It’s a Trap: Which Week 15 NFL Games Are Most Deceiving?

Week 15 will be full of great matchups and big favorites along with a couple of trap games to keep an eye on.
Week 15 will be full of great matchups and big favorites along with a couple of trap games to keep an eye on. / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL season is coming into the home stretch and Week 15 could see several teams clinch playoff berths. Teams like the Cardinals and Cowboys are strong contenders to do just that along with some divisions being clinched as well. Many of these teams are big favorites this week but be wary of the dreaded “trap games.” 

Let’s take a look at two such games that pop out in Week 15 on the WynnBET Sportsbook odds board heading into this weekend. 

Panthers vs. Bills -10.5

The return of Cam Newton was supposed to be the move that helped the Panthers remain in the mix in the competitive NFC South. Instead, the Panthers have yet to win a game that Newton starts and it has only further tarnished his legacy in Carolina. The Panthers are without their best player in Christian McCaffrey and are on a three-game losing streak. 

Therefore, it makes sense that they would be double-digit underdogs to the Buffalo Bills this weekend. But, the Bills have outright lost three of their last four games and four of their last five. One of those losses came to the 2-11 Jaguars. 

While I don't expect the Panthers to win this game, it feels like this spread is a bit of a trap. Sure, Carolina is a team in trouble but the Bills really aren’t looking much better. They have lost two straight games against the spread and six of their last eight. All but one of those games was a favorite. Additionally, the Bills are 2-2 in games where they are favored by 10 or more points, and they outright the two non-covers. 

Dallas Cowboys vs NY Giants +10.5

The state of New York football right now is in shambles. The only savior was going to be the Bills but we all know how that is going. The Giants are struggling as has been their style over the last several seasons but I don’t see them as 10.5 points worst at home against their NFC East rivals. Dallas still isn’t a lock to win the NFC East and the G-Men would love to push that accomplishment back another week if possible. 

While I don’t envision them winning this game, the Cowboys aren’t playing pushovers here. Remember, this same team almost lost to Washington with Taylor Heinicke under center. After blowing a 24-0 lead last week, I’m inclined to jump on the underdogs here.