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Week 15 in the NFL is longer than usual, with a bonus game set for Saturday. But the biggest game is happening on Sunday in Denver. At 4:25 PM ET, we’ll get to see a repeat of last year's AFC finalists: The New England Patriots and Denver Broncos.


Game of the Week

New England Patriots @ Denver Broncos
Favourite: Patriots -3.5

Both the 11-2 Patriots and the 8-5 Broncos have a lot on the line. With the Kansas City Chiefs nipping at their heels, the Patriots are trying to protect their status as top seed in the AFC. The Chiefs could easily win their final three games, so the Patriots will have to stay sharp in the last few weeks of the season.

As for the Broncos, they’re struggling to secure the last playoff spot over the 8-5 Miami Dolphins, and the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans are hot on their track. The Broncos have had a hard time running the ball as of late; they haven’t picked up a rushing first down in their last six quarters. They need to rediscover their offensive balance, or they’ll likely miss the playoffs.


Game with the Biggest Spread

San Francisco 49ers @ Atlanta Falcons
Favourite: Falcons -14

The Falcons are the biggest favourite this week. They’re laying two touchdowns against the struggling San Francisco 49ers. After blowing a 17-0 lead at home to the Bryce Petty-led New York Jets, the 49ers lost 23-17 in overtime last Sunday, extending their losing streak to 12. They’ve now allowed at least 23 points every week this season and figure to do so again in Atlanta. After all, the Falcons have the league’s highest-scoring offense (32.9 points per game).

Oddly enough, the Falcons are just 3-3 at home this season, and on top of that, they’re suffering a slew of injuries. Star wideout Julio Jones is dealing with turf toe, No. 2 receiver Mohammed Sanu is battling a groin injury, and they’ve lost top cornerback Desmond Trufant for the season. Even so, they should still be competitive against the 49ers, who’ve lost 12 straight games and appear to be focused on a high draft pick.


Game with the Smallest Spread

New Orleans Saints @ Arizona Cardinals
Favourite: Cardinals -2.5

Both the 5-7-1 Cardinals and the 5-8 Saints are virtually out of the playoff race, but this could still be a very entertaining game given the offensive talent on both sides. The Saints are No. 1 in total offense, and the Cardinals are 10th. Cardinals running back David Johnson, who leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage, will also make things interesting.

It’s been a bizarre time for both Arizona and New Orleans quarterbacks. Drew Brees has had back-to-back games with zero touchdown passes and three interceptions. As for Carson Palmer, he’s endured one of his worst seasons due to a shaky offensive line. He’s been a turnover machine with eight interceptions and three fumbles lost in his last six games.


*Odds as of December 15, 2016