Week 14 of the NFL provided us with plenty of entertainment. From the close divisional games to a dramatic game in Tampa. Let’s hope for more of the same in Week 15.
Last week’s parlay was close to hitting; I was only wrong on the Panthers. I was right on five out of my nine games on my other bets.
With betting odds for Week 15 finding their range, let’s preview all 16 games.
This week’s parlay will again consist of five teams, while I shall be making other picks for the remaining games.
Chiefs: Kansas demolished the Raiders by 39 points on Sunday. The Chiefs had a 32-point lead heading into halftime with the game already won. Patrick Mahomes had an incredible match thanks to an 83% completion rate.
The running backs averaged 4.4 yards per carry and ran in for three of the offenses five TDs. The highlight was Derrick Gore’s 51-yard TD run late on when the Chiefs were trying to ice the game.
The defense was outstanding. Mike Hughes recovered a fumble on the first play for a TD. The D held Carr to just 263 yards from 33 completions. Tyrann Mathieu also had the only pick of the day.
Chargers: LA blew away the Giants, although the scoreline might not reflect that. The Giants added two garbage-time TDs, which were the only mistakes in an otherwise dominant display by the Chargers.
The defense came away with a game-sealing interception and a recovered fumble. The D held Mike Glennon to just 191 yards. However, The Giants’ run game did find some holes and rushed for 135 yards.
Justin Herbert produced another three-TD day. Herbert finished with 294 total yards. Jalen Guyton had an excellent day with 87 yards from three catches, including an incredible 59-yard TD catch.
This AFC West matchup will be intriguing. If the Chargers win, they will go ahead of the Chiefs in the playoff picture with three remaining games. These teams met in Week 3, and the Chiefs narrowly came out on top. I think the Chiefs have found their mojo and will do the double over the Chargers.
Therefore, I am taking the Chiefs to cover the spread of 3.5 points.
Raiders: Las Vegas’ recent slump continued with its fifth loss in six games. The game started in the worst possible way for the Raiders. Josh Jacobs fumbled the ball on the game’s first play; the Chiefs then recovered and scored.
The Raiders’ offense could never gain any momentum after the first drive. It took the Raiders seven drives before the offense reached Chiefs’ territory. That was partly due to Josh Jacobs only managing 2.7 yards per carry.
The defense conceded 390 total yards and five TDs to the Chiefs’ offense. However, the D did manage three sacks and five tackles for a loss.
Browns: The Browns looked like a completely different team on Sunday. The bye week helped Cleveland’s injury problems. Baker Mayfield finished with 190 yards and an improved 69% completion rate.
The Browns also had their first 100-yard rushing day since Week 11. Donovan Peoples-Jones continued his explosive second year in the NFL with a 90-yard day.
The defense produced a dominant first-half performance by conceding just six points. Unfortunately, the Browns let the Ravens back into the second half by conceding two fourth-quarter TDs.
The Raiders season looks to be coming up short again. Las Vegas has slipped back to twelfth in the AFC and faces a tough test in Cleveland this week.
The Browns might have their season saved by their bye week. Cleveland is still in an excellent position at 7-6, and a winning stretch should help them into the playoffs.
I think the Browns are a safe bet to win, so I am adding them to my parlay.
Patriots: New England is coming off their bye week. Last time out, the Pats beat the Bills on a windy night. The poor weather conditions meant Mac Jones threw the ball just three times the whole game.
The Patriots ran the ball 46 times for 222 yards. That’s 4.8 yards per carry. This is a credit to the offensive line who still created holes even though Buffalo knew the run was coming on most plays.
Despite the weather, Josh Allen threw the ball 30 times. The Pats managed five pass deflections as well as two sacks. More importantly, New England’s front seven held the Bills to under four yards per carry.
Colts: Indy is also coming off its bye week. In Week 13, the Colts shut out the Texans 31-0. The Colts’ run-heavy offensive style continued its dominant form.
Jonathon Taylor rushed for 143 yards and two TDs. The Colts’ backs totaled 238 yards from 48 attempts. Michael Pittman’s second year in the NFL proves to be very productive with another 70-yard day.
Indy’s defense held the Texans’ QBs to just a 40% completion rate. The Texans only managed 174 total yards and gifted the Colts two turnovers.
This game has huge playoff implications depending on it. If the Colts win, they will cement their place, and the Pats could lose the number one seed. Both teams use run-heavy styles.
They are conceding over 110 rushing yards per game. I think the Pats will produce a minor upset and win on the road.
I am betting on the Pats to win and cover the two-point spread.
Panthers: Carolina lost to the Falcons on Sunday. It was a close-fought game with the Panthers trying an onside kick on the last drive. Carolina used Cam Newton and P.J. Walker at QB.
Both QBs were inaccurate, but Cam Newton did manage 225 total yards and a rushing TD. Without Christian McCaffrey, the primary rusher was Newton with 47 yards. Chuba Hubbard was disappointing with 33 yards.
The defense couldn’t stop the Falcons rushing attack. Even with four tackles for a loss, the Falcons’ backs could still rushed for 128 yards and a TD.
Bills: Buffalo lost to the Bucs in a gripping match at Reymond James stadium. The Bills managed to overturn a 17 point deficit in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.
Josh Allen had an exceptional game with 308 passing yards and 109 rushing yards. He also had three TDs and one interception. The run game was underutilized. The backs averaged 9.1 yards per carry, but only had seven attempts.
The defense conceded 363 yards and two TDs to Tom Brady. The D also relinquished 5.9 yards per carry to Leonard Fournette. This defense has been struggling since losing Tre’Davious White to injury.
The Bills are hanging onto the seventh seed in the NFC. The Bills have one of the easier remaining schedules of any team in the NFL.
The Panthers can still make the playoffs, but they would most likely have to win all of their remaining games and produce an upset to beat the Bills. I think the Bills will easily cover the spread of 9.5 points.
I am adding Buffalo to my parlay.
Jets: New York was dismantled by the Saints on Sunday. The Saints won by 21 points and took control of the game from the first drive. Zach Wilson had yet another shocking day and completed just 45% of his passes.
The run game continued to be disappointing, with the backs only managing 45 yards at 3.5 yards per carry. Wilson was able to scramble for a couple of first downs, and he ended up with 33 yards.
The defense, which has been suitable up front all season, conceded 203 rushing yards to the Saints and 4.6 yards per carry. This unit didn’t manage a single turnover, so they are now second-last in takeaways this season.
Dolphins: Miami is coming off its bye week. The last time out, the Fins beat the Giants 20-9. It was another accurate day for Tua Tagovailoa, who finished with 244 yards and two TDs.
The run game had another extremely disappointing match. The Backs averaged just 2.9 yards per carry. The Fins are now second-last in yards per game this season. Miami received a considerable boost, with DeVante Parker returning and going for 62 yards.
The defense continues to confuse opposing QBs with their blitz packages. Mike Glennon only managed 187 yards and threw a pick to Howard. Jalen Phillips’ is improving exponentially in his rookie year. Phillips had another two sacks against the Giants.
Despite starting 1-7, rather remarkably, and amid plunging odds, Miami has a chance to make the playoffs. If the Fins wins its last four-game games, they have a 77% chance of making the playoffs.
The Jets have been eliminated from the playoffs. They will hope that Zach Wilson’s play improves next year as his rookie numbers have been worse than most others. I think Miami will win this game, but they won’t cover the spread of 8.5 points.
Therefore, I am taking these teams to score under 43 points as both teams have low-scoring offenses.
Football Team: WFT lost to the Cowboys. A gripping fourth-quarter comeback wasn’t enough to see the Football Team overturn a 24 point halftime deficit.
Taylor Heinicke had a shocking game with a 44% completion rate. Kyle Allen came in the game in the fourth quarter and didn’t play much better. The only reason Washington was in this game was due to their defense.
When he picked off Prescott, Cole Holcomb produced a big play by strolling into the end zone. The defense finished with four sacks, four tackles for a loss and two picks.
Eagles: Philly is coming off its bye week. In Week 13, the Eagles beat the Jets at MetLife Stadium. Gardner Minshew started at QB and was very impressive. Minshew finished with 242 yards and two TDs.
As usual, the Eagles’ run game was productive, with 185 yards. Miles Sanders had 142 total yards and averaged 5 yards per rush. Dallas Goedert was outstanding with 105 receiving yards.
The defense struggled against the Jets’ run game. Tevin Coleman rushed for 5.3 yards per carry. The Eagles managed just one turnover in this game, bringing them up to 13 takeaways for the season.
These teams play each other two times in three weeks. If one team wins both those games, they will likely make the playoffs. Washington is higher in the NFC thanks to a 5-3 conference record.
I think that the Eagles will win this game with Jalen Hurts being fully fit, yet I think Washington will cover the five-point spread.
However, the safe bet is for these teams to score under 44 points.
Cardinals: Arizona lost to the Rams on Monday night. Unfortunately, Kyler Murray made two mistakes in an otherwise faultless performance. Murray threw for 383 yards, but threw two costly picks.
Murray also added 61 yards on the ground to bring the rushing game up to 103 yards for the day. James Conner scored his seventh straight TD in as many games and had 159 total yards for the day.
The defense conceded a couple of costly chunk plays, including a 52-yard TD to Van Jefferson. However, even without J.J. Watt and Jack Crawford, the Cardinals still came up with three sacks and five tackles for a loss.
Lions: Detroit lost to the Broncos on Sunday. It was another average day for Jared Goff. Goff threw for 215 yards with a TD and an INT. However, the Lions are officially out of playoff contention with that loss and have managed just the one victory so far this season.
The run game averaged over five yards per carry. The offensive line should get credit as the Lions are missing their top two running back and still have excellent yards per rush.
The defense is the main problem. The D conceded 363 yards, five TDs, and 38 points to a Denver team that averaged 19.8 points per game before this match.
The Lions need to figure out if they want to stick or twist with Jared Goff. There aren’t any apparent QBs that could be taken in the top five next year.
The Cardinals have lost the number one seed in the NFC. Arizona still has to play the Colts and the Cowboys, so the Rams could take the NFC West title. Arizona is the biggest favorite of the weekend.
Therefore, I am taking Arizona to win and cover the spread of 13.5 points.
Cowboys: Dallas beat the Football Team on Sunday. The Cowboys had a nervous fourth quarter, with WFT scoring 12 unanswered points. Luckily, Randy Gregory came up with a huge sack and forced fumble to end the game.
Dak Prescott completed just 56% of his passes and threw two interceptions. There wasn’t much joy for the run game either. The backs averaged less than four yards per carry.
The defense conceded just 275 total yards and let WFT’s QBs complete 44% of their passes. The defense also had an interception, three fumble recoveries and four sacks.
Giants: The Giants lost to the Chargers at SoFi Stadium. New York was never in the game until they scored two garbage-time TDs. Mike Glennon had another shocking match with just 17 completions from 36 attempts.
The run game is the only productive part of this team. The run game finished with 135 yards at over five yards per carry. Saquon Barkley finished with 95 total yards.
The defense couldn’t stop the Chargers on offense. Los Angeles finished with 427 total yards and four TDs. The D couldn’t force a turnover and finished with only two sacks.
The Cowboys have a two-win lead in the NFC East. They are now a shoo-in for the playoffs unless they are involved in multiple upsets. The Giants’ road to the playoffs is looking almost impossible. New York is another team that will likely be in the QB market this offseason.
I think the Cowboys will easily win this game, so I am adding them to my parlay.
Titans: Tennessee shut out the Jags in a very one-sided game. The Titans took the lead on their first drive thanks to a D’Onta Foreman TD and didn’t look back. Tannehill had a solid game with 191 yards and a rushing TD.
The offense was without A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry. They are still struggling to produce on offense. The Titans had seven drives where they didn’t score against one of the worst defenses in the league.
The Titans’ defense was exceptional on Sunday. The front seven finished with three sacks and five tackles for a loss. The secondary had four interceptions and conceded just 229 total yards.
Steelers: Pittsburgh suffered an unfortunate loss to the Vikings. The Steelers drove the field on the last drive of the game, but time ran out before scoring a winning TD.
Ben Roethlisberger’s late-season form has been exceptional. Big Ben put up another 300-yard, 3 TD day. Chase Claypool was excellent as well, with 93 yards.
The defense struggled for most of the game. The front seven didn’t manage a sack and conceded 242 rushing yards to the Vikings. That included 7.6 yards per carry to Cook, who ended with a massive double-ton of 205 rushing yards.
The Steelers will be feeling nervous about making the playoffs this year. Thanks to their draw, they will probably have to win their last four-game to make it. The Titans are still holding onto the AFC South with a two-win lead.
The Colts are making a late-season surge but are playing the Pats this weekend. I think the Titans might struggle offensively again.
So, I will play it safe and bet on over 41.5 points to be scored, as the line is set so low.
Texans: Houston lost to the Seahawks on Sunday. Davis Mills started at QB again and looked quite composed. Mills finished with 331 yards and a TD to round of an excellent performance.
The run game is shocking. The backs hardly averaged more than two yards per carry on Sunday. If the Texans can provide Mills with an average run game next year, he should become a solid starting QB.
The defense conceded 137 yards to Rashaad Penny, who scored two 30+ yard runs. The Seahawks finished with 453 total yards and four TDs. The Texans didn’t manage a sack or a turnover all game.
Jaguars: Jacksonville was shut out by the Titans. Trevor Lawrence threw four interceptions and completed just 60% of his passes.
Shockingly, the run game was hardly used. The backs received just eight carries all game for a dismal eight yards. Marvin Jones and Laquon Treadwell went for 70 and 68 yards, respectively.
The Jags’ defense didn’t come up with any takeaways but did manage an impressive four sacks. Damien Wilson was impressive with six tackles, two of them for a loss and a sack.
To no one’s surprise, the Jags have been eliminated from the playoff race. They now need to figure out whether Lawrence has shown enough potential to play for them next year. The Texans are also eliminated from the playoff race.
Next year, the Texans have a couple of first-round picks to find their most significant need. I think this game will be low-scoring, but the Jags will come out on top.
I am taking the Jags to cover the three-point spread.
Bengals: Cincinnati lost to the 49ers in an epic overtime tussle. Brandon Aiyuk scored a spectacular TD to win the game heartbreakingly for the Bengals.
Cincinnati was down by 14, heading into the fourth quarter. Burrow led the comeback and finished with 348 yards and two TDs. Tee Higgins was outstanding with 114 yards from just five receptions.
The defense conceded three second-half points to keep the Bengals in the contest. Cincinnati did well to keep Deebo Samuel to just 59 total yards. The front seven provided plenty of pressure and finished with four sacks.
Broncos: Denver beat the Lions 38-10 at Empower Field. Teddy Bridgewater was accurate and conservative. He threw for 179 yards and two TDs from 18 completions.
The run game was heavily relied on to move the sticks. Gordon and Williams combined for 184 rushing yards at 4.7 yards per carry and three TDs.
The defense managed two takeaways, two sacks and five tackles for a loss. Even with these superior numbers, the defense still conceded almost six yards per rush to the Lions.
The Bengals and the Broncos are 7-6 and are on the fringe of the playoffs. Both teams have demanding schedules, including the Chiefs. Denver’s defense has dramatically improved over recent weeks.
It will be intriguing to see how they fare against the explosive Bengals’ offense. The Broncos are favorites, but I think the Bengals will win on the road at Mile HIgh.
Therefore, I am picking the Bengals to cover the spread of 1.5 points.
Falcons: Atlanta beat the Panthers in a close match on Sunday. Matt Ryan played a conservative game with just 190 yards and a TD, but more importantly, no turnovers.
Russell Gage and Kyle Pitts prove to be valuable assets to Ryan, with both receivers going for over 60 yards. Cordarrelle Patterson had a quiet game with 3.6 yards per carry.
The defense managed three turnovers, including a pick-six by Mykal Walker. The defense held the Panthers to under four yards per carry, and the QBs to a 60% completion rate.
49ers: San Fran beat the Bengals in overtime thanks to a spectacular diving Brandon Aiyuk TD. Jimmy Garoppolo had an excellent game with 296 yards and two TDs.
Jeffery Wilson was productive out of the backfield. Wilson finished with 56 yards from 13 carries. The most productive player was George Kittle. He finished with 151 yards and 13 receptions.
The defense let the Bengals back in the game in the fourth quarter. However, the defense still managed two fumble recoveries, five sacks, and six tackles for a loss.
The Falcons are somehow in the playoff race. Atlanta still has to play the Bills after this game. I expect the Falcons to go 2-2 down the stretch, and I can’t see that being enough to make it to the playoffs. The 49ers will be feeling comfortable in the sixth seed position at 7-6.
I think the 49ers will ease to victory, so I am adding them to my parlay.
Packers: Green Bay beat the Bears at Lambeau Field on Sunday night. The Packers trailed by six at halftime, but an improved defensive performance held the Bears to three second-half points.
Aaron Rodgers was exceptional with 341 yards and four TDs. DeVante Adams had his usual 100-yard game, and two TD catches. A.J. Dillon and Aaron Jones took the brunt of the run plays for 106 yards combined.
The defense conceded 27 first-half points, including a 46-yard TD run and a 54-yard catch for a TD. However, the D finished with three crucial turnovers.
Ravens: Baltimore had a shock defeat to the Browns. The Ravens lost Lamar Jackson early on to an ankle injury. Tyler Huntley replaced him, playing well and throwing for 270 yards with a TD.
Rookie receiver Rashod Bateman and TE Mark Andrews had outstanding days with 103 and 115 yards. Devonta Freeman took most of the carries for 64 yards. Tyler Huntley also had a few nice runs for 45 yards.
The defense conceded just 290 yards and two TDs. The offense didn’t help when Huntley’s fumble was recovered for a TD by the Browns. The Ravens struggled to pressure Baker with so many injuries to their defense.
The Ravens are planning for Jackson to start on Sunday. Baltimore will also be hoping for some defensive players to return from injury. The Ravens will be feeling pressure from the Browns and Bengals in the AFC North.
The Packers now possess the number one seed in the NFC. They will be hoping to hold onto it for the rest of the season. I am confident the Packers will win due to Baltimore’s injury problems.
I am taking the Packers to cover the spread of 4.5 points
Seahawks: Seattle produced a dominant fourth-quarter performance to beat the Texans. Russell Wilson made a statement by throwing for 260 yards from 17 completions.
Tyler Lockett was on fire with 142 yards from five receptions. Lockett caught an incredible 55-yard bomb for a TD. Rashaad Penny impressively went for 137 yards at 8.6 yards per carry.
The defense didn’t manage a turnover but came away with two sacks. Davis Mills could pick them apart on his way to 331 yards and a TD.
Rams: LA beat the Cardinals in a gripping game at State Farm Stadium. Matthew Stafford put in an accurate performance with 287 yards and three TDs.
Cooper Kupp had his mandatory 100-yard day. Sony Michel carried for 79 yards which were enough to make the Cardinals bit in on RPO plays.
The defense sacked Murray four times and managed two timely interceptions. However, the Rams conceded 486 total yards and were lucky that Arizona was inefficient in the red zone.
The Rams are closing in on the Cardinals in the NFC West. However, it looks to be too little too late. The Seahawks are a long shot at making the playoffs.
They have had an injury-hit season and need to make some off-season changes to improve their defense. I think the Rams will beat the Seahawks and cover the spread.
I am adding the Rams to my parlay.
Saints: New Orleans beat the Jets on Sunday. Seventeen points in the fourth quarter sealed the win for the Saints. Taysom Hill started at QB and threw for 175 yards with a 71% completion rate.
Hill added 73 rushing yards and two rushing TDs to his total. Alvin Kamara had a productive day with 145 total yards at 4.4 yards per rush.
The Saints’ defense conceded just nine points and came away with three sacks. The secondary held Wilson to complete 45% of his passes, thanks to close coverage and four passes defended.
Buccaneers: Tampa Bay beat the Bills in a tense overtime game. Tom Brady continues to be the thorn in Buffalo’s side, extending his lifetime record to 33-3 against the Bills. Brady finished with 363 yards and two TDs.
Leonard Fournette was exceptional, with 113 yards at 5.9 yards per carry. Chris Godwin and Mike Evens produced 105 and 91 yards, respectively. Antonio Browns is still missing through suspension.
The defense had a dominant first half but allowed the Bills back in the fourth quarter. However, the D came up with a huge three-and-out in overtime which set up the winning drive.
The Bucs are fighting for the number one seed. Tampa Bay is also on a four-game winning streak. These teams met earlier in the season. The Saints won that game quite convincingly. Expect the Bucs to have revenge very much on their mind this week.
Tampa Bay is conceding just 91.2 rushing yards per game. Therefore, the Saints will struggle with their run-heavy style.
I am betting on the Bucs to win but the Saints to cover the eleven-point spread.
Vikings: Minnesota held off the Steelers’ comeback to win by eight points. Kirk Cousins didn’t have a good game. He threw for 216 yards yet completed just 14 of his 31 attempts and threw two interceptions, which was most uncharacteristic of him in 2021.
Dalvin Cook was the main reason for this win. Cook rushed for 205 yards and two TDs at an average of 7.6 yards per carry. Justin Jefferson also chipped in with 79 yards and a TD.
Harrison Smith made the biggest play of the game. Smith made the perfect hit in the end zone to stop the completion in the last second of the game. The front seven had an excellent day with five sacks and eight tackles for a loss.
Bears: Chicago came out firing against the Packers. The Bears were up by six at halftime. However, a poor second half meant the Bears lost by 15.
Justin Fields had a roller-coast of a game. He threw for 224 yards with two TDs. However, he also threw two INTs, including a pick-six, and lost a fumble. Fields also rushed for 74 yards.
The defense was solid up front. They came away with three sacks. Aaron Rodgers smoked the secondary and went for 341 yards and four TDs.
The Vikings are still in the playoff race with a 6-7 record. The Bears are all but eliminated from the playoffs. These teams will meet again in Week 18, with the Vikings likely playing for the postseason.
think that Cousins has shown he isn’t consistent enough this season. Both teams put up 30+ points last week.
Therefore, my bet is for these teams to score over 44 points.
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