There are just three weeks left in the NFL regular season, and there are still plenty of things that need to be decided. Playoff races in each conference are still wide open, but teams are starting to clinch playoff berths. There are some terrific matchups on the schedule in Week 15 and plenty of games that will decide playoff teams. Let’s take a look at each game and make a betting pick and prediction for each.
- Thursday, December 12
- Sunday, December 15
- Monday, December 16
- New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens
- New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions
- Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
- Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
- Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
- Miami Dolphins at New York Giants
- Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
- Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
- Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders
- Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals
- Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers
- Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys
- Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers
- Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers
- Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints
Thursday, December 12
Sunday, December 15
Monday, December 16
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New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens
Spread Odds: Baltimore Ravens -15.0
Week 15 will kick off with an AFC matchup on Thursday Night Football, but this game also features the biggest spread of the weekend. The Baltimore Ravens have the best record in the AFC this season, and the New York Jets will not be a playoff team.
Baltimore is averaging over 200 rushing yards per game, and quarterback Lamar Jackson has been a star. The Jets are improving, but they won’t be able to keep this one close.
Bet the Ravens -15.0 over the Jets on Thursday night.
New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals
- Spread Odds: New England Patriots -9.0
- Total: 40.5
The Patriots have looked pretty average offensively this season, especially of late. New England has struggled to score points all season long, but its defense is one of the top units in the league.
Cincinnati has just one win on the season, and it has suffered blowout defeats a lot in 2019. The Bengals will be at home in this game, but they are going to let down their home crowd.
Bet the Patriots -9.0 over the Bengals on Sunday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions
- Spread Odds: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3.5
- Total: 47.5
If you are a fan of high-scoring games, this might be the game for you. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one of the top passing attacks in the NFL this season, and the Detroit Lions don’t like to play any defense.
Detroit has now lost six straight games, and injuries have derailed its season. The Bucs won’t be a playoff team in 2019, but they have the roster to beat anyone in the NFL. Tampa Bay should score a ton of points in this game and cruise to victory.
Take the Bucs -3.5 over the Lions in this Week 15 matchup.
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
- Spread Odds: Green Bay Packers -4.5
- Total: 41.0
One of the biggest and best rivalries in the NFL will renew with this game on Sunday. Green Bay currently sits in first place in the NFC North, and the Chicago Bears are clinging to playoff hope. The Packers have Aaron Rodgers, and the Bears have Khalil Mack.
Chicago has now won three straight games, and the play of QB Mitchell Trubisky has been a key. The Bears still struggle on offense, but their defense can win games. Green Bay will look for Rodgers to lead it, and he has a history of beating the Bears.
Take the +4.5 points and the Bears in this game as it will be close.
Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans
- Spread Odds: Tennessee Titans -3.0
- Total: 50.0
All of a sudden, the Tennessee Titans are tied atop the AFC South standings with the Houston Texans. Tennessee has scored more than 31 points in each of its last four games, as quarterback Ryan Tannehill has given this offense a spark.
Houston also has a terrific quarterback in Deshaun Watson, but the Texans don’t give him much protection. The Texans have also struggled on defense as injuries have played a role.
Look for the Titans -3.0 to stay hot and win this game over Houston.
Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
- Spread Odds: Kansas City Chiefs -11.0
- Total: 46.5
Denver has won two straight games, but it is still averaging just 18 points per game this season. The Broncos are starting a third-string rookie quarterback, and winning in Kansas City is never an easy task.
The Chiefs just knocked off the mighty Patriots, and they will have momentum in this game. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes continues to play amazing football, and the Chiefs will roll in this one.
Take Kansas City -11.0 over Denver.
Miami Dolphins at New York Giants
- Spread Odds: New York Giants -3.0
- Total: 48.0
This is a battle of two of the worst teams in the NFL, and this should be a sloppy game. Both teams have been playing a little better of late, but each team needs to improve.
The Giants will have Eli Manning under center once again, and he played well on Monday Night Football. Miami has a bunch of players auditioning for new jobs next season, and it needs a lot of help.
Bet the Giants -3.0 to beat another bad team, the Dolphins, in this game.
Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
- Spread Odds: Philadelphia Eagles -5.5
- Total: 40.5
Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles are still alive in the playoff race, but this is a must-win game. Wentz rallied the troops for a 23-17 overtime victory over New York on Monday Night Football.
Washington is the lowest-scoring team in the NFL this season, averaging just 14.5 points per game. The Redskins gave the Eagles a good game in the season opener, but this one won’t be close as the Eagles -5.5 is the right pick.
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers
- Spread Odds: Seattle Seahawks -5.5
- Total: 48.0
Seattle just blew a great opportunity on Sunday night, and it can’t afford any more losses. The Seahawks have been riding on the shoulders of Russell Wilson all season long, but he needs some help.
Carolina has a superstar in running back Christian McCaffrey, but firing head coach Ron Rivera pretty much ended its season. The Panthers are no longer interested.
Bet the Seahawks -5.5 over the Panthers in this game.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders
- Spread Odds: Oakland Raiders -6.5
- Total: 45.5
The Oakland Raiders are going to miss the playoffs again this season, but they were much improved. Oakland can run the ball, and rookie Josh Jacobs looks like a future NFL star.
Jacksonville has turned the quarterback job back to rookie Gardner Minshew after Nick Foles struggled. The Jaguars have had some solid performances this season, but their defense just hasn’t been consistent enough.
Bet the Raiders -6.5 over the Jaguars in this game.
Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals
- Spread Odds: Cleveland Browns -2.5
- Total: 48.0
This game will feature the last two Heisman Trophy winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Both quarterbacks have shown flashes of greatness in the NFL, but both men have struggled at times as well.
Cleveland comes into this game with a record of 6-7, but this has not been a good year. Arizona has won just three games this season, but it is trending in the right direction. It’s hard to predict this game, but look for the Cardinals to get this win at home.
Take the +2.5 points and the Cardinals in this game.
Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers
- Spread Odds: Minnesota Vikings -2.5
- Total: 44.5
The Vikings are trying to clinch a playoff spot in the NFC, but this game will not be easy. Minnesota has been an offensive juggernaut this season, but the Chargers don’t mind playing offense as well.
Los Angeles has really struggled to close out games in 2019, and that is going to haunt it again this week. Minnesota has a complete team, and it will pick up a nice road win in this game.
Bet the Vikings -2.5 over the Chargers on Sunday afternoon.
Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys
- Spread Odds: Even
- Total: 49.0
The Los Angeles Rams are getting hot at the right time, and the Dallas Cowboys are headed in the wrong direction. Dallas still leads the bad NFC East on a tiebreak, while the Rams sit in third place in the very tough NFC West.
Dallas is top 10 in the NFL in both passing and rushing yards per game, but it struggles in the red zone. Todd Gurley appears to be coming alive for the Los Angeles Rams, and it is coming at the right time.
Dallas is at home, but pick the Los Angeles Rams to win this game.
Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers
- Spread Odds: San Francisco 49ers -10.5
- Total: 47.0
The San Francisco 49ers continue to win games, and they do so in convincing fashion. San Francisco scored 48 points in their win over New Orleans, and it should have another huge game against the Falcons.
Atlanta can score some points on offense, but it doesn’t play any defense at all. This is another lost season for the Falcons, and they will lose this game big.
Take the Niners -10.5 at home in this game.
Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers
- Spread Odds: Pittsburgh Steelers -2.0
- Total: 36.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to amaze and are now back in the playoff race in the AFC. Pittsburgh has been defending all season long, but quarterback Devlin Hodges has this offense playing well also.
Buffalo is going to be a playoff team this season, and it has been impressive as well. The Bills nearly beat the mighty Baltimore Ravens in Week 14, and their defense is allowing just 16 points per game.
The Bills are a better team, and that will matter in this game. Bet the Buffalo Bills +2.0 over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints
- Spread Odds: New Orleans Saints -9.0
- Total: 46.0
The Indianapolis Colts are in a bit of a freefall, and things won’t get easier on Monday night. The Saints just suffered a crushing loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but they played very well in that game.
Injuries have depleted the Colts roster, and things have been tough for them in all aspects of the game. New Orleans should score a ton of points in this game and cruise to victory.
Bet the Saints -9.0 over the Colts on Monday night.