Top Betting Odds and Picks for 2016 NFL Week 14
Here is a continuation of our early 2016 NFL betting previews and predictions… Prep yourself for the upcoming football season and its online sportsbook betting action with these top betting odds and picks for 2016 NFL week 14.
Top Betting Odds and Picks for 2016 NFL Week 14
Oakland at Kansas City (-4.5), Thursday, December 8
NFL Week 14 Pick: Kansas City (-4.5)
It is one thing to buy into the rather overhyped projections about Oakland’s high ceiling in 2016 and bet on the Raiders to size it up against teams like Jacksonville, Tampa Bay and even Atlanta; it is an entirely different thing to expect Derek Carr and his shiny toys to get the better of a proven Kansas City team that is led by a solid veteran in QB Alex Smith, along with the support of an uber-talented running game and a fierce pass-rushing defense. Plus, as per my crystal ball, the Chiefs will probably be looking to lock a playoff spot at around this time, maybe even with a solid chance to win the AFC West, so the last thing I’d expect them to do is to drop this home fixture against an Oakland team that they’ve owned quite well over the last couple of years (KC has won 5 of its last 6 overall games against Oakland).
Pittsburgh (-2) at Buffalo, Sunday, December 11
NFL Week 14 Pick: Pittsburgh (-2)
Assuming Pittsburgh is able to keep it starters healthy, this one should be a no-brainer pick in favor of the Steelers. Pittsburgh’s defense is efficiently equipped to stop whoever will be starting as Buffalo’s QB here, while the unholy football combination of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell will almost certainly find holes to exploit in Buffalo’s solid-but-penetrable defense, leading to a likely one-sided win for Pittsburgh. FYI, Pittsburgh has won 9 of its last 10 overall meetings against the Bills, including the last five in in a row.
Denver (-5.5) at Tennessee, Sunday, December 11
NFL Week 14 Pick: Denver (-5.5)
As challenged as I expect Denver’s offense to be, I’d easily bet my house on offensive maestro Gary Kubiak to have figured out a working formula for his team by Week 14, which should allow Denver to outshine the Titans. And even if the offense won’t come through for Denver here, the Broncos’ defense should be more than enough to force some key turnovers off the young (and largely inexperienced) Marcus Mariota-led Tennessee offense, permitting the visitors to walk away with a rather comfy win in this 2016 NFL Week 14 fixture.
Chicago at Detroit (-2.5), Sunday, December 11
NFL Week 14 Pick: Detroit (-2.5)
I don’t know about you, but as far as elite quarterbacks are concerned, Jay Cutler has been missing in my list for the last three or so years. The sooner the Bears realize that he is no longer the stellar QB he was half a decade ago, the easier it will be for the franchise to concentrate on getting someone else who can offer better services. Mathew Stafford, on the flipside, has had his struggles, but at least he’s been clutch a good number of times and his tailbacks (led by Ameer Abdullah) have been offering better offensive support, unlike Chicago’s less-than-dependable runners. More relevantly, Chicago doesn’t have the best of records against Detroit. In 2015, for example, the Lions were winless through their first five weeks of the season, offering the Bears an opportunity to add to Detroit misery when the two teams met in Week 6. In the end, it wasn’t to be, as the Lions recorded an OT win over Chicago to end their winless run. With Detroit expected to be better on both sides of the ball this year, I’d expect nothing less than another win by the Lions over the washed-up Cutler and the Bears.
Seattle at Green Bay (-2), Sunday, December 11
NFL Week 14 Pick: Green Bay (-2)
Forget all those talks about the effect of Marshawn Lynch’s retirement, the strength of the Legion of Boom or even the impact of Jordy Nelson’s return to full fitness after sitting out the entire 2015 NFL season. Here’s the one important thing you need to know; the Packers HAVEN”T LOST to the Seahawks at the Lambeau Field from the turn of the new millennium in 2000. Since suffering a 27-7 home loss to Seattle on Nov. 1, 1999, the Packers have won all their six home meetings against the Hawks, including two postseason meetings (in January 2004 and January 2008) and a noteworthy 27-17 win when the two teams met in the regular season last year. So, if you are really looking for a safe and near-sure bet in this blockbuster clash, save yourself the headache by going with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to continue their dominance over Seattle at the Lambeau.
There is palpable hope that the Cowboys, after their disappointing injury-bugged 2015 campaign, will be able to stay healthy for a big bounce-back season, and I fully support that line of thought. But something else I support is that the Giants, thanks to their coaching changes in the offseason, will be a much-better side than they were last season. In this Week 14 meeting, I therefore expect both Tony Romo and Eli Manning to be fit and fighting for their respective teams to make it to the NFL playoffs, hence setting up a thrilling encounter. Dallas is arguably the more talented side in this fixture, but I have watched enough of Manning and the Giants to know that they are well-capable of winning this home fixture, particularly if they can improve defensively. And even if the Giants won’t be fighting for their playoff lives here, the motivation of playing spoilers to Dallas’ ambitions should rally them enough to take care of the Cowboys in a likely back-and-forth thrilling encounter, be it as favorites or underdogs.