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NFL’s Week 15 Slate Has Its Ups And Downs

NFL’s Week 15 Slate Has Its Ups And Downs

NFL fans will be treated to a rare scheduling event when the league plays two Week 15 games this Saturday afternoon and evening.  These games were added because of COVID-19 and come as there are several FBS/NCAA top-ten teams playing at the same time, including #1-ranked Alabama.

Broncos And Bills To Battle Saturday

The 5-8 Denver Broncos host the 10-3 Buffalo Bills at Empower Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver on Sunday.  Bills fans are holding their breath as their team goes to Denver as 6-point favorites and have a very real shot of winning the AFC East for the first time in 25 years. Buffalo is now at 10-3 and can clinch the division title this year with a win in Denver on Saturday.  Being in the same division with the Patriots has not been easy, but this year belongs to the Bills who are now legitimate Super Bowl contenders at last.

The 4-9 Carolina Panthers are going up to the frozen tundra at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Saturday evening to take on the 10-3 Packers as 8-point underdogs, with the Over/Under set at 51.5.  Teddy Bridgewater and the Panthers started off pretty well, but the lack of a decent defense and offensive line to protect their quarterback has sunk Carolina’s season.  Couple that with the fact that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is on a roll this season and could even be up for MVP if the Packers can keep on winning.

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Sunday’s Lineup A Mix Of Action

The early games on Sunday have the 5-8 San Francisco 49ers going to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to play the 4-9 Dallas Cowboys as 3-point favorites, with the Over/Under set at 45 points. 2020 has not been kind to either team and neither has any chance to make the playoffs this year.

The 6-7 Washington Football Team have still not settled on a name for the team since dropping the Redskins logo. They will be hosting the 9-4 Seattle Seahawks in the early window of NFL games on Sunday, with the Seahawks favored by 6-points and the Over/Under set at 44.5 for this one. They will be playing at the FedEx Stadium at Landover, Maryland, where it will likely be colder than it ever gets in Seattle. But that is not likely to slow down Russell Wilson.  The quarterback situation for Washington will be a game time decision between Dwayne Haskins and Alex Smith, but much depends on the status of Antonio Gibson on Sunday.

Bears Look For A Win Against Minnesota

Still in the early window on Sunday, the Chicago Bears are going up to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Vikings. Both teams are at 6-7 and looking to get back to at least .500 this season.  The Vikings are favored by 3 points owing to the fact that they are playing at US Bank Stadium, but the teams are pretty evenly matched. But the oddsmakers are not looking for a lot of scoring, with the Over/Under set at 45 points.

The Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta, Georgia will see the 4-9 Atlanta Falcons hosting Tom Brady and his 8-5 Buccaneers as 6-point underdogs with the Over/Under at 49.5.  However, those numbers are likely to change before kickoff, as it has just been announced that Julio Jones will not be playing against Tampa Bay this time around.

The big game in the afternoon will feature the 10-3 New Orleans Saints hosting the 12-1 Kansas City Chiefs as 3-point underdogs in the Super Dome. The Over/Under is set at 52, but these numbers too could see some changes as it is rumored that Drew Brees, recovering from having 11 of his ribs broken a few weeks ago, will take the field to battle Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Some are seeing this game as a possible Super Bowl preview.

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Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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