NFL poolies betting cheat sheet: Week 14

Dec 7, 2012 |
Check out our NFL poolies' cheat sheet for all your football wagering needs in condensed form. Quick-hitting betting notes on all of Week 14's action.

Baltimore at Washington (-1, 47.5)

Baltimore owns a two-game lead in the AFC North but is coming off a disappointing loss to the Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers. Under John Harbaugh, the Ravens have won 15 consecutive games following a loss – the longest streak of its kind. During those games, the Ravens outscored opponents, 441-249, and won by an average margin of 12.8 points. Linebacker Terrell Suggs (biceps) is questionable and Baltimore will have to wait one more week before Ray Lewis (triceps) is eligible to return. The Redskins knocked off the New York Giants on Monday to keep their slim playoff hopes alive and have won three straight. These teams have played under the total in their last four meetings.

Kansas City at Cleveland (-7, 38)

Cleveland is expected to have all 53 players on the active roster available and healthy for the first time this season. The Browns were one of the top teams in the NFL in pass defense last season and have started to get stronger in that area in 2012 since CB Joe Haden returned to the lineup on Oct. 14. All four of Cleveland’s wins have come since Haden’s return. Keeping the focus on the field is the biggest challenge for Kansas City after Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide last weekend. Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (hamstring), who leads the team with 97 tackles, did not practice on Wednesday and is questionable. The Browns are 4-1 ATS in their last five overall.

San Diego at Pittsburgh (-9.5, 40)

The Steelers will have quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) back under center when they host San Diego. The Steelers have won seven of the past eight meetings with the Chargers - and 14 straight in Pittsburgh - and San Diego coach Norv Turner is 0-6 against Pittsburgh. San Diego hasn’t cracked 300 total yards in its past three games and QB Philip Rivers is having perhaps his worst season as a starter, having thrown 15 interceptions against 18 touchdowns. Pittsburgh has held seven straight opponents under 300 total yards, allowing an average of 234 yards during that stretch. The Steelers are 1-5 ATS in their last six against teams with losing records.

Tennessee at Indianapolis (-5, 46.5)

Fresh off a stunning last-second victory over the Detroit Lions, Andrew Luck and the Colts take aim at their third consecutive victory when they host the Titans. The Colts have won six of seven to move one game ahead of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati for the No. 5 playoff seed and are riding a four-game home winning streak. A change in offensive coordinators did nothing to change the fortunes of Tennessee, who were held out of the end zone until the final 94 seconds of last week's 24-10 loss to Houston. The Colts are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games and 5-0 against the number in their last five against teams with a losing record.

New York Jets at Jacksonville (2.5, 38)

Rex Ryan thought long and hard about giving Mark Sanchez another start this week after throwing three interceptions in an ugly performance against Arizona last week. Sanchez and the Jets visit Jacksonville with their playoff hopes a long shot and their offense in shambles. Sanchez has turned the ball over 45 times in the past three seasons, second most in the NFL and he ranks last in the league in passer rating. With Maurice Jones-Drew, Jalen Parmele and Rashad Jennings injured, the Jaguars are planning to give former fullback and fourth-string RB Montell Owens the start Sunday. Jacksonville is 1-5 ATS in its last six home games.

Chicago at Minnesota (2.5, 39)

With LB Brian Urlacher likely to miss the rest of the regular season with a hamstring injury, the Bears will look to keep pace with the Green Bay Packers atop the NFC North when they visit the skidding Vikings. Chicago has dominated the series of late, winning six consecutive meetings against a Minnesota team that has dropped two straight and four of its last five games. One of those losses was a 28-10 defeat at Chicago on Nov. 25. The Vikings are also dealing with the loss of a star player after putting WR Percy Harvin (ankle) on season-ending injured reserve. The Bears are 6-0 ATS in their last six meetings.

Atlanta at Carolina (3, 48)

Atlanta has taken the last five meetings with Carolina, including a 30-28 home win in Week 4. The Falcons have already clinched the NFC South title, and now they can start working on ensuring the road to the Super Bowl goes through Atlanta. Any positive momentum Carolina gained from its Monday night win at Philadelphia in Week 12 was squandered in last week's 27-21 loss at Kansas City. The Panthers have been pedestrian on both sides of the ball most of the season, and the defense was especially lackluster against the Chiefs, allowing 158 rushing yards and 355 total yards. Carolina is 0-5 ATS in its last five home games.

Philadelphia at Tampa Bay (-9, 47.5)

The Buccaneers have damaged their playoff chances after dropping two straight games, but the Eagles are now residing at the bottom of a canyon following eight consecutive losses. Eagles coach Andy Reid has declared rookie QB Nick Foles as the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the season. Philadelphia's troubles led to Reid firing defensive line coach Jim Washburn earlier in this week. He was replaced by Tommy Brasher, who held the job under Reid from 1999-2005 prior to retiring. The Bucs are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six overall.

St. Louis at Buffalo (-3, 42)

St. Louis shocked San Francisco in overtime last week, marking the second time this season the Rams took the powerful 49ers into extra time. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins has scored three TDs in the past two games, more than the Rams offense has generated. Quarterback Sam Bradford remains inconsistent and his top target, Danny Amendola, is once again questionable with a foot injury.  The Bills gained a season-best 232 rushing yards last Sunday vs. the Jags to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. A once-porous defense has also improved. In the past three weeks Buffalo has allowed just 244.0 yards per game. The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games.

Dallas at Cincinnati (-3.5, 46)

While the Bengals sit two games removed of AFC North-leading Baltimore, the Cowboys' deficit is just one behind the New York Giants in the suddenly competitive NFC East. Dallas secured its third win in four tries by scoring 21 fourth-quarter points en route to a 38-33 victory over reeling Philadelphia on Sunday night. And the Bengals are looking to record to push their winning streak to five games after securing a victory over San Diego last week. Cowboys QB Tony Romo will need to be on alert against a Cincinnati defense which leads the NFL with 39 sacks. The Bengals are 4-0 ATS during their current four-game winning streak.

Miami at San Francisco (-10.5, 39)

The Dolphins have dropped four of five but played well in the past two weeks, beating the Seahawks and losing by seven to the Patriots. Miami will be without LT Jake Long, the former No. 1 overall pick who suffered a torn triceps last week. The controversial switch from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick at quarterback hit its first speed bump in the overtime loss to St. Louis. Kaepernick committed a huge blunder when his errant pitch led to the tying touchdown with three minutes remaining. He was also sacked three times but ran for 84 yards and threw for 208 yards to earn his fourth consecutive start this Sunday. The 49ers are allowing a league-low 14.3 points per game but the Dolphins are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games against teams with winning records.

New Orleans at New York Giants (-4.5, 53)

The last two weeks have been a disaster for the Saints, with QB Drew Brees throwing a total of seven interceptions in losses to the 49ers and Falcons. Brees was picked off five times and did not have a touchdown pass in a 23-13 loss at Atlanta on Nov. 29, breaking his NFL-record string of 54 straight games with at least one TD pass. The Saints need to win all four of their remaining games to have a shot at a postseason berth and still have games against playoff hopefuls Tampa Bay and the Dallas. New York will lean on running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and David Wilson against the New Orleans run defense. The New Orleans rushing defense has been dreadful, allowing opposing backs to shred them for an average of 153.8 yards this season. The home team is 7-1 ATS in their last eight meetings.

Arizona at Seattle (-10, 36)

Seattle is in position for the final wild-card spot and hopes one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL will help solidify that. The Seahawks, who are 5-0 straight up and ATS at CenturyLink Field, have a one-game cushion over four teams - Washington, Dallas, Minnesota and Tampa Bay.  Arizona, which has lost eight straight since a 4-0 start, has spun its quarterback carousel again. Coach Ken Whisenhunt announced Wednesday he will go back to John Skelton, who was 1-4 as a starter before being benched for rookie Ryan Lindley. These teams have played under the total in their last four meetings.

Detroit at Green Bay (-7, 48)

The Lions haven't won a game at Lambeau Field since 1991. That's s streak of 20 straight losses, 21 counting a playoff game in 1994. But injuries are rearing their head for Green Bay, which is expected to be without wideout Jordy Nelson (hamstring), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring) and RB James Starks (knee) on Sunday night. The Lions are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games versus NFC North foes.

Houston at New England (-3.5, 50.5)

In addition to their 12-game win streak in December, the Patriots also have an NFL-best 42-5 record in the final month of the year since 2001, which includes a perfect 4-0 in 2011. New England has finished undefeated in December four times during that span, including 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Additionally, New England is 19-1 in the last four games of the regular season since 2007. The Texans are without CB Brice McCain, their best slot defender, due to a broken foot and could march out top corner Johnathan Joseph at less than 100 percent. Joseph missed the last two games due to a tender hamstring. The Patriots are 4-0 ATS in their last four Monday night games.

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