Minnesota, Atlanta primary picks to click
The Vikings have fallen on hard times lately. But that isn’t stopping the general population from backing Sam Bradford & Co. in Week 14.
Eighty-three percent of bettors like Minnesota (6-6) to dispose of lowly Jacksonville on Sunday. Mike Zimmer’s team hopes to rebound from a gut-wrenching defeat at the hands of Dallas and stay relevant in the NFC playoff race. The 2-10 Jags, on the other hand, are already out of the postseason picture. Not coincidentally, they rank dead last in the NFL in turnover ratio at minus-18.
Matt Ryan continues to do an exemplary job of hanging onto the football. As a result, his Falcons (7-5) hold a share of the NFC South lead with Tampa Bay. Atlanta gets a prime opportunity to pad its résuméthis afternoon, too, vs. the reeling Rams (4-8). Eighty-two percent of individuals prefer the visiting squad – despite the fact that Julio Jones (turf toe) could miss the contest. Ryan knows for certain that fellow wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (groin) will watch from the sidelines.
The vertical picture appears much brighter for the Steelers (7-5), who remain engaged in a furious battle for AFC North supremacy. Antonio Brown, Ladarius Green and the rest of Mike Tomlin’s deadly playmakers travel to Buffalo at 1 p.m. ET. The 6-6 Bills desperately need a win of their own; however, Pittsburgh’s attracting 79 percent of wagers here. If Rex Ryan’s ferocious front seven can go above and beyond, maybe we’re talking about a real gem.
A nail-biter in Philadelphia seems less likely. Seventy-nine percent of the crowd also expects Washington to keep the Eagles in a tailspin. But while quarterback Carson Wentz just posted his first career three-interception game, the Redskins’ defense doesn’t necessarily inspire a ton of fear at the moment. In reality, Jay Gruden’s club ranks among the worst in the sport in terms of forcing foes off the field on third down.
Finally, the Battle of Ohio finds the Browns trying to register victory No. 1 against the Bengals. Robert Griffin III, having fully recovered from a broken bone in his left shoulder, draws the starting nod for the hosts. Yet one wonders if that’ll truly help the cause at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cincinnati, of course, must operate without All-Pro wideout A.J. Green (hamstring).