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Super Computer Week 15 Contest Picks

With only three weeks left of NFL regular season picks to make, the OddsShark Super Computer looks to end the season strong after a lengthy string of mediocrity. The Computer has gone 8-7 in the past three weeks and has not recorded a four-win week since Week 7.

If the Computer’s recent woes concern you, make sure to check out Team OddsShark members Jon Anik and Ben Watanabe make their top picks of the week. Anik, Watanabe and the Computer are all on one team this week too.

Panthers (-4.5) Visiting the Giants

People keep doubting the Panthers, but they just keep on winning, and they keep on covering with a 10-3 ATS record this season, including 5-1 ATS on the road. And the Panthers haven’t just been winning; they’ve been destroying their opposition, winning seven of their games by double digits, which includes four of their six road games so far this season.

Cam Newton should be able to take advantage of New York’s leaky defense who’ve allowed a league worst 308 passing yards per game, while Eli Manning and Odell Beckham could struggle against a Panthers defense that’s top five in passing yards allowed per game and passing touchdowns allowed.

Ravens (+7.5) Hosting the Chiefs

The Baltimore Ravens have pretty much stunk it up this season and they will be without more offensive weapons than we care to count, so maybe this sounds insane. However, the Ravens have actually been a tough play at MT&T Bank Stadium as they have only lost one game at home by more than four points this season.

A home team getting 7.5 points is too hard to pass up. If each home team in the past two weeks closed at +7.5 they would have gone 24-8 ATS. A success rate of 75 percent is too good for the Computer to go against.

Jaguars (-3) Hosting the Falcons

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been far from a safe bet in recent seasons, but Week 15’s home matchup with the Atlanta Falcons is a virtual lock for a number of reasons. The Jags recently hung an absurd 51 points on the Colts and have plenty of playoff motivation in an extremely weak AFC South, while the Falcons can’t cover a spread to save their lives lately. Atlanta has dropped nine-straight games ATS while essentially erasing a solid 5-0 start and falling out of postseason contention in the process.

Jacksonville’s young offense is coming into its own thanks to the play of talented signal caller Blake Bortles and dominant wideouts Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson. Fresh off a 38-0 beatdown at the hands of the Carolina Panthers, the Falcons appear to be simply going through the motions with the season winding down. That has all the makings of a team to fade in this game.

Bengals (-4.5) Hosting the 49ers

A.J. McCarron does not need to be Tom Brady for the Cincinnati Bengals to thump the San Francisco 49ers. San Fran is one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL as they have allowed an average of 268 passing yards and are tied for the fourth fewest sacks in the NFL.

McCarron has no need to sling the ball around like he did against the Pittsburgh Steelers after Andy Dalton got hurt. The Bengals’ rushing attack has averaged 114.2 yards per game and is facing the second-worst run defense in the NFL.

Chargers (-2) Hosting the Dolphins

Yeah, we have all been burned by the San Diego Chargers at home before, but that doesn't mean that the Computer is frightened. Miami is 26th in the NFL in pass defense and has allowed the third-most touchdowns through the air this season, which means Philip Rivers should have a big day.

The last two games have been the worst performances of the season for Rivers, but one of those was against the best pass defense in the league. The quarterback is still third in the NFL in passing yards and has a 94.5 passer rating this year.