NFL Upset Picks Week 15: Texans over the Colts?
NFL UPSET PICKS ATS RECORD YTD: 27-15
There are a few big underdogs every week who seem to bark in the NFL, and Week 15 certainly won’t be an exception. There will be a few pups at every week who look like ridiculous steals by the time the clock reaches 0:00, and we’re going to highlight a few of those in on the NFL betting odds in Week 15.
Atlanta Falcons (+115 ML) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Doesn’t this just feel like the type of game the Steelers choke away? Pittsburgh just seems to play to the level of its competition every week, and this game might not be an exception to the rule. We would want no part of this if the banged up WR Julio Jones doesn’t play off of the two best games of his career thanks to a minor hip injury, but for the time being, we’re going to assume that he will play, and that should make him a huge matchup nightmare for the Steelers defense.
Atlanta’s rush defense isn’t quite as bad as you’d think it is, and that could see RB Le’Veon Bell bottled up just a bit. If that’s the way this one pans out, the Falcons could be poised for an upset to keep at least someone in position to finish at .500 in the NFC South.
Miami Dolphins (+315 ML) at New England Patriots – Don’t think that it is entirely impossible for the Dolphins to win this game. They still have the exact type of team which can frustrate QB Tom Brady. We saw that back in Week 1 of the season, but most don’t care to remember that fact now. Miami’s season is on the line, and the Pats are coming off of two road games in a row, and they went 11 straight days without seeing their own beds.
QB Ryan Tannehill very well could be playing for his career as well. If he and the Dolphins lose this game, missing the playoffs seems like a certainty, and if that’s the case, Head Coach Joe Philbin is likely to get fired. Will the new head coach care to have Tannehill as Miami’s starter? It’s certainly not a guarantee.
Houston Texans (+245 ML) at Indianapolis Colts – Okay, we get it. The Texans have NEVER won a game in Indianapolis. But this one feels a little different. Even if WR Andre Johnson can’t go after suffering a concussion last week, there’s a real chance to do some damage. WR Damaris Johnson has some wheels, and the Colts have a tendency to allow some big plays in the passing game. This is going to be a shootout of epic proportions, but the Texans are going to have a shot in this game as long as QB Ryan Fitzpatrick plays like he has over the course of the last few weeks and doesn’t turn the ball over like a fiend.
Houston is another one of these teams with its playoff life on the line, and though there hasn’t been a win anywhere near this good yet this year for the Texans, this could very well be the one.