NFL WEEK 14 PREDICTIONS
The Cowboys have had a rough couple of weeks. A loss to Buffalo at home on Thanksgiving gave Dallas three losses in its last four games and the only win in that stretch is over Detroit (3-8-1). The Cowboys head to Chicago, which beat Detroit on Thanksgiving Day for the Bears second straight win. Dallas needs a win to stay alive in the NFC East hunt... Dallas 34, Chicago 24
The Panthers were 5-3. Then, the last four games happened. Now 5-7, Carolina faces a struggling Atlanta. The Falcons won two straight then lost their last two, both division games. Now, it’s on to the Panthers, who Atlanta beat 29-3 already this season. If they can get after Kyle Allen like they did last time - five sacks and four interceptions - it could be a Falcons repeat… Atlanta 31, Carolina 24
The Ravens proved they are indeed a contender for the Super Bowl with a win over San Francisco last week. Now, it’s on to Buffalo for what should be a defensive battle. Then again, the Ravens have the top scoring offense (33.8 ppg) in the league and its most dynamic player in QB Lamar Jackson. Buffalo may slow Jackson and the Ravens down some, but they won’t win… Baltimore 28, Buffalo 20
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor finally got his first NFL win in Week 13. The euphoria will wear off quickly as the Bengals head to play AFC North rival Cleveland. The Browns blew their shot at a wild card with a loss to Pittsburgh last week. The Browns won both games against Cincy last year, including a 26-18 victory at home. They will do it again this year… Cleveland 24, Cincinnati 17
The Packers (9-3) had an easy time with the Giants last week. Next up is another NFC East team. The Redskins did something last week they haven’t done a lot of this season - win. This is a game the Packers should win and must win in order to keep their chances of winning the NFC North alive… Green Bay 33, Washington 19
The only good thing about the Lions loss to Chicago on Thanksgiving Day was that Detroit figured out that David Blough is capable of being an NFL quarterback. He’s not there yet and he’ll struggle against the Vikings defense. Minnesota needs a win to keep pace with Green Bay for the division title. The winner will get a home playoff game. The Vikings need that… Minnesota 27, Detroit 20
This game just got even bigger with the 49ers loss to Baltimore last week. This is the third of three Niners’ games against opponents with a winning percentage of .800 or higher. San Francisco pounded Green Bay before the Ravens loss. The Saints have already clinched the NFC South and at 10-2 are playing for the conference’s top seed. This will be a heavyweight battle and a tight one… San Francisco 20, New Orleans 17
As bad as Miami is, the Jets are right there with them. New York lost to previously winless Cincinnati last week while the Dolphins somehow found a way to beat Philadelphia. Surprisingly, Miami has won the last four games in this series. The Jets won three straight averaging 34 points a game before the disappointing loss last week. Miami is 3-2 in its last five games. The Jets have been up and down all season. At home this week, they’re up… NY Jets 34, Miami 27
The Colts (6-6) are in danger of missing out on the postseason. Injuries have played a big part. Indianapolis could be without WR T.Y. Hilton once again and will not have RB Marlon Mack. WR Parris Campbell is also questionable. Tampa Bay has won three of its last four games and at 5-7 is in second place in the NFC South. The Colts are just 1-4 in their last five games. Indy is in desperate need of an upset… Indianapolis 27, Tampa Bay 24
It’s a rematch of last year’s AFC title game and possibly a preview of the same game this year. The Patriots are coming off a loss to Houston last week. Under Bill Belichick, New England doesn’t lose twice in a row very often. They also don’t lose at home. The Patriots are 5-0 at Gillette Stadium this season. New England beat the Chiefs not once, but twice last season and both games were in Foxborough… New England 33, Kansas City 30
The Steelers now control the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. Head coach Mike Tomlin may be the NFL Coach of the Year winning game’s with Devlin “Duck” Hodges, an undrafted rookie, at quarterback. The Steelers haven’t lost to the Cardinals since 2007, but traveling out West is no easy task in the NFL. Arizona is still getting comfortable with head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense. Pittsburgh’s defense will get after QB Kyler Murray… Pittsburgh 23, Arizona 20
Sunday night’s game is a must-win for the Rams. With Seattle, San Francisco, Green Bay, and Minnesota virtual locks for playoff spots; the Rams hopes for a wild card are slim. A loss to the Seahawks on Sunday night will kill all their postseason chances. The Rams have won two of the last three against Seattle, but lost the first game this season 30-29 in Seattle. The Rams put up 34 points last week, but that was against Arizona. This should be another close one… LA Rams 28, Seattle 27
Does anybody want to win the NFC East? The Eagles could have moved into a tie for first but decided to lose to Miami last week. The Giants, at 2-10, were a lost cause several weeks ago. Philadelphia faces a must-win. The Eagles remaining four games are against division opponents. They will play the Giants twice and Dallas in Week 16. To win the division, Philly can’t lose games they should win… Philadelphia 28, NY Giants 17
Welcome Bonus $250 Free Bet
Bonus 100% up to $250
Visit Bovada Sportsbook To Claim Bonuses
2020 NFL Football Season
It’s a crucial game for the Titans if they want to remain in the playoff race. The Jags offense got even worse with Cody Kessler at quarterback. The defense was phenomenal though. The Titans have won five of the last six against Jacksonville, including both games last year. Plus, they are playing at home… Tennessee 17, Jacksonville 13.
A late season Jets-Bills clash brings images of snow-covered fields and defense. Both teams have had disappointing seasons with rookie quarterbacks. The Bills won the first game this season exploding for 41 points in the process. The Jets have won the last two against Buffalo at home, but they have lost their last six games in a row. Bills win at home… Buffalo 17, NY Jets 16.
It was not long ago that the Carolina Panthers were 6-2. Four straight losses later and the Panthers might be heading out of the postseason. The Browns continue to improve and have won as many games this year as they did in the previous three combined. Carolina is desperately in need of a win, but the Browns are at home where they actually have a winning record (3-2-1)… Carolina 27, Cleveland 26.
Joe Philbin takes over as interim head coach for the Packers against a Falcons team that is all but done with 2018. The two teams have played three times since 2016. Atlanta won them all. All three of those games were played in Atlanta though. Playing at Lambeau Field in December? The 4-8 Falcons have lost four in a row. Make it five… Green Bay 23, Atlanta 17.
Don’t look now but the Baltimore Ravens are in position to earn a playoff berth. Lamar Jackson is now 3-0 as the Ravens QB. The problem for Baltimore is that they must travel to Kansas City to face the 10-2 Chiefs. The Ravens are playing great defense but the Chiefs have shredded plenty of other good defenses this season. Kansas City averages 37 points a game. Baltimore gives up 17.8. Something has to give… Kansas City 34, Baltimore 20.
The Patriots are on their way to another AFC East crown. New England has won four of the last five against the Dolphins including this season’s first meeting, 38-7 in New England. The Dolphins last win was at home last year. Miami has only won twice in its last six games. The Patriots have won eight of their last nine… New England 33, Miami 17.
The Bucs somehow beat the Saints 48-40 in the season opener. Since then, both teams have headed in opposite directions. The Saints won 10 straight before losing to Dallas last Thursday. Tampa Bay lost seven of eight before figuring out how to play defense. The Bucs have won their last two and given up only 26 points in the process. Tampa Bay has actually won the last two games against New Orleans. Don’t think it will be three… New Orleans 40, Tampa Bay 33.
One of two NFC East matchups this week. The Giants scored an upset of the Bears last week. The Redskins still have a shot at the postseason. Washington has won four of the last six against the Giants, who have yet to win a division game. The Redskins won the first meeting this year, but Alex Smith was at quarterback. Playing at home will help this week…Washington 23, NY Giants 17.
Is there any team hotter than the Houston Texans right now? After losing their first three games of the season, Houston has won nine straight. QB Deshaun Watson is on fire. Lamar Miller (876 yards) in on track for 1,000 and WR DeAndre Hopkins (1,115 yards) is having an All-Pro caliber season. The Colts? Yeah, they didn’t even score last week and they’re 2-4 on the road… Houston 29, Indianapolis 18.
The Bengals and Chargers are going in opposite directions. The Chargers have won eight of their last nine games including a big win in Pittsburgh last week. Cincinnati has dropped four straight and might be without WR A.J. Green for the rest of the season. The Bengals are giving up almost 30.9 points per game. The Chargers have scored 78 in their last two. The Bengals have won four out of the last five games with the Chargers, but the teams haven’t played since 2015… LA Chargers 38, Cincinnati 24.
The Broncos (6-6) have won three in a row to jump back into the playoff picture. They will need a victory over the struggling 49ers to keep it going. San Francisco is just 2-10 on the season, but QB Nick Mullens continues to shine. Mullens threw for 414 yards in a loss to Seattle last week. The two teams haven’t played since 2014. Denver won that year 42-17. They will win again… Denver 28, San Francisco 17.
The other NFC East matchup pits a red-hot Dallas against an Eagles team fighting for its playoff life. The Cowboys upset the Saints last week for their fourth straight win. Dallas has won the last two straight over the Eagles including the first meeting this season. Dallas is 5-1 at home this year and they are on a roll… Dallas 28, Philadelphia 24.
The Steelers-Raiders game Sunday will bring back no memories of the 1970s matchups between the two franchises. The Steelers continue to lead the AFC North despite losing their last two games. They need a win to get back on track. The only track the Raiders are on is the one that might get them to the No. 1 pick in next year’s draft… Pittsburgh 33, Oakland 18.
A victory over Green Bay got Packers coach Mike McCarthy fired, but the Cardinals still have many glaring weaknesses. The Lions have plenty of their own too. Detroit has just one win in its previous six games. Arizona’s offense is still one of the NFL’s worst. The Cardinals average 14.6 points per game. The Lions beat the Cardinals last year, but that game was in Detroit. Prior to that, Arizona had beaten the Lions in seven straight. Maybe they get two straight… Arizona 19, Detroit 18.
Sunday night’s Rams-Bears clash will be more interesting if Chicago QB Mitchell Trubisky plays. If not, look for the Rams to get their 12th win of the season. The Rams have already clinched the NFC West and NFL sack leader Aaron Donald (16.5 sacks) will be looking to add to his total whether Trubisky or his backup Chase Daniel plays. The Bears have actually won five of the last six against the Rams… the St. Louis Rams… LA Rams 37, Chicago 28.
Monday night’s Vikings-Seahawks matchup will have an impact on the NFC playoffs. Seattle owns the conference’s No. 1 wild card and the Vikings are second right now. The Seahawks have won three straight to move to 7-5 on the season. CenturyLink Field is one of the more difficult places to play in the NFL. Seattle is 3-2 at home this season… Seattle 33, Minnesota 30.