With just one college football game this week, we are only issuing NFL selections. Maybe that’s a good thing, because we went a perfect 5-0 with our NFL picks in week 13.
We are not used to playing many favorites during the regular season, but this week, we actually like three games involving favorites.
1. Oakland +10 vs. Denver
The Raiders are on a long losing streak and have little left to play for, except against the two teams they hate the most. Whenever Oakland plays either Kansas City or Denver, it’s war! The crowd will be rowdy, and the old black and silver pride will be worth a touchdown or more. We even believe the Raiders have a chance to pull off the upset.
2. Cleveland -6 ½ vs. Kansas City
Since the midway point of the season, Cleveland has actually been a team good enough to compete in the AFC North. The Browns are going nowhere this season, but you can see real promise in this team. With a fourth place schedule in 2013, they are going to be a force to be reckoned with.
Kansas City is due for a major bounce following last week’s major emotional game. Teams generally cannot keep up the emotion when they win at home and then go on the road the following week. We see Cleveland winning this one by a score of something like 20-10.
3. Indianapolis -5 ½ vs. Tennessee
The Colts have several things in their favor this week. Indy is in a battle with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati for a wildcard playoff berth. Two of the three should earn bids, as the Bills, Dolphins, and Jets would have to win out and still get help to steal one away.
The Titans are a team on the decline and have nothing to play for. They are banged up on the offensive line, and their pass defense is porous.
We believe Andrew Luck could have a big day, and the Colts will romp by 14-20 points.
4. Atlanta -3 ½ vs. Carolina
Atlanta has not won many games by large margins, but the Falcons can see home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and they have the horses to win this game by more than a touchdown. The Panthers are looking at a possible 5-11/4-12 season, and we don’t see that kind of team beating an 11-1 team, or staying within a field goal.
5. Dallas +3 vs. Cincinnati
This is a gut instinct play. The Cowboys moved back to within a game of first after looking all but dead on Thanksgiving Day. This becomes a must win for Dallas, and they could even find themselves in a first place tie at the end of the day.
Of course, this is a vital game for the Bengals, but their game at Pittsburgh on the 23rd is their must-win game.
6. New England -3 ½ vs. Houston
We are not entirely sold on the 11-1 Texans. They almost lost to Jacksonville a few weeks back, and they have been feasting on teams like the Titans, Jets, and Bills. Their final four games could bring them two or even three losses, and this looks like one.
The Patriots look like they have put it all together for the stretch run. Their defense is starting to look decent enough to do what Indianapolis did in 2006-07. We see the home team winning by 5-12 points.
7. 13-point Teaser
Oakland +23 vs. Denver
Baltimore +15 ½ vs. Washington
Pittsburgh +5 ½ vs. San Diego
Indianapolis +7 ½ vs. Tennessee
8. 13-point Teaser
Jacksonville +15 ½ vs. New York Jets
Minnesota +16 vs. Chicago
Atlanta +9 ½ vs. Carolina
Philadelphia +20 ½ vs. Tampa Bay
9. 13-point Teaser
Buffalo +10 vs. St. Louis
Dallas +16 vs. Cincinnati
New Orleans +18 vs. New York Giants
Houston +16 ½ vs. New England