Week 14 of the NFL season kicks off on Thursday night, and it also means there are just four weeks remaining in the regular season. Week 13 won't even finish up until late Tuesday night as COVID-19 has forced the league to make changes to the schedule.
All 16 teams will be in action in Week 14, and the league is hopeful that all games will remain on schedule and be completed. Playoff races are heating up in each conference, and there are several important games on the schedule.
Here is a quick betting overview of each of the 16 games set to take place in Week 14 around the National Football League.
Week 14 of the NFL season will feature the 8-4 Los Angeles Rams hosting the 6-6 New England Patriots. Both teams picked up impressive wins in Week 13, and this should set up to be a terrific game.
The Patriots run the football better than almost any team in the league, and quarterback Cam Newton has 11 rushing touchdowns. New England's defense has started to play better, and head coach Bill Belichick knows how to beat the Rams.
Rams quarterback Jared Goff has thrown for over 3,300 yards, and Los Angeles wants to throw the football. This team also has a solid defense, led by Aaron Donald and his 11 sacks.
The 4-8 Houston Texans are slight favorites in Week 14 as they go on the road to take on the 5-7 Chicago Bears. Both teams suffered crushing losses in the final seconds in Week 13, and it appears both teams will miss the playoffs.
Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson has thrown for 3,542 yards and 24 touchdowns this season, but he just hasn't gotten much help. The Texans' defense has also let this team down, but that shouldn't be a factor in this game.
Chicago's defense gave up more than 460 total yards against the Detroit Lions, and it appears that unit has given up. The offense is one of the worst in the NFL, as the Bears are averaging less than 90 rushing yards per game.
The Bears have lost six straight games, and that streak reaches seven in this one. Take the Houston Texans -2.5 over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
The Dallas Cowboys still have a game to play in Week 13, but they entered that matchup with a 3-8 record. The Cincinnati Bengals are just 2-9-1 on the season and will be shorthanded in this game.
The Cowboys are allowing 32.6 points per game, which is the worst mark in the entire NFL. Dallas does have plenty of talent on the offensive side of the ball, but that defense has been an absolute mess.
Cincinnati has lost rookie quarterback Joe Burrow for the rest of the year, and this offense has taken a hit. The Bengals are scoring less than 20 points per game, and they will struggle on Sunday.
This has not been a great season for the Cowboys, but they get the job done in Week 14. Bet the Dallas Cowboys -4.0 over the Cincinnati Bengals in this matchup.
The 11-1 Kansas City Chiefs are set to take on the 8-4 Miami Dolphins on Sunday in a key AFC matchup. Both teams appear to be on a path to the playoffs, and this could be a potential postseason preview.
Kansas City struggled against the Denver Broncos in Week 13, but this team is still scoring more than 30 points per game. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes might be the league MVP, throwing for 3,815 yards and 31 touchdowns.
The Dolphins have been a great story this season, especially on the defensive side of the ball. That unit is allowing just 17.7 points per game, and they could be the reason that Miami keeps this one close.
It's hard to see the Chiefs struggling for a second straight week as that offense gets back on track. Bet the Chiefs -7.5 to take care of business in Miami.
The 5-7 New York Giants will host the 6-6 Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in a crucial game in the NFC. New York is in a tie atop the NFC East, while the Cardinals are trying to grab a Wild Card spot.
Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray has thrown for nearly 3,000 yards, but he is a little banged up at the moment. The Cardinals defense gave up 38 points in Week 13, and that unit will need to improve as well.
The Giants stunned the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13, as the defense gave up just 12 points in that win. Colt McCoy is in at quarterback for the injured Daniel Jones, and the veteran will need to be sharp again.
New York has a ton of momentum, but Arizona just has too much offense. Bet the Arizona Cardinals -2.5 over the New York Giants on Sunday.
The NFC playoff picture is extremely crowded at this time, but this game should help to make things more clear. The 6-6 Minnesota Vikings will visit the 7-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a game with huge playoff implications.
Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook has run for 1,250 yards and 13 touchdowns this season to power the offense. Defense has been an issue at times for the Vikings, and that could be a problem on Sunday.
The Buccaneers were off in Week 13, and this team needs to finish the season strong. Tom Brady has thrown for 3,300 yards this season, but the Bucs have a ton of questions on the defensive side of the ball.
The bye week came at a perfect time for Tampa Bay, and it will have things figured out. Bet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers -6.5 over the Minnesota Vikings in what should be a high-scoring affair.
A pair of 4-8 teams will meet up in North Carolina this weekend, and it will be the Panthers that are slight favorites over the Denver Broncos. Denver has a solid defensive unit, while the Panthers want to score points.
Denver held the Kansas City Chiefs to just 22 points in Week 13, easily their best defensive performance of the season. Running back Melvin Gordon has run for 685 yards, and he will need to be great in this one.
The Panthers are set to get Christian McCaffrey back for this game, and he is a huge weapon on offense. Carolina is averaging almost 250 passing yards per game, but it needs to run the ball better.
This game should be close throughout, but Carolina will have enough offense to pull ahead and cover the 3.5-point spread.
The 1-11 Jacksonville Jaguars will host the 8-4 Tennessee Titans in an AFC South rivalry game on Sunday. The Jaguars have now lost 11 straight games, while the Titans suffered a disappointing loss in Week 13.
Titans running back Derrick Henry leads the NFL with 1,317 rushing yards, and he should have a big game in this one. Tennessee needs to find its defense again after getting exposed by the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Jacksonville running back James Robinson has been great for the Jaguars, but he needs some help. This team has been a mess on both sides of the ball since its season-opening win.
Tennessee needs to bounce back, and it does it by blowing out the Jacksonville Jaguars in this matchup.
The 7-5 Las Vegas Raiders host the 8-4 Indianapolis Colts in a game with huge playoff implications. Both teams are coming off big wins in Week 13, and that should set up for a nice showdown.
The Colts are holding opponents to just 23.8 points per game, and that defense has been leading the way. Quarterback Philip Rivers has played well on offense, but he continues to make bad decisions at times.
The Raiders were without running back Josh Jacobs in Week 13, and it nearly cost them in a game against the Jets. The Raiders are allowing nearly 30 points per game, and that unit will have to play better in this one.
This feels like a game that could go either way, but the Colts are a slightly better team. Take the Colts -3.0 over the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Jets remain winless at 0-12, and they head to Seattle this week for a matchup with the 8-4 Seahawks. New York suffered a last-second loss in Week 13, while the Seahawks were upset by the New York Giants.
New York has been a mess on both sides of the ball, and it just cost defensive coordinator Gregg Williams his job. This team has been playing better of late, but there just isn't enough talent on the roster.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown for nearly 3,500 yards this season, but he struggled in the loss to the Giants. This Seattle team is loaded with talent, and this will be a great chance to bounce back.
Don't expect this game to be close for long as the Seattle Seahawks will blow out the New York Jets to cover the spread.
NFC North rivals clash when the 5-7 Detroit Lions host the 9-3 Green Bay Packers. Detroit might be the underdog in this matchup, but it has a history of playing the Packers close.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown for nearly 3,400 yards and 36 touchdowns and might be the MVP of the league in 2020. Green Bay still has issues on defense, but Rodgers continues to bail them out.
The Lions have been even worse on defense, and it got head coach Matt Patricia fired. Detroit did earn a comeback win over the Chicago Bears in Week 13, so it will have some momentum.
Even though Detroit has played the Packers close in the past, that won't happen this season. Take the Green Bay Packers -7.5 over the Detroit Lions in this one.
The 10-2 New Orleans Saints will take on the 3-8-1 Philadelphia Eagles in a Week 14 showdown. The Saints continue to win without quarterback Drew Brees, while the Philadelphia Eagles have a real quarterback controversy.
New Orleans is averaging 140 rushing yards per game, and quarterback Taysom Hill has helped boost those numbers. The defense has stepped up in the absence of Brees, allowing just 20 points per game.
The Eagles will likely turn to rookie Jalen Hurts at quarterback after Carson Wentz has continued to struggle. Philadelphia does have a dominant defensive front, but that unit needs some help.
This game won't be close as the Eagles simply have too many issues. Take the New Orleans Saints -7.0 over the Philadelphia Eagles.
If you are a fan of offense, then this matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and Atlanta Falcons is the game for you. The Falcons enter play with a 4-8 record while the Chargers are just 3-9.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan keeps putting up big numbers, throwing for more than 3,400 yards through 12 games. The defense continues to struggle in Atlanta, and that likely won't be corrected until next season.
Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has 90 receptions for 923 yards this season, and he will get plenty of targets in this matchup. Los Angeles failed to score in Week 13, but this offense can put up points in a hurry.
A pair of 5-7 teams will meet up in San Francisco Sunday, but these teams are headed in opposite directions. Washington stunned the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13, while the 49ers suffered a crushing loss to the Buffalo Bills.
The Washington Football Team defense has been great all season long, and they will get after the quarterback on Sunday. Wide receiver Terry McLaurin leads the offense with 977 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
San Francisco has been hit hard by injuries this season, especially on offense. Nick Mullens has thrown 11 touchdown passes, but this team is just running out of offensive weapons.
Washington continues to get no respect, but it will keep winning games. The Washington Football Team will beat the San Francisco 49ers in this one.
The 9-3 Buffalo Bills will host the 11-1 Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night in Week 14. Both teams are division leaders, and this will likely be an AFC Playoff preview.
The Pittsburgh defense is allowing just 17.6 points per game, which is the best in the NFL. The Steelers are great at getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, and that will be a huge key in this game.
Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen has thrown for 3,400 yards and 26 touchdowns this season to lead the offense. The Bills also feature an underrated defense that has a great secondary.
Pittsburgh started the season with 11 straight wins, but now it will be back-to-back losses. Take the Buffalo Bills over the Pittsburgh Steelers in this AFC showdown on Sunday Night Football.
AFC North rivals will collide on Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 14. The Cleveland Browns are now 9-3, while the Baltimore Ravens are 6-5.
The Ravens have been dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak for more than a week, and Baltimore will take on the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday night. Quarterback Lamar Jackson has been great with his feet, but he is passing for less than 200 yards per game.
The Browns run the football better than any team in the NFL, led by Nick Chubb and his 799 yards. Quarterback Baker Mayfield had a career day in Week 13, and this Browns team is building momentum.
Baltimore is simply dealing with too much adversity at this time, and the Browns are the better team. Take the Cleveland Browns to win this game outright over their AFC North rival.
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