Saints vs Panthers

Saints  vs Panthers pick: Preview, prediction, statistics to know for ‘Monday Night Football’.Everything you need to know about this clash of NFC South rivals.

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Prior to this season, only one team in the 17-year history of the NFC South had ever won the division in consecutive seasons. That team was the Carolina Panthers, who won the South each season from 2013 through 2015. This year, the New Orleans Saints have matched that feat, sprinting out to an 11-2 record after topping the South with an 11-5 mark a year ago.

The Saints are in pole position for the No. 1 seed in the NFC, and things look especially good for them after the Rams lost to the Eagles on Monday night. They can’t quite wrap things up if they defeat the Panthers on Monday, but they can come pretty close while at the same time dealing a near-death blow to Carolina’s own playoff chances.

New Orleans comes into the game having rebounded from a dispiriting Thursday night loss to the Cowboys by avenging their Week 1 loss to the division rival Buccaneers, seemingly getting their offense back on track with 17 points in the fourth quarter on their way to victory. The Panthers, meanwhile, have lost five consecutive games, the last four of which have been by just one score. In the process, they’ve blown their solid playoff positioning and are now on the outside of the postseason picture, looking in.

Can Carolina get back on track? Will New Orleans continue its winning ways? We’ll have these answers by the end of the night. What we’ll detail below, is what you should be looking out for when the teams take the field.

Pigeonholed last year as a pure pass-catching back and speed runner, McCaffrey averaged just 12.3 touches per game. Those touches were often far too obvious, as the Panthers liked to have Jonathan Stewart on the field a bunch in order to provide a power, downhill element in the running game. McCaffrey played just south of 70 percent of the snaps, but he rarely touched the ball in the red zone (12 rushes, 11 receptions) and was not given enough opportunities to establish himself as the kind of versatile runner who can make plays everywhere, and not just to the edges of the formation.

This year has been far different. McCaffrey’s average is up to 20.4 touches per game, and he has been on the field for 97.5 percent of Carolina’s offensive snaps. And McCaffrey’s not just gotten more volume. He’s also been far more efficient and explosive than he was a year ago. Among the 42 players with 100-plus carries this season, McCaffrey ranks eighth in both yards per carry and Football Outsiders’ Success Rate. Last year, he ranked 34th out of 47 in yards per carry and 22nd in Success Rate. Additionally, McCaffrey has 27 plays of 15-plus yards this season (14 catches, 13 runs), compared to just 18 such plays a year ago. That’s an additional 15-yard play per game.

McCaffrey also already has 48 touches in the red zone (38 rushes, 10 receptions), and he has scored on 11 of those plays. His effectiveness in close has helped give Carolina the eighth-best red zone touchdown rate (65.3 percent) in the NFL this season, according to Football Outsiders.

The Saints have one of the NFL’s toughest run defenses and have shut down several stars on the ground this season, but they have also been extremely vulnerable to passes to players out of the backfield. New Orleans ranks 30th in DVOA on passes to running backs, and has allowed 70 catches for 540 yards and four scores to players at the position. Getting McCaffrey matched up on any linebacker or safety is an almost assured win for the Panthers offense on any given snap — even against linebackers with speed line those on the Saints’ defense.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, Cam Newton appears to be in a bit of a rut right now, presumably due to the shoulder injury he’s been battling that has been rumored to necessitate surgery during the offseason.

Newton’s target chart has been re-arranged a bit throughout this five-game streak, with Greg Olsen going down for the year with yet another foot injury and youngsters D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel vaulting ahead of Devin Funchess in the pecking order. It’s been good for the future of the Panthers’ franchise to see Moore and Samuel emerge as more viable options for Newton, but along with their propensity for big plays has come some growing pains as they and Newton learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses. (You might remember seeing Newton throw the 5-10 Samuel a couple back-shoulder fades near the end zone the last two weeks, with one getting intercepted and the other falling incomplete. Those are the kinds of throws that should be made to Olsen or Funchess, not Samuel.)

The New Orleans pass defense has improved a lot from the start of the season through the past few weeks, as the secondary has solidified itself around Marshon Lattimore — for the most part. Teams will still occasionally pick on Eli Apple, but safeties Marcus Williams and Kurt Coleman are playing well, while P.J. Williams is improving (somewhat) in the slot.

When the Saints have the ball

The Panthers have given up more than 30 points per game during this five-game losing streak. The Saints, until getting shut down by the Cowboys a few weeks back, seemed like they could put up 30 in their sleep. They practically sleepwalked through the first three quarters of their win over the Bucs last week, but seemed to wake up when they hung 17 on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. This week sets up well for them to really get back on track.

Carolina has the NFL’s 29th-ranked pass defense this season, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA, with particular weaknesses on passes to the perimeter. They’ve not been good at stopping either short (24th) or deep (29th) passes. Corners James Bradberry and Donte Jackson rank 107th and 99th, respectively, in passer rating allowed among the 152 players who have been targeted at least 30 times in coverage, per Pro Football Focus.

This is the first time these two teams will play each other this season, but the Panthers have a very poor tracking record of slowing down New Orleans’ most important offensive players. In five career regular season and postseason games against Carolina, Michael Thomas has posted receiving lines of 5-78-1, 5-68, 7-87-1, 5-70-1, and 8-131. In those game five games, Drew Brees is 139 of 189 for 1,615 yards, 12 touchdowns, and three interceptions, which works out to an absurd 113.5 passer rating. And the Saints are 4-1 in those games. Alvin Kamara was shut down by the Panthers in the playoff matchup last year, but he also exploded for 126 yards and two scores on 14 touches in the teams’ Week 13 matchup.

Carolina does not get the kind of relentless pressure that generally bothers Brees, and especially does not tend to get that pressure up the middle, where it is most likely to effect him. (This is what the Cowboys did a few weeks back, with DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory cleaning up off the pressure generated by Tyrone Crawford, Maliek Collins, Antwaun Woods and company up the middle.) Kawann Short is a fantastic player but he’s also generated pressure on only 10 percent of his pass-rushing snaps this season, a slightly below-average rate for a full-time interior defensive lineman.

With Brees likely to have time to sit and step up in the pocket, it seems incredibly likely that he’ll be able to pick the Carolina defense apart. When throwing from a clean pocket this season, Brees has an otherworldly 130.8 passer rating, per Pro Football Focus, having completed 76 percent of his passes with 27 touchdowns and no picks. If you don’t get pressure on him, he is not going to make mistakes, and you are going to lose. Period. (It probably doesn’t help Carolina’s chances that Brees has the NFL’s best passer rating on deep passes and they have allowed the sixth-most deep passing yards in the league so far this season.)

The Panthers’ run defense has been better than their pass unit this year, but it may not matter much here. The Saints are one of those teams that can use the short passing game as an extension of the run game, swinging the ball out to Kamara or working the screen game with Mark Ingram, and the Panthers have — stop me if you’ve heard this already — struggled against short passes all season. On throws within five yards of the line of scrimmage, Carolina has allowed a 108.1 passer rating, per Sports Info Solutions, the fourth-worst mark in the league. Given all the Panthers’ defensive weaknesses and how well they line up with what the Saints do well, this one seems to tip heavily in favor of New Orleans.

Monday Night Football 2018

Monday Night Football 2018 , Week 15: Optimal DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy football picks and lineups.While the New Orleans Saints fight for the NFC’s top seed, the Carolina Panthers are trying to stay alive in the NFL playoff picture. These two division rivals meet on Monday Night Football in the final game of the Week 15 NFL schedule. Kickoff from Bank of America Stadium is set for 8:15 p.m. ET.

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The 11-2 Saints are fighting for home-field advantage throughout the postseason, while the 6-7 Panthers are desperately trying to snap a five-game losing streak that has them on the outside looking in. New Orleans is a six-point road favorite after the line opened at 6.5.

The Over-Under has fallen throughout the week and stands at 50 in the live Panthers vs. Saints odds. Before you make any Panthers vs. Saints picks and Monday Night Football predictions, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

New Orleans Saints are trying to secure home field advantage in the NFC playoffs. The Panthers have lost five straight games.

A little more than a month ago, the game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers may have been for the NFC South title and impact the race for home field advantage. That was before the Panthers fell into a five straight losses free-fall. The Saints lead the NFC, while the Panthers are struggling to earn a playoff berth on Monday Night Football (5:15 p.m. PT/8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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The Saints (11-2) lead the Los Angeles Rams for the NFC’s best record but they have no margin for error. The displayed mental toughness in their win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rallying from a deficit. After being held to 10 points in the loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 13 and three points in the first half against the Buccaneers, the Saints snapped out of their funk with 25 points in the second half.

Unfortunately for the Panthers (6-7) their funk continues after a surprising loss to the Cleveland Browns last week. Veteran defensive end Julius Peppers said he expects the Panthers to not only defeat the Saints Monday night, but for the team to win out and earn a playoff playoff berth.

You can get the latest score and stats from the game in the box score provided above and here’s everything you need to know in order to watch the Panthers vs. Saints game:

What: New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers

When: Monday, Dec. 17, 5:15 p.m. PT/8:15 p.m. ET

Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC

TV: ESPN

Watch online: You can watch the live stream of the game on espn.com/watch, verizonwireless.com, playstation vue, AppleTV, SlingTV.

Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans

Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints pick: Preview, prediction, statistics to know for ‘Monday Night Football’.While the New Orleans Saints fight for the NFC’s top seed, the Carolina Panthers are trying to stay alive in the NFL playoff picture. These two division rivals meet on Monday Night Football in the final game of the Week 15 NFL schedule.

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Prior to this season, only one team in the 17-year history of the NFC South had ever won the division in consecutive seasons. That team was the Carolina Panthers, who won the South each season from 2013 through 2015. This year, the New Orleans Saints have matched that feat, sprinting out to an 11-2 record after topping the South with an 11-5 mark a year ago.

The Saints are in pole position for the No. 1 seed in the NFC, and things look especially good for them after the Rams lost to the Eagles on Monday night. They can’t quite wrap things up if they defeat the Panthers on Monday, but they can come pretty close while at the same time dealing a near-death blow to Carolina’s own playoff chances.

New Orleans comes into the game having rebounded from a dispiriting Thursday night loss to the Cowboys by avenging their Week 1 loss to the division rival Buccaneers, seemingly getting their offense back on track with 17 points in the fourth quarter on their way to victory. The Panthers, meanwhile, have lost five consecutive games, the last four of which have been by just one score. In the process, they’ve blown their solid playoff positioning and are now on the outside of the postseason picture, looking in.

Can Carolina get back on track? Will New Orleans continue its winning ways? We’ll have these answers by the end of the night. What we’ll detail below, is what you should be looking out for when the teams take the field.

Pigeonholed last year as a pure pass-catching back and speed runner, McCaffrey averaged just 12.3 touches per game. Those touches were often far too obvious, as the Panthers liked to have Jonathan Stewart on the field a bunch in order to provide a power, downhill element in the running game. McCaffrey played just south of 70 percent of the snaps, but he rarely touched the ball in the red zone (12 rushes, 11 receptions) and was not given enough opportunities to establish himself as the kind of versatile runner who can make plays everywhere, and not just to the edges of the formation.

This year has been far different. McCaffrey’s average is up to 20.4 touches per game, and he has been on the field for 97.5 percent of Carolina’s offensive snaps. And McCaffrey’s not just gotten more volume. He’s also been far more efficient and explosive than he was a year ago. Among the 42 players with 100-plus carries this season, McCaffrey ranks eighth in both yards per carry and Football Outsiders’ Success Rate. Last year, he ranked 34th out of 47 in yards per carry and 22nd in Success Rate. Additionally, McCaffrey has 27 plays of 15-plus yards this season (14 catches, 13 runs), compared to just 18 such plays a year ago. That’s an additional 15-yard play per game.

McCaffrey also already has 48 touches in the red zone (38 rushes, 10 receptions), and he has scored on 11 of those plays. His effectiveness in close has helped give Carolina the eighth-best red zone touchdown rate (65.3 percent) in the NFL this season, according to Football Outsiders.

The Saints have one of the NFL’s toughest run defenses and have shut down several stars on the ground this season, but they have also been extremely vulnerable to passes to players out of the backfield. New Orleans ranks 30th in DVOA on passes to running backs, and has allowed 70 catches for 540 yards and four scores to players at the position. Getting McCaffrey matched up on any linebacker or safety is an almost assured win for the Panthers offense on any given snap — even against linebackers with speed line those on the Saints’ defense.

Unfortunately for the Panthers, Cam Newton appears to be in a bit of a rut right now, presumably due to the shoulder injury he’s been battling that has been rumored to necessitate surgery during the offseason.

Newton’s target chart has been re-arranged a bit throughout this five-game streak, with Greg Olsen going down for the year with yet another foot injury and youngsters D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel vaulting ahead of Devin Funchess in the pecking order.

It’s been good for the future of the Panthers’ franchise to see Moore and Samuel emerge as more viable options for Newton, but along with their propensity for big plays has come some growing pains as they and Newton learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses. (You might remember seeing Newton throw the 5-10 Samuel a couple back-shoulder fades near the end zone the last two weeks, with one getting intercepted and the other falling incomplete. Those are the kinds of throws that should be made to Olsen or Funchess, not Samuel.)

The New Orleans pass defense has improved a lot from the start of the season through the past few weeks, as the secondary has solidified itself around Marshon Lattimore — for the most part. Teams will still occasionally pick on Eli Apple, but safeties Marcus Williams and Kurt Coleman are playing well, while P.J. Williams is improving (somewhat) in the slot.

The Panthers have given up more than 30 points per game during this five-game losing streak. The Saints, until getting shut down by the Cowboys a few weeks back, seemed like they could put up 30 in their sleep. They practically sleepwalked through the first three quarters of their win over the Bucs last week, but seemed to wake up when they hung 17 on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. This week sets up well for them to really get back on track.

Carolina has the NFL’s 29th-ranked pass defense this season, per Football Outsiders’ DVOA, with particular weaknesses on passes to the perimeter. They’ve not been good at stopping either short (24th) or deep (29th) passes. Corners James Bradberry and Donte Jackson rank 107th and 99th, respectively, in passer rating allowed among the 152 players who have been targeted at least 30 times in coverage, per Pro Football Focus.

This is the first time these two teams will play each other this season, but the Panthers have a very poor tracking record of slowing down New Orleans’ most important offensive players. In five career regular season and postseason games against Carolina, Michael Thomas has posted receiving lines of 5-78-1, 5-68, 7-87-1, 5-70-1, and 8-131. In those game five games, Drew Brees is 139 of 189 for 1,615 yards, 12 touchdowns, and three interceptions, which works out to an absurd 113.5 passer rating. And the Saints are 4-1 in those games. Alvin Kamara was shut down by the Panthers in the playoff matchup last year, but he also exploded for 126 yards and two scores on 14 touches in the teams’ Week 13 matchup.

Carolina does not get the kind of relentless pressure that generally bothers Brees, and especially does not tend to get that pressure up the middle, where it is most likely to effect him. (This is what the Cowboys did a few weeks back, with DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory cleaning up off the pressure generated by Tyrone Crawford, Maliek Collins, Antwaun Woods and company up the middle.) Kawann Short is a fantastic player but he’s also generated pressure on only 10 percent of his pass-rushing snaps this season, a slightly below-average rate for a full-time interior defensive lineman.

With Brees likely to have time to sit and step up in the pocket, it seems incredibly likely that he’ll be able to pick the Carolina defense apart. When throwing from a clean pocket this season, Brees has an otherworldly 130.8 passer rating, per Pro Football Focus, having completed 76 percent of his passes with 27 touchdowns and no picks. If you don’t get pressure on him, he is not going to make mistakes, and you are going to lose. Period. (It probably doesn’t help Carolina’s chances that Brees has the NFL’s best passer rating on deep passes and they have allowed the sixth-most deep passing yards in the league so far this season.)

The Panthers’ run defense has been better than their pass unit this year, but it may not matter much here. The Saints are one of those teams that can use the short passing game as an extension of the run game, swinging the ball out to Kamara or working the screen game with Mark Ingram, and the Panthers have — stop me if you’ve heard this already — struggled against short passes all season. On throws within five yards of the line of scrimmage, Carolina has allowed a 108.1 passer rating, per Sports Info Solutions, the fourth-worst mark in the league. Given all the Panthers’ defensive weaknesses and how well they line up with what the Saints do well, this one seems to tip heavily in favor of New Orleans.

Monday Night Football

Monday Night Football, Week 15: Optimal DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy football picks and lineups.Mike McClure, a DFS pro with more than $1 million in winnings, gives optimal DraftKings and FanDuel lineups.

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The Week 15 NFL DFS schedule concludes with an NFC South battle between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football at 8:15 p.m. ET. New Orleans has already clinched the division and a playoff spot, but postseason seeding is still on the line. Carolina, meanwhile, is battling for the final NFC wild-card spot, so you can expect both offenses to be in full gear for this prime-time matchup. NFL DFS players have plenty to look forward to, as DraftKings is hosting a $1M Monday Night Showdown, while FanDuel has a $555K Monday Night Special. Before you lock in any lineups for tournaments or cash games, you’ll want to see the optimal Monday Night Football DFS lineups from SportsLine’s Mike McClure. He’s a DFS pro with almost $2M in career winnings.

McClure uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every snap of every game 10,000 times, taking factors like matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best values and create optimal NFL DFS lineups that he shares only over at SportsLine. They’re a must-see for any NFL DFS player.

McClure is rolling through the 2018 season thanks to some spot-on picks. In Week 1, his optimal NFL DFS lineups finished in the top 3 percent of tournaments on DraftKings and the top 1 percent of tournaments on FanDuel. In Week 4, he finished in the top 2 percent on DraftKings and top 6 percent on FanDuel. In Week 5, his lineups cashed with ease on both sites. In Week 8, his followers saw massive returns, with his DraftKings lineup finishing in the top 1 percent of all tournaments, while his Week 9 lineup cashed with ease on FanDuel. He cashed yet again on both sites in Week 10, and then his optimal lineup on FanDuel returned almost 3x in Weeks 11, 12 and 13. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

For Sunday night’s single-game slate featuring Saints vs. Panthers, we can tell you McClure is banking on Carolina running back Christian McCaffrey.

One of the most versatile and explosive backs in the league, McCaffrey has piled up huge numbers this season, and his pace has only accelerated in recent weeks. In his last three games alone, he’s piled up 43 carries for 294 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 26 catches for 205 yards and two additional scores.

His prowess as a receiver should serve him well against the Saints, a defense ranked first in the league against the run. That means the Panthers will be looking to get McCaffrey out of the backfield, and with 86 catches this season, he’s a safe bet to return plenty of value as the Panthers look to stay alive in the NFL playoff picture.

Part of McClure’s Monday Night Football NFL DFS strategy also includes rostering Panthers tight end Ian Thomas.

The rookie out of Indiana has been a stud filling in for the injured Greg Olsen, recording 14 catches for 123 yards over the last two weeks. And even though it’s a limited sample size, Thomas is out-pacing what Olsen produced this year in terms of catches and yards per game.

The Saints gave up two touchdowns to Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate in their last game, so confidently lock in Thomas as an NFL DFS value pick and look for him to exceed expectations on Monday Night Football.

McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers on Monday Night Football because of a dream matchup. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments and cash games or going home with nothing.

So who is DFS pro Mike McClure putting in his optimal NFL DFS lineup on Monday night? Visit SportsLine now to see the full optimal tournament and cash game lineups for Monday Night Football from a professional DFS player who has almost $2 million in career winnings, and find out.

Panthers vs Saints

Panthers vs Saints odds, line: Monday Night Football picks and predictions from advanced model on 16-3 run.SportsLine’s advanced computer model simulated Monday’s Saints vs. Vikings game 10,000 times.While the New Orleans Saints fight for the NFC’s top seed, the Carolina Panthers are trying to stay alive in the NFL playoff picture.

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These two division rivals meet on Monday Night Football in the final game of the Week 15 NFL schedule. Kickoff from Bank of America Stadium is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. The 11-2 Saints are fighting for home-field advantage throughout the postseason, while the 6-7 Panthers are desperately trying to snap a five-game losing streak that has them on the outside looking in.

New Orleans is a six-point road favorite after the line opened at 6.5. The Over-Under has fallen throughout the week and stands at 50 in the live Panthers vs. Saints odds. Before you make any Panthers vs. Saints picks and Monday Night Football predictions, check out what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say.

The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000.

The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 15 on a blistering 16-3 run. For the season, it is now 30-12 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 78-46. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model finished Week 14 at 139-67 on the season, ranking in the top two on NFLPickWatch.com. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now the model has dialed in on Saints vs. Panthers. We can tell you it’s leaning Over, but it’s also generated a strong point-spread pick that’s hitting well over 50 percent of the time. You can only see that one at SportsLine.

The model has factored in that the Saints’ high-powered offense is predicated on getting the ball into the hands of its playmakers, notably Michael Thomas. The wideout has notched 102 receptions for 1,218 yards and eight touchdowns. Drawing double coverage allows teammate Tre’Quan Smith to stretch the field vertically. He picks up an impressive 17 yards per grab and has found the end zone seven times.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees is enjoying an MVP-caliber season and has thrown for 3,463 yards and 31 touchdowns — third-best in the league entering Week 15 — against just four interceptions. He tops the NFL in completion percentage at 76.

But just because the Saints are rolling doesn’t mean they’ll cover the Monday Night Football spread.

The model also knows that Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey is proving to be one of the league’s most versatile running backs. In addition to his 13 touchdowns — seven rushing — he’s fourth in the league in yards from scrimmage with 1,627. He’s gouging front sevens for 5.2 yards a carry and is lethal in flanker screens, gaining another 701 receiving yards on 86 receptions. His improved blocking is also allowing quarterback Cam Newton more time to find open receivers and limiting sacks.

Who wins Saints vs. Panthers? And which side covers well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to be all over on Monday Night Football, all from the incredible computer model that has returned nearly $4,000 to $100 bettors.

Patriots vs Steelers Live Stream

Patriots vs Steelers : A pivotal AFC showdown highlights the Week 15 NFL schedule as the Pittsburgh Steelers host the New England Patriots. Kickoff is set for 4:25 p.m. ET from Heinz Field. The Steelers (7-5-1) have seen their lead in the AFC North trimmed to a half-game over the Ravens on the heels of a three-game slide that has included two losses to sub-.500 teams.

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The Patriots (9-4) also are seeking to get back on track after last week’s loss to the Dolphins on the Miami Miracle. In the latest Patriots vs. Steelers odds, the Patriots are favored by 2.5 after the line nearly reached a pick’em. The over-under or total points scored has climbed to 54 from an opening mark of 50. Before you lock in your Patriots vs. Steelers picks and predictions, check out what SportsLine expert R.J. White has to say.

White was SportsLine’s most profitable NFL analyst last season and returned $100 bettors a profit of nearly $2,000. He has emerged as their top NFL handicapper again this season and is on an astounding 38-14 run with his NFL spread picks entering Week 15.

The renowned prognosticator has cashed big in the prestigious Las Vegas SuperContest two of the last three years. Now, he has turned his attention to this crucial AFC matchup, and White has impressive credentials involving these clubs. He boasts a mark of 11-3 on his last 14 picks involving the Steelers or Patriots. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Just last week, White advised SportsLine members that Pittsburgh (-10) was due for a letdown as it visited the struggling Raiders. He recommended a play on the underdog, and just as White predicted, an inspired Oakland club pulled off a 24-21 upset win.

Now, White has analyzed Patriots vs. Steelers (stream live on fuboTV) from every angle and released a confident point-spread selection that is only available at SportsLine.

White knows the Steelers will be desperate to get back on track with a win following a stretch in which they have dropped two games to teams with losing records, sandwiched around a prime-time home loss in which they squandered a 16-point lead to the Chargers.

Last week, head coach Mike Tomlin received some heat surrounding the use of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who sat out most of the second half against Oakland with a rib injury. However, Roethlisberger is expected to play Sunday. The Steelers also have been consistent in these situations, as they are 6-2 against the spread coming off a straight-up loss. Running back James Conner is doubtful with an ankle injury, leaving Jaylen Samuels as the lead back. He had seven catches for 64 yards last week and added another 28 on the ground.

But just because the Steelers are at home and have historically rebounded well doesn’t mean they’ll stay within the spread.

White also knows that recent history is not only on New England’s side in its rivalry with Pittsburgh, but data also suggests this is the time of year when the Patriots are at their best. They have covered in four straight Week 15 games and are on a 9-2 against the spread run in December games. They have also covered five of their last six visits to Heinz Field.

Although the final play will be the lasting memory in the loss to Miami, the Patriots still had several positives to build on. Quarterback Tom Brady threw for 358 yards with three touchdowns in a turnover-free performance for the Patriots. They also had the edge in time of possession and went 9-for-16 on third-down attempts.

We can tell you White is leaning toward the Over, but his much stronger play is on the side. He has dissected Patriots vs. Steelers, crunched the stats and found a crucial X-factor that causes one side of the spread to hit hard. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

Who covers in Patriots vs. Steelers? And what crucial X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on Sunday, all from the top NFL analyst who’s hitting an astounding 79 percent of his spread picks involving these teams.

Titans vs Giants Live

Titans vs Giants : Don’t look now but the New York Giants have found a winning groove. It’s too little, too late for the postseason, but another win would disrupt the Tennessee Titans and their plans to play in January.

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New York (5-8) has evolved from a team playing for the top spot in the NFL Draft into a team that has won four of their past five games.

Granted, three of those wins were against the Redskins, 49ers and Buccaneers, but they beat the Bears who are one of the stronger teams in the NFL.

A .500 season is within reach if the Giants win out, and that mission begins today against the Tennessee Titans (7-6). Consecutive wins against the Jaguars and Jets kept the Titans alive in the postseason race. They’ll need to keep winning to secure a Wild Card spot.

Dolphins vs Vikings Live

Dolphins vs Vikings : Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard is inching toward a return from a left knee injury.

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But Howard’s return will have to wait at least one more game.

Howard, arguably the Dolphins’ best player this season, will miss his second straight game with Miami listing him as inactive against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

The Dolphins (7-6) face the Vikings (6-6-1) at 1 p.m. in U.S. Bank Stadium, with hopes of turning their recent luck into a playoff berth.

Howard was one of seven players marked inactive before the game, despite being seen on the field doing some straight-line sprints from sideline to sideline about an hour and a half before kickoff.

Howard, who is tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions, reportedly had arthroscopic knee surgery last week to trim his meniscus after suffering the injury during Miami’s home win over Buffalo on Dec. 2.

Without Howard the Dolphins face a daunting task against Vikings receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.

Bobby McCain and rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick will likely start at the boundary cornerback positions. Torry McTyer, Walt Aikens, Cornell Armstrong and Jalen Davis could also see action when McCain is moved inside to play the nickel spot in Miami’s defense.

Dolphins quarterback David Fales, receiver Isaiah Ford, defensive end Jonathan Woodard and offensive linemen Zach Sterup, Isaac Asiata and Hroniss Grasu are also inactive for the Vikings game.

Redskins vs Jaguars Live

Redskins vs Jaguars ; It’s been dubbed the “disappointment bowl”. The Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars football franchises have spiraled out of control over the past one to two months. Now they’ll see who can beat one another.

Redskins vs Jaguars Live Stream

Sunday’s Washington and Jacksonville football game kicks off at 1 pm EST / 10 am PST, and dedicated fans can tune into CBS Sports for traditional TV coverage.

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The Redskins (6-7) are down two quarterbacks with Mark Sanchez expected to win from here on out. Last week the Giants — the Giants! — destroyed them 40-16 to show how far a team that began the season leading the NFC East has fallen.

Jacksonville (4-9) started the season 3-1 and has won only one game since. In that 6-0 win over the Colts they failed to score a touchdown. That lack of offense sums up their entire season and could have the Jags drafting a quarterback next spring.

Cowboys vs Colts Live Stream

Cowboys vs Colts : The Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts are coming off wins over division rivals. Now, the streaking Cowboys go for their sixth straight win and a division crown when they visit playoff-hopeful Indianapolis on Sunday. Kickoff from Lucas Oil Stadium is at 1 p.m. ET.

Cowboys vs Colts Live Stream

Dallas (8-5) has won five straight against the Eagles (twice), Falcons, Redskins, and Saints, and can wrap up the NFC East with a win. Meanwhile, the Colts (7-6) need to victory to stay alive in the AFC playoff picture after the Texans won on Saturday. Sportsbooks list Indianapolis as a 3-point favorite, with the over-under for total points scored set at 47 in the latest Cowboys vs. Colts odds. Before you make any Cowboys vs. Colts picks and predictions, see what Dallas expert Emory Hunt picked.

Hunt, a former college running back who founded the Football Gameplan analysis site, has an uncanny feel for the Cowboys. He’s nailed five straight spread picks for or against Dallas, and 10 of 13 dating back to last season.

In Week 13, with Dallas getting a touchdown at home against the high-flying Saints, Hunt told his followers to back the Cowboys without hesitation. He said Dallas’ athletic defense would give New Orleans fits. The result: Cowboys 13, Saints 10 — an outright upset. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, Hunt has spotted huge value in the Colts vs. Cowboys (stream live on fuboTV) line and locked in a strong point-spread pick. He’s only sharing it over at SportsLine.

Hunt knows the Colts are a well-rounded team that’s supporting Andrew Luck (34 touchdowns, 13 interceptions) with strong pass protection and an underrated defense. In last Sunday’s 24-21 upset win in Houston, the Colts sacked Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson five times, held stud wideout DeAndre Hopkins to 36 yards and limited their division rival to 315 total yards. Indy has allowed just 15.3 points per game over its last four contests.

The Colts have covered four straight against winning teams, and the home team has covered four of the last five in this series. And whereas the Cowboys have won five straight, the Colts have been on a heater of their own, winning six of their last seven, including an impressive 37-5 victory against the Bills and a lopsided 38-10 win over the Titans.

But just because the Colts are at home and Luck looks as healthy as ever doesn’t mean they’ll cover a field goal against the red-hot Cowboys.

Dallas has covered all five games during its win streak, with running back Ezekiel Elliott scoring five touchdowns and averaging 172 yards from scrimmage in that span. He had an astounding 40 touches in last week’s overtime win over the Eagles. Elliott is complementing recently acquired receiver Amari Cooper, who has exploded for five touchdowns in his past three games.

The Cowboys rank second with 18.9 points allowed per game, and have not given up more than 23 since Week 9. Plus, the Colts could be without receiver TY Hilton, who was absent from practice all week with an ankle injury. Hilton has at least seven receptions in the last four games and topped 100 yards three times over that span.

We can tell you Hunt is leaning Over, but his much stronger play is on the spread. He’s identified a critical X-factor that has him going big on one side. He’s sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.

Who covers Cowboys vs. Colts? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on Sunday, from a former running back who’s 5-0 on Cowboys picks, and find out.