The NFL has us all by the short hairs at this point, and there will be no better example of that than Week 14 in this 2013 season.
We can’t help ourselves. We’ll watch all weekend long. We won’t do anything Sunday but sit there and drink our beer and eat our meets and cheeses and just stare at the TV watching grown men punish each other. All the while, they’ll be simultaneously punishing us with some awful football.
But we’ll watch because we’re hooked. It’s a disease and there may be no cure.
Once again, NESN.com editors John Beattie and Mike Cole (owner of an 11-5 record last week) are back at it and picking winners against the spread this week. Check out their picks below.
All lines are from Bovada as of Thursday. If lines are off on Bovada Thursday, Yahoo! lines will be used for those games.
Why: The Jags were 10 1/2-point underdogs at Houston just 11 days ago. They beat the Texans 13-6 in a game that featured four field goals and one touchdown (by MJD) and that TD was scored four minutes into the game. Talk about an exciting Thursday night matchup! -JB
Why: The Redskins! What cures ailing NFL clubs! -MC
Why: Joe Flacco (yes, the reigning Super Bowl MVP) doesn’t deserve that many points at home against a team that has yet to win on the road.-JB
Why: Josh Gordon is the only real weapon the Browns possess, and even if he had a quarterback to get him the ball, Bill Belichick usually does a bang-up job of shutting down the opposition’s most important player. Cleveland also lost at home to Jacksonville last week. So there’s that, too. -MC
Why: NYJ LOL.-JB
Why: The Bengals have forced 23 turnovers this season and they’re undefeated at home. Andrew Luck can’t get out of his own way, especially early in football games. This one *seems* like a layup. -MC
Why: No one can stop Flyin’ Foles. NO ONE! -JB
Why: This. -MC
Why: The Bills can’t cover on the road so we’ll go with Tampa’s slightly better defense here. Also, watch this game with your favorite drinking buddy and a 30 pack of Icehouse. Good times guaranteed. -JB
Why: The Packers absolutely, positively need this game if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. If they can’t win against this Falcons team, with all things considered, jobs should be in jeopardy. The Falcons also haven’t played an outdoor game farther north than North Carolina all season. The high temperature Sunday in Green Bay is expected to be 23 degrees. – MC
Why: Peyton is going up against a pretty solid Titans pass defense. If they can force Denver to run the ball they could keep it close.-JB
Why: Arizona is still very much in the playoff hunt and has won four of its last five. This is a game the Cardinals need to win, and they should against a wishy-washy Rams club. -MC
Why: When in doubt, pick against Eli.-JB
Why: This just screams letdown game for the Seahawks. They’re coming off an emotionally charged win against a supposedly stellar Saints team, and Seattle is looking at a short week after doing so on Monday night. This will be far from a blowout, but with the 49ers starting to play better, they’ll pull away late. -MC
Why: It’s hard to bet against Drew Brees at home on national TV.-JB
Why: DeMarco Murray going up against the Bears’ rushing defense is going to help a lot of fantasy football players do what Tony Romo struggles to do: win in the playoffs. -MC