Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE NFL WEEK 14 REPORT –
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PREVIEWS FROM BUFFALO,
N’ORLEANS, FOXBORO & LA
As we like to say in the business … the fun has just begun!
Yes, it’s NFL Week 14 and there’s blockbuster games all ‘round the league and so let’s get right to ‘em following this important reminder:
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NFL WEEK 14
On Sunday, it’s …
BALTIMORE (10-2) at BUFFALO (9-3) – 1 p.m. ET, CBS
It sure is nice of the national media to “crown” the Baltimore Ravens the next champion of the NFL – but can we get through the final four weeks of this regular season before we hand over the bling to John Harbaugh’s crew?
No doubt that this AFC North club – currently riding an 8-game SU (straight-up) winning streak – has been the flavor of the past two months with do-everything QB Lamar Jackson (see 25 passing TDs /7 rushing TDs) the now-popular choice to win league MVP but keep in mind the dogged Bills rank third in the NFL in total defense (fourth in passing “D”) and Buffalo QB Josh Allen is playing with a real confidence … might this be an upset special in western New York?
Spread Note – The Ravens are 14-6-2 ATS (against the spread) away since the start of the 2017 campaign.
SAN FRANCISCO (10-2) at NEW ORLEANS (10-2) – 1 p.m. ET, Fox
Major news here is that the host Saints could well be without two key offensive linemen as G Andrus Peat (forearm) is out and OT Terron Armstead (ankle) is questionable and so the $64,000 question becomes just how does this New Orleans blocking wall slow down this fierce 49ers’ pass rush …. gotta believe we’ll see Saints’ QB Drew Brees (12 TDs, 4 INTs) dumping off lots of screens and short passes to RB Alvin Kamara who has not been his usual explosive self for much of this 2019 campaign.
The Niners, meanwhile, will feed RB Raheem Mostert plenty here following that 143-yard / 1 TD showing in Baltimore. Run, Raheem, run!
Spread Note – The Saints have covered their last five consecutive games against non-NFC South foes.
KANSAS CITY (8-4) at NEW ENGLAND (10-2) – 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
When we last watched these two AFC powers hammer it out against one another, the Patriots were snagging a 37-31 overtime win at Arrowhead Stadium that decided the conference’s Super Bowl representative – fast forward to the here-and-now and there’s gnawing problems for both sides: The visiting Chiefs have a tattered / battered backfield and so QB Patrick Mahomes (20 passing TDs / 2 INTs) may have to gun it 50 times here while the Patriots are down to a third-string center plus there’s major problems in getting deep-threat wide receivers open … or didn’t you see Pats’ QB Tom Brady (18 TDs / 6 INTs) screaming at guys not named WR Julian Edelman last Sunday night in Houston?
Spread Note – Since the start of the 2013 season, these NE Patriots are an electric 41-18-3 spreadwise at home (that’s a .695 winning rate).
On Sunday Night, it’s …
SEATTLE (10-2) at LOS ANGELES RAMS (7-5) – 8:20 p.m. ET, NBC
Count the Rams among folks that don’t want to re-live history – the missed late-late game FG by normally dependable K Greg Zuerlein doomed ‘em in that 30-29 loss-but-cover game in Seattle back in Week 5 play and so here’s the defending NFC champs hanging on for dear life when it comes to a mere wild card berth.
Okay, so if Zuerlein makes all his tries here and if the Rams’ defensive front can slow down the NFL’s third-ranked ground game starring RBs Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny (they’ve combined for 155 and 176 rushing yards, respectively, the past two weeks) then maybe the Hollywood gang stays in the playoff hunt here.
Spread Note – Road teams have covered 14 of the last 21 games played between these NFC West rivals.
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