off a 20-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons at SoFi Stadium, a victory that marked only the fourth DUB for Anthony Lynn’s side. In the meanwhile, the Las Vegas Raiders were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts at Allegiant Stadium, a 44-27 beatdown that prompted key wholesale changes in the form of sacking defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.

After the New England Patriots humiliated the Chargers in 45-0 shutout in Week 13, which effectively eliminated the Chargers from playoff contention, bruised pride might have been somewhat appeased in the bounce-back win on Sunday. However, it wasn’t a perfect performance. Costly penalties, turnovers, questionable play-calling and unbelievable time-keeping riddled the entire game. Separately, the Chargers also got a bit of help from a crucial Matt Ryan interception in the last four minutes of the game, which they converted into a game-winning field goal.

Jon Gruden’s side is in the AFC playoff hunt, sat just outside of the frame, and looking in. The form has been suspect of late: the Raiders have lost three of their last four games, including a couple of inexplicably lopsided decisions: a 46-3 loss to the Falcons as well as the most recent 44-27 defeat to the Colts.

All in all, the Raiders are now down into ninth place in the AFC standings, two places out of the postseason. The Raiders are 7-6-0 SU and a 7-6-0 ATS, which includes a -3.2 margin on average. With just three games left on the season, only winning out will give the Raiders the best shot at postseason play.

Thus, it follows that oddsmakers are tipping this must-win AFC West showdown with the Raiders as the 3-point home chalk. A market outlook that is underscored by a 1-0 SU head-to-head edge over the Chargers after winning the first meeting 31-26. Since markets went to press, the NFL line has jumped out from Raiders -3 to -3.5. That said, the Raiders can’t take anything for granted, least of all the Chargers, who are in the perfect spot to throw a spanner in the works.

Key Injuries:

LAC: S N. Adderley (undisclosed), G T. Turner (concussion), LB D. Perryman (back), WR J. Reed (ribs), RB T. Pope (neck), RB J. Kelley (ankle), T B. Bulaga (concussion), and WR M. Williams (back) are day-to-day.

LV: LB N. Morrow (concussion), S J. Abram (concussion), CB D. Arnette (concussion), and DE C. Ferrell (shoulder) are day-to-day.

TV Network: NFL Network / FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Raiders -3 (+105) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Chargers vs. Raiders Picks

Saturday Week 15 Doubleheader

The Bills are the favorites to win this game
Stefon Diggs #14 of the Buffalo Bills celebrates with teammates. Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images/AFP

Buffalo Bills (10-3-0) vs. Denver Broncos (5-8-0)

Saturday, December 19, 2020 – 1:30 PM ET at Empower Field at Mile High, Denver

The Buffalo Bills took another concentrated step in Week 14 towards their first AFC East crown in 25 years after they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-15. At the same time, they gained a measure of credibility by delivering a statement win over the Steelers – a respected AFC playoff contender that, until recently, many NFL observers believed were the betting faves with the Super Bowl odds.

The Bills had entered Sunday night’s primetime football contest as the distinctive home faves across numerous markets, but it was still a 50-50 chance that they’d come through with a victory. A lot of Buffalo’s success has to do with the maturation and development of Josh Allen, who is enjoying a career season. The third-year signal-caller ranks amongst the top six quarterbacks in the league, with 3.641 passing yards and the sixth most touchdowns at 28, all the while throwing just 9 interceptions. Allen also has six rushing touchdowns to his credit, which is the third most of all quarterbacks, after Cam Newton (11) and Kyler Murray (10).

Overall, the Bills are 10-3-0 SU and 8-5-0 ATS on the season, which includes a 2.9 winning margin on average. In terms of NFL betting trends, the Bills are the second-best performers after the Dolphins (10-3-0 ATS) ahead of week 15. Meanwhile, the total has gone OVER in 8 of Buffalo’s 13 games.

The Denver Broncos are coming off an upset over the Carolina Panthers, defying the odds to come through as the +4 road underdogs in a 32-27 victory. Drew Lock enjoyed a standout game throwing for 280 yards and a career-high four touchdowns to zero interceptions in Denver’s win over Carolina. Most significantly, the Broncos overcome a shaky first-half by outscoring the Panthers 19-3 in the second half and survived a second-half comeback by the Panthers to hold on to the victory.

Overall, the Broncos may be a subpar 5-8-0 SU on the season with a 6.9 losing margin on average, but they’re 8-5-0 ATS at the same time. In fact, by virtue of their record against the spread, the Broncos are on a level with the Bills (as well as several other teams) as the second-best performing team against the spread this season. The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Denver’s 13 games.

Both teams come into Week 15 with confidence and momentum, but only one side can extend the positive vibes into week 16. It’s not going to come as a surprise to anyone which team’s stock is attracting attention. Bookmakers have installed the Bills as the firm 5-point road faves and bettors are pounding the early NFL odds.

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Key Injuries

BUF: CB T. Johnson (concussion), C M. Morse (arm), TE D. Knox (neck), and S J. Johnson (ankle) are day-to-day.

DEN: CB D. Dawson Jr. (knee) is out for season; RB M. Gordon III (shoulder), LB M. Barron (hamstring), TE J. Butt (hamstring), S T. Marshall (shin), OL G. Glasgow (foot), WR T. Cleveland (illness), TE N. Fant (illness), and T G. Bolles (illness) are day-to-day.

TV Network: NFL Network
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, NFL Network
Opening Line: Bills -5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon
The Packers are the favorites to win against the Panthers
Robert Tonyan #85 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with teammates. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Carolina Panthers (4-9-0) vs. Green Bay Packers (10-3-0)

Saturday, December 19, 2020 – 8:15 PM ET at Lambeau Field, Green Bay

The Carolina Panthers succumbed to yet another disappointing loss, a 32-27 loss at home to the Denver Broncos. The Green Bay Packers, on the other hand, clinched the NFC North title behind a 10-3-0 SU mark after they beat the Detroit Lions 31-24 on Sunday. As well, the Packers landed into the No.1 seed spot (for the time being), after the Saints were shockingly upset by the Philadelphia Eagles on the same day.

It’s been a season of growing pains for the Carolina Panthers, who kicked off a new era under head coach Matt Rhule and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in September. To look to the future, Carolina’s prospects appear promising with a good foundation to build on in the coming years. To look to the present, it’s only a matter of time before Carolina is officially eliminated from the postseason proceedings.

Having said that the Panthers have played up to their opponents this season, punching above their weight class on various occasions. That plucky spirit hasn’t gone unnoticed; that is if early betting on this game were any indication.

The Panthers are 4-9-0 SU with a narrow 1.9 losing margin on average, but they’re a surprisingly modest 7-6-0 ATS on the season. Even more intriguingly, the Panthers have enjoyed the bulk of their success on the road, as evinced by a 5-1-0 ATS mark that includes a -1.3 losing margin on average. Two of their most impressive accounts include a 27-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints and a 33-31 loss to Kansas City.

The Packers are 10-3-0 SU on the season, which includes an 8-5-0 ATS mark with a 6.7 winning margin on average. At home, the Packers are 5-1-0 SU and 4-2-0 ATS with a 10.5 winning margin on average. The total has gone OVER in 7 of Green Bay’s 13 games.

With both teams headed in different directions, multiple reputable online sportsbooks are installing the Packers as the runaway faves over the Panthers. However, since opening as the -9.5 home chalk, the NFL line has dropped down to Packers -8.5 with several outlets. Clearly, there are those NFL bettors that find value in the Panthers as the big road dogs in this game.

Key Injuries:

CAR: G D. Daley (concussion) and DE M. Haynes (illness) are day-to-day.

GB: S R. Greene (shoulder), CB C. Sullivan (hip), G S. Stepaniak (knee), TE J. Sternberger (concussion), and WR M. Taylor (hamstring) are day-to-day.

TV Network: NFL Network
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, NFL Network
Opening Line: Packers -9.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon

Week 15 Sunday’s Games

The Bucs are the favorites to win against the Falcons
Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates a TD. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5-0) vs. Atlanta Falcons (4-9-0)

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – 1:00 PM ET at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Baltimore

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers bounced back into the win column with a 26-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings in week 14, a pivotal win that has them closing the gap on the Saints in the NFC South standings. By contrast, the Atlanta Falcons succumbed to their ninth loss of the season, a 20-17 decision against the Los Angeles Chargers that officially eliminates them from the postseason.

These two NFC South rivals are clearly headed in opposite directions as the 2020 season winds down. While the Falcons are headed to the drawing board, likely to assess where the organization goes from here, the Bucs are eyeing postseason glory. Bruce Arians’ side kept its division aspirations alive with the win over Minnesota, and with some welcome help later Sunday afternoon from the Philadelphia Eagles, who upset the Saints in stunning fashion on the day the divisional title was on the line.

Having said that Tampa Bay’s shot at divisional glory is slim. It requires a lot to fall the way of the Bucs, from winning out the rest of their schedule to the Saints somehow falling off the proverbial cliff and losing their remaining games. Obviously, Tom Brady and Co. can only focus on their side of the equation, which they did admirably at the weekend.

Looking ahead, this is the first of two meetings between the Bucs and Falcons – the second meeting is slated for week 17 of the season. Early betting reveals an overwhelming lean towards Tampa Bay according to SBR consensus betting reports, with bettors overwhelmingly backing the Bucs as the clear-cut faves. The Bucs are laying 6 points to the Falcons after opening as the 3.5-point faves, with the massive line jump having everything to do with the current status quo in the NFC. The notion that the Falcons, with little to play for save pride, might offer little resistance.

Key Injuries

TB: TE T. Hudson (personal) and CB J. Dean (groin) are day-to-day.

ATL: WR J. Jones (hamstring), DT M. Davidson (knee), T K. McGary (personal), S R. Allen (concussion), G J. Carpenter (groin), and RB Q. Ollison (illness) are day-to-day.

TV Network: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Bucs -3.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (Up to 10,000 fans)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon
The Cowboys are the betting favorites this week
Andy Dalton #14 and Tony Pollard #20 of the Dallas Cowboys. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

San Francisco 49ers (5-8-0) vs. Dallas Cowboys (4-9-0)

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – 1:00 PM ET at AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Andy Dalton led the Cowboys to a solid 30-7 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, a game that was dubbed his personal revenge tour against the team that gave him his start in the NFL, and with which he spent 9 years before being packed off into backup obscurity in the offseason. On the flip side, the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Washington Football team 23-15 at State Farm Stadium, in Glendale Arizona – the Niners’ temporary home for the foreseeable.

Neither the Cowboys nor the Niners are enjoying a statistically impressive season, as both sit under .500 ahead of week 15. Both have been dealt a tough hand, with injuries upending their campaigns. Having said that Dallas is theoretically in a better position with a winnable NFC East division that remains up for grabs. In fact, the 4-9-0 SU Cowboys still have a crack at the title, despite propping up the section. It’s the only path to the playoffs open for America’s favourite team, on which they took one concentrated step in the right direction last Sunday.

The NFC West is much more competitive, with quality teams and a level of competition that means the 5-8-0 SU Niners are left propping up the division. They’re still technically in contention for the 2020 playoffs, if only just. If there’s one bright spot, it’s that Kyle Shanahan and the Niners aren’t going to go down without a fight. However, as things stand, they are the quintessential longshot bet to make the playoffs.

All told, this is an intriguing matchup between two sides that are largely unpredictable, demoralized, and injury-ridden. Nevertheless, early football betting markets opened with the Cowboys as the slight -1 faves at home over the Niners. Since then, news that Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle are but a week away from a potential return has seen the NFL line move in their favor, improving from Niners +1 to -2.5 at numerous betting shops.

Key Injuries:

SF: LB F. Warner (Stinger), LB M. Nzeocha (quadricep), CB E. Moseley (hamstring), DL D. Jones (ankle), OL H. Grasu (knee), WR D. Samuel (hamstring), and RB R. Mostert (concussion) are day-to-day.

DAL: CB A. Brown (ribs), LB L. Gifford (suspension), and S D. Wilson (groin) are day-to-day.

TV Network: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Cowboys -1 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (30% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon
Derrick Henry is on pace to be the leading rusher two seasons in a row
Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans scores a touchdown. Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/AFP

Detroit Lions (5-8-0) vs. Tennessee Titans (9-4-0)

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – 1:00 PM ET at Nissan Stadium. Nashville

Although the Detroit Lions were competitive against the Green Bay Packers last Sunday, they came up short in a 31-24 loss to their divisional rivals at Ford Field. In the meantime, the Tennessee Titans bounced back with a comprehensive 31-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Completing the sweep over their divisional rivals in order to improve to 9-4-0 SU on the season and maintain their lead over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South standings.

The advent of interim head coach Darrell Bevell injected some energy into the Lions, and that’s transferring onto the field as they gave the Packers a run for their money in week 14. The sight of Matthew Stafford leaving the game in the fourth quarter though after taking a hit was a bit deflating. The veteran signal-caller, who’s dealt with an injury seemingly each and every week this season, is still uncertain for this contest. Should Stafford be side-lined again, then it will be Chase Daniels that gets the start for the Lions against the Titans.

The Titans recovered from a disappointing week 13 loss to the Browns by taking out the frustration on their hapless divisional rivals. It was the kind of comprehensive beatdown one would expect from a heavyweight taking advantage of a lightweight and heaping more misery upon them. League-leading running back, Derrick Henry, took full advantage of the opportunity to pad his stats. He ran riot over the Jaguars in the 31-10 victory, trotting up 215 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns. By his latest performance, he augmented his future odds to finish for the second straight season as the league’s rushing leader – a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 2007, when LaDainian Tomlinson did it.

In terms of this matchup, with Stafford’s status still a question mark, the Titans are being installed as the massive home faves, laying anywhere between -8 to -10 depending on the choice top sportsbook.

Key Injuries

DET: QB M. Stafford (ribs), CB D. Roberts (hip), DE J. Okwara (leg), S C. Moore (ankle), and OL T. Crosby (ankle) are day-to-day; WR Kevin Golladay (hip) is out indefinitely.

TEN: LB T. Skipper (elbow), CB A. Jackson (knee) RB D. Evans (hamstring), CB K Fulton (knee) and S K. Vaccaro (illness) are day-to-day.

TV Network: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Titans -8 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (15% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon
Philip Rivers has been playing great in his first season with the Colts
Philip Rivers #17 of the Indianapolis Colts. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Houston Texans (4-9-0) vs. Indianapolis Colts (9-4-0)

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – 1:00 PM ET at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

The Houston Texans’ forgettable season hit a new nadir last Sunday, following a gutless 36-7 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Stadium. On the heels of which the Texans were officially eliminated from contention. In fact, the season can’t end soon enough for Deshaun Watson and Co., or for that matter their fans either, who had such high hopes ahead of this year’s campaign after Houston’s division-clinching 2019 season.

The Indianapolis Colts, meanwhile, are rounding out into fine form down the stretch, depositing yet another lopsided victory in the books. Philip Rivers had another stellar game for the Colts, throwing two touchdown passes to zero interceptions for a second straight game. Rivers ranks ninth overall on the leader board with 3,507 yards and eleventh overall with a 97.4 passer rating. He has 20 touchdowns to 9 interceptions on the season.

Overall, the Colts are 9-4-0 SU and 8-5-0 ATS with a 5.5 winning margin on average. The total has cashed on the OVER in 8 of Indianapolis’ 13 games. The Colts sport a balanced team, with an offense that ranks ninth overall in total offense, encompassed by the eighth best passing game and the 15th best running game. Meanwhile, the Colts defense ranks amongst the best in the league, sixth overall in total defense, which includes ranking 13th against the pass and fifth against the rush.

Given the contrasting fortunes of both these teams, it’s not surprising to find the Colts installed as the firm favorites across various online sports betting sites.

Key Injuries:

HOU: NT B. Dunn (hip), QB J. McCown (personal), T C. Heck (undisclosed), WR B. Cooks (concussion), TE P. Brown (concussion), and CB J. Reid (neck) are day-to-day.

IND: CB X. Rhodes (knee), LB D. Leonard (back), TE M. Alie-Cox (knee), and LB J. Glasgow (illness) are day-to-day.

TV Network: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Colts -7 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (Up to 12,500 fans)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon
Xavien Howard leads the league in INTs
Xavien Howard #25 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates his interception. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images/AFP

New England Patriots (6-7-0) vs. Miami Dolphins (8-5-0)

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – 1:00 PM ET at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens

New England’s mixed season continued on Thursday night when the Patriots performed a complete 180-degree turn, slipping to a lackluster 24-3 loss to the Rams, merely days after shutting out the Los Angeles Chargers 45-0 at SoFi Stadium. Granted, the level of competition between the Chargers and Rams is incomparable, but one might have expected Bill Belichick’s side to at least show up for the game.

And yet, it was par for the course, of a Patriots side struggling to reconcile with life after Tom Brady. It’s not just that the Patriots are posting underwhelming numbers on both offense and defense, but there’s simply little to get behind. This isn’t the same Patriots team that NFL bettors have become accustomed to over the years, the dynasty that lorded over the AFC East and AFC overall.

The Patriots are 6-7-0 SU and ATS on the season, a record that is underpinned by a 0.2 losing margin on average. The passing game has failed to launch with Cam Newton, who is struggling something huge. The defense isn’t too shabby, but the inconsistency on offense is putting an exorbitant amount of pressure on the D-line from week to week. The Patriots have scored merely 21.3 points per game and conceded 21.5 points per game.

The Miami Dolphins, meanwhile, started brightly against the lofty Kansas City Chiefs, but ultimately they succumbed to the defending Super Bowl champions in a 33-27 loss at Hard Rock Stadium – the sight of the Chiefs’ momentous Lombardi-clinching win last February.

In spite of the disappointing loss, the Dolphins can hold their heads up high after giving the Chiefs a right run for their money. In fact, the Dolphins pulled off the cover as the +7 home underdogs, extending their superb run of positive results in point spread betting. The Dolphins are the best performers against the spread going into Week 15, boasting a 10-3-0 ATS mark that includes a 6.5 winning margin on average. By the stats, the Dolphins have a 76.9% cover ratio, which is something impressive considering Brian Flores has rotated between Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tua Tagovailoa this season.

Importantly, the Dolphins remain in the AFC playoff hunt, with a shot to advance their bid further at the expense of the Patriots on Sunday. This marks the second meeting between the Patriots and Dolphins on the season, with the former taking the first game 21-11 at the Foxboro at the expense of a Fitzpatrick-inspired Dolphins team. This will be Belichick’s first close look at Tagovailoa, the future of the Miami franchise for the foreseeable. Belichick has a tradition of success against rookie quarterbacks, which is something to take stock of before settling on your wagers.

It’s worth pointing out that opening football odds are projecting a close game. The Dolphins opened as 3-point faves but the NFL line has dropped down to a low of -2 with several sportsbooks, including BookMaker and Intertops, to name a few.

Key Injuries:

NE: WR D. Moncrief (thigh) and DB J. Jones (neck) are day-to-day; TE R. Izzo (neck) is out indefinitely.

MIA: TE M. Gesicki (shoulder), RB S. Ahmed (shoulder), OL E. Flowers (ankle), LB E. Roberts (chest), LB K. Van Noy (hip), T A, Jackson (undisclosed), WR J. Grant Sr. (leg), and WR D. Parker (leg) are day-to-day.

TV Network: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Dolphins -3 (+100) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (20% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon
The Vikings are favored to get the win against the Bears
Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings throws a pass. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFP

Chicago Bears (6-7-0) vs. Minnesota Vikings (6-7-0)

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – 1:00 PM ET at US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis

The Chicago Bears snapped a six-game losing streak at the expense of the Houston Texans in week 14, serving up a 36-7 win that raised a few eyebrows, not least because of Mitch Trubisky’s statistically solid deposit that seemingly came out of nowhere. The Vikings, meanwhile, fell apart spectacularly in an error-ridden outing that served up a 26-14 loss to end a two-game winning streak.

As it currently stands, the Bears and Vikings are neck-and-neck in the NFC North standings with a 6-7-0 SU mark. However, the Vikings own the 1-0 head-to-head edge after beating the Bears 19-13 last month. Incidentally, it was a Monday night contest that delivered Kirk Cousins first-ever MNF victory in his career, and at the same time side-lined Nick Foles with a hip injury. More importantly, both teams are eyeing an NFC wild-card spot, which remains within reach with three games left on the season.

Mitch Trubisky is fighting for his NFL future, be it in Chicago or elsewhere, as he takes advantage of his second crack this season at the starting job. Trubisky is 1-2 SU since taking over from the injured Foles, and he boasts a 7:2 touchdown to interception ratio over this span.

Kirk Cousins has taken a step back this season, struggling something huge without his former offensive coordinator, Kevin Stefanski, and wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Last Sunday’s loss to the Bucs however was a collective effort in ineptitude – from Cousins’ miscues to kicker Dan Bailey incredibly missing three field goals and an extra point. It was shambolic, to say the least, and left Mike Zimmer irate and at a loss for words in his post-game presser.

As far as the betting goes for this game, very little separates these two outfits on a talent level as well as by their 2020 accounts. That said, the Vikings have the edge on head-to-heads and with home-field advantage – two aspects likely playing a part in the Vikings opening as the 4.5-point faves on the betting exchange.

Key Injuries

CHI: CB J. Johnson (shoulder), LB J. Vaughters (knee) and CB B. Skrine (concussion).

MIN: T B. O’ Neill (eye), CB M. Fields II (lung), LB E. Kendricks (calf), TE K. Rudolph (foot), and CB K. Boyd (shoulder) are day-to-day.

TV Network: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Vikings -4.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon
The Seahawks are expected to win this week
Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Seattle Seahawks (9-4-0) vs. Washington Football Team (6-7-0)

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – 1:00 PM ET at FedEx Field, Landover

The Seattle Seahawks bounced back at the expense of the New York Jets in Week 14, beating the hapless Jets 40-3 to record one of the most lopsided wins of the season. In the meanwhile, the Washington Football Team took advantage of a wounded San Francisco 49ers side with a 23-15 win on neutral ground.

The Seahawks are in direct contention for the NFC West title with the Los Angeles Rams, also sitting pretty on a 9-4-0 SU mark. However, with the Rams holding the 1-0 head-to-head edge, there is a huge premium on this week’s contest in the nation’s capital and next week’s contest with the Rams. Assuming the Rams beat the Jets (color the world shocked if they don’t) this week, Week 16 could potentially be deciding if both the Seahawks and Rams enter a level with a 10-4-0 SU mark.

The Seahawks are 9-4-0 SU and 7-6-0 ATS with a 5.3 winning margin on average, while Washington is 6-7-0 SU and 8-5-0 ATS with a 0.9 winning margin on average.

Washington is no slouch. In recent weeks, ever since Alex Smith took over the reins, the team has been playing great complimentary team football. The defense is emerging as a formidable unit while the offense is finding its rhythm with Smith. The defense ranks in the top five in total defense and passing defense, as well they’re conceding merely 21.2 points per game.

If there’s cause for concern, it’s Smith’s recent injury. The veteran signal-caller suffered a leg injury late in last week’s clash with the Niners that took him out of the game. It might also side-line him for Sunday’s clash with the Seahawks. Should that happen, Dwayne Haskins Jr. is likely to get his first start since the beginning of the season.

As it is, this game is unpredictable on account of the quarterback question marks. It warrants paying close attention to the developments before placing any wagers.

Key Injuries

SEA: CB Q. Dunbar (knee), RB T. Homer (wrist), T B. Shell (ankle), T C. Ogbuehi (calf), T J. Jones (groin), CB R. Neal (hip), G P. Haynes (groin), and DE C. Dunlop (foot) are day-to-day.

WAS: QB A. Smith (leg), DT J. Allen (groin), S D. Everett (chest), LB K. Pierre-Louis (ankle), T D. Sharpe (knee), RB A. Gibson (toe), and WR A. Gandy-Golden (hamstring) are day-to-day.

TV Network: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Seahawks -5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon
The Ravens are expected to win this weekend.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-12-0) vs. Baltimore Ravens (8-5-0)

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – 1:00 PM ET at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore

The Baltimore Ravens survived a cracking contest on Monday night, edging the Cleveland Browns 47-42. By contrast, the Jacksonville Jaguars extended their losing streak to 12 straight with a 31-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

The Ravens improved to an 8-5-0 SU mark on the season following the highly-entertaining, back-and-forth contest at FirstEnergy Stadium. Doing so crucially to keep their slim playoff hopes alive in the process. However, the Ravens remain in third place in the AFC North, sat just outside of the playoff frame.

Why the Ravens regressed in 2020 is up for debate. The weight of expectation, the unprecedented pandemic that disrupted preseason preparations, injuries, the COVID-19 outbreak within their ranks….the list of possibilities is endless. Then again, it goes to show just how tough American football really is, with no two seasons alike.

Monday night’s win might have been a turning point for the Ravens, who seemed to find the kind of form that propelled them to a 14-2 SU finish the last term. They showed spirit and determination against their AFC North rivals, closing out the game with a come-from-behind rally in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Overall, the Ravens are 8-5-0 SU and 7-6-0 ATS with a 6.9 winning margin on average. The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Baltimore’s 13 games.

Only three games left on the season to confirm the Jaguars as the league’s one-hit wonders this season. That would have been bad enough for the No.1 draft pick, if only for the fact that the Jets are even worse… Whether these woeful records are by design is a matter for debate, but it’s no secret that the 2021 NFL draft promises to serve up several attractive quarterback catches that have caught the eye of scouts.

Speaking of quarterbacks, Gardner Minshew is set to get his first start since suffering a thumb injury midseason. Minshew has to be mindful of the current situation, the looming draft, and his tentative future prospects within the Jacksonville organization. That fact could work both ways, either make Minshew more competitive or reckless, as he attempts to play for his NFL future.

Given the quality of the opponent, the latter seems to be the likelier outcome. A fact that is underlined by NFL odds that are cornered within Baltimore’s camp wholeheartedly. Across numerous top online gambling sites, the Ravens are trading as the -13 home faves.

Key Injuries

JAX: S J. Jones (shoulder), DT A. Jones (ankle), LB K. Correa (hamstring) and OL B. Linder (ankle) are day-to-day.

BAL: TBD

TV Network: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Ravens -13 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon
Aaron Donald has been a key factor for the Rams defense
Aaron Donald #99 of the Los Angeles Rams. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

New York Jets (0-13-0) vs. Los Angeles Rams (9-4-0)

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – 4:05 PM ET at SoFi Stadium, Inglewood

The New York Jets are riding a 13-game losing streak into Week 15, and yet Adam Gase still has his job. Go figure. Other head coaches were fired for a lot less, but Gase hangs on. Perhaps, there’s a method to the madness: by staying the course with Gase, the Jets may well secure the No.1 draft pick, which is worth more than any victory now is in a season that is done and done.

The Jets have nothing to play for, save pride. Although that’s negligible given their pointless account in 2020. Sam Darnold might be inspired to build his future resume, with a view towards salvaging his fledgling NFL career that may be over in the Big Apple. However, doing it against a highly confident Los Angeles Rams side that is flush off a solid win over the Patriots and well-rested after playing on Thursday night is a tall order.

To put it into figures, the Jets are 0-13-0 SU and 4-9-0 ATS on the season, a run of form that includes a -16.2 losing margin on average. The Rams are 9-4-0 SU and 8-5-0 ATS, a run of form that includes a 6.1 winning margin on average. The Rams have been winning games by the strength of their defense, but this matchup may well see both the defense continue its rich vein of form and the offense light up. Indeed, the Rams are the biggest faves on the sports betting odds board for Week 15, laying -16.5 at opening doors. In no uncertain terms, the best bookmakers are predicting a blowout.

Key Injuries

NYJ: LB J. Jenkins (shoulder), WR D.Mims (personal), and DB S. Hampton (ankle) are day-to-day; TE R. Griffin (undisclosed) is out indefinitely.

LAR: OL B. Allen (knee) and LB T. Lewis (knee) are day-to-day.

TV Network: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Rams -16.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon
The Cardinals will face the Eagles this weekend
Wide receiver Christian Kirk #13 of the Arizona Cardinals. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Philadelphia Eagles (4-8-0) vs. Arizona Cardinals (7-6-0)

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – 4:05 PM ET at State Farm Stadium, Glendale

The Philadelphia Eagles delivered an upset that sent seismic shockwaves through NFL markets, with rookie Jalen Hurts leading the charge in a 24-21 win over the New Orleans Saints that defied the betting odds. Separately, the Arizona Cardinals finally righted the ship with a convincing 26-7 road win over the NY Giants at MetLife Stadium.

Turning to Jalen Hurts proved to be Doug Pederson’s best decision this season, as the dual-threat rookie quarterback sparked a beleaguered Eagles offense on the way to one of the week’s biggest shockers – a 24-21 win over the New Orleans Saints. Hurts went 17-for-30 for 167 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 106 yards on 18 attempts.

Kyler Murray and the Cardinals desperately needed to get back on the winning track in week 14, and they didn’t disappoint across all facets of the roster. Murray played better than he’d played in several weeks, but the defense proved to be the real guiding force in victory. The defense dominated the proceedings right from the word go, highlighted by FIVE sacks from LB Haason Reddick – which was a personal and franchise record. Not once did the Cardinals defense let up, giving Daniel Jones fits as they forced three fumbles to boot and several turnovers.

As it stands, both the Eagles and Cardinals are eyeing possible playoff positioning. However, while the Cardinals must win out in order to improve their odds of clinching an NFC wildcard spot, the Eagles have to win out in order to improve their odds of assuming the lead in a hopeless NFC East division. By the NFL odds, this game is cornered with the Cardinals at home, which isn’t a positive sign for Philly.

Key Injuries

PHI: DT M. Jackson (concussion), S R. McLeod (knee), CB D. Slay (concussion), S R. Ford (hamstring) and LB T. Edwards (hamstring) are day-to-day/

ARI: OL J. Pugh (calf), DE J. Phillips (hamstring), S J. Thompson (ankle) and K Z. Gonzalez (back) are day-to-day.

TV Network: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, FOX
Opening Line: Cardinals -5.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon
Mahomes is coming off a rough week
Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images/AFP

Kansas City Chiefs (12-1-0) vs. New Orleans Saints (10-3-0)

Sunday December 20, 2020, 4:25 PM ET – Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans

The New Orleans Saints might have clinched the divisional title had the Minnesota Vikings delivered an upset over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Sunday’s early round of NFL games. Alas, things didn’t go to plan. Thereby, the onus was placed on Taysom Hill and Co. to pull off the feat later Sunday afternoon at the expense of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. But, for the second time on the day, things didn’t go to plan. Instead, the unthinkable happened: the Saints were upset 24-21 by the Eagles, in a game that marked rookie Jalen Hurts first NFL start this season.

Of course, all isn’t lost. The Saints can still clinch the NFC South title, so long as they stay abreast of the Bucs in the race and pick up maximum wins down the stretch. However, Taysom Hill’s performance for the first time since taking over from Drew Brees left much to be desired, prompting fans and neutrals alike to wonder whether the inexperienced starter can sustain the Saints’ advantage down the stretch.

Any concerns over Hills viability only becomes more pronounced when considering the task ahead. A date with Patrick Mahomes and the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs, who are slated to descend on the Superdome in week 15. What might have been the “game of the week” had all things been equal with Drew Brees at the helm of the Saints offense, is now a bit up in the air. Of course, it still might be a marquee clash to spot for week 15 NFL picks with Hill as the starter (assuming he gets the nod), but it’s likely to be an uphill battle.

The Chiefs clinched their twelfth win of the season at the expense of the Miami Dolphins. Although Patrick Mahomes uncharacteristically threw three interceptions, the Chiefs still managed to win quite comfortably. If that’s not a testament to Kansas City’s superiority, what is? The Chiefs improved to a 12-1-0 SU mark and a 6-7-0 ATS mark, which is underscored by a 9.4 winning margin on average.

Bookmakers have gone to press with the Chiefs as the road faves, priced at -3.5 in early markets. The tight NFL betting line has everything to do with the talent contained within both camps, which could swing this game either way. However, it’s hard to bet against the Chiefs, especially when they’re laying merely a score on the NFL odds boards.

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Key Injuries:

KC: OL M. Remmers (back), CB B. Keyes (illness) and LB D. Wilson (knee) are day-to-day.

NO: C N. Easton (concussion), WR D. Harris (stinger). RB T. Montgomery (hamstring), and DT M. Brown (shoulder) are day-to-day.

TV Network: CBS
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, CBS
Opening Line: Chiefs -3.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (Up to 3,000 fans)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon
The Browns have been playing great football this year
Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns passes the ball to Kareem Hunt #27. Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images/AFP

Cleveland Browns (9-4-0) vs. New York Giants (5-8-0)

Sunday, December 20, 2020 – 8:20 PM ET at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford

Team sports can be harshly unforgiving, offering no consolation prizes for those that valiantly fight only to come out on the wrong side of the scoreboard. A win is a win, a loss is a loss – there’s no grey area to be had. One is infinitely more desirable than the other and don’t the Cleveland Browns know it after their heroic effort against the Baltimore Ravens in Monday night’s primetime showdown saw them walk away empty-handed in a 47-42 defeat.

If there were some small consolation, it’s that the thrilling shootout proved just how far they’ve really come. The Browns may have lost the game, but they’ve won over a slew of new fans the country-over, as first-year head coach, Kevin Stefanski, has truly turned around this organization and set it on the right track to success.

If Baker Mayfield and Co. can keep it up, the sky is the limit for this team. Certainly, this season isn’t over, as the Browns strike a convincing pose behind a 9-4-0 SU mark, which puts them directly in the AFC wildcard hunt. Moreover, with the Steelers losing to the Bills in Sunday night football, the Browns are incredibly still in the running for the AFC North title.

Speaking of playoff hunts, the NY Giants remain in the race for the NFC East title, despite suffering a setback at home against the Arizona Cardinals in week 14. However, the G-men did themselves no favors in the 26-7 loss to the Cardinals, as they were the only losers in their division on the week. A fact that saw the G-men cede top spot to Washington, all the while the Eagles and Cowboys closed the gap in the standings.

Joe Judge may rue his decision to start Daniel Jones, who was clearly not 100% with a lingering hamstring injury. Whether Daniel Jones gets the start in week 15 is up in the air. No word as yet is known of his status for Sunday’s pivotal game against the Cleveland Browns.

TV Network: NBC
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, NBC
Opening Line: Browns -3.5 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: No (until further notice)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon

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The Steelers are the huge favorites for their game
Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers with head coach Mike Tomlin. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2-0) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1)

Monday, December 21, 2020 – 8:15 PM ET at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

The Pittsburgh Steelers are riding a two-game losing streak into Week 15, a run of form that has many suggesting the wheels have come undone for Mike Tomlin’s side just as the season enters the home stretch. Whether that is the case, only time will tell.

Undeniably, on the face of it, the two-game losing streak isn’t encouraging. Losses to Washington and Buffalo in succession may have taken the shine off of the Steelers in the eyes of many NFL bettors. It has even seen Pittsburgh cede the top spot in the AFC playoff race to the Kansas City Chiefs. However, it’s not a cause for all out panic. In terms of the postseason, the Steelers still count amongst the top contenders that are headed into the unforgiving knockout rounds of the playoffs.

Fortunately, this week serves up a relatively straightforward contest against a divisional rival that tapped out of the season when it lost its rookie starting quarterback, Joe Burrow, to a season-ending injury. The Bengals prop up the AFC North with a 2-10-1 SU mark, which includes a 7.2 losing margin on average. They’re 7-6-0 ATS on the season, but they’ve failed to cover four of their last five games.

Ever since Burrow’s season came to an abrupt end, the Bengals have been going through the motions, barely registering an audible chord. This sets up a “get right” game for the Steelers, who are desperate to get back on the winning track. Predictably, the Steelers are installed as the double-digit faves across multiple online betting sites, expected NFL-wide to crush their woeful divisional rivals comfortably.

Key Injuries:

PIT: OL K. Dotson (shoulder), T M. Feller (shoulder) and CB J. Haden (concussion) are day-to-day.

CIN: QB B. Allen (leg), C B. Finney (back), S B. Wilson (hamstring), and J. Williams (knee) are day-to-day.

TV Network: NBC
Live Stream: fuboTV, DirecTV, NBC
Opening Line: Steelers -13 (-110) with BookMaker
Fans in Stadium: Yes (18% of capacity)
Full Game Preview: Coming Soon

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