NFL picks Week 15: Cincinnati Bengals favorites to beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Updated December 14, 2022
Updated December 14, 2022By Daniel Feliciano

A wonderful NFL season continues into week 15 as the pretenders and contenders separate themselves, and we look at games between some excellent teams.

In a highly entertaining season so far, this week we’ll look at three games involving the Minnesota Vikings taking on the Indianapolis Colts, the Pittsburgh Steelers game with the Carolina Panthers and the Cincinnati Bengals clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

We’ll break down both exciting match-ups, give you our best free NFL picks, and see if we can earn you some extra cash for the end of the weekend.

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Indianapolis Colts vs Minnesota Vikings – 12/17/22, 13:00 ET

The Colts held a beating in their last outing against the Dallas Cowboys when they lost 54-19 last weekend, to move their record to 4-8-1 for the season.

They have now lost six of their last seven games and each of their last three, with their only win in that period of time coming against the Las Vegas Raiders back in November.

The Vikings on the other hand also suffered defeat in their last game, losing 34-23 to the Detroit Lions to take their season record to 10-3 so far.

They had won their previous two games in a row, defeating the New York Jets and New England Patriots in back-to-back performances. They’ll look to get back to winning ways here.

NFL picks: Back the Overs

In a game that features two of the worst defenses in the NFL, the Over 48.5 is undoubtedly the play to go with.

While the Colts are allowing the 19th most points per game (22.9), we have seen them exposed by superior offenses this season on several occasions, hence their poor record.

On the other side, the Vikings are conceding the 24th most points per game (24.1), and in five of their last seven games they have conceded at least 26 points to the opposition.

The Colts haven’t been good this season, but even their bang average offense should be able to get some decent points on the board.

The Over is 4-0 in the past four games the Vikings have played facing teams with a losing record and it is also 5-1 in their past six home games, so it’s definitely the smart bet for this game where either team could win.

Over 48.5 pointsIndianapolis vs Minnesota
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Pittsburgh Steelers vs Carolina Panthers – 12/18/22, 13:00 ET

Pittsburgh have not been good at all this season and last weekend saw them fall to a 14-16 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens, taking their record for the season to 5-8 so far.

That ended a two-game winning streak for them, after wins against the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts in the two immediate games prior to last weekend.

The Panthers also currently sit at 5-8 for the season, but they got there with a big win over the Seattle Seahawks in their fixture last time weekend.

That made it three wins in their last four games, with other wins over Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, with the only defeat in that time coming against the Ravens.

NFL picks: Carolina to cover the spread

Despite their shocking 5-8 record this season, Carolina are still in the running to win their division as they sit just one game behind Tampa Bay.

Both teams have struggled this season but the recent run of form from the Panthers suggests they’re on an upwards trajectory, and that should see them do well in this match up.

Mitchell Trubisky looks set to deputise under center for Pittsburgh with Kenny Pickett dealing with a concussion, and that bodes well for a Panthers defense that is playing better than expected.

Look for the Panthers to win and cover the spread in Week 15. Carolina has covered in six of their past seven games, including four straight and making it five in a row doesn’t seem too outlandish.

The Panthers’ moneyline is a decent option here too if you think it’ll be a really close game, but I think the value here is too good to ignore.

Panthers -2.5Pittsburgh vs Carolina
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Cincinnati Bengals vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 12/18/22, 16:25 ET

NFL Picks Week 15BetOnlineBetUSMyBookie
Cincinnati Bengals-190-190-198
Tampa Bay Buccaneers+165+163+160

The Bengals are in terrific form right now, having won five in a row including last weekend’s fixture against the Cleveland Browns to move them up to 9-4 for the season so far.

Tampa Bay on the other hand are currently 6-7 for the season so far and can’t find any consistency, going 3-3 in their last six after a 35-7 defeat to the San Francisco 49ers last weekend.

NFL Picks: Bengals cover the spread

This Bengals vs Buccaneers matchup features a pair of teams trending in opposite directions. While the Bengals are heating up, the Buccaneers are beginning to fade.

I expect the Bengals to come out firing as they are still playing for the AFC North. And while the Buccaneers are also in a fight for the NFC South, the former is flat-out playing better football right now.

The Bengals are 8-2 outright in the past 10 games and have covered the spread in nine of those games. They have both won and covered the spread in five straight.

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are 1-9-1 in NFL spread betting in their past 11 games overall. The Bengals to cover -3.5 is the best bet to make here.

Bengals -3.5Cincinnati vs Tampa Bay
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Daniel Feliciano
Daniel Feliciano

A soccer and MMA fanatic who believes the eye test far outweighs statistics, apart from when it comes to betting. With experience writing for several years, Daniel is an avid sports fan but also enjoys obstacle courses, music and views from a height.

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