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Early Betting Odds and Lines for NFL Week 15 (2020)

| December 14, 2020 8:23 am PDT
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There is no time like the present to see what the early week 15 NFL betting odds are. I know, it’s still Monday, and the previous week isn’t even officially in the books.

But this is precisely the perfect time to gauge pricing at a lot of online football sportsbooks. As I’ve said in the past, that by no means you have to bet this early in the week, but by looking now, you can do two things.

First, you can see where each game opens and how matchups are being regarded from a betting perspective. Second, and potentially more importantly, you can strike on advantageous spots.

What you do with my NFL week 15 odds breakdown is up to you. I’m here to note the early pricing, take a look at the matchup, and touch on the best potential bets.

With that, join me as I break down the week 14 NFL betting lines.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Odds

  • Chargers (+3) -110
  • Raiders (-3) -110
  • Chargers to Win (+146)
  • Raiders to Win (-166)
  • Over 54 (-110)
  • Under 54 (-110)

This should be a fun one. The last time the Chargers and Raiders faced off, they combined for 57 total points.

Las Vegas won then, and they’re understandably the favorites to go get the sweep. They’re at home, they’re probably more well-coached, and they have a lot on the line.

Of course, they flatlined in a loss to the Colts, so anything is possible.

Early odds make Las Vegas look like a fine value at home, while the most recent meeting – as well as all the explosive offensive talent featured in this showdown – point to the Over.

Carolina Panthers vs. Green Bay Packers Odds

  • Panthers (+8.5) -110
  • Packers (-8.5) -110
  • Panthers to Win (+315)
  • Packers to Win (-385)
  • Over 51.5 (-110)
  • Under 51.5 (-110)

The Packers open the week as sizable favorites. I get it, as they’re putting up a ton of points on a per-game basis, they’re at home, and they need to win to hold onto the #1 seed in the NFC.

Green Bay has a lot to lose by coming out flat here, but bettors should pay mind to the fact that they have failed to beat big spreads a couple of times in 2020.

Carolina is also a bit more competitive than anyone cares to admit. If they get star running back Christian McCaffrey back, they could be a tougher out than expected.

While the Panther’s ATS could be on the table, the Over looks to be within reach. Green Bay’s defense isn’t of the shutdown variety, and their offense (31.6 points per game) is rather reliable.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons Odds

  • Buccaneers (-4) -110
  • Falcons (+4) -110
  • Buccaneers to Win (-215)
  • Falcons to Win (+185)
  • Over 51 (-110)
  • Under 51 (-110)

The Bucs got a big win against Minnesota and are driving toward locking up a playoff spot. They have a tougher than expected showdown with the Dirty Birds, who have been very competitive ever since the firing of head coach Dan Quinn.

I have zero doubt Tampa Bay gets the win here, and this spread feels really tiny. The Buccaneers across the board feel like the way to go in this spot.

The game total is what could be tricky. Tampa Bay has explosive upside, and the Falcons do have some nice weapons. However, the way Atlanta plays these days (Over is 5-8 in Falcons games), the Under feels like a sneaky bet a lot of people will overlook.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys Odds

  • 49ers (-2.5) -110
  • Cowboys (+2.5) -110
  • 49ers to Win (-125)
  • Cowboys to Win (+105)
  • Over 45 (-115)
  • Under 45 (-105)

Dallas kept their playoff hopes alive with a clutch win in Cincinnati, and they’ll return home to hopefully fend off the Niners.

San Francisco doesn’t really have a path to postseason play at this point, but they have the better running game, the better defense, and superior coaching.

That makes them an interesting value here, while the game total is probably tricky enough to keep me away.

Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts Odds

  • Texans (+7) -104
  • Colts (-7) -116
  • Texans to Win (+275)
  • Colts to Win (-330)
  • Over 52.5 (-110)
  • Under 52.5 (-110)

Houston didn’t bother to show up against the Bears last week, as they played horribly on both sides of the ball. It appears this team may have given up, so the knee-jerk reaction is to just hammer any bet dealing with the Colts.

Jonathan Taylor looks to have a dream matchup in front of him, and he’s in fine form after wrecking the Raiders.

Judging by the way Indy looked last week, they look like a solid bet to win and cover in a game they need to get. The only lingering question is if the Texans (7 points in week 14) can contribute enough to power past this Over.

New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins Odds

  • Patriots (+2.5) -107
  • Dolphins (-2.5) -113
  • Patriots to Win (+117)
  • Dolphins to Win (-137)
  • Over 43 (-110)
  • Under 43 (-110)

New England face-planted on primetime television on Thursday night, likely ending their chances of a late-season playoff run.

It also snapped their run of 10-win seasons.

I don’t think they’ll just mail the rest of the year in, of course, as they technically still have a shot at the final seed in the AFC.

They need to win out, and they need the Dolphins and a couple of other teams to falter. That’s enough to get me interested in the Pats as an underdog bet, but this game feels pretty dicey as a whole.

Keep in mind that Miami did just give the Chiefs a bit of a fight, but New England’s propensity to play solid defense and run the football could contribute to an ugly (and low-scoring) affair.

Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings Odds

  • Bears (+3) +105
  • Vikings (-3) -125
  • Bears to Win (+165)
  • Vikings to Win (-190)
  • Over 46 (-110)
  • Under 46 (-110)

The Bears came out of nowhere to stop the bleeding in week 14, as they routed the Texans to snap a six-game losing streak.

Just like that, Chicago is technically back in the NFC playoff race.

It’s surely a case of “too little, too late”, but the Bears looked good in every regard. Week 15 brings what amounts to an elimination game, as the loser between Chicago and Minnesota is almost certainly down for the count.

Dalvin Cook gives the Bears the mild edge in theory, but this one sets up as an old-fashioned slugfest. It’s probably going to be a tough one to call, but don’t be too shocked if this one doesn’t offer a ton of scoring.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Washington Football Team Odds

  • Seahawks (-4.5) -110
  • Washington (+4.5) -110
  • Seahawks to Win (-205)
  • Washington to Win (+175)
  • Over 43.5 (-110)
  • Under 43.5 (-110)

This would have been a tough game to peg, as Washington is on the rise thanks to safe offensive play and a pretty stout defense.

However, a leg injury to Alex Smith could change things.

If Smith can’t go, suddenly the Washington Football Team needs to hitch their playoff dreams to Dwayne Haskins, who they banished to the bench earlier in the season.

Seattle’s defense is riding high after a demolition of the Jets, and we know what Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense is capable of. Washington makes this a snoozer in terms of scoring (bet the Under), but I’d target Seattle all the way.

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Baltimore Ravens Odds

  • Jaguars (+13.5) -110
  • Ravens (-13.5) -110

There isn’t much to work with in the way of week 15 NFL odds when it comes to this Jaguars vs. Ravens showdown. You can either bet on the Jags to beat a thick 13.5-point spread or assume the Ravens coast.

If Mike Glennon were still under center, I’d probably hammer the Ravens by two touchdowns. However, he got benched last week, and Minshew Magic returned.

It isn’t known what Jacksonville intends to do at quarterback, but it’s worth wondering if it’ll matter. Minshew makes the Jaguars more fun, but he probably won’t lead them to the upset win here.

His potential presence does give you cause for pause, however, so be careful with this one.

New York Jets vs. Los Angeles Rams Odds

  • Jets (+17) -110
  • Rams (-17) -110
  • Jets to Win (+870)
  • Rams to Win (-1500)
  • Over 44.5 (-110)
  • Under 44.5 (-110)

The Jets are rightfully massive underdogs when they travel to L.A. to take on the Rams in week 15. The early week 15 NFL betting lines often give you some bets to pounce on immediately, and this weirdly could be one of them.

New York has oddly enough seen worse pricing placed against them in 2020, and they’ve also obliged with the disrespectful odds.

Seattle just abused the Jets this past weekend, and the Rams have a far more ferocious defense. The Rams are probably going to coast here.

Needless to say, this is not the week to bet on the Jets to get their first win of the year, and if you wagered that New York would finish 0-16, you are likely one step closer to a nice payout.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals Odds

  • Eagles (+5.5) -110
  • Cardinals (-5.5) -110
  • Eagles to Win (+210)
  • Cardinals to Win (-250)
  • Over 48.5 (-115)
  • Under 48.5 (-105)

This would have been a fairly easy game to pick about a week ago, but it’s amazing how quickly things change in the NFL.

Jalen Hurts led the Eagles to a clutch upset win against New Orleans this past weekend, and his presence complicates things.

The presence of Hurts made Philly much more dynamic on offense, with his athleticism negating a leaky o-line, and also propping up a usually weak rushing attack.

Don’t look now, but the Eagles have new life and are still very much in play in the horrid NFC East.

This makes them very intriguing bets, both ATS and as a straight up threat. The game total is also palatable, and when you factor in Arizona’s own explosive offense, the Over feels within reach.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. New Orleans Saints Odds

  • Chiefs (-4) -115
  • Saints (+4) -105
  • Chiefs to Win (-205)
  • Saints to Win (+175)
  • Over 52 (-110)
  • Under 52 (-110)

This is very likely going to be regarded as the game of the week and will be one you’ll want to get some exposure to.

It gets a bit more interesting if the Saints see Drew Brees return, but it’s already been made known they won’t rush him back.

They probably should, seeing as they need to keep winning for a shot at the top seed in the NFC.

Kansas City is as tough as they come, and bettors get them at a nice discount. The Saints are plenty good and offer value themselves, but getting the Chiefs at -4 and -205 is pretty absurd.

Taysom Hill’s presence curbs the upside for the Saints in terms of scoring, so keep that in mind when betting on the game total.

Cleveland Browns vs. New York Giants Odds

  • Browns (-4) -110
  • Giants (+4) -110

Lastly, we have the 9-3 Browns eyeing a shot at the AFC North. They actually play the Ravens on MNF (that’s before this piece goes live), but for the moment, week 15 will be a pretty big deal.

When looking at playoff seeding, of course, it probably still is. Ditto for the Giants, who can still win their division and punch their playoff ticket despite a paltry 5-8 record.

The reality is this game is likely going to be pretty ugly. New York’s offense is awful, but their defense may be good enough to make the Browns work for it.

New York ATS could be in play here, especially with this one going down in their own backyard.

Summary

Remember, this early week 15 NFL odds breakdown isn’t just about finding bets to target right now. It’s about digesting the entire week ahead and honing in on games and wagers that could be worth attacking.

Sometimes playing the waiting game is the best move. Even so, getting an early look at the pricing – and comparing across numerous NFL betting websites – can give you the edge you need.

Luckily, I’m here to assist you with your week 15 NFL betting beyond just this initial odds breakdown. For more insight, odds, and picks, hit up our NFL picks section through the week, and feel free to check out some other NFL content linked below.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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