Two games on the NFL's Week 14 schedule feature elite teams facing rather lackluster competition. Not surprisingly, they include the top teams in the AFC. The New England Patriots, who own a comfortable lead in the AFC East, are giving the visiting Cleveland Browns 11.5 points. But the Denver Broncos are the biggest favorites this weekend, giving 12 points to the Tennessee Titans.
"Thursday Night Football" begins Week 14 with the worst teams in football. The Houston Texans, perhaps the most disappointing team of the 2013 season, are favored on the road when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars, in a battle of AFC South opponents with no shot to make the postseason. The Jaguars recently picked up their third victory of the 2013 season, giving them one more win than the Texans.
The contest between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers has the biggest playoff implications. With the Saints’ loss on "Monday Night Football," the two teams are tied atop the NFC South. At 9-3, both are in a good position to make the postseason, but the winner would control their own destiny in the division. The Saints are a 3.5-point favorite at home, but the two will met again in Carolina in two weeks.
This week’s Monday game features the smallest point spread on the schedule. There is no favorite between the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. The Cowboys are tied for first place, while two straight losses have put the Bears in second.
With a visit to San Francisco, the Seattle Seahawks are underdogs for the first time this year. They beat the 49ers in their previous 2013 meeting.
The betting odds for "Sunday Night Football" were not available at the conclusion of Week 13, since it’s unknown if Aaron Rodgers will be ready to return. The quarterback has missed the majority of the last five games with a fractured collarbone, and the Green Bay Packers have failed to win each one. If Rodgers has to sit out again, the Packers will still have a chance to win, as they face the 3-9 Atlanta Falcons.
Below are the complete betting lines for all the Week 14 games, including the point spreads and totals. These are the consensus odds from multiple sportsbooks in Las Vegas.
Houston Texans (-3) at Jacksonville Jaguars, 43
Kansas City Chiefs (-3.5) at Washington Redskins, 45
Minnesota Vikings (+7) at Baltimore Ravens, 43
Cleveland Browns (+11.5) at New England Patriots, 44.5
Oakland Raiders (+2.5) at New York Jets, 40.5
Indianapolis Colts (+5.5) at Cincinnati Bengals, 44
Carolina Panthers (+3.5) at New Orleans Saints, 47
Detroit Lions (+2.5) at Philadelphia Eagles, 54
Miami Dolphins (+3) at Pittsburgh Steelers, 41
Buffalo Bills (+2.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 43
Tennessee Titans (+12) at Denver Broncos, 50
St. Louis Rams (+6) at Arizona Cardinals, 41.5
New York Giants (+3) at San Diego Chargers, 47.5
Seattle Seahawks (+2.5) at San Francisco 49ers, 42
Atlanta Falcons (N/A) at Green Bay Packers
Dallas Cowboys (PK) at Chicago Bears, 49.5