NFL Betting: What We Learned From Week 15

David Lawrence

Monday, December 15, 2014 1:47 PM GMT

The NFL season has made the final turn and is heading for the home stretch. Week 15 provided a couple of surprises for bettors. Here’s what we learned from that game and more in Week 15.

The Green Bay Packers Are Vulnerable On The Road
So it’s time to get off that Green Bay Packers bandwagon, eh? Yes, they finally lost, which ended their five-game winning streak. What we learned from Sunday is that the Packers are a very different team at home than on the road. At home, they are nearly unstoppable. On the road, they can lose to just about anyone. The Packers went to Buffalo and scored just 13 points, which is a start contrast from the 40.2 points per game they averaged in their last five contests. The 13 points were the second-fewest they’ve scored in a game this season. They are now 3-4 in away games this season compared to 7-0 at home.

The loss hurts as it drops them in the NFC standings but with one more matchup against the Detroit Lions on deck, it shouldn’t affect them with the NFC North – especially since the Lions will be visiting Lambeau Field.

 

Cincinnati Bengals Are A Complete Jekyll & Hyde
The Bengals are a team that’s completely Jekyll and Hyde. One week they look fantastic, as they did on Sunday in a suffocating 30-0 win in Cleveland. Another week and they’re getting blown out 42-21 as they did at home to Pittsburgh last week.

The Bengals have a tough two games remaining with a home game against the Denver Broncos this coming Monday Night Football and then a road trip to Pittsburgh in Week 17. They better hope the good Bengals show up both weeks or they’re not going to the playoffs.

 

The Arizona Cardinals Are Finally Done
The Cardinals are coming off an impressive 12-6 road win in St. Louis – impressive because the Rams had been hot and the Cardinals had been left for dead – but it appears that we can finally put the nail in their coffin. With Drew Stanton out for at least a month, the Cardinals will have to turn to third or fourth stringers at quarterback, and that’s simply not going to cut the mustard. The Cardinals are already without lead running back Andre Ellington too.

Arizona is home to Seattle next week and at San Francisco the following week. It’s hard to imagine them winning either games unless either Ryan Lindley or Logan Thomas can play janitor admirably. It’s unlikely.

 

And So Are The Miami Dolphins
Remember when the Miami Dolphins beat New England 33-20 in Week 1? Remember when they were 5-3 and were supposedly on the rise? Yeah, nobody else does either. This team has been a gong show since as they have now lost two straight and four of six. Worse yet, they haven’t even looked competitive in the last two weeks as they’ve been outscored 69-26. By the time the second half rolled around in both games, they were getting wiped off the map.

This is a team that’s packed it in. Be very careful betting placing NFL picks on them in home games against the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets in the coming weeks.