With just three games left in the 2018 NFL regular season, Palmerbet Sports Team have NFL tips for the eight best match-ups of Week 15.
History: Played 117: Chiefs 61 V Chargers 55 (1 Tie)
Last meeting: September 9, 2018: Chiefs 38 d Chargers 28 at LA Memorial Coliseum
Final Thoughts: NFL Week 15 gets underway with arguably the biggest Thursday Night Football clash of the season, with the 11-2 Kansas City Chiefs and 10-3 LA Chargers effectively squaring off for the AFC West title.
The Chargers have won nine of their last 10, including their last three against the Cardinals, Steelers and Bengals. Last week’s 26-21 win over the battling Cards was more convincing than the scoreline would suggest.
The Chiefs have won six of their last seven, including their last two against the Raiders and Ravens (OT). Their only losses were high-scoring three-point defeats to the Pats and Rams. MVP favourite Patrick Mahomes continues to school opposing defences but the absence of suspended RB Kareem Hunt has been immediately telling.
The Chiefs are on a nine-game winning streak against the Chargers and carved out a 38-28 win when the teams met in Week 1 this season as Patrick Mahomes kicked off his amazing campaign with four TDs.
The Chiefs will need to be better at stopping the running game – a major strength of the Chargers – than they have been for most of the season. But this is too close to call and the over shapes as the best play in what should be an out-and-out barnburner.
History: Played 12: Dolphins 8 V Vikings 4
Last meeting: December 21, 2014: Dolphins 37 d Vikings 35 at Hard Rock Stadium
Final Thoughts: The Miami Dolphins were the talk of Week 14 after their miracle last-play touchdown to stun the Patriots 34-33. Now 7-6-1 on the back of two straight wins, the Dolphins have probably left their run to late to catch the 9-4 Pats in the AFC East, but they are right back in the Wild Card mix.
The 6-6-1 Minnesota Vikings’ playoffs hopes are on the ropes after back-to-back 14-point losses to the Patriots and Seahawks. The Vikes have averaged just 17.5 points in their past six games, leading to offensive coordinator John DeFillipo’s firing this week.
The Dolphins have won their last three against the Vikings, but the worrying stat is they are a poor 1-5 on the road this season – losing three away games by 19 points or more. The Vikings are 4-2 at home, but the value still lies with the Dolphins with a big start.
History: Played 16: Cowboys 10 V Colts 6
Last meeting: December 21, 2014: Cowboys 42 d Colts 7 at AT&T Stadium
Final Thoughts: The 8-5 Dallas Cowboys have one hand on the NFC East title on the back of five straight wins. The streak was bookended by wins over the Eagles – including last week in overtime – with impressive victories over the Falcons, Redskins and Saints in between. Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper have Cowboys fans believing.
The 7-6 Indianapolis Colts revived their playoffs chances by bouncing back from an insipid 6-0 loss to the Jaguars with a 24-21 upset of a Texans side that had won nine straight. Andrew Luck steered the Colts to the clutch win but the defence deservedly grabbed most of the plaudits.
The Cowboys have won their last three against the Colts, and five of the last six encounters in Dallas.
As impressive as the Colts’ response was last weekend, the Cowboys are on a tear and are hard to pass up as underdogs when they’ve won their last two on the road.
Tip: Cowboys Win @ $2.26
History: Played 197: Packers 97 V Bears 94 (6 Ties)
Last meeting: September 9, 2018: Packers 24 d Bears 23 at Lambeau Field
Final Thoughts: The Green Bay Packers held on a for 24-23 win when the hosted the Chicago Bears in Week 1 this season. But the archrivals’ campaigns have taken drastically different courses since then.
The 5-7-1 Packers are done as far as the post-season goes. Last week’s 34-20 win over the Falcons was just their second in seven games.
Division rivals the Bears have all but wrapped up the NFC North title with a 9-4 record. They have won six of their last seven, recovering from a shock loss to the Giants by subduing the powerhouse Rams 15-6 last weekend. It was a game dominated by defence – Chicago QB Mitch Trubisky tossed up one TD and three picks, while the Bears’ secondary nabbed four interceptions.
The Packers have won 15 of their last 17 against the Bears, including the last five straight. But Aaron Rodgers is in for a tough day against the Bears’ pass rush, and we’re backing the home side to get the job done comfortably.
History: Played 11: Giants 6 V Titans 5
Last meeting: July 12, 2014: Giants 36 d Titans 7 at LP Field
Final Thoughts: The 7-6 Tennessee Titans are hanging in the playoffs race – but this is must-win. The Titans have won four of their last six, including their last two against the Jets (26-22) and Jaguars (30-9). Running back Derrick Henry had an insane game against the Jags, rushing for 238 yards and four touchdowns.
The New York Giants’ hopes of playing in the post-season went out the window when they won only one of their first eight games. But they have proved an annoying hurdle over the last five weeks, winning four games – including their last two against the in-form Bears (30-27 in OT) and a thrashing of the Redskins. Struggling veteran Eli Manning has enjoyed resurgence with 10 touchdowns and only two picks in his last five games (after recording eight TDs and six INTs in his first eight games).
The Titans have won five of the last six between the teams, but the Giants won the most recent encounter.
Tennessee are top-four in the NFL for least points conceded, but only four teams have scored less points. They should get the win despite going in as the outsider but the under arguably looks an even better play.
History: Played 31: Patriots 16 V Steelers 15
Last meeting: December 17, 2017: Patriots 27 d Steelers 24 at Heinz Field
Final Thoughts: The New England Patriots are probably still trying to figure out how they lost 34-33 to the Dolphins on the last play of the game. With a 9-4 record they are still odds-on to wrap up the AFC East title, but with two losses in their last four outings the perennial powerhouses are wobbling.
The Pats’ situation is significantly better than the Pittsburgh Steelers’, however. Seemingly a lock for the AFC North crown, the 7-5-1 Steelers have lost their last three and are just half a win ahead of the Ravens. Last week’s loss to the also-ran Raiders was the worst yet.
The Patriots are on a five-match winning streak against the Steelers, which includes the 2017 AFC Championship Game. The Steelers have won only one of their last six at home against the Pats.
Usually outstanding on the road, the Patriots are just 3-4 away this season but the Steelers’ recent woes give Brady and co an ideal opportunity to steady the ship.
History: Played 41: Eagles 21 V Rams 19 (1 Tie)
Last meeting: October 12, 2017: Eagles 43 d Rams 35 at LA Memorial Coliseum
Final Thoughts: The Philadelphia Eagles’ chances of defending their title beyond the end of the regular season are hanging by a thread. After rallying with back-to-back wins over the Giants and Redskins, the 6-7 Eagles suffered another loss to the Cowboys – and a defeat against the Rams would just about seal their fate for 2018.
The 11-2 LA Rams are coasting in the NFC West but were given a few things to think about in a 15-6 loss to the Bears last week. Jared Goff gave up four turnovers in a confidence-denting outing.
The Eagles have won their last five against the Rams. Last season the Eagles won 43-35 on the road, with Carson Wentz passing for four TDs before suffering the knee injury that ruled him out of their Super Bowl run.
The Rams are 6-0 at LA Memorial Coliseum this season while the Eagles are 2-4 on the road, but Philly may be worth getting behind with a hefty start to play with given five of the Rams’ last eight wins were by seven points or less.
History: Played 47: Panthers 24 V Saints 23
Last meeting: January 1, 2018 (NFC Wild Card Game): Saints 31 d Panthers 26 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Final Thoughts: The 11-2 New Orleans Saints have wrapped up the NFC South title convincingly. The 6-7 Carolina Panthers are second in the division but effectively need to win all three remaining games to have a Wild Card shot.
After a 13-10 loss to the Cowboys ended their 10-match winning run, the Saints got back to business with a 28-14 road win over Tampa Bay. The Panthers have lost five straight, including a 26-20 defeat to the Browns in Week 14.
The Saints have won their last three against the Panthers: on the road (34-13) and at home (31-21) during the 2017 regular season, then in the NFC Wild Card Game in January (31-26).
New Orleans are averaging 34.4 points per game and should better than against a Panthers side slumping hard.