NFL Picks Against the Spread: Week 14

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If Mark Sanchez can't make it happen at the Jaguars this week, then the Jets may move on.

<p> NFL Picks Against the Spread: Week 14, including Houston Texans at New England Patriots, Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints at New York Giants, Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens at Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers, San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders.</p>

A betting preview of every game (against the spread) on Sunday and Monday in Week 14.


Locks of the Week
Three of the worst teams in the league will be flown over by the sputtering J-E-T-S, soaring Dirty Birds and upstart Hawks.


Jets (-3) at Jaguars
Tim Tebow’s homecoming game will be a referendum on Mark Sanchez. J-Ville has eight losses by four or more points.


Falcons (-3.5) at Panthers
The Cats are 1–5 in Charlotte and riding a five-game losing streak at home; all of those losses have been by four or more points.


Seahawks (-10) vs. Cardinals
Arizona is on an 0–8 slide, while Seattle is 5–0 at home — with the only single-digit winning margins coming against the Patriots and Packers.



Straight Up Upsets
The RG3 and Andrew Luck love fests will take the week off against regional and divisional underdogs.


Ravens (+3) at Redskins
Since a Week 10 bye, RG3 is 3–0 with 667 passing yards, 185 rushing yards, nine TDs and just one INT.


Titans (+6) at Colts
Indy pulled off a 19–13 overtime win in Nashville in Week 8, and the Horseshoes are 5–1 at home this season.



Backdoor Covers
These may not be straight up upsets, but the underdogs in the fight should show enough fight to keep these closer than their numbers.


Saints (+5) at Giants
The G-Men have lost three of their last four, while the Aints have lost back-to-back games against the 49ers and Falcons.


Chiefs (+6.5) at Browns
Peyton Hillis thinks former teammate Joe Thomas is “kind of like a crazy ex-girlfriend, you know? It’s been over a year. Get over it.”


Chargers (+7.5) at Steelers
Only two of Pittsburgh’s seven wins have been by eight or more points — against the Jets (27–10) in Week 2 and Redskins (27–12) in Week 8.
 

Dolphins (+10) at 49ers
Miami is 2–4 on the road, but only one of those losses came by double-digits — a Texas-sized 30–10 loss in Week 1 at mighty Houston.



Sucker Bets
Stay away from these games unless you’re a degenerate or a hometown homer who always has to have action.


Bears (-3) at Vikings
Jay Cutler says he “won’t break the bank” in his upcoming contract negotiations, you shouldn’t either.


Bengals (-3) vs. Cowboys
Tony Romo has 10 TDs and just two INTs over his last five games. Turn your hat backwards and push your chips in.


Bills (-3) vs. Rams
St. Lunatic corner Janoris Jenkins has three TDs over the past two weeks; Buffalo back C.J. Spiller has three TDs over the past 10 weeks.


Patriots (-4) vs. Texans
Houston is 6–0 on the road this season. But has New England ever lost at home in December with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick?


Packers (-7) vs. Lions
Green Bay rallied for a 24–20 win at Detroit in Week 11. But Ndamukong Suh has been practicing his karate since then.


Buccaneers (-7.5) vs. Eagles
Andy Reid’s walrus mustache makes its way to the Tampa-St. Pete area for the latest chapter in a Salvidor Dali-style surreal season.
 

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