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Written by: Nicholas Mullick
I can't believe that it is Week 16 of the NFL regular season. Time has gone fast this season and soon enough it will be playoff time for the NFL. Before we take a look at my picks for week 15, as always let's take a look at my week 15 pick performance to see about how I did with my spread picks.
Week 15: Record 10-6 Overall record: 104-116-3
I did a good job making my picks this week and Now that we have gone through how I went Week 14. I will now give my weekly NFL draft picks with spreads for week 14. The Spreads from these games were all found on Draftkings.
Thursday Night Football
San Francisco 49ers at Tennessee Titans (Spread +3)
This probably would have been the game of the week if the Titans were completely healthy. But they are not and it showed last week as the Steelers pulled a reverse card as the Titans played down to competition. I don’t want to be in this game as it is a west coast team going to the east coast but I will take the healthy team in the 49ers.
My Pick: San Francisco 49ers (-3)
Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers (Spread -7.5)
The Cleveland Browns would be a lot better than they are if it was not for all the injuries plus the covid outbreak that they are still undergoing. No word yet on if Baker Mayfield or Case Keenum will play in this game. Worse for Worse they just have to start Nick Mullens at QB. Still one of my favorite quarterbacks ever as his name sounds so familiar to my name it's awesome. But I think the Packers are still the better team so I will take them in this game spread-wise.
My Pick: Green Bay Packers (-7.5)
Indianapolis Colts at Arizona Cardinals (Spread -1)
This is the game of the week for me as both teams are going to have a hard-fought battle to give them each an advantage in their divisions. With the Colts they have an opportunity due to how injured the Titans are and how they struggled lately. Arizona needs a win so they can keep their leverage up in order to win the division. Every win counts especially with the Rams catching up to them. I am shocked the Cardinals are the favorites in this matchup after they lost to the Detroit Lions. This should be a close matchup and I am not going to bet on this game. I will take the Colts in this game as I think they should beat a struggling Cardinals team.
My Pick: Indianapolis Colts (+1)
Sunday Football (1pm)
Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets (Spread Pick’em)
This game is my favorite game of the week for two reasons. The first is that these are my two favorite teams in the NFL. So I can't lose here as I will be rooting for both teams to win. The second one is obvious as it is the 14th Tank Game in the Tournament for the 1st overall pick. Two teams were eliminated from the playoffs with one goal in mind. To tank to get a top pick to help rebuild their team. I got to be honest this one is an easy one to make. Jacksonville wins this game no question. Especially with the Covid Outbreak going on with the Jets as they won't be without a chunk of their players. To add to it Jets Head Coach Robert Saleh won't be on the sidelines as he tested positive for Covid-19. The Jaguars no longer have to deal with Urban Meyer after he was fired. I will take the Jaguars in Superlock and they would have been my survivor pick for this week.
My Pick Jacksonville Jaguars (Pick’Em)
Los Angeles Rams at Minnesota Vikings (Spread +2.5)
This again is an important game for both teams. For the Rams the more wins they can get the better so they can potentially steal the NFC West from the Arizona Cardinals. For the Vikings, they need to win in order to solidify Mike Zimmer’s job for next season and to secure the 7th seed in the competitive NFC playoffs. But I do think the spread is fair but I don't know if I can fully trust the Minnesota Vikings in this game due to how inconsistent they are. By the way, Kirk Cousins is not the issue this season as he has been really good this season. I will pick the Los Angeles Rams in this game but I will pass on betting the game.
My Pick: Los Angeles Rams (-2.5)
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (Spread -10)
Oh dear, I would immediately bet the Eagles in this game as the Giants have to start either Jake From State Fromm or Mike Glennon. Then News came where Nick Sirianni tested positive for Covid-19 and could miss this game. It puts this decision in a tougher spot. I think the Eagles win but since Sirrianni will not be on the sidelines I will take the points with the New York Giants.
My Pick: New York Giants (+10)
Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots (Spread -2.5)
This is the game of the week for me. In my opinion, whoever wins this game takes the AFC East. It is close but in my opinion, the Patriots are the better team plus they are the home team. The Bills need to play consistently and smart in order to win this matchup so I will take the New England Patriots in this matchup.
My Pick: New England Patriots (-2.5)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (Spread +10)
I am not going to go on long from here. I think this game is a mismatch. I will take the Buccaneers. This is a classic Tom Brady game as every game he struggles the next game he just shows that he is dominant and destroys his next opponent. I won't be shocked if the Buccaneers win by 20 points in this game so give me the Buccaneers.
My Pick: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-10)
Detroit Lions at Atlanta Falcons (Spread -6)
I really want to make this a tank game but the Falcons still have a shot to make the playoffs so I decided against it. I think Atlanta wins as the Lions are going to have to start Tim Boyle due to Jared Goff testing positive for Covid-19. I honestly want to see David Blough start at QB as Boyle was awful the last game he played in. I will take the Atlanta Falcons in this game.
My Pick: Atlanta Falcons (-6)
Los Angeles Chargers at Houston Texans (Spread +10)
Again not going long here. This game is a mismatch as the Chargers are absolutely the better team here. The Texans are a mess whereas the Chargers are a team that should make the playoffs this season. The Chargers should take care of business for this week. So absolutely give me the Chargers in this game.
My Pick: Los Angeles Chargers (-10)
Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals (Spread -2.5)
How is this spread at 2.5 right now? The Bengals should be 5 maybe 6 point favorites in this matchup. The Ravens are dealing with a ton of injuries right now. If Lamar Jackson plays he won't be that good as he won’t be as mobile as he was. Lamar is not the best at throwing the ball either and losing his mobility will alter the way he plays. The Bengals are on paper the better and healthier team in this matchup. Plus the Bengals are the home team so I will be picking the Bengals and I will be betting this game.
My Pick: Cincinnati Bengals (-2.5)
Sunday Football (4:05 pm)
Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks (Spread -6.5)
This game is another big one as this is the 15th Tank Game in the Tournament for the 1st overall pick. Oh wait, I remembered both teams don't have their first-round picks, and honestly Jets and Giants fans are more interested in watching this game to see who’s draft pick will be higher in this matchup. I got, to be honest, this is way too many points for Chicago to be favorites. I will take on the Seattle Seahawks in this game.
My Pick: Seattle Seahawks (+6.5)
Sunday Football (4:25 pm)
Denver Broncos at Las Vegas Raiders (Spread -1)
This spread is confusing as the Raiders should be at least 2.5 maybe 3 point favorites. I don't understand how this spread is close to a pick 'em. Teddy Bridgewater suffered a serious injury and I doubt he returns this season. Now the Broncos have to start Drew Lock at QB and my goodness is he terrible. I mean he has made some awful throws in the game last week against the Broncos. Despite the Dark season, the Raiders are still a solid team and I will take the Raiders in this game.
My Pick: Las Vegas Raiders (-1)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs (Spread -7.5)
This is an easy pick for me here. I think the Chiefs steamroll the Steelers. Especially as this defense has lost Devin Bush due to being placed on the Covid-19 list. Plus I don't trust the Steelers offense as it has been inconsistent. Plus the Chiefs are the home team and it is very tough to play in Kansas City so I will take the Chiefs in this game.
My Pick: Kansas City Chiefs (+7.5)
Sunday Night Football
Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys (Spread -10.5)
Washington has been so screwed due to this Covid outbreak. I doubt every player will be ready to go for this week. Dallas is better in every way excluding coaching. Dallas being the home team is a big benefit and I will take the Cowboys in this matchup.
My Pick: Dallas Cowboys (-10.5)
Monday Night Football
Miami Dolphins at New Orleans Saints (Spread -3)
This is an interesting game as they need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. In my opinion whoever loses this game will not make the playoffs this season. I don't know what to think of this game. Both teams have been up and down. I think the Dolphins are the better team and will take them but I will pass on betting this game.
My Pick: Miami Dolphins (+3)