With just three weeks left until the end of the regular season, the NFL playoff picture was shaken up in week 14.
The Broncos conspired to lose against the Raiders, the Bengals lost the #1 seed (and Andy Dalton’s throw), and the Seahawks lost Thomas Rawls to a broken ankle, their shining star in the last few weeks.
- 108 of 208 games had been decided by seven points or fewer.
- It is the tightest season in a long time, with two divisions deadlocked, one seperated by one game, and just two decided so far.
Week 15 is key, and we’re bumping up to a massive 53/1 accumulator to reflect that
Broncos @ Steelers – Over 45 points at
Only clash in week 15 between two sides with winning records. The most productive offense hosting the most productive defence, but Broncos attack has stalled in the last couple of weeks.
Antonio Brown will go over 1,500 yards for the season should he link up with Roethlisberger again, and with the Chiefs heading to Baltimore, the Broncos will want to deliver this week to secure the AFC West title. Back this to be a high scorer
Titans @ Patriots – Patriots win at
The obvious bet of the weekend. The Titans are out of the playoffs, the Pats are 10-2. Easy home win
Panthers @ Giants – Panthers (-4.0) at
Unbeaten Panthers will continue that record against the Giants, the handicap is fair. Odell Beckham (the Giants biggest form of attack) is going to be tracked by Josh Norman. When facing DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Evans, T.Y. Hilton, Dez Bryant and Julio Jones, Norman has allowed just nine completions (in 25 targets) for a total of 89 yards. If he can keep Odell quiet, it’ll be 14-0
Packers @ Raiders – Green Bay -3 (inc Draw) at
With the Packers in the lead of the NFC North, and still a game against Minnesota to come, another win against the Raiders this week will see them have one foot in the door of winning the division. Their running game is starting to be utilized , Randall Cobb is being targeted more, but Mike McCarthy comes up against his understudy for seven years in Oakland this week, in the shape of Charles Woodson. Green Bay , but only just
Browns @ Seahawks – Seahawks (-15.0) at
Another easy bet. Browns have faded, Seahawks despite that loss last week have been rolling their way through the second half of the season, finding form at just the right time. They are the danger team in the playoffs.
Jets @ Cowboys – Jets (-3.0) at
Jets are on a three game winning streak, while the Cowboys have just had a dire season, mainly thanks to the ineptitude of Dez Bryant, who hasn’t got going at all. The Bills are still on the hunt in the wildcard race, so there’s a little pressure on the Jets to pull it out of the bag
Bears @ Vikings – Vikings (-5.5) at
The Vikings need to win this game, otherwise the divisional title should be Green Bay’s. A Bears win could make the Minnesota side sweat for the playoff place (Vikings are already a tiebreak down to the Packers should it come down to it), but they are 1-3 in divisional games so far. Adrian Peterson can break a few records on Sunday, and I expect him to do so