NFL Week 15 sport picks, schedule information, playoff situations, fantasy soccer ideas, odds, accidents and extra


The Week 15 NFL schedule is stacked with nice matchups. Our NFL Nation reporters deliver us the keys to each sport, a daring prediction for every matchup and last rating picks.

Moreover, ESPN Stats & Info offers a stat to know for every sport and a have a look at present playoff situations, and the Soccer Energy Index (FPI) goes contained in the numbers with a matchup score (on a scale of 1 to 100) and a sport projection. ESPN Fantasy‘s Kyle Soppe and ESPN Chalk‘s Dave Bearman hand out useful nuggets as effectively. It is all right here to assist get you prepared for a loaded weekend of NFL soccer.

Let’s get into the complete Week 15 slate, together with an enormous assembly between the Saints and Chiefs.

Soar to a matchup:
BUF-DEN | CAR-GB | TB-ATL
SEA-WSH | NE-MIA | HOU-IND
CHI-MIN | JAX-BAL | DET-TEN
SF-DAL | NYJ-LAR | PHI-ARI
KC-NO | CLE-NYG | PIT-CIN

Thursday: LAC 30, LV 27

Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET | NFL Community
Matchup score:
49.3 | Unfold: BUF -6 (49)

What to look at for: After shedding 5 cornerbacks — 4 to accidents and A.J. Bouye to a suspension — previously three weeks, Denver has simply three accessible on the roster, and one among them (Nate Hairston) was signed off the Ravens’ follow squad only a week in the past. The Payments have the No. Three passing offense within the league, and quarterback Josh Allen has six 300-yard video games this season and two 400-yard video games. — Jeff Legwold

Daring prediction: Buffalo vast receiver Stefon Diggs will go wild on Saturday. With the Broncos’ struggles at cornerback, that may not be too daring of a prediction, however this may be: He’ll set a brand new profession excessive and eclipse the 201 receiving yards he must develop into the Payments’ single-season receiving chief. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Stat to know: Allen has an 89.2 Whole QBR when going through a blitz (5 or extra pass-rushers) this season. That is sixth finest within the NFL, and means up from his 54.2 QBR in opposition to blitzes in his first two seasons.

Playoff/draft image: The Payments can clinch the AFC East with a victory or a Dolphins loss. However additionally they can clinch only a playoff berth with a Ravens loss. The Broncos, in the meantime, will likely be eradicated with a loss, a Dolphins win or a Ravens win. They’re projected to draft 11th in April.

Accidents: Payments | Broncos

What to know for fantasy: Allen is averaging 11.6% extra fantasy factors per sport on the street than at dwelling this season. See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: Buffalo has coated in every of its previous 5 video games. Learn extra.

Louis-Jacques’ decide: Payments 34, Broncos 17
Legwold’s decide: Payments 26, Broncos 17
FPI prediction: BUF, 62.3% ( a mean of 4.2 factors)

Matchup must-reads: “I wished extra for myself”: Inside Diggs’ lengthy street to BuffaloAfter bout with COVID-19, Broncos DC Donatell makes welcome returnPayments’ protection getting wholesome, hitting stride at proper timeA lot for scouting stories: Broncos’ Johnson, Jewell defy expectationsProsthetic blades and Disney World: Payments gamers fulfill younger boy’s want


Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET | NFL Community
Matchup score:
60.7 | Unfold: GB -9 (51.5)

What to look at for: Watch the sideline when the Packers rating a landing or get an extended discipline purpose, and you may see a element of why coach Matt LaFleur has been so profitable: He is proper there celebrating with the gamers. Watch when one thing goes mistaken, and he is proper there to query why. LaFleur has discovered a steadiness, resulting in a 23-6 report since taking up in 2019. In accordance with the Elias Sports activities Bureau, if the Packers win Saturday, he could be simply the sixth head coach to win no less than 24 of his first 30 video games, becoming a member of George Seifert (27), Man Chamberlin (26), Paul Brown (25), George Halas (24) and Steve Mariucci (24). — Rob Demovsky

Daring prediction: Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will throw for greater than 300 yards and three touchdowns. Maybe much more daring, he’ll lead his first comeback win of the season on the final possession after going 0-7 in these situations to date. It will come all the way down to a deep go to vast receiver DJ Moore to arrange a Joey Slye game-winning discipline purpose. — David Newton

Stat to know: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has 9 video games with no less than three landing passes and 0 interceptions this season, essentially the most in a season in NFL historical past (Elias Sports activities Bureau). He’s at the moment on a three-game streak with these numbers.

Playoff/draft image: The Packers have clinched the NFC North, and FPI provides them a 59% probability of the securing the No. 1 seed and home-field benefit within the NFC. These probabilities would enhance to 71% with a victory or fall to 23% with a loss, impartial of different outcomes. The Panthers may be eradicated from playoffs rivalry this weekend with a loss or wins both the Cardinals or Bears. Maybe of extra curiosity to Carolina followers, they’ve a 28.7% probability to maneuver up into the highest 5 of the draft from their present No. 7 projected spot.

Accidents: Panthers | Packers

What to know for fantasy: Since 2018, Inexperienced Bay’s Aaron Jones ranks fourth amongst certified working backs in factors per contact (1.08). He is working laborious (6.1 yards per carry over his previous three video games) and is going through the fourth-worst protection way of defending working backs because the starting of final season. See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: Inexperienced Bay is 4-Zero in opposition to the unfold (ATS) in prime-time video games this season, and Carolina is 4-12 ATS in prime-time video games since 2014 (0-1 ATS this season). Learn extra.

Newton’s decide: Panthers 38, Packers 37
Demovsky’s decide: Packers 31, Panthers 17
FPI prediction: GB, 74.8% ( a mean of 8.9 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Assessing Bridgewater, Panthers’ season formed late-drive failuresWhy Packers are NFC’s favourite and a (shock) workforce that might cease themWR Moore off COVID-19 checklist, will play SaturdayTonyan turns into productive tight finish Packers have sought all alongsideHow one throw in August helped set Packers’ Rodgers on potential MVP path

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Sunday, 1 p.m. ET | Fox
Matchup score:
74.3 | Unfold: TB -6 (49.5)

What to look at for: More often than not when the “What’s mistaken with Matt Ryan” query is raised, the Falcons quarterback follows up with a powerful outing. His passer rankings the previous 5 video games (two of which had been wins) have been 112.1, 45.8, 75.3, 80.Four and 57.3. That is in all places. If Ryan needs to show to Atlanta that he nonetheless has it and may be the man subsequent season, a powerful rebound in opposition to Tampa Bay is the place to begin. — Courtney Cronin

Daring prediction: The Bucs can have three purple zone stops on protection. They’d two final weekend in opposition to the Vikings and three earlier than the e week in opposition to the Chiefs. And for all of the constructive adjustments coach Raheem Morris has made, the Falcons are nonetheless one of many worst purple zone scoring groups on offense within the league, averaging simply 48.9% in purple zone landing effectivity (31st). Scoring for them goes to have to return from chunk performs downfield. — Jenna Laine

Stat to know: In eight wins, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady has been sacked 5 occasions and pressured on 13% of dropbacks whereas finishing 44% of his passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield (4 touchdowns, zero interceptions). However in losses, Brady has been pressured and struggled with the deep ball. In 5 losses this season, he was sacked 11 occasions, pressured on 27% of dropbacks and capable of full simply 21% of passes 20-plus yards downfield (one TD and 5 interceptions).

Playoff/draft image: It is unlikely, however the Buccaneers can clinch a playoff berth this weekend. They should win, however additionally they want a tie within the Bears-Vikings sport. They’ve a 97% probability to make the playoffs at this level, whereas the Falcons are eradicated and trying to leap from their present No. 6 projected draft spot into the highest 5, which FPI provides them a 36.4% probability to do.

Accidents: Buccaneers | Falcons

What to know for fantasy: Atlanta tight finish Hayden Hurst has 12.Four fantasy factors over his previous 4 video games. Whole. It is not perfect, however the Buccaneers are permitting the fifth-most tight finish factors this season, permitting opponents to finish 73.2% of their tight-end targets (fifth highest) within the course of. See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: Atlanta is 1-Four ATS in opposition to groups with profitable data this season. Learn extra.

Laine’s decide: Buccaneers 24, Falcons 16
Cronin’s decide: Buccaneers 24, Falcons 13
FPI prediction: TB, 64.1% ( a mean of 4.Eight factors)

Matchup must-reads: If Jones cannot go, Bucs have depth and expertise behind him“I’ve to be higher with the soccer”: Falcons’ Ryan rues late-game errorsRemoved from flawless, Bucs confirmed glimpses of improved offense vs. Vikings


Sunday, 1 p.m. ET | Fox
Matchup score:
60.3 | Unfold: SEA -5.5 (44.5)

What to look at for: Which workforce will deal with the stress utilized the opposing protection? Washington’s entrance has been terrific, beginning with Chase Younger and Montez Sweat. Washington ranks third in sacks per go try (9.1%) for the season, whereas the Seahawks rank first in that class since Week 8. Washington likes to play zone, which is sensible in opposition to Seattle wideout DK Metcalf and quarterback Russell Wilson. These two have mixed for 3 performs of 50 yards or longer; Washington has allowed an NFL-high seven such receptions. — John Keim

Daring prediction: Wilson will full no less than 75% of his passes. He has hit that mark 4 occasions this season, together with final weekend because the Seahawks’ sport plan in opposition to the Jets and their new defensive coordinator was to get the ball out shortly on shorter passes. Washington’s loaded line of defense will give the Seahawks another excuse to try this Sunday, particularly if beginning proper deal with Brandon Shell is unavailable. — Brady Henderson

Stat to know: Over the previous 4 weeks, Washington’s line of defense leads NFL with 58 QB pressures and boasts the second-highest go rush win price, beating blocks inside 2.5 seconds 61% of the time, per ESPN metrics and NFL Subsequent Gen Stats.

Playoff/draft image: Win and so they’re in for the Seahawks this weekend. Washington cannot clinch the NFC East or a playoff spot, but it surely has a 68.6% probability of constructing the playoffs per FPI. It has not reached the playoffs since 2015.

Accidents: Seahawks | Washington

What to know for fantasy: Seattle receiver Tyler Lockett has been held below 12.5 fantasy factors in six of seven video games since his 53-point outburst in opposition to the Cardinals, and Washington owns the fourth-best protection in opposition to receivers this season. See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: Washington has coated in 4 consecutive video games, all wins. Learn extra.

Henderson’s decide: Seahawks 23, Washington 17
Keim’s decide: Seahawks 24, Washington 17
FPI prediction: SEA, 61.3% ( a mean of three.9 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Under .500 however division champions? Washington might be navigating a street Seahawks first traveledWashington’s defensive rise goes past YoungerPlayoff preview? Seahawks’ journey to Washington might occur once more in JanuaryYounger, protection assist vault Washington into first place in NFC EastSeahawks’ Adams units DB sacks mark vs. Jets


Sunday, 1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup score:
49.1 | Unfold: MIA -1 (41.5)

What to look at for: The Patriots are the NFL’s fifth-best speeding offense (147.5 yards per sport), and so they leaned on that speeding for 217 yards (quarterback Cam Newton had 75) once they beat the Dolphins 21-11 within the season opener. Miami’s speeding protection (120.2 yards per sport allowed, 22nd within the NFL) has improved some since then, however the Dolphins know the important thing to stopping the Patriots’ offense begins with minimizing the working assault. — Cameron Wolfe

Daring prediction: A trick play, with Newton on the receiving finish, will present a spark, because the Patriots want to tug out all of the stops with their season on the road. Although playoff hopes are an extended shot, the Patriots will go all out to win, and the offense might want to get artistic at occasions to jump-start an assault that produced solely three factors in a Week 14 loss to the Rams. — Mike Reiss

Stat to know: The Dolphins have compelled a turnover in 19 consecutive video games, the longest lively streak within the NFL and the Dolphins’ longest streak since a 19-game run in 1997-98. The newest time Miami had an extended streak was in 1982-85 (42 straight).

Playoff/draft image: The Patriots might be eradicated from the playoffs with a loss this weekend, which might finish a streak of 11 straight seasons with a postseason look. They’re projected to select 16th within the draft, with a 1.9% probability to maneuver into the highest 10 per FPI. In a job reversal, the Dolphins have a 30.2% probability to see some playoff soccer.

Accidents: Patriots | Dolphins

What to know for fantasy: Newton had a season-high 15 speeding makes an attempt (75 yards and two scores) within the Week 1 assembly with the Dolphins. He scored 25.7 fantasy factors in that sport, however he has reached that mark simply as soon as since. See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: That is the primary time Miami has been favored over New England since 2013, and it is the primary time Miami has been favored multiple level over New England since 2003. Learn extra.

Reiss’ decide: Patriots 20, Dolphins 17
Wolfe’s decide: Dolphins 20, Patriots 16
FPI prediction: NE, 51.8% ( a mean of 0.6 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Going through Tagovailoa, Patriots look to proceed dominance vs. rookie QBsMapping out Dolphins’ path to 2020 NFL playoffs: Wild card or bustPatriots working backs “simply making an attempt to remain afloat” throughout difficult seasonOh, “Boise”: How the Miami Miracle unfolded and shocked PatriotsSticking with Newton provides Belichick cowl for Patriots’ roster pointsDolphins are making a reputation for themselves with their no-name protection


Sunday, 1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup score:
48.1 | Unfold: IND -7 (50.5)

What to look at for: Keep watch over the Colts’ go rush going through the Texans’ offensive line. The Colts had been shut out when it got here to sacks in opposition to the Raiders in Week 14, however Houston quarterbacks had been sacked seven occasions the Bears final weekend. Indianapolis sacked Texans QB Deshaun Watson 5 occasions when these groups met two weeks in the past, and he Texans have given up 40 sacks this season. — Mike Wells

Daring prediction: Houston vast receiver Keke Coutee can have one other sport with 100 or extra receiving yards. The three finest video games in Coutee’s profession have come in opposition to the Colts (a mixed 22 catches for 275 yards), and that may proceed on Sunday. — Sarah Barshop

Stat to know: Watson has 25 passing touchdowns this season, and he wants simply two extra to set a brand new profession excessive.

Playoff/draft image: The Colts enter the weekend with an 85% probability of constructing the playoffs per FPI. They will have a 95% probability with a victory Sunday however a 66% probability with a loss. Houston is out of the playoff race but additionally doesn’t have a first-round decide for 2021.

Accidents: Texans | Colts

What to know for fantasy: Tyreek Hill, DK Metcalf and T.Y. Hilton are the one gamers this season to string collectively three straight video games with 80 receiving yards and a landing catch, with Hilton being the one driving an lively streak. See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: Indianapolis is 8-2 ATS in its previous 10 video games as a favourite. Learn extra.

Barshop’s decide: Colts 31, Texans 24
Wells’ decide: Colts 34, Texans 20
FPI prediction: IND, 63.7% ( a mean of 4.7 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Onerous to see higher days forward for Texans’ D after “embarrassing” lossColts’ Sanchez grateful to be again after “whirlwind” three weeksTexans gamers collect at Watson’s new restaurant’s opening in potential protocol violationColts’ Reich says QB Rivers has “a number of years” left if he needs to maintain taking part inColts’ Hilton vanished, however now he is the true “Ghost” once more


Sunday, 1 p.m. ET | Fox
Matchup score:
48.1 | Unfold: MIN -3 (47)

What to look at for: All eyes will likely be on Vikings kicker Dan Bailey after he missed three discipline objectives and an additional level in a Week 14 loss to Tampa Bay. Coach Mike Zimmer was lukewarm on his dedication to Bailey this week, however given the COVID-19 protocols and Bailey’s lengthy historical past of being a superb kicker, all indicators level to Minnesota not making a change for the Bears sport. But when Bailey misses a kick Sunday, I am not so certain how for much longer he’ll be on the roster. — Courtney Cronin

Daring prediction: The Bears will win their third straight sport in Minnesota for the primary time since 1983-85. Chicago coach Matt Nagy has had the Vikings’ quantity at U.S. Financial institution Stadium, the place his workforce has gained every of the previous two seasons, together with a dominant victory within the 2018 regular-season finale that saved Minnesota out of the playoffs. Nagy is 4-1 lifetime versus the Vikings, the lone loss occurring when these groups met at Soldier Area on Nov. 16. — Jeff Dickerson

Stat to know: Minnesota working again Dalvin Prepare dinner has 14 speeding touchdowns this season, the second most in a single season in Vikings historical past (Adrian Peterson had 18 in 2009). However Prepare dinner has averaged 2.84 yards per rush in 4 profession video games in opposition to the Bears.

Playoff/draft image: The winner of this sport will keep within the playoff hunt, whereas the loser can have no higher than a 5% probability of reaching the postseason, in accordance with FPI. Chicago is at the moment taking a look at a 15% probability to make the playoffs, which might rise to 36% with a win and would fall to 2% in a loss. Minnesota — sitting at 21% now — would leap to 32% with a win however drop to five% in a loss.

Accidents: Bears | Vikings

What to know for fantasy: Vikings vast receiver Adam Thielen scored twice within the first assembly with the Bears, however Justin Jefferson had twice as many receptions and caught 80% of his targets (Thielen was at 57.1%). See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: Chicago is 1-Four ATS in its previous 5 video games. Learn extra.

Dickerson’s decide: Bears 27, Vikings 26
Cronin’s decide: Vikings 28, Bears 27
FPI prediction: MIN, 59.4% ( a mean of three.2 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Bears face QB selections within the potential post-Trubisky periodKicking woes might boot Vikings out of playoffs if not fastened shortlyCan GM Tempo and coach Nagy survive Bears’ downfall?What does workload for Vikings’ Prepare dinner imply for 2021 and past?


Sunday, 1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup score:
47.6 | Unfold: BAL -13 (47.5)

What to look at for: Quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Ravens’ dominant speeding assault face a struggling Jaguars run protection. Baltimore leads the NFL in speeding (173.Eight yards per sport) and has produced over 200 yards on the bottom in back-to-back video games. Jacksonville has allowed the third-most speeding yards this season (145.5 per sport) and gave up 249 final weekend to the Titans. — Jamison Hensley

Daring prediction: Yannick Ngakoue can have a number of sacks on Sunday. The Ravens defensive finish stated he is treating this as simply one other sport, however no person believes that, proper? It was an unsightly finish to his time in Jacksonville, which included calling the proprietor’s son (who can also be the workforce’s government VP of soccer administration and know-how) a clown on social media. Jaguars offensive tackles Cam Robinson and Jawaan Taylor have struggled in opposition to faster rushers this season, and Ngakoue will take benefit. — Mike DiRocco

Stat to know: The Jaguars have misplaced 12 straight video games, the second-longest shedding streak in franchise historical past (13 straight in 2012-13). However on the upside, they’ve a plus-74 level differential in opposition to the Ravens and are 12-9 within the matchup’s historical past.

Playoff/draft image: The Ravens have the simplest remaining schedule within the NFL, per FPI, as their last three opponents are a mixed 8-30-1 this season. They’ve a 53% probability to win out, in accordance with FPI. Whereas they at the moment have an 86% probability to make the playoffs, they’d be taking a look at 53% with a loss this weekend, impartial of ends in different video games. The Jags, in the meantime, are projected to take dwelling the No. 2 spot within the draft and actually have a 24.6% probability to maneuver into the highest spot.

Accidents: Jaguars | Ravens

What to know for fantasy: Jacksonville working again James Robinson and Buffalo receiver Stefon Diggs are the one working backs, vast receivers or tight ends to have scored 10 PPR factors in all 13 of their workforce’s video games this season. See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: Baltimore is 39-Zero outright as a double-digit favourite within the common season, the one workforce to no means lose in that spot. Learn extra.

DiRocco’s decide: Ravens 28, Jaguars 21
Hensley’s decide: Ravens 34, Jaguars 10
FPI prediction: BAL, 87.6% ( a mean of 15.Three factors)

Matchup must-reads: Who’s the Jaguars’ kicker this weekend? It has been historic, wacky and wildWild comeback in Cleveland: Inside Ravens and Jackson’s dramatic 70 minutesMinshew expects Ravens’ Ngakoue to be “out for blood”Taking the 427 hits: Ravens’ Jackson brings fighter’s mentality


Sunday, 1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup score:
40.1 | Unfold: TEN -11 (51.5)

What to look at for: The search for two,000 speeding yards continues for Titans working again Derrick Henry, who has 1,532 yards with three video games left. The Titans will attempt to make the most of a Detroit run protection permitting 132.Eight yards per sport. They wish to get Henry the soccer however will likely be cautious about working him an excessive amount of. Keep watch over how they handle his carries and the way typically he can break off longer runs. — Turron Davenport

Daring prediction: Henry will put himself in a little bit bit higher place for his chase for two,000 yards after working for 200-plus yards in opposition to Detroit, together with two touchdowns. The Lions’ offense is matching their protection way of accidents, with questions on Frank Ragnow (throat) and Matthew Stafford (ribs), so Detroit’s already-porous run protection may find yourself on the sector greater than it will need — which might depart for big holes within the second half. — Michael Rothstein

Stat to know: The Lions have allowed 21 speeding touchdowns (tied for essentially the most) this season.

Playoff/draft image: The Titans can clinch a playoff berth with a win and a loss from the Ravens. They have not made the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 2007-08. The Lions will likely be eradicated from the playoffs with a loss and a Cardinals win, however FPI provides them a 74% probability to select within the prime 10 on the draft.

Accidents: Lions | Titans

What to know for fantasy: 4 of Henry’s seven profession video games with 30 factors have are available December (consists of 36.2 factors final weekend at Jacksonville). See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: When quarterback Ryan Tannehill begins regular-season video games for Tennessee, overs are 18-4-1, together with 9-3-1 this season. Learn extra.

Rothstein’s decide: Titans 34, Lions 13
Davenport’s decide: Titans 42, Lions 17
FPI prediction: TEN, 79.0% ( a mean of 10.7 factors)

Matchup must-reads: What does and would not make the Lions’ teaching job interestingTitans’ protection shores up season-long vulnerabilities in win over JaguarsBadgers and Favre — all a part of the charmed Wisconsin lifetime of Lions’ Bevell


Sunday, 1 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup score:
34.3 | Unfold: SF -3 (45)

What to look at for: The Cowboys’ run protection can be ok with its efficiency in opposition to Cincinnati final weekend, permitting 101 yards on 30 carries, however in going through comparable run schemes to what San Francisco makes use of, the unit has struggled majorly. The Browns ran for 307 yards in opposition to Dallas, essentially the most allowed in workforce historical past. Washington ran for 189 and 182 yards in sweeping the Cowboys in 2020. Hole self-discipline is a should vs. San Francisco, however the Cowboys have but to point out the power to be sound when going through a zone scheme. — Todd Archer

Daring prediction: For the second time this season, 49ers working again Jeff Wilson Jr. will set a profession excessive for speeding yards, surpassing the 112 he had in opposition to New England in Week 7. Dallas is giving up a league-worst 162.7 speeding yards per sport and 5.07 yards per carry. With Raheem Mostert nonetheless coping with the lingering results of a earlier ankle harm, this can be a favorable matchup for Wilson and the Niners on the bottom. — Nick Wagoner

Stat to know: San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens has thrown seven interceptions since Week 8. Drew Lock (9) and Matt Ryan (eight) are the one gamers who’ve extra within the NFL over that span.

Playoff/draft image: The 49ers (79%) and Cowboys (71%) entered the season with the fourth- and fifth-highest percentages to make the playoffs, in accordance with FPI, however now each face elimination. The Cowboys will likely be eradicated from postseason rivalry with a loss or wins Washington and Arizona. The 49ers are eradicated with a loss and a Cardinals win. It will be the second consecutive season that the Tremendous Bowl loser did not make the playoffs within the following season (Rams). Dallas is projected to draft fifth in April, whereas San Francisco is 13th.

Accidents: 49ers | Cowboys

What to know for fantasy: Cowboys working again Ezekiel Elliott has been held below 10 fantasy factors eight occasions in his profession, and 5 of them have come previously two months. See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: Because the begin of the 2018 season, Dallas is 4-Zero ATS as a house underdog (1-Zero ATS this season). Learn extra.

Wagoner’s decide: 49ers 27, Cowboys 13
Archer’s decide: 49ers 31, Cowboys 23
FPI prediction: SF, 70.4% ( a mean of seven.1 factors)

Matchup must-reads: “Badass” Warner the most recent to hold on 49ers’ linebacking legacyDo not choose Cowboys’ Lawrence sack totals aloneCowboys, 49ers flexed out of prime time in Week 15 — how did it come to this?Cowboys VP Jones says McCarthy will return as coach in 2021McCarthy reminds how Cowboys’ end in 2020 can have an effect on 2021, too


Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET | Fox
Matchup score:
49.6 | Unfold: LAR -17.5 (43.5)

What to look at for: The Rams’ offense has rebounded since a Week 12 loss to the 49ers, however look ahead to coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff to probably attempt to open up the playbook and discover connections deep downfield in opposition to a struggling Jets protection that’s permitting 286.Eight passing yards per sport, which ranks 31st within the NFL. Coming into Sunday, Goff is averaging 6.18 air yards per try, which ranks 33rd out 35 certified passers. — Lindsey Thiry

Daring prediction: Rams defensive deal with Aaron Donald will report no less than two sacks and no less than two run stuffs (tackles for zero or unfavourable yards). An elite inside pass-rusher every week, he now faces a workforce with two backup guards in Pat Elflein and Josh Andrews. — Wealthy Cimini

Stat to know: The Rams lead the NFL in complete protection (285.9 yards per sport), whereas the Jets are final in complete offense (269.8).

Playoff/draft image: The Rams can clinch a playoff berth with a win. Moreover, they’ve a 67.5% probability to take dwelling the NFC West the top of the season, per FPI. The winless Jets have a 53% probability of shedding out, which might make sure the No. 1 decide within the draft. They’re at the moment the favourite, with a 75.4% probability to have the primary decide.

Accidents: Jets | Rams

What to know for fantasy: Los Angeles working again Cam Akers and Minnesota’s Dalvin Prepare dinner are the one two gamers with 20 carries in every of the previous two weeks. Not unhealthy for a rookie who had 59 carries for the season prior. See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: Eight of previous 10 Rams video games have gone below the whole. Learn extra.

Cimini’s decide: Rams 35, Jets 6
Thiry’s decide: Rams 32, Jets 10
FPI prediction: LAR, 93.0% ( a mean of 19.5 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Jets coach Gase says he has let possession downYAC kings: Rams’ Woods, Kupp masters at choosing up yards after catchDemise of the 2020 Jets: 13 causes for 13 lossesLook out, L.A.: Rams’ protection gaining momentum as playoffs methodMay Clemson’s Lawrence, the possible No. 1 NFL draft decide, spurn the Jets?Is Goff able to being a Tremendous Bowl-winning quarterback for the Rams?


Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET | Fox
Matchup score:
43.7 | Unfold: ARI -7 (49.5)

What to look at for: With working again Chase Edmonds a game-time resolution and quarterback Kyler Murray having struggled within the run division just lately, look ahead to Murray to interrupt out on the bottom in opposition to the Eagles. Murray understands the Cardinals’ playoff scenario — they should hold profitable to remain alive — and if he runs, they have a tendency to have a greater probability to win. With three video games left, the Cardinals haven’t any time to waste, and Murray will do his half. — Josh Weinfuss

Daring prediction: Eagles working again Miles Sanders will rack up 70 receiving yards and report his first receiving TD of the season. His prowess as a pass-catcher, on show throughout his rookie season, pale for a lot of this 12 months, as he and quarterback Carson Wentz had bother connecting. Sanders posted a season-high 36 receiving yards final weekend with Jalen Hurts below middle, signaling greater issues to return. — Tim McManus

Stat to know: Murray is 9-Four in his profession when speeding for 40-plus yards in a sport. However he’s 3-12-1 when held below that.

Playoff/draft image: The Cardinals enter the weekend with a 56% probability of constructing the playoffs, per FPI. They will have a 65% probability of constructing the playoffs with a victory on Sunday however a 25% probability with a loss. No workforce has a bigger potential swing (40 share factors) in Week 15. The Eagles could be eradicated from the playoffs with a loss and a Washington win. They enter the weekend with a 6.5% probability of constructing the postseason, and people probabilities would leap to 18% with a win. Philadelphia at the moment is projected to have the 10th decide within the draft.

Accidents: Eagles | Cardinals

What to know for fantasy: Sanders is coming off of his finest sport of the season (29.6 factors), and there may be dwelling run upside. Nevertheless it comes at a value. Sanders has extra single-digit performances (4) than 20-point video games (three), with three of these duds coming previously month. See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: Arizona is 3-6 ATS as a favourite with Murray below middle. Learn extra.

McManus’ decide: Eagles 27, Cardinals 24
Weinfuss’ decide: Cardinals 24, Eagles 21
FPI prediction: ARI, 77.8% ( a mean of 10.2 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Eagles lineman Driscoll out for remainder of season, supply saysThe rooster, brat and climate reporter: Why Cardinals’ Pugh turned to a life coachHow ought to the Eagles method Wentz? Suppose FavreCardinals discover a recipe to win whereas getting again within the playoff image


Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET | CBS
Matchup score:
97.2 | Unfold: KC -3 (51.5)

What to look at for: It is two of the NFL’s elite groups, each making an attempt to safe the essential No. 1 seed of their conferences. The Chiefs’ No. 1-ranked offense meets the Saints’ No. 2-ranked protection. Oh, and there is a probability that Drew Brees might return to the lineup simply in time for an epic QB matchup in opposition to Patrick Mahomes. There may not be a greater sport on the NFL’s regular-season schedule all 12 months. — Mike Triplett

Daring prediction: The Chiefs will power the Saints into no less than two game-altering turnovers. The all of the sudden revived Chiefs go rush had 4 sacks in opposition to the Dolphins final weekend and can stress the Saints’ quarterback — whether or not it is Brees or Taysom Hill — into some errors. Keep watch over Chiefs security Tyrann Mathieu, who has 4 interceptions over the previous three video games. — Adam Teicher

Stat to know: Mahomes has thrown for no less than 315 yards in six straight video games, tied with Brees (2012-13) and Wealthy Gannon (2002) for the longest such streak in NFL historical past. And in accordance with the Elias Sports activities Bureau, his 2,309 yards over his previous six video games is essentially the most over any six-game span in NFL historical past.

Playoff/draft image: To clinch the AFC’s No. 1 seed and home-field benefit all through the playoffs, the Chiefs want a win and losses each the Steelers and Payments. And the Saints might clinch the NFC South with a win or a Buccaneers loss.

Accidents: Chiefs | Saints

What to know for fantasy: Chiefs working again Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been held below 40 speeding yards in 4 of his previous 5 video games, and regardless of being a fantasy first-rounder, he has simply two top-10 performances this season. See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: Kansas Metropolis has gained 5 consecutive one-score video games, although it has did not cowl in all 5. It’s the first workforce to win however not cowl 5 straight because the 1986 Patriots. Learn extra.

Teicher’s decide: Chiefs 26, Saints 20
Triplett’s decide: Chiefs 27, Saints 24
FPI prediction: KC, 55.2% ( a mean of 1.Eight factors)

Matchup must-reads: How lengthy would Chiefs QB Mahomes must surpass passing data of Saints’ Brees?Saints simply missed on Mahomes in 2017, however reshaped the franchise anywayChiefs, Mahomes proceed “love-hate relationship” with Onerous Rock StadiumPayton: Brees return relies on how week goesTurnovers proceed to cloud Hill’s future as Saints quarterback

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Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET | NBC
Matchup score:
27.1 | Unfold: CLE -5 (44)

What to look at for: The Browns have the third-ranked speeding offense (156.2 yards per sport), and the Giants have the seventh-ranked speeding protection (101.5). Whoever wins that matchup possible wins this sport. — Jordan Raanan

Daring prediction: In teammate and shut good friend Odell Beckham Jr.‘s former stadium, Browns vast receiver Jarvis Landry will account for a number of touchdowns in a sport for the primary time this season. — Jake Trotter

Stat to know: Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield has averaged 9.9 yards per try off play-action this season, second finest within the NFL. However he has averaged 6.Three yards per try with out play-action, 29th within the NFL.

Playoff/draft image: The Browns enter the weekend with a 82% probability of constructing the playoffs, per FPI. Win and that turns into 95%. Lose and the Browns are all the way down to 68%. The Giants are additionally preventing for a playoff spot and enter the weekend with a 24% probability of profitable the NFC East. A victory would assist, giving them a 41% probability, however that quantity would fall to the one digits with a loss (9%). New York is at the moment projected to have the No. 12 draft slot.

Accidents: Browns | Giants

What to know for fantasy: There are 14 tight ends who’ve seen no less than 55 targets this season, and Evan Engram of the Giants ranks final amongst them in factors per goal (1.22). The truth is, that price is 18.1% under any of the opposite qualifiers and 29.5% under the typical. See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: The Giants are 8-Three ATS as an underdog this season. Learn extra.

Trotter’s decide: Browns 28, Giants 24
Raanan’s decide: Browns 22, Giants 20
FPI prediction: CLE, 58.1% ( a mean of two.Eight factors)

Matchup must-reads: It has been 25 years because the Browns broke Cleveland’s coronary heart and left for BaltimoreGiants OC Garrett checks constructive for coronavirus; Kitchens to name performs vs. BrownsRegardless of defeat, Browns present why they’re trending in proper pathPractically two years later, Giants profitable the Beckham commerceGiants QB Jones has second leg harm


Monday, 8:15 p.m. ET | ESPN
Matchup score:
50.0 | Unfold: PIT -13 (40.5)

What to look at for: Pittsburgh is making an attempt to snap a two-game shedding skid that has halted its momentum on the season. The Bengals have dropped 5 straight, have been decimated accidents and are searching for their first victory over their AFC North rival since Nov. 1, 2015. — Ben Child

Daring prediction: The Steelers will rush for greater than 100 yards. The working sport has been nonexistent for 3 video games, however Pittsburgh is going through a Bengals workforce that offers up 131.9 speeding yards per sport. To go deep within the playoffs, the Steelers want a extra well-balanced offense, and the Monday Night time Soccer sport will permit them to appropriate their shortcomings within the floor sport. — Brooke Pryor

Stat to know: Drops have been a serious situation for the Steelers this season. They’ve 33 complete drops and a 6.3% drop price, each highest within the NFL. And over the previous three weeks, they’ve 14 drops and a 9.9% drop price. Large receiver Diontae Johnson leads all gamers with 11 drops, whereas tight finish Eric Ebron is tied for the lead amongst tight ends with six.

Playoff/draft image: The Steelers will look to clinch the AFC North with a win or a Browns loss. It will be their first AFC North title since 2017. The Bengals are projected to have the third decide within the draft and have a 96.1% probability to stay within the prime 5, per FPI.

Accidents: Steelers | Bengals

What to know for fantasy: Sure, quarterback Joe Burrow was calling the pictures, however within the first Steelers-Bengals sport, Cincinnati vast receiver Tee Higgins accounted for 54% of the workforce’s receiving yards. See Week 15 rankings.

Betting nugget: The biggest upset in Monday Night time Soccer historical past is 10.5 factors, completed 3 times, most just lately Miami at dwelling in opposition to New England in 2017. Learn extra.

Pryor’s decide: Steelers 24, Bengals 10
Child’s decide: Steelers 27, Bengals 6
FPI prediction: PIT, 76.8% ( a mean of 9.7 factors)

Matchup must-reads: Steelers receiver Smith-Schuster would not plan to cease dancing on logosWhy this might be finish of Inexperienced’s time with BengalsRoethlisberger: No panicking for Steelers amid two-game setbackRestoration of Bengals’ Burrow: What to anticipate, the way it compares to othersSeason over for Bengals DT Atkins with no sack



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