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N.F.L. Week 15 Predictions: Our Picks for Each Game


Pittsburgh Steelers (5-8) at Carolina Panthers (5-8), 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Panthers -2.5 | Total: 38.5

If the Panthers win against the Steelers and the Buccaneers lose to the Bengals, the Panthers can move into first place within the N.F.C. South. It’s a far leap for a Carolina team that fired its head coach and waived its starting quarterback, but under interim Steve Wilks, the Panthers still by some means have a shot.

Kenny Pickett is in concussion protocol, and Mitchell Trubisky, who threw three interceptions in his stead last week, isn’t an improvement. The road has moved from 1 to 2.5. Carolina can win at home, however it could also be close. Pick: Panthers -2.5

Kansas City (10-3) at Houston Texans (1-11-1), 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Texans +14 | Total: 49.5

Last week, the Texans got 17 points against the Cowboys, and the market faded them and bet the Cowboys. The Texans not only covered, they nearly won. This week, the market doesn’t intend to make the identical mistake twice. By Tuesday, 98 percent of the cash had been bet on the Texans.

Perhaps the hopes for Houston’s covering lie in Kansas City’s garbage-time offense. Last week against Denver, they put up the primary 27 points of the sport, then let the Broncos come back after three Patrick Mahomes interceptions. They won, but didn’t cover a much smaller spread than what they’re up against this week. Pick: Texans +14

Arizona Cardinals (4-9) at Denver Broncos (3-10), 4:05 p.m., Fox

Line: Broncos -3 | Total: 36

Neither of those teams can catch a break. Russell Wilson is out with a concussion (Brett Rypien will start for the Broncos), and Kyler Murray tore his anterior cruciate ligament (Colt McCoy will start for the Cardinals). Even against the Broncos’ stout defense, the Cardinals — at the very least on the road — can win in the event that they can manage the sting within the turnover battle. If DeAndre Hopkins holds the ball with each hands this week, Arizona can at the very least cover the spread. Pick: Cardinals +3

Latest England Patriots (7-6) at Las Vegas Raiders (5-8), 4:05 p.m., Fox

Line: Raiders -1 | Total: 44.5

The Patriots are making a push for a wild-card spot, while the Raiders are essentially cooked. But Latest England’s offense has been uneven all yr (they rank twenty fourth in yards per game and twenty eighth in first downs), and the team has been too depending on its defense to win games. Despite the Raiders’ proclivity for blowing leads, they’ve the league’s top running back and a quarterback who likes to air it out, and have been playing for little greater than pride all month. Pick: Raiders -1

Los Angeles Rams (4-9) at Green Bay Packers (5-8), 8:15 p.m., ESPN

Line: Packers -7 | Total: 39.5

Baker Mayfield and the Rams are like two people left on the bar at the top of an extended night. After showing up with high expectations, they find yourself settling for one another. Mayfield’s debut for Los Angeles produced sparks, nonetheless, as he led two heroic late touchdown drives for an improbable come-from-behind victory against the Raiders.

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