Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers
December 19th – 1:00 pm ET – Heinz Field
The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a disappointing performance in prime time against the Minnesota Vikings in week 14 and need a big response against the Tennessee Titans. The Steelers cannot afford another slipup if they want to qualify for the playoffs but will be in tough against one of the best teams in the AFC.
The Titans are desperate to hold on to top spot in the AFC South and sit two games ahead of the Indianapolis Colts. If they can find a way to win at Heinz Field on Sunday, then the division will be as good as theirs. Tennessee has performed well on the road throughout the campaign, coming into week 15 with a 4-2 record away from home. They will not be intimidated by the atmosphere created by the Steelers’ fans and will be looking forward to proving they are the real deal.
This should be a close contest, but the home team will be able to come away with a victory in front of their own fans. The over is also worth wagering on considering how low the total has been set.
Washington Football Team at Philadelphia Eagles
December 19th – 1:00 pm ET – Lincoln Financial Field
The Philadelphia Eagles find themselves with a 6-7 record and are currently sitting just outside the playoff picture in the NFC. However, a win over Washington on Sunday afternoon would certainly help them in the process of trying to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2019.
Washington are clinging on to the final Wild Card spot in the NFC, but also have a 6-7 record like the Eagles. They cannot afford a loss in Philadelphia if they are going to get back into the playoffs. They will be looking to take advantage of the Eagles’ abysmal home record this season, where Philadelphia is just 1-4 at Lincoln Financial Field.
This will be one of the most important matchups of the weekend with serious playoff implications. As a result, we should be in for an intense affair between to rivals that do not like each other. Despite their poor home record, the Eagles are 5.5-point favorites coming into the contest. However, expect the visitors to at least cover the spread if they do not win the game outright. The under also seems like a lock in this one.
New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
December 18th– 1:00 pm ET – Lucas Oil Stadium
The New England Patriots humiliated the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football in week 13 to solidify their spot atop the AFC East division and are now pursuing a first-round bye. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones and company are looking unstoppable at the moment and will be well prepared for the Colts on Saturday night as they are coming off of their bye week.
Indianapolis are fighting for their playoff lives as they sit two games behind the Tennessee Titans for first-place in the AFC South. They should be able to capture a Wild Card spot but need to start earning wins against top teams. They will be in tough against the Patriots though who are a perfect 6-0 on the road this season. The Colts have had issues playing at Lucas Oil Stadium this year and will need to find a way to perform on Saturday evening.
The home team are two-point favorites entering the game, but it seems shocking given how good New England has been over the past two months. Take the visitors to win the game outright on Saturday.
PICKS: New England
Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills
December 19th – 1:00 pm ET – Highmark Stadium
It’s been a frustrating campaign for the Buffalo Bills and their supporters who came into the season dreaming of a Super Bowl. Unfortunately, things haven’t exactly worked out as they planned, and the Bills are just fighting to get into the playoffs. After back-to-back losses against the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo will be a motivated side against the Carolina Panthers.
Carolina has lost three straight games and will be in tough against a superior Bills’ side in week 15. They sit dead last in the NFC South and won’t be making the playoffs this year. However, they have been a better team on the road than at home this season and will be looking to play spoiler in Buffalo on Sunday afternoon.
The home team are massive 10.5-point favorites and rightfully so. The Bills have destroyed weaker teams this year and will have a big game against the Panthers in week 15. Go with Buffalo to cover the spread in front of their own supporters.
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
December 20th – 8:15 pm ET – Soldier Field
The Minnesota Vikings are just 2-5 on the road this season but need to get it together in a hurry if they are going to qualify for the playoffs. They currently sit just outside of the playoffs and need a win against the Bears if they have any chance of gaining a Wild Card spot.
The Chicago Bears are just hoping to have rookie quarterback Justin Fields available on Monday night after he suffered a bruised hand against the Green Bay Packers in week 14. Chicago are just 4-9 on the campaign with two victories at home. However, they would love nothing more than to upset their rivals and potentially ruin their chances of reaching the postseason. The Vikings come into the contest as modest 3.5-point favorites given their struggles away from U.S. Bank Stadium this year. However, they still should have no issues picking up the crucial victory on Monday night against the Bears and covering the spread in the process.
* All odds are via Parx Sportsbook PA.