NFL poolies betting cheat sheet: Week 15

Dec 13, 2012 |
Check out our NFL poolies' cheat sheet for all your football wagering needs in condensed form. Quick-hitting betting notes on all of Week 15's action.

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (1, 43.5)

The Packers can clinch their second consecutive NFC North title with a win over the Bears. Green Bay rallied from an early two-touchdown deficit to post a 27-20 triumph over Detroit last weekend and pick up its seventh win in its last eight games. Linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring) is in line to return after a four-week absence, but veteran S Charles Woodson (broken collarbone) will spend another game on the sidelines. Chicago suffered its fourth loss in five games with a 21-14 setback to Minnesota last Sunday. Jay Cutler suffered a neck injury versus the Vikings, but is expected to play and attempt to end the Bears' five-game losing skid to the Packers. These teams have played under the total in nine of the last 10 meetings.

New York Giants at Atlanta Falcons (-1, 50)

The Falcons’ running game is ranked 28th in the NFL, averaging 86.9 yards per game - 68.4 over the past five contests. Michael Turner and Jacquizz Rodgers combined for a season-low 35 yards on 11 attempts in last week's 30-20 loss at Carolina. The Giants boast a defense that is second in the league in forcing turnovers (34) and interceptions (20). New York steamrolled the Saints 52-27 last week and has won four straight over Atlanta. The Giants are the only NFC team Matt Ryan has yet to beat. The under is 4-0 in Atlanta's last four games.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (-4, 54)

The Buccaneers will look to snap a three-game losing skid and keep their faint postseason aspirations alive when they visit the New Orleans Saints. Tampa Bay saw an 11-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate in short order before dropping a 23-21 decision to reeling Philadelphia last week. Tampa Bay also squandered a double-digit lead en route to dropping a 35-28 decision to New Orleans on Oct. 21. Drew Brees tossed four touchdowns in that contest, but has thrown seven interceptions over the last two games. New Orleans' defense is yielding a league-worst 436.9 yards per game - nearly 43 yards more than 31st-ranked Jacksonville. The Bucs are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games overall and have played over the total in their last four road contests.

Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams (-2.5, 39)

The Vikings ended a two-game skid and breathed life into their playoff hopes with a 21-14 home win over Chicago last Sunday.  Running back Adrian Peterson carried the ball a career-high 31 times for 154 yards in the win and is averaging more yards per rushing attempt (6.04) than QB Christian Ponder averages per pass attempt (5.99). The Rams have remained in playoff contention by winning three in a row.  St. Louis has not allowed an opposing running back to gain more than 65 yards in four straight games. They held Buffalo's sixth-ranked rushing attack to 61 yards - 80 below its season average - in a 15-12 road win last Sunday. The Rams are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against opponents with winning records.

Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns (-2.5, 43.5)

Robert Griffin III and his sprained lateral collateral ligament are getting all of the attention this week. The rookie QB has practiced on a limited basis, but will not be suiting up. The Browns’ current three-game winning streak is their longest since 2009. Cleveland has held its last three opponents to an average of 12.7 points while forcing 11 turnovers. The Browns are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins (-8, 38)

The Jaguars try to avoid losing five in row on the road for the first time in nine seasons against a Dolphins team that's dropped five of six overall. Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) is likely to miss his eighth straight game, but WR Cecil Shorts (concussion) could return Sunday. Jacksonville ranks 31st in total offense and defense, averaging 282.9 yards per game and allowing 394.5. The Dolphins have played under the total in their last six games against AFC foes.

Denver Broncos at Baltimore Ravens (3, 48)

The Ravens have lost back-to-back games in the regular season for the first time since the 2009 season. They went 54 straight games without suffering a two-game losing streak and they could receive a huge boost at the linebacker position on Sunday. Terrell Suggs (bicep) will be back this week after sitting out against Washington and there's a chance Ray Lewis (triceps) could play for the first time since Week 6. Broncos QB Peyton Manning looks to help guide Denver to its ninth straight victory overall while winning his ninth consecutive start against the Ravens. The Broncos have dropped each of their last five trips to Baltimore, including the last two by a combined 37 points. Denver is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games.

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (-10, 47.5)

The Texans look to rebound from a blowout loss to the Patriots and prevent the surging Colts from securing a playoff berth as these teams meet in Houston for the first of two meetings over the final three weeks. The Texans offense has stumbled in the last two games, being held under 340 total yards in both while going 8 of 31 on third downs. Indianapolis has won three straight and seven of eight, moving into position to join the 2008 Miami Dolphins as the only teams to lose at least 14 games one season and qualify for the playoffs the following year. The Colts are 7-1 ATS in their last eight overall.

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals (6.5, 43.5)

Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks have not thrown a touchdown pass in the last four games, but they have tossed three interceptions that have been returned for touchdowns in that span. Coach Ken Whisenhunt has named Ryan Lindley his starter this week after John Skelton failed to lead the offense to a single point in last week’s blowout loss to the Seahawks. Lions WR Calvin Johnson has 120 receptions for 2,106 yards in his last 16 games. The 2,106 receiving yards are the most over any 16-game stretch since 1960 and Johnson is currently 302 yards short of Jerry Rice's single-season record of 1,848 receiving yards set in 1995. The Cardinals are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games.

Carolina Panthers at San Diego Chargers (-3, 45)

The Chargers lost four straight before last Sunday's 34-24 victory in Pittsburgh, their first win against a team with a winning record. San Diego finally found a way to protect QB Philip Rivers, who was only sacked once in the victory and matched a season high with three TD passes. Rivers has been sacked 37 times this year – second most in the league. Carolina's 30-20 victory last week over Atlanta was by far the highlight of its season. The Panthers racked up a season-high 475 yards on the Falcons and have played over the total in their last five games.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Buffalo Bills (4.5, 43.5)

Seattle set a franchise record for points and matched its second-highest takeaway total with eight in its rout of Arizona last week. The Seahawks are one win away from clinching their first winning season since 2007 and will have CB Richard Sherman in the lineup for another week, after his appeal for his four-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs was delayed. The Bills appear destined to miss the playoffs for the 13th consecutive season after falling 15-12 to the Rams in Week 14. Buffalo doesn’t have a true home advantage in this one, as the game is being played at the domed Rogers Centre in Toronto. These teams have played over the total in their last seven meetings.

Pittsburgh Steelers at Dallas Cowboys (1, 45.5)

The Cowboys and Steelers will try to boost their postseason odds when they meet in Dallas. The Cowboys suffered a big blow when WR Dez Bryant fractured his left index finger in last week’s win over the Bengals. However, Bryant intends to delay surgery and suit up. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger looked a little rusty in his return from injury last week, but it’s the depleted secondary that will concern coach Mike Tomlin this week. Ike Taylor will miss his second consecutive game due to a broken right ankle, while Keenan Lewis and Cortez Allen are questionable with hip flexor ailments. The Cowboys are 0-6 ATS at home this season.

Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders (-3, 43.5)

Kansas City looks for its ninth victory in its last 10 visits to Oakland without top receiver Dwayne Bowe (ribs) when these AFC West rivals meet. Oakland, which has lost six straight since beating the Chiefs on Oct. 28, hopes to have both RB Darren McFadden (ankle) and DE Richard Seymour (hamstring) back in the lineup. The Raiders are 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall.

San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots (-4, 47)

The New England Patriots have scored more points in their last five games (210) than the Arizona Cardinals (186) and Kansas City Chiefs (195) have scored all season. Furthermore, The Patriots have put up 284 points in their last seven contests. That is more than 13 NFL teams have scored in the entire season.  Niners LB Aldon Smith has as many sacks in the last six games (14) as the Jacksonville Jaguars have all season. Smith, who has 19.5 sacks on the season, is three away from tying Michael Strahan's record mark of 22.5 set in 2001. San Francisco has played over the total in four of its last five games overall.

New York Jets at Tennessee Titans (-1, 42)

The Jets have posted ugly back-to-back wins, totaling 559 yards of offense over the last two games. Mark Sanchez continues to struggle, passing for just 208 yards with three interceptions during the win streak. The Titans, who have dropped three straight, were dealt a blow last Sunday when TE Jared Cook was lost for the year with a torn right rotator cuff. Cook is second on the team in receptions (44) and third in yards (523). The Jets are 6-0 ATS in their last six meetings.

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