NFL Week 15 Betting: 5 Best Bets Against the Spread to Back
Week 14 was a wild week for NFL betting fans as we saw upsets galore across the league. Week 15 promises to be just as exciting as we have a great slate of games on Sunday.
Even better, Week 15 will kick off the Saturday games, which include Houston at New York Jets and Cleveland traveling to Denver. Last week, I went 3/5 on my Best Bets. Let’s try to beat that in Week 15, with these five point-spread bets (plus one moneyline suggestion).
5 Best Spread Bets for NFL Week 14
1. Raiders (+3) at Bengals
The Oakland Raiders are still one of the worst teams in the NFL, but they have played significantly better, as of late. Oakland has won two of their last four and has played great games against Baltimore and Kansas City.
Cincinnati, on the other hand, has given up on the season. They’ve lost their last five games by a combined 74 points and really haven’t been all that competitive. Without Andy Dalton or A.J. Green, I’m confused as to why the Bengals are favored in this one. However, I will take the points and pick the Raiders to go to Cincinnati to beat the Bengals.
2. Seahawks (-4) at 49ers
Don't look now, but if the NFL Draft were held today, the San Francisco 49ers would hold the No.1 pick. I don't expect that to change anytime soon as the 49ers aren't a very good team despite upsetting Denver at home last week. In Week 15, they will face one of the hotter teams in the NFL in the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle has won four straight, and two of their most recent losses have come against the Rams and the Chargers. Seattle's defense is starting to heat up as they are allowing just 16.7 points in their last three games.
With the 49ers being forced to start Nick Mullens at quarterback this week, I can’t imagine the 49ers scoring more than 17 points in Week 15. Despite playing on Monday Night Football, I’m picking the Seahawks to cover on the road.
3. Buccaneers (+8) at Ravens
Despite their loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, Baltimore has played very well over the last four weeks of the season. Lamar Jackson has breathed life into this Ravens' team, and they are on the verge of recapturing the division lead. With a win over Tampa Bay and a Pittsburgh loss to New England, the Ravens would lead the AFC North.
While I think Baltimore will probably win this game, laying eight points seems like too many against a Buccaneers team that can score points. Tampa Bay is 4-4-1 against the spread as an underdog this season. I’ll take the Ravens’ moneyline (-360) here but will take the Buccaneers to cover on the road.
4. Lions (+2.5) at Bills
Much like my reasoning from last week, the Bills shouldn’t be favored in a game this season. So when I see a team getting points against Buffalo, I have to take it as Buffalo has won a game this season as a favorite. According to DVOA, the Bills are the 31st ranked team in the NFL with an offense that is averaging just 15.5 points per game.
This week, Buffalo will take on the Lions. Detroit doesn’t have a great record this season, but they have played well in their last four games, including beat the Cardinals on the road last week by two touchdowns. However, Detroit is 0-4 this season as a road underdog this season. I expect them to snap that streak in Week 15. Getting the 2.5 points makes this bet all the easier.
Steelers (+2.5) vs Patriots
For the most part, the Patriots have owned the Steelers over the last several years. Since 1998, the Steelers have won just three of 15 matchups with their last win coming in 2011. However, neither of these teams is playing very well right now.
Last season, the Steelers had the Patriots beat. But the Jesse James’ no-catch ruling changed the catch rule as we know it. The Steelers are coming off a three-game losing streak and desperately need a win to stay on top of the AFC North.
New England fell to the Dolphins in Miami on one of the craziest plays you will ever see. Since 2000, teams are just 1-10 on the road after losing on a walk-off touchdown. Their defense is a mess and will need some magic to keep the Steelers under 30 points this week. I’m expecting the Steelers to get their revenge, at home against their biggest rival.