Week 14 in the NFL was a mixed bag of results. There were some big upsets, for sure, across the board. They were some unexpected shootouts and inexplicable offensive deserts.
That made the picks and predictions against the spread a bit challenging, but a few teams came through with the right results. That provides a little more confidence going back to a full slate of 16 games.
Here’s how Sporting News sees the matchups of Week 15 playing out from Thursday and Saturday to Sunday and Monday with another fearless forecast to kick off the final month of the 2023 regular season:
(Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook)
POWER RANKINGS: Cowboys overtake Eagles, Ravens; Steelers, Texans, Colts slip in crowded playoff picture
NFL picks against the spread for Week 15
Game of Midweek: Chargers at Raiders (-3, 33.5 o/u)
Thursday 8:15 p.m. ET, Amazon Prime Video
Justin Herbert has suffered another finger injury and on a short week, the Chargers are stuck with more of Easton Stick on the road. He’ll duel Aidan O’Connell, who failed to help the Raiders’ offense produce a point at home. But the Chargers’ defense showed more holes against the run and wide receivers last week and there’s enough support to win a low-scoring game with Maxx Crosby cleaning up on the other side.
Pick: Raiders win 17-13 and cover the spread.
Game of the Week: Ravens (-3, 43.5 o/u) at Jaguars
Sunday 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
The Jaguars didn’t come through in their long-awaited Monday night chance vs. the Bengals two weeks ago. They are on a two-game losing skid vs. the AFC North. But they have been waiting much longer for a true Sunday night game and will be pumped with a gritty Trevor Lawrence and an inspired playmaking defense to end the slump. The Ravens were pushed by the Rams into overtime and their defense showed more key cracks Lawrence can exploit. On the other side, Lamar Jackson gets contained with little help from the running game.
Pick: Jaguars win 23-20.
Upset of the Week: Steelers at Colts (-2.5, 42 o/u)
Saturday 4:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network
The Steelers have lost two brutal home games to bad teams in consecutive weeks, first the Cardinals and then the Patriots. Offense has become a big problem again and it’s uncertain if Kenny Pickett can return at QB. But this is when Mike Tomlin’s defense digs deep, hopeful that T.J. Watt has enough time to clear concussion protocol. It also helps the Colts’ offense is inconsistent and now mired in a rushing slump. The offense also will find some good success through running backs Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren to win a key wild-card battle.
Pick: Steelers win 20-17.