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NFL Week 15 odds: 5 best bets on favorites

NFL Week 15 begins with the Ravens at the Jets on Thursday Night Football. We take a look at five of the best favorites bets in NFL Week 15.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders (-6.5)

This is the last game ever in Oakland. The Raiders have been struggling as losers of three straight, but they can’t possibly disappoint in this spot. Additionally, the Jaguars are 4-9 and it appears head coach Doug Marrone is on the way out after a second straight losing season following a surprising AFC Championship Game appearance in 2017. If Oakland plays to its capabilities, it should win. If you factor in the emotion of the day, the Raiders could roll in a rout.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3.5) at Detroit Lions

Dangerous to take a road favorite with a losing record? Absolutely. Dangerous to take Jameis Winston when he’s absolutely capable of losing the game by himself? Yup. Still, the Lions are starting David Blough under center, and since September are fielding the worst defense in the sport. Even without star receiver Mike Evans, Winston should have a huge day and get the Buccaneers to 7-7 with the win.

 

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3. New England Patriots (-9) at Cincinnati Bengals

This is where the Patriots get fat and back on track. New England has lost consecutive games to the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs. Now, they draw the 1-12 Bengals amidst a swarm of controversy over whether they did or did not film Cincinnati’s coaching staff from the press box in Cleveland on Sunday. If there was ever a spot for Tom Brady and the offense to find some mojo, this is it.

2. Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans (-3)

Tennessee is the hottest team in football this side of the Baltimore Ravens. At 8-5, the Titans are playing great behind the duo of quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Derrick Henry. Now, they welcome in the Texans, who lost in stunning fashion last week at home against the Denver Broncos. The game is for the lead in the AFC South, with the two teams having a rematch in Week 17 at NRG Stadium. It’s hard not to like Tennessee considering how hot it has been, combined with last week’s effort from the Texans.

 

Read: No. 1 LSU Massively Favored Over No.4 Alabama

 

1. Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints (-9)

This is the quintessential game for a superior home team to come out and hammer a struggling group. Indianapolis started 5-2 but now resides at 6-7 and out of the playoff race. Meanwhile, the Saints just lost a 48-46 thriller to the San Francisco 49ers. Think they might be motivated on Monday night? Brutal, brutal spot for an overmatched and injury-riddled Colts team.

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