Week 15 started with the Chargers rallying from two deficits of 14 points to knock off the Chiefs 29-28 on Thursday Night Football. Read below as we highlight a few more key games.
Browns (5-7-1) @ Broncos (6-7) DEN -2.5
Cleveland has been hot of late, and Baker Mayfield is looking like a seasoned vet rather than an NFL rookie. He has been playing sensational, while their defense has been getting it done as well. The team seems to be lacking in weaknesses of late, as they all but ended the Panthers playoff hopes with a 26-20 win last week despite a slow start.
Denver had a three-game win streak snapped with a surprising loss to the 49ers last week, and are now a game behind a string of 7-6 teams in the wild-card race. Both of these teams are in desperate need of a win this week to save their slim playoff hopes. Case Keenum has been solid for Denver, but they will be looking for more from him, still.
Prediction: Browns get an upset in Mile-High.
Patriots (9-4) @ Steelers (7-5-1) NE -2.5
The Pats are coming off one of the most heartbreaking losses we have ever seen, on the last second lateral miracle score from the Dolphins. New England has four road losses to non-playoff teams this year, but facing a Steelers team currently atop the AFC North, it’s a little different. They are never a team to dwell on past performances and will be looking to bring their A-game to this week’s matchup.
Pittsburgh has lost three games in a row, and Big Ben is coming into this game a little banged up after leaving last week’s surprising loss to Oakland with an injury. They may be without James Conner again, but even if he plays, he won’t be 100%. They have been passing the ball on 77% of their plays during their three-game skid, while they had a much better balance during their 7-2-1 start. They need a win this week to ensure they stay atop the AFC North.
Prediction: Pats win this week to trigger an end-of-season three-game win streak to get to their usual 12-4. They will cover the spread.
Cowboys (8-5) @ Colts (7-6) IND -3
Dallas has won four games in a row and has the trade for Amari Cooper to primarily thank. He had over 200 receiving yards and three scorers in their last game against the Eagles and has been on another level. Dak Prescott has been playing well, while their defense has been amazing. This team is riding a big streak and could clinch the NFC East with a road W today.
The Colts have won six of their past seven games after a 1-5 start, and need a win to stay even with the three other teams they are tied with. Andrew Luck has looked sensational with Frank Reich, while their defense has been impressive too. The defense has been getting it done, and it is refreshing to see these guys playing competitive football again.
Prediction: Cowboys keep it rolling.