When handicapping NFL games towards the end of the season, constantly-changing factors such as injuries, suspensions, momentum and the fight to make the playoffs often tend to have the most impact in the NFL betting odds and lines, so it’s important to keep an eye out for these issues once the new season begins. But with not much to go with right now ahead of the 2016 NFL season, we’ll have to stick to general statistics, offseason changes and betting trends from the past to give an early overview of our sure 2016 NFL Odds Week 15 ATS winners. Feel free to give your thoughts on these online NFL picks in the comments section.
2016 NFL Winners: Week 15 Odds Against the Spread
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets (-5)
Week 15 NFL ATS Pick: Dolphins (+5)
Whereas it’s a bit too early to jump on the Miami Dolphins hype train, the offseason changes made by the Dolphins speak of a team that could be due for a solid rebuilding year or even a breakout season. Free agents signees Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell, alongside the likes of James-Michael Johnson and Jacques McClendon, will bring a steady diet of calmness in the team’s defense. Meanwhile, Ryan Tannehill will also be getting some much-needed help from his shiny offensive weapons, including DeVante Parker to Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry, Jay Ajayi and Jordan Cameron. Add to the new and trustworthy sense of direction from new coach Adam Gase, the Dolphins—who have won three of their last four trips to New York—should be more than capable of covering the spread against the Jets, if not deliver an outright upset.
New England Patriots (-1) at Denver Broncos
Week 15 NFL ATS Pick: Patriots (-1)
Even with questions surrounding Denver’s offense, the Broncos D should be good enough to frustrate New England in this game. After all, Brady is just 2-9 in his last 9 trips to Denver and the Broncos have lost just 3 of their last 21 meetings against the Patriots in Mile High. Still, with Manning and Osweiler gone and Denver’s offense in utter disarray ahead of the new season, Brady may finally get the break he needs, taking advantage of Denver’s troubles to give New England the win.
Philadelphia Eagles (-3) at Baltimore Ravens
Week 15 NFL ATS Pick: Ravens (+3)
Philadelphia and its dubious quarterbacks being favored over Joe Flacco and the Ravens? C’mon! The Ravens had one bad season and that shouldn’t be a reason for the Oddsmakers or bettors to overreact. Baltimore is still a good team and the memories of their forgetful 2015 season will soon be forgotten once their solid offseason changes begin to take effect in the new season and Baltimore returns to its elite football ways. Handling Philadelphia should thus be very possible for the Ravens, especially because they will be playing in their own backyard where they often play their best football.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (PK)
Week 15 NFL ATS Pick: Steelers (PK)
The Steelers clearly have Cincinnati’s number, if the past trends between these two teams are to be considered. Last season, for instance, the Steelers won their two trips to Cincinnati (in the regular season and playoffs), a feat that saw Pittsburgh’s record balloon to 10-3 in the last 13 overall meetings against Cincy. And with many NFL betting pundits expecting Cincinnati to struggle a bit in 2016 after an iffy offseason, it won’t be a surprise if Big Ben and his fellow Steelers come out on top as winners in this clash between the two AFC North archrivals.