The NFL playoff situation continues to play itself out as the 2008 regular season nears an end. Here’s a look at some of the more important games on the upcoming Week 15 slate.
Two teams on the verge of elimination from playoff contention meet Thursday night in the Windy City when the 7-6 New Orleans Saints and the 7-6 Chicago Bears battle at Soldier Field (8:15 pm Eastern, NFL Network). As of Tuesday morning, Chicago was listed as 3-point favorites over New Orleans on the SportsInteraction.com NFL betting lines, with a total of 44.
The big game in the AFC this week involves the top two teams in the North Division, as the 10-3 and first-place Pittsburgh Steelers visit the 9-4 and second-place Baltimore Ravens (4:15 pm Eastern Sunday, CBS). SportsInteraction.com is listing Baltimore as 1-point home chalk, with a total of 33.
Over in the NFC, the 8-5 Dallas Cowboys, fresh off that gut-wrenching loss at Pittsburgh Sunday, play host to the 11-2 New York Giants (8:15 pm Eastern Sunday, NBC), who got beat at home Sunday by Philadelphia. As well, a pair of first-place teams go at it when the 8-5 Minnesota Vikings, leaders of the North Division, visit Arizona to take on the 8-5 Cardinals (4:00 pm Eastern Sunday, Fox), who have already clinched the West Division title.
SportsInteraction.com is listing Dallas as 3-point home chalk over the G-Men Sunday night, with a total of 44. And SportsInteraction is holding off on lining the Arizona/Minnesota game, as the Vikings QB situation remains unsettled after Gus Frerotte left Sunday’s game at Detroit with back pain.
In an interesting inter-conference bout, the 8-5 Denver Broncos, who own a three-game lead in the AFC West with three games to go, head east to tackle the 10-3 Carolina Panthers, leaders of the NFC South (4:15 pm Eastern Sunday, CBS). As of Tuesday morning, SportsInteraction had not yet lined this game.
And in the game with the largest line posted at SportsInteraction so far this season, the 9-4 Indianapolis Colts, winners of six in a row, are listed as 16.5-point home chalk over the 0-13 Detroit Lions (1:00 pm Eastern Sunday, Fox). But Detroit, while winless, is 5-1 against the spread this season when dogged by double-digits.