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NFL: Sunday Night Football Preview

For what feels like the first time in decades, the New York Jets and Detroit Lions are both playing meaningful football games in December - they face off this Sunday.

Their matchup could be the highlight of Sunday's Week 15 slate as the Cincinnati Bengals look to win their sixth in a row when they face the troubled Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Commanders face the New York Giants again - a fortnight on from five quarters of football being unable to separate them.

What: Detroit Lions @ New York Jets
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
When: 18:00, Sunday 18th December 2022
How to watch: Sky Sports NFL, NFL Game Pass
Odds: DET Lions 21/20, NY Jets 4/5

The Lions are among the hottest teams in the NFL over the past month-and-a-half after winning five of their last six games.

A minor upset could be on the cards when they face a banged-up Jets team that has dropped to last place in the AFC East on the back of consecutive defeats.

Gang Green competed well in both games, however, losing 27-22 to the 10-3 Minnesota Vikings after a series of red zone mishaps and pushing the 10-3 Buffalo Bills all the way last weekend. 

Although the Lions have been getting great production out of QB Jared Goff and their new offensive weapon Jameson Williams is making waves, they are going up against the NFL's third-ranked defense on Sunday.

Aside from their red zone issues, the Jets' greatest problem has been their third-down conversion rate, where they rank 29th in the NFL this season.

But only the Chicago Bears have a worse third-down defense than the Lions in terms of opponents' converting and Detroit are also third worst in the league at stopping touchdowns in the red zone.

The Spread has moved a lot over the last week with the Lions a three-point underdog before last Sunday's games, then one-point favourites after the Jets' injury concerns emerged before the market settled with New York favoured by 1.5 points.

It could be close, but the Jets are worth siding with here straight up at 4/5.

What: Cincinnati Bengals @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
When: 21:25, Sunday 18th December 2022
How to watch: Sky Sports NFL, NFL Game Pass
Odds: CIN Bengals 20/37, TB Buccaneers 33/20

Both teams appear likely to be without some big contributors for this one. The Bengals' secondary will miss cornerbacks Mike Hilton and Jalen Davis and safety Daxton Hill has also been limited in practice by a hamstring issue.

Cincy's star pass rusher Trey Hendrickson is out and wide receivers Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins have also been limited by finger and hamstring problems.

For Tampa, offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs and safety Mike Edwards are trending towards facing the Bengals, but DL Vita Vea, CB Jamel Dean, WR Julio Jones, OLB Carl Nassib and OLB Genard Avery missed Thursday's practice.

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The Bucs' offense has been anaemic for the past month and even Tom Brady's magic has begun to desert him.

The Bengals' defense has made big strides forward over the course of the season, although most of their best work has been done at home.

Still, Tampa's defense ranks in the bottom 10 of the NFL over the last three weeks and could be picked apart by an in-form Joe Burrow.

Cincy can keep their run going with a sixth win on the bounce and have the potential to easily cover the -3.5 point Spread at 10/11.

What: New York Giants @ Washington Commanders
Where: FedExField, Summerfield, Maryland
When: 01:20, Monday 19th December 2022
How to watch: Sky Sports NFL, Sky Sports Main Event & Sports Live Streaming
Odds: NY Giants 37/20, WAS Commanders 4/9

In a quirk of the schedule, the Commanders' last game was against the Giants at MetLife Stadium that finished in a 20-20 tie after 75 minutes of play.

They go at it again with identical 7-5-1 records and wildcard hopes on the line. The Commanders will be well rested after coming off the bye, while the Giants are potentially still reeling from a bad loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Commanders should win it behind their run game and defense, which is giving up the fewest yards in the NFL over the past three weeks.

But the Under 40.5 Total at 10/11 also has a lot going for it here given Washington are hitting the under in two-thirds of their games this year.

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