NFL Spreads Week 15: Best Picks Against the Spread

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Dec 12, 2016

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The chances of the Miami Dolphins reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2008 got a bit longer on Sunday. Yes, they beat the Arizona Cardinals to improve to 8-5, but they also fear that starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been lost for the season to a torn ACL. Thus journeyman backup Matt Moore, who hasn’t started a game since 2011, will have to be the guy to lead the team down the stretch in the hunt for a wild-card sport. Here’s a quick look at all Week 15 matchups with Sports Interaction NFL odds. Games on Sunday unless noted.

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks, Thursday

Point spread: Seattle -14 Total: 39.5 I will have an in-depth preview of this game later this week. The struggling Rams actually go for the season sweep of the NFC West leaders. Los Angeles won an ugly 9-3 decision over Seattle back in Week 2. That was the NFL’s first regular-season game back in L.A. Pick ATS: Seahawks

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets, Saturday

Point spread: Miami -2.5 Total: 40.5 Yep, you read that right: Saturday. Once college football’s regular season ends, the NFL stages a few games on Saturdays at the end of the season (not Week 17) to fill the football void. This game means everything to Miami and nothing to AFC East cellar-dweller New York. The Dolphins beat the visiting Jets 27-23 in Week 9. The winning touchdown was on a Kenyan Drake 96-yard kickoff return with about five minutes left. At least the Fins’ Moore will have all week to work with the first-team offense and get in sync. Pick ATS: Jets

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears

Point spread: Green Bay -7 Total: 44 It’s the NFL’s oldest rivalry from the NFC North as the Packers look to boost their playoff hopes and the last-place Bears start thinking about offseason tee times. Green Bay beat visiting Chicago 26-10 in Week 7 on a Thursday night. Aaron Rodgers set a franchise record with 39 completions and threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns. Chicago starting QB Brian Hoyer was lost in the second quarter with a broken arm and replaced by Matt Barkley, who is now starting. He was just 6-for-15 for 81 yards and two interceptions. The Bears welcome back No. 1 receiver Alshon Jeffery from a four-game suspension. Pick ATS: Packers

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Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans

Point spread: Houston -5.5 Total: 40 It would behoove the Jaguars to lose out and get the best possible draft pick. Houston is tied for the AFC South lead with Tennessee and can’t afford a loss like this. The Texans won in Jacksonville 24-21 in Week 10 despite just 99 yards passing from Brock Osweiler. He did throw for two touchdowns. The Jaguars won the statistical battle but turned it over twice. Pick ATS: Texans

Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills

Point spread: Buffalo -10 Total: 43 There had been some talk that Buffalo might fire Coach Rex Ryan on Monday after his team was dominated at home by Pittsburgh on Sunday. Bills QB Tyrod Taylor really struggled, and after the game Ryan would commit to starting him going forward. That’s if it’s even Ryan’s choice. The Browns lost Sunday at home to Cincinnati to move one step closer to an 0-16 season. QB Robert Griffin III played for the first time since Week 1 due to a shoulder injury and was pretty terrible. Pick ATS: Browns

Philadelphia Eagles at Baltimore Ravens

Point spread: TBA Total: TBA Short week for Baltimore as it visited New England on Monday. The Eagles lost their fourth straight on Sunday, 27-22 at home to Washington. It feels like forever ago that team had a 3-0 record. Philly might be without running back Darren Sproles this week after he took a huge shot to the head against the Redskins while fielding a punt. Pick ATS: Ravens

Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs

Point spread: Kansas City -5 Total: 43 Tennessee continues to surprise as it beat visiting Denver 13-10 on Sunday to improve to 7-6 and stay tied atop the AFC South with Houston. The Titans won despite QB Marcus Mariota, who had been playing spectacular in recent weeks, completing just 6-for-20 for 88 yards. But Tennessee rushed for 180 yards. Kansas City beat Oakland on Thursday night to move into a tie for first in the AFC West with the Raiders, and the Chiefs hold the tiebreaker thanks to the season sweep. They now have eyes on the AFC’s top overall seed. Pick ATS: Chiefs

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Detroit Lions at New York Giants

Point spread: NY Giants -4.5 Total: TBA Potential playoff preview? Detroit beat Chicago on Sunday to maintain a two-game lead atop the NFC North and move into the No. 2 overall spot in the conference. QB Matthew Stafford tore ligaments on the middle finger of his throwing hand, but he’s going to play through it while wearing a glove. That has to hamper him some, however. I recommended taking the Giants +3.5 on Sunday night against visiting Dallas and New York rallied for 10-7 victory. Big Blue holds down the NFC’s top wild-card spot and still has an outside shot at winning the NFC East. Pick ATS: Giants

Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings

Point spread: Minnesota -4 Total: 45 Indianapolis lost 22-17 on Sunday at home in a minor upset to Houston, and that really hurts the Colts’ chances to win the AFC South. If they lose here, they can forget about the playoffs for a second straight year. Minnesota won for only the second time in eight games Sunday, 25-16 in Jacksonville. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer returned from a one-game absence due to eye surgery. His team is just on the outside of the playoff field looking in currently. Pick ATS: Vikings

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

Point spread: Pittsburgh -3 Total: 44.5 There could be some shenanigans in this game. The most recent time Pittsburgh visited Cincinnati was in last season’s wild-card playoffs. The Steelers rallied for an 18-16 win in part because of a ridiculously stupid and dangerous late fourth-quarter personal foul penalty on Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict when he hit defenseless Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown. It was a dirty play by Burfict. Brown suffered a concussion and missed the next playoff game, and Burfict was suspended the first three games of this year. Thus he missed the Bengals’ Week 2 24-16 loss in Pittsburgh. Expect some payback here if possible from the Steelers. Pick ATS: Steelers

New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals

Point spread: Arizona -2.5 Total: 50 Both these clubs dropped close games Sunday and are basically playing out the string now. New Orleans lost 16-11 in Tampa Bay as Drew Brees threw three interceptions in back-to-back weeks for the first time in his Hall of Fame career. He hasn’t thrown a TD pass in consecutive games for the first time in seven years. The Cardinals staged a big rally to tie Miami late but allowed the Dolphins to drive down the field and kick the winning field goal. Pick ATS: Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons

Point spread: Atlanta -13 Total: 51.5 San Francisco somehow blew a 17-6 fourth-quarter home lead against a bad New York Jets team on Sunday and fell in overtime 23-17 for its 12th straight defeat. The Niners failed to score on their final eight possessions of the game and kicker Phil Dawson missed two field goals. Atlanta played without superstar receiver Julio Jones on Sunday in Los Angeles but it hardly mattered as the Falcons blasted the Rams 42-14. Matt Ryan threw for three TDs. Jones has a good chance of playing this week. Pick ATS: 49ers

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New England Patriots at Denver Broncos

Point spread: TBA Total: TBA It will be strange watching a Patriots-Broncos game without Tom Brady facing off against Peyton Manning. Of course those two dueled in last season’s AFC Championship Game in Denver, the final meeting in arguably the greatest individual rivalry in NFL history. The Broncos won 20-18 behind two TD throws from Manning and a strong defense. Brady was intercepted on a tying 2-point attempt with 12 seconds left. Pick ATS: Broncos

Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers

Point spread: Oakland -3 Total: 50.5 Extra rest for the Raiders after losing last Thursday in Kansas City to fall into a first-place tie in the AFC West. The Chargers are playing out the string. It’s the last time these two AFC West rivals will play a game in San Diego as the Chargers are expected to move to Los Angeles next year. The Raiders go for the season sweep after a 34-31 home victory in Week 5. The Chargers had a chance to tie it late on a 36-yard field-goal attempt, but holder Drew Kaser simply dropped the snap. San Diego also turned it over four times. Pick ATS: Raiders

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys

Point spread: Dallas -7.5 Total: TBA This game was “flexed” into the Sunday night slot a couple of weeks ago. I will have an in-depth preview later this week. Tampa beat visiting Dallas 10-6 in Week 10 last year, but both teams are vastly better in 2016. Pick ATS: Bucs

Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins, Monday

Point spread: Washington -4.5 Total: 51 Matchup of 2015 division winners. Defending NFC champion Carolina isn’t returning to the playoffs this season, and Washington has some work to do to earn a wild-card spot. Look for a preview of this later this week. Pick ATS: Redskins

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