NFL Week 15 Saturday Games Spread Picks NFL Betting Odds

Alex Murray
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Alex Murray
15 Dec 23
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NFL Week 15 Saturday Games Spread Picks NFL Betting Odds

For the first time this season, NFL fans are getting games on Saturday as well as Sunday. Hallelujah, it’s that time of year. The league spared no expense either, as we’re expecting three competitive games between six teams all in playoff position or in the hunt. Every home team on the slate comes in as a moneyline favorite on all the top NFL betting sites and betting apps.

Highlights

  • Minnesota looks to use its feisty defense to put together an upset
  • Pittsburgh Steelers have a big bounce back performance
  • Denver Broncos are latest team to contribute to Detroit’s slow demise

NFL Week 15 Saturday Betting Odds - Saturday, December 16th

All odds provided by Sports Interaction.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Minnesota Vikings - 1PM

TeamMoneylinePoint SpreadTotal
Cincinnati Bengals-167-3.0 (-110)O40.5 (-110)
Minnesota Vikings+140+3.0 (-110)U40.5 (-110)

Everyone’s swooning over Cincinnati QB Jake Browning after his performances over the last two weeks, both wins in which the Bengals scored 34 points. However, the Colts and Jags are two of the worst defenses in the league, sitting at eighth and ninth in terms of most yards allowed per game. The Jags have allowed the second-most passing yards as well.

If Browning is expecting the Vikings to be similar, he’s in for a rude awakening. Brian Flores’ defense blitzes on over 47 percent of the pass plays, by far the most in the NFL. Browning is only completing 50 percent of his passes when he’s under pressure, so that offensive resurgence in Cincy could hit the skids on Saturday.

The Vikings don’t have much to offer offensively, to be fair, but they have a couple of things going for them. This Bengals defense is allowing the second-most yards per game in the league, and Justin Jefferson is expected to be back at 100 percent. Mullens has had success as a starter in the NFL before, so it’s not like the Vikings are turning to a nobody like Jaren Hall.

The stingy Vikings defense basically turns offenses one-dimensional with their fifth-ranked rush defense, which allows their pass rushers to tee off. We think the Browning experiment will have a hiccup against a proper defense, and the Vikings will be able to keep it close. Take the Vikings +3.0 at -110 odds.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - 4:30PM

TeamMoneylinePoint SpreadTotal
Indianapolis Colts-125-1.5 (-110)O42.5 (-110)
Pittsburgh Steelers+105+1.5 (-110)U42.5 (-110)

This one could get ugly. Both of these teams are at 7-6 and both of them are fighting tooth and nail for their playoff lives right now. This is very much a “loser goes home” situation in terms of the AFC playoff picture. Both teams will be trotting out backup QBs, though Indianapolis surely has more confidence in Gardner Minshew than Pittsburgh does in Mitch Trubisky.

The thing is, the Colts also have an awful defense that is giving up the fifth-most points in the league, which is perfect for a Steelers offense that can only be described as utterly and completely impotent at the moment. If Pittsburgh can’t score on this defense, they really need to take a hard look in the mirror.

What we’re banking on with this pick is a couple of big turnovers from this opportunistic Steelers defense, because they can’t consistently stop teams with their lack of depth at middle linebacker. Luckily, the Colts have had multiple turnovers in each of their last two games. If Trubisky can utilize the immense talent at his disposal when those opportunities come, the Steelers should have enough to win.

Indy’s 27th-ranked run defense is also good news for a Pittsburgh offense that can’t really get going unless they’re having success on the ground. The Steelers have been known to play down to terrible opponents, but the Colts are not terrible, and Mike Tomlin knows Pittsburgh needs this one. We’re going Pittsburgh +1.5 at -110 odds on this one. 

The under is also pretty much guaranteed with this one: the under has hit in 10 of Pittsburgh’s 13 games, and five of their last six games have had totals under 40 points. Indy does score a lot, but the Steelers just have a way of bogging games down, so if you want a sure thing on Saturday, go with the under at this one’s 42.5 total.

Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos - 8:15PM

TeamMoneylinePoint SpreadTotal
Detroit Lions-208-4.5 (-110)O47.5 (-110)
Denver Broncos+170+4.5 (-110)U47.5 (-110)

There probably isn’t a division-leading team that has looked worse than the Detroit Lions over the past month. The offense continues to put up big numbers, but Jared Goff’s turnover issues have crept back up, and the defense looks a lot like the unit that was getting utterly devastated on a weekly basis during the first half of the 2022 season, when the Lions went 1-6.

Denver, on the other hand, are winners of six of their last seven, and they haven’t been beating doormats either. They’ve beaten the Browns, Bills, Chiefs, Vikings, and Packers during their streak, none of whom are slouches. The Broncos also have a lot of talent on offense (who knew?), and they’ve been playing like it in recent weeks (finally).

Detroit has had 3+ turnovers in three of their last four games, and that is horrible news when you’re going against the Broncos, who have forced the joint-most turnovers in the league this year at 1.85 a game. This one could have easily been a pick ‘em, so with the Broncos giving up so many points, we’re taking their spread at +4.5 with -110 odds.

Alex is a recent graduate of Ryerson's Sport Media program in 2019 and has been contributing to BettingTop10 since 2020. He has worked in the field of sports and sports betting for several years, including stops writing for theScore and daily fantasy sports website FantasyPros as one of the lead NBA news writers. A dedicated sports fan and experienced sports bettor, Alex has the knowledge to provide you with the best betting advice and the sneakiest props no matter what the sport may be.