The wheels came off last week when I went 0-3 with my picks. For the season, my record now stands at 18-23-1. I’ll try to make up some ground with three more underdogs to consider for Week 15. All odds were obtained from the DraftKings Sportsbook.
After starting off the season 3-2, it’s been all downhill for the Panthers. They are 1-7 since with their only win coming against the Lions. Their schedule hasn’t exactly been kind to them, though, since they had to face the Saints, Chiefs and Buccaneers during that eight-game stretch. If they are going to put another game in the win column, they’ll likely have to do so without Christian McCaffrey (thigh), who is listed as doubtful.
Playing without McCaffrey is nothing new for the Panthers considering he has only appeared in three games all season. Pulling off a win in this game against the vastly superior Packers would be highly unlikely. However, the Panthers are 5-1 against the spread as road underdogs. Given this hefty line, I’ll take a chance on them being able to keep the contest fairly close.
The Vikings have picked things up lately, going 5-2 across their last seven games. Coming off of a three-game homestand, the Vikings fell on the road in Week 14 against the Bucs. They will quickly return home for this contest, though, and they defeated the Bears 19-13 when these two teams met in Chicago in Week 10.
Being a home favorite this week might actually be bad news for the Vikings considering they are 1-5 ATS as home favorites this season. Meanwhile, the Bears are 3-3 ATS on the road and their offense has shown signs of life, lately, with Mitchell Trubisky once again starting a quarterback. After blowing out the Texans by 29 points last week, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Bears win this game, as well.
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The Cowboys will probably be happy to play at home this week since three of their last four games have come on the road. They won two of those road matchups, including a 30-7 drubbing of the Bengals last week. It was a much-needed bounce back performance from their defense, who had allowed a combined 75 points over their previous two contests.
Their improved defensive effort last week wasn’t exactly anything to get excited about since the Bengals were playing with their second-string quarterback. The same will be the case this week against the 49ers, though, who will once again start Nick Mullens. He’s struggled of late, throwing six touchdown passes and seven interceptions across the last five games. To no surprise, the 49ers lost four of those games with each defeat coming by at least eight points. With the Cowboys still fighting for a playoff spot, they have a chance to win this outright at home.
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