NFL Odds Week 15: Teams Guaranteed to Cover the Spread This Weekend

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 8: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up in the snow before the start of a game against the Detroit Lions at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The playoff picture has become a lot more clear in recent weeks with Seattle, Denver and Indianapolis all having clinched postseason berths. 

But with a full slate of matchups set for Week 15, a lot of that could change this weekend. 

Let's take a look at the latest odds for Week 15 and three teams guaranteed to cover the spread.

*Lines according to VegasInsider.com.

NFL Odds Week 15
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San Diego ChargersDenver Broncos (-10.5)
Washington RedskinsAtlanta Falcons (-4)
Houston TexansIndianapolis (-4.5)
San Francisco 49ers (-6)Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Seattle Seahawks (-6.5)New York Giants
Chicago BearsCleveland Browns (-2.5)
Buffalo Bills (-3)Jacksonville Jaguars
New England Patriots (-3)Miami Dolphins
Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5)Minnesota Vikings
New York JetsCarolina Panthers (-12)
Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5)Oakland Raiders
Green Bay PackersDallas Cowboys (-8)
Arizona Cardinals (-3)Tennessee Titans
New Orleans Saints (-5.5)St. Louis Rams
Cincinnati Bengals (-1)Pittsburgh Steelers
Baltimore RavensDetroit Lions (-5.5)
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Indianapolis Colts (-4.5) Over Houston Texans

The AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts will host the worst team in football Sunday afternoon when they welcome the Houston Texans to town.

Indy is favored by 4.5 points over Houston coming into Week 15 and is sure to cover the spread with ease seeing as the Texans have lost 11 straight games. Not to mention head coach Gary Kubiak was fired after Week 14's loss at Jacksonville.

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  A Houston Texans fan screams in the stands late in the fourth quarter during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Colts are a solid 4-2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2013. Meanwhile, the Texans have dropped five in a row on the road since Week 1's come-from-behind win over the Chargers. 

On top of all that, Houston boasts the second-worst turnover margin in the NFL at minus-14 through 13 games. Indy is plus-6 in that department and ranks second best in the AFC.

 

Philadelphia Eagles (-3.5) Over Minnesota Vikings

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 06:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball during the second quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 6, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Image
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The surging Philadelphia Eagles are a lock to cover the spread when they visit the Vikings in Minnesota in Week 15. Although the Vikings have won their last two home games, the Eagles have been arguably the NFL's best road team in 2013, going 5-1 away from Philly this year.

Plus, the Eagles are firing on all cylinders offensively, having scored at least 24 points in every game since Week 9 and winning five straight to take over the lead in the NFC East.

Chip Kelly's offense ranks tops in the league in rushing yards and has proven effective on the road as well. Led by the NFL's leading rusher in LeSean McCoy, the Eagles' ground attack is racking up nearly 160 yards per game and was awfully impressive in road wins over Washington and Green Bay earlier this fall.

What's more, the Eagles are taking excellent care of the ball this season, sporting a plus-9 turnover differential coming into Week 15. Minnesota on the other hand?

Not so much. The Vikings are at minus-7 through 14 weeks.

 

Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) Over Oakland Raiders

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 13:  Dunta Robinson #21 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts after knocking down an Oakland Raiders pass in the fourth quarter October 13, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
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Like the Eagles, the Kansas City Chiefs have been stellar on the road this season, winning five of their first six to start 2013. Therefore, you can expect Andy Reid's squad to easily cover the spread Sunday against the reeling Raiders in Oakland.

The Silver and Black have lost three straight games and five of six overall coming into Week 15. Two of those losses have come at home to Tennessee and Philadelphia.

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Justin Hunter #15 of the Tennessee Titans is tackled by Chimdi Chekwa #35 of the Oakland Raiders during the fourth quarter at O.co Coliseum on November 24, 2013 in Oakland, California. The Tennessee Titans defeated the Oakland R
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Consequently, it's difficult to imagine the Raiders topping a 10-win Chiefs team that's also coming off a 35-point win on the road at Washington in Week 14. 

In addition to possessing a top-10 rushing attack, Kansas City boasts the NFL's best turnover differential at plus-15. Oakland ranks 10th in the AFC at minus-3 and is one of only eight teams in the league to have been outscored by more than 70 points through the first 14 weeks.

 

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