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N.F.L. Week 15 Picks Against the Spread

by YAR

Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1 p.m., CBS

Line: Titans -1.5 | Total: 41.5

The spread on this one should probably be larger. Yes, the Titans (9-4) are without running back Derrick Henry (foot) and receiver A.J. Brown (chest), but they have shown that they can still move the ball well on offense — as long as they don’t commit turnovers.

The Steelers (6-6-1), conversely, are inept at stopping the run — they’ve allowed an average of 182 rushing yards over the last three games — and the offensive line must want Ben Roethlisberger to retire even before the season ends. He has taken eight sacks over the last three games. Those issues, along with Chase Claypool’s drama over celebrating a first down last week, have the Steelers sprinting toward a rebuild. This game should add another loss to Pittsburgh’s record. Pick: Titans -1.5

Green Bay Packers at Baltimore Ravens, 4:25 p.m., Fox

Line: Packers -4.5 | Total: 43.5

Having vaulted into the N.F.C.’s top seed this week, the Packers (10-3) can put some distance between themselves and the Buccaneers and Cardinals, who are also 10-3, with a win against the Ravens (8-5), who have been one of the most injured teams in the league this season.

Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson is questionable with a bone bruise and the Ravens are missing their top two cornerbacks, Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey. With the holes in the secondary, Baltimore desperately needs a way to control the clock and keep the ball away from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense. That predicament that seems nearly impossible since Jackson is also the team’s most reliable rusher. Green Bay can definitely exploit the Ravens’ absences better than other teams have. Pick: Packers -4.5

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:20 p.m., NBC

Line: Buccaneers -10.5 | Total: 46.5

Alvin Kamara’s return last week against the Jets lifted the Saints (6-7), who desperately needed their best offensive weapon after he missed four games with a knee injury. But Kamara will likely find little room to run against the Buccaneers (10-3), who allow the third-fewest rushing yards per game (91.2), have won four straight games and are hitting their stride heading into the final leg of the regular season.

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