NFL Week 15 Opening Lines

Week 14 was short on marquee football betting matchups, but NFL Week 15 has some huge games on the docket. In Thursday night action, the San Diego Chargers try to stay alive in the AFC West when they take on the San Francisco 49ers in cross-conference action.

The Sportsbook lines at Sportsbook and Sportsbook has the Chargers favored by 8.5 points at home with the over/under at 44.5. Is the spread deceiving? San Diego beat Kansas City 31-0 last week but the Chiefs had Brodie Croyle starting at quarterback.

San Francisco is fresh off a dominant win over Seattle in which Alex Smith got his job back and threw three touchdown passes. The 49ers could be a value play unless the football betting line shrinks.

Sunday of NFL Week 15 is filled with big games. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts clash with the AFC South title hanging in the balance. Books like Sportsbook are cautious with the Sportsbook line, favoring the Colts by five points. Bettors could consider throwing down on Indy’s NFL odds now before the spread expands.

Peyton Manning returned to form against Tennessee last week, throwing for 319 yards and two scores with no interceptions.

With David Garrard leading an underrated Jacksonville offense, oddsmakers expect a high-scoring affair. The total at Sportsbook is 49. The OVER is 5-1 in Jacksonville’s road games this season.

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints hope to win their seventh straight game when they visit the Baltimore Ravens this week. No lines had been posted at press time since Baltimore was playing in the Monday nighter, but betting sharps should expect the Ravens to be favored over the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees is on fire, however, so the Ravens’ secondary faces a tough test.

The Philadelphia Eagles visit the New York Giants for a crucial NFC East matchup Sunday afternoon. That game doesn’t have NFL odds yet either since the Giants’ Week 14 game was moved to Monday night. With Michael Vick and the Eagles’ NFL-leading offense playing so well, however, this game could be a pick’em.

If you like smashmouth football, the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the New York Jets could be the game for you. With the Jets stumbling to two straight defeats, books have come out aggressively favoring the Steelers. Sportsbook has the Steelers favored by 6.5 points.

Since the Jets field the NFL’s No. 3 defense and the Steelers are No. 4, the over/under at those books is a miniscule 36 points. Cold weather is a virtual guarantee in Steeltown so the UNDER could make sense.