NFL Previews: TickPick’s Top Five Week 15 NFL Matchups 2020

The 2020 NFL season has been full of surprises through its first fourteen weeks, with plenty of upsets, heartbreaks, and health issues through which the league has had to navigate. There’s plenty of football ahead, and we at TickPick have taken the time to focus on five key NFL matchups each week this season to give our prediction on who will win and outline which teams are able to have fans at their stadiums.

How many NFL teams will be allowed to have fans in the stands in 2020? It remains to be determined for many teams still, due to local policies that determine the number of people, if any, will be allowed to attend the games.

We’ve made a list of all 32 teams and what their up-to-date attendance policies are this season, which we recommend checking out if you’re interested in attending a game this season. Keep in mind that you’ll never pay any service fees on NFL tickets when you buy through TickPick, where you’ll save 10% for the same seats you’d find on our major competitor’s site.

Las Vegas Raiders (7-6) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (4-9)

Thursday, December 17th @ 8:20 pm EST

Week 15 kicks off with an AFC West showdown, as the Raiders try to keep their playoff hopes alive while the Chargers look to put together their first winning streak of the season. The Chargers are out of the playoff hunt but can certainly play spoiler against a Raiders team that is on the outside looking in for a wild card spot. The Raiders are coming off a tough loss at home to the Colts that dropped them to ninth place in the AFC and one game behind the Dolphins for the final playoff spot. The Chargers bounced back after a 45-0 loss to the Patriots the week prior to beat the Falcons at home by finding a way to finish a close game, which has not been their strong suit this season.

If it weren’t for a last second victory vs. the Jets in Week 14, the Raiders would be on a four-game losing streak after getting routed by the Colts at home. Las Vegas struggled to get their running game going, as Josh Jacobs only managed 49 yards on 13 carries in his first game since injuring his ankle during the team’s loss to Atlanta in Week 13. Indianapolis’ counterpart Jonathan Taylor, on the other hand, gashed Las Vegas’ defense all game, finishing with 150 yards and 2 touchdowns for the day. Las Vegas’ defense has struggled for most of the season and their offense simply could not keep up with Indianapolis, which was compounded by Derek Carr’s fourth straight game with an interception.

The Chargers finally managed to get over the hump and win a tight game over the Falcons on a game-winning 43 yard field goal by Michael Badgley as time expired. Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert led the team down the field after their defense forced a third interception with only 36 seconds left to set up the game winning kick. Austin Ekeler helped his quarterback out by adding 79 yards on the ground and catching 9 passes for 67 yards, leading the team in both categories. Joey Bosa didn’t record a sack, but applied pressure for most of the game and helped lead the way for Los Angeles’ opportunistic defense.

We think this Thursday Night Football matchup will be high-scoring, just like their game earlier this season when the teams combined for 57 points. The Chargers are looking for revenge this time around after losing this matchup earlier in the year, but don’t have much to play for outside of that. Although the Raiders have struggled as of late they have much more to play for as they strive to keep their playoff dreams alive. We like Las Vegas to take this one at home as they get ready for a huge game vs. Miami next week.

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New England Patriots (6-7) vs. Miami Dolphins (8-5)

Sunday, December 20th @ 1:00 pm EST

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It’s been quite some time since Miami has been ahead of New England in the standings this late in the season, but this AFC East matchup should be a good one. Miami is coming off a tough loss at home to the Kansas City Chiefs after failing to pull off a late comeback. New England will try to rebound after a game to forget against the Rams, in which they failed to score a single touchdown. The Dolphins currently hold the seventh and final spot in the AFC playoffs and will look to keep it that way this week.

New England’s Super Bowl rematch vs. the Los Angeles Rams went a very different way than it did in 2018. Cam Newton struggled, only throwing 119 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown before being replaced by Jarret Stidham. The Patriots managed to get 107 yards on the ground, which was led by Damien Harris, but it wasn’t enough. The Patriots defense slowed down the Rams passing game, holding Jared Goff to 137 yards, but they did not have an answer for Cam Akers, who rushed for 171 yards on 29 carries. The Rams defense was relentless, as they forced six sacks and ten quarterback hits in this contest and were too much for the Patriots to overcome.

Miami was able to accomplish something not many other teams have been able to do this season, or hardly ever, really, by forcing four Kansas City turnovers, including three interceptions by Patrick Mahomes. Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa recorded the first 300-yard passing game of his career and almost pulled off a shocking upset in the process. Tua spread the ball around well, completing a pass to nine different players, but it was Mike Gesicki who managed to find the end zone twice for the Dolphins. It was difficult for Miami to get anything going on the ground and had to go with a more aerial assault entering the fourth quarter down 30-10. Miami has a talented secondary, which was showcased by a highlight-reel interception by Xavien Howard at the start of the fourth quarter. While they did give the Chiefs fits at times, it wasn’t enough to overcome the 20-point deficit.

New England has been tough to figure out during their up and down season riddled with inconsistent play. Miami, on the other hand, has looked like the better team and can control their own destiny to get into the playoffs. It’s tough to go against a Bill Belichick-led team in December, but we like Miami at home here in this AFC East rematch.

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Kansas City Chiefs (12-1) vs. New Orleans Saints (10-3)

Sunday, December 20th @ 4:25 pm EST

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This could turn out to be one of the best NFL matchups of the season, and possibly a Super Bowl preview. The Chiefs will head down to New Orleans looking to keep their eight-game winning streak alive, while the Saints will look to bounce back after a tough road loss versus the Philadelphia Eagles. The Chiefs held off the Dolphins from finishing a 20-point comeback despite Patrick Mahomes’ uncharacteristic three interceptions, showing this team has enough firepower to overcome just about anything. The Saints had a nine-game winning streak of their own snapped when they failed to get a win in Philadelphia in Jalen Hurts’ first start.

Mahomes entered Sunday’s game versus the Dolphins with only two interceptions all season, but threw three against a formidable Miami secondary. Even with those interceptions, Mahomes managed to throw for 393 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Chiefs to victory. Travis Kelce did most of the damage for the Chiefs, finishing with 136 yards and a touchdown on 8 receptions. Tyreek Hill added some big plays of his own, including a 32-yard rushing touchdown and a 44-yard receiving touchdown. Outside of Hill’s big play, Kansas City struggled to get their running game going, with their running backs combining for just 53 yards on the ground. Despite some early game struggles and some late game heroics from Tua Tagovailoa, the Chiefs left Hard Rock Stadium with a win.

The Saints have been without Drew Brees the last few weeks, but were 3-0 in his absence prior to their loss to the Eagles. Taysom Hill threw for a season high 291 yards and two touchdowns, but only ran the ball five times for 33 yards. In his previous starts this season, it was a point to get Hill involved in the running game as he had at least 10 rushing attempts in each of those starts. The Saints rushing struggles weren’t all on Hill though, as Alvin Kamara only rushed for 50 yards on 11 carries, finding the end zone once. Michael Thomas had missed most of this season, but was Hill’s go to receiver this game, finishing with a team high eight receptions and 84 yards. On the defensive side of the football, the Saints kept the Eagles passing game in check, but they failed to stop the run allowing two 100-yard rushers. The road loss dropped the Saints to second place behind Green Bay, whom they hold the tiebreaker over.

These are two very talented teams with Super Bowl aspirations and we expect there to be plenty of fireworks this game. There’s no doubt this will be the game to watch on Sunday afternoon. The Saints have played well with Hill under center, but it’s tough to imagine they’ll be able to keep up with Kansas City’s offense. We like the Chiefs here in a high scoring affair.

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Cleveland Browns (9-4) vs. New York Giants (5-8)

Sunday, December 20th @ 8:20 pm EST

This NFL Week 15 matchup features two young quarterbacks in the thick of the playoff hunt. The Cleveland Browns are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Baltimore Ravens, in what might be the game of the year, but still holds the top wild card spot in the AFC. The New York Giants four-game winning streak came to an end after losing to the Arizona Cardinals, costing them the lead in the NFC East. While it’s not impossible (yet) for the Giants to make a wild card spot, their best chance to make the playoffs is to beat out Washington for the NFC East crown.

The most recent Monday Night Football contest featured plenty of points, late game heroics, and a stunned Baker Mayfield. The 22-point fourth quarter by Cleveland was almost enough to overcome a two touchdown deficit, but they couldn’t stop Lamar Jackson when they needed to most. The Browns offense looked solid, totaling 493 yards, but their defense could not keep the Ravens out of the end zone. Cleveland came out to a hot start but found themselves playing catch-up for most of the rest of the game. Running back Nick Chubb helped set the tone early with two first half touchdowns and finished with 82 yards on the ground. The “backup” running back, Kareem Hunt, also finished with two touchdowns and a team-high 77 receiving yards. Even with one of their best offensive performances of the season, it wasn’t enough to get the win at home.

The Giants were coming off a shocking upset against the NFC West-leading Seattle Seahawks and hoped to continue that trend against the Cardinals at home, but failed to do so while only managing to score seven points. The Giants had a very difficult time protecting their quarterback, allowing eight sacks, with Haason Reddick getting five of them. Daniel Jones struggled mightily before being replaced late in the fourth quarter by Colt McCoy, who didn’t fare much better. They finished the game with 159 yards of total offense and three turnovers, which is usually a recipe for disaster.

With both teams coming off a loss and needing a win, we expect this Sunday night matchup to be one worth tuning into. The Giants front had played well over the last few weeks, as we saw against the Seahawks, but the two-headed monster in Cleveland’s backfield should prove to be too much for the Giants defense to handle in the long run. We like Cleveland to get the win here and hold onto that top wild card spot.

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Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1)

Monday, December 21st @ 8:15 pm EST

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This week’s Rivalri Matchup of the Week is between two AFC North foes whose seasons are on two different ends of the spectrum. The Steelers have lost two in a row after starting off the season with eleven straight wins, and are trying to fight their way back in to the top seed of the AFC. The top seed of each conference is much more coveted this season with only one team getting a bye week during the first round of the playoffs, as opposed to the top two teams in years’ past. The Bengals, on the other hand, have the third-worst record in the league and have lost rookie star quarterback Joe Burrow to a torn ACL and MCL. The Bengals are coming off one of their worst losses of the season after losing 30-7 to the Dallas Cowboys in Andy Dalton’s return to Cincinnati.

For the first eleven weeks of the season, the Steelers looked almost unbeatable and there was talk of whether they could run the table to go 16-0. What a difference a week (or two) can make, as their run game was almost non-existent against the Buffalo Bills, totaling only 47 rushing yards on 17 carries. They turned to future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger to shoulder the load, but his two costly interceptions helped seal the win for Buffalo. Pittsburgh has had issues running the ball, dropped passes, and pushing the ball down field as of late — all of which they’ll need to correct in order to have a chance at getting the number one seed in the AFC.

The Bengals have used a couple different quarterbacks since Burrow went down, with Brandon Allen getting the start this past week. Allen had an efficient game, throwing for 217 yards and a touchdown, but the Bengals were plagued by the turnover bug. They lost three fumbles and one of them was run back for a 78-yard touchdown, as they struggled to get much going aside from an A.J Green touchdown right before the end of the first half. Cincinnati will have their hands full trying to get this offense going against one of the top defenses in the league.

You never know what can happen in a divisional game, but even with the Steelers recent struggles, they should still prove to be too much for the Bengals to handle. We like the Steelers to win by a couple scores on Monday night and keep their hopes of reaching the top seed alive.

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