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With only three more regular season games left, it is crunch time for many teams. There are plenty of critical games in Week 15 with many teams facing make or break.
There’s a possible Super Bowl preview as the Kansas City Chiefs head to New Orleans to take on the Saints, along with several other key games in the league that stops a nation. Every week our NFL trader Ian Dent joins us to give us his best bets of the weekend and here’s what he’s picking for a big Week 15:
Sunday’s early window treble: Washington (+5.5), Vikings (-3.5) & Colts (-7)
The Washington football team are getting too many points at home to the Seahawks. They have a very strong defence led by Chase Young, while the Seahawks have had problems on the offensive-line for the last few weeks and I can see Young getting after Russell Wilson. Washington’s offence has quietly been a top 10 unit under Alex Smith, and they are coming into form at the right time as the season ends in their quest for the NFC west titles.
I also like the Vikings at home in a crucial game, with both teams on the fringes of the play-offs. The Vikings will try and run the ball with Dalvin Cook, and they should have some success with the play action opening it up for their wide-receivers Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. They should have too much for the Bears at US Bank Stadium.
Finally, the Colts can cover -7.5 points at home in a divisional clash with Houston. It’s a reasonably big line, but the Colts are on a roll. TY Hilton looks back to his best and rookie running-back Jonathan Taylor is coming on strong. They should be too strong for a Texans team crippled by injuries”
Bet Builder – Chiefs @ Saints: Chiefs (-3.5), Alternate total points over (55.5), Patrick Mahomes passing yards OVER and Travis Kelce receiving yards OVER
Every week Ian gives us his best Bet Builder for the late Sky game and here’s what he’s tipped up for us:
The Chiefs can cover any line on their day, and while the Saints defense is very good, the Chiefs are putting up a lot of points and should be able to cover the -3.5 handicap. On the alternate points total, I like it to be over 55.5. If the Chiefs get some early scores, the Saints will have to open the playbook and I can see this being a shootout.
Naturally, with it being high-scoring, I can see Pat Mahomes passing yards going over as well as Travis Kelce’s receiving yards going over. These two have a great connection and I expect that to continue on Sunday.
Monday Double – Steelers @ Bengals: Steelers (-12.5) & Diontae Johnson anytime TD scorer
Monday night football sees an AFC north clash, as the Pittsburgh Steelers head into Cincinnati to face the nosediving Bengals and Ian has picked out a double he fancies:
The wheels have fallen off the Steelers lately and they desperately need to bounce back after two defeats in-a-row. Their running game has disappeared, while their passing attack has gone awry.
But, despite all of that, they can still cover a huge line as the Bengals are on their third string quarterback. The loss of Joe Burrow has been huge, and now his back-up is out, I can see the excellent Steelers defense having fun here.
In the TD markets, I am going for Pittsburgh’s wide-reciever Diontae Johnson. Ben Roethlisberger has a lot of weapons at his disposal, but Johnson has developed into one of the best receivers in the league. Despite having a few drops lately, I expect Roethlisberger to keep feeding him the ball.
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