NFL Week 15 predictions: Picks against spread for every Sunday game
The Posts Wednesday back page was printed in New York but it might as well have been from Bizzaro World. It read, WHO WOULDA THUNK IT?! stacked between action photos of Tommy Cutlets DeVito and Zach Wilson.
The occasion was the naming of the local quarterbacks as their respective conferences Offensive Player of the Week.
The honors were well-deserved and could never have been predicted on Oct. 29, when Brian Daboll declined to let DeVito throw the ball downfield in the rain against the Jets, or even weeks later when Wilson imploded after that miracle win and was benched.
Though these developments are probably too late to result in postseason rewards, at least they have served to make the final few weeks of football in the big city more entertaining, even as both teams are sizeable road underdogs in Week 15.
New York Giants (+6) over NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
New Orleans is tied for first in the NFC South despite a 6-7 record and losses in three of its past four games (with the win coming last week against the dreadful Panthers). Derek Carr has been banged up, and his two starting receivers (Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed) are listed as questionable midweek. Its a nice setup for Wink Martindales defense.
New Orleans is healthier on defense, and the Superdome will be inhospitable for DeVito, but Im getting the sense his teammates are all-in with him, and that Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka are figuring out ways to maximize his talents.
This line actually went up a half-point after the Giants victory over the Packers, so perhaps there are bettors who fade teams that have to travel off an emotional Monday night game. But I think the recent success and fervor around DeVito will keep their energy high.
New York Jets (+8.5) over MIAMI DOLPHINS
This line has sunk from 13.5 prior to the Dolphins Monday nighter against the Titans. The colossal loss at the end was only part of the bad news for Miami. Early in the game, star players were going down one after another. Raheem Mostert, Jaylen Waddle, Tyreek Hill, DeVon Achane, if only temporarily.
At midweek, four of their five starting offensive linemen were on the injury report as well. The Jets defense, which turned Houstons league-leading pass offense to dust last week, will be looking to make a statement here.
Can Wilson and the Jets offense do enough to take advantage? Well, he typically follows up his rare good games with clunkers, but Im willing to take a chance here because Wilson seems to have adopted a nothing-to-lose attitude and is playing more freely.
Zach Wilson #2 of the New York Jets reacts on the field after a 30-6 win over the Houston Texans. Getty Images## Sunday
Chicago Bears (+3) over CLEVELAND BROWNS
Congrats to Joe Flacco on his 311 yards and the win over the Jaguars, but Browns stars are crumbling around him. RBs Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt are questionable, and SS Grant Delpit will be missed by a banged-up secondary. Justin Fields is enjoying a revival for the Bears.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3.5) over GREEN BAY PACKERS
Baker Mayfield has been duking it out in some close wins of late. And though Tampa Bay has some injuries on defense, the Packers are on short rest off a Monday nighter, and that could help keep this within a field goal either way.
TENNESSEE TITANS (-3) over Houston Texans
The Texans overachieving offense was cut down by the Jets and a cluster of injuries last week. C.J. Stroud (concussion protocol) missed Wednesdays practice, and the receiving corps and offensive line have a lot of Qs listed. Not crazy about taking a Titans team off a miracle Monday win, but that seems to be the only alternative.
Kansas City Chiefs (-8) over NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Chiefs have lost two in a row and four of six, and last week went bonkers over a penalty that was their own fault (no matter how many photos their fans post on the internet of similar offsides that werent called). Theyve scored more than 21 points just once in the past six games. But I think this is the week Andy Reid refocuses everyone, even against a tough defense on the road.
Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks for an open receiver during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills. Getty Images## Atlanta Falcons (-3) over CAROLINA PANTHERS
Though the Falcons lost late to the Bucs last week, Desmond Ridders 347 passing yards were encouraging. Atlanta has injuries across the offensive line, but it shouldnt take many points to cover against the Cats who have lost six in a row, averaging 11.6 ppg.
ARIZONA CARDINALS (+13.5) over San Francisco 49ers
Niners have won five in a row but failed to cover the two double-digit closing lines in that run. Im intrigued by Kyler Murray and the Cardinals after last weeks win at Pittsburgh, and this feels a little like the Cowboys spot earlier this season.
LOS ANGELES RAMS (-6.5) over Washington Commanders
Lets do the math: Commanders have given up 29, 31, 45, 45 in four losses in a row. Rams have scored 37, 36, 31 in going 2-1. Theres usually more to it than that, but sometimes its just that.
Dallas Cowboys (+2) over BUFFALO BILLS
Forecast of upper 40s and mostly dry is a nice gift to the Cowboys. It could be way worse in Orchard Park in mid-December. Matchup of Bills desperation vs. Cowboys’ pursuit of a division title and NFC top seed. Feels like were getting the better team plus points here.
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Baltimore Ravens (-3) over JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Jacksonville is coming off losses to Jake Browning and Joe Flacco in which it yielded a total of 65 points. Now here comes a largely healthy Ravens team thats 4-1 on the road.
Philadelphia Eagles (-4) over SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Eagles went 3-2 through the gauntlet of Dallas-KC-Buffalo-San Francisco-Dallas. They got blown out in the last two but are healthy and ready to hammer the next pedestrian team on their schedule. Seahawks are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Best bets: Bengals, Colts, Eagles.
Lock of the week: Bengals (Locks 4-10 in 2023).
Last week: 6-8-1 overall, 1-2 Best Bets.
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