2019 Week 14 NFL Picks
After taking over top seed in the AFC, the Ravens are now the Super Bowl favorites at +275. The Patriots, who had been favored since Week 1, fell to +300. But that is still shorter than any team in the hyper-competitive NFC, where the 10-2 Saints lead the pack at +600. Currently holding the #1 seed and possessing a strong home-field advantage, the Saints would be shorter if not for a couple stark realities: first, three of their final four games are against teams .500 or better, and second, the 49ers and Seahawks are both 10-2, as well, and ready to pounce on the #1 seed.
MFST’s Week 14 picks have the Ravens beating the Bills, but the guys are split on the Patriots as they host the Chiefs this weekend…
Standings after Week 13
Brandon Reid: 119-72-1
Dan Schalk: 111-80-1
Cowboys at Bears
Dan Schalk: Dallas Cowboys. Both teams are not very good, but with Jason Garrett coaching for his job, a win is a necessity for Big D.
Brandon Reid: Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys really let me down on Thanksgiving. They’re going to have to start winning the games they are supposed to. They are far better offensively than the Bears.
Colts at Buccaneers
Dan Schalk: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I can’t figure either team out, so I’ll go with the team that will put up points (and interceptions).
Brandon Reid: Indianapolis Colts. While I do believe the Colts are slipping, I have new found respect for their defense after last week’s game with the Titans.
Ravens at Bills
Dan Schalk: Baltimore Ravens. Bills Mafia considered their Thanksgiving victory over Dallas as their “Super Bowl” and the “biggest victory since the 90’s” (I know because I was harassed all weekend about it). My thoughts are simple–it must be pretty sad when beating a not-so-good Cowboys team is your Super Bowl. The Bills will be one-and-done in the playoffs and they will get beat up by the Ravens on Sunday.
Brandon Reid: Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are too much to handle. I’m not picking against them for the rest of the year.
Lions at Vikings
Dan Schalk: Minnesota Vikings. The Lions are falling apart–mostly due to injuries, but they won’t be able to keep up with Minnesota.
Brandon Reid: Minnesota Vikings. Matt Stafford might be back this week, but I’m not sure it matters. The Vikings are playing well right now, despite losing a shootout to the Seahawks.
Redskins at Packers
Dan Schalk: Green Bay Packers. Washington pulled out a solid upset last week–they won’t come close this weekend.
Brandon Reid: Green Bay Packers. The Packers have a real shot to win out and finish 13-3. They have to make one last trip to Minnesota, so a 12-4 finish should be worse case scenario. Yes, I’m overlooking the Redskins, who are this week’s opponent.
Broncos at Texans
Dan Schalk: Houston Texans. The Texans have a chance to make some noise in the postseason.
Brandon Reid: Houston Texans. The Texans are a well balanced team. I’m not sure exactly how good they are, but their resume is solid right now. The Broncos will not be able to keep up.
49ers at Saints
Dan Schalk: New Orleans Saints. Possible NFC Championship matchup? I’ll take the Saints at home, but I would not be surprised if the 49ers won this game.
Brandon Reid: New Orleans Saints. I think the Saints may end up being the best team in the NFC. Their defense is solid and they are loaded on offense. The Niners are really being tested right now.
Bengals at Browns
Dan Schalk: Cleveland Browns. Both teams are going nowhere this year–I’ll take the home team in a low scoring affair.
Brandon Reid: Cleveland Browns. I see the Browns squeaking out an 8-8 finish. They will lose to the Ravens, but beat the Bengals twice, and the Cardinals. Or should anyway.
Panthers at Falcons
Dan Schalk: Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers looked terrible against Washington last weekend–after firing their coach, I don’t see a rebound happening.
Brandon Reid: Atlanta Falcons. I can’t pick the Panthers right now. Too much is in flux after firing Rivera.
Dolphins at Jets
Dan Schalk: New York Jets. This will be a battle, just not sure anyone wants to watch.
Brandon Reid: New York Jets. The Jets at home, I guess. What a dud of a game.
Chargers at Jaguars
Dan Schalk: Jacksonville Jaguars. For my fantasy playoff-purposes, please let Leonard Fournette score three touchdowns and rush for 200-yards.
Brandon Reid: Jacksonville Jaguars. I think Anthony Lynn has lost his team. The Jags are going back to Gardner Minshew. Neither team has much to be motivated about right now.
Chiefs at Patriots
Dan Schalk: New England Patriots. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady do not lose two games in a row, no matter the opponent.
Brandon Reid: Kansas City Chiefs. I’m waiting for the Chiefs offense to get it rolling again. The Patriots really don’t scare me. Their schedule is finally exposing who they really are. They are not this all-time elite defense that they looked to be the first half of the season. In all honesty they are probably better than the Chiefs. But this is just one of those gut feelings.
Titans at Raiders
Dan Schalk: Oakland Raiders. Tennessee is hot, and despite my love for Ryan Tannehill in the preseason, I’m still not a believer in this team. Maybe it’s because of their bonehead ex-linebacker head coach.
Brandon Reid: Tennessee Titans. I’m not overlooking a road game, but the Raiders are giving up 27 ppg, not to mention losing 34-3 against a bad Jets team two weeks ago. Their offense has not been able to put up points this year. They are the 2nd most penalized team in the NFL and have been having a hard time moving the ball and getting into scoring range. The Titans on the other hand have been averaging 30 ppg since Ryan Tannehill has taken over and they rank 1st in Red Zone efficiency. The Titans offense should be able to have their way with Oakland. The key to the game will the Titans defense. The Raiders protect the QB well, and Jacoby Brissett chewed up the Titans secondary in the mid-range last week. If the Titans can keep Carr somewhat in check, and dare the Raiders to beat them on the ground, they should control the tempo of the game and outscore the Raiders. Titans are favored on the road by 2.5.
Steelers at Cardinals
Dan Schalk: Arizona Cardinals. Eventually the Steelers are going to realize they aren’t good and will lose games–I’m predicting this weekend.
Brandon Reid: Pittsburgh Steelers. Mike Tomlin just survives. No Bell, Brown, or Roethlisberger, no problem. If they make the playoffs, he should get Coach of the Year consideration.
Seahawks at Rams
Dan Schalk: Los Angeles Rams. The Rams are about to make the NFC West very interesting…
Brandon Reid: Seattle Seahawks. The Rams have lost me this year. Seattle is legit.
Giants at Eagles
Dan Schalk: New York Giants. Eli to the rescue!
Brandon Reid: Philadelphia Eagles. Put the Eagles in the same boat as the Rams, they lost me. Only reason I’m picking them is because they are at home against a 2-10 team.