NFL: Refreshed Patriots out to retain AFC top spot

17 December 2021 04:46:31 GMTPlus11
New England Patriots are in superb form

Week 15 of the NFL regular season is upon us and the New England Patriots are the team who lead the way in the AFC with the play-offs just weeks away.

Those in with a shout of the play-offs only have four weeks to make their move, and there are some tasty ties on the agenda as Christmas approaches.

We have picked out the five best games of the NFL weekend, and you can follow the action on our Sports Live Streaming platform.

New England Patriots vs Indianapolis Colts - Sunday 01:15am

The Pats face fellow contenders the Indianapolis Colts this weekend, and they should be fresh after enjoying their bye week last time out.

Bill Belichick's side knows that a win will see them retain the top spot in the AFC East and the AFC Conference.

Belichick has weaved his magic in the last few weeks to help the Pats win seven games on the bounce, and his handling of rookie quarterback Mac Jones has worked wonders so far.

The Colts will be no pushovers, though, and with a 7-6 record they can still finish in the play-offs themselves, while their run offence is now the most productive in the NFL thanks to running back Jonathan Taylor.

The Pats are 1/1 to win in the early hours of Sunday morning and they look good value for it, having beaten the Colts in their previous eight meetings.

Tennessee Titans vs Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday 6:00pm

The Patriots currently hold the No.1 spot in the AFC, but the Tennessee Titans are right behind them in second and have an identical 9-4 record.

After losing back-to-back games to the Houston Texans and Patriots, the Titans got back to winning ways against the Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend, winning 20-0.

That will have done their defence a world of good and they will fancy their chances of getting to Ben Roethlisberger in what is likely to be his final season in the NFL, with the Titans 21/20 in the Money Line.

While mathematically the Steelers can still reach the play-offs, their form looks too inconsistent and they have lost three of their previous four.

The total game line is set at 42.5 and under appeals, especially when two of the last three have contained fewer than 25 points.

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Cincinnati Bengals vs Denver Broncos - Sunday 9:05pm

Five teams currently sit on a 7-6 record and two of them meet at Empower Field in Denver this Sunday.

Every game counts for both teams and a defeat for either side could spell the end of their playoff chances.

With so much on the line, both teams have to roll the dice in Denver and that means we could have a high-scoring game.

The Cincinnati Bengals' offence have been devastating at times this season, and the partnership between Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon and Ja'Marr Chase could be an issue for the Broncos defence.

However, Cincinnati's defence has shown vulnerabilities on occasions this season and over 44 points at 10/11 is going to tempt plenty of punters.

Green Bay Packers vs Baltimore Ravens - Sunday 9:25pm

There's a big question mark surrounding the availability of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson this week.

Baltimore welcomes Green Bay to the M & T Bank Stadium in one of the games of the weekend, but they may have to get the job done without their former MVP.

Jackson sprained his ankle last week against rivals Cleveland Browns and he has yet to practice this week.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has yet to rule him out of the game, but it would take an almighty effort from him to feature.

One of the main areas of his game is his mobility, so any restricted movement could limit his ability to express himself.

The Packers have not beaten Baltimore since 2013, but there's every chance they go close to covering the -5.5 spread this weekend.

New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Monday 01:20am

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady made more history last weekend, which is hardly a surprise.

It seems like the future Hall-Of-Famer breaks a record most weeks this season, and he threw his 700th touchdown pass as the Bucs beat the Buffalo Bills 33-27 in overtime.

The Bucs will need to improve and show the New Orleans Saints respect this weekend, with Sean Payton's side still able to make the play-offs.

New Orleans cruised past the New York Jets last weekend and quarterback Taysom Hill comes into the game in good form.

While his arm is not as devastating as Brady's, Hill is a dual-threat QB and his rushing ability makes him a threat for any defence.

New Orleans have what it takes to beat Tampa, having done so in October, but Sunday's game is in the Buccaneers' backyard and that could well be crucial.

The Bucs are unbeaten on home turf and after battling past the Bills, Bruce Arians' team will fancy their chances of posting a big score against the Saints.

Tampa are 20/23 to cover the -11 spread, while they are 1/6 to win the game.

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