NFL Spreads Week 15: Underdogs That Are Sure Bets

David DanielsSenior Writer IDecember 15, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 09:   Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers signals a first down as teammate Louis Murphy #83 watches on during their game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Several Week 15 NFL spreads don’t make sense.

For some odd reason (pun intended), a few teams that should be favored going into this weekend’s action have been labeled as underdogs by Las Vegas. Here are those teams that will triumph despite what the pregame numbers suggest.


3. New York Giants

Spread: +1.5 vs. Atlanta Falcons (according to Covers)

The only game the Giants have lost since their bye was a one-pointer to Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. Against two of the NFL’s best in Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, New York allowed just two touchdowns between them and forced three interceptions.

Atlanta just fell to a then-three-win Carolina Panthers team. That shouldn’t happen to a so-called Super Bowl contender.


2. New York Jets

Spread: +1.5 vs. Tennessee Titans (according to Covers) 

Believe it or not, New York is 3-1 in its last four games, with its lone loss coming against the New England Patriots. In those three victories, the Jets have held their opponents to a grand total of just 30 points. Their defense has hit its stride, and the Titans aren’t ready for them.

Tennessee has lost its last three and couldn’t hold a 20-7 halftime lead against the Indianapolis Colts this past Sunday.


1. Carolina Panthers

Spread: +3.0 vs. San Diego Chargers (according to Covers) 

Don’t be fooled by the Chargers’ victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in which they simply took advantage of a rusty Ben Roethlisberger. They rode a four-game losing streak into that contest.

Carolina is the most dangerous cellar-dweller in the league now that Cam Newton has caught fire. He’s recorded a passer rating of over 100.0 in three straight games, now and in those contests, he’s accounted for a jaw-dropping 1,071 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.