Week 15 opening point spreads and line moves – Streaking Cardinals, Eagles favorites on road
A first glance an next week’s numbers
With three weeks to go before the NFL playoffs, all but a handful of teams still have plenty to play for, be it a first-round bye, a division crown or a wild-card berth. Here’s a first look at the point spreads for Week 15. Lines are from the LVH SuperBook, the first venue in Las Vegas to post the numbers. Odds from other shops are noted when there are differences.
Thursday, December 12
Chargers at Broncos (-10.5)
NFL Network’s final game of the season has big-time playoff implications for both teams. Denver, after running away from Tennessee for the win and cover on Sunday, can clinch the AFC West with a win Thursday night. San Diego, 6-7 after handling the Giants, still have a realistic shot at getting into the tournament. The Broncos, who opened -10 at the Wynn, covered as 7-point favorite in a 28-20 win in San Diego back in Week 10.
Sunday, December 15
Redskins at Falcons (-4.5)
Washington continues to fall further into the abyss, never really competing while being blown out at home by Kansas City. The Redskins have lost and failed to cover five straight games. Atlanta fell to 3-10 with a one-point loss in Green Bay, but has gotten the cash three weeks in a row. The Falcons are 2-1 SU and ATS as a single-digit home favorite this season, the one loss coming when laying a field-goal to New England in Week 4. Bettors laid the 4.5 for next week's home game against the Skins, prompting an adjustment to -5.5 at the LVH and William Hill, and to -5 at the Wynn.
49ers (-5.5) at Bucs
Tampa Bay cruised past Buffalo for its fifth cover in six games. And while we’re sure San Francisco is thrilled with its two-point win at home over division rival Seattle, the Niners left their backers a bit light Sunday, failing to cash as 2.5-point favorites. Still, they’re a stout 9-4 ATS this season.
Cardinals (-3) at Titans
Tennessee is pretty much toast after falling to 5-8 with the loss in Denver. Arizona stayed hot on the heels of the leaders in the NFC wild-card race. The Cards have won and covered five of their last six. William Hill and the Wynn both opened Arizona -3 (even).
Saints (-6) at Rams
Sandwich alert! New Orleans goes into St. Louis after being beaten up in Seattle in Week 13 and facing Carolina in Week 14, and they have to travel to Carolina in Week 16. Inconsistency continues to rule the day for the Rams, who return home after consecutive poor showings on the road.
Seahawks (-7) at Giants
Like New Orleans, Seattle’s also between tough division games in Week 14 – they lost in San Francisco this week and host Arizona in Week 15. The Giants are in a hole too deep to dig out of, falling to 5-8 with the blowout loss in San Diego. William Hill opened the Seahawks -6.5, and the Wynn hung -7 (even).
Bears at Browns (-2)
Cleveland was heartbroken in New England, giving up a big lead in a fourth quarter that included a successful onside kick by the Pats followed by a questionable pass interference penalty in the endzone. The Browns, who are 0-3 SU and ATS as home favorites this season, opened -1.5 at the Wynn.
Texans at Colts (-6)
Will motivation be an issue for Indy? The Colts clinched the AFC South on Sunday but their chances of a first-round bye are long to say the least. Things are bad in Houston – coach Gary Kubiak was shown the door after the Texans’ 11th straight loss, which came Thursday night at Jacksonville. Indy opened -6.5 at the Wynn.
Bills (-1.5) at Jaguars
The Bills were never really in Sunday’s game in Tampa and have now dropped five of six; the one win in that stretch was at home against the Jets. Jacksonville has won four of five, a run few had foreseen when this bunch was winless through eight weeks. Still, the Jags find themselves as underdogs at home in this spot.
Pats (-2.5) at Dolphins
New England was, ahem, fortunate to get away with a win at home against Cleveland but failed to get the money as double-digit favorites. Miami gutted out a 34-28 win as a 3.5-point dog in Pittsburgh and remains squarely in the mix for a wild-card spot. The Pats will likely be without Rob Gronkowski, as the All-Pro tight end injured his knee vs. the Browns.
Eagles (-4) at Vikings
The Wynn and William Hill both opened Philly a tick higher here at -4.5. While the Eagles roll into Minnesota on a five-game win streak, the Vikes, who got the cash in a narrow loss in a wild affair in Baltimore, have made their bettors richer five of the last six weeks.
Jets at Panthers (-10.5)
The Jets snapped a three-game losing streak with a win at home over Oakland, but New York hasn’t taken a liking to the road this season, tallying 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS records and dropping its last three away from home. Carolina is 4-0 SU and ATS as a home favorite this season and 5-1 overall at home – their only loss in Charlotte this season was in Week 1 to Seattle.
Chiefs (-3.5) at Raiders
Kansas City got its first win four weeks and goes on the road to face a Raiders team that it beat 24-7 as a 7.5-point favorite in Week 6. Oakland’s effort in New York wasn’t a stellar one, but the Raiders sill own a profitable 8-5 spread record this season.
Packers at Cowboys (no line)
There’s life in Green Bay, which remains in striking distance of the NFC North lead and is hopeful to get Aaron Rodgers back on the field. The Packers got their first win without him, at home against the Falcons on Sunday. This game will remain off the board until more is known about Rodgers’ status for the trip to Dallas.
Bengals (-3 even) at Steelers
Cincinnati ran its home record to 6-0, both SU and ATS, with its defeat of Indy on Sunday. The Bengals are 1-3 ATS when laying points on the road, however. Meanwhile, the playoffs look a long way off for 5-8 Pittsburgh. Cincy won the first meeting of the season, 20-10, as a 7-point home favorite back in Week 2.
Monday, December 16
Ravens at Lions (-6)
Detroit had a hard time with the snow in Philly on Sunday; good thing they have a roof over their home field. Baltimore emerged from the craziness victorious over the Vikings. This Monday nighter figures to be huge for the playoff pictures in both conferences.
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