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Week 15 NFL Football Betting Preview: December 15th 2010

Week 15 NFL Football Betting Preview: December 15th 2010

There are several big matchups this week in the NFL that are filled with major implications for the postseason. Through the first 14 weeks of the season, only one team; the New England Patriots have clinched a spot in the playoffs so there are still 11 spots up for grabs. Every division title is still being contested with a two-team tie in the NFC East and West, a one-game lead in five others, and the Patriots holding a two-game lead over the Jets in the AFC East.

Thursday night’s game between San Francisco and San Diego is a must-win game for the 5-8 49ers, who still have a decent shot at coming out on top in the NFC West if they can win out. The 7-6 Chargers need a win to remain a game behind 8-5 Kansas City in the AFC West. San Diego is a nine-point home favorite and the ‘over/under’ is set at 44 ½.

The early games on Sunday include three huge showdowns that will go a long way at possibly deciding four division titles. Baltimore is 9-4 and one game in back of Pittsburgh in the AFC North, while New Orleans is 10-3 and one game in back of Atlanta in the NFC South. Both teams need a win to keep pace in their division, but the loser of this matchup will still have the inside track for a wildcard spot. The Ravens are a 1 ½-point home favorite with the ‘over/under’ set at 43 ½.

The NFC East will most likely be decided on Sunday when Philadelphia takes on New York at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Both teams are currently tied at 9-4, but the Eagles have already won the first game between the two. The Giants come into this game as a three-point favorite and the ‘over/under’ is set at 46.

Jacksonville has a chance to wrap-up the AFC South with a win over Indianapolis as well as possibly end the Colts current streak of seven straight playoff appearances. The 8-5 Jaguars have already won the first meeting, but the 7-6 Colts are a five-point home favorite this time around. The ‘over/under’ is set at 48 ½.

The late games pit New York at Pittsburgh in a must-win game for the 9-4 Jets, who have lost their last two. The 10-3 Steelers are a six-point favorite and the ‘over/under’ is set at 36. Another key matchup has Atlanta, looking to maintain its grip on the No.1 spot in the NFC at 11-2, traveling to Seattle to take on the 6-7 Seahawks, who are currently tied with St. Louis atop the NFC West. The Falcons are a six-point favorite and the ‘over/under’ is set at 45 ½.

Sunday night’s game has Green Bay travelling to New England in a game the 8-5 Packers need to win to not only keep pace with Chicago in the NFC North, but to keep their overall playoff hope alive. The status of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is still uncertain so there is no posted line for this game at this time.

Monday Night Football will feature an authentic throw-back game as the 9-4 Bears will take on the 5-8 Vikings in the great outdoors of the University of Minnesota TCF Bank Stadium as repairs to the damaged roof at the Metrodome will not be completed in time. The line for this game is currently off as well.

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