Sunday, December 17, 2017

Week 15 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Hanson)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 15 NFL picks against the spread:

Seattle Seahawks -1 over Los Angeles Rams (3 units)

Going into their Week 15 matchup, the Rams have a one-game lead over the Seahawks. Provided the Seahawks win, however, it's like two wins. In other words, they will own the tie-breaker over the Rams since they also won their matchup earlier this season and control their destiny in terms of the division. As well as Russell Wilson has played this season, I will take the Seahawks at home in what is essentially a pick'em.

Raiders vs. Cowboys, Over 45.5 (2 units)

Offensively, the Cowboys had struggled without Ezekiel Elliott, but they have played much better over the past two weeks by scoring 38 and 30 points, respectively. Meanwhile, Derek Carr and the Raiders have been huge disappointments this season as they go into Week 15 with a losing record and they will be without Amari Cooper. That said, both teams still rank in the top-12 in the league in yards per offensive play and the bottom half of the league in yards per play allowed. I expect both teams to be able to move the ball and put up some points, enough at least to exceed the total.

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