The stakes are sky high in Week 15, with plenty of games that hold playoff implications. A Saturday doubleheader featuring the Bills versus Broncos and Panthers versus Packers precedes a Sunday slate that counts Patriots versus Dolphins and Chiefs versus Saints battles among its most intriguing contests. With an exciting Week 14 behind us, here’s a live look at NFL Week 15 odds at sportsbooks in the US.
NFL Week 15 odds
Here is a look at NFL Week 15 odds with line comparisons from the top US sportsbooks.
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders (-3.5) — 8:20 p.m. ET (Thursday)
The Chargers met up with their NFC counterpart in terms of heartbreaking losses, the Falcons, on Sunday. The pendulum swung in favor of Los Angeles, which parlayed a late Matt Ryan interception into a three-point win over Atlanta. Meanwhile, the Raiders came up significantly short in a test against another postseason-contending squad in the Colts, dropping a 44-27 decision that led to the firing of defensive coordinator Paul Guenther on Sunday evening.
This matchup seemingly sets up well for the Chargers to achieve offensive balance, as the failures that led to Guenther’s dismissal have mostly been evenly distributed between the front seven and the secondary. The Raiders are allowing per-game averages of 128.1 rushing yards and 256.1 passing yards, with both figures ranking them in the bottom 10 of the league. With Austin Ekeler back and Justin Herbert continuing to play well — albeit a bit less prolifically on the stat sheet than earlier in the season — Los Angeles should have its choice on how to attack, with the only x-factor being how many new wrinkles interim coordinator Rod Marinelli introduces.
The Raiders offense has a particularly good matchup for its ground game, as the Bolts have given up 120.0 rushing yards per game and a bloated 4.92 RB yards per carry. Conversely, they’ve often been nails against the pass, yielding the seventh-fewest passing yards per contest (217.1). The Chargers also held Derek Carr to his second-lowest yardage total (not counting an excessive wind game versus the Browns that made passing nearly impossible) of the season (165) while yielding a minuscule 56.5 percent completion rate to him in a Week 9 loss.
The oddsmakers expect a relatively close and high-scoring game akin to Las Vegas’ 31-26 win in the first meeting, as the line currently sits at .
Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos — 4:30 p.m. ET (Saturday)
The Bills continued their impressive march to a likely AFC East crown this past Sunday night, toppling the reeling Steelers by a 26-15 score. The Broncos continued to fight hard despite a lack of postseason aspirations, upsetting the Panthers in Carolina by a 32-27 margin.
Buffalo’s Josh Allen continues to perform as arguably the most improved player at his position, and the dual threat therefore sets up as a formidable challenge for a Denver unit that gave up 283 passing yards, a 75% completion rate, 31 rushing yards and a rushing TD to Carolina’s Teddy Bridgewater. Allen boasts an impressive 28:9 TD:INT, 350 rushing yards and six rushing TDs. The Broncos have also been below average versus the run with 131.0 rushing yards per contest surrendered, meaning Devin Singletary and Zack Moss could enjoy some rare running room against a defense now giving up 4.4 RB yards per rush.
The Broncos’ Drew Lock has a seemingly much tougher test in front of him. The turnover-prone second-year signal-caller certainly draws some parallels to his opposite number in this contest, as Lock, like Allen over his first two years, is frequently prone to interspersing a robust number of turnovers with moments of brilliance. Buffalo’s secondary has given up its fair share of yards (243.9 PYPG allowed), but it’s snagged 12 INTs over 13 games, nearly matching Lock’s 13 for the campaign. Then, while Denver would theoretically be in good position to exploit a Bills front seven that’s been vulnerable to the ground game at times, the shoulder injury sustained by Melvin Gordon on Sunday makes health a question mark when it comes to the rushing attacked. The banged up Gordon is expected to play.
Despite the road game, the Bills are currently favorites.
Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers — 8:15 p.m. ET (Saturday)
The Panthers were tripped up by the Broncos at home in Week 14, dropping a 32-27 decision in which they struggled to defend both the run and pass. The Packers had a somewhat unexpected fight on their hands versus a feisty Lions team on the road, but Green Bay ultimately prevailed by a 31-24 score, clinching the NFC North for the second consecutive season in the process.
Carolina is now 4-9 straight up and simply playing out the string in coach Matt Rhule’s debut season. The Panthers do continue to put up good numbers through the air, with Teddy Bridgewater finding a way to rack up 283 yards without D.J. Moore (reserve/COVID-19) available Sunday. The Packers present quite the challenge, however, tying Washington for the fewest passing yards per home game allowed (193.2) and giving up the fourth-lowest passing yards per attempt (6.0) in that split as well. Whether Christian McCaffrey (thigh) is available for this game will naturally also help determine the Panthers’ prospects.
The Packers offense continues to enjoy good health, which is foreboding for a Panthers defense that saw the Broncos’ Drew Lock compile 280 yards and four touchdowns in Week 14. Carolina is giving up a bloated 278.7 passing yards on a 69.8 percent completion rate in its road games, while Aaron Rodgers is putting up an NFC-high 273.8 passing yards per contest. On the ground, Rhule gives up a respectable 113.6 yards per contest, but the 4.7 RB yards per carry they yield indicates there is production to be had for teams that stick to the run against them.
Given the wide disparity between each team’s record and execution, as well as the Lambeau Field setting, the Packers are currently home favorites.
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins — 1 p.m. ET
The Patriots’ Week 13/14 results had quite the rollercoaster quality – New England went from pitching a 45-point shutout against the Chargers two Sundays ago before mustering only a field goal in a 21-point loss to the Rams on Thursday night. The Dolphins showed plenty of fight at home against the Chiefs, giving the defending champs a run for their money in the stadium they won their Super Bowl LIV title before falling by a 33-27 score.
The wild disparity between the results of the Patriots’ last two games underscores their inconsistency. New England got away with absolutely anemic passing numbers from Cam Newton in its last two victories (153 combined passing yards), but the confluence of defensive scores and short fields that helped make that a possibility dried up versus Los Angeles. The Dolphins defense arguably has as much ability to stymie New England’s passing attack – Xavien Howard (nine INTs) leads a unit that’s amassed the second-most picks (16) in the league – making life potentially difficult for either Newton or Jarrett Stidham, who replaced the one-time NFL MVP late in Thursday’s loss.
The Dolphins will look to capitalize on the Patriots’ unfamiliarity with Tua Tagovailoa, who was on the bench behind Ryan Fitzpatrick in New England’s Week 1, 21-11 victory over Miami. The Dolphins have made significant changes and/or improvements on both sides of the ball since. Tagovailoa, who’s now set new career highs in passing yards in back-to-back games, is arguably the most prominent. The 124.0 rushing yards per game and 4.7 adjusted line yards per carry the Pats surrender also gives Miami’s ground attack a chance to thrive, but the status of Myles Gaskin (COVID-19), Matt Breida (COVID-19) and Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) will naturally play a large part in how well equipped the Fins are on that front.
Oddsmakers are expecting a close game between the division rivals, with the line currently set at .
Sunday, 12/20 Update: DeVante Parker (hamstring) will not play, while Jakeem Grant will also sit with the same issue. TE Mike Gesicki (shoulder) will also miss Sunday’s game. Miami RB Salvon Ahmed is active. For the Patriots, Damien Harris has been ruled out due to an ankle injury, while Newton will remain the starter. The line has actually moved plenty in New England’s favor since the open, with Miami a slim one-point favorite in several books as of Sunday morning.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens — 1 p.m. ET
The one-win Jaguars had been showing some signs of life with a few close defeats heading into a Week 14 divisional battle against the Titans before getting routed, 31-10, in a game that saw Gardner Minshew replace an ineffective Mike Glennon. The Ravens managed to survive a four-quarter, 60-minute slugfest with the Brows on Monday night, escaping with a 47-42 road win despite being outscored by a 22-13 margin in the final period.
Jags coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that Minshew will start against Baltimore after the second-year signal-caller provided somewhat of a spark with 178 yards and a touchdown in relief Sunday. The matchup against a Ravens unit that will have all week to prepare for him as a starter isn’t ideal, however, considering Baltimore has can apply pressure and is surrendering the third-lowest yards per attempt (5.9) in the league entering Monday night.
In contrast, the Ravens offense will be poised to attack in a method of its choosing. Allowing 249 rushing yards – 215 of them to Derrick Henry – is about the worst thing to put on film the week prior to facing the team with the highest rushing play rate (53.48 percent) in the NFL. Jacksonville is now giving up the third-most rushing yards per game (145.5) following the Week 14 debacle. They complement that unsightly figure with the third-most passing yards surrendered per road game (304.5), meaning even Lamar Jackson’s questionable passing profile sees a boost in outlook for this game.
Even with a chance at slightly more competent QB play with Minshew at the helm, the Jaguars are still currently massive road underdogs.
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts — 1 p.m. ET
The Texans were down yet another receiver plus David Johnson (reserve/COVID-19) on Sunday against the Bears, further handicapping their offense and leading to a 36-7 walloping at Chicago’s hands. The Colts handed out a throttling of their own, upending the host Raiders by a 44-27 margin.
Houston is simply biding its time until the offseason at this point. Brandin Cooks (foot/neck) does have a chance to return for this contest, while Johnson is expected back after only receiving the COVID designation due to being a close contact with an infected person. Nevertheless, a Will Fuller/Bradley Roby-less Houston squad is subject to even more of a talent mismatch against an Indy team ranked in the top 10 in both total yards compiled (376.7) and total yards allowed (327.1) per contest.
Conversely, a well-balanced Indy offense could hardly be in a better spot. Philip Rivers currently boasts the third-highest completion percentage (68.1) of his career and has thrown multiple TD passes in four straight games. Then, Jonathan Taylor has been thriving since being given the clear reins of the backfield. He’s averaged 110.3 rushing yards (on 18.3 rushing attempts) and 27.7 receiving yards (on 3.0 receptions) over three contests against the Packers, these same Texans and the Raiders. Houston is allowing an AFC-high 152.3 rushing yards per contest, lending credence to the possibility Taylor could extend that favorable stretch.
The Texans and Colts have flip-flopped 4-9 and 9-4 marks, respectively, leading to a Houston squad that’s 2-5 ATS on the road to currently check in as underdogs.
Sunday, 12/20 Update: Cooks and David Johnson will both return for Houston in this contest, but the Colts’ projected advantage has actually bumped up slightly since the open.
Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans — 1 p.m. ET
The Lions couldn’t make it two in a row under interim coach Darrell Bevell, even as they fought valiantly before falling to the Packers, 31-24. Just as important, Detroit saw Matthew Stafford exit the game in the fourth quarter with a rib injury, leaving his Week 15 status in question. The Titans were able to get their ship righted to significant degree after a home loss to the Browns a week prior, handling their business against an overmatched Jaguars team by a 31-10 score.
Chase Daniel is a serviceable backup and can be an effective stopgap measure against non-elite defenses such as Tennessee’s. Therefore, all hope isn’t necessarily lost for Detroit if Stafford is forced to sit out. The Titans are giving up the second-most passing yards per game in the AFC (273.6) and are tied with the lowly Jets and Jaguars for most touchdown passes surrendered (28). If the Lions can also get Kenny Golladay (hip) back for this contest, it would naturally up their offensive firepower even further.
The Titans have an even better and more comprehensive favorable statistical matchup. The Lions are ranked in the bottom 10 of the NFL in both passing yards (263.8) and rushing yards (132.8) allowed per game. Detroit is also tied with multiple teams for fourth-fewest interceptions (seven), have recorded the fourth-fewest sacks (18) and yield the seventh-highest RB yards per carry (4.60), which could all equate to fruitful days for Ryan Tannehill and his pass-catching corps, as well as Derrick Henry.
While confirmation Stafford will be available would improve the Lions’ odds somewhat, oddsmakers are comfortable enough to currently list the Titans as home favorites.
Sunday, 12/20 Update: Stafford will reportedly tough out what is now confirmed to be torn rib cartilage after throwing in Friday’s practice without much discomfort, while Golladay will sit out another contest. The Titans unsurprisingly remain comfortable favorites.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons — 1 p.m. ET
The Buccaneers snapped a two-game losing streak against the Vikings in Week 14, overcoming a slow start to notch a 26-14 win. The Falcons had a nightmarish déjà vu that harkened back to the dark days of the Dan Quinn era, blowing an excellent chance at victory with a late Matt Ryan interception against the Chargers on their way to a 20-17 loss.
While conventional wisdom may have dictated coach Bruce Arians would have Tom Brady come out of the bye week firing after some recent inconsistency, the future Hall of Famer instead put up a season-low number of pass attempts. However, Arians is known for frequently customizing game plans to opponent. Given the Falcons yield just 108.8 rushing yards per contest and 3.7 RB yards per carry, this could be a game where Brady is unleashed versus a unit surrendering the third-most passing yards per game (281.8) and third-most passing TDs (26).
The Falcons figure to take a pass-heavy approach as well in this matchup. Atlanta already is ranked in the top half of the league in pass play percentage (60.57). Facing a Buccaneers squad that’s giving up an NFL-low 80.9 rushing yards per contest and 3.03 yards per carry, it’s likely the Falcons got to the air plenty, even if Julio Jones is forced to miss a second consecutive game with his balky hamstring. Considering Atlanta was officially eliminated from playoff contention with the loss to the Chargers, Jones may well sit out this game at minimum.
Although the Raheem Morris-led Falcons have fought hard in both wins and losses, oddsmakers currently have the Buccaneers listed as road favorites, a status they’re 3-2 ATS in this season.
Sunday, 12/20 Update: Ronald Jones will miss this game for the Buccaneers due to both a finger injury and his placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Leonard Fournette will step in and start in his stead, while the Falcons will be without Jones again. The Buccaneers’ projected edge has grown by a full four points at multiple sportsbooks since the open, with the public not having much faith in a Jones-less Falcons attack.
San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys — 1 p.m. ET
The 49ers continued their late-season tumble Sunday against red-hot Washington, dropping their second straight to inch closer to official postseason elimination. Meanwhile, the only reason the Cowboys haven’t yet met that fate is the fact they reside in the NFC East, but their 30-7 lashing of the Bengals in Week 14 only improved their record to 4-9.
San Francisco could still get Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) and/or George Kittle (foot) back before the end of the season, with this contest serving as one of the potential return dates. Even if neither player is back in the fold, Nick Mullens and his teammates on the offensive side of the ball draw a premium matchup against the Cowboys, which allow 386.5 total yards per home game. However, the hamstring injury that forced Deebo Samuel from Sunday’s contest is rumored to be potentially season-ending.
The Cowboys’ significant troubles on both sides of the ball can’t be truly masked by their 23-point win over an overmatched and Joe Burrow-less Bengals team. Andy Dalton is still being forced to mostly operate a popgun air attack despite the presence of three impressive receivers, while Ezekiel Elliott has looked like a shell of himself running behind a completely depleted offensive line. The Niners defense is still a quality unit despite suffering plenty of attrition in its own right and has allowed the fifth-fewest total yards per game (316.1), a lower figure than that of the playoff-caliber squads of the Colts, Bucs, Ravens and Packers, to name a few.
This line could certainly move throughout the week, if its early history is any indication. The game opened as a Pick ‘Em and has since seen plenty of action on the 49ers. It currently sits at .
Sunday, 12/20 Update: Neither Garoppolo nor Kittle will be back for San Francisco, while Samuel will indeed be sidelined the rest of the way as per coach Kyle Shanahan. Meanwhile, Elliott is dealing with a nagging calf issue that forced him to miss practice all week, and he will be inactive for the first time in his career. Despite the reduced firepower on offense, the Niners remain clear road favorites.
Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings — 1 p.m. ET
The Bears exorcised the memory of their Week 13 late-game collapse versus the Lions by easily disposing of the short-handed Texans, 36-7, on Sunday. The Vikings saw some late-season momentum grind to a halt down in Tampa, falling to the Buccaneers by a 26-14 score.
Mitchell Trubisky appears to be doing everything possible to ensure the franchise has a difficult decision to make on his future this offseason, or at minimum, that he puts enough good tape together to garner a nice payday elsewhere. Trubisky has back-to-back 267-yard efforts and a 7:2 TD:INT over the last three games overall. He sets up well versus a Vikings team he didn’t face in the first meeting between the teams this season and that’s giving up 294.0 passing yards per home game.
The Vikings couldn’t effectively protect Kirk Cousins against Tampa Bay and now face another fierce front in that of Chicago’s. The Bears only got to Cousins once in their 19-13 Week 10 win, but they held Dalvin Cook to 3.2 yards per carry on a hefty 30-carry workload. Chicago is still ranked in the top half of the league with 4.07 RB yards per carry allowed and has been stingy through the air when traveling (210.7 PYPG) as well.
With this being the second meeting between division opponents and both teams fairly close in talent level, oddsmakers currently have the host Vikings listed at .
Seattle Seahawks at Washington Football Team — 1 p.m. ET
The Seahawks took the frustrations of being upset at home by one New York team out on the other, throttling the Jets by a 30-3 score in what was as uncompetitive a game as the score implies. Washington continued a rather unlikely hot streak at the expense of the 49ers in the neutral locale of State Farm Stadium in Arizona, posting their fourth straight win to take full control of the NFC East.
Seattle has a 3-3 mark straight up and 2-4 ATS record on the road, so this could be a tricky spot. Washington’s stellar defensive numbers have partly been built on the backs of plenty of games against punch-less NFC East foes and non-elite passing offenses such as that of the Browns and Ravens, so this should prove a good test. The ‘Hawks are ranked in the top 10 in passing yards per game (266.5) and just outside of it in rushing yards per contest (121.1). That gives them a balanced attack to hit a Washington defense that’s yielding the fourth-fewest yards per game (313.5).
Washington saw Alex Smith leave Sunday’s win early with a calf issue on his surgically repaired leg, but coach Ron Rivera downplayed the situation postgame. Dwayne Haskins was thrust into action in his stead, but it will likely be Smith back out there Sunday against a Seahawks secondary that had a one-week reprieve versus the Jets but still allows the most passing yards per game (294.8). Then, even if Antonio Gibson is able to return from his toe injury for this game, it could be a difficult day – Seattle is yielding the fourth-fewest rushing yards per contest (95.5) and 4.0 RB yards per carry.
Both teams are jockeying for playoff berths/positioning, but the visiting Seahawks are currently listed at .
Sunday, 12/20 Update: Haskins will start in Smith’s stead after all, while Gibson has been ruled out. Seattle’s projected advantage has grown by as much as a field goal since the open at some sportsbooks in response, given Haskins’ spotty track record as a pro thus far.
New York Jets at Los Angeles Rams — 4:05 p.m. ET
The Jets took a step back – if that’s possible in a winless season – by barely putting up a fight in a 40-3 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. The Rams got the Week 14 slate started in fine fashion, forging a dominant 24-3 win over the Patriots on Thursday night.
New York played without promising rookie Denzel Mims on Sunday, but he could be back for this contest. Yet, a Jets squad that’s averaging the fewest passing yards per game (166.1) seems to be drawing, at least on paper, the worst possible matchup in the league versus a Rams team that’s allowing the fewest passing yards per contest (191.7), including 162.0 over the last three. Los Angeles also applies intense pressure (42 sacks) and largely shuts down the run (3.9 RB yards per carry surrendered), so there’s essentially no avenues for Gang Green to offensive success.
It’s the NFL and strange happen. However, it would arguably take a monumental collapse for the Rams to falter in this spot. The getting should be good both through the air and on the ground. New York is facilitating an AFC-high 286.8 passing yards per contest and rank in the bottom half of the league in both power success rate (69.0 percent) and open-field yards (0.98) allowed. L.A. should have a fully healthy offensive arsenal at its disposal as well.
Needless to say, the Rams are not only favored, but they’re currently the largest favorites of the week at .
Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals — 4:05 p.m. ET
The Eagles pulled the upset of the week at the expense of the Saints, with rookie Jalen Hurts leading the way with 273 total yards in a 24-21 home win. The Cardinals were able to stay in the postseason conversation and push their record to 7-6 with a 26-7 road victory over the Giants.
Hurts threw for only 167 yards at 5.6 yards per attempt, but he committed just one turnover and didn’t seem at all fazed by the moment. Additionally, the rookie’s 106 rushing yards underscore the threat he poses on the ground, although a Cardinals defense that’s used to facing Kyler Murray daily in practice isn’t likely to be fazed. Nevertheless, Arizona has allowed the fifth-most rushing yards (316) to QBs.
The Eagles have a similar challenge in front of them with Murray, and Philly actually yields the most rushing yards to (364) to signal-callers. Philadelphia also gives up 127.3 rushing yards per contest but only 3.66 RB yards per carry, so it’s still likely to be an uphill battle for Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds. Their secondary has been more giving in the last three games (258.3 PYPG allowed), so the DeAndre Hopkins-helmed Arizona pass-catching corps may have some paths to success.
Hurts’ strong Week 14 showing notwithstanding, the Eagles are still currently road underdogs.
Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints — 4:25 p.m. ET
The Chiefs were able to get past a difficult road challenge in Week 14, overcoming three rare Patrick Mahomes interceptions to squeak by the Dolphins, 33-27. The Saints came up short in their road test, surprisingly dropping a 24-21 decision to the Eagles in rookie Jalen Hurts’ first start.
KC gets one of its toughest matchups of the season on paper in the form of a Saints defense that has been suffocating opponents through both the ground and air. New Orleans did allow a surprising 413 total yards to Philadelphia, but the Saints still surrender the second-fewest total yards (298.4) per contest. With running against New Orleans a virtual impossibility most weeks – even the Eagles’ Miles Sanders gained just 33 yards on his 13 carries outside of his 82-yard touchdown run Sunday – the pass-happy Chiefs will likely be amply satisfied to attack through the air. Yet, they’ll encounter a thorny path there also – the Saints surrender the fourth-fewest passing yards per game (209.2), including the second fewest (147.0) per contest.
The big question surrounding New Orleans this week is the status of Drew Brees, although it appears doubtful he’s available for this game. Taysom Hill has done a solid job overall in the future Hall of Famer’s stead, but a Chiefs secondary that’s been particularly adept at limiting wide receiver production looms. KC has 15 picks as well and is the type of secondary that could make it especially difficult on an inexperienced quarterback. That could make this matchup a particularly important one for Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray, as the Chiefs have conceded 128.4 rushing yards per game and 4.6 RB yards per carry.
This game will undoubtedly be of particular interest to bettors, and the talent is potentially there for the Saints to keep matters close. Needless to say, this line will be one to monitor throughout the week. Currently, the visiting Chiefs are currently listed at .
Sunday, 12/20 Update: The Saints are indeed getting Brees back for this game, but his return is partly offset by the placement of Michael Thomas (ankle) on injured reserve Saturday. The rest of New Orleans’ main offensive weaponry is healthy, however, and bettors perhaps weren’t fazed as much by Thomas’ absence as encouraged by Brees’ return — the spread has not had any significant movement in KC’s direction despite the late-week news.
Cleveland Browns at New York Giants — 8:20 p.m. ET
The Browns dropped one of the wildest games in recent Monday night history to the Ravens to close out Week 14, falling by a 47-42 score in a contest that saw a combined 54 points score in the second half, 35 of them in the fourth quarter. The Giants saw their recent momentum stifled by the Cardinals despite Daniel Jones’ return from a one-game absence, dropping a 26-7 decision.
Cleveland may have a more difficult matchup than they might anticipate against a Giants defense that ranks in the top 10 against the run (101.5 RYPG allowed) and just outside the top half of the league versus the pass (241.5 YPG surrendered). Additionally, New York has tightened up even more than usual through the air of late, yielding a modest 187.3 passing yards per contest. Given Baker Mayfield’s propensity for mistakes and his short-handed receiving corps, that upward trajectory could continue.
The Giants will have a chance to get its passing game going again versus the Browns. Cleveland has allowed 256.9 passing yards per game, including 271.0 through the last three, heading into Monday night’s game against Baltimore. Jones threw for just 127 yards and completed 52.4 percent of his passes in Week 14, but the Browns are tied with the Falcons for second-most opponent yards per attempt on the road (8.0) along with 25 touchdown passes. Meanwhile, the Browns’ ability to slow down the run (104.3 rushing yards per contest allowed) should hold up very well versus a New York squad that’s only rushed for 92.8 yards per home game.
This is an interesting line already and should remain so throughout the week, with the Browns’ projected advantage already coming down a point to 3.5 in the immediate aftermath of their loss to Baltimore. Cleveland still has a markedly better record than the Giants, but the visitors are currently listed as .
Sunday, 12/20 Update: Jones has all but been ruled out for the Giants at this point, and his absence will thrust Colt McCoy back into a starting role. The news has caused New York to become an even bigger road favorite, given McCoy’s limitations.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals — 8:15 p.m. ET (Monday)
The Steelers are likely feeling as much or more despair than any 11-2 team rightfully should after dropping their second consecutive game Sunday night against the Bills and looking quite listless while doing so. The Bengals got one step closer to the offseason with a 30-7 drubbing at the hands of the Cowboys.
The Steelers suddenly can’t seem to catch or run the ball, leaving their offense as a scattershot unit that looks particularly ineffective against above-average defenses. The Bengals are anything but, fortunate for a team in increasing need of a get-right spot. Cincy is allowing 382.5 total yards per game, and their vulnerabilities are essentially evenly spread against the pass and the run. The 250.6 passing yards and 131.9 rushing yards per game both rank the Bengals in the bottom 10 of the NFL.
The Bengals’ Brandon Allen got banged up again Sunday, this time suffering a leg injury. However, whether it’s him or Ryan Finley under center Sunday, they’re likely to serve as the proverbial sacrificial lamb for an ornery Steelers defense. Pittsburgh naturally is seeing some drop-off with multiple linebacker injuries, but the likely return of Joe Haden (concussion) for this contest should restore the Steelers’ already impressive secondary to its near-elite status against an overmatched quarterback.
Irrespective of the Steelers’ recent struggles, Pittsburgh is a comfortable road favorite.
Sunday, 12/20 Update: It will indeed be Finley at quarterback for Cincinnati, while Haden will return for the Steelers after clearing concussion protocol. Joe Mixon (foot) remains out for the Bengals as well, and Pittsburgh’s number has climbed even further with Finley being perceived as even less effective than Allen under center.
NFL Week 15 lookahead lines vs. current spread
Here’s how the NFL Week 15 look-ahead lines compare to the odds as of today.
|Game||Opening Spread||Current Spread|
|LA Chargers at Las Vegas||Raiders -3.5||Raiders -3.5|
|Buffalo at Denver||Bills -5.5||Bills|
|Carolina at Green Bay||Packers -8.5||Packers|
|Chicago at Minnesota||Vikings -6||Vikings|
|Detroit at Tennessee||Titans -8.5||Titans|
|Houston at Indianapolis||Colts -6||Colts|
|Jacksonville at Baltimore||Ravens -11.5||Ravens|
|New England at Miami||Dolphins -2.5||Dolphins|
|San Francisco at Dallas||49ers -3||49ers|
|Tampa Bay at Atlanta||Buccaneers -2.5||Buccaneers|
|Seattle at Washington||Seahawks -3.5||Seahawks|
|New York Jets at LA Rams||Rams -13.5||Rams|
|Philadelphia at Arizona||Cardinals -6.5||Cardinals|
|Kansas City at New Orleans||Chiefs -3||Chiefs|
|Cleveland at New York Giants||Browns -3.5||Browns|
|Pittsburgh at Cincinnati||Steelers -11.5||Steelers|