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While we aren’t likely to get the superstar quarterback matchup of Drew Brees vs. Patrick Mahomes, the premier game of Week 15 is no doubt the New Orleans Saints hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. If Brees is able to return from fractured ribs, the Saints (+700) are a strong contender to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, while the defending champion Chiefs (-195) are the favorites to win it all.
The Chiefs are 12-1, and Mahomes is the Most Valuable Player betting favorite at -210. He threw an uncharacteristic two interceptions last week in a win at Miami, but the Chiefs are 7-0 on the road this season.
They are favored by three in New Orleans and haven’t covered in their last five games. On the season, the Chiefs are 6-7 ATS, 3-4 on the road.
The Saints lost in Philadelphia last week and dropped out of the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They are 10-3 overall and can clinch the NFC South with a win on Sunday.
The Saints are 7-6 ATS this season and 3-3 at home, where they are 5-1 outright. The game kicks off at 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS.
Patriots Playoff Push
If the New England Patriots are going to keep their historic playoff streak alive, they must win at Miami on Sunday. The 6-7 Patriots are two games behind the 8-5 Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens for the final playoff spot.
They also trail the 7-6 Las Vegas Raiders, who could move to eight wins before the Patriots kick off Sunday. The last time the Patriots missed the playoffs was in 2008 after Tom Brady suffered a knee injury in Week 1.
The Dolphins last made the playoffs in 2016, and while they cannot clinch this week, a win would put them in position to wrap up a playoff spot next week. The Dolphins are -2 against the Patriots, and the game kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.
NFC North Elimination Game
The Green Bay Packers clinched the NFC North last week, and this week, the teams tied for second place in the division go head-to-head in a virtual elimination game. The 6-7 Chicago Bears travel to face the 6-7 Minnesota Vikings.
The loser could be two games behind the Arizona Cardinals by the end of the weekend with just two games to play.
The Vikings are favored by three points, and they won in Chicago 19-13 on Nov. 16, holding the Bears to 41 yards rushing and knocking quarterback Nick Foles out of the game. The Bears have won each of their last two trips to Minnesota.
Potential Playoff Matchup
If the season ended after Week 14, the Washington Football Team would be the NFC East champions and the No. 4 seed in the conference. They would host the No. 5 seed Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round. Those teams meet this week in Maryland, and the visitors are favored by 5.5 points.
Seattle (9-4) is 3-3 on the road this season and 2-4 ATS away from home. Washington will likely be without quarterback Alex Smith, and it is 4-2 ATS at home this season and 8-5 ATS overall.
Washington has won four games in a row, three of those as an underdog, while Seattle hasn’t covered on the road since a 31-23 win at Miami on Oct. 4. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET on FOX.