NFL Week 15 lines: 5 best bets on underdogs
The NFL Week 15 schedule has a bevy of important games for the playoff picture, and these five underdogs could be both spoilers and tickets to cash.
5. Chicago Bears (+3) at Minnesota Vikings
Toss-up game, and so take the points. The Vikings can’t kick a field goal, and the Bears are never predictable offensively. We could see Mitch Trubisky go for 290 yards and three touchdowns, or 120 yards and four interceptions. It’s all on the table.
However, Minnesota hasn’t played well recently. They barely beat the lousy Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars at home before losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Meanwhile, Trubisky has been very good for two weeks. Take the Bears.
4. New England Patriots (+1.5) at Miami Dolphins
It’s all about Bill Belichick causing problems for Tua Tagovailoa. The Dolphins are both home and the better team, but we saw what happened when Kyler Murray and Justin Herbert got a dose of Belichick and his multiple defense. It was a nightmare, and the Patriots won them both.
Look for a very close, low-scoring game that comes down to whether Tagovailoa can make a few more plays than Cam Newton.
3. Atlanta Falcons (+6) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Love the Falcons with this line. Yes, it’s not great they’ll be without star wide receiver Julio Jones again, but Atlanta has made a well-earned reputation this year of playing tight games both as favorites and underdogs. The Buccaneers ought to win, especially with the playoffs in the balance, but this isn’t going to be an easy one for Tom Brady and Co.
2. New York Giants (+6.5) vs. Cleveland Browns
Alright, the Giants are likely going to start Colt McCoy at quarterback. If you shutter at the notion of putting even 10 cents down on him, nobody will fault you. However, the Giants have a very good defense, even thought cornerback James Bradberry is on the COVID-19/Reserve list.
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Cleveland is certainly the better team, but should Dwayne Haskins and the Washington Football Team falter against the Seattle Seahawks, the Giants are playing for first place, at home, in Week 15. Between motivation and the defense, 6.5 points is too many.
1. Houston Texans (+7.5) at Indianapolis Colts
Houston should have beaten the Colts a few weeks ago, if not for a bum snap in the red zone during the game’s final moments. Even so, the Texans would have covered this spread. Having Deshaun Watson certainly helps, and with DeForest Buckner questionable over an ankle injury, Watson could have room to throw and run.