NFL Football Picks: Handicapping Angles – Week 15 Free Parlay

NFL Week 15 Free NFL Parlay Picks

The race to the NFL playoffs rages on and while we have an idea of which teams should make it into the field of 12, we still have no idea how things will actually pan out heading in to Week 15. With so many crucial divisional games on the slate, I have focused my attention on two key matchups that have the best chance to pay off.

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The following is a brief look at my two picks for this Sunday’s NFL two-team parlay based on betting odds by BetOnline.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions

Pointspread: Detroit -9.5
Total Line: 43
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The Vikings have been playing in the shadow of Detroit and Green Bay in the NFC North all season long and while they probably will not make the playoffs with a 6-7 straight-up record heading into this game, you have to give them credit for trying to stay in the race.

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The reason that Minnesota caught my eye this week is a 6-1 record against the spread in its last seven games that has the team 8-4 ATS on the year.

There is just no quit in this team and that should work to keep things close in such a bitter rivalry game.

Detroit is 9-4 SU and it is well aware of the fact that it needs to keep winning to keep pace with the 10-3 Packers in the division race to set-up a title championship game in Green Bay in the final game of the year.

There is no doubt that the Lions are a solid team on both sides of the ball, but my question is, are they really good enough to cover such a large spread against a viable division opponent such as Minnesota?

Past betting trends raise this point as well with a 3-11 record ATS in Detroit’s last 14 games played in December.

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I am banking on the Lions scraping to get the SU win in this one.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Pointspread: Philadelphia -3.5
Total Line: 55.5
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The Cowboys have gained the reputation for falling apart in the month of December in recent years and they appear to have gotten a jump on that trend with a 3-3 SU (2-4 ATS) record in their last six games.

A loss on Sunday night would not only put a major dent in their NFC East title plans, it could work to keep them out of the playoffs altogether.

Good teams that find themselves under this kind of pressure usually respond with positive results. Last Thursday’s 41-28 romp over Chicago as a 3.5-point road favorite has to be considered a step in the right direction for Dallas.

Philadelphia jumped all over their bitter rivals in the first meeting this season this past Thanksgiving Day in a 33-10 rout as a three-point road favorite.

The key to success in that game was putting the ball in LeSean McCoy’s hands to the tune of 159 rushing yards on the day.

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We now know that Mark Sanchez is not capable of winning games throwing the ball, so look for head coach Chip Kelly to go with a heavy dose of both McCoy and Darren Sproles to try and get the season sweep.

While everyone might be expecting an offensive shootout on Sunday night with the total line set at 55.5, the reality is that four of the last five meetings in Philadelphia have stayed UNDER the total and that is the way I am going this time around as well.

Check out our Updated NFL Week 15 Odds.

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By Dave Schwab

David Schwab is a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog. While not cheering for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles David can be found working on his blog at David wants to hear from you so please comment below.