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Betting Analysis For NFL Week 14
NFL betting thoughts
By Bob Duff
It's Week 14 and the NFL season is getting down to the nitty gritty. Here are some of this week's best bets, with point spreads provided by SportsInteraction.com:
Oakland Raiders (+3) at Kansas City Chiefs (-3)
The last time these two old AFL powers met with this late in the season with this much on the line for both teams, Daryle Lamonica was quarterbacking the Raiders and Len Dawson was under center for the Chiefs. Lately, it's been all Chiefs.
Kansas City has won four straight and six of seven from the Raiders, including a 26-10 decision in October at Oakland. In those four straight victories, the Chiefs have outscored Oakland 114-60.
Coming to Arrowhead Stadium isn't an easy task for any team, so expect Kansas City's mastery over Oakland to continue. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is 8-1 straight up against the Raiders. Another note to keep in mind - the last eight games between these two teams have gone under.
Pick: The Chiefs (-3) and the under (46)
Seattle Seahawks (-2.5) at Green Bay Packers (+2.5)
Is the Pack back? Green Bay seemed to come around late in last Sunday's 21-13 win in the snow over Houston. Aaron Rodgers started to look like Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson resembled Jordy Nelson. But is it too late? Two games behind the leading Detroit Lions in the NFC North, the Packers pretty much need to run the table to make the playoffs and the Seahawks won't be easy pickings.
But coming off a rousing 40-7 win over Carolina and with a three-game lead in the NFC West, what is there for Seattle to play for at this point? They don't figure to be as motivated as Green Bay and Lambeau Field in December isn't the friendliest place for visitors at the best of times.
Pick: The Packers (+2.5)
Dallas Cowboys (-3.5) at New York Giants (+3.5)
The only blemish on the Cowboys' season was a 20-19 Week 1 loss to the Giants, and here's where they get revenge. The Giants desperately need this game to maintain their playoff hopes, and Dallas will crush that dream.
The Cowboys are the NFC's only unbeaten road team (6-0) and the Giants have won just three times in the last 20 games when they've taken the field as the underdog.
The Giants are also 2-7 straight up in their last nine games against teams with winning records. If you are seeking other betting options on this one, the Giants have gone under in four straight games and the Cowboys have gone under in nine of their last 11.
Should you want a prop bet, Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard has caught a TD pass in three successive home games.
Pick: The Cowboys (-3.5) and the under (47.5)
Cincinnati Bengals (-6) at Cleveland Browns (+6)
Cleveland can't really go 0-16, right? That's only happened once in the history of the league. Well, if the Browns are going to put a number other than zero up in the win column, this is as good a chance as any.
The Bengals are about as stable and predictable as Donald Trump and even though they are coming off a solid 32-14 win over Philadelphia, that's no guarantee the same team will show up.
Cincinnati is just 2-2 straight up and against the spread in its last four trips to Cleveland. And coming off the bye, the Browns may have Robert Griffin III back at quarterback, so this could be their week to shine.
Pick: The Browns (+6)
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