Betting Odds For Week 15 NFL Games
By the time the NFL’s Week 15 schedule rolls around, we're down to the last three weeks of the regular season, and that means crunch time for teams still struggling to come out well in their division and earn a berth to the Playoffs. NFL seasons are seventeen weeks long now, meaning that by the 15th week some teams are a little banged up, others are resting their stars, saving them for the Playoffs, and still others may have made big trade moves or signings to improve their chances for next year. That certainly proved to be true for Week 15 of the 2017-2018 season, which had more ups-and-downs than is common for the average year in the NFL.
Even though Week 15 and the rest of the regular season are long since behind us, it helps to consider that the betting odds for Week 15 NFL games were listed a weekly basis at leading legal offshore sports betting sites like Bovada, BetOnline, SportsBetting and 5Dimes. These sites not only keep their betting boards up-to-date with a bigger variety of great NFL betting odds than any brick-and-mortar betting shop, they back it up by filling a niche for legal sports betting action. With that said, let's take a look back at the best of what the NFL offered in its exciting 15th week of regular season play.
Week 15 Thursday Night Matchup
The first game of the 15th week of the 2017-2018 NFL season was the Thursday, Dec. 14 showdown between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts. Now, neither of these team was good by any means in the past year – to wit, the Colts finished 4-12 and third in the AFC South, while the Broncs were dead last in the AFC West, finishing 5-11 on the year. Nevertheless, Denver and Indiana put on a show in the Week 15 Thursday Nigh matchup, with the Broncos taking on 15 points in the third period alone. But the real clincher was how Denver kicker Brandon McManus scored a nice 40-yard field goal and then his defensive comrades stopped every attempt Indy threw up to earn a thrilling 25-13 winning.
Notable Sunday Matchups For Week 15
Not all the best NFL action takes place exclusively on Sunday night – afternoon games at the tail-end of the weekend are often just as good for gridiron fans and dedicated sports bettors alike, with plenty of exciting, profitable and notable Sunday matchups for Week 15. Minnesota wrecked the Bengals 34-7, Jacksonville continued its winning ways with a 45-7 rout of Houston, and the Saints held on to beat the Jets 31-19, but outcomes like that are expected. What wasn’t expected was the threat the awful 3-13 Giants posed to the 13-3, NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles. New York was the underdog by huge margins, but the Giants led Philadelphia at various points through the game until the Eagles took the definitive lead midway through the third quarter, though NY held on right up until the end of the game, which settled on a score of 34-29 Philadelphia.
Week 15 Sunday Night Football Matchup
The prime time slot each weekend goes to what looks to be the best matchup on the NFL regular season docket, and the Week 15 Sunday Night Football matchup was no exception, as Dallas (9-7) stunned a hardy 6-10 Oakland squad on the road with a hard-fought 20-17 victory. The Cowboys defense completely shut down the Raiders in the first half, even if their own offense wasn’t exactly doing a great job of overcoming Oakland’s defense either – evinced by a 10-0 lead at the half despite almost no offensive pressure in retaliation. Oakland did respond in the second half though, and they soundly outdid Dallas in the third 10-7 and in the fourth 7-3, but it just wasn’t enough to overcome the steady onslaught of points on the board for America’s team. Neither team made it to the Playoffs, but it just goes to show how wildly unpredictable the season turned out to be that the Raiders, who had an absolutely awful year, can threaten a much better – if not remarkably good – team like the ’17-’18 Cowboys.
Week 15 Monday Night Football Matchup
The classic Monday Night Football game is as big a part of the week for NFL fans and sports bettors as any other, but the Week 15 Monday Night Football matchup was one for the ages as the beleaguered 5-11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers took on the Playoffs-bound Atlanta Hawks. The Dirty Birds won the game, but getting there was a dirty affair indeed, as ATL had to scrape by with a 24-21 victory instead of the blowout many analysts, fans and bettors would have expected. The Buccs never got in the lead but they threatened Atlanta throughout most of the contest and closed the distance to 17-14 at one point in third quarter. But that was before the Falcons pulled away – literally – on a 32-yard run from Devonta Freeman. Buccaneers receiver Adam Humphries caught a 16-yard pass with 4:07 to go in the final period from his FSU-alum QB Jameis Winston to end the game down just three points from the visiting Falcons.