NFL Lines Week 15: Nailing Down Guaranteed Winners

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IDecember 12, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 28: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after defeating the St. Louis Rams, by the score of 14-9 at the Edward Jones Dome on October 28, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)
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The stakes are rising every weekend in the NFL as the playoffs approach, which can make it tricky picking winners. As we see everywhere in nature, there are some teams that fold under pressure, while others thrive, and it's not always obvious how things will play out. 

Thankfully, there are a few easy picks for you to take advantage of in Week 15.

While most of the league's teams are embroiled in hard-fought battles in which an inch could be the difference between winning and losing, a few teams have the luxury of an easy matchup this weekend. 

Here's a look at every game on the schedule, along with picks against the spread. Afterward, keep reading to find out which teams are guaranteed to beat the spread in Week 15.

NFL Week 15 Picks Against the Spread
AwayHomeSpreadPick ATS
San Diego ChargersDenver BroncosDEN -10Broncos
Buffalo BillsJacksonville JaguarsJAX +2Jaguars
Chicago BearsCleveland BrownsCLE -1Bears
Houston TexansIndianapolis ColtsIND -5.5Colts
New England PatriotsMiami DolphinsMIA +2Dolphins
Philadelphia EaglesMinnesota VikingsMIN +4.5Eagles
Seattle SeahawksNew York GiantsNYG +7Seahawks
San Francisco 49ersTampa Bay BuccaneersTB +549ers
Washington RedskinsAtlanta FalconsATL -7Falcons
New York JetsCarolina PanthersCAR -11Panthers
Kansas City ChiefsOakland RaidersOAK +4.5Chiefs
Green Bay PackersDallas CowboysDAL -7.5Cowboys
New Orleans SaintsSt. Louis RamsSTL +5.5Saints
Arizona CardinalsTennessee TitansTEN +2.5Cardinals
Cincinnati BengalsPittsburgh SteelersPIT +3Bengals
Baltimore RavensDetroit LionsDET -6Ravens
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Philadelphia at Minnesota (+4.5)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 17:  Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles jogs off the field following the Eagles 24-16 win over the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by
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The Minnesota Vikings would have a slim chance of beating the spread if Adrian Peterson were playing in Week 15. However, the superstar running back won't likely suit up after he suffered a foot sprain in Week 14, as noted by ESPN's Ben Goessling:

Making matters worse, Peterson's backup is banged up, too, and he's not guaranteed to play, either.

Without a strong running game, quarterback Matt Cassel won't have much success against Philly's much-improved defense, which has forced six turnovers the past two games.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 08:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates his touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions on December 8, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The Philadelphia Eagles defe
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While Peterson watches the game from the bench, his Eagles counterpart LeSean McCoy will likely have another hugely productive day against Minnesota's porous defense. Fantasy owners will be happy to know the Vikings are the league's No. 26-ranked defense against fantasy running backs. 

Minnesota is even worse against the pass, coming into Week 15 with the league's No. 30-ranked pass defense. Nick Foles, who's been on fire since taking over as the team's unquestioned starter, will shred the Vikings, and the Eagles will easily win and cover the spread. 

 

Seattle at New York Giants (+7)

Sure, Seattle isn't the same on the road, but this is the New York Giants we're talking about here, and the Seahawks will play with a huge chip on their shoulders after getting knocked off by the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park in Week 14.

This is a blowout waiting to happen.

New York's offense is an unfixable mess right now. Eli Manning's 20 interceptions are most in the league, and the Giants feature the fourth-worst rushing attack. 

Seattle's defense will swallow up any semblance of a running game, and Manning is in for a long, bitter afternoon at MetLife Stadium. 

All Russell Wilson will have to do to win the game is hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch and make sure he doesn't turn the ball over carelessly—something he's never had an issue with (17 interceptions in 29 starts).

 

Kansas City at Oakland (+4.5)

The last time these two AFC West rivals met came back in Week 6, and the Kansas City Chiefs wiped the floor with the Oakland Raiders at home, 24-7. 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 08:  Matt McGloin #14 of the Oakland Raiders calls a play during the second half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on December 8, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeat the Raiders 37-27. (Photo by M
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Since that time, Matt McGloin has taken over in place of Terrelle Pryor as Oakland's quarterback, and there's no doubt he's been solid. However, he has yet to face a swarming defense like Kansas City's this year (Houston doesn't count, as the Texans are a dysfunctional mess). 

Oakland comes into Week 15 having just been pummeled by the New York Jets—a team that had lost three straight before the Raiders came into town. It was Oakland's third loss in a row, and the team's fourth in five games.

On the other end of the spectrum, Kansas City shrugged off its own three-game losing streak by walloping Washington at FedEx Field, 45-10. On both sides of the ball, the Chiefs dominated the game, and Jamaal Charles, in particular, is riding a hot hand right now. 

The Raiders don't have a chance of covering this 4.5-point spread. Kansas City will easily romp in Oakland, improving to 11-3 on the season.

 

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