Betting on three teams who lost their last games seldom seems like a recipe for success at the sportsbook, but that’s what we’re going to try here in Week 15 in fades of the two Ohio franchises (Bengals, Browns), and Jared Goff and the Rams in Seattle.
The opening team in this 3-team Week 15 NFL Parlay is the Vikings -- who let us down here last week, but then again, so did the other two unfocused teams, the Saints and the Patriots -- and this seems like a perfect spot to back Case Keenum and Minnesota, coming off a Loss that snapped a nice Winning Streak to the Panthers in Carolina and now knowing the Eagles -- their big competition for Home-field advantage in the NFC -- will have to try to make do the rest of the way without emerging star and starting QB Carson Wentz who was injured in Week 15. For now, there is still a 10½ available in this game (Bookmaker).
These two don’t play much by the nature of NFL scheduling, but Minnesota is 2-0 ATS the L2 meetings in The Land Of 10,000 Lakes and Prince, and the Favorite (4-0 ATS L4) and Home team (5-0 ATS L5) have gotten the butter in this series when they have met. The Vikings (14/1 to win Super Bowl 52, Bovada) are still 7-1 SU their L8 after losing at Carolina in Week 14, 31-24 (MIN -2½), while on Sunday, AJ Green and Cincinnati (2-4 SU on Road) were embarrassed 33-7 at Home by the Bears, losing outright as 6-point Home Favorites. Ouch. That one. The Trends here show that Minnesota (7/1 win NFC, Bovada) and Head Coach Mike Zimmer (32-20-1 ATS) are 25-17-2 ATS their L54 Home games no matter what the stadium while the talented Receiving corps of Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph (Foot, Day-to-Day) and Minnesota are a profitable 40-16 ATS in their L54 overall (71.4%), but Cincinnati is 18-7-1 ATS L26 December games and 4-1 ATS its L5 overall.Predicted Final Score: Vikings 34, Bengals 10Free Leg 1 Pick: Vikings -11Best Line Offered: 5Dimes
Leg 2: Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns (+7.5)
This AFC North Week 15 game from Cleveland on Sunday obviously means everything to the Ravens and absolutely nothing to Cleveland (0-13SU), save for possibly getting its first Win of the 2017 Regular Season before the season turns from Fall to Winter and Football reluctantly makes way for Basketball and Baseball. So fading the worst ATS (and SU) team in the NFL not only this season (3-10 ATS), but last as well (4-12-0 ATS in 2016) after going 5-10-1 the season before seems as natural as breathing oxygen. With Baltimore at 7-6 SU and currently looking in as the 7th seed in a 6-team AFC Playoff field, winning this perceived easy game and moving onto Week 16 (IND) and Week 17 (CIN) -- two very winnable games -- with an 8-6 Record as opposed to a 7-7 one is paramount for 10th-year Head Coach John Harbaugh (88-75-9 ATS).
Joe Flacco and the Ravens (66/1 to win Super Bowl, Bovada) have dominated in this series of late with Baltimore (33/1 to win Super Bowl, Bovada) going 12-6 ATS the L18 meetings (4-1 ATS L5) and winning SU and covering ATS as 7½-point Home favorites in Week 2 in Crab City. The Ravens (7-5-1 ATS in 2017) should win this one going away if they concentrate early and look o establish a strong Rushing attack through RB Alex Collins (825 Rushing yards, 5 TDs), who had a great game for Baltimore against Pittsburgh last weekend in Week 14 in Baltimore’s heartbreaking Loss to the Steelers in The Steel City (18 Rushes, 120 yards, 6.7 ypc, TD). The Ravens are 4-1-1 ATS in their L6 overall and have played in 7 Overs in their L9 games and will likely exploit any mistakes by the hosts with the more experienced QB in Flacco (44-37-1 ATS on Road, 4-1-1 ATS in 2017) who knows how important winning this game handily and looking forward is to his team in this soft scheduling spot. Baltimore should finish 10-6.Predicted Final Score: Ravens 31, Browns 13Free Leg 2 Pick: Ravens -7.5Best Line Offered: BetOnline
Leg 3: Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (-1)
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks (8-5 SU, 5-7-1 ATS) welcome Jared Goff and the Rams (9-4 SU, 8-5 ATS) to the Emerald City for this huge Week 15 NFC West showdown and a game that could result in a tie atop the division should Seattle (4-2 SU at Home) over Los Angeles NFC (5-1 SU on Road). With the hosts playing better these days, Richard Sherman and the Seahawks having already beaten the Rams in La La Land, 16-10 (LAR -2½, 46½) and this game a lifeline to possibly winning the NFC West. Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll might try to slow the tempo down in order to try to sweep Todd Gurley and the upstart Rams (10/1 to win NFC, Bovada), who have scored more Points than any other team in the NFL (396) outside of the now Carson Wentz-less Eagles (404 PF).).
The Trends here support backing Jimmy Graham and the Seahawks who are 11-6 ATS the L17 against the Rams (13-4 SU), 5-0-1 ATS the L6 Week 15’s and 20-7-1 ATS the L28 games they have played in December while the Rams are 29-59-1 ATS their L89 Road dates vs. Teams with Winning Home Records, 5-12-1 ATS the L18 against the NFC and 8-18-1 ATS the L27 games they’ve played on a FieldTurf playing surface. With the screaming 12th Man and the mathematical reality of a tie atop the NFC West with both leaving Week 15 with 9-5 SU records, laying the minimal toothpick lumber and backing Seattle is the Rx as the Pressure, Site and Seattle Defense for 60 minutes will likely prove to be too much for the visitors. This one should be good viewing.Predicted Final Score: Seahawks 24, Rams 19Free Leg 3 Pick: Seahawks -1 Best Line Offered: Bookmaker