December 13, 2014

Picks for NFL Week 14

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Picks

The lines are from Vegas and the home teams are in CAPs.

Arizona +4.5 over ST. LOUIS

Thursday night was not entertaining football – unless you love defence. Either way, even if you were buying in on St. Louis’ outstanding defence, giving that many points to a 10-win team is just nuts.

Oakland +10 over KANSAS CITY

The Raiders beat the Chiefs a couple weeks back and probably won’t do it again. But can’t an improving young Raiders team at least keep it respectable?

Jacksonville +14 over BALTIMORE

The Ravens are a great team at home, but they’re secretly lacking in pass defence. Winning by two TDs is a bit dicey.

Pittsburgh -2 over ATLANTA

With Julio Jones banged up, the Steelers might get off lightly here. But it must be remembered they’re the only AFC North to lose to the NFC South this season – and they have twice.

Houston +6.5 over INDIANAPOLIS

A tough division rivalry and there’s a lot at stake for the Texans – including J.J. Watt’s MVP candidacy.

Cincinnati +1 over CLEVELAND

As much as I love Johnny Football, I think the Bengals are the better team here.

NEW ENGLAND -7.5 over Miami

A little revenge game for the Pats, who are home after two long weeks on the road. IT’s hard to like the Dolphins playing in the cold, too.

Tampa Bay +3 over CAROLINA

While Cam Newton’s car wreck is more of a metaphor for the Bucs’ season, the QB’s injury should be enough of a setback for the NFC South contenders this week.

NEW YORK GIANTS -6.5 over Washington

The Giants are making a late-season push to help their coach keep his job while I’m not sure any Washington player is going to do the same.

BUFFALO +4.5 over Green Bay

If there’s one thing the Bills do, it’s play opponents really tight and really tough. The Packers will have some trouble on the road, but I like the points here.

Minnesota +7.5 over DETROIT

Basically, I have to cheer for the Vikings because as a Cowboys fan I need the Lions to lose. Of course, this probably won’t work because Dallas is destined to miss the playoffs.

TENNESSEE +3 over New York Jets

What did the Jets do to be favoured on the road against anyone? The Titans are bad, but the Jets are too.

Denver -4 over SAN DIEGO

Many fantasy owners are upset about Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas having awful games last week, but with the Broncos running game really getting into gear, this team is going to be even scarier in the playoffs.

San Francisco +10 over SEATTLE

The Seahawks are on fire right now and a force on defence. The 49ers are falling apart at the seams. So of course, something weird will happen and San Francisco will somehow pull off a miracle and at least cover.

PHILADELPHIA -3 over Dallas

We just watched the Eagles run over the Cowboys two weeks ago in Dallas. Why would anyone think it won’t happen again?

New Orleans -3 over CHICAGO

Two teams that have seen everything go wrong this season. At least the Saints somehow have playoff hopes remaining and should be out there playing harder than the no-luck Bears.

Last week: 8-7-1

This season: 110-94-3

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