NFL Week 14 Betting Recap

NFL Week 14 Betting Recap

The holiday season is nearly here so let’s get to recapping last week. Let’s go back and take a look at what happened in Week 14 of the NFL in terms of the lines, injuries and of course, penalties.

Thursday, Dec. 7

New England (+5.5/30.5) over PITTSBURGH

So much for the prime time unders working. Bailey Zappe threw three TD passes (who saw that coming), leading the Patriots over the Steelers on the road. New England improved to 3-10 on the season. As Zeke Elliott rushed for 68 yards and had 72 yards receiving to break a five-game skid. Pittsburgh fell to 7-6 as Mitch Trubisky completed 22 of 35 for 190 yards with a TD and a pick. The problem was that the running game was inept as Najee Harris ran for 29 yards on 12 carries.

Sunday, Dec. 10

LA Rams (+7.5/41.5) over BALTIMORE 31-37ot

This was the wildest game of the week as the Rams forced overtime on a last-second field goal from Lucas Havrisik with seven seconds left. Neither team could score in their first possession in overtime. That’s when Tylan Wallace, filling in for the injured Devin Duvernay, returned a punt 76 yards for a TD and the game-winner for the Ravens. Matthew Stafford threw for 294 yards and three TDs, while Kyren Williams had 114 yards to lead the Rams, who fell to 6-7 after winning three straight. Lamar Jackson threw for 316 yards and three TDs and ran for 70 yards for Baltimore who improved to 10-3.

CINCINNATI (-2.5/44.5) over Indianapolis 34-14

Jake Browning, filling in for Joe Burrow, completed 18 of 24 for 275 yards with a pick and a rushing TD. He also had to leave during the game due to a right thumb injury. Joe Mixon ran for 79 yards and a TD as the Bengals improved to 7-6. Gardner Minshew threw for 240 yards with a TD and a pick for the Colts (7-6), who had a four-game streak snapped.

Tampa Bay (+1.5/41.5) over ATLANTA 29-25

Baker Mayfield threw for 144 yards and two TDs including an 11-yard pass to Cade Otton with 31 seconds left to lead Tampa Bay to the important NFC South win. The Bucs improved to 6-7 as Rachaad White ran for 102 yards and caught a TD pass. Safety Antonio Winfield Jr. also delivered a key strip-sack that dislodged the ball from Ridder in his own end zone that ended up being a safety. Desmond Ridder threw for 347 yards with a TD and a pick for the Falcons, who fell to 6-7. Kicker Younghoe Koo also missed two field goals for Atlanta.

CHICAGO (+2.5/44.5) over Detroit 28-13

Tough times for the Lions. Their offense stalled, producing just 267 yards and their defense allowed 142 yards rushing. For Chicago, Justin Field passed for a TD and ran for one to allow the Bears to improve to 5-8 on the season. D.J. Moore caught six passes for 68 yards and ran for a 16-yard TD for Chicago. Jared Goff threw for just 161 yards with a TD and was picked off twice for the Lions who fell to 9-4.

NEW ORLEANS (-5.5/38.5) over Carolina 28-6

Derek Carr threw for two TDs and the Saints improved to 6-7 to tie with three teams in the NFC South. Carolina fell to 1-12 despite rushing for 204 yards. Chuba Hubbard had 87 yards, while Miles Sanders had 74. However, rookie QB Bryce Young struggled, completing just 13 of 36 for 137 yards. Carr threw for just 119 yards and get some help from Alvin Kamara (56 yds, 1 TD) and Jamaal Williams (43yds).

CLEVELAND (-2.5/37.5) over Jacksonville 31-27

Joe Flacco has found the Fountain of Youth! The 38-year old quarterback threw for three TD passes and 311 yards, including finding TE David Njoku twice in the first half. Trevor Lawrence was playing through a high ankle sprain and threw for 257 yards and three TDs. But he also threw three picks and the Jags lost a fumble. Jacksonville amassed 293 yards, while Cleveland had 389 yards though they had three turnovers.

NY JETS (+3/33) over Houston 30-6

Zach Wilson returned as starting QB and completed 27 of 36 for 301 yards with two TDs as the Jets rolled in the rain at home to improve to 5-8. Garrett Wilson had a big game with nine catches for 108 yards, while Breece Hall had 40 yards rushing and 86 yards receiving. The first half consisted of 11 punts and no points. Houston fell to 7-6 as they lost QB C.J. Stroud late in the fourth quarter, who threw for 91 yards on 10-of-23 passing. Stroud (concussion protocol) did not practice Wednesday Houston also lost WR Nico Collins to a calf injury earlier in the game and they were already playing without TE Dalton Schultz and WR Tank Dell.

Seattle (+14.5/44.5) over SAN FRANCISCO 16-28

Drew Lock stepped in for an injured Geno Smith, completing 22 of 31 for 269 yards with two TDs and two picks. Seattle had little margin for error and while they covered, they were fortunate considering the fact that San Francisco ran for 173 yards and threw for 354. Deebo Samuel caught seven passes for 149 yards and had a rushing score. The Niners (10-3) have now won five straight games. Brock Purdy completed 19 of 27 for 368 yards with two TDs and a pick. The Seahawks fell to 6-7 after losing their fourth straight. Smith suffered a groin injury in practice and was replaced by Lock, who was also sacked four times.

Minnesota (-3/40.5) over LAS VEGAS 3-0

What a game! Greg Joseph kicked a 36-yard field goal with 1:57 left in the game to give the Vikings the win over the punchless Raiders. Neither team showed up offensively but the Raiders were beyond awful. Rookie Aidan O’Connell threw for 171 yards and a pick as the Raiders went just 3 of 11 on third-down opportunities. Justin Jefferson (chest) was injured in the first half and did not return. QB Nick Mullens took over for an ineffective Joshuan Dobbs and led the drive that created the game-winning field goal. He completed 9 of 13 for 83 yards, while Dobbs completed just 10 of 23 for 63 yards

Denver (+3/45.5) over LA CHARGERS 24-7

This was the game that probably knocked the Chargers (5-8) out of the playoff race for good. Russell Wilson completed 21 of 33 for 224 yards with two TDs and a pick. Justin Herbert went 9-of-17 for 96 yards with a pick before leaving with left with a right finger injury and he’s now out for the season. Easton Stick, who completed 13 of 24 for 179 yards, will now be the starter for the Chargers. Denver’s defense did not make it easy for the easy quarterback as they recorded six sacks for 68 yards.

Buffalo (+1.5/49) over KANSAS CITY 20-17

This was a controversial finish. Patrick Mahomes, who threw for 271 yards with a TD and a pick, completed a 24-yard pass to Travis Kelce with 1:12 left. Kelce then lateralled the ball to Karius Toney, who ran it in for a TD from 25 yards. However, Toney lined up in the neutral zone and the Chiefs never recovered. Josh Allen completed 23 of 42 for 233 yards with a pick and two TDs. RB James Cooke had 83 receiving yards with a TD and 58 rushing yards. This was a big win for the Bills, who improved to 7-6, while Denver is creeping up on Kansas City (8-5) in the AFC West.

DALLAS (-4.5/52.5) over Philadelphia 33-13

Dak Prescott continued his strong play with 271 yards passing and two TDs. Kicker Brandon Aubrey hit from 60, 59, 45 and 50 yards to become the first NFL kick to make two field goals of 59 yards or longer in one game. Dallas has now won five straight games and their last loss came in Philadelphia on Nov. 5. Jalen Hurts threw for 197 yards for the Eagles, who fell to 10-3, while Dallas improved to 10-3. AJ Brown caught nine balls for 94 yards, but he, Hurts and DeVonta Smith all lost fumbles. The Eagles also committed 10 penalties for 95 yards.

Monday, Dec. 11

NY GIANTS (+5.5/37.5) over Green Bay 24-22

Randy Bullock nailed a 37-yard field goal to lead the Giants over the Packers on a wild Monday Night Football game in East Rutherford. New Jersey’s finest QB Tommy DeVito amassed 229 yards of offense as the Giants improved to 5-8. Saquon Barkley rushed for86 yards and two TDs, though he also had a costly fumble late in the fourth quarter. Jordan Love struggled for the Packers, completing 25 of 39 for 218 yards and a TD. He also had a fumble and a pick.

Tennessee (+15.5/44.5) over MIAMI 28-27

What a comeback! The Titans (5-8) scored 15 points in the last three minutes to win their first road game this season. Rookie QB Will Levis completed 23 of 38 for 327 yards with a TD and a pick. DeAndre Hopkins added seven catches for 124 yards and a TD. Harold Landry recorded three sacks for Tennessee including one on fourth-and-two with seconds left on Tua Tagovailoa to seal the win. Miami struggled without WR Tyreek Hill (ankle), who missed the second quarter and part of the rest of the game. Miami (9-4) was led by Raheem Mostert, who rushed for 96 yards and two TDs. Tagovailoa finished with 23 for 240 yards, while Zach Sieler scored on a short INT return to lead the Dolphins.

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