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Steve’s Weekly NFL Bettor’s Guide: Week 14

Photo courtesy of Erik Drost/Flickr

Photo courtesy of Erik Drost/Flickr

Week 4 of this NFL season was one of great promise. The Oakland Raiders still had a reasonable amount of losses and I was 3-0 in the Baller Mind Frame fantasy league. Well 3-0 turned into 3-6 and as I sit at 5-8 in the consolation bracket I only wonder what could have been. Also, the consolation bracket in fantasy football is easily the most demeaning thing out there. Besides finishing eighth in the Maui Invitational. Sorry, Chaminade fans.

As with my fantasy record, the yearly pick record is nearing the .500 mark after a week in which the New York Giants lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals barely defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Is another first-round playoff exit awaiting Andy Dalton and the Bengals? Most likely.

This week features mostly important matchups, minus the New York Giants taking on the Tennessee Titans in a game that hopefully no one will watch. The six 7-5 teams in the AFC are all in action, and one of those teams will send Brian Hoyer out on the field on what will surely be a short leash. Out of context, the top ESPN headline being the fact that Brian Hoyer is starting for the Cleveland Browns would surely be confusing for someone returning from an interstellar mission, given the absence of time dilation of course.

I am going with the entire NFC West this week which includes the St. Louis Rams, who I only have more respect for after their small scale, peaceful protest that further showed the incompetence of the St. Louis police force.

The Seattle Seahawks are one-point underdogs against the Philadelphia Eagles, but the defense of the Seahawks will prove too much for Marky Mark and the Eagles offense.

A notable upset pick this week is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers covering the 10 points they need against the Detroit Lions. Even though they have the worst record in the NFC, the Bucs are certainly better than their 2-10 mark. They nearly defeated the Cincinnati Bengals last week in a game that went down to the final seconds. The double-digit spread will not be a smart bet on the Detroit Lions. Never bet big on a Jim Caldwell-coached team.

Two things in life are for certain: Jim Caldwell will never show any emotion and the picks are below.

Dallas Cowboys (-3.5) at Chicago Bears: Cowboys -3.5

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals (-3.5): Steelers +3.5

St. Louis Rams (-3) at Washington Redskins: Rams -3

New York Giants (-1.5) at Tennessee Titans: Giants -1.5

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints (-10): Saints -10

New York Jets at Minnesota Vikings (-6): Vikings -6

Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins (-3): Ravens +3

Indianapolis Colts (-4.5) at Cleveland Browns: Browns +4.5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions (-10): Buccaneers +10

Houston Texans (-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars: Texans -6

Buffalo Bills at Denver Broncos (-10): Broncos -10

Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals (-1): Cardinals -1

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles (-1): Seahawks +1

San Francisco 49ers (-9) at Oakland Raiders: 49ers -9

New England Patriots (-4) at San Diego Chargers: Patriots -4

Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers (-12.5): Falcons +12.5

Last Week: 5-11

Yearly Record: 96-85-1

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