NFL Football Betting

NFL Week 14 Betting Preview

There are no winning teams in the AFC West. But there are three teams tied at 6-6, including the Kansas City Chiefs (6-6 ATS) and the Oakland Raiders (4-7-1 ATS). They’ll meet Sunday afternoon in what figures to be the key matchup on the Week 14 NFL lines, kicking off at 1 PM ET on CBS. The Chiefs were the best team in the league to start the season, but they’ve lost control after dropping four straight SU and ATS. The Raiders have won three of four at 1-2-1 ATS; they’re 4-point road dogs on the NFL odds board with a total of 47.

The Chiefs hope they’ve at least gotten their offense back on track after losing 38-31 to the New York Jets (+4 at home) in Week 13. Head coach Andy Reid handed over play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Matt Nagy, and quarterback Alex Smith responded with four touchdown passes – each of them over 20 yards in length. Unfortunately for Reid and the Chiefs, they still have one of the worst defenses in the league, and Oakland’s offense is sharp with quarterback Derek Carr at the controls. Scoring shouldn’t be too difficult on Sunday with the forecast calling for sunny skies over Arrowhead Stadium and temperatures in the mid-40s.
 

Chargers Host Wounded Washington

The Los Angeles Chargers (6-6 SU, 6-5-1 ATS) are the other team tied for the AFC West lead, and they’ve got a winnable game coming up against Washington (5-7 SU and ATS) this Sunday at the StubHub Center. The Chargers are 6-point NFL betting favorites after going 6-2 SU and ATS in their last eight games, while Washington is in a 2-5 SU and 3-4 ATS slump, due in large part to multiple injuries on the offensive line. Left tackle Trent Williams (knee) and right tackle Morgan Moses (ankle) are expected to play Sunday even though both are clearly less than 100%. CBS has the coverage starting at 4:05 PM ET.

Not only are these three teams in contention for the AFC West title, they’re also just one game back of a Wild Card spot. Right now, the No. 5 seed belongs to the Jacksonville Jaguars (8-4 SU, 7-5 ATS), who have surprised just about everyone this year with their outstanding defense. Jacksonville is a 3-point home chalk this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks (8-4 SU, 5-6-1 ATS), beginning at 4:25 PM ET on FOX. Seattle is coming off a big win over the Philadelphia Eagles as 6-point home dogs, but this team is still vulnerable after losing both cornerback Richard Sherman (Achilles) and safety Kam Chancellor (neck) for the season.

With a win, Jacksonville can vault ahead of the Tennessee Titans (8-4 SU, 5-6-1 ATS) for the AFC South lead – but only if the Titans lose Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals (5-7 SU, 3-8-1 ATS), who opened as 3-point home dogs. Injuries have pretty much wrecked Arizona’s season; they’ve had mixed results from quarterback Blaine Gabbert as he fills in for incumbent starter Carson Palmer (arm), but at least he’s outperformed Drew Stanton since taking over in Week 11. Game time is 4:05 PM ET on CBS.

 

Saints, Falcons Battle in Prime Time

Week 14 on the NFL betting calendar starts with an important Thursday Night Football matchup at 8:25 PM ET on NBC, with the New Orleans Saints (9-3 SU, 8-4 ATS) visiting the Atlanta Falcons (7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS) in the NFC South. The Saints have the division lead, but the Falcons are back in contention after winning three of four games SU and ATS. Atlanta opened as a 2-point home favorite, but at press time, it’s the popular Saints who are available at –2.

Sunday Night Football features an AFC North tilt between the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2 SU, 6-6 ATS) and the Baltimore Ravens (7-5 SU, 6-5-1 ATS), who currently hold down the second Wild Card berth in the conference; kick-off is at 8:30 PM ET on NBC, with the Steelers laying 5 points at home. Then it’s Monday Night Football at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN, where the New England Patriots (10-2 SU, 8-4 ATS) will visit the Miami Dolphins (5-7 SU, 4-6-2 ATS). Tight end Rob Gronkowski has been suspended for this game, but the Patriots are still 11.5-point favorites after winning eight straight games at 7-1 ATS. Make sure to check out Bovada Sportsbook for fresh football lines and analysis of all the Week 14 matchups.
 

*Odds as of December 6, 2017