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NFL Opening Lines: Week 15

With only three weeks left in the regular season for NFL betting some teams are battling for their playoff lives this week, and two of those teams are the Detroit Lions and the Oakland Raiders.

Detroit travels across the country to take on the slumping Raiders, and the Lions are currently a 1.5-point road favorite at Bovada. At 8-5 SU, Detroit needs a win to hold on to its spot in the NFC Wild Card race; at 7-6, Oakland needs the win just to stay alive in the AFC Wild Card race. Since starting the season off 5-0 SU (4-0-1 ATS), Detroit is just 3-5 SU and 2-6 ATS.

Two teams opened as double-digit favorites this week as the Atlanta Falcons are an 11-point favorite at home against Jacksonville on Thursday and Green Bay is a 14.5-point favorite on the road at Kansas City on Sunday, both at TopBet.

Totals trended OVER for the second straight week last week at 10-6. The lowest total on the board this week is in the Seattle at Chicago game set at just 35.5 at 5Dimes.

Underdogs held the slight edge in Week 14 with a 7-6-3 ATS record while home teams went 10-6 straight up.

Key matchups with Week 15 odds courtesy of BetOnline:

Patriots -6 at Denver – Will the Patriots be the team to solve Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos? New England is 5-0 SU and 3-1-1 ATS over its last five games while Denver is 6-0 SU and 5-0-1 ATS over its last six games. Denver has scored 17 points or less in four of those six wins.

Jets +3 at Philadelphia – New York has won three straight (2-1 ATS) and is looking to hold on to an AFC Wild Card spot while Philadelphia is just playing spoiler at this point. Behind Michael Vick’s return, the Eagles topped Miami 26-10 on the road last week.

Ravens -1.5 at San Diego – With two straight wins both SU and ATS, San Diego appears to be making its annual late-season playoff push, but it might be too little too late this year. Baltimore meanwhile has won four straight and is still playing for the AFC’s top spot at 10-3 SU - but all three of the Ravens’ losses have come on the road this season.

Steelers +2.5 at San Francisco – Monday Night Football pits a 10-3 SU AFC powerhouse in Pittsburgh up against a 10-3 SU NFC powerhouse in San Francisco. Pittsburgh has won four straight and is 8-1 over its last nine games while San Francisco is 1-2 SU and ATS over its last three.