NFL Spreads Week 14: Best Picks Against the Spread

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Dec 05, 2016


We are at the quarter pole of the 2016 NFL regular season as all bye weeks are in the rearview mirror and each team has four games to play. The biggest news from Week 13 actually happened before any team played: the Patriots lost superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski to season-ending back surgery. That huge loss brings New England back to the pack a bit in the AFC. Here’s a quick look at all Week 14 matchups with Sports Interaction NFL odds. Games on Sunday unless noted.

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs, Thursday

Point spread: Kansas City -3 Total: 47 Big one in the AFC West, and I’ll have a preview of it later this week at Sports Interaction. The Chiefs go for the season sweep and a potential crucial tiebreaker after winning in Oakland 26-10 in Week 6. Pick ATS: Chiefs

Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills

Point spread: Pittsburgh -1 Total: 47 Important for both as Pittsburgh is tied for the AFC North lead with Baltimore and also chasing a possible wild-card spot. It’s wild card or bust for the Bills because they aren’t winning the AFC East. The NFL’s longest playoff drought most likely continues if Buffalo loses this game. Pick ATS: Bills

Denver Broncos at Tennessee Titans

Point spread: Tennessee -1.5 Total: TBA Tennessee comes off its bye week and is tied for first in the AFC South. This line could be in flux all week as it’s not known if Denver starting QB Trevor Siemian will play. He didn’t in Week 13 due to a foot injury, but the Broncos won in Jacksonville 20-10 with rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch under center. He only threw for 104 yards. Pick ATS: Titans


Arizona Cardinals at Miami Dolphins

Point spread: Miami -2.5 Total: 43.5 Arizona kept its slim playoff hopes alive with a 31-23 home win over Washington on Sunday. Cards running back David Johnson, who had a rushing and receiving score, became the second player in NFL history to top 100 yards from scrimmage in the first 12 games of a season. Miami’s six-game winning streak, its longest in years, ended in a 38-6 blowout loss in Baltimore. The Fins were held to 277 yards. Pick ATS: Dolphins

San Diego Chargers at Carolina Panthers

Point spread: Carolina -3 Total: TBA Two teams pretty much playing out the string now after each lost on Sunday. San Diego was beaten 28-21 at home by Tampa Bay. Philip Rivers threw a late interception in the Bucs’ end zone. Defending NFC champion Carolina will miss the playoffs this year following a 40-7 loss in Seattle. Cam Newton was benched the first series because of a dress code violation. A dress code violation really? And Derek Anderson was then picked off on the Panthers’ first offensive play. Pick ATS: Panthers

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

Point spread: Cincinnati -5 Total: 43 Cleveland comes out of its bye week as the NFL’s only winless team yet is still favoured to avoid the infamy of 0-16. The Browns have a legitimate shot here as the Bengals are having a down season and missing some key players. That said, Cincinnati had little trouble at home in Week 7 against Cleveland in a 31-17 victory. Pick ATS: Bengals

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions

Point spread: Detroit -8 Total: 43.5 It’s the last-place team in the NFC North against its leader. Detroit has played much, much better since a 17-14 loss in Chicago in Week 4. Brian Hoyer was still the Bears’ quarterback that day and he had 302 yards passing and two scores. The Bears had lost six straight in the series. Lions QB Matthew Stafford had an off day with two interceptions and no TDs in the loss. But he’s playing at another level these days. Pick ATS: Lions


Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts

Point spread: TBA Total: TBA Short week for Indianapolis as it played at the Jets on Monday. The Colts lost in Houston in Week 6, 26-23 in overtime, so Houston could earn a big division tiebreaker with the season sweep. Frankly, the Texans had no right winning the first meeting as they became the first team in the league to rally from a 14-point deficit in the final three minutes of regulation in five years. Pick ATS: Colts

Minnesota Vikings at Jacksonville Jaguars

Point spread: Minnesota -3 Total: 40 The Vikings played well enough defensively to beat the team with the NFL’s best record, the Dallas Cowboys, last Thursday night but fell just short, 17-15. The Vikings have to win here to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Jaguars are just bad. Again. They have dropped seven in a row under lame-duck coach Gus Bradley. Pick ATS: Vikings

New York Jets at San Francisco 49ers

Point spread: TBA Total: TBA Absolutely nothing at stake here other than potentially better draft status for the loser in the Top 5 next spring. Short week for New York after hosting Indianapolis on Monday. Will the 49ers start Colin Kaepernick at QB? He was benched for Blaine Gabbert in Sunday’s one-sided loss in Chicago. Pick ATS: 49ers

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Point spread: Tampa Bay -3 Total: 51 Rather unusual that division foes meet for the first time this late in the season. They play again on Christmas Eve. The Saints and Bucs split last year, each winning by a touchdown on the road. Tampa has won four in a row this season and has caught Atlanta for first place in the NFC South. New Orleans is two games back of those two. Pick ATS: Bucs


Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams

Point spread: Los Angeles +5.5 Total: 45 Atlanta has the NFL’s highest-scoring offense and Los Angeles its lowest scoring. The Rams have lost three straight since inserting rookie No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff into the starting lineup under center. L.A. has managed only 41 points total in that skid. Pick ATS: Falcons

Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers

Point spread: Seattle -3 Total: TBA Seattle looked great on Sunday night in crushing Carolina 40-7 in a playoff rematch from last season. However, the Seahawks lost arguably the NFL’s best safety, Earl Thomas, to a season-ending broken leg. The Packers have righted the ship with back-to-back wins following a four-game losing streak. They beat visiting Seattle 27-17 in Week 2 last season. Pick ATS: Packers

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

Point spread: Dallas -3 Total: 47.5 I will have an in-depth preview of this Sunday night game later this week. The Cowboys, who won in Minnesota last Thursday, are the first team in the league to clinch a playoff spot. A win here clinches the NFC East title. Pick ATS: Giants

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots, Monday

Point spread: New England -8 Total: 46 Look for a preview of Monday’s game later this week. The Ravens always seem to play the Patriots tough. The clubs last met in the divisional round of the playoffs following the 2014 season, and Baltimore twice had 14-point leads in the game in Foxboro but the Patriots pulled it out 35-31 on the way to the Super Bowl. Pick ATS: Ravens