Warrington vs Frampton

Josh Warrington makes the first defence of his IBF featherweight title against Carl Frampton in Manchester.

In beating Lee Selby last May, Warrington made history at his beloved Elland Road by becoming the first man from Leeds to win a world title.

Frampton is out to secure that reign is a short-lived one.

Since losing his WBA title in his compelling 2017 rematch with Leo Santa Cruz, Frampton has fought three times fighting under the Frank Warren flagship, all back home in Belfast, all resulting in victories.

Cruz is confident a trilogy fight with the Northern Irishman awaits in 2019 but Warrington can wreck those plans. The 28-year-old entered as the underdog against Selby earlier this year and has warned Frampton another upset is on the way.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of Warrington vs Frampton…

Date, UK start time and venue
Warrington vs Frampton takes place at the Manchester Arena on Saturday December 22. Ringwalks for the main event are expected around 10pm GMT, depending on how long undercard bouts last.

The undercard show will begin at 6pm.

TV channel and live stream
The fight will be available live on BT Sport Box Office for the price of £19:95 for UK customers.

It is also available on BT TV, Sky and Virgin platforms.

Betting odds | Provided by Betfair | Subject to change (UK and Ireland only)
Fight odds

Frampton to win: 1/2
Warrington to win: 15/8
Draw: 16/1
Method of victory

Frampton by decision/technical decision: 6/5​
Frampton by KO/TKO: 10/3
Warrington by decision/technical decision: 12/5
Warrington by KO/TKO: 10/1
Click here to place a bet.

Undercard
Billy Joe Saunders returns to the ring on the same night in what will be his first bout since he was denied a licence to defend his WBO middleweight title in August.

Having since been stripped of his title, the 29-year-old is set to take on Zoltan Sera.

Philadelphia Eagles vs Los Angeles Rams

Philadelphia Eagles vs Los Angeles Rams
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 NFL GameTrax – Regular Season – Week 15
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – Los Angeles, California

The Los Angeles Rams are huge home favorites in their Week 15 game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, who just happen to be the defending Super Bowl champs. In case you haven’t been reading or watching TV that has “sports” in the description, the Eagles are now starting last year’s Super Bowl MVP at QB, aka: Nick Foles. This season has been quite a ride.

The game is literally set-up by the football gods in a such a way that the Rams could easily look like Super Bowl favorites again. And these days, last week is the new last year. That being stated, the Rams seem poised to pick apart the weak Eagles defensive backs while also having a strong day on defense as they face off against an Eagles offense that could have timing issues. So, how is this thing going to play out you ask?

Let’s get bold.

Coach McVay doesn’t call any passing plays for the first two drives
The Chicago Bears were keyed in on Sean McVay’s play calling last Sunday night and I believe that one of the game plans going into this Eagles matchup is all about setting up the play action. Look for some jet sweeps to mix in with the Todd Gurley II show. And yes, Mr. Gurley is going to have a monster game with over 28 touches and 200+ yards on the ground.

Jared Goff will throw for six touchdowns
With a first quarter that will be all Todd Gurley, Goff will step up and use the play action as a way of getting some easy red zone TDs to TE Gerald Everett and my man, WR Robert Woods. Also, the chestpunt will get at least two of those TDs.

Nick Foles is going to have an embarrassing game
The panic button will be permanently broken after this game once the Eagles faithful get their eyes on QB Nick Foles — I don’t think he’s going to be the same guy as last year. I’m not a scientist, so I can’t give you a legit reason why I feel like Foles is going to choke, it’s just an optimistic feeling that lives in my heart.

This game will be over by the second quarter
Coach McVay is going to come out with all of his weapons on full blast. In fact, this will be a complete and impressive game by every unit of the team — an absolute annihilation. Rams win, 56-6.

New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers

New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 NFL GameTrax – Regular Season – Week 15
Heinz Field – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A classic AFC rivalry headlines the NFL Week 15 schedule as the New England Patriots visit the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kickoff from Heinz Field is at 4:25 p.m. ET. Both clubs are in first place in their respective divisions but are looking to reverse their recent fortunes. Pittsburgh (7-5-1) is mired in a three-game losing streak, while New England (9-4) looks to bounce back from a last-second loss to the Dolphins on a now-infamous Miami Miracle. New England is a 2.5-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 54 in the latest Patriots vs. Steelers odds.

Before you make any Patriots vs. Steelers picks, you should listen to 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 and Pittsburgh also could get a boost to its fourth-ranked offense from the potential return of running back James Conner from an ankle injury. The Steelers also have been consistent in these situations, as they are 6-2 against the spread coming off a straight-up loss.

But just because the Steelers can move the ball and have historically rebounded well doesn’t mean they’ll stay within the spread.

The Patriots have covered in five of their last six trips to Pittsburgh and have beaten the Steelers at Heinz Field the past two seasons. They also routed Pittsburgh in the 2017 AFC title game.

New England should have plenty of motivation after it appeared poised to escape a relatively listless performance in Miami with a win when it kicked a short field goal for a 33-28 lead with 16 seconds left. The Dolphins then memorably scored on the last play from scrimmage when Kenyan Drake took a hook-and-lateral and outraced New England’s defenders to the end zone.

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.

Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks AT San Francisco 49ers
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 NFL GameTrax – Regular Season – Week 15
Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, California

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ESPN
All 10 panelists pick the Seahawks straight up.

Brady Henderson: Seahawks 28, 49ers 20

“You can bet that Nick Mullens has the Seahawks’ attention after throwing for 414 yard against them two weeks ago, the most Seattle has allowed to any quarterback this season. The Seahawks are a bit banged up coming off their Monday night win over Minnesota, and this game will be played in Santa Clara, so the rematch could be closer than Seattle’s 27-point margin of victory at CenturyLink Field. But letdowns have never been a problem under Pete Carroll.”

Nick Wagoner: Seahawks 27, 49ers 20

“Seattle won the last meeting largely because the Niners turned it over three times and forced zero takeaways. That has been San Francisco’s biggest issue all season, as it has forced a league-low five takeaways. With the Seahawks coming off a short week and the 49ers off one of their better performances, this should be close. But the Niners’ inability to force Seattle mistakes will allow the Seahawks their 10th straight victory against the Niners.”

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED
All seven panelists pick the Seahawks straight up.

Andy Benoit: “When you’re a Cover 3-based defense like the Niners, you’re vulnerable to deep crossing routes (more specifically, “over” routes) from slot receivers, as Cover 3’s structure often leaves either a free safety or, more often, an inside linebacker to guard those deep-crossing receivers. The Seahawks got San Francisco a few times on these in Week 13. With Tyler Lockett’s speed and Russell Wilson’s deft deep-touch passing, they’ll try it again this Sunday.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES
Benjamin Hoffman picks the Seahawks (-4.5) to cover.

“The Seahawks (8-5) crushed the 49ers (3-10) just two weeks ago, and even with the game being held in Santa Clara, there is little reason to expect anything different this week. As a bonus, Seattle would clinch a playoff spot with a win, and could even get one with a tie, provided they get some help from other results.”

PRO FOOTBALL TALK

Mike Florio: Seahawks 30, 49ers 17

“The Seahawks will end up as the No. 5 seed, win or lose. That won’t stop them from trying to stomp the 49ers.”

Michael David Smith: Seahawks 30, 49ers 13

“The Seahawks are cruising toward the playoffs, where they’ll be a dangerous road opponent for an NFC division winner in January.”

NFL.com
Elliot Harrison: Seahawks 29, 49ers 24

“Just like old times, Seahawks at 49ers will affect the playoff race. For one team, that is. Seattle enters the Big Blue Jean with an opportunity to sock away a wild-card spot. The most educated guess would be that eight wins will secure the NFC’s sixth seed, so if the Seahawks do prevail, they will be sitting pretty at 9-5 and in firm control of their destiny. Seattle and San Francisco teed it up two weeks ago, with Pete Carroll’s group clobbering the 49ers by 27 points. Nick Mullens competed till the bitter end, tallying 414 passing yards and two touchdowns, yet San Francisco could not pay off drives when it mattered. A fumble, a stalled drive and an interception ruined a handful of long marches, while the Seahawks ran the rock all day. It will be incumbent on the 49ers’ front seven to stop Seattle on the ground. Kyle Shanahan’s defense performed admirably against Phillip Lindsay and the Broncos last week. Let’s see if the Niners can string together two strong showings.”

All three panelists pick the Seahawks (-4.5) to cover.

Consensus pick: Seahawks 30, 49ers 14

Brad Gagnon: “There’s something to be said for first-meeting losers improving in in-season rematches, the San Francisco 49ers are at home and coming off a solid win, the Seahawks could be tired following a Monday night game against Minnesota, and Seattle’s offense struggled mightily in Week 14. But add all that together and do you get from a 27-point margin to four? No way in hell. This might not be a blowout like it was in San Francisco, but Seattle is the obvious pick with less than a touchdown on the line.”

CBS SPORTS
All eight panelists pick the Seahawks straight up.

Five of eight panelists pick the Seahawks (-5.5) to cover.

Pete Prisco: Seahawks 24, 49ers 21

“The Seahawks are on their way to the playoffs, while the 49ers are still showing some fight after beating the Broncos last week. Seattle is coming off a tough, physical game with the Vikings so there will be a little bit of a letdown here. The 49ers will hang around, but Seattle will win it late.”

Tennessee Titans vs New York Giants

Tennessee Titans vs New York Giants
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 NFL GameTrax – Regular Season – Week 15
MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, New Jersey
1:00p ET CBS

The New York Giants (5-8), led by rookie running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Eli Manning host quarterback Marcus Mariota, running back Derrick Henry, and the Tennesse Titans (7-6) on Sunday afternoon (12/16/2018) at MetLife Stadium in a 1:00 p.m. kickoff on CBS.

Click here for our picks and predictions for the game.

Click her for the playoff scenarios in Week 15.

Here’s a look at everything you need to know for Sunday’s game:

Who: Tennessee Titans vs. Giants

What: NFL, Week 15

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

Where: MetLife Stadium

Time: 1 p.m. Eastern

TV: CBS

Livestream: NFL GamePass (subscription required)

Announcers: Greg Gumble (Play-by-play),Bruce Arians (Analyst), Trent Green (Analyst), Melanie Collins (Sideline reporter)

Radio: WFAN

Announcers: Bob Papa (Play-by-play), Carl Banks (Analyst), Howard Cross (Sideline reporter)

Betting line: Giants (-2.5)

Barkley is coming off a career-high 170 rushing yards Sunday against Washington, which included his longest run of the season, a 78-yard dash untouched for a second quarter touchdown and another 52-yard gain later in the contest.

Sunday against the Titans, Barkley could see another opportunity to pad his stats, as Tennessee enters with the league’s No. 17 ranked rushing defense and is surrendering an average of 115.2 rushing yards per game.

Never quite satisfied with his performance, Barkley says that it has become a goal with three games remaining to win the rushing crown as a rookie.

“I want to be great,” Barkley said this week. “I want to go down as one of the best, and that’s not just going to happen in one day. You have to work for it, obviously with the help of your teammates, but if I don’t get it this year, I’m going to get it at some point. I promise you.”

Miami Dolphins vs Minnesota Vikings

Miami Dolphins AT Minnesota Vikings
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 NFL GameTrax – Regular Season – Week 15
U.S. Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, Minnesota

It’s been a short week. . .well, at least on the calendar, because it damn sure seemed like a long time. . .but we’re almost to another Minnesota Vikings’ game day! Tomorrow, the purple will play host to their final inter-conference matchup of the year, as they’ll take on a Miami Dolphins team that is fighting for a potential playoff spot in the AFC, much like the Vikings are on the NFC side.

It’s been a short week. . .well, at least on the calendar, because it damn sure seemed like a long time. . .but we’re almost to another Minnesota Vikings’ game day! Tomorrow, the purple will play host to their final inter-conference matchup of the year, as they’ll take on a Miami Dolphins team that is fighting for a potential playoff spot in the AFC, much like the Vikings are on the NFC side.

So, how can you keep track of all the action from U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon? Well, that’s the information we’re here to provide you.

Television Info
For the first time since before the bye week, the Vikings are kicking things off at that greatest of all times for NFL football, noon Central time. This is the second time this year that the Vikings will be on CBS, rather than FOX, which means the game will be on WCCO-4 if you’re in the Twin Cities area. The play-by-play for this one will be handled by Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts.

If you’re wondering whether or not you’re in the broadcast area for this one, here is this week’s map from the folks at 506 Sports. The Vikings/Dolphins game is represented by the red area.

For our friends in the United Kingdom, this game will be shown LIVE on Sky Sports Action. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 PM UK time.

For our men and women in uniform serving overseas, this game will be shown LIVE on the American Forces Network, specifically on AFN Sports. Kickoff is slated for 1800Z, which works out to 1900L for fans in Central Europe, 2230L for everyone in Afghanistan, and 0300L on Monday morning for viewers in Japan and Korea.

Radio Info
If you’re not going to be anywhere near a television for this one, you’ll be able to hear the call from Paul Allen and Pete Bercich on the Vikings Radio Network. That link goes to a list of Vikings Radio Network affiliates across the Upper Midwest. See if yours will be carrying the game. There are a couple of other places you can find it online as well, including the TuneIn radio service as well as the KFAN site (if you’re on a desktop or laptop computer only. . .it won’t work on phones or tablets).

For those that have satellite radio, you can find the Vikings Radio Network feed on Sirius Channel 105 or XM Channel 232. If you’re using the SiriusXM Online App, the Vikings’ permanent home there is Channel 819.

Referee Info
The good folks from Football Zebras inform us that the officiating crew for this week’s contest will be headed up by Walt Coleman. This will be the second time that Coleman’s crew will be handling a Vikings game, as his crew officiated Minnesota’s 23-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles back in Week 5.

Weather Info
With the game itself being played indoors, the weather won’t affect the play on the field. For those of you that are going to be partaking in any sort of pre-game chicanery, it’s going to be cold out there, but nothing out of the ordinary for Minneapolis in December, according to our friends at WeatherNation. Temperatures will hover around the freezing mark leading up to kickoff, and by the time everyone will be leaving U.S. Bank Stadium the temperatures should be to almost 40 degrees.

Streaming Info
There are several other legal subscription services that are available in order to stream the game legally. Among them are Fubo.tv, USTVNow, and Sling TV. If you’re overseas, your best bet is going to be NFL GamePass.

Since it has recently been brought up, I want to make it perfectly clear that streams from Reddit or other places are not. . .I repeat, not. . .legal. If you’d like to argue about that, you can argue it somewhere else, because the moderators won’t listen to that garbage. Until Reddit, or anywhere else, has a deal with the National Football League, those streams are illegal and not welcome to be put up on this site. If you want to use them, go find them on your own and don’t be plastering them in the comments section here unless you’d rather not be in the comments of the Game Thread. . .or any other thread. . .here at DN.

That should be all of the information you need in order to keep track of all the action from U.S. Bank Stadium between the Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins in this crucial AFC/NFC battle. We’ll have our Open Thread for the first quarter up about an hour before kickoff or so, and we hope that you’ll join us here for all of the fun!

Washington Redskins vs Jacksonville Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE – Each Saturday during the 2018 season, nine Jaguars experts – Rick Ballou, Tony Boselli, Frank Frangie, Jeff Lageman, Brent Martineau, John Oehser, Brian Sexton, J.P. Shadrick and Ashlyn Sullivan – will break down the following day’s Jaguars matchup.

Washington Redskins AT Jacksonville Jaguars
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 NFL GameTrax – Regular Season – Week 15
TIAA Bank Field – Jacksonville, Florida

Up this week:

The Washington Redskins at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.

Rick Ballou, Jaguars sideline reporter

The Jaguars will win if: They force Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson to turn the ball over. Jacksonville should be able to stop the run, even after last week’s debacle against Tennessee running back Derrick Henry, and force Johnson to beat them in the air. Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette will leave the home crowd thinking of what could have been with his best game of the year.

The Redskins will win if: They rattle Jaguars quarterback Cody Kessler. Jacksonville only has scored 15 points in the two games Kessler has been under center. If Washington can create pressure and force turnovers, they could win a one-possession game.

As Ballou sees it: Jaguars, 16-7. The Jaguars’ defense will respond after getting blistered a week ago. Fournette will rush for more than 100 yards and Jacksonville will have three field goals in the victory.

Frank Frangie, Radio Voice of the Jaguars

The Jaguars will win if: They cover downfield even moderately well and make things very tough for Johnson, who hasn’t played much meaningful football in recent years. I can’t imagine the Redskins will do much offensively in this game. The Jaguars must cover, harass Johnson and hit a few plays down the field.

The Redskins will win if: They can get a lead. After trailing by 40 points a week ago, they need some confidence. The Jaguars aren’t full of confidence, either, so the team that starts well has a huge advantage. These are two struggling teams that had decent expectations before the season began.

As Frangie sees it: I think the Jags will win. I can’t see Washington scoring very much; I think the Jaguars will get Fournette going and will win a low-scoring game.

Jeff Lageman, Jaguars analyst and former Jaguars defensive end

The Jaguars will win if: If they play defense as they are capable. Last week in Nashville was disappointing or embarrassing – however you look at it.

The Redskins will win if: They keep the Jaguars’ offense in its current state. Fifteen points with one meaningful touchdown in two weeks since changes were made has not given the Jaguars the desired result.

As Lageman sees it: The Redskins have lost four consecutive games, but still have meaningful football to be played with an opportunity at getting in the playoffs. The Jaguars are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and can win from losing to improve draft position for a future quarterback. That being said, the Jaguars will win their final home game of the season.

Brent Martineau, Action Sports Jax Sports Director

The Jaguars will win if: They win the turnover battle. It’s as simple as that in this low-scoring affair. That turnover-battle thing has not always resulted in victories or losses for the Jaguars this season, but it definitely will against Washington. Punting will not be a bad play against the Redskins.

The Redskins will win if: They get a special teams or defensive touchdown. Johnson can’t be reliable in this situation, so the Jaguars will stuff the run now that Henry got their fundamental tackling attention. Washington needs something exotic to happen to pull this one out.

As Martineau sees it: This game should be sponsored by a doctor’s office. The attrition on offense for both these teams is now comical. The teams have played a combined six different quarterbacks in 2018. That’s crazy – not to mention all the other positions that are injured on both teams. The Jaguars will win 17-6 to close out the home season.​

John Oehser, jaguars.com senior writer

The Jaguars will win if: They can find a way to run effectively. This seemed like the formula to win in Tennessee last week, but the Jaguars struggled in Fournette’s return from a one-game suspension. The passing game hasn’t improved enough in Kessler’s two starts to expect that area to carry the offense, so Fournette must be more effective.

The Redskins will win if: Johnson carries last week’s second-half effectiveness into this week. Despite not starting since 2011, Johnson played well in a loss to the Giants last Sunday. Yes, the performance came with the game long since decided, but if Johnson plays as well Sunday as he did last week, the Redskins will remain alive in the postseason chase.

As Oehser sees it: The Jaguars will win a low-scoring game. The Jaguars will be focused and motivated following a one-sided, nationally-televised loss at Tennessee last Thursday. That should be enough against the beat-up Redskins.

Brian Sexton, jaguars.com senior correspondent

The Jaguars will win if: They score early. The Redskins are as injured and ineffective on offense as the Jaguars, which is really saying something. They fell behind 40-0 last week before throwing up meaningless touchdowns. The Jaguars must get ahead early and get after the quarterback who was playing in a charity basketball game two Sundays ago.

The Redskins will win if: They go for broke. Why not? They must craft a creative game plan built around a mobile quarterback who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2014; when he did play, he wore 12 of the 32 uniforms so he isn’t exactly a franchise quarterback. Single wing, triple option, wildcat … some of it, all of it, you name it. If they can catch the Jaguars off guard, then they can make something happen.

As Sexton sees it: The Jaguars will win, because they’re starting their backup quarterback and not their backup, backup, backup quarterback.

J.P. Shadrick, jaguars.com reporter/editor

The Jaguars will win if: They can score two touchdowns. The Redskins’ offense might be the only offense more injured than the Jaguars’ in the entire league. If the Jaguars can score somehow, the Jags’ defense should be able to hold down Johnson at quarterback.

The Redskins will win if: They stuff Fournette and the Jaguars’ running attack, forcing a one-dimensional throwing offense. Running is vital, as the Jaguars have struggled to keep Kessler clean the last couple of weeks.

As Shadrick sees it: It’s the final home game of the season, and far from what anyone thought would be the storyline entering this game. We’re already looking ahead to 2019 since the Jaguars were mathematically eliminated with last week’s loss. I don’t think it will be the case, but if the Jaguars on the field are looking to 2019 as well, it could be a long day at the office. I expect a low-scoring game.

Ashlyn Sullivan, Digital reporter and host

The Jaguars will win if: They score more points than they have lately. This game is going to be a defensive battle with both offenses struggling lately. Johnson should not scare the Jaguars’ defense. It’s all on the Jaguars’ offense this week to put scoring drives together.

The Redskins will win if: The Jaguars defense gets run over by Redskins running back Adrian Peterson. The Jaguars’ defense had no answers to stop Henry last week. They defense has emphasized going back to basics, revamping tackling techniques this week at practice to attempt to stop the run. If they adopt the same tackling technique they did last week, they aren’t going to be able to stop AP.

As Sullivan sees it: This locker room wants to win this week for Jacksonville. Head Coach Doug Marrone has made that a goal this week for his team; it seems the players have bought in. The Jaguars defense’ has the talent to perform at a high level against a limited Redskins offense. All eyes are on Fournette and Kessler to make something happen on offense for the Jaguars to win this one.

Dallas Cowboys vs Indianapolis Colts

The Dallas Cowboys (8-5), led by quarterback Dak Prescott, meet the Indianapolis Colts (7-6), led by quarterback Andrew Luck, in a Week 15 NFL football game on Sunday, December 16, 2018 (12/16/18) at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Here are the playoff scenarios for Week 15.

Here are our picks and predictions for Week 15.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Cowboys vs. Colts

What: NFL, Week 15

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium

Time: 1 p.m. Eastern

TV: Fox

Livestream: Fox Sports Go

Line: Colts -3

Cowboys notes: QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 42 of 54 (77.8 pct.) for career-high 455 yards with 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 104.9 rating last week. In his past 3, has completed 88 of 113 (77.9 pct.) for 993 yards (331 per game) with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 113.6 rating. Aims for his 4th in row with 100+ rating. In his past 2 vs. AFC, has 4 TD passes vs. 1 INT for 103.1 rating. * RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 192 scrimmage yards (113 rush, 79 rec.) last week. Leads NFL with 1,764 scrimmage yards & 1,262 rush yards this season. Has 970 scrimmage yards (161.7 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 6. In 9 career games vs. AFC, has 1,032 scrimmage yards (114.7 per game) & 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.). * WR AMARI COOPER had 10 catches for 217 yards & 3 TDs in Week 14. Has 2 career games with 200+ rec. yards & 2+ TDs, most among active players. In 6 games since joining Dal., has 40 catches for 642 yards (107 per game) & 6 TDs. His 642 yards since Week 9 are most in NFL & his 6 TDs tie for most over span. WR COLE BEASLEY had TD catch in only career meeting. * DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 4 on road vs. AFC. Since 2017, ranks 4th in NFC with 23 sacks. LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH is only NFL rookie with 100+ tackles (106) & 2+ INTs (2) in 2018. In 3 career games vs. AFC, has 31 tackles (10.3 per game) & 2 PD. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC with 9+ tackles. DL TYRONE CRAWFORD had sack & FF last week.

Colts notes: QB ANDREW LUCK completed 27 of 41 (65.9 pct.) for 399 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 103.6 rating last week. Has completed 149 of 221 (67.4 pct.) for 1,581 yards (263.5 per game) with 12 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 98.6 rating in his past 6 vs. NFC. Has 2+ TD passes in 17 of his past 20 games. * RB MARLON MACK had rush TD last week. Has 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 7. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 4 vs. NFC. In his past 4 at home, has 362 scrimmage yards (90.5 per game) with 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). * WR T.Y. HILTON had 9 catches for 199 yards last week. Has 566 rec. yards (139 per game) & 2 TD catches in his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 125+ rec. yards. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. Ties for 4th in NFL averaging 15.9 yards per catch (min. 60 catches). Is 1 of 2 active WRs (ANTONIO BROWN, 6) with 950+ rec. yards in 6 consecutive seasons (2013-18). TE ERIC EBRON had TD catch last week. Has 6 TD catches in 5 home games this season. Has 2+ rec. TDs in 2 of his past 3 at home. Ties for NFL lead & ranks 1st among TEs with 12 TD catches in 2018. WR ZACH PASCAL had 68 rec. yards with TD last week. * LB DARIUS LEONARD (rookie) led team with 12 tackles & had sack in Week 14. Leads league with 135 tackles & is only NFL player with 100+ tackles & 5+ sacks (7) in 2018. Is 1 of 3 NFL players since 2000 (LAVONTE DAVID & DARYL WASHINGTON) with 130+ tackles & 7+ sacks. DL DENICO AUTRY had 2 sacks last week. Has 5 sacks in his past 2. — NFL Communications

Dallas Cowboys vs Indianapolis Colts

The Dallas Cowboys (8-5), led by quarterback Dak Prescott, meet the Indianapolis Colts (7-6), led by quarterback Andrew Luck, in a Week 15 NFL football game on Sunday, December 16, 2018 (12/16/18) at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Here are the playoff scenarios for Week 15.

Here are our picks and predictions for Week 15.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who: Cowboys vs. Colts

What: NFL, Week 15

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium

Time: 1 p.m. Eastern

TV: Fox

Livestream: Fox Sports Go

Line: Colts -3

Cowboys notes: QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 42 of 54 (77.8 pct.) for career-high 455 yards with 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 104.9 rating last week. In his past 3, has completed 88 of 113 (77.9 pct.) for 993 yards (331 per game) with 6 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 113.6 rating. Aims for his 4th in row with 100+ rating. In his past 2 vs. AFC, has 4 TD passes vs. 1 INT for 103.1 rating. * RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 192 scrimmage yards (113 rush, 79 rec.) last week. Leads NFL with 1,764 scrimmage yards & 1,262 rush yards this season. Has 970 scrimmage yards (161.7 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 6. In 9 career games vs. AFC, has 1,032 scrimmage yards (114.7 per game) & 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.). * WR AMARI COOPER had 10 catches for 217 yards & 3 TDs in Week 14. Has 2 career games with 200+ rec. yards & 2+ TDs, most among active players. In 6 games since joining Dal., has 40 catches for 642 yards (107 per game) & 6 TDs. His 642 yards since Week 9 are most in NFL & his 6 TDs tie for most over span. WR COLE BEASLEY had TD catch in only career meeting. * DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 4 on road vs. AFC. Since 2017, ranks 4th in NFC with 23 sacks. LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH is only NFL rookie with 100+ tackles (106) & 2+ INTs (2) in 2018. In 3 career games vs. AFC, has 31 tackles (10.3 per game) & 2 PD. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC with 9+ tackles. DL TYRONE CRAWFORD had sack & FF last week.

Colts notes: QB ANDREW LUCK completed 27 of 41 (65.9 pct.) for 399 yards with 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for 103.6 rating last week. Has completed 149 of 221 (67.4 pct.) for 1,581 yards (263.5 per game) with 12 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 98.6 rating in his past 6 vs. NFC. Has 2+ TD passes in 17 of his past 20 games. * RB MARLON MACK had rush TD last week. Has 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 7. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 4 vs. NFC. In his past 4 at home, has 362 scrimmage yards (90.5 per game) with 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). * WR T.Y. HILTON had 9 catches for 199 yards last week. Has 566 rec. yards (139 per game) & 2 TD catches in his past 4. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 125+ rec. yards. Has 80+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. Ties for 4th in NFL averaging 15.9 yards per catch (min. 60 catches). Is 1 of 2 active WRs (ANTONIO BROWN, 6) with 950+ rec. yards in 6 consecutive seasons (2013-18). TE ERIC EBRON had TD catch last week. Has 6 TD catches in 5 home games this season. Has 2+ rec. TDs in 2 of his past 3 at home. Ties for NFL lead & ranks 1st among TEs with 12 TD catches in 2018. WR ZACH PASCAL had 68 rec. yards with TD last week. * LB DARIUS LEONARD (rookie) led team with 12 tackles & had sack in Week 14. Leads league with 135 tackles & is only NFL player with 100+ tackles & 5+ sacks (7) in 2018. Is 1 of 3 NFL players since 2000 (LAVONTE DAVID & DARYL WASHINGTON) with 130+ tackles & 7+ sacks. DL DENICO AUTRY had 2 sacks last week. Has 5 sacks in his past 2. — NFL Communications

Oakland Raiders vs Cincinnati Bengals

The dog days of December are upon us.

Oakland Raiders AT Cincinnati Bengals
Sun, Dec 16, 2018 NFL GameTrax – Regular Season – Week 15
Paul Brown Stadium – Cincinnati, Ohio

In a stark contrast to the glory years of 2011-2015, Bengals fans are once again becoming re-accustomed to the team sitting at home with the arrival of a new calendar year. Reasons (excuses?) abound as everyone is staring the third straight non-winning season in the face.

Cincinnati’s future beyond the next three weeks is cloudy. Marvin Lewis is technically under contract for another year if the team chooses to bring him back, while their “franchise quarterback” has seen his season cut short with a familiar injury for the second time in four years.

The Bengals are in an abysmal 1-7 stretch since starting the season 4-1, and “Do your job” just isn’t cutting it. Throw in the All-Star receiver having a season-ending injury twice in three seasons to the whole mess and the haters are coming out of the woodwork.

But, wait…what’s that?

Believe it or not, Cincinnati still has a very faint playoff pulse in Week 15. They need to win out and receive immense help in order to sneak into the race with what would be a blasé 8-8 record, but there’s a very narrow postseason path, nonetheless.

Hey—half of a percent of a chance is still “alive”, right?

Before they look to avenge themselves in rematches against Cleveland and Pittsburgh to push away the mortician, the Bengals host the reeling Raiders on Sunday. It’s a blast from the past of sorts, as 16-year head coach Marvin Lewis hosts Jon Gruden in the first year of his Oakland reunion at Paul Brown Stadium.

Cincinnati has had recent success against Oakland, going 3-1 in the last four matchups. The last two victories have been particularly lopsided, with the point differential favoring the Bengals to the tune of plus-44.

However, because of a lethal combination of injuries and underachievement, this game will be a veritable match of “Guess Who?”. Gruden traded away two of his best players this season in Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, while A.J. Green, Andy Dalton and Vontaze Burfict will all be sidelined with various injuries.

Most nationally-recognized talking heads would readily point to Gruden’s Raiders as the bigger overall disappointment, but the Bengals shouldn’t be far behind in the category. Cincinnati went from massive spring underdogs, to en vogue picks in the early fall, to the eventual and predictable laughing stock we’ve seen since mid-October.

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The parallels don’t stop at the old school coaches and lack of recent success, though. The Raiders and Bengals hold the dubious distinction of being two of the most dysfunctional franchises in the NFL. Between the two teams, it’s been 44 combined years since either have won a playoff game (28 for Cincinnati, 16 for Oakland/Los Angeles).

Oakland has also become “Buffalo West” in their gathering of former Bengals coaches and players. Reggie Nelson, Leon Hall, Mike Nugent and Brandon LaFell (all on Injured Reserve) comprised a chunk of the roster, while Paul Guenther is their defensive coordinator.

And, in making the Cincinnati/Oakland/Buffalo love triangle complete, AJ McCarron was dealt from the Bills to the Raiders during the preseason.

They’re also franchises being known for having meddlesome owners who are extremely nepotistic, hard-headed and can’t seem to get out of their own way. It’s not a coincidence that they haven’t had any level of recent success. (Side note: does anyone ever think about how Carson Palmer forced his way out of one dysfunctional franchise, only to be tossed around to two others?)

In the summer of 2017, Derek Carr signed a deal that gave him the richest contract in NFL history at the time. Since that ink dried, Carr has thrown 40 touchdowns along with 21 interceptions, and has compiled a 9-19 record. Because of the sizable contract and his slight regression since his outstanding 2016 campaign, some are wondering if he’s “Gruden’s guy” in the long-term.

Meanwhile, Dalton’s future might be a little cloudy in 2019 as well. Most signs from the uber-conservative Bengals franchise point to keeping him, but with the aforementioned injuries, the losing seasons, a possible head coaching change and a team-friendly “out” in the form of zero dead money in 2019 and 2020, No. 14’s days could be numbered in The Queen City.

Even with Cincinnati’s very slim playoff chances being alive (notice how nobody in the building is talking about that, by the way?), this game will for sure be about jockeying for draft position come April. Both of these teams are projected to pick in the top-10, based on how things have gone and where they are headed, so this game holds importance to both squads in a non-traditional sense.

We could spend an inordinate amount of time talking about matchups, the X’s and O’s of this Sunday, and the like. However, much like the teams themselves, we’re looking beyond those facets.

Both teams are also looking ahead to see what they have on the roster for the future, as struggling football teams do towards the end of a lost season. For Cincinnati, this will take the stubborn Lewis to take a break from being a roster curmudgeon and allow some promising guys to get more time.

John Ross is looking like Cris Carter in the early days of his career, while the team is also trying to find out if Jeff Driskel has long-term viability as an NFL backup quarterback. Cincinnati also knows what they have in Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd and other young standouts.

But, there are the cases of guys like Josh Malone, Cody Core and Malik Jefferson. What about Christian Westerman? He played very well last week, but might be plopped back on the bench with Cordy Glenn getting back to limited practice work this week.

For the Raiders, they definitely have their eyes on the draft, but also need to see if there’s anyone they already have under contract who can fill the shoes of Cooper and/or Mack. At wide receiver, no player has has eclipsed more than 500 yards, while defensive tackle Maurice Hurst leads the team with four sacks.

For reference, Mack has 10 sacks and six forced fumbles for the Bears, while Cooper has 642 yards and six touchdowns in six games with the Cowboys.

This Sunday will come down to who makes the least amount of mistakes (AKA who sucks less), as well as in which young players will step up with a potential 2019 job on the line. It’s more “let’s get this over with” than it is “let’s get it on!”.

Raiders 16, Bengals 20