For the 1st time this season we have a new leader in the overall standings. Zac has taken a slight lead (by 1 tie) going into week 14!! This season has been a wild one, with teams winning games they have no business winning and other teams losing in ways you wouldn’t imagine (right Browns fans?)…As always, the odds makers in Vegas are making these lines very difficult. So we move on to the home stretch, good luck boys and girls!!
|Date & Time||Favorite||Spread||Underdog|
|12/10 8:25 ET||At Arizona||-8.5||Minnesota|
|12/13 1:00 ET||At Cincinnati||-3||Pittsburgh|
|12/13 1:00 ET||Buffalo||-1||At Philadelphia|
|12/13 1:00 ET||At Carolina||-7.5||Atlanta|
|12/13 1:00 ET||At Cleveland||-1.5||San Francisco|
|12/13 1:00 ET||At Chicago||-3||Washington|
|12/13 1:00 ET||At St. Louis||PK||Detroit|
|12/13 1:00 ET||At Kansas City||-10||San Diego|
|12/13 1:00 ET||At Tampa Bay||-3.5||New Orleans|
|12/13 1:00 ET||At Jacksonville||-1||Indianapolis|
|12/13 1:00 ET||At NY Jets||-7||Tennessee|
|12/13 8:30 ET||New England||-3||At Houston|
|12/13 4:05 ET||At Denver||-7.5||Oakland|
|12/13 4:25 ET||At Green Bay||-7||Dallas|
|12/13 1:00 ET||Seattle||-9||At Baltimore|
Monday Night Football Point Spread
|12/14 8:30 ET||NY Giants||-1.5||At Miami|
Steelers (+3) at Bengals: AFC North rivals who are both having very good seasons. This is shaping up to be a shootout with the winner scoring last. When Big Ben is playing, the Steelers offense is quite a show to watch. Marvin Lewis better have his D ready for a ton of big plays all over the field. Steelers are finishing off the season hot, which is dangerous for their 1st round playoff opponent.
Bears (-3) vs Redskins: Did you see that putrid Monday Night performance by the Skins? How are they 1st in the NFC East, oh wait…the whole division sucks!! 7-9 should be enough to win the best of the worst division, not sure if they have enough juice left though. The Bears can play spoiler this week and should drop the Redskins down a notch in the standings. Forte is healthy, Jeffery is healthy, and Cutler is a dangerous gunslinger when he wants to be. Bears in a close one.
Jaguars (-1) vs Colts: I’ve been talking up the Jags offense all season, not going to stop now!! Allen Robinson has been climbing the WR rankings and should have a good game against a mediocre Colts secondary. The Colts still lead the division, but its almost as sad as the NFC East.
Patriots (-3) at Texans: Who would have predicted this small line a few weeks ago?? Has Vegas jumped off the Brady wagon already?? Are they begging us to pick the Patriots here?? We will see, but anytime the Patriots are under a TD favorite its probably a good bet to take them.
Giants(-1.5) at Dolphins: The homer in me says the Giants haven’t given up completely yet and can still win the division…That starts with a game in Miami against the severely under-performing Dolphins. ODB will be targeted early and often, we just need the refs to end the game 75 seconds early…Is that too much to handle.
Arizona (-8.5) vs Minnesota: The Vikings had their cleats handed to them. They have been a great team and I would believe to still have them down for a wild card spot. But, the Cardinals at 10-2 can clinch with a win, seems to be a strong opportunity for them to just show off the vintage early 2015 Cardinal team. The really cool thing about this spread is that 7 out of 10 wins came with at least 8 points.
Carolina (-7.5) vs Atlanta: Keep Pounding! The Panthers are still undefeated (winning their last 16 regular season games – also a full season!) and I can’t see that end with a .500 Atlanta team. The Falcons has lost 5 games in a row and I would think they can walk away from Charlotte with a smile if they can keep the loss by one touchdown.
Chicago (-3) vs Washington: The line is showing a close game… And good for Washington, but recent games show the Bears as a better team. Just recently they have beaten the Packers and nearly beat the Broncos in just the past few weeks.
New England (-3) at Houston: The Patriots are hurting and they seem to be an easy team to beat these days… But that’s exactly what Belichick want’s you to think as he prepares the team to beat the Texans. Texans D is coming off a poor performance and Brady will look to pick at those opportunities throughout the game.
Green Bay (-7) vs Dallas: So the home field advantages holds true for the Cheese heads as they host the Cowboys this week. I can’t see Cassel making magic when in his six starts the Boys are 1-5. Dallas will try to keep it close as they did the last few games (no more than 7 points diff), but I see Starks/Lacy creating opportunities for Rogers passing game.
Arizona (-8.5) vs Minnesota: The Vikings may be 8-4 and 2nd in the NFC North, but they are just too decimated with injuries. On Tuesday they did not even have one starting safety healthy enough to practice and arguably two of their best players in Linval Joseph and Anthony Barr look like scratches for the TNF matchup. The Cardinals average 31.8 points per game, tops in the NFL and I think they continue to push that average up on Thursday.
New England (-3) vs Houston: Stat of the Day: New England hasn’t lost 3 straight games since 2002. In addition, for this week, Rob Gronkowski looks to make a return. Houston has been playing well, stringing together 4 straight wins in November before losing to Buffalo last week. This won’t be an easy game for the Patriots with JJ Watt expected to play and add to his 13.5 sacks this season; but the Pats will come away with a W and get back on track.
Seattle (-9) at Baltimore: Wow 9 point favorites on the road in Baltimore? I’m still picking them and here’s why: Even if Matt Schaub is healthy enough to play, last week showed me enough to know that he will throw the bad pass for an interception at the wrong time. Seattle will be keying in on hitting him hard early and often. If Jimmy Clausen starts, that to me is more of a wild card and perhaps a better chance for Baltimore to compete because there is little tape on him. However Seattle has been to the Title Game back to back years for a reason and the Ravens will be a speed bump on their schedule to try to make it 3 years in a row.
San Diego (+10) vs Kansas City: A bit of an upset special but I think San Diego will come out playing hard against their Division rival. Yes, Philip Rivers has been struggling with a very shaky offensive line, and yes, Rivers has thrown 3 INT’s, 0 TD’s, and incurred 10 sacks the last 2 meetings against the Chiefs. However he still leads one of the better offenses in the league this year and KC is giving up 20 points to their opponents this season. I think Kansas City ultimately wins but San Diego covers.
Tennessee (+7) vs NY Jets: The Jets have been playing every bit like a playoff team the last 2 weeks. An impressive win against the Giants really has given Gang Green a huge wave of confidence. However this has all the trimmings of a trap game. The Jets should win by more than a TD despite Marcus Mariota throwing for 3 TD passes in each of his last 2 games. But that’s why they suit up on Sunday’s because stranger things have happened, like a Titans team that could play spoiler on a nice afternoon in NJ.