There are only three weeks left in the regular season, which means the action is only going to get hotter for those that bet on the NFL.
There are a slew of potential playoff previews this week and we’ve got them all circled in our weekly picks. The Giants and Falcons meet up in what could be an NFC playoff matchup, the Steelers and Cowboys clash in a contest of two teams fighting for Wild Card rights, and the Patriots and 49ers meet in what very well could be a Super Bowl preview. Here are our NFL betting picks for Week 15:
New York Giants @ Atlanta Falcons
Odds: Falcons -1
The Giants have won four of their last five against the Falcons since 2004, including last year’s 24-2 beatdown in the playoffs. Atlanta has won 16 of their 20 at the Georgia Dome (including 10 in a row), but they have an ATS record of just 10-8-2. Still, the Giants are too inconsistent and you never know what team is going to show up, while the Falcons should still have blood in their mouth from being punched in the face in New York (well, New Jersey) last season. Motivation can be a massive factor in a game and the Falcons will ride this to a victory, although it won’t be a blowout by any means.
Pick: Falcons -1
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Dallas Cowboys
Odds: Steelers -1
These two storied franchises have won a combined 11 Super Bowls (an NFL-leading six for Pittsburgh, five for Dallas), but both are battling just to make it to the postseason this year and a loss could be disastrous. They’ve met nine times since 1982, with the Cowboys winning five games and posting a 4-3-1 ATS record, but Pittsburgh has won both meetings in the 2000s. Ben Roethlisberger looked rusty in returning to the lineup last week against San Diego, and that’ll have to change if the Steelers are going to have any chance on Sunday in Dallas, where the Cowboys have yet to cover a spread this season. However, there is a first time for anything and the ‘Boys seem to thrive as an underdog.
Pick: Cowboys +1
San Francisco 49ers @ New England Patriots
Odds: Patriots -5.5
A pair of Super Bowl contenders square off in New England, where the Patriots have won 20 in a row in December. Their 42-14 rout of Houston was also the Patriots’ 21st straight win in the second half of the schedule, and New England look like they’re starting to peak, although they’ve been quietly solid all season long. The 49ers have lost three straight to the Patriots, and San Francisco has been a bit inconsistent since their quarterback controversy began. Jim Harbaugh has to stick with rookie Colin Kaepernick now, but going into Foxborough and trying to beat the Patriots in December is a tough task for a veteran quarterback, much less a rookie. New England’s defense played their best game of the season against an excellent Houston offense and that’ll carry over to yet another primetime victory for the Patriots, a team that knows how to go to the next level when the lights are the brightest.
Pick: Patriots -5.5