With just three weeks to play before the postseason, the NFL playoff race is tightening up. Here’s a look at what’s in store for Week 15.
Week 14 in the NFL was just about everything a fan could ask for. Some clarity was gained in the NFC playoff race, some was lost in the AFC playoff race, and we saw one of the most remarkable plays in recent memory in the process.
The Miami Dolphins salvaged their playoff hopes for at least another week by virtue of a walk-off 69-yard lateral play against New England. Lamar Jackson led the Ravens into Arrowhead and led with less than a minute to go, only to succumb to Mahomes’ magic. It was nonetheless a productive day for Baltimore, as they proved they can compete with the elite teams in this league and were gifted a Pittsburgh loss in the meantime.
When the dust settled, four teams were tied for the sixth and final seed in the AFC playoff picture. Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami and Tennessee all sit at 7-6, and only one will play in January as the Chargers lock up the first wild card spot.
Over in the NFC, the Bears shook up the top of the conference hierarchy with a defensive masterpiece over the Rams. The Rams loss put the Saints back in control of their own destiny in the race for home-field advantage, with both teams sitting at 11-2 with New Orleans holding the tiebreaker.
With a couple of key divisional clashes on tap, we take a look ahead at the opening odds for Week 15. Per usual, all lines are courtesy of Oddshark.
Thursday, Dec. 13
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5)
Saturday, Dec. 15
Houston Texans (-6.5) at New York Jets
Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos (-4.5)
Sunday, Dec. 16
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (-4)
Miami Dolphins at Minnesota Vikings (-8)
Detroit Lions (-2.5) at Buffalo Bills
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Baltimore Ravens (-6)
Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons (-7.5)
Oakland Raiders at Cincinnati Bengals (-3.5)
Tennessee Titans at New York Giants (-3)
Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars (-7)
Dallas Cowboys at Indianapolis Colts (-2.5)
Seattle Seahawks (-4.5) at San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers (EVEN)
Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams (-8.5)
Monday, Dec. 17
New Orleans Saints (-6.5) at Carolina Panthers