Week 14 of the NFL is packed to the brim with exciting games and sizzling storylines. Be sure to bet on your favorite teams and players.
The NFL action is close to the boiling point as the playoffs are only four weeks away. Week 14 represents ride or die time for many NFL teams, so if there is ever a time to open your mobile betting app and wager on some games, it’s this week.
The Ravens and Dolphins face of in a desperate struggle
This game will go a long way in clearing up the playoff picture in AFC. The winner will be a front-runner for a Wild Card spot, while the loser will be on the outside looking in during the season’s last three weeks.
Bet365, a top online casino in the UK, is currently giving the home team Dolphins the edge at -3.
Both of teams feature explosive offenses, so this game figures to be a wild one. We think that the bookies have it right, as the Dolphins are younger, more athletic, and have more to prove.
Recommendation: Bet on the Dolphins as long as the line stays put
The Broncos are favored by 10 points
The surprisingly competitive Bills travel to Denver to face Peyton Manning and the Broncos in what has the potential to be the week’s most hotly-contested matchups. The only caveat is that somehow bookmakers aren’t giving the Bills a snowball’s chance in hell.
The Broncos are a good team playing at home, but the Bills are also in the playoff hunt and feature a defense athletic enough to keep Manning on his toes. Denver by -10 is as weak of a line as you’ll see. The Bills are certain to beat the spread.
Recommendation: Bet on the Bills to beat the spread as long as it stays under 6
The Browns are sticking with Brian Hoyer at quarterback
Cleveland is still in the AFC playoff hunt with a 7-5 record, but their offense has faltered badly in recent weeks due to the poor play of Brian Hoyer under center (0 touchdowns in 5 interceptions in his last 2 games).
• Fattest spread: Packers by -12.5 over the Falcons
• Weakest line: Broncos by -10 over the Bills
• Best matchup: Seahawks at Eagles
Many fans and NFL betting handicappers were hoping to see hotshot rookie Johnny “Football” Manziel make his debut this week, running roughshod over the Indianapolis defense while throwing bombs to the recently returned Josh Gordon.
As it stands, Hoyer will take the field, and the Colts are favored by -3.5. This is Hoyer’s last chance to hold off Manziel as the Browns desperately try to cling to their playoff hopes.
Recommendation: We expect the Colts to cover the spread this week
The Bengals are -3.5 favorites at home against the Steelers
There haven’t been many times in history when the Bengals have been favored over the 7-time Super Bowl winning Steelers. This is that time, as they sit atop the AFC North with an 8-3 record and play at home.
The Bengals play a good game of football on both sides of the ball. There are some cracks in the façade, however, as they have only a +13 point differential through 11games. Top online sportsbookslike Bet365, BetVictor and Bodog (a popular Canadian online casino and betting site) still like them at -3.5, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Steelers come in and “steel” this one (Get it?).
Recommendation: Don’t hesitate to make a bold move and pick the Steelers to beat the spread
The Battle of the Birds: Seahawks at Eagles
Just three weeks pundits were writing off the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks and shuddering at the thought of Mark Sanchez taking the reins for the Eagles. How quickly fortunes can change in the NFL.
We now see one of Week 14’s hottest matchups as the resurgent Hawks travel to Philly, where Mark Sanchez is finding redemption in taking the Eagles to the top of the NFC East. Online and mobile betting sites are giving the Eagles a slight edge at -1.5, which is about where the line should be.
While you should expect a close one, Sanchez is due for a letdown against one of the league’s toughest defenses. The Hawks are back, and they’ll show it this week.
Recommendation: Put your money on the Seahawks
The Packers have the week’s fattest spread against the Falcons
Aaron Rodgers is on a path to his second career MVP award as the Packers have won 4 straight games and seem destined to finish atop the NFC North. Coming to Green Bay this weekend are the 5-7 Atlanta Falcons, an enigma that sits atop the NFC South despite having a losing record.
This looks like an open-shut case for the Packers, the only interesting tidbit being that a -12.5 spread looks excessive. The Pack will even blow this game open early or it will be relatively close and the Falcons will beat the spread. The latter scenario appears more likely.
Recommendation: The Falcons will beat the spread