NFL 2016 Week 14 Game Picks & Analysis – FootballSunday, December 11, 2016 9:30
Picks & analysis for 2016 NFL Week 14.
NFL Week 14
WEEK 13: 7 – 8 = .466
Overall Tally: 98 – 86 – 8 = .533
Specials 1 – 3 Cumulative Specials: 20 – 29 – 3 = .408
Totals Picks: 1 – 3 Cumulative Totals = 46 – 34 = .594
GAME OF THE WEEK 7 – 6
LOCK OF THE WEEK 4 – 7 – 2
UPSET SPECIAL 6 – 6 – 1
OVER/UNDER OF THE WEEK 3 – 10
OVER/UNDER OF THE WEEK 3 – 10
BALTIMORE RAVENS (7-5) @ NEW ENGLAND PATEIOTS (10-2) -7 45.5
My hate for these two teams is immeasurable in the cosmic sense …infinite…perpetual…Beyond redemption…
Okay, fine, I respect them both—but the Patriots cheat, and the Rat Birds whine about being outcoached while pulling the same ticky-tack, rule-bending bullshit they were complaining about.
John Harbaugh needs to shut the f%#k up. My god, coach, think of how classy you would have looked if you would have said, “Coach Belichick found a loophole, the NFL will quickly close—kudos to him for finding any edge to insure victory.”
Instead, Harbaugh whines like a puppy.
Don’t get me wrong—Belichick wants everyone to think he’s an idiot when it come to breaking and manipulating rules, but, at least, the man doesn’t whine.
Of course, this tug of-war between these two franchises never fails to entertain, and I can’t wait to see what loophole one of these coaches exploits in this Monday Nighter of the year.
Even New England fanatics have to admit the Ravens are a burr in the Patriots ass—great pass rush, vastly improving secondary and a stout run defense. As of no, Baltimore is the only 2016 AFC team that can render the Pats offense one-dimensional. Without the Gronk at tight end, the Magpies mission should be much easier to accomplish.
We see the Pats prevailing by any margin short of 6. That means we’re taking the Crows to Cover—and since Flacco has rediscovered himself–Over the Number.
LOCK OF THE WEEK 2 – 7 – 2
HOUSTON TEXANS(6-6) @ INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (6-6) -6 (47) [O]
Since Chuck Pagano was hired in 2012, the Colts have reigned as one of the strongest bets on the boards as a favorite, home favorite, or against any divisional opponent—especially at home. We’re talking well over 60% in just about every category. They are a safe bet in Lucas Oil Stadium against any team.
Andrew Luck is hitting his stride, and the Colts could be an AFC dark horse if the defense finds some consistency. Luck is one of those QBs that can put a team on his shoulders and make them believe he can carry them to glory—and his coach is an inspiration to a lot of people. You can’t help but love Pagano and respect the NFL Nation for their support during his 2013 health scare.
The Baby Horses need better defense to ascend to true contender status, but all the hype about tension between Pagano and GM, Ryan Grigson, dissipated as soon as Andrew Luck shook off the injuries that have plagued him for almost two full seasons. Ain’t it funny how that works—as soon as the great players start playing the way they should, teams start winning, and GMs and coaches don’t get fired.
The Texans, still without defensive stud, J.J. Watt, can’t seem to put it together under Brock Osweiler. The guy is getting paid like a five star quarterback and playing like a guy the Shit Kickers over paid for from a championship team that really didn’t try to keep him—Hey, wait a minute!
Houston still fields the sixth best defense in the league but in today’s NFL defensive statistics can be misleading. Until Luck escaped the NFL concussion protocol, and Tennessee’s recent improvement—and really, who have they beaten?–the AFC South was the AFC’s worst division.
It still is, but Andrew Luck is, by far the division’s best quarterback, and Chuck Pagano, the best coach.
That’s why we call this one a Lock—and we’re playing the Over.
Colts 30 Texans 20
UPSET SPECIAL 4 – 3
CINCINNATI BENGALS (4-7-1) @ CLEVELAND BROWNS(0-12) -6 40 [U]
It’s funny why we root for people.
Despite a 1-3 finish in his star-crossed 2011 season as Da Raidas head coach—his first and only—Hue Jackson seemed to have turned the Silver & Black around. As a Raider hater you could feel it.
I was glad he got fired; Oakland sucked for three more years.
After a late ‘11 January loss that would have put Oakland in the post-season, followed by an almost surreal presser where Jackson ripped the players and pined ad nauseum about doing things “his way” and how he needed to “take control,”
GM, Reggie Mackenzie, kicked in the door Jackson left unlatched and fired Jackson after his first season. You know the story—power struggle, new direction…An old, sports song…
When the Browns snatched Jackson from rival Cincinnati, I told my Ohio friends, if they give the man 3-4 years and real control of the football team, he can turn the Clevelanders around.
After a 0-12 start in 2016, I still believe that
Remember, it’s the Cleveland Browns. Seventeen quarterbacks this century, countless head coaches, wayward owners—now on the brink of infamous futility of a winless NFL season…
So why would any handicapper pick the Brownies to win straight up against the vastly more talented Bengals?
Because I am rooting for Hue Jackson, and Cleveland has been competitive in many of their games.
Play a good first half—give up 25 second half points to the Magpies…
Fall two points shy of a thrilling comeback against the Titans…
Like winning, losing becomes a habit.
Jackson, whose Browns usually start games well has had a bye week to reload unique offensive weaponry like Terrell Pryor, WR and QB, and welcome RGIII back from a busted shoulder. I root for Pryor, born and bred just outside of Pittsburgh…
The Bengals have the talent to beat any NFL team soundly—those same Bengals are 4-7-1 and haven’t won a playoff game in seven tries under Marvin Lewis.
Joe Haden, first rounder, Corey Coleman, and ILB, Jaime Collins didn’t play in the Cincy version of this game. Then, it was 80 degrees in the Queen City, today; it will be a classic, ugly, snowy day on the Lake.
The Browns are desperate to avoid the scarlet letter of sports history.
The Bengals have never been desperate under Marvin Lewis—and that might get another great guy fired—at least he’ll deserve it. He will also be an answer to a trivia question in a few short decades: Who was the only team to lose to 1-15 Cleveland on 2016?
The Dawg Pound will erupt with joyous barking as the game winner sails through the upright.
The weather should make the Under a smart play here.
Browns 20 Bengals 17
Per usual, here are my picks in bold italics:
NFL Lines For Week 14 – NFL Football Line Week Fourteen
NFL Line 12/10 – 12/14, 2015
|Date & Time||Favorite||Line||Underdog||Total|
|12/8 8:25 ET||At Kansas City GW||-3.5 [O]||Oakland||45.5|
|12/11 1:00 ET||At Tennessee||-1||Denver||43.5|
|12/11 1:00 ET||At Carolina||-1.5||San Diego||48.5|
|12/11 1:00 ET||At Indianapolis||-6 LW [O]||Houston||47|
|12/11 1:00 ET||Cincinnati US [U]||-6||At Cleveland||40|
|12/11 1:00 ET||Pittsburgh||-2||At Buffalo||47|
|12/11 1:00 ET||At Miami||-1||Arizona||43.5|
|12/11 1:00 ET||At Detroit||-8||Chicago||43.5|
|12/11 1:00 ET||Minnesota||-3.5||At Jacksonville||39|
|12/11 4:25 ET||At Tampa Bay||-2.5||New Orleans||51.5|
|12/11 1:00 ET||Washington||-1||At Philadelphia||46.5|
|12/11 4:05 ET||At San Francisco||-2.5||NY Jets||43.5|
|12/11 4:25 ET||Seattle||-3||At Green Bay||46.5|
|12/11 4:25 ET||Atlanta||-6||At Los Angeles||45|
|12/11 8:30 ET||Dallas [O]||-3||At NY Giants||47.5|
Monday Night Football Line
|12/12 8:30 ET||At New England O/U||-7||Baltimore||45.5|
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