Week 14 in the NFL is the time to separate the pretenders from the contenders.
Teams are battling down the stretch to make the playoffs or get into a good position to clinch a division in hopes of obtaining a Super Bowl ring.
Because of this pressure teams are very prone to upsets late in the season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are struggling to secure a playoff spot as they host the Eagles after back-to–back losses. Now they face the lowly Eagles, but there is a very good chance that they could lose outright.
The latest NFL Odds have the Buccaneers listed as seven-point favorites.
Andy Reid announced Nick Foles would start for the rest of the season and the young quarterback has looked more comfortable in the pocket every week since stepping in for the injured Michael Vick.
Against the Cowboys Foles completed 22 of 34 attempts and found the end zone for one score. More importantly he had no interceptions and fired passes out of bounds when appropriate avoiding foolish throws.
Without Vick lurking over his shoulder, Foles will be able to dissect a weak Bucs secondary.
The Buccaneers are 9-23-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 33 home games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 home games against a team with a losing road record. Bucs are on upset alert and fading from the playoff picture.
The Bears defense comes into this game banged up.
Brian Urlacher is out with a hamstring strain and could be out for the year. CB Tim Jennings (shoulder), the league leader in interceptions, also could miss this game, and Chicago’s defense had major problems a week ago against Seattle.. (Via Pro Football Weekly)
Meanwhile Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is having a monster year.
The Bears had trouble stopping the run against Seattle and without some key members on defense, Peterson will run wild.
Peterson has 6 consecutive games of 100+ yards for the 1st time in his career, which is the team record. #Vikings
— Minnesota Vikings (@VikingsFootball) December 5, 2012
RB Adrian Peterson leads the NFL with 1,446 rushing yards, more yards than 22 NFL teams and is tied for 4th with 8 rushing TDs.
The Home team is 7-2 ATS in their last nine meetings and the Vikings have the Bears on upset alert. The Vikings top the list of NFL picks for the week.
Betting against the Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck this year has not been a very good move, but this betting line is inflated. Luck and Robert Griffin III are getting all of the hype this season, but in Week 14 the Colts are getting too much respect from the odds makers.
Titans quarterback Jake Locker will have an extra week to get adjusted to a new offense and he should get an improved effort from his teammates.
Against the Houston Texans, the Titans receivers dropped six passes! This is out of the norm for a usual sure handed receiving corps. Expect an improved effort this week against a suspect Colts secondary.
The pass defense of the Colts allows an average of 240 yards per game which is good for No. 20 in the NFL and they have allowed 21 touchdowns on the season. Last week against the lowly Lions they did not record one sack or one interception.
The underdog is 4-1 against the spread in the last five meetings and the Titans have the Colts on upset alert in Week 14.
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