Who is going to end this NFL season as the Super Bowl champion? By this stage of the season, we all usually have a very definite opinion in who that team will be. It says something about the parity in the league that no one is really making any grand predictions about the potential winner. There are a few teams who seem to be ready to make a run once the postseason begins, but that could all change over the final few weeks of the year. We are at a point now where every game takes on some level of importance, as a tough loss in Week 14 could well be the difference between getting into the playoffs and missing out. This will all play out over the next few weeks, but for now, let’s focus on our SU picks for Week 14 of the season so you can place your bets against the NFL odds.
Week 14 SU Picks for the 2021 Season | NFL Betting
Carolina Panthers over Atlanta Falcons
If you look at previous meetings between teams, it’s easy to get carried away and not look at anything else. For example, the Falcons have win 7 of their last 10 meetings with the Panthers, but is that a trend that is relevant this season? Well, one of the losses that the Falcons have taken this season came against the Panthers, a 19-13 loss in their own building. With that loss, as well as some others this season, Atlanta is now just 2-10 SU in their last 12 versus the NFC. Drilling down even further, they only have 1 win in their last 8 versus teams from within their division. The Panthers are 2-4 SU at home this season and come into this weekend on the heels of 2 straight losses. Despite that, I think they grind out the win in this one.
Baltimore Ravens over Cleveland Browns
Things tightened up dramatically in the AFC North on the heels of a single play. In Week 13, the Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers went head-to-head, with Baltimore getting within a point late. Instead of kicking the point after and going to OT, they opted to go for the 2-point conversion, which they missed. Things can get tighter still if the Ravens have another off day against the Cleveland Browns this weekend. Cleveland is in the battle for a Wild Card spot and can’t afford to have too many more losses in their future. Baltimore has made a habit of winning close games, but they have been good against the Browns, winning 5 of the last 6 meetings. They took out Cleveland 16-10 in their earlier meeting this season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers over Buffalo Bills
Prior to the start of the season, a lot of people had this as a potential Super Bowl matchup. After all, you have the defending champions going against a Bills team that went all the way to the AFC Championship Game last season. The Buccaneers are exactly where we expected them to be at this stage of the season, but things are not going so well for the Bills, who are clinging to the final playoff spot in the conference. The Bills have dropped to 7-5 on the season and could potentially slip below the playoff line with a loss here. The bad news for Buffalo is that they are just 3-7 in their last 10 meetings with the Buccaneers.