NFL Point Spread Picks Week 14
NFL ATS Picks - Sunday, December 10th, 2017
1 PM EST Kickoff
NFL Odds Courtesy of Sports Interaction
Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
The New York Giants freed themselves from coach Ben McAdoo, who appeared to make playing football very unenjoyable. GM Jerry Reese was also canned in the process of clearing out the most disappointing team in the NFL. Dallas is pretty disappointing too, and they’re playing under the pretense of a playoff spot, with a 4% chance of making the post season. Now that New York can breathe again, expect the team to cover the spread without Ben around.
Pick: New York Giants +4.0
San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans
San Francisco’s hoping that Jimmy picked up a few tricks off the GOAT while backing up Brady. After throwing a TD pass in his first appearance with the 49ers, he played well enough to win the second game of the season. Houston will represent a great chance to cement his status as number one quarterback. A second straight win would be the first victory streak for San Francisco since 2014. Houston’s too injured to take advantage of the 49ers.
Pick: San Francisco 49ers +2.5
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
The worst division in football is wide open with the Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders tied at 6-6 atop the AFC West. Kansas City fell off a cliff after briefly looking like the best team in the AFC. Oakland isn’t convincing anyone as a contender either. After losing three straight games by seven or less points, Kansas should be able to leverage home advantage to drive a stake into the playoff hopes of the Raiders.
Pick: Kansas City Chiefs -4.0
Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals
Chicago has lost five games in a row, and won only one out of their three victories on the road. The Bengals need to win the rest of their games this season for a theoretical shot at the playoffs. Since Cincinnati has home advantage and motivation to win, we’ll pick the 10th best defense in terms of PPG allowed over a Bears offense which struggles to score.
Pick: Cincinnati Bengals -6.5
Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns
Will the Cleveland Browns complete the immaculately terrible season? Cleveland’s in the middle of an epic 12 game losing streak, and barring a Christmas miracle, nothing will stop the runaway train of losing from reaching a destination of 0-16. Yes, the Packers are still without Aaron Rodgers, the best quarterback in the game, but there’s no reason whatsoever to bet on the Browns.
Pick: Green Bay Packers -3.0
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers
These two teams don’t play against each other often, but Minnesota has earned three wins in their last four meetings with the Carolina Panthers. The Vikings will clinch an NFC North title with a win, while Carolina’s motivated to defend home turf to pull alongside the New Orleans Saints and ahead of the Falcons. Defense travels well, and the Vikings allow only 17 PPG, which is second best in the NFL. They should be able to wrap Cam Newton’s run-and-gun game.
Pick: Minnesota Vikings -3.0
4:05 PM EST Kickoff
New York Jets at Denver Broncos
Denver completely unraveled in 2017, losing their grip on what could have been an easy AFC West division win. Instead, they look upon a trio of 6-6 teams with a 3-9 record, unable to muster the wins needed to squeak into the playoffs. The New York Jets have outperformed expectations this year, winning five games, which is five more than many people guessed. Denver just fired their offensive coordinator, which doesn’t bode well considering that their defense hasn’t been great either.
Pick: New York Jets -1.5
Tennessee Titans at Arizona Cardinals
Tennessee has an easier assignment on Sunday compared to their main AFC South rivals, the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Titans get to play against the Arizona Cardinals without Carson Palmer, while the Jags face the Seahawks with a hot Russell Wilson. Tennessee has a great chance to put some distance between themselves and the Jaguars, which should be enough motivation for the squad to beat the spread.
Pick: Tennessee Titans -3.0
Washington Redskins at Los Angeles Chargers
A ridiculous number of injuries has prevented Washington from playing well enough to beat the Dallas Cowboys this year. These losses give Washington a less-than-one percent chance to earn a playoff spot before week 14. The Los Angeles Chargers have a 29% chance to make the playoffs, giving L.A. extra motivation to take care of business at home. Defensively, the Chargers rank fourth in the league in points allowed, ceding a mere 17.7 per game.
Pick: Los Angeles Chargers -6.0
4:25 PM EST Kickoff
Seattle Seahawks at Jacksonville Jaguars
This rare, cross-conference matchup has occurred only seven times in 22 years, with the Seahawks dominating by a 5-2 margin. The last time Jacksonville won was during a 2005 matchup at home, beating Seattle by a 26-14 margin. However, the Seahawks have played relatively well through a slew of injuries, including a victory against the Philadelphia Eagles. As such, the Seahawks should be able to cover the spread on Sunday.
Pick: Seattle Seahawks +1.0
Philadelphia Eagles at Los Angeles Rams
In what should be the best game of the week, the two most pleasant surprises in the NFL meet in California. These teams boast the highest-scoring offenses in the league, earning 30.1 PPG. Philly has one more win than the Rams and give up 0.6 fewer points per game. Since the teams are well matched and Philly lost in Seattle, the Rams have a slight edge due to home advantage.
Pick: Los Angeles Rams -1.0
8:30 PM EST Kickoff
Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Baltimore has overcome the quarterbacking Joe Flacco to carve a 7-5 record, good enough to give Baltimore an 85% chance of making the playoffs. Coach John Harbaugh and defensive coordinator Dean Pees deserve a ton of credit getting them to this point, but it won’t be enough to defeat a superb Steelers team in Steel City.
Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers -4.0
NFL ATS Picks - Monday, December 11th, 2017
8:30 PM EST Kickoff
New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
New England’s defense was surprisingly porous to begin the year, but coach Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia have helped the squad clamp down. The Patriots have been stingy since week four, allowing a mere 11.9 PPG. New England already destroyed Miami earlier this year, and the Dolphins admitted defeat when they traded Jay Ajayi to the Eagles.
Pick: New England Patriots -11.5
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