Sunday, December 10, 2017

Week 14 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Hanson)

Every week, four of our contributors pick between two and five games each and assign a number of units (one to five) to their selection based on their confidence in the pick.

With that said, here are my Week 14 NFL picks against the spread:

Carolina Panthers +3 over Minnesota Vikings (3 units)

Ending a four-game winning streak with a tough loss to their division-rival Saints last week, it won't get much easier this week for Cam Newton and the Panthers against the Vikings. As the Vikings look to extend their eight-game winning streak, they haven't lost since Oct. 1st. This should be a closely-fought battle and the Panthers will need to protect Cam better than they did last year (eight sacks), but one of my favorite bets is a small home 'dog so I'll take the Panthers and the points at home.

Denver Broncos +1.5 over New York Jets (3 units)

Speaking of small home 'dogs, I'm going to take the disappointing Broncos as well. Going into the season, some speculated that the Jets could go winless. Before the season began, nobody could have imagined that the Jets would be road favorites in Denver in December. Things are so bad for the Broncos that the Jets haven't been great -- losers of five of their past seven games -- and they're still favored. That said, this is a hunch that the Broncos offense puts up a few points -- enough to pull off the upset.

Indianapolis Colts +3 over Buffalo Bills (2 units)

The good news is that Nathan Peterson should play better than he did in his other start. Of course, he was benched after throwing five first-half interceptions in that one. After a 5-2 start to the season, the Bills have now lost four of five. The Colts haven't been much better as they have lost six of seven, but they have kept most of their games close recently. Not counting last week's 20-point loss, their previous four games included a win and three losses by a combined margin of eight points. I'll take the Colts and the points here.

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