There are just four weeks remaining in the 2019 NFL season, and there are still playoff races to be decided in each conference. The top of both conference’s standings are crowded with great teams, and the Wild Card situation isn’t any clearer. Let’s take a look at the Week 14 schedule and make some betting picks and predictions for each game.
- Thursday, December 5
- Sunday, December 8
- Monday, December 9
- Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears
- Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
- Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills
- Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
- Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers
- Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
- San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints
- Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
- Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Denver Broncos at Houston Texans
- Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars
- Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders
- Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
- Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals
- Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
- New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
Thursday, December 5
Sunday, December 8
Monday, December 9
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Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears
- Spread Odds: Dallas Cowboys -2.5
- Total: 43.0
Dallas was a loser on Thanksgiving Day, while the Bears were winners. Both teams come into this game with identical 6-6 records, and both teams have plenty of flaws.
Chicago will have to win this game with its defense, but QB Mitchell Trubisky has been trending in the right direction. Dallas is loaded with talent, but finding the end zone has been a problem.
Both teams need this win but bet the Bears +2.5 as they protect home turf and beat the Cowboys.
Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons
- Spread Odds: Atlanta Falcons -3.0
- Total: 48.0
The Atlanta Falcons continue to be a mystery, and their lack of defense has been a real problem. Quarterback Matt Ryan is usually tough to stop at home, and the Panthers struggle on defense.
Carolina will give the ball to Christian McCaffrey a ton in this game, but the Falcons will gear up to stop him. The Panthers have struggled to find balance on offense, and that will affect them in this game.
Bet the Falcons -3.0 over the Panthers at home in this game.
Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills
- Spread Odds: Baltimore Ravens -5.0
- Total: 43.5
The Buffalo Bills are giving up just 14.5 points per game this season, but they will be tested in this game. Baltimore has the top rushing attack in the NFL, and quarterback Lamar Jackson is the likely league MVP.
Buffalo has the advantage of playing at home in this game, but that’s about it. Baltimore has won eight straight games and is now the betting favorite to win the Super Bowl.
Bet the Baltimore Ravens -5.0 over the Buffalo Bills in this game.
Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns
- Spread Odds: Cleveland Browns -9.0
- Total: 40.5
The Cincinnati Bengals did it! The Bengals finally found a way to win in Week 13 and will now look for win number two.
Cleveland completely laid an egg in Week 13, and it likely cost it a playoff spot. The Browns aren’t afraid to talk about how great they are, but they don’t often show it.
The Browns will win this game, but the Bengals at +9.0 are the right bet to keep it close.
Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers
- Spread Odds: Green Bay Packers -13.0
- Total: 42.5
This is one of those games that really doesn’t need much breaking down. The Green Bay Packers are one of the top teams in the NFL this season, and the Washington Redskins are a complete mess.
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been dynamite all season long, and he will pick apart this struggling Redskins defense. Washington doesn’t really have an answer at the QB position, and this game will be over early.
Take the Packers -13.0 over Washington in this game.
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
- Spread Odds: Minnesota Vikings -13.5
- Total: 42.5
The Vikings will have a short week after losing to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night. Returning home should be just what the Vikings need, and getting a visit from the lowly Lions doesn’t hurt.
Detroit is on quarterback number three this season, and its defense has been a nightmare. There isn’t much hope or optimism surrounding the Lions, and this game won’t be close.
Bet the Minnesota Vikings -13.5 over the Detroit Lions.
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San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints
- Spread Odds: New Orleans Saints -3.0
- Total: 44.0
A pair of 10-2 teams are set to square off in this game, which will be held in New Orleans. The Saints are always tough to beat in the dome, and they are starting to get healthy again.
San Francisco is averaging close to 150 rushing yards per game, but injuries are starting to pile up. The 49ers defense has over 40 sacks this season, and they will need to be great in this game.
Bet the Saints -3.0 over the Niners in this game.
Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
- Spread Odds: New York Jets -5.5
- Total: 44.0
The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins have both struggled mightily this season, and this will likely be a sloppy game. Miami had an impressive win over the Eagles in Week 13, and the Jets have been playing better.
This game is hard to predict simply because both teams have so many holes. The Jets have the better quarterback in Sam Darnold, and for that reason, New York is the pick.
Bet the Jets -5.5 over the Dolphins on Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Spread Odds: Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3.0
- Total: 47.5
The Colts are running out of healthy players on offense, and their defense looks to be wearing down. Tampa Bay doesn’t even attempt to play any defense, but it can really score some points.
The Buccaneers will throw the ball a ton in this game, and their offense should be able to take over. Indianapolis just doesn’t have the offense to keep up, and the Bucs will roll.
Bet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3.0 over the Colts in this game.
Denver Broncos at Houston Texans
- Spread Odds: Houston Texans -9.5
- Total: 41.5
Houston just knocked off the mighty Patriots in Week 13 and is trying to clinch another AFC South title. Quarterback Deshaun Watson has been a star this season, but the Texans could still use more defense.
Denver continues to play in tight games, and its defense has been great this season. The Broncos don’t have the record they would like, but they will battle all the way to the end in this game.
Take the +9.5 points and pick the Broncos in this game.
Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars
- Spread Odds: Los Angeles Chargers -2.5
- Total: 43.0
The Los Angeles Chargers seem to be inventing new ways to lose each week. Los Angeles has a terrific offense led by QB Philip Rivers, but its defense has been a mess.
Jacksonville has once again benched QB Nick Foles and will go with Gardner Minshew again. The Jaguars just don’t score a ton of points, and that’s going to cost them in this game.
Bet the Chargers -2.5 in this game.
Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders
- Spread Odds: Tennessee Titans -3.0
- Total: 47.5
The Tennessee Titans are red hot since putting Ryan Tannehill under center as the starting quarterback. The Titans have improved to 7-5 on the season and have a real shot at winning the AFC South.
Oakland has made huge strides this season, but it still has some holes. The Raiders run the ball well, but their defense must get better if they want to be a playoff team.
Tennessee is going to pick up win number eight in this game, and it is the right pick.
Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots
- Spread Odds: New England Patriots -3.0
- Total: 48.5
There is reason to believe that this will be the best game of the weekend. This is a rematch of the 2019 AFC Championship Game, and it could be a preview of the conference title game this season.
New England has a terrific defense this season, but its offense has really struggled. Kansas City can score points in a hurry, but defense is sometimes optional.
This should be a terrific game, but the Patriots -3.0 are the right pick at home.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals
- Spread Odds: Pittsburgh Steelers -2.5
- Total: 43.5
Devlin Hodges has the Pittsburgh Steelers offense playing well, and they remain in the playoff hunt in the AFC. The Steelers defense has been playing much better of late as well during this recent run.
Arizona has shown flashes of greatness this season, but those moments just don’t come often enough. The Cardinals don’t have the offense or defense to win consistently, and they aren’t winning this game.
Bet the Steelers -2.5 over the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams
- Spread Odds: Seattle Seahawks -2.5
- Total: 46.5
If the Los Angeles Rams are going to make a return to the playoffs this season, they must find a way to win this game. The problem is that the Rams really struggle to run the ball, and their defense has been much worse this season.
Seattle just continues to find ways to win games, and Russell Wilson is playing out of his mind. The Seahawks aren’t as great on the road, but they will be good enough on Sunday night.
Bet the Seahawks -2.5 to beat their division rivals from Los Angeles.
New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
- Spread Odds: Philadelphia Eagles -8.5
- Total: 47.0
It appears that the Philadelphia Eagles are missing quarterback Nick Foles more than anyone will admit. Carson Wentz has done a decent job of leading this offense, but he does not have the same leadership qualities.
The Giants are still a work in progress as well, though QB Daniel Jones has been impressive at times. New York doesn’t play much defense, and that is going to haunt it on Monday Night Football.
Take the Eagles -9.5 to get back on track with a win in this game.