As the NFL enters Week 14 of the 2015 season, most of the league remains in contention to make the playoffs. Only nine teams are more than two games out of the postseason, and three divisions have at least two teams tied for first place.
After having success for a few weeks, underdogs struggled in Week 13. The favorites went 10-5 against the spread, winning 12 games outright. On the upcoming schedule, four games feature a betting line of less than two points, according to vegasinsider.com.
Below are picks against the spread for every game in Week 14, as well as updated betting odds at Las Vegas casinos.
Minnesota Vikings (+8) at Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are at worst the second-best team in the NFC, and they’ll take advantage of a Vikings team that is having trouble scoring the ball. Minnesota has totaled just 40 points in their last three games, and they won’t be able to keep up with the NFL’s No.1 offense. Seven of Arizona’s 10 wins have come by at least eight points, and three of Minnesota’s four defeats have come by at least 17 points.
Prediction ATS: Arizona
Pittsburgh Steelers (+3) at Cincinnati Bengals
In the best game of the week, the Steelers have a chance to steal a win in Cincinnati. Pittsburgh was beating Cincinnati for most of their first meeting this season, but the Steelers couldn’t survive three interceptions from Ben Roethlisberger. This time, the veteran quarterback isn’t coming off a month-long layoff, and he could have a big game, along with the AFC’s most explosive offense.
Prediction ATS: Pittsburgh
Buffalo Bills (-1) at Philadelphia Eagles
The Bills have been a good team when healthy, and their losses in Week 11 and Week 12 came against two of the NFL’s best teams. Philadelphia has been incredibly unpredictable this season, and just when it seems like they are headed in the right direction they have a letdown performance.
Prediction ATS: Buffalo
Atlanta Falcons (+7.5) at Carolina Panthers
The Panthers keep winning, and that won’t stop when they host the Falcons. Atlanta has a .500 record, but they are a below-average team, and they are being exposed after winning a few games at the start of the year that could’ve gone either way. Having lost five games in a row, the Falcons will be lucky if they can lose to the NFC’s top team by just one touchdown.
Prediction ATS: Carolina
San Francisco 49ers (+1.5) at Cleveland Browns
He hasn’t seen that much time on the field, but the early indications are that Johnny Manziel isn’t good enough to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. The Browns have seemingly given up on the season, having lost seven games in a row, including five games by at least 14 points. Blaine Gabbert has gone 2-2 as San Francisco’s starter, and he kept them competitive against the Cardinals, who are a top Super Bowl contender.
Prediction ATS: San Francisco
Washington Redskins (+3) at Chicago Bears
The betting line indicates that the two 5-7 teams are even, but Chicago is clearly better. The Bears are 5-4 since Jay Cutler returned from a hamstring injury in Week 4, and the Bears beat the Packers and nearly defeated the Broncos in recent weeks. Washington has been blown out when facing good teams, losing to the Jets, Patriots and Panthers by a combined 59 points.
Prediction ATS: Chicago
Detroit Lions (PK) at St. Louis Rams
Both teams have four wins, but they are headed in two different directions. Detroit would be on a four-game winning streak if it wasn’t for Aaron Rodgers’ miraculous game-winning pass last week, and the offense looks rejuvenated under new coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. St. Louis is in the midst of a downward spiral, having lost five in a row and being outscored 58-10 in the last two weeks.
Prediction ATS: Detroit
San Diego Chargers (+10) at Kansas City Chiefs
After their 1-5 start, the Chiefs have emerged as a legitimate threat to make the Super Bowl. They are the AFC’s hottest team, having won six games in a row by at least eight points, and they’ve shown no signs of slowing down. The only thing the Chargers have to play for is a high draft pick, and Sunday’s game could be as ugly as Kansas City’s 33-3 win over San Diego a few weeks ago.
Prediction ATS: Kansas City
New Orleans Saints (+3.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs have already beaten the Saints in New Orleans, and they have a good chance to sweep the season series. The Saints have lost four games in a row, and they probably have the worst defense in the NFL, having allowed 39 points per game over the last five contests. Jameis Winston has led Tampa Bay to three wins in the last four games, and he continues to improve each week.
Prediction ATS: Tampa Bay
Tennessee Titans (+7) at New York Jets
The Jets haven’t won more than two games in a row all season, and they could be in for a shaky performance on Sunday. New York’s pass defense hasn’t been all that great in recent weeks, and Darrelle Revis might miss another game. Tennessee only has three wins, but Marcus Mariota has kept them competitive in most games. Since Mariota returned from an injury on Nov. 8, the Titans are 2-3 with two of those losses coming by three and six points.
Prediction ATS: Tennessee
New England Patriots (-3) at Houston Texans
The Patriots are banged up and they won’t have an easy time beating the Texans, but they should be able to leave Houston with a victory. New England won’t give up three non-offensive touchdowns like they did in last week’s loss, and Houston’s defense is coming off their worst performance in five games.
Prediction ATS: New England
Oakland Raiders (+7.5) at Denver Broncos
Brock Osweiler has breathed new life into the Broncos. With Peyton Manning under center, Denver was a great defensive team that was just getting by with an abysmal offense. Osweiler hasn’t been terrific, but he’s helped the Broncos move the ball better, and they shouldn’t have much trouble with a Raiders team that has just one victory in five games.
Prediction ATS: Denver
Dallas Cowboys (+7) at Green Bay Packers
The Packers took possession of first place last week, but they are a 61-yard Hail Mary away from losing five of their last six games. It will be difficult for the Cowboys to win at Lambeau Field behind Matt Cassel, but the team has actually kept games close with the backup quarterback at the helm. In Cassel’s six starts, the Cowboys are 1-5 with no losses by more than seven points.
Prediction ATS: Dallas
New York Giants (-1.5) at Miami Dolphins
The Giants are more talented than the Dolphins, but they continue to lose games that they should win. After blowing a lead in the final two minutes for the fifth time this season, New York can’t be trusted as a road favorite.
Prediction ATS: Miami
Seattle Seahawks (-10) at Baltimore Ravens
It's looking more and more like Jimmy Clausen will play Baltimore, which is great news for Seattle. Clausen is probably the worst quarterback that has taken an NFL snap this season, and the Bears lost 26-0 when the quarterback started for them against the Seahawks in Week 3.
Prediction ATS: Seattle
Indianapolis Colts (PK) at Jacksonville Jaguars
Indianapolis barely beat Jacksonville in overtime the first time, and it seems like Matt Hasselbeck's luck is running out.
Prediction ATS: Jacksonville
Season Record: 97-89-6