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Packers, Dolphins, Browns All To Win NFL Week 14

December 7, 2018

Week 14 of the NFL season is an important one for teams that are jostling for positions in the playoffs, although thinning of the field has already begun with several sides out of the picture.

The Los Angeles Rams have already secured the NFC West and there are other sides that will be able to lock up their division crowns in this week’s round of matches. We’ll now break down the five teams that you should have in your teaser for week 14.

The spotlight is on Rodgers

Atlanta Falcons @ Green Bay Packers

A rematch of the 2016 NFC Championship Game, although the teams are very different from the contest two seasons ago. The Packers suffered a shock defeat at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals last week, prompting the firing of Mike McCarthy after 13 seasons with the club.

Green Bay were a perennial contender under McCarthy, winning the Super Bowl in the 2010 campaign. However, a string of failures and an uninspiring term with the best quarterback – Aaron Rodgers – in the league at their disposal has forced his departure. Joe Philbin was elevated to take interim charge and as so often happens in the game following a sacking, it would be no surprise to see the Packers ease to victory over the Falcons.

Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn could be staring into his future. His team have not recovered from their loss in the Super Bowl to the New England Patriots. Injuries and poor play have haunted their season, with just four wins to their name. The Falcons have lost four-straight matches and it’s hard to see them finding their touch against a reinvigorated Green Bay outfit. Take the Packers for the win at -209  with BetOnline.

New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins

New England are in a familiar spot heading towards a bye in the post-season in the AFC Conference. A win over the Dolphins would secure the AFC East for the 10th year on the bounce. The Patriots were outstanding on defense in their win over the Minnesota Vikings last week, limiting Kirk Cousins and company to only 10 points. Tom Brady and his offense mustered three touchdowns to notch their ninth win of the campaign. Their record against the Dolphins in Miami is poor, especially in December.

Bill Belichick’s men have won one out of their last five matches at Hard Rock Stadium, while their record on the road this term has been patchy at best. The Dolphins edged out the Bills last week, surviving a late throw from Josh Allen into the endzone that Charles Clay failed to catch. Adam Gase’s side are still alive in the race for the Wildcard Round and are capable of matching the Patriots on home soil. It will not be easy with cornerback Xavien Howard expected to miss, but back them to stun their AFC East rivals with a winning performance at odds of +310  with TopBet.

Carolina Panthers @ Cleveland Browns

The Panthers have collapsed during the middle stretch of the season. A month ago they were a 6-2 side that could have threatened the New Orleans Saints in NFC South, but now are a 6-6 outfit that are in danger of missing the playoffs. They saved their worst defeat for last week, succumbing to a poor Tampa Bay Buccaneers team on the road. Cam Newton is struggling with a shoulder injury so much so his backup Taylor Heinicke was called upon to throw a Hail Mary in the defeat to the Bucs. Newton is not operating at 100%, while tight end Greg Olsen has been ruled out for the term.

Carolina’s defense has been nowhere near the peak of their powers, which has seen two coaches fired in the aftermath of their latest loss. Pressure is growing on head coach Ron Rivera. Cleveland are a team trending in the opposite direction. They were beaten by the Houston Texans on the road last week as Baker Mayfield threw three interceptions. The Browns should be a stronger team at home and have the defense to limit Carolina. Mayfield will have opportunities to make throws downfield, which might be enough to lift the Browns to their fifth win. Back Cleveland at odds of +110  with Bovada.

Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys began their four-game winning streak against the Eagles last month, kickstarting their surge towards the NFC East title. Dallas will be flying high fresh off their win over the Saints last week, limiting Drew Brees and his potent offense to only 10 points in a narrow victory on home soil. Jason Garrett’s men are playing brilliantly on defense and it has been the foundation of their charge towards the playoffs. A victory over the Eagles would put them on the brink of securing a home match in the Wildcard Round.

Ezekiel Elliott dominated Philadelphia’s defense in the first matchup and it would be no surprise to see him deliver once again. Doug Pederson’s men have kept themselves alive in the race in the NFC East, producing back-to-back wins over the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins. However, they’re nowhere near their form of the 2017 season, although Carson Wentz has shown signs of his pre-injury skills. Given their recent displays on defense, take the Cowboys for the win at odds of -177  with BetOnline.

Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals put forward a solid performance to stun the Packers last week. They were able to limit Rodgers and company to only 17 points, while Josh Rosen and the offense did just enough to put 20 points on the board, courtesy of two touchdowns from Chase Edmonds. Arizona earned their third win of the campaign, although head coach Steve Wilks still cannot be sure he has secured a second season in charge of the club. The performances of his defense and Rosen will have a lot to do with his future over the final month of the term. A win over the Lions would suggest that his team are moving in the right direction.

Fellow rookie head coach Matt Patricia is also vying to prove that he is worth a long-term investment. Given his ties to the front office his future looks to be certain for a second season, but he will have concerns over the form of Matt Stafford. Detroit held down the Rams for a period of time in their 30-16 defeat last week before the dam broke in the second half. Expect them to build off the momentum of that performance with a much-needed win over the Cardinals at -146  with BetOnline.

Tips Summary

Green Bay Packers To Beat Atlanta Falcons
Sunday 9th December 2018 13:00 ET (18:00 GMT)
Odds: -209

Miami Dolphins To Beat New England Patriots
Sunday 9th December 2018 13:00 ET (18:00 GMT)
Odds: +310

Cleveland Browns To Beat Carolina Panthers
Sunday 9th December 2018 13:00 ET (18:00 GMT)
Odds: +110

Dallas Cowboys To Beat Philadelphia Eagles
Sunday 9th December 2018 16:25 ET (21:25 GMT)
Odds: -177

Detroit Lions To Beat Arizona Cardinals
Sunday 9th December 2018 16:25 ET (21:25 GMT)
Odds: -146

Five Team Teaser with Bovada30.25

  • Cleveland Browns
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Detroit Lions
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Miami Dolphins
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    Simon Sinclair
    Simon Sinclair

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    Simon is a freelance sports writer from the UK. He passionately writes about all kinds of sports, sharing his predictions on everything from the latest cricket matches and golf tournaments to major horse racing events and popular American sports.