NFL Options, Predictions Against Spread for Week 15: Rams Top Cowboys; Steelers bills stuff; The Jekans upset the Titans

Week 15 in the NFL has arrived, which means there are only 48 games in the regular 2019 season to be predicted. This is the opportunity to finish strong with another three whole weekly programs to make our choices and predictions both straight and against spread.

There were some swing games that went in our favor last week and some others that didn’t. There are four two-digit differences to be considered this week, balanced by seven games for which the separation is less than four points.

Well, here’s our latest impassioned prediction of the upcoming NFL results. All odds are courtesy of SportsInsider.com.

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The NFL Week 15 qualifies, against spreads

  • Game of the Week: Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys (-1)

Sunday, 4:25 pm ET, Fox

The Thieves have adapted with their offensive changes to help Jared Goff reunite with Todd Gurley and smooth their game with Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Tyler HIgbee. Sean McVay shows off his training steaks when his team needs him the most, while Jason Garrett continues to leave the Cowboys, who are going through an identity crisis with Ezekiel Elliott and a battered Dak Prescott. Dallas’ defense is also struggling with injuries, with LA finding a dead end with Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey leading the way.

Choose: Thieves win 27-24.

  • Midwestern Game of the Week: New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens (-15)

Thursday, 8:20 pm ET, Fox / NFL / Amazon Prime Video Network

The Jets are made with the easy second timing. Sam Darnold and the passing game will return to try to overcome Ravens’ turmoil and the ugly side, and no one knows how Le’Veon Bell will be used when he returns from his illness. The Jets will try to conquer Lamar Jackson, but their traditional defense is useless against him, especially with their exhausted body. The chaos of the secondary will also allow him to carry some large passports.

Choose: The Ravens win 30-10 and cover the spread.

Result: The Ravens won 42-21 and covered the spread.

  • Upset of the Week: Houston Texans over Tennessee Titans (-3)

Sunday, 1 pm ET, CBS

The Texans’ defense is poor and struggles to stop the pass all season with little pressure and unstable cornerback play. Now, its problems against the struggle are beginning to manifest itself as well. With that said, they still have Deshaun Watson. Defending the Titans may be daunting at times, but Watson’s performance outside of the script as a runner and deep thrower will be at the point of compensating for this ugly first half loss to the Broncos. Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry will once again offer high production together for the Titans, but this is like a game that Watson will be slowly returning to.

Choose: James wins 31-27.

  • Lock of the Week: Seattle Seahawks (-6) over Carolina Panthers

Sunday, 1 pm ET, Fox

The Seahawks know the Panthers have played well five times since 2015, going 3-2. They won in Charlotte last November to sink the Panthers’ playoff chances. Seattle, despite the hard hitting in Los Angeles last week, plays hard on purpose. Carolina seemed to lose more energy without Ron Rivera doubling down on the road to Atlanta. The Seahawks are a good rushing team with Chris Carson, and the Panthers have the worst defense in the NFC. Seattle also has hikers and bullets that can keep Kyle Allen tough. The Seahawks seem to defy history and play well in Eastern Time zone games.

Choose: The Seahawks win 27-14 and cover the spread.

  • Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-4 1/2)

Sunday, 1 pm ET, Fox

The Packers are not an explosive team moving away from opponents with Aaron Rodgers lighting up every week. It’s more of a grinding team based on Aaron Jones and the current game with a more reliable defense, especially against the pass. Mitchell Trubisky has hit for the Bears as things have opened for his arm and legs, but this matchup against a good and secondary track at Lambeau is a different story. The Bears will stay in the game with their offense, but the Packers will survive a race to sweep the season.

Choose: The Packers win 20-17 but do not cover the spread.

  • Denver Bronx, Kansas City Chiefs (-10)

Sunday, 1 pm ET, CBS

The Chiefs won a big game against the Patriots last week after New England lost to Houston, which lost to Denver in Week 14. Drew Lock won his first two starts due to an offensive shutout. But the combination of pressure and cover for the Chiefs works and their offense can create a big head-on, making it more difficult for the pioneer to make a one-dimensional comeback. Patrick Mahomes strikes, and this is not the same game as Kansas City, but the Chiefs have shown that they can still play great games on both sides of the ball when they need it.

Choose: The Chiefs win 27-10 and cover the spread.

  • New England Patriots (-9) at Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, 1 pm ET, CBS

“We’re in Cincinnati” is the literal Christian cry of the patriots once again as they are lost in the most frustrating way to the leaders. They will keep it simple and avoid pressure on Tom Brady in a limited passing game, turning into a successful game with Sony Michel, then backing it up with leading defense and special teams. This feels like one of their first seasons, only with fewer style points (and real points) on the way.

Choose: The Patriots win 24-13 and cover the spread.

  • Philadelphia Eagles (-6) at Washington Redskins

Sunday, 1 pm ET, Fox

The Eagles played the Redskins on Week 1 when they had a much more explosive offense. They are more in grind now with their current game and short-passing game. The Redskins force run the ball with a different coach for the rematch on Bill Callahan, but lost a big gun with Derrius Guice’s latest injury. The Eagles’ flames will ring Dwayne Haskins hard enough to keep him from burning his sideline, and Carson Wentz will do the right thing to win the Eagles another game without looking ahead to the Cowboys.

Choose: The Eagles win 23-13 and cover the spread.

  • Miami Dolphins at New York Giants (-3 1/2)

Sunday, 1 pm ET, CBS

The Dolphins stay in the games due to excellent training by Brian Flores and Chad O’Shea. They have many staff limitations, but they take all the stops with their design to be consistently competitive. On paper, however, they have far less talent than the Giants in a two-team battle that can’t stop running or covering anyone. Saquon Barkley will do more than Patrick Laird does from the backfield, while Eli Manning (most likely) will just overtake Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Choose: The Giants win 26-23 but do not cover the spread.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3.5) at Detroit Lions

Sunday, 1 pm ET, Fox

The Buccaneers will have a blow-up Jameis Winston (right thumb) for that likely against David Blough in a typical weird, late-season matchup QBs. Winston will be without Mike Evans but has many other wide receivers and tight ends to take advantage of Detroit’s defense. Blough will have opportunities to get favorable shots for Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. against bad secondary. Winston, despite his turnovers, is easier to trust because of the edge experience.

Choose: The Buccaneers win 27-24 but do not cover the spread.

  • Minnesota Vikings (-2 1/2) at Los Angeles Chargers

Sunday, 4:05 pm ET, CBS

This is a difficult, long road trip for the Vikings so late in the season and they didn’t go well in defense two weeks ago in Seattle. They should have enough support from Los Angeles to help them, but defending the Chargers will give them some trouble with their own rush and coverage, especially if they don’t want to get over the injured Dalvin Cook. The Chargers are made to play spoilers so late in the season, and showed last week what they can be when their talent hits all the reels. That won’t be so dominant, but LA will make it 3-0 against the top three NFC North teams.

Choose: Chargers win 27-20.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders (-5 1/2)

Sunday, 4:05 pm ET, CBS

The Jaguars are unable to trust him and Doug Marrone finds it difficult to find any motivated answers. A Raiders defense will help Gardner Minshew and Leonard Fournette, but remember that this is the last game in Ochaland before moving to Las Vegas next season. They were injured in a bad Week 14 loss to the Titans, so Derek Carr, Jon Gruden and the rest of the team had to shoot to close the Coliseum on a high note. They will remain relentless on the ground, even without Josh Jacobs, and will do so for Black Hole believers.

Choose: Raiders win 27-20 and cover spread.

  • Cleveland Browns (-2) in the Arizona Cardinals

Sunday, 4:05 pm ET, CBS

This is a revenge game for former Cardinals assistant Freddie Kitchens and defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who served his only season as the Cardinals’ head coach last year. Kliff’s replacement Kingsbury’s offense has been resolved by opponents, especially without a traditional game and with enough viable receivers to help Kyler Murray. QB’s Heisman in Arizona and Oklahoma’s general forerunner, Baker Mayfield, collapsed in year two thanks in part to the destruction of Odell Beckham Jr., but the Cardinals offer little resistance to the true heads of Browns, Hunt and Kubb. the host Jarvis Landry. Murray will run to make some great passes, but will limit himself when he counts most.

Choose: Coffee wins 27-24 and covers spread.

  • Atlanta Falcons in San Francisco 49ers (-11)

Sunday, 4:25 pm ET, Fox

The French will also feel the game of revenge from former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. It will be a step ahead of the defensive tendencies of his former coach, Dan Quinn, now his immediate counterpart. Wrong direction, balance and explosiveness will create bad communication and discipline in Atlanta, as Jimmy Garoppolo remains well protected to take the back seven. Matt Ryan will feel heat from the sidelines from Nick Bosa and others and will lose Calvin Ridley, his most reliable receiver on any route this season.

Choose: The 49ers win 38-24 and cover the spread.

  • Buffalo Bill at Pittsburgh Steelers (-2)

Sunday, 8.20 pm ET, NBC

Josh Allen and the bills were largely confused last week. That’s bad news against the Steelers, who made a similar number to Murray. Allen will lay off a ton and remain on the decline, while the Steelers will ease the burden on Devlin Hodges with more success in the current game. Pittsburgh will become the AFC’s best wild card team and will continue to build on the incredible second pick.

Choose: Steelers win 20-17 and cover spread.

  • Indianapolis Colts in New Orleans Saints (-9)

Monday, 8:15 pm ET, ESPN

The Colts had a difficult time without Andrew Luck, but it’s not about Andrew Luck not being there. Injuries have moved to offense – in and around Jacoby Brissett – and the defense has not been immune to poor health either, leading to a secondary drop for coach Frank Reich. The Colts will stick hard with their offensive and defensive fronts, though. The Saints are the best and most accomplished team at the moment, but the Colts have made the habit of playing single possession games.

Choose: The Saints win 30-23 but do not cover the spread.

Statistics of the week:
Week 14 records straight: 11-5
Week 14 records the spread: 7-8
Record earnings: 138-69
Anti-Spread Period Recording: 112-88
Twists of the Week: 7-7
Locks of the week: 7-7

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