NFL 4-fold: Our top tips for Week 15
The Patriots should extend their dominant run against the Steelers, while the Rams should win a crucial NFC clash against the Seahawks.
Los Angeles Rams to beat Seattle Seahawks –
This could decide who wins the NFC West, with the Rams currently just a game ahead of the Seahawks in the standings.
Seattle triumphed when these teams met in Week 5, but a different result is likely on Sunday given how impressive Los Angeles have been since.
They’ve won six of their last eight, with the only two defeats in that run coming against the NFC’s top two seeds, and they’ve also only lost one of six road games this season.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is MVP-level but his offensive line has struggled to protect him all season, and they face a tough task on Sunday against a Rams defence that has the third-most sacks in the NFL.
New England Patriots to beat Pittsburgh Steelers –
The Steelers have won eight successive games, but if anyone can stop their run it’s the Patriots.
New England have dominated Pittsburgh over the past few years, winning the last four meetings between the two and eight of the last 10.
The Steelers have won five of their last six games by three points or fewer, and lost 30-9 to the Jacksonville Jaguars the last time they played one of the NFL’s top teams.
The Patriots – who currently rank fourth in points per game and have committed just 10 turnovers all season – are certainly among the AFC’s elite, and should prove it with their sixth win in seven away games.
San Francisco 49ers to beat Tennessee Titans –
After starting the season with a nine-game losing streak, the 49ers have found some form with three wins out of their last four.
That’s mainly due to their improved defence – which has allowed an average of 19 points per game since Week 10 – and the play of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who took over as the starter a fortnight ago and led San Francisco to back-to-back wins.
That revival should continue when they host the Titans, who were beaten 12-7 by the Arizona Cardinals last week.
Tennessee have won eight games this season despite ranking 19th in points scored and 15th in points allowed, with only three of those victories coming on the road.
Dallas Cowboys to beat Oakland Raiders –
Dallas have kept their playoff hopes alive with wins over the Washington Redskins and New York Giants during the past two weeks, and their offense looks back to its best having scored over 30 in each of those games.
The Cowboys have been without injured tackle Tyron Smith and suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott for long periods this season, but they still rank inside the top 10 in points per game and will have Smith available to play on Sunday.
Expect them to outscore a Raiders team that have put up 30 points in just one of their last 11 games.