Recapping my Five (5) Favourite Point Spread Betting Lines for Week Fifteen (15) of the 2013 NFL Football Season.
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Week Fifteen Result: 2-4
After Fifteen Weeks: 31-44-1 (at least if you have learned to fade my picks you are making some money)
Buffalo Bills @ Jacksonville +3.5: BUF 27 – 20 JAC, LOSS
The Jaguars started off okay as they too a 10-3 in the second quarter lead but were outplayed from that point on. The Bills scored a pair of touchdowns and a field goal in to take a 20-10 lead before the half behind some solid play from E.J. Manuel (who will be out against the Dolphins this weekend). The Jaguars were able to tie things up at 20 in the fourth quarter before Manuel led the Bills almost 90 yards for a game-winning touchdown to running back Frank Summers. As a Canadian in southern Ontario I get every Bills game on local television and this was one of the more entertaining games I have seen from them this year.
Chicago Bears +0.5 @ Cleveland Browns: CHI 38 -31 CLE, WIN
It was looking a little sketchy early on as Jay Cutler threw a couple of picks, one of which was returned for a touchdown. But in the end, Cutler and the Bears settled in and earned a touchdown win on the road against the Bears, a win that keeps the Bears atop of the NFC North. Despite all the injuries this team has suffered they might actually make the playoffs still as the Packers are still without Rodgers and the Lions can’t get out of their own way.
Philadelphia Eagles -4.5 @ Minnesota Vikings: PHI 30 – 48 MIN, LOSS
The Vikings took and early lead and never looked back as the set the Eagles back for a week, helping to make the final two weeks a bit more interesting in the NFC east. The Cowboys stay just one game behind the Eagles and look forward to the week 17 matchup between the two teams that could decide he division. Matt Cassel had a great game throwing for 380 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win and largely unknown running back Matt Asiata had a breakout game (he only ran for 50 yards on 30 carries but was gold on a the goal-line with three scores). The Eagles were never able to get the running game going, falling behind early and only giving league-leading rusher LeSean McCoy 8 carries in the game. Perhaps the Vikings would have been a more competitive team this season if they had of given up on Ponder earlier. Reports are now coming out that the Vikings will be done with Ponder at the end of the season.
Kansas City Chiefs -4.5 @ Oakland Raiders: KC 56 – 31 OAK, WIN
Leading the game 35-17 at the half it looked as though the Raiders had no chance over covering the five-point spread at home. The Raiders fought back however and scored a pair of touchdowns in to start the third quarter and bring the lead down to four points. The Chiefs would not be denied though as Jamaal Charles went wild and scored five touchdowns on the day, including four touchdowns in the passing game as the Chiefs ended up with 56 points. A team that at one time was depending on their defence for wins, has now put up over 40 points in their last two games.
New York Jets @ Carolina Panthers-11.5: NYJ 20 – 30 CAR, LOSS
The Panthers were not as dominant at home to the Jets as I had expected them to be. The Jets were only able to score six points in the first half and were down by 10 at the time, but were able to match the Panthers with two touchdowns in the second half, keeping the spread at ten points. I thought the Panthers were going to win by 17 to cover the spread until the Jets running game managed to lead the Jets down the field for a late touchdown that brought the spread to ten again. Bah.
Arizona Cardinals -3.5 @ Tennessee Titans: ARI 37 – 34 GB, LOSS
UGH! This game was in the bag, or so I thought. Up 17 points in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals somehow allowed Fitzpatrick and the Titans to score 17 straight points and force overtime. And then, as is the norm in overtime, the game was won by a field goal, leaving me one point short of a cover.