NFL capsules for Week 15

December 14, 2021 06:37 PM

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers

Week 15 kicks off Thursday night as the Kansas City Chiefs (9-4 SU, 6-7 ATS) and Los Angeles Chargers (8-5 SU, 7-6 ATS) square off in a key AFC West clash. After an uninspiring 3-4 start, the Chiefs have won six straight and have covered in their last four games, culminating with a 48-point outburst Sunday against the Raiders. The much-maligned Chiefs defense has given up only two touchdowns in the last three weeks, with both scores coming late in games that had long been decided. The Chargers’ high-powered offense is hitting its stride as well, as Los Angeles has put up 78 points over its last two games. These teams met in Week 3, with the Chargers winning 30-24 in Kansas City, and the winner of this game will lead the AFC West. The Chargers hope to get wide receiver Keenan Allen back off the COVID-19 list after he missed last week’s game. The Chiefs are 3-point favorites, with the total sitting at 49.

Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns

The first Saturday game of the year features the Las Vegas Raiders (6-7 SU, 5-8 ATS), coming off Sunday’s 48-9 beatdown at the hands of the Chiefs, and the Cleveland Browns (7-6 SU, 5-8 ATS). The Browns held on for dear life Sunday when a 24-6 second-half lead turned into a 24-22 nail-biter as they beat back a furious rally from the Ravens. Despite the victory, the Browns must have some concern for an offense that was shut out in the second half and has struggled moving the ball. Running back Kareem Hunt left the game early with an ankle injury, and his status will be something to monitor on a short week. Raiders standout tight end Darren Waller (knee/back) has missed the last two games. These teams met in November 2020, with the Raiders winning 16-6 on an extremely windy day in Cleveland. The Browns are favored by 5.5, and the total is 44.

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts

The Saturday slate concludes with a good one, as the New England Patriots (9-4 SU and ATS) are 1-point underdogs when they visit the Indianapolis Colts (7-6 SU, 8-5 ATS). Both teams will have extra rest coming off byes, and the Patriots are looking to cement their status as the No. 1 seed in the AFC. These are two of the hotter teams in the league. The Patriots have won six in a row, while the Colts have gone 7-3 since an 0-3 start. The Patriots’ winning streak has come on the strength of an airtight defense that has allowed just 7.2 points per game over the last five games. These are two of the more run-heavy teams in the league, as both average nearly 30 rush attempts per game. The total is 45.

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