NFL Picks Week 14 against the spread – Del’s picks
After a 5-10-1 week against the spread in Week 13, Del has removed any and all doubt that this will go down as his most embarrassing year of NFL picks to date. With just four weeks remaining in the season, Del currently checks in at 43% against the spread overall and 38% in the top three selections. It would take a record-setting performance down the stretch to even get close to the 50% mark.
For those of you who have weathered the storm, I offer my condolences. You’re real troopers, and I’ll try to make it worthwhile over these last few weeks. Here are Del’s Week 14 NFL Picks, with analysis of the top three after the chart. Check back later in the week for Doc Brown’s picks.
(ATS = Against the Spread, SU = Straight Up)
For the first “lock” of the week, I’m going with the Chiefs laying three points on the road against the Redskins. Sure, Washington may have been screwed by a brutal officiating gaffe in the game’s final minutes against the Giants, but they are still a lousy team. Kansas City, on the other hand, is a good all-around team that will be looking to bounce back after a tough loss to the AFC West rival Broncos. The Chiefs need a win if they want to keep pace in their division, so I envision them coming out with urgency.
Next, I’m taking the Chargers -3 against the Giants at home. It’s always difficult for an east coast team to travel west and win. It’s even more difficult when you’re a bad team. New York has improved, but I can’t see San Diego losing back-to-back games at home against east coast opponents. I thought they’d beat the Bengals, but I was wrong. That has happened a lot this year. Hopefully it won’t happen this time.
And finally, I’m taking the Saints laying three points at the Superdome against the Panthers. You know why? Because you don’t bet against the Saints at home in a prime time game — ever. Yes, Carolina is for real. Their defense is ferocious and they are a legitimate contender in the NFC. I’ve just seen Drew Brees and company make way too many teams look bad in front of their home fans on national television. That’s good enough for me.