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NFL Week 15 Expert Betting Odds Picks

Two underdogs and a total are the NFL Week 15 ticket. Let's start with Chicago getting 5.5 points at Minnesota.

The Vikings are improved under Mike Zimmer, but they are far from a powerhouse. I see the Bears keeping this one close, which was the case in Week 8 when Minnesota won, 23-20, on a field goal at the gun. The Bears had more passing yards, first downs and clock possession in that loss.

Chicago is 5-5 in its last 10 games. The Bears' losses during this span have either been in overtime, or by three points or fewer. A healthy Alshon Jeffery gives Jay Cutler a major receiving weapon to go with a solid running back tandem of Matt Forte and Jeremy Langford.

If you discount a 20-10 win over Atlanta three weeks ago, the Vikings are giving up 30.3 points during their last three games.

TAKE GIANTS AS DOGS AGAINST PANTHERS

The New York Giants receiving 5.5 points at home against unbeaten Carolina are another 'dog I'm attracted to. Just a month ago, the Giants hosted a then-unbeaten New England. The Giants nearly pulled the upset losing, 27-26, on a 54-yard Patriots field goal with one second left.

Odell Beckham Jr. has exceeded 100 yards receiving in each of his last six games scoring eight touchdowns during this time frame. The Panthers are thin in the secondary, down two cornerbacks, and also likely to be without their best running back, Jonathan Stewart.

It's hard to get up for every game. Carolina's last three games were a nationally televised Thanksgiving matchup against Dallas and two NFC South Division games. This is the Panthers' last non-division game of the regular season and they are playing at their first cold weather site.

The Giants' 6-7 record would look far more impressive if they didn't blow five fourth-quarter leads.

OVER THE PLAY IN PACKERS VS RAIDERS

I'm expecting a shootout between Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr in the Green Bay-Oakland matchup so I'm going over 47 points.

Rodgers and Carr have a combined touchdown-to-interception ratio of 56-to-14. The Packers' offense has gotten back on track with Eddie Lacy running better and Mike McCarthy calling plays. Oakland enters this week ranked 28th in pass defense.

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