Four Games to Watch In Week 14

Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers – 12 CT

The Vikings are one win away from sweeping the NFC South, the best division in football. Getting the victory won’t be easy, but based on previous matchups, the Vikings should have the upper hand. The Vikings and Panthers have faced off twice in the past three seasons, and the Vikings won fairly easily both times. Last season, the Vikings sacked Cam Newton eight times and came away with three interceptions. Getting pressure on Newton will be the key to a Vikings victory. The Panthers have a record of 8-4 and still have a shot at the NFC South division crown. The Panthers could be a division winner, or fail to make the playoffs due to how competitive the NFC is this season. This is an important game for both teams. Vegas has the Vikings as 2.5 point favorites, and while I think that’s a lot on the road against a good team, I’ll still take them to cover.

Seattle Seahawks @ Jacksonville Jaguars – 3:25 CT

Lets take a moment to give the Jaguars some props. No one believed in them heading into the season, yet here they are at 8-4, just a half a game back from leading the AFC South. The Jaguars might have the best defense in the entire NFL, and that defense should give trouble to every single team. The question is if they can get enough offense being lead by Blake Bortles. On the other sideline, the Seahawks are coming off of a huge win against the Eagles. The Seahawks still have a shot at the NFC West, and last week they played their best game of the year. Russell Wilson is a legitimate MVP candidate, and looking like one of the five best QBs in the league. The Jaguars are favored by 2.5, and I really think this game is a toss up. Just because I don’t think either team deserves to be favored in this one, I’ll take the Seahawks.

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Philadelphia Eagles @ Los Angeles Rams – 3:25 CT

After suffering their first loss since week 2, the Eagles are facing another test this week as they square off against the Rams. In an unusual move, the Eagles stayed on the West Coast for the week and practiced in Anaheim. Meanwhile, the Rams are preparing for this game like it is an away game. Coach Sean McVay said that the Rams are working on the silent count because they anticipate that the Eagles fans will outnumber Rams fans. This is the most exciting game of the week, but one I’m very unsure about. How will the Eagles respond after their loss to the Seahawks? Will Jared Goff make the necessary plays to beat a good Eagles defense? Will the Rams feel like their playing a road game while at home? The Rams are favored by 2, but my gut tells me the Eagles win this one.

Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers – 7:30 CT

One of the best rivalries in the NFL on Sunday night? Between two potential playoff teams? Sign me up. The Ravens have won three straight and are in position to get a wildcard spot in the playoffs. They just dismantled a solid Lions team 44-20, and the team as a whole seems to be trending in the right direction. For the Steelers, first thing that needs to be mentioned is Ryan Shazier, who suffered a spinal injury on Monday Night Football. There hasn’t been much in the way of updates on Shazier’s condition, but hopefully the injury he suffered is not too devastating. Back to the game, The Steelers are one of the best teams in the league, and they have won seven straight. Those wins haven’t always been pretty (they beat each of the Colts, Packers, and Bengals by just three points), but the Steelers are tied for best record in the league. The Steelers are 4.5 point favorites in Vegas, and I’ll take them to cover.

Four Games to Watch In Week 10

Minnesota Vikings @ Washington Redskins – 12 CT

Good news for Vikings fans: Teddy Bridgewater is back on the active roster after a horrific knee injury over a year ago. Good news for Case Keenum fans: Keenum will be starting at least one more game. It’s a tough situation, who knows how Bridgewater will look coming back from injury? Keenum hasn’t played great, but he’s played well enough for the Vikings to be leading the NFC North. Beyond the QB controversy, it should be fun to watch Everson Griffen and the rest of the Vikings front seven get after the banged up Redskins line. The Redskins beat the Seahawks last week, and are a tough team. Though they’ve been banged up, it appears like they should be getting some of their starting players back from injury. The Vikings are favored in Vegas by 1.5. I’ll take the Vikes to cover, even in Washington.

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Los Angeles Chargers @ Jacksonville Jaguars – 12 CT

This isn’t a matchup I expected to be talking about in week 10, but here we are. After starting the season 0-4, the Chargers have clawed their way to a 3-5 record. Not great, but I’m not ready to write them off yet. The Jaguars are one of the surprise stories of the year so far, with a 5-3 record. The Jags have a serious shot at winning the AFC South, which would snap a nine season playoff drought. The Jaguars are an old school style team; defense and running the ball are their keys to success. Leonard Fournette is having a fantastic rookie season, but he was suspended last week for violating team rules. Hopefully he will get it figured out because he is a very exciting player to watch. The Jaguars are favored by 3.5, expect them to win by a touchdown.

New Orleans Saints @ Buffalo Bills – 12 CT

Another surprisingly good matchup. Think that the Jaguars have it bad that nine season playoff-less streak? The poor Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999! The Bills were 5-2 entering last week, and they managed to lose to the Jets on Thursday night. Thursday night games are tough for any team and weird things happen, but that must have been a heart breaker for Bills fans. On the other hand, the Saints have won six straight, and are doing it in some surprising ways: with a balanced offensive attack and solid defense. Drew Brees isn’t having one of his insane seasons statistically, but RBs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have stepped up in a major way and have been great. The Saints are favored by 3, and with the way they have been playing, how can you pick against them?

Dallas Cowboys @ Atlanta Falcons – 4:25 CT

Last week, I said it looked like the Ezekiel Elliott suspension saga had finally ended and that he was suspended for good. I was wrong. A judge allowed Zeke to play, and he helped propel the Cowboys over the Chiefs. Now, Zeke is suspended. For what seems to be the hundredth time this season. I’m so sick and tired of this, it’s pretty ridiculous. It looks like Zeke is finally suspended for the full six and that he’ll miss this, but who knows at this point? The Falcons are struggling in a major way and are at 4-4. There’s something about them that makes me what to believe in them as a playoff team though. But if that’s the case, a win this week would be huge. Atlanta is favored by 3 at home, and I think this is the toughest line yet. How will the Cowboys play without Ezekiel Elliott? Can the Falcons turn their season around? I’m going with all of the favorites this week, I’ll take the Falcons to cover.

Four Games to Watch In Week 6

Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings – 12 CT

Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers on another game winning drive last week, beating the Cowboys in spectacular fashion. The Packers have been banged up to start the year, but they look as good as any team not named the Chiefs. Speaking of banged up, the Vikings have had to deal with injuries to Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook. Cook is out for the year, and Bradford is listed as questionable but it appears unlikely he will play in this game. On top of that, breakout WR Stefon Diggs may also be out with a groin injury, though he says he thinks he will play. The Packers are favored by 3 points in Minnesota, and I’m a little surprised they aren’t heavier favorites than that. That said, the Packers have allowed the second most sacks thus far, and Vikings DE Everson Griffin has six sacks already. If the Vikings can get to Rodgers, this will be a close game. I’ll take the Packers by 3, but expect a close game.

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Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints – 12 CT

The Lions came up short last week against the Panthers, and now they are one game back in the NFC North. The Lions are a good team, but their offense has left something to be desired early this season, which isn’t what you would expect. Surprisingly, Detroit’s defense has been the thing carrying them so far. The Saints are coming off of two straight wins after opening the season with two losses. After trading Adrian Peterson, Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara should get more touches and their running plays won’t be as telegraphed. The Saints are favored by 4.5, which is surprising to me. Maybe Vegas expects the bye week to help the Saints, but I’m taking the Lions to win this game outright.

Los Angeles Rams @ Jacksonville Jaguars – 3:05 CT

Who would have thought that a game between the Rams and Jaguars would be one of the most interesting games to watch in week 6? But here we are, with both franchises at 3-2. The Jaguars pulled off a pretty shocking defeat of the Steelers last week in a game where Blake Bortles only threw one pass in the second half. Let me say that again, the Jaguars won a game where their QB threw one pass in the second half! That’s crazy. The Jaguars defense is elite, and second year cornerback Jalen Ramsey is a force to be reckoned with. Not to mention rookie RB Leonard Fournette who is second in rushing so far this year. This matchup features another great RB: Todd Gurley. Gurley has been great in both running the ball and in the passing game.¬†For the Rams, they’re coming off of a loss to the Seahawks where Cooper Kupp dropped the game winning touchdown pass in the final seconds. Which of these surprising teams will improve to 4-2 on the season? Vegas favors the Jaguars by 2.5, and I’m picking them simply because they are playing at home. Who knows though, if the Rams can score on the Jaguars, Blake Bortles and the Jaguars offense is going to have a difficult time keeping up.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Kansas City Chiefs – 3:25 CT

The Chiefs are the NFL’s last undefeated team, and they look to stay undefeated Sunday against Pittsburgh. The Chiefs have been consistent: good defense, solid play from Alex Smith, explosive plays from Tyreek Hill, and running the ball with league leading rusher Kareem Hunt. Things got dicey in the 4th quarter last week against Houston, but the Chiefs toughed out the win. While the Chiefs are the most consistent team in football right now, the Steelers might be one of the most inconsistent. The Steelers have beaten the Browns, Vikings, and Ravens, but have fallen to the Bears and Jaguars. The loss to the Jaguars came last week at home, which is pretty shocking as the Steelers are notorious for playing very well at home. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions last week, and it’ll be on him to get the struggling offense turned around. The Chiefs are favored by 4.5, which seems low. I’ll take the Chiefs to cover.