2015 NFL – Week 15 – Sunday football – Full betting preview

Texans at Colts (-2, 42) – 1:00 PM EST

The top two teams in the AFC South square off in a pseudo-playoff game as the winner is in a prime spot to claim the division title. Houston (6-7 SU, 6-7 ATS) climbed above the .500 mark two weeks ago after winning its fourth straight game, but Bill O’Brien’s team has gone backwards the last two weeks. The Texans lost to the Bills and Patriots, as the defense allowed 57 points in the two defeats after giving up just 36 points during the four-game winning streak.T.J. Yates will be starting at quarterback for the Texans, who have lost six straight meetings with the Colts, including a 27-20 home defeat back in Week 5.

The Colts (6-7 SU, 6-7 ATS) will likely be turning to their third starting quarterback this season, as Andrew Luck is still sidelined and Matt Hasselbeck is nursing a rib injury. Former Titans’ signal-caller Charlie Whitehurst could be called upon to start if Hasselbeck can’t go, as the Colts are coming off consecutive blowout losses on the road at Pittsburgh and Jacksonville. Indianapolis got outscored 96-20 in those two defeats, while allowing 51 points in last week’s loss at Jacksonville to suffer its first division loss in four tries. Chuck Pagano’s squad has struggled in the favorite role this season by posting a 1-5 ATS mark when laying points.

Bills (- 1 ½, 44) at Redskins – 1:00 PM EST

Another matchup between below .500 teams takes place at FedEx Field as both Buffalo and Washington are in must-win spots. The Redskins (6-7 SU, 6-7 ATS) begin Week 15 in a three-way tie atop the NFC East alongside the Giants and Eagles, as Washington travels to Philadelphia next week. Jay Gruden’s club became the final team in the NFL to win a road game this season following five losses on the highway in last Sunday’s 24-21 triumph at Chicago as four-point underdogs. Kirk Cousins has thrown at least one touchdown pass in all 13 starts this season, while coming off a 300-yard performance at Chicago. The final hurdle the Redskins have to jump is winning consecutive games, which they have yet to do this season.

Buffalo (6-7 SU, 6-6-1 ATS) has no shot at winning the AFC East title, but Rex Ryan’steam needs a miracle in the final three weeks to qualify for the postseason. The Bills suffered a brutal loss at Philadelphia last week to fall two games behind the Chiefs, Jets, and Steelers for a Wild Card spot. Buffalo lost its third consecutive road game last Sunday and dropped to 0-2 against NFC foes. The Bills have cashed the ‘under’ in three of the past four games away from Orchard Park, while the ‘under’ has hit in four off six contests with a total listed at 44 or higher.

Panthers (-4, 48) at Giants – 1:00 PM EST

Three games remain as Carolina (13-0 SU, 10-3 ATS) looks to become the second team in NFL history to finish 16-0 in the regular season. The Panthers pulled off their first shutout of the season in last Sunday’s 38-0 blanking of the Falcons as 8 ½-point favorites. Ron Rivera’sclub has covered in four of five opportunities as a road favorite with the lone ATS defeat coming in a 41-38 victory at New Orleans two weeks ago as 5 ½-point chalk. Carolina has cashed the ‘over’ in four of the last five away contests, while going 8-3 to the ‘over’ in the past 11 games overall.

The NFC East race will come down to the wire as the Giants (6-7 SU, 7-5-1 ATS) try to avoid a fifth loss this season while holding a lead late in the fourth quarter. Last Monday night, New York rallied past Miami, 31-24 thanks to a pair of second half touchdown connections betweenEli Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr. The Giants have lost each of their last two home games by a combined four points to the Jets and Patriots, as Tom Coughlin’s club owns a dreadful 0-8 SU and 2-6 ATS record as a home underdog since 2013. New York is hosting Carolina for the first time since opening week of the 2010 season when the Giants defeated the Panthers, 31-18 as 5 ½-point favorites.

Packers (-3 ½, 48) at Raiders – 4:05 PM EST

The NFC North race is starting to open as Green Bay (9-4 SU, 8-5 ATS) owns a one-game lead over Minnesota heading into the final three weeks. The Packers won their second straight since a 1-4 run in November after beating the Cowboys in Week 14 by a 28-7 count as six-point favorites. Green Bay’s rushing game finally woke up by racking up 230 yards on 44 carries, highlighted by Eddie Lacy’s season-high 124 yards. Mike McCarthy’s squad is riding a 7-2 run to the ‘under’ the last nine games, but each of those ‘overs’ came away from Lambeau Field.

One of the top turnarounds in the NFL this season has come from the Bay Area, as the Raiders (6-7 SU, 7-6 ATS) have already eclipsed their season win total of 5 ½. The clinching victory to cash those tickets came at Denver last Sunday in a 15-12 triumph as six-point underdogs. The Raiders erased a 12-0 halftime deficit by outscoring the Broncos, 15-0 in the second half, while Oakland’s defense limited Denver to four field goals. Jack Del Rio’s team has lost four of six games at the O.Co Coliseum this season, while the only home victory over a squad currently above .500 coming in Week 8 over the Jets.

Broncos at Steelers (-7, 44 ½) – 4:25 PM EST

Denver’s offense was held out of the end zone in last week’s 15-12 loss to Oakland, but the Broncos (10-3 SU, 7-6 ATS) still possess a two-game advantage over the Chiefs in the AFC West race. In four weeks since Brock Osweiler took over for Peyton Manning at quarterback, the Broncos have produced 17 points or less three times, but the defense has allowed their opponents to score 15 points or fewer three times. Denver has taken care of business on the highway this season, winning six of seven road contests, while Gary Kubiak’sclub has won and covered all three times in the underdog role.

Six weeks ago, the Steelers (8-5 SU, 8-4-1 ATS) were teetering at 4-4, but Pittsburgh has won four of its past five games. Mike Tomlin’s squad prevented Cincinnati from clinching the AFC North title last Sunday in a 33-20 triumph over the Bengals as short underdogs. Pittsburgh has topped the 30-point mark in five consecutive contests, while the defense intercepted Cincinnati’s quarterbacks three times last week. The Steelers are hosting the Broncos for the first time since 2006, as Denver has won four of the past five meetings.

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