N.F.L. Week 14 Predictions: Our Picks Against the Spread

Bengals at Chargers, Four:05 p.m., CBS

It’s straightforward to select on the Bengals (5-7), losers of six of their final seven video games, however it’s value remembering that these losses got here as Cincinnati endured a number of large accidents and in opposition to some stellar competitors — it isn’t like many groups can stand as much as the Steelers, Chiefs or Saints. Now they need to go on the street to face the red-hot Chargers (9-Three) with their three most recognizable gamers (Andy Dalton, A.J. Inexperienced and Tyler Eifert) all on injured reserve and their beginning operating again (Joe Mixon) questionable with a foot damage. Overlaying a two-touchdown level unfold is so much to ask, however the Chargers ought to win, and they need to win massive. Decide: Chargers -14

Broncos at 49ers, Four:05 p.m., CBS

The Broncos (6-6) aren’t at the moment in line for a playoff spot, however the groups forward of them for the second wild-card spot (Baltimore, Miami, Indianapolis) all appear to be skating on skinny ice. Denver can enhance its place with a particularly winnable street sport in opposition to the 49ers (2-10), a staff that has been devastated by accidents. How far the Broncos can transcend that may be a extra fascinating query, as season-ending accidents to Chris Harris Jr., a cornerback, and Emmanuel Sanders, a large receiver, might hamper them in video games in opposition to groups extra competent than San Francisco. Decide: Broncos -Four

Giants at Redskins, 1 p.m., Fox

It has been a swift fall for the Redskins (6-6). They entered Week 11 with a 6-Three report, management of the N.F.C. East, and a perception that the mix of a robust protection and a quietly environment friendly offense might energy them to the playoffs. Alex Smith’s devastating damage was simply the beginning of their issues as they’ve now misplaced three consecutive video games, have needed to watch the Cowboys ascend, and have one way or the other ended up with Mark Sanchez at quarterback. However hey, if Sanchez will get harm, or performs like Sanchez tends to play, there’s an opportunity Josh Johnson will get right into a sport. In case you assume Colin Kaepernick could be rusty after two seasons out of the league, think about the gunk that has constructed up on Johnson, who hasn’t tried a cross within the N.F.L. since Dec. 11, 2011. Decide: Giants -Three.5

Lions at Cardinals, Four:25 p.m., Fox; Jets at Payments, 1 p.m., CBS

Exit and spend time with your mates or household. If something fascinating occurs in these two video games the highlights might be straightforward sufficient to seek out. Picks: Lions -Three; Jets +Three.5


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