Saturday, December 9, 2017

Week 14 NFL Picks Against the Spread (Trifone)

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 John Trifone's Week 14 NFL picks against the spread:

Chicago Bears +6.5 over Cincinnati Bengals (3 Units)

The Bears defense has actually been decent this year, and the Bengals have been one of the more disappointing teams this season. Coming off a tough loss to the Steelers, I don’t see Cincinnati getting up for this game. Chicago should be able to keep this one closer than the 6.5 line.

Kansas City Chiefs -4 over Oakland Raiders (5 Units)

With the way Kansas City has fallen off after a hot start to the season, I'm a little uncomfortable with how much I love the Chiefs in this spot. Maybe it’s because of how much I’ve seen of Oakland this year, who didn’t deserve the win last week over the Geno Smith-led 2-10 Giants at home. How the Raiders are 6-6 is beyond me, but there’s no doubt in my mind they are significantly worse than Kansas City. Even with the division rivalry, I will be surprised if the Chiefs don’t dominate this game from start to finish. Proceed at your own risk, but this is my favorite line on the board.

Carolina Panthers +3 over Minnesota Vikings (3 Units)

Minnesota has been consistently great this year, while the Panthers have been a little more up and down even though they’re 8-4. The Vikings are coming off a huge win at Atlanta this past week, but it’s tough to keep beating good teams on the road. I’m not as confident that the Panthers win outright, but I do feel good with the points. This could be a 21-20 game. I’ll take Cam Newton to cover in Carolina here.

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