A week later, in Week 14, one high-profile passer’s return is headlined NFL The season will be decided on Sunday after injuries to Lamar Jackson (knee) and Jimmy Garoppolo (foot) last week.
These two losses are the main shock among the only legitimate losses Super Bowl the contenders left the first two-thirds of the season. Can either team survive this week without their starting quarterback?
Here are the odds for Week 14 BetMGM and the games we targeted earlier in the week:
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NFL Week 14 Betting Odds, Point Spread (via BetMGM)
|Raiders (-6) @ Rams|
|Jets @ Bills (-9.5)|
|Browns @ Bengals (-6)|
|Texans @ Cowboys (-17)|
|Vikings @ Lions (-1)|
|Jaguars @ Titans (-3.5)|
|Eagles (-7) @ Giants|
|Ravens @ Steelers (-3)|
|Chiefs (-9.5) @ Broncos|
|Buccaneers @ 49ers (-3)|
|Panthers @ Seahawks (-3.5)|
|Dolphins (-3) @ Chargers|
|Patriots (-1.5) @ Cardinals|
Week 14 NFL preliminary predictions and picks
Jets +9.5 @ Bills (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
It’s not necessarily a play I’d make right away, because it has a much higher chance of the line going down to 10 than going down the other way through the key number. Regardless, I’m taking the Jets here either way.
Buffalo is the best team, but is it that good? Last week’s win over the Patriots marked the Bills’ first double-digit win in their last five games — since Josh Allen’s worst game of the season in Week 9 against New York. opened with a straight defeat.
Conversely, the Jets haven’t lost by more than seven points since Week 3, and their offense has posted its two highest yardage totals in Mike White’s first two starts. If New York’s defense finds its way here, it will be a lot closer than the market expects.
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Under-37s Ravens-Steelers (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
That price is already causing Jackson to miss a game for the Ravens, whose offense scored just 10 points and was shut out for most of last week’s contest. Even if it fits, it’s one of the best low points of the season.
The Steelers’ offense has been unreliable all season, but their defense has held five of their last seven opponents to 18 points or fewer, including three of four since TJ Watt’s return to the starting lineup. On the other hand, the Ravens defense is allowing just 13.3 points per game over the past four games after holding the Broncos to a touchdown last week.
The two rivals have gone a combined 15-9 and have gone under in nine of their last 14 meetings this year, including a 3-0 deficit. averaged 30.3 points between these teams. It also has the potential to reach those low levels.
49ers -3 vs. Buccaneers (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)
It sounds crazy to say on the surface, but this might be the best price we’ve seen all week from the 49ers, who have continued to confuse opponents no matter who is under center.
This week marks the first career start for seventh-rounder Brock Purdy, who stepped up last week (210 yards, 2 TDs) after Garoppolo went down. This is evidenced by the schematic car Kyle Shanahan built in San Francisco with the league’s best skill trio of Debo Samuel, George Kittle and Christian McCaffrey.
Those three complement this 49ers defense perfectly, 1st in yards allowed (283.9 YPG) and points allowed (15.8 PPG) after upsetting MVP contender Tua Tagovailoa a week ago occupies the rank. The Buccaneers have looked shaky all year, and if they aren’t sharp on Monday night, that line could move quickly.