NFL Week 15 Betting Preview
Each week, I tend to put out NFL tips on Twitter, so thought I may as well put them all in one place from now on. I suggest you carefully pick which tips you back, and place between £2 and £10 on them, and please gamble responsibly.
Without RG3, Washington's offense will be led by Kirk Cousins and Alfred Morris. I expect the rookie back to have a nice game against a middling rush D. Because Cousins is making his first start, I like Cleveland to bring the blitz all day, and you can expect the Browns to force turnovers.
Best Bet: Washington +4 – 10/11
In this Floridian battle, the Dolphins go in 7 point favourites, and with both teams coming off 2 straight losses, something has got to give. I think Miami cover the spread, but could face an early scare. Without MJD and Rashard Jennings, Jacksonville will get the rock to third string back Montell Owens.
Best Bet: Miami to win by 7-12 points - 4/1
Worth a Punt: Montell Owens to score first TD - 8/1
Packers @ Bears (live on Sky Sports 2)
A Packers win would see the NFC North tied up, but going into Soldier Field is never an easy task. Looking to avenge a Week 2 beat down; I like the Bears to cover the 2.5 point spread. For GB, Aaron Rodgers may lead a great offense, but Alex Green has looked good out of the backfield since grabbing the starter's job.
Best Bet: Alex Green to score a TD anytime - EVS
Worth a Punt: Chicago Bears -1.5 - 11/8
A divisional win for the Vikings last week saw them edge closer to a wildcard spot, yet it is the Rams that present a bigger surprise this season. At 6-6-1, a St Louis win here would see them overtake the Vikings in the playoff race, and their home form states they should scrape by Minnesota.
Best Bet: Under 39 points - 10/11
Worth a Punt: Adrian Peterson to score the first TD - 9/2
The 3rd and 4th seeds in the AFC clash in a cold M&T Bank Stadium, and the Broncos look to protect their win streak of 8. After firing offensive co-ordinator cam Cameron last week, the Ravens O will now be lead by first-time play-caller Kim Caldwell, which could play well into the Broncos' hands.
Best Bet: Denver Broncos -6 - 13/10
Worth a Punt: Denver to win by 13-18 points - 13/2
Tampa lost a heart-breaker last week as the Eagles rallied late, and now travel to divisional rivals New Orleans knowing they need to snap their 3 loss streak and gain respectability. For the Saints, a good week off the field saw some palyer suspensions vacated, and will look to translate that success to the field.
Best Bet: Under 54 points - 10/11
Worth a Punt: Saints to win by 7-12 points - 9/2
Many though Indianapolis were on course to repeat last season's failures, yet the Colts have confounded expectations by pushing for the playoffs, yet a win here will secure the AFC South for Houston. The Texans were embarrassed last week, and their powerful D, led by the fearsome JJ Watt will be out to get the win.
Best Bet: Colts +6.5 in the 1st Half - EVS
Worth a Punt: Indianapolis to turnover 4 times or more - 11/2
The Falcons may lead the NFC, but recent performances have shown up some deep weaknesses, and the Giants will be out to exploit them. New York will travel to Atlanta with heavy hearts after the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and like the Chiefs and Cowboys before them, may channel that emotion into their play.
Best Bet: Giants to win by 1-6 points - 18/5
Worth a Punt: David Wilson to score the first TD - 7/1
The annual Toronto 'home' game for Buffalo often sees them struggle, and after last week's loss to St Louis at the Ralph, they are 5 point dogs against Seattle, who racked up 58 points on Arizona last week. The Seahawks know a win in Canada could all but guarantee them a wildcard spot, and should cover the spread.
Best Bet: Seahawks -7 - 11/10
Worth a Punt: Seattle to score in every quarter - 9/4
Detroit's 5 game slide has been emblematic of their recent troubles, but throwing away big leads late on is unforgivable. Expect Detroit to build a big lead in Phoenix against a weak Cardinals outfit, but unlike most games this year, the Lions should keep it.
Best Bet: Detroit -9 - 6/5
Worth a Punt: Detroit to win by 19-24 points - 8/1
San Diego's out-of-nowhere victory over Pittsburgh last week may well be a flash in the pan as Norv Turner slowly says goodbye to the franchise, but as Carolina come to town, the Chargers have a chance to get to 6-8. The Panthers, off the back of a good win against Atlanta, are out of playoff contention.
Best Bet: Carolina +3 - 21/20
Worth a Punt: Carolina to win by 1-6 points - 15/4
Steelers @ Cowboys (live on Sky Sports 2)
Their aforementioned loss to San Diego last Sunday was a huge blow to Pittsburgh and Mike Tomlin, and now face a tough road trip to Jerry World. Dallas' late win in Cincy may have been led by emotion, but that performance can carry over, especially with a wildcard spot in view.
Best Bet: Under 45.5 points - 10/11
Worth a Punt: Steelers/Cowboys Double Result - 13/2
Two of the league's worst teams square off in this AFC West clash, and KC would love to compound Oakland's 6 game losing streak, and leapfrog them in the division's standings. The Raiders have had a long rest since their TNF loss to Denver, and are out to re-gain to respectability.
Best Bet: Under 43.5 points - 10/11
Worth a Punt: KC to win by 1-6 points - 4/1
49ers @ Patriots (live on Channel 4)
The Patriots may have humiliated their AFC rivals Houston last week on primetime, but now host a San Francisco team looking to take the NFC second seed. Under the stewardship of second year QB Colin Kaepernick, the Niners have looked shaky, and the Patriots should get the win in Foxboro.
Best Bet: Over 47 points - 10/11
Worth a Punt: Randy moss to score a TD - 4/1