NFL Week 14 Sharp Betting Picks

Posted by Peter Boysen on December 6, 2016 in

The clock is ticking now on the regular season in the NFL, with four weeks left. The Dallas Cowboys (11-1) are the only team that has clinched a postseason berth thus far, but teams like New England and Oakland are not far behind. Let’s take a look at some of the best bets for you in the coming weekend’s games, as well as all of our NFL betting picks. As always, home teams are in all caps.

NFL Week 14 Sharp Betting Picks

Thursday: Oakland (+3) over KANSAS CITY (8:25pm ET)

It took a rare “pick-two” (an interception on a two-point conversion returned all the way back to the house) to put the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of the Atlanta Falcons last week. After losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a couple of weeks ago, the Chiefs have needed some statement wins to stay in firing range of the 10-2 Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs did win the matchup out in Oakland, but the Raiders are playing much better now than they were then — and their road success has far outpaced what they have done at home, as their two losses have both come on their own home field. They’re coming off a 38-24 thumping of the Buffalo Bills that involved a major comeback in the second half. I like their energy right now, and they might have the best pass rusher in all of football right now in Khalil Mack. I like the Raiders to win straight up (and cover).

Sunday: Washington (PK) over PHILADELPHIA (1:00pm ET)

Yes, the Redskins took a tough loss out in Arizona last week — their second setback in a row. However, losing to Dallas and Arizona on the road is nothing to be ashamed of. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles are suddenly having problems, as rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, a sensation early on, has been exposed (awkward throwing motion, susceptibility to pressure) and other teams are noticing. The Eagles’ secondary is full of the sort of holes that Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins has been exploiting with authority this season, and I like Washington to get back on a winning streak up in the shadow of the Liberty Bell.

Sunday: Cincinnati (-6) over CLEVELAND (1:00pm ET)

The Bengals finally put together an impressive performance last week, throttling the Philadelphia Eagles by a 32-14 score. Carson Wentz of the Eagles has his flaws, but he’s still better than whoever the Browns might send out at quarterback (Cody Kessler? Josh McCown?). The Browns have some talent on the offensive side, but they just can’t stop anyone with their defense. The Browns come off the bye week here, but that extra rest won’t help them cover.