2018 NFL Week 14 Preview

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The NFL continues to throw curveballs as we try and piece together this tricky playoff picture.

Last week saw just 10 favourites salute in the head-to-head market, with a couple of serious upsets to two division leaders.

This week both the NFC East and the NFC Wild Card picture could be decided with two crucial prime-time games on Monday and Tuesday morning.

We’ve previewed all 32 teams and all 16 games, so make sure you check out our 2018 NFL Week 14 Preview below!

Tennessee Titans Vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Friday 7 December, 12:20pm, Nissan Stadium

Jacksonville 30 – Tennessee 9

Tennessee Titans (6-6):

It took all four quarters for the Titans to dispose of the hapless Jets last week, but they somehow walked away with a 26-22 come from behind victory at home.

Moving the ball forward continues to be a problem for Tennessee, especially in the red zone. Only 54% of their drives have ended in a score in the red zone this season, which illustrates the struggles for quarterback Marcus Mariota under center.

It’s not that Tennessee don’t have the options, they just can’t seem to get on the same page. Corey Davis was targeted just seven times last week for 42-yards, which isn’t nearly enough for your go-to wide receiver.

The Titans have enjoyed the better part of this match up holding a 5-1 record in their last six games against Jacksonville. Don’t expect much from either side on offence, but after holding the Jets to just 280-yards on offence last week, Tennessee’s interior defence should prove the difference.

Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8):

It’s been a lost season for Doug Marrone and the Jaguars despite shutting out the Colts 6-0 last week.

The spark from last season is dead on defence, but the talent sure isn’t. Jacksonville forced two turnovers against Indy’s offence while at the same time holding Andrew Luck to his first touchdown-less game since 2014.

You couldn’t ask much more defensively, although you certainly can’t say the same on offence. Backup quarterback Cody Kessler managed just 150-yards in his first game replacing Blake Bortles, which is hardly encouraging as Jacksonville prepare for Tennessee’s defence on the road this week.

The Jaguars are 3-7 in their last 10-games vs. Tennessee and haven’t won at Nissan Stadium since 2016.

Tip: Back the Titans to Beat The Line (-4.5 Points) @ $1.91

Buffalo Bills Vs New York Jets

Monday 10 December, 5:00am, New Era Field

Buffalo 23 – NY Jets 27

Buffalo Bills (4-8):

Given the injuries and severe lack of talent they’ve had to deal with, the Bills have to be feeling pretty good with four wins on the board.

After rushing for 135-yards, rookie quarterback Josh Allen drew strange comparisons to Cam Newton following Buffalo’s loss to the Dolphins last week. It’s still early days yet, but it looks as though the Bills might have found their guy, at least for the short term.

Buffalo’s main problem remains at wide receiver though, an area they sorely need to address in the draft. Zay Jones isn’t getting the job done consistently, and as a result, Allen is being forced into making throws that simply aren’t there.

The last time the Bills hosted the Jets they won 21-12, and as their 5-1 home record against New York states, they deserve to be the favourite this week.

New York Jets (3-9):

The Jets have now lost six straight following last week’s fourth quarter disappointment against the Titans.

It was a game New York really should have won up 24-11 heading into the fourth quarter, but it’s tough to hold off an opposing team when you muster up just 280-yards of total offence.

There’s very little talent remaining on attack for the Jets, especially with rookie quarterback Sam Darnold still sidelined. Josh McCown’s conservative approach in the passing game did the team no favours last week, and even with Isaiah Crowell’s 98-yard effort on the ground, it appears as though the Jets are going to limp their way to the finish line.

At least as far as winnable games go, this might be New York’s one last chance this season. On the other hand, the Jets are 3-7 in their last 10-games against the Bills, so don’t bank on anything away from home.

Tip: Back the Bills To Win 1-6 @ $3.30

Washington Redskins Vs New York Giants

Monday 10 December, 5:00am, FedEx Field

Washington 16 – NY Giants 40

Washington Redskins (6-6):

Another quarterback injury, this time to Colt McCoy, means the Redskins will be relying heavily on the run this week.

That’s good news for the 33-year old Adrian Peterson, who once again rushed for close to 100-yards during last week’s 28-13 loss to the Eagles. Other than that though, things are looking pretty bleak for Washington right now.

At .500, the scary thing is, the Redskins could still make the playoffs. They’ll need a miracle from third-string quarterback Mark Sanchez this week, although it’s not like the Giants won’t cough up plenty of passing opportunities down field.

The Redskins are 4-2 in their last six games when playing the Giants, and aside from the ground game, they’ll likely rely on their defence to make plays and force turnovers, which they’ve so far managed to do at home.

Still, this is a game between two teams that are appalling when it comes to the passing game, in large part thanks to the quarterbacks. The Total has gone Under in five of their last six meetings when playing at FedEx Field, so that’s the only safe play.

New York Giants (4-8):

Were the Giants really good last week, or did the Bears suck?

There’s no denying the fact that Odell Beckham Jr. has now tied Eli Manning for touchdown passes thrown over 20-yards during last week’s 30-27 upset win over Chicago. There’s also no denying that the Giants’ would probably be in a much better position if Manning wasn’t under center.

For the time being though, the Giants will feel like they can easily pull off a second-straight win this week over the Redskins. New York lost 20-13 when they last met Washington back in October, but they’ll feel confident in their 8-4 road record when traveling to FedEx Field.

For the Giants to win this, they simply need to take Adrian Peterson out of the equation, which won’t be easy considering they’ve allowed the ninth most rushing yards all year.

Tip: Under 41 Total Points @ $1.95

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs New Orleans Saints

Monday 10 December, 5:00am, Raymond James Stadium

Tampa Bay 14 – New Orleans 28

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-7):

By far one of the most frustrating teams for punters all season, the Bucs more than likely messed up plenty of multi’s last week in their 24-17 upset win over the Panthers.

Tampa Bay have been homewreckers all year, capable of dizzying lows one week and silencing an opponents’ playoff chances the next.

Last week it was Jameis Winston’s turn to enjoy a day out throwing for 249-yards and a pair of touchdowns, but it’s going to take a much more concerted defensive effort this week if the Bucs are to knock off the Saints at home.

Tampa Bay will need to somehow shutdown Drew Brees, which they failed to do despite winning their Week 1 match up against the Saints in New Orleans earlier this year.

They’ll also need to devise a gameplan to stop Brees hitting no-name receivers for touchdowns, which so far, no team has been able to accomplish.

New Orleans Saints (10-2):

An extra few days of rest should do the Super Bowl favourite’s some good, which is probably a scary thought for the Buccaneers as New Orleans look to wrap up the NFC South division.

New Orleans were rattled away from home last week against the Cowboys in a loss that saw plenty of uncharacteristic mistakes from MVP candidate Drew Brees.

Compared to the rest of his heroics this season, Brees’ 127-yard, one touchdown, one interception performance was pretty dismal by his usual squeaky clean standards.

The Saints have had a week to stew on what went wrong, but really, their 10-game winning streak came to an end due to one simple factor: a failure to execute in the game’s biggest moments.

With just two losses to their name, New Orleans now turn their attention to the only other team to defeat them this season – the Bucs.

That Week 1 loss came on the heels of a huge 439-yard, three touchdown performance from Drew Brees, but the running game was noticeably flat with Marvin Ingram still suspended and Alvin Kamara rushing for just 29-yards.

It’s safe to say the Bucs’ defence has taken a significant step backwards since then though, and as the Saints’ 10-4 record when playing Tampa suggests, this is an ideal bounce-back game.

Tip: Back Over 55 Total Points @ $1.91

Miami Dolphins Vs New England Patriots

Monday 10 December, 5:00am, Hard Rock Stadium

Miami 34 – New England 33

Miami Dolphins (6-6):

The Dolphins continue to hang around in the AFC Wild Card picture, and this is certainly a game that could mean the difference between a 16-game season and something more.

Miami held on for a narrow four-point win over the Bills last week after allowing 135-rushing yards to rookie quarterback Josh Allen. It’s well known Miami have struggled to contain the run – they’ve allowed the third most rushing yards this season – but to their credit, the Dolphins did do a few things right offensively last week.

At the risk of sounding overly optimistic, it was nice to see Ryan Tannehill consistently target two of his best receivers. Both Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker caught four passes each, while the tandem of Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore chipped away nicely on the ground.

The Dolphins’ defence will need to tighten up on the ground if they are to limit Sony Michel and Cordarelle Patterson this week, but it’s pretty simple – get in Brady’s face up the middle, force the turnover, and come through with a huge upset.

New England Patriots (9-3):

Up and down, hot and cold – that’s the Patriots defence to a ‘T’ this season.

One week New England will give up 385 total yards in a loss to the Titans, and a fortnight later they’ll hold Kirk Cousins and the Vikings to just 296 and force two turnovers in a 24-10 home win.

It’s more worrying than it is encouraging for the Patriots as they head towards the playoffs, however they should feel comfortable ahead of this weekend’s trip to Miami… maybe.

It’s worth noting New England have had a mishap or two during their recent trips to Miami, or should we say, four. The Patriots are 1-4 in their last five visits to Hard Rock Stadium, while Tom Brady has typically saved his worst performances for the Dolphins’ defence.

The future Hall of Famer has thrown 26 career interceptions against Miami in the 32 games he’s played. Most importantly though, the Dolphins currently rank third in takeaways this season.

Tip: Back the Dolphins at the Line (+7 Points) @ $1.95

Kansas City Chiefs Vs Baltimore Ravens

Monday 10 December, 5:00am, Arrowhead Stadium

Kansas City 27 – Baltimore 24

Kansas City Chiefs (10-2):

The Chiefs were left shell-shocked following the allegations on former star running back Kareem Hunt. Like all good teams do though, they came out focused on the Raiders last week, going on to win 40-33.

Things got a little hairy for the Chiefs in the fourth quarter though after allowing 14-points, which basically taught us what we already know: the Chiefs can’t play defence.

Oakland converted on nine of their 12 third down opportunities, which was in large part thanks to the quarterback play of Derek Carr. The five-year veteran completed 29 of his 38 pass attempts for 285-yards and three touchdowns, while running backs Jalen Richard and Doug Martin combined for 156-yards and a score.

Depending on who the Ravens choose to start at quarterback, this game could go one of two ways. The Chiefs defence could catch a break if Jackson starts, but Flacco’s inclusion would give the Ravens a sorely needed passing attack to compliment the true X-factor, Gus Edwards.

The Chiefs are 2-4 in their last six games when playing at home against Baltimore, but are a perfect 5-0 at home this season. So much is being made of Baltimore’s stingy defence, but keep in mind – the Ravens have managed the second-fewest turnovers all season.

Baltimore Ravens (7-5):

There’s a bit of a Flacco fiasco going on in Baltimore right now which has left head coach Jim Harbaugh in a bit of a pickle.

Having now won three straight, the Ravens are a serious chance to pinch the top spot in the AFC North away from the Steelers this week, although they’ll need to sort out their quarterback quandary first.

There’s no doubt Lamar Jackson has provided some life to this otherwise stale attacking unit. On the ground he’s electric, which is everything Flacco lacked. But in the air he’s a liability, which more often than not doesn’t win playoff games.

Jackson threw for just 125-yards in last week’s 26-16 win over the Falcons while up-start running back Gus Edwards enjoyed a second consecutive monster day on the ground.

For now that plan is working, but it’s not ideal against a high-scoring offence like the Chiefs. Flacco is reportedly having his practice reps increased this week, so keep an eye on who the Ravens name as their starter before you even consider backing Baltimore.

Tip: Back the Chiefs to Beat The Line (-6.5 Points) @ $1.91

Houston Texans Vs Indianapolis Colts

Monday 10 December, 5:00am, NRG Stadium

Houston 21 – Indianapolis 24

Houston Texans (9-3):

Many thought this Texans team was all smoke and mirrors a month ago, but it’s hard to argue with nine straight wins.

Houston, led by a very physical and intimidating defence, made short work of the Browns last week in a 29-13 rout.

It was smash-mouth football at its finest as the Texans fed Lamar Miller the ball, which not only tallied 103-rushing yards, but also helped Miller leapfrog Christian McCaffrey for the sixth spot among the NFL’s leading rushers this season.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? It’s doubtful we see the Texans tinker with their offence too much this week. Indianapolis feature a strong interior defence, but Houston will want to establish the run early if they wish to set up DeAndre Hopkins one-on-one down the field on passing downs.

Surprisingly enough the Texans are 1-4 in their last five games when playing at home against Indianapolis. The Colts defence was far from disgraced last week against Jacksonville, but away from home, they are likely to struggle against Houston’s fast-tempo offence of runs and screens to Miller.

Indianapolis Colts (6-6):

Plenty of punters placed the Colts on a pedestal prior to last week’s disappointing goose egg against the Jaguars.

All of a sudden the Colts looked like they could make a push for the playoffs, and with it came a range of expectations that were probably a little unrealistic.

Now back at .500, it’s worth keeping in mind that the Colts have already exceeded expectations this season. They weren’t meant to be a playoff team, not this year, and although the Wild Card is still a very real chance, it’s probably wise to cool off on the idea that Indy are the ‘dark horse’ of the 2018 season.

As far as this week’s game against the Texans goes, we should have a firm answer as to whether or not the Colts will still be playing come January. If Frank Reich’s team is to go any further, they’ll need to solve their third down woes after converting just five of their 18 opportunities last week.

Since the Colts should be well prepared for this divisional rivalry game, they’ll know full well the key to beating the Texans is pocket pressure. Houston have allowed the 11th most sacks this season on quarterback Deshaun Watson, while the Colts should also be up to the challenge of stopping the in-form Lamar Miller having allowed just eight rushing touchdowns all year.

Tip: Back the Texans 7-12 @ $5.00

Green Bay Packers Vs Atlanta Falcons

Monday 10 December, 5:00am, Lambeau Field

Green Bay 34 – Atlanta 20

Green Bay Packers (4-7-1):

A 20-17 home loss to the Cardinals last week was enough to send 13-year head coach Mike McCarthy packing.

The firing was inevitable, but the timing certainly caught fans off guard after Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst chose to boot the Super Bowl winning coach immediately after the game.

Former offensive coordinator Joe Philbin now steps up, signifying a new era in Green Bay. While the long hunt for the Packers’ next head coach continues, there are plenty of on-field problems that will need to be addressed in the coming weeks.

It goes without saying that quarterback Aaron Rodgers has struggled this season. Green Bay were moving the ball well to begin with last week, but overthrown passes from Rodgers deep down the field to Davante Adams ultimately cost the Packers a win.

The short-passing game has also become less than effective, as teams have cottoned on to the same old checkdown and slant routes. Mason Crosby missing the game-tying field goal last week wasn’t ideal, but offensively the Packers are a far cry from the team we once knew.

Home field advantage is one thing, and the chaos of a midseason firing is another. This is a game between two franchises that were meant to compete for a Super Bowl spot.

Now? The Points market is your safest bet.

Atlanta Falcons (4-8):

Atlanta managed just 131 total yards in their 26-16 loss to the Ravens last week. It’s a loss that has placed further strain on head coach Dan Quinn as the hot seat continues to burn in this disappointing season.

You can blame injuries all you like, but there’s a serious lack of playcalling, talent and offensive chemistry hurting Atlanta right now.

Chance are they’ll fancy themselves traveling to Lambeau this week to face a down and out Packers side, although their 3-6 record when playing in Green Bay is less convincing.

Tip: Back Under 49 Total Points @ $1.95

Cleveland Browns Vs Carolina Panthers

Monday 10 December, 5:00am, FirstEnergy Stadium

Cleveland 26 – Carolina 20

Cleveland Browns (4-7-1):

Perhaps the 29-13 scoreline did the Browns some justice last week, because it was certainly an ugly game from Cleveland’s point of view.

Houston’s smashmouth defence made life tough from the get-go, holding the Browns to a three-and-out on their very first possession.

Things only got worse from there as the Browns relied heavily on hand-offs to running back Nick Chubb, a strategy that saw very limited results.

The lack of creativity on offence hurt Cleveland in a game Baker Mayfield would probably like to forget. He didn’t look towards Jarvis Landry or David Njoku nearly enough, and when he finally hooked up with Antonio Callaway for a deep play, it was called back on a hold.

There’s no denying Mayfield was off last week when it came to pre-snap reads and decision making. His pick six in the second quarter was a classic rookie mistake, just like the interception he threw on the very next drive right before the half.

Believe it or not, Cleveland do have a shot in this game, though. They simply need to hold Cam Newton in the pocket and force him to throw, which seems to have disastrous results.

Carolina Panthers (6-6):

How do you go from a Super Bowl favourite to a sub .500 record? Easy, have your star quarterback throw four picks against the Bucs.

Cam Newton has been dreadful over the last month, which has now placed a tremendous amount of pressure on head coach Ron Rivera as the team tries to figure this thing out in a hurry.

Mathematically the playoffs are still in reach for Carolina, but they’ll need to win out from here to have any shot at a Wild Card spot in a razor tight race.

That all starts with a road trip to face the Browns this week, a team the Panthers haven’t seen since 2014. Despite losing last week, Cleveland have held their own this season in front of their home fans, and with the Panthers now losing tight end Greg Olsen to a season-ending foot injury, an upset is certainly on the cards.

Back the Browns at the Line (+2.5 Points) @ $1.91

San Francisco 49ers Vs Denver Broncos

Monday 10 December, 8:05am, Levi’s Stadium

San Francisco 20 – Denver 14

San Francisco 49ers (2-10):

The Niners were embarrassed by the Seahawks last week losing 43-16 away from home.

It wasn’t a good day out for San Francisco’s defence, although that has been the story all season long. The Niners were carved up by Russell Wilson in the red zone for four touchdowns, while Seattle’s ground game notched 168-yards in the win.

On the bright side quarterback Nick Mullens still put forward another gallant effort against a very tough defence on the road. The rookie threw for over 400-yards and two touchdowns, which now has many quarterback needy teams from the outside looking in.

San Francisco are 5-15 in their last 20 games at home, which is hardly ideal. They are 4-1 in their last five home games against Denver though, so it’s tough to get a read on this game.

If one thing is for certain though, it’s Denver’s defence. They made life impossible for the Bengals and Jeff Driskel last week in the red zone, and that’s exactly what we should expect again this week.

Denver Broncos (6-6):

After a scoreless first quarter last week, the Broncos turned on the burners in the second half to go on and win 24-10 against the Bengals.

It was yet another superb game from rookie running back Phillip Lindsay who notched his third 100-plus yard game. Comparing him to the likes of Le’Veon Bell this early on probably seems a little foolish, but his patient running style at the line of scrimmage and lightning cut-speed has already made him one of the most feared, and underrated, backs in the league.

Likewise, wide receiver Courtland Sutton continues to show promise in his rookie year having caught for 85-yards last week. Now back to .500, his contribution alongside a defence that continues to create turnovers has the Broncos in the hunt for a Wild Card spot.

Tip: Back the Broncos to Beat The Line (-5.5 Points) @ $1.87

Los Angeles Chargers Vs Cincinnati Bengals

Monday 10 December, 8:05am, StubHub Center

LA Chargers 26 – Cincinnati 21

Los Angeles Chargers (9-3):

Most had the Chargers pencilled in for a Wild Card spot behind the Chiefs in the AFC West, but all of a sudden they are just one game out of first-place.

Even against a lowly team like the Bengals, this week’s game can’t be taken lightly, because next week, that very same Chiefs team awaits at Arrowhead.

Full credit where it’s due though, the Chargers look legit. Their come-from-behind win over the Steelers last week to kick a last minute field goal (or two) has them looking like a serious Super Bowl contender, especially on defence.

The Chargers’ interception on Ben Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter was a game-changer, the result of tremendous pressure all game long from the edge. Joey Bosa’s presence is working wonders for this team, and meanwhile, Keenan Allen casually ranks seventh in the league in receptions.

LA are 9-2 in their last 11 home games, which makes them a safe bet this week as Philip Rivers continues to push his MVP case, and the Chargers as a serious Super Bowl contender.

Cincinnati Bengals (5-7):

It’s becoming more and more likely the Bengals won’t win another game before the end of the season.

Last week’s 24-10 loss to the Bengals was always expected with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green missing on offence, and not to sound like a broken record, but Cincinnati’s stale defence stood no chance against breakout running back Phillip Lindsay.

You only had to watch last week’s game to get a glimpse into the pain of this franchise. The offence was booed off the field in the first quarter, but that wasn’t even the half of it – Cincinnati totalled over 100 penalty yards.

Its dark days for a team that refuses to part ways with head coach Marvin Lewis or improve at all from one season to the next, and for that reason, you just can’t back the Bengals at all going forward.

Tip: Back the Chargers 13-18 @ $4.75

Arizona Cardinals Vs Detroit Lions

Monday 10 December, 8:25am, State Farm Stadium

Arizona 3 – Detroit 17

Arizona Cardinals (3-9):

Arizona’s upset over the Packers was the surprise shocker of the week in a snowy game at Lambeau.

The Cardinals had every right to win that game thanks to a fantastic final drive from Josh Rosen to set up what would become the game-winning field goal.

Statistically speaking it wasn’t a fantastic game by any stretch of the imagination, but the Cardinals defence made life tough for Green Bay, which is something we haven’t been able to say about Arizona at all this season.

For the Cardinals to make it two in a row, they simply need to keep Detroit’s receivers in check, and that basically starts and ends with Kenny Golladay. Since Arizona have been one of the least consistent sides defensively though, just like the Lions, you should only have eyes for the Points market this week.

Detroit Lions (4-8):

Head coach Matt Patricia is far from hot seat status right now despite the Lions’ stunning fall from mediocrity in the last two weeks.

It’s hardly panic stations just yet, but Detroit appear to be lacking the basic fundamentals that make up a winning football team.

It starts with quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was sacked four times during last week’s 30-16 blowout loss to the Rams. Much of that can be blamed on the offensive line, but with another interception adding to Stafford’s growing total, suddenly Detroit look like they might be in need of a change.

Defensively the Lions were just as awful. They aren’t the first team to allow Todd Gurley to rush for over 100-yards this season, but this has become a glaring problem as Detroit looks to rebuild in the draft.

Looking ahead, this is a winnable game away from home against the Cardinals, but Detroit’s 1-4 record on the road suggests otherwise.

Tip: Back Over 41 Total Points @ $1.91

Oakland Raiders Vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Monday 10 December, 8:25am, Oakland Coliseum

Oakland 24 – Pittsburgh 21

Oakland Raiders (2-10):

The Raiders lost by just seven-points to the Chiefs last week after giving their division rivals a serious fright in the fourth quarter.

Oakland are playing for next season, or maybe the one after, but they can certainly take a lot away from last week’s loss.

Derek Carr played perhaps his best game of the season completing 29 of his 38 passes for 285-yards and three touchdowns. Oakland also invested in running back C.J. Anderson midweek, which adds another veteran presence to the backfield.

The Raiders haven’t hosted Pittsburgh in Oakland since 2013, so they should feel pretty good about facing the Steelers this week. Their 4-2 record at the line when playing Pittsburgh at home is also encouraging.

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-4-1):

Will that 21-21 tie against the Browns back in Week 1 cone back to bite the Steelers?

It’s looking more and more likely with the Ravens breathing down their neck in the AFC North. Last week’s loss to the Chargers highlighted a range of problems for what appeared to be one of the AFC’s biggest contenders, especially on defence.

Perplexing decisions, like the one to place a linebacker on Keenan Allen, ultimately cost the Steelers the game. Three offside penalties on LA’s game-winning field goal attempts wasn’t a great look, either.

Aside from personnel decisions and silly mistakes, the Steelers received even worse news during the week with star running back James Conner ruled out with an ankle issue.

Even worse, wide receiver Ryan Switzer is reportedly struggling to recover from what looked to be a nasty concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit last week.

The Steelers have the talent to overcome all that, but after Antonio Brown went missing during the fourth quarter against the Chargers, you have every reason to doubt them right now and take the Raiders at the line.

Tip: Raiders at the Line

Dallas Cowboys Vs Philadelphia Eagles

Monday 10 December, 8:25am, AT&T Stadium

Dallas 29 – Philadelphia 23

Dallas Cowboys (7-5):

Dallas are in control of their own destiny this week. Win, and not only will they extend their winning streak to five, they’ll likely go on to win the NFC East. Lose, and it’s anyone’s game.

Expectations are sky high for the Cowboys following last week’s narrow 13-10 win over the Super Bowl favourite Saints. Go ahead and give Leighton Vander-Esch the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, because the youngster’s 10 combined tackles meant the difference between winning and losing.

Like the Eagles, there’s still a few minor kinks to iron out from quarterback Dak Prescott perspective. The addition of Amari Cooper has been a huge help, and so has the emergence of Michael Gallup, but there’s no doubt the Cowboys are relying heavily on Ezekiel Elliott in the later stages of games.

Fortunately, it’s highly doubtful the Eagles have the defence to stop Elliott. They’ve allowed 10 rushing touchdowns this year and were carved up for 151-yards and a touchdown when these two teams met earlier in November.

Better yet, Dallas’ defence is playing at such a high level it’s almost impossible to foresee Wentz dealing with the Cowboys’ intimidating secondary, let alone finishing the game without a turnover.

For what, it’s worth the Cowboys are 5-1 in their last six home games, so look for them to improve.

Philadelphia Eagles (6-6):

The disparity between last year’s Eagles and this year’s Eagles is extraordinary.

Last season Philly looked to be one of the most exciting teams heading toward the playoffs, but this time around, they look to be one of the worst.

Now at 6-6, the Eagles could very easily upset the Cowboys’ hopes of clinching the NFC East. All of a sudden this might be the game of the week, let alone the year – although if last week was anything to go by, we shouldn’t get too excited.

There’s still plenty of cause for concern even after the Eagles’ 28-13 win over the Redskins. Carson Wentz continues to throw the ball unconvincingly, and if it wasn’t for the breakout play of running back Josh Adams, it’s fair to say the Eagles wouldn’t be in this position.

Philly and Dallas have split their last 10-games five wins apiece, but the Eagles are 8-4 in their last 12 games on the road.

Tip: Back the Cowboys 1-6 @ $3.50

Chicago Bears Vs Los Angeles Rams

Monday 10 December, 12:20pm, Soldier Field

Chicago 15 – LA Rams 6

Chicago Bears (8-4):

There’s still no word on quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s health, although he does seem well enough to engage in a game of ping-pong with his buddies.

If Chase Daniel starts for the Bears they’re in real trouble against this Rams defence, but if Trubisky dons the pads, who knows – maybe they are a chance.

Last week’s overtime loss to the Giants can only be seen as a hiccup in what has certainly been a very successful season. Daniel throwing two picks didn’t help, but the offensive line does need to play better after allowing five sacks.

The Bears are 6-2 at the line when playing at home against the Bears, but that looks tricky considering the bookies have LA as three-point favourites.

This game should be close, but the Total has gone Over in for of Chicago’s last five home games, so that’s where you want your money.

Los Angeles Rams (11-1):

The Rams dusted off the Lions 30-16 last week to extend their winning streak to three. It was a routine game for LA as Todd Gurley once again rushed for over 100-yards, while Aaron Donald further cemented his stranglehold on the Defensive Player of the Year Award with two sacks.

Losing Cooper Kupp a month ago appeared to be a problem for this team, but the likes of Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks have responded nicely. Both combined for over 120-yards last week, which they’ll need to replicate ahead of their trip to Chicago.

Although this is a new-look Rams team since moving to LA, the last time they visited Solider Field was in 2012. For those that don’t know, a trip to face the Bears is never easy, especially when there’s a chance of snow involved.

This looks to be a challenging game for the Rams who have enjoyed quite the cushy schedule this season.

Chicago have allowed the second-fewest rushing yards all year, so don’t expect the Rams to have everything their own way.

Tip: Back Over 52.5 Total Points @ $1.87

Seattle Seahawks Vs Minnesota Vikings

Tuesday 11 December, 12:15pm, CenturyLink Field

Seattle 21 – Minnesota 7

Seattle Seahawks (7-5):

A win this week would go a long way towards securing a Wild Card spot in the NFC playoff race.

The Seahawks moved one step closer after dismantling San Francisco 43-16 last week, and if they go on to beat Minnesota on Monday, the rest of their run home looks very favourable.

Seattle’s biggest strength right now is Russell Wilson. He’s making plays in the air and with his feet, exactly what we’d come to expect from the six-year veteran.

Aside from Wilson, the ground game has really found new life. Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny are finally working on the same page, and as their 100-plus yard combined effort last week showed, they are easily one of the most deadly running back duos in the league.

CenturyLink Field is hardly the 12th man fortress it used to be for Seattle, but they are 3-2 there this year. The defence will need to knuckle down after allowing Nick Mullens to throw for over 400-yards a week ago, but you only have to watch Minnesota’s games to know that pressure on Kirk Cousins is the key to victory.

Minnesota Vikings (6-5-1):

The NFC Wild Card is looking more and more likely for the Vikings, which makes this week’s match up against Seattle pretty fitting.

A win for Minnesota would put them back in the driver’s seat – if only a trip to Seattle was that simple though.

The Vikings are 2-3-1 on the road this season, and in case you missed their dismal display against the Patriots in Foxboro last week, let’s just say there’s plenty to be concerned about.

The Vikings were seriously outclassed in all phases of the game, with offensive coordinator John DeFelippo drawing his fair share of criticism. They were dominated in time of possession, converted just three of their 12 third down opportunities, and managed to turn the ball over twice.

No one is doubting Kirk Cousins’ ability, but already Vikings fans are wondering if he was worth the hefty paycheck. His two interceptions against what has so far been a pretty underwhelming New England secondary last week didn’t look good, and neither did Adam Thielen’s average day receiving.

The Vikings are 1-4 in their last five games against Seattle, and currently rank third last in rushing yards. That places a lot of pressure on Cousins in a tough road environment, against an even tougher defensive unit.

Tip: Back the Seahawks to Beat The Line (-3 Points) @ $1.87


2017

There are only four weeks left in the NFL regular season and every game has some level of importance.

The action starts with a genuine blockbuster between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints – a vital clash in the AFC South – and there are a host of other huge games set to take place over the weekend.

We have analysed every game in the NFL this weekend and our complete 2017 NFL Week 14 tips can be found below.

Atlanta Falcons Vs New Orleans Saints

Friday December 8, 12:25am, Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Both the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints have been in excellent form and there is very little between these two sides in betting.

It is New Orleans that will that this clash as narrow favourites and a victory would extend their lead at the top of the NFC South.

The Saints have won their past three games as away favourites and they are 3-0 against the line in this scenario.

Atlanta produced a disappointing performance against the Minnesota Vikings last weekend and they will need to improve to have any chance against the Saints.

The Falcons have been inconsistent at their new stadium this season and that has been the case with their offence in general.

New Orleans continue to impress and they can record a vital win over their rivals.

Back New Orleans To Win @ $1.83

Cleveland Browns Vs Green Bay Packers

Monday December 11, 5:00am, FirstEnergy Stadium

It is the Green Bay Packers that will go into this clash as clear favourites.

Green Bay recorded an overtime win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last weekend, but they continue to be a tough team to trust without Aaron Rodgers.

The Cleveland Browns are still chasing their first win of the NFL season and they desperately need to record a victory to avoid going down as one of the worst sides in the history of the NFL.

Cleveland have been a losing play across every single metric and there is no way you can back them with any confidence.

This is a game that I am more than happy to stay out of from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs Detroit Lions

Monday December 11, 5:00am, Raymond James Stadium

Kansas City Chiefs Vs Oakland Raiders

Monday December 11, 5:00am, Arrowhead Stadium

There are three 6-6 teams in the AFC West and these are two of them.

The Kansas City Chiefs have lost four games in a row, but they are still set to go into this clash with the Oakland Raiders as clear favourites.

Kansas’ form slump hit a new low when they went down to the New York Jets last weekend and it is tough to back them off that effort.

The Chiefs have now won only four of their past eight games as home favourites for a clear loss and they have won only one of their past six games.

Oakland have got themselves back into the NFL Playoffs picture with two straight wins and a victory over the Chiefs will give them the lead in the Division.

The Raiders have won only one of their past five games as away underdogs and their record against the line in this scenario is no better.

Defence has been an issue for both these sides throughout this season and this looks set to be a fairly high-scoring clash.

The Over has saluted in 15 of the past 23 games played between these two sides and the Total Points line of 47.5 points does not look like anywhere near enough.

Back Over 47.5 Points

Carolina Panthers Vs Minnesota Vikings

Monday December 11, 5:00am, Bank Of America Stadium

This is another massive game in a weekend that is packed full of them.

The Carolina Panthers may have the home-ground advantage, but it is the Minnesota Vikings that will go into this clash as clear favourites.

Minnesota made it eight wins on the trot with their win over the Atlanta Falcons and their defence continues to be one of the toughest in the NFL.

The Vikings have won their past four games as away favourites and they are 3-1 against the line in this scenario.

Carolina had their winning run ended by the New Orleans Saints and they need to win the rest of their games to have a legitimate chance of winning the NFC South Title.

The Panthers have won four of their past seven games at home and they are only a middling 3-1-3 against the line in this scenario.

Minnesota can give this Carolina offence plenty of trouble and help their side cover the line of 2.5 points.

Back Minnesota To Beat The Line (-2.5 Points)

Houston Texans Vs San Francisco 49ers

Monday December 11, 5:00am, NRG Stadium

The Houston Texans have won only one of their past six games, but they will still start this clash as favourites.

Houston have won five of their past seven games as home favourites for a small profit, but they are a poor 3-4 against the line in this scenario.

The Jimmy Garoppolo era at the 49ers got off to a winning start and the promising quarterback could prove to be the difference between these two teams.

San Francisco have won only two of their past eight games as away underdogs, but they are 5-3 against the line in this situation.

This shapes as being as fairly close clash and I am keen to back the 49ers with the insurance of a three point start.

Back San Francisco To Beat The Line (+3 Points)

Buffalo Bills Vs Indianapolis Colts

Monday December 11, 5:00am, Ralph Wilson Stadium

Cincinnati Bengals Vs Chicago Bears

Monday December 11, 5:00am, Paul Brown Stadium

The Cincinnati Bengals are one of the shortest-priced favourites in the NFL this weekend.

Cincinnati went down to the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend, but they played some solid football in the process and a repeat of that effort would likely be enough to beat the Chicago Bears.

The Bengals have won three of their past five games as home favourites, but they are only 2-3 against the line in this scenario.

Chicago slumped to their fifth straight defeat when they went down to the San Francisco 49ers last weekend and it has been another season to forget for Bears fans.

The Bears have won only one of their past seven games as away underdogs and their record against the line is not much better.

This is a game that the market has gotten just about right and I am happy to stay out of this clash from a betting perspective.

No Bet

New York Giants Vs Dallas Cowboys

Monday December 11, 5:00am, MetLife Stadium

This will be the first game that the New York Giants have played since they sacked head coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese,

Arizona Cardinals Vs Tennessee Titans

Monday December 11, 8:05am, University Of Phoenix Stadium

The Tennessee Titans remain on top of the AFC South and they will start this clash with the Arizona Cardinals as clear favourites.

Tennessee made it seven wins from their past eight games with a comfortable victory over the Houston Texans and their chances of making the Playoffs remain in their hands.

The Titans have won three of their past five games as away favourites, but they have covered the line in only two of these wins.

Arizona’s lacklustre season continued with a defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams and they have now lost three of their past four games.

The Cardinals have won two of their past five games for a small profit and are a middling 2-1-2 in this scenario.

This is a game that Tennessee should win, but there is no value at their current price.

No Bet

Denver Broncos Vs New York Jets

Monday December 11, 8:05am, Mile High

At the start of the season it would have been considered close to impossible for the Denver Broncos not to start this game as clear favourites, but there is no splitting these teams in betting.

The Broncos produced another horrid performance to go down to the Miami Dolphins last weekend and they have now lost eight games on the trot.

Denver have won four of their past eight games in front of their home fans and they have covered the line in only three of their past 16 games.

The New York Jets were excellent against the Kansas City Chiefs last week and there is no doubt they are a side that has defied expectations this season.

New York have won only two of their past seven games on the road and their record against the line in this scenario is poor.

The betting play that does standout in this clash is the Under in Total Points betting markets.

The offensive production from both these teams has been inconsistent all season long and backing the Under in Broncos home games as well as Jets away games has been a profitable betting play.

Back Under 41.5 Points

Los Angeles Chargers Vs Washington Redskins

Monday December 11, 8:05am, StubHub Centre

The Los Angeles Chargers are back in the mix for the NFL Playoffs and they will start this clash with the Washington Redskins as clear favourites.

Los Angeles avoided a potential bogey game against the Cleveland Browns, but they should face a tougher challenge from the inconsistent Redskins.

The Chargers have won only two of their past four games as home favourites and they are a poor 1-3 against the line in this scenario.

Washington produced a lacklustre performance against the Dallas Cowboys last weekend, but that could prove to be a positive in this clash as they are 6-3 on the back of a win.

The Redskins have won two of their past five games as away underdogs and they are 3-2 against the line in this scenario.

There is not as much between these two teams as their current betting market suggests and they can cover the line with a start of six points.

Back Washington To Beat The Line (+6 Points)

Jacksonville Jaguars Vs Seattle Seahawks

Monday December 11, 8:25am, EverBank Field

This is an interesting clash between two teams that are heading to the NFL Playoffs.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have the home-ground advantage in this clash and they will start this game as somewhat surprise favourites.

Jacksonville made it five wins from their past six games with a comfortable victory over the Indianapolis Colts, but this is the biggest challenge they have faced for two months.

The Jaguars have won three of their past four games as home favourites and they are a middling 2-2 against the line in this scenario.

The Seattle Seahawks stamped themselves as genuine Super Bowl contenders with their win over the Philadelphia Eagles and Russell Wilson could not have been more impressive.

Seattle have been a fairly predictable betting team this season – they have won when they have been expected to, but they have generally struggled as underdogs.

The Seahawks have won only one of their past four games as away underdogs and their record against the line in this scenario is no better.

This is set to be an interesting game, but I will be staying out from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Los Angeles Rams Vs Philadelphia Eagles

Monday December 11, 8:25am, L.A. Memorial Coliseum

This is a huge test for both these sides heading into the NFL Playoffs.

The Los Angeles Rams have won six of their past seven games and they will start this clash with the Philadelphia Eagles as favourite.

Los Angeles have won four of their past seven games as home favourites and they have covered the line in each of these wins.

The Eagles had their winning run ended by the Seattle Seahawks and they are a much better side that that performance suggests.

Philadelphia have won two of their past four games as away underdogs for a profit and they are 3-1 against the line in this profit.

The Eagles can bounce back to their very best and if they do that they are well and truly over the odds at $2.15.

Back Philadelphia To Win @ $2.15

Pittsburgh Steelers Vs Baltimore Ravens

Monday December 11, 12:30pm, Heinz Field

A win in this clash will secure the AFC North for the Pittsburgh Steelers and they are favourites to do just that.

Pittsburgh did not play particularly well against the Baltimore Ravens, but they were still able to come away with the win  and they have now won seven games on the trot.

The Steelers have won seven of their past eight games as home favourites, but they are only a middling 4-4 against the line in this scenario.

Baltimore made it three wins on the trot with a victory over the Detroit Lions and they really need to keep winning to remain in the NFL Playoffs mix.

The Ravens have won only two of their past six games as away underdogs, but they are 3-1-2 against the line in this scenario.

Baltimore have won four of their past six games against the Steelers and they are capable of covering the line with a healthy start.

Back Baltimore To Beat The Line (+5 Points)

Miami Dolphins Vs New England Patriots

Tuesday December 12, 12:30pm, Hard Rock Stadium

It should come as no surprise that the New England Patriots are the shortest-priced favourites in the NFL this weekend.

The Patriots made it eight wins on the trot with a typically dominant win over the Buffalo Bills and there is nothing to suggest that their dominance will not continue against the Miami Dolphins.

New England have won their past nine games as away favourites for a big profit and they have covered the line in eight of these nine wins.

Miami ended their losing streak with a big win over the Denver Broncos, but they will face a much tougher challenge against the Patriots.

The Dolphins have won only one of their past five games as home underdogs and they are a poor 1-1-3 against the line in this scenario.

Backing the Patriots continues to be a profitable betting play and there is no reason to jump off this weekend.

Back New England To Beat The Line (-11 Points)


2016/2017

There are a number of crucial clashes between divisional rivals in NFL week 14.

The Philadelphia Redskins will face the Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Browns will tackle the Cincinnati Bengals, the Detroit Lions will play the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts will host the Houston Texans  on Monday morning.

The Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks do battle in a crucial clash before the New York Giants square off with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.

Kansas City Chiefs Vs Oakland Raiders

Friday December 9, 11:25am, Arrowhead Stadium

Kansas City Chiefs 21 - Oakland Raiders 13

Back Oakland To Beat The Line (+3 Points)

Buffalo Bills Vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Monday December 12, 4:00am, New Era Field

Buffalo Bills 20 - Pittsburgh Steelers 27

Back Buffalo To Win @ $2.05

Tennessee Titans Vs Denver Broncos

Monday December 12, 4:00am, Nissan Stadium

Tennessee Titans 13 - Denver Broncos 10

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vs New Orleans Saints

Monday December 12, 4:00am, Raymond James Stadium

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16 - New Orleans Saints 11

Back New Orleans To Win @ $2.20

Philadelphia Eagles Vs Washington Redskins

Monday December 12, 4:00am, Lincoln Financial Field

Philadelphia Eagles 22 - Washington Redskins 27

Back Washington To Win @ $1.87

Miami Dolphins Vs Arizona Cardinals

Monday December 12, 4:00am, New Miami Stadium

Miami Dolphins 26 - Arizona Cardinals 23

Back Miami To Win @ $1.83

Carolina Panthers Vs San Diego Chargers

Monday December 12, 4:00am, Bank Of America Stadium

Carolina Panthers 26 - San Diego Chargers 16

Back Carolina To Win @ $1.82

Cleveland Browns Vs Cincinnati Bengals

Monday December 12, 4:00am, FirstEnergy Stadium

Cleveland Browns 10 - Cincinnati Bengals 23

No Bet

Detroit Lions Vs Chicago Bears

Monday December 12, 4:00am, Ford Field

Detroit Lions 20 - Chicago Bears 17

Back Detroit To Beat The Line (-7.5 Points)

Indianapolis Colts Vs Houston Texans

Monday December 12, 4:00am, Lucas Oil Stadium

Indianapolis Colts 17 - Houston Texans 22

Back Indianapolis To Beat The Line (-5.5 Points)

Jacksonville Jaguars Vs Minnesota Vikings

Monday December 12, 4:00am, EverBank Field

Jacksonville Jaguars 16 - Minnesota Vikings 25

No Bet

San Francisco 49ers Vs New York Jets

Monday December 12, 7:05am, Levi’s Stadium

San Francisco 49ers 17 - New York Jets 23

No Bet

Los Angeles Rams Vs Atlanta Falcons

Monday December 12, 7:25am, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Los Angeles Rams 14 - Atlanta Falcons 42

Back Atlanta To Beat The Line (-6 Points)

Green Bay Packers Vs Seattle Seahawks

Monday December 12, 7:25am, Lambeau Field

Green Bay Packers 38 - Seattle Seahawks 10

Back Green Bay To Beat The Line (+3 Points)

New York Giants Vs Dallas Cowboys

Monday December 12, 11:30am, MetLife Stadium

New York Giants 10 - Dallas Cowboys 7

Back Dallas To Beat The Line (-3 Points)

New England Patriots Vs Baltimore Ravens

Monday December 13, 11:30am, Gillette Stadium

New England Patriots 30 - Baltimore Ravens 23

Back New England To Beat The Line (-7 Points)