NFL Picks: Titans are Your Best Sunday Afternoon Value in Week 15

Jason Lake

Sunday, December 20, 2015 12:29 PM GMT

The Tennessee Titans are getting 14 points on Sunday's NFL odds board. That's a lot of points against a hobbled New England Patriots team with a sick quarterback.

Jason's 2015 record as of Dec. 19: 48-45-2 ATS; 0-1 ML (-1.00 units); 25-31 Total

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NFL Pick: Tennessee Titans Against the Spread
Best Line Offered: +14 (-105) at Heritage

 

Oh, you double-digit dogs. You're so cute. Go get the ball! Go get it! Hmmmm... apparently some of these dogs run better than others. Back in Week 9, we gave Washington our BeeVee stamp of approval as the Best Value on the NFL odds board, getting 14.5 points on the road versus the New England Patriots. Final score: Washington 10, New England 27. Bad dog.

We're going back to the puppy mill. It's time to hand out our special Daytime BeeVee award for Week 15, and if you look very closely at our list of nominees, you'll see that one of these dogs is not like the others. Maestro, if you please...

Chicago +5.5 at Minnesota (FOX)
Houston +2 at Indianapolis (CBS)
Kansas City at Baltimore +7 (CBS)
Tennessee +14 at New England (CBS)
Carolina at N.Y. Giants +5 (FOX)

And the winners are... the Tennessee Titans! Here to accept the award on behalf of the owners is... a raccoon? Oh, it's T-Rac, the team mascot. Raccoons love shiny objects. Here you go, sir. Nice mask, by the way. I suppose it beats wearing a paper bag over your head.
 

Brady Needs a Hanky
So the Titans (3-10 SU, 4-8-1 ATS) are having another lousy year. This NFL pick isn't about them – it's about the Patriots (11-2 SU, 6-5-2 ATS). We were right to “sell high” on the defending champs in Week 9; we were just a little early. The Pats are 3-2 SU and 1-3-1 ATS since beating Washington, riddled by injuries and buried in chalk.

The New England team we'll see this Sunday is loaded with familiar faces – from other teams. WR Leonard Hankerson was yoinked off the waiver wire this past Wednesday after the Atlanta Falcons let him go; Hankerson was on injured reserve with a hamstring issue, but he was on the practice field Thursday after passing his physical. Other new additions include former Denver Broncos RB Montee Ball and former Detroit Lions OT LaAdrian Waddle.

The biggest story out of Foxborough was the absence of QB Tom Brady from Friday's practice. Brady's still expected to play Sunday, but he's officially listed as “questionable” after coming down with an undisclosed illness. Word on the street says Brady was feeling pretty lousy on Friday. In theory, this could be some of head coach Bill Belichick's famous shenanigans, except Brady almost never misses practice, and there's not much to gain from putting one over on the Titans. How will Brady respond to playing outdoors in December? The weather report calls for sunny skies at kick-off, but with temperatures around 40 degrees. Maybe a nice hot bowl of chicken soup will make everything all right.