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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tuesday's Gone: Week 14 #NFL Game Predictions (w/ spreads & analysis)




Tony Romo could be kissing the ground in celebration, or he could be preparing for a long December on the ground. History suggest the latter.


Week 14: #NFL Game Predictions (w/ spreads & analysis)

Week 14 results (season): 13-3 wins (137-69-1 .662); 12-4 v. spread (97-109-1 .469)


Week 14 Note: Analysis will not be available for Week 14 picks due to work-related travel and time constraints. Unfortunately ProFootballMedia.com is a one-man show, and without editors and writers these issues come up now and again. Have no fear; much thought went into these Week 14 picks! Stay tuned for Tuesday’s Gone: Week 14 Game Predictions (w/ spreads & NO analysis) and come back next week for your full Week 15 analysis. Enjoy the games and good luck in Fantasy Football playoffs!


Dallas Cowboys 8-4 (-3.5) @ Chicago Bears 5-7 (51.5): Cowboys 28-24 Cowboys 41-28
Thursday, 8:25 PM, Soldier Field, Chicago, IL (Weather: Cloudy; mid-30s)

Reasons: On paper the Cowboys are a far better team, and are 5-0 on the road so far in 2014, yet the Cowboys are only 3.5-point favorites in the first non-divisional Thursday Night game since Week 1. That tells me the sharps could be thinking it’s time for that December slide into oblivion for Dallas, despite Dez Bryant’s promises otherwise. The Cowboys maintain the league’s 3rd-ranked rushing attack, and the 9th-ranked scoring offense, which will give Chicago’s 10th-ranked run defense a challenge, while stressing the Bears’ 30th-ranked scoring defense. Both teams turn the ball over (DAL - -3; CHI - -4), and both teams are really efficient in the red zone (TDS: DAL – 65%; CHI – 67%), so if anyone turns it over close to the red zone it could spell trouble. The Cowboys are the more efficient team overall, run the ball extremely well, control the clock, and the Bears have the 7th-worst scoring differential in the NFL (-84). All of the statistics point to a Dallas win, but Dallas is 5-0 on the road and the Bears are only 3-4 at home.

Pittsburgh Steelers 7-5 (+3) @ Cincinnati Bengals 8-3-1 (47): Steelers 24-23 Steelers 42-21
Sunday, 1 PM, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH (Weather: Sunny, low 40s)


St. Louis Rams 5-7 (-3) @ Washington Natives 3-9 (44.5): Rams 24-21 Rams 24-0
Sunday, 1 PM, FedEx Field, Landover, MD (Weather: Sunny, low 40s)


New York Giants 3-9 (-3*) @ Tennessee Titans 2-10 (45.5): Giants 24-20 Giants 36-7
Sunday, 1 PM, LP Field, Nashville, TN (Weather: Cloudy, mid-40s)


Carolina Panthers 3-8-1 (+10) @ New Orleans Saints 5-7 (49.5): Saints 28-24 Panthers 41-0
Sunday, 1 PM, Mercedes-Benz Dome, New Orleans, LA (Weather: Indoors)


New York Jets 2-10 (+6) @ Minnesota Vikings 5-7 (40): Vikings 24-20 Vikings 30-24 (OT)
Sunday, 1 PM, TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN (Weather: 70% snow, mid-30s)


Baltimore Ravens 7-5 (+2.5) @ Miami Dolphins 7-5 (45.5): Ravens 24-21 Ravens 28-13
Sunday, 1 PM, SunLife Stadium, Miami, FL (Weather: Sunny, high 70s)


Indianapolis Colts 8-4 (-3.5) @ Cleveland Browns 7-5 (50): Colts 27-24 Colts 25-24
Sunday, 1 PM, First Energy Stadium, Cleveland, OH (Weather: Sunny, low 40s)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-10 (+10) @ Detroit Lions 8-4 (41.5): Lions 27-20 Lions 34-17
Sunday, 1 PM, Ford Field, Detroit, MI (Weather: Indoors)


Houston Texans 6-6 (-6) @ Jacksonville Jaguars 2-10 (42): Texans 27-20 Texans 27-13
Sunday, 1 PM, EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL (Weather: Cloudy, low 60s)


Buffalo Bills 7-5 (+9.5) @ Denver Broncos 9-3 (48): Broncos 24-21 Broncos 24-17
Sunday, 4:05 PM, Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO (Weather: Sunny, high 50s)


Kansas City Chiefs 7-5 (-3*) @ Arizona Cardinals 9-3 (40.5): Chiefs 24-21 Cardinals 17-14
Sunday, 4:05 PM, U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ (Weather: Sunny, low 70s)


Seattle Seahawks 8-4 (+1) @ Philadelphia Eagles 9-3 (48.5): Seahawks 28-27 Seahawks 24-14
Sunday, 4:25 PM, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA (Weather: Sunny, low 40s)


San Francisco 49ers 7-5 (-8) @ Oakland Raiders 1-11 (41): 49ers 24-17 Raiders 24-13
Sunday, 4:25 PM, O. Co. Stadium, Oakland, CA (Weather: 30% rain, high 60s)


New England Patriots 9-3 (-3) @ San Diego Chargers 8-4 (51.5): Patriots 28-24 Patriots 23-14
Sunday, 8:30 PM, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA (Weather: Sunny, low 70s)


Atlanta Falcons 5-7 (+12.5) @ Green Bay Packers 9-3 (58): Packers 30-21 Packers 43-37
Monday, 8:30 PM, Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI (Weather: Clearing, low 30s)

*Spreads taken from ESPN.com for these games (rather than FootballLocks.com)

Check back Wednesday for Tuesday’s Gone: Week 14 #NFL Game Predictions (w/ spreads & NO analysis) at ProFootballMedia.com!


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