SOUTH FLORIDA, November 27, 2014 — As American prepare to enjoy turkey, stuffing, and all of the trimmings, nothing celebrates the glory of America and Thanksgiving like the National Football League. As the weather gets colder, the action on the field is about to get red hot as the wheat gets separated from the chaff. So let’s stuff our faced with a nine course meal and one hour of football for each course. This is the NFL 2014 Week 13 Preview and Bettor’s Guide, with point spread provided by FootballLocks.com and all times Eastern.
Thursday, November 27, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (-7) — The Lions lost consecutive road games to the top teams in each conference. Now they return home angry and play a bad team. Do the math. Jay Cutler may throw touchdown passes to both teams. Lions cover.
Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys (-3) — With first place in the division on the line, the home field is really the only difference between these evenly matched teams. Eagles cover.
8:30 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (-1.5) — These teams last met in one of the most brutal NFC Title Games of all time. Now there is a chance the loser of this game will not even make the playoffs. Give the 49ers the edge at home. They temporarily get their revenge, but later in the season play again in Seattle. 49ers co
Sunday, November 30, 1:00 p.m.
Washington at Indianapolis Colts (-9.5) — Robert Griffin III has been benched in favor of Colt McCoy. Andrew Luck may send Jay Gruden into coaching retirement after just one season. Colts cover.
Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans (-6.5) — The Titans are a terrible team, but Zach Mettenberger has shown flashes of promise. He may be able to keep the game close against a Texans squad that is not that special. Texans win but fail to cover.
Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills (-2.5) — The Browns and Bills showed a ton of heart in winning last week under different sets of tough conditions. The Browns have the better team, but the entire city of Buffalo has rallied around the Bills after brutal snowstorms affected the city. Bills cover.
San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens (-6) — The Chargers are overrated while the Ravens got a big road win last week at New Orleans. After losing 37-0 on the road a couple weeks ago it is hard to trust the Chargers on the road against a good team. The Ravens never make it easy though. Ravens win but fail to cover.
New York Giants (-2.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars — The Giants refuse to quit under Tom Coughlin while the Jaguars are not even competitive. Expect the players to help Coughlin beat his old team to give him a small amount of satisfaction in a tough season. Giants cover.
Cincinnati Bengals (-3.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — The Bengals may be the least respected 7-3-1 team in history, but the Buccaneers are just ghastly. With Tampa continuing to party like it’s 1976, expect the Bengals to put up some points as they did at New Orleans. Bengals cover.
Oakland Raiders at St. Louis Rams (-7) — The Raiders finally got a win, beating a very good Kansas City team. The Rams stunned Denver in their last home game. The Raiders are competitive, but the Rams at home make the difference. Rams win but fail to cover.
New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers (-4) — The Saints are worse than what they were in years past while the Steelers are better. The Saints have the offense to keep it close but Pittsburgh has that winning attitude back. Steelers win but fail to cover.
Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings (-3) — Both teams have had a bad year, making the only determinant in this game the home field. This is Minnesota weather, and Teddy Bridgewater is slowly improving. Vikings cover.
Arizona Cardinals (-2.5) at Atlanta Falcons — Although Arizona lost last week at Seattle, they are still a great team playing an Atlanta squad that just makes too many killer mistakes.Arizona has the firepower, and this is a game that good teams must win. Cardinals cover.
New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers (-3) — Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are playing lights out football. The Patriots have won seven straight while the Packers put up 50 points in consecutive weeks and then knocked off rival Minnesota on the road. Go with the home field as screaming Packers fans will temporarily stop the Patriots express. Packers cover.
Denver Broncos (-2) at Kansas City Chiefs — Peyton Manning is far better than Alex Smith, and drinking and dunking is not going to beat Denver. However, the home crowd combined with a team angry over losing to previously winless Oakland will have the Chiefs fired up. If Jamal Charles can run the ball, the Chiefs get it done. Chiefs cover.
Monday, December 1, 8:30 p.m.
Miami Dolphins (-6.5) at New York Jets — The Jets have finally mailed it in. The quarterback situation is a mess. Last year the Dolphins had everything to play for and missed the playoffs by losing to a Jets squad that has nothing to play for. Rex Ryan deserves better but his players do not. Dolphins win but fail to cover.