NFL Week 15 Look-Ahead Lines: Chiefs, Patriots Short Favorites In Key AFC Tilts

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on December 12, 2021
NFL week 15 look-ahead lines

NFL Week 15 look-ahead lines have hit the odds boards and two critical AFC matchup are on tap. In both games, the market has installed the road team as a short early favorite, with the Chiefs getting the nod over the Chargers and the Patriots even smaller favorites over the Colts. We’ll see if that changes following NFL Week 14 action.

Every week, usually on Thursday, TheLines will post look-ahead lines from FanDuel Sportsbook and DraftKings Sportsbook. These look aheads give an early snapshot of the current market opinions of teams absent the week-to-week bias that can take hold following weekend results.

NFL Week 15 Look-Ahead Lines

Game
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Chiefs at Chargers
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Chiefs -3 (-105)
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Chiefs -3 (-105)
Raiders at Browns
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Browns -5.5
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Browns -5
Patriots at Colts
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Patriots -1
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Patriots -1
Football Team at Eagles
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Eagles -2.5
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Eagles -2.5 (-115)
Panthers at Bills
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Bills -9.5
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Bills -9.5 (-115)
Jets at Dolphins
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Dolphins -7
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Cowboys at Giants
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Cowboys -10 (+100)
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Cowboys -9.5 (-115)
Cardinals at Lions
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Cardinals -12.5
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Cardinals -12.5
Texans at Jaguars
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Jaguars -3.5
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Titans at Steelers
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Titans -2.5
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Falcons at 49ers
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49ers -7.5
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49ers -7.5
Bengals at Broncos
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Bengals -3
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Bengals -3
Packers at Ravens
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Packers -2
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Packers -3
Seahawks at Rams
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Rams -7
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Rams -7 (-105)
Saints at Buccaneers
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Bucs -11.5
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Bucs -11.5
Vikings at Bears
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Vikings -4
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Vikings -4

Week 15 NFL Primetime Games

Thursday Night Football Odds

Divisional futures seem likely to hinge on this one, as the Chargers probably have to win to have a chance of avoiding an all-road playoff journey. Both teams go into Week 14 as large favorites, so this line doesn’t seem too likely to move. If anything, it likely bounces between Chiefs -3 and -2.5 next week, with Chiefs -3.5 only popping onto the board in the event the Chargers drop one at home to the Giants.

Sunday Night Football Odds

It’s a little unusual to see one of the highest lines of the week locked into the Sunday Night Football slot, but that’s what we have in Week 15. The Bucs have a marquee game against the Bills this week, so their performance there can definitely move the needle on this line. Movement either way seems possible. If the Saints manage to lose to the Jets this week while Tampa wins again, this surely moves closer to Bucs -14. Taysom Hill looked horrible in negative game script in his first start of 2021, and if he falters, another QB change is even possible. If he looks improved and demolishes the Jets, this line probably goes down to Bucs -10.

Monday Night Football Odds

Considering how rough the Bears have looked of late, this line looks on the low side for these two teams. A second consecutive blowout loss, this time to the Packers, can probably get Chicago up closer to +7 against the Vikings here. It’s hard to see any other outcomes there with how decimated the Bears are by injury. The markets are low on the Vikings after an ugly loss to Detroit, but they have a chance to right the ship on national TV in Week 14. This line seems much more likely to move their way than the opposite, so grabbing the Vikings early is likely prudent if you’re bullish on their chances here.

MORE POTENTIAL WEEK 14 IMPACT ON WEEK 15 LOOK-AHEAD LINES

Packers At Ravens

The aforementioned Packers probably can’t do too much to move this line considering how strong of favorites they are this week, but the Ravens certainly represent one of the more interesting market cases at the moment. Frankly, they haven’t had a strong performance since Week 9 against Minnesota, but the market hasn’t fully turned on them. That’s likely because they did manage one win and cover against the Browns, while another of their ugly wins (against the Bears) could be written off as the product of a backup QB starting. Now, with the team more banged up than ever, they face those same Browns, hungry for revenge at home and off the bye. If Lamar Jackson looks bad in a loss, expect the market to favor the Packers even more strongly.

Panthers At Bills

Another team that has seemingly fallen from a Super Bowl-contending peak, the Bills seem to have a much easier path toward righting the ship. They do have a very difficult Week 14 game at Tampa, but they figure to perform much better in good weather against a team more tailored to their style of play. Meanwhile, the Panthers have looked horrible with Cam Newton at QB. Unless something big changes there, the Bills can easily become double-digit favorites here. Considering their market has probably hit rock bottom, this looks like the cheapest chance to buy. Even if the line somehow moves the other way, it would be a real shock if it reached the next lower key number of -7.

HOW TO USE NFL LOOK-AHEAD LINES

The look-ahead lines allow you a sneak peek at the projected lines for the following week’s games. This information from a leading online sportsbook will help provide lessons in understanding lines and projections before the current week’s games are played.

Many bettors tend to overreact to the previous week’s scores and results. The NFL Week 14 look-ahead lines provide a sense of stability from the oddsmaker. They sometimes offer a clear, unbiased snapshot of perceived team strength

Bettors can also gain an edge or find value in the lines once the weekend results take hold. See if you can find any over- or under-reactions by the market.

Of course, always take note of key injuries, travel and scheduling situations, and NFL power rankings. Making adjustments is part of the process, along with accounting for teams’ strengths, weaknesses, against-the-spread angles and personnel matchups.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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