Week 14 saw some of the biggest blowouts of the 2012 NFL season. Four games were decided by at least 23 points, and the Seahawks shut out the Cardinals 58-0 in the largest margin of victory this year.
Week 15, however, is expected to be much more competitive. No games have a point spread in double-digits, and four contests have a betting line of 1.5 points or less.
Despite losing by 28 on Monday, the Texans and their AFC leading 11-2 record are the biggest favorites of the week. They are giving the Colts 7.5 points in Houston.
The Patriots, who put up 42 points on the Texans this past week, are also favorites in Week 15. They are giving the 49ers 5.5 points on Sunday Night Football. The contest is a potential Super Bowl preview. Both teams currently hold the No.2 seed in their respective conferences.
This is the last week for Thursday Night Football and Monday Night Football in 2012. The Eagles are home underdogs to the Bengals on Thursday. The Jets are getting one point in the final matchup on the week’s schedule against the Titans.
The matchup between the Redskins and the Browns is tied with the MNF game for the lowest point spread. The uncertainty of Robert Griffin III’s status has Cleveland as one-point favorites. The rookie is listed as day-to-day with a knee sprain.
The Giants will play, possibly, their toughest game of the year, as they try to hold off Griffin and the Redskins in the NFC East. New York is set to visit Atlanta with a one-game lead in the division. The Falcons are tied for the best record in football, coming off a loss to Cam Newton and the Panthers.
Dallas is tied with Washington for second place in their division. They’ll renew a rivalry as they host Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. The contest has playoff implications for both teams. The Steelers hold the final wild card spot in the AFC at 7-5.
The Packers have a chance to lock up the NFC North when they visit the Bears. Green Bay is giving Chicago three points.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos are one of six road favorites this week. They are visiting the Ravens, who are 2.5-point underdogs.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the Week 15 games, including the point spreads and totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas.
Cincinnati Bengals (-3.5) at Philadelphia Eagles, 45.5
Green Bay Packers (-3) at Chicago Bears, 42.5
New York Giants (+1.5) at Atlanta Falcons, 51
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+3.5) at New Orleans Saints, 54
Minnesota Vikings (+3) at St. Louis Rams, 38
Washington Redskins (+1) at Cleveland Browns, 37.5
Jacksonville Jaguars (+7) at Miami Dolphins, 37
Denver Broncos (-2.5) at Baltimore Ravens, 48
Indianapolis Colts (+7.5) at Houston Texans, 48
Carolina Panthers (+3) at San Diego Chargers 45.5
Seattle Seahawks (-5) at Buffalo Bills, 42.5
Detroit Lions (-6) at Arizona Cardinals, 44
Pittsburgh Steelers (-1.5) at Dallas Cowboys, 44
Kansas City Chiefs (+3) at Oakland Raiders, 43
San Francisco (+5.5) at New England Patriots, 47.5
New York Jets (+1) at Tennessee Titans, 42