It was good to be back last week, but I can’t say the same for the Saints and the 49ers. I went 3-2 last week and improved to 31-29 on the season. The Panthers trounced the Saints at the SuperDome and the 49ers unraveled once again, but this time against the lowly Raiders. You can’t fault me on those locks. Nobody saw either of those coming. Let’s try and go for an undefeated week this time around. Here are my five JB Locks against the spread for NFL Week 15.
1. Packers (10-3) @ Bills (7-6) (+5.5)
The Packers look like an unstoppable force right now. Their offense is like the Incredible Hulk. They just cannot be denied. They put points up at will. They put up 43-points last week and in seven of their wins, they have scored more than 30 points. They have no issue playing in the cold since their home is the Frozen Tundra. Playing in Buffalo won’t be a problem. Kyle Orton and the Bills kept it close with the Broncos in Denver last week, but that was with a poor showing from Peyton Manning. Aaron Rodgers is on his way to a MVP award. Lock in the Packers to beat the Bills by at least a touchdown.
2. Broncos (10-3) @ Chargers (8-5) (+3.5)
The Broncos may not look like the same team that won the AFC title last season, but they still end up in the winning column. They squeaked by the Bills last week, despite Peyton Manning ending his 51-game streak of throwing a touchdown pass. If they can win behind 173 yards, no TDs, and two picks from their Hall of Fame QB, they should have no problem this week. There’s not a chance in the world Manning puts up numbers like that against the Chargers. This Chargers team might just be the most unpredictable team in the league. Who knows which team you’re going to get. Until they can fully establish the rushing attack, a hobbling Philip Rivers won’t be able to carry them to victory. Broncos win by at least six.
3. Texans (7-6) @ Colts (9-4) (-6.5)
I’ll be the first to admit how wrong I was about the Houston Texans. I had them as one of the worst five teams in the NFL, and they have been far from that. In fact, they are still alive for a playoff spot, which is stunning. With all that being said, they still aren’t close to the best team in the AFC South. Andrew Luck and the best passing team in the NFL have a chance to clinch the division with a victory on Sunday. They get to do it in front of their home fans in Indianapolis. Their only losses at home have come against the Patriots and by a field goal to the Eagles. They aren’t letting Ryan Fitzpatrick come to town and let them stay alive in the divisional race. Lock in the Colts to win by at least a touchdown.
4. Raiders (2-11) @ Chiefs (7-6) (-10.5)
We all keep disrespecting the Raiders and last week they showed us to give them some love. I’m going to show them some love this week. They went out and beat the Chiefs a couple of weeks ago in thrilling fashion. They won’t go to Arrowhead and do that again, especially against a Chiefs team that is in dire need of a win to hold on to their slim playoff hopes. The Chiefs are coming off a devastating loss to the Cardinals where a Bruce Arians challenge on a Travis Kelce catch may have ended the hopes of the Chiefs faithful to play in January. Kansas City responds at home, but not by more than 10 points. That’s too big a number against Derek Carr, who looks to be the answer at QB in Oakland.
5. Vikings (3-10) @ Lions (9-4) (-7.5)
The Vikings needed some dumb play calling by the Jets to win last week in overtime. It took them overtime…to beat the JETS! This week, Teddy Bridgewater and company have to go to Detroit and try and contain a Lions team coming off back-to-back 34-17 wins. The Lions are 6-1 in Detroit, and their only loss came because their former kicker couldn’t make a field goal if his life depended on it. Alex Henery missed all three field goal attempts that game. It would be a shocker if the Lions don’t win this one by double digits, especially considering the fact that they beat Minnesota in their building 17-3 back in October.
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