Fresh out of the oven, here are your NFL Early Lines from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook for Week 15 play along with starting times, TV information, some relevant trends and a couple of future picks.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Arizona Cardinals vs. St. Louis Rams -2½ (NFL Network, 8:25 p.m. ET/5:25 p.m. PT)
The Arizona Cardinals (9-3 SU, 8-4 ATS, vs. Chiefs Sunday) head to the Gateway City to face the St. Louis Rams (5-7 SU, 6-6 ATS, at Redskins Sunday) in an NFC West game that, at first glance, appears quite perilous for the visitors. But the Cardinals are 3-1 ATS L4 against the Rams here at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook’s NFL 2014 Games of the Year opened this game at Cardinals -1, so, this Week 15 Advanced Line is very telling and is a reflection of both Carson Palmer’s injury and the way these two teams have played the last several weeks.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs -10 (CBS, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT):
Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri is the site of this AFC West meeting between the host Kansas City Chiefs (7-5 SU, 8-4 ATS, at Cardinals Sunday) and the visiting Oakland Raiders (1-11 SU, 6-6 ATS, vs. 49ers Sunday) in a rematch of Week 12 where the Raiders earned their first win in a long time and only victory of this 2014 NFL season. So, the Chiefs, still playing for something, will remember that. But the Raiders are 7-1 ATS L8 here in Kansas City so those double-digits look tempting despite the revenge factor.
NFL Pick: Raiders +10
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Baltimore Ravens -12½ (CBS, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT):
The Baltimore Ravens (7-5 SU, 6-5-1 ATS, at Dolphins Sunday) welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10 SU, 3-8-1 ATS, vs.Texans Sunday) to Crab City and M&T Bank Stadium for this AFC interdivisional tilt which will no doubt have much meaning to the host Ravens. Baltimore is 3-0 ATS L3 at Home vs. the Jaguars but these two teams haven’t met in Baltimore since 2008.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Atlanta Falcons -1½ (CBS, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT):
Ben Roethlisberger (39-44 ATS Away) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS, at Bengals Sunday) head south to Atlanta and the Georgia Dome to dance with the Atlanta Falcons (5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS, at Packers Monday Night Football) in an interconference tussle which will be massively huge for both teams. The Falcons are 4-1 ATS L5 against the Steelers and Pittsburgh is a paltry 2-6 ATS on the Road this season.
Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts -7 (CBS, 1 p.m./10 a.m. PT):
Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis is the sire of this AFC South showdown between the first-place Indianapolis Colts (8-4 SU, 9-3 ATS, at Browns Sunday) and QB Andrew Luck (17-6-1 ATS Home) and the Houston Texans (6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS, at Jaguars Sunday) in a game which will be much more important for the visiting Texans who are 0-4 ATS L4 against Indianapolis and 0-4 ATS L4 here in Naptown. The Colts won and covered the point spread in Week 6 with a 33-28 win in Houston as 2½-point Underdogs on the NFL odds.
NFL Pick: Colts -7
Cincinnati Bengals -2 vs. Cleveland Browns (FOX, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT):
This crucial AFC North battle at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland sees the Cleveland Browns (7-5 SU, 6-4-2 ATS, vs. Colts Sunday) play host to their in-state rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals (8-3-1 SU, 6-5-1 ATS, vs. Steelers Sunday), in a game which will be more important for the hosts who could be playing for their playoff lives. The Bengals are 3-2-1 ATS L6 vs. the Browns after Cincinnati lost as 6½-point Favorites at Home in Week 12 to Cleveland, 24-3.
Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots -7½ (CBS, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT):
The New England Patriots (9-3 SU, 7-5 ATS, at Chargers Sunday Night Football) and the upstart Miami Dolphins (7-5 SU, 7-5 ATS, vs. Ravens Sunday) lock horns in this AFC East brouhaha at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. The Patriots are 3-1 ATS L4 against the Dolphins here at Home and New England will no doubt remember the Week 1 drubbing in Miami where it lost 33-20 as 3½-point Favorites. The revenge will be sweet and may ultimately bounce The Fish from playoff contention.
NFL Pick: Patriots -7½
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers -3½ (FOX, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT):
Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte is the site of this NFC South meeting between the host Carolina Panthers (3-8-1 SU, 6-6 ATS, at Saints Sunday) and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-10 SU, 5-7 ATS, at Lions Sunday) in what will be a tough game to handicap with both teams having disappointing seasons. Carolina won (20-14) and barely covered as 5½-point Favorites at Home in the season opener back on Sept. 7.
Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants -3½ (FOX, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT):
The Washington Redskins (3-9 SU, 4-8 ATS, vs. Rams Sunday) head north to East Rutherford, New Jersey and MetLife Stadium to doodle with the New York Giants (3-9 SU, 4-8 ATS, at Titans Sunday) in this NFC East snoozer. In Week 4, New York pounded Washington, 45-14 as 3-point Favorites in Landover.
Green Bay Packers -6½ vs. Buffalo Bills (FOX, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT):
Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo opens it doors for the hottest team in the NFC, the Green Bay Packers (9-3 SU, 7-4-1 ATS, vs. Falcons Monday Night Football), who will face the Bills (7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS, at Broncos Sunday) in an interconference matchup that sees the visitors as near-TD Favorites. The Packers are just 2-7 ATS L9 against the Bills and Green Bay is 0-4 ATS L4 Away here in Buffalo but backing the Bills even getting that many points is still a hard thing to do.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions -7 (CBS, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT):
The Minnesota Vikings (5-7 SU, 7-5 ATS, vs. Jets Sunday) visit Ford Field in Detroit to play the Detroit Lions (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS, vs. Buccaneers Sunday) in this NFC North game which will have great significance to the hosts Minnesota. The Vikings are 5-2 ATS L7 against the Lions, including an embarrassing 17-3 loss at Home in Minneapolis in Week 6 as 1-point Underdogs earlier this season.
New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans -3 (CBS, 4:05 p.m./1:05 p.m. PT):
The Tennessee Titans (2-10 SU, 3-8-1 ATS, at Eagles Sunday) host the New York Jets (2-10 SU, 3-8-1, at Vikings Sunday) at LP Field in Nashville in this meaningless AFC interdivisional contest unless there is great meaning derived in whom gets to draft in front of whom this summer. The Jets are a somewhat surprising 6-2 ATS L8 vs. the Titans.
Denver Broncos -3½ at San Diego Chargers (CBS, 4:05 p.m. ET/1:05 p.m. PT):
Peyton Manning (73-57-5 ATS Away) and the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos (9-3 SU, 6-6 ATS, vs. Bills Sunday) are in Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego next Sunday afternoon in Week 15 play against the host San Diego Chargers (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS, vs. Patriots Sunday) in an AFC battle of now first- and second-place teams and one of the most entertaining games on the week’s schedule. The Chargers are 11-4 ATS L15 vs. the Broncos but Denver is 3-0 ATS the L3 here in San Diego. In Week 8, the Broncos bucked the Chargers, 34-21 as 9-point Favorites in Denver. The SuperBook opened this game at Broncos -3½ in its summer NFL 2014 Games of the Year, so, spot on six months later.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks -6½ (FOX, 4:25 p.m. ET/1:25 p.m. PT):
The San Francisco 49ers (7-5 SU, 6-6 ATS, at Raiders Sunday) head up the Pacific coast to play the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS, at Eagles Sunday Night Football) in what, after the Seahawks’ 19-3 Thanksgiving day win over the 49ers in San Francisco, will be a mammoth game for the visitors and may be the one which eliminates them from the playoffs, depending of course on what happens in Week 14 and around the league in Week 15. The SuperBook’s NFL 2014 Games of the Year opened this game at the Seahawks -6, so, little change in what should again be a low-scoring game and the biggest game on the Week 15 schedule and absolutely monster game in the NFC West standings.
NFL Pick: Under
Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles -4 (NBC, 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT):
Likely a very big game for the visiting Dallas Cowboys (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS, at Bears Thursday Night Football) at Lincoln Financial Field in the City of Brotherly Love next Sunday night, this primetime TV (has strongly trended to Over) showdown against the host Philadelphia Eagles (9-3 SU, 8-4 ATS, vs. Seahawks Sunday) is a quick rematch of Thanksgiving’s 33-10 basting of the then-host Cowboys in Dallas. The Cowboys lost in this game last season—the regular season finale—24-22 as 7½-point Underdogs and although things have improved some for America’s Team this year, they’re still extremely schizophrenic. In the NFL 2014 Games of the Year put out by the aforementioned Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, the Eagles opened up as 3-point Favorites in this game.
Monday, December 15, 2014
New Orleans Saints -3½ at Chicago Bears (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT)
Soldier Field in the Windy City is the site of this NFC interdivisional Monday Night Football fiesta between the host Chicago Bears (5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS, vs. Cowboys Thursday Night Football) and QB Drew Brees (51-43-4 ATS) and the New Orleans Saints (5-7 SU, 5-7 ATS, vs. Panthers Sunday) in a game which strangely enough could still have much meaning for two teams sitting at 5-7 heading into Week 14. The SuperBook’s NFL 2014 Games of the Year opened this game at the Saints -1½, so even the oddsmakers knew how bad the Bears would be heading into this waning 2014 NFL season. Note: Heading into Week 14, New Orleans had played 9 Overs in its first 12 games. When making your NFL picks keep in mind that the Saints are 5-2-2 ATS L9 against Chicago.
NFL Picks: Raiders +10, Colts -7, Patriots -7½, 49ers-Seahawks Under