NFL Week 14 Picks 2017 NFL Predictions Week 14: New Orleans Saints 9-3-0 (-1.5) VS Atlanta Falcons 7-5-0, Indianapolis Colts 3-9-0 VS Buffalo Bills 6-6-0 (-4), Detroit Lions 6-6-0 (-1) VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-8-0, Oakland Raiders 6-6-0 VS Kansas City Chiefs 6-6-0 (-4), San Francisco 49ers 2-10-0 VS Houston Texans 4-8-0 (-3), Green Bay Packers 6-6-0 (-3.5) VS VS Cleveland Browns 0-12-0, Chicago Bears 3-9-0 VS Cincinnati Bengals 5-7-0 (-6), Minnesota Vikings 10-2-0 (-2.5) VS Carolina Panthers 8-4-0, Washington Redskins 5-7-0 VS Los Angeles Chargers 6-6-0 (-6), New York Jets 5-7-0 (-1) VS Denver Broncos 3-9-0, Tennessee Titans 8-4-0 (-3) VS Arizona Cardinals 5-7-0, Dallas Cowboys 6-6-0 VS New York Giants 2-10-0, Philadelphia Eagles 10-2-0 VS Los Angeles Rams 9-3-0 (-2), Seattle Seahawks 8-4-0 VS Jacksonville Jaguars 8-4-0 (-3), Baltimore Ravens 7-5-0 VS Pittsburgh Steelers 10-2-0 (-7), New England Patriots 10-2-0 (-11) VS Miami Dolphins 5-7-0

2017 NFL Week 14 Predictions



The Baltimore Ravens head to Pittsburgh to face the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh can clinch the AFC North Division with a win.





Chris Ransom Last Updated: December 7, 2017.



New Orleans Saints 9-3-0
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Atlanta Falcons 7-5-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


Our NFL Predictions are back. Everyone went 11-5 or better in week 13 even though we didn't capture the nostalgia we had in week 12 where we had 11 locks in week 12 and went 11-0 on those locks. With 64 regular season games left and 11 playoff games, after 192 NFL regular season games all five experts on this staff who pick games for the site are now over 60 percent on the year through 13 weeks.


Oren Shiri now has a eight game lead at 132-60 after a 15-1 week. Oren would have had a perfect week if he took Dallas and is now 62-12 in the last five weeks correctly predicting an astounding 83.7 percent dating back to week 9. Oren has also called 68.7% percent of games this season against the spread. Jesse Lucas went 12-4 in week 13 and is now 124-68 on the year. Jason Bantle went 13-3 for the second week in a row and is now at 123-69. I am at 119-73, after going 11-5 in week 13. Tanya Holmes is 117-75 she also went 11-5 after trailing me by two games last week.


Why the New Orleans Saints Will Win: New Orleans has a lot of weapons. Drew Brees could have another big game. I think Atlanta's cornerbacks will be fired up with Desmond Trufant being cleared to play after missing the Minnesota game. If New Orleans wants to win this week their running game has to step up once again. The Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara running back tandem is awesome and how they execute in Atlanta will be critical if the Saints want to win.


The interior offensive line with left guard Andrus Peat, center Max Unger, and right guard Larry Warford continues to do an awesome job. Even the offensive tackle tandem of left tackle Terron Armstead and rookie right tackle Ryan Ramczyk has an advantage over Vic Beasley who dominated in 2016 in his second season and started off well with 2 sacks in the first two games before suffering a hamstring injury.


The Marshon Lattimore and P.J. Williams cornerback tandem may be potent enough to limit what Matt Ryan does. Drew Brees having all of his offensive coaches back while Matt Ryan not having Kyle Shanahan clearly gives Brees the advantage at quarterback this week too. This supporting cast is arguably better than what Brees had during the Super Bowl 44 run even though that Saints team was so well rounded defensively with everything clicking for New Orleans that year.


Why the Atlanta Falcons Will Win: My gut tells me Atlanta is going to get the best of Ohio State's draft pick on the Saints. Alabama beat out Ohio State for the final spot in the College Football Playoff. The Championship game is in Atlanta. Mercedes-Benz who sponsors both teams relocated their USA headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta even though their Worldwide headquarters are located in Germany.


Julio Jones went to Alabama and Marshon Lattimore went to Ohio State. My gut tells me Jones wins this contest even though it's hard to predict who wins this matchup. Lattimore is also playing injured. Michael Thomas will also struggle with Trufant returning because he will be motivated. New Orleans won't have Coby Fleener meaning Brees is going to focus more on getting the wide receivers and running backs involved.


Devonta Freeman or Tevin Coleman may end up providing a shock value element in the running game as well. I have more confidence in Atlanta's defensive line then New Orleans because the Saints rely on one player Cameron Jordan while Atlanta has a collective unit and Mark Ingram didn't practice today. Nick Fairley won't play again Sheldon Rankins hasn't been as effective as his rookie year, and this team lacks someone on the edge next to Jordan at defensive end.


Atlanta middle linebacker Deion Jones has 64 solo tackles, 32 assisted tackles, 96 total tackles, 6 deflections from pass breakups, 1 sack, and 1 interception. Jones is having an awesome year and while Atlanta's run defense is giving up 113.2 rushing yards per game only one running back has had 100 rushing yards on Atlanta's run defense all season and that's Jay Ajayi who ran for 130 rushing yards. Even Atlanta managed to keep Ajayi out of the end zone. Jordan Howard was limited to 52 rushing yards. LeSean McCoy was limited to 75 rushing yards. Jones is a huge reason why this run defense is so effective along with defensive tackles Dontari Poe and Grady Jarrett.


Sean Payton is an offensive minded coach and Dan Quinn is a defensive minded coach. Dan Quinn is 4-1 versus offensive minded coaches this season with wins against Green Bay, Detroit, Dallas, and Tampa Bay. The only offensive minded coach that beat Atlanta was Adam Gase of Miami. Quinn can improve to 5-1 versus offensive minded head coaches with a win this week and that's very fitting since Atlanta lost Super Bowl 51. I'd be lying if I said there wasn't a temptation to give Atlanta a 28-3 win over New Orleans.


I have two more reasons to love the Falcons as an upset team this week is because they are tied for Minnesota at third in the NFL with 6.5 yards per passing attempt allowed. Only Jacksonville and Philadelphia have allowed fewer yards per passing attempt. My other reason is that this is the only Falcons game all year where the fans can eat Chik-Fil A during the Falcons game plus they are hosting the NFC South Division leader so Atlanta's crowd will be louder in this game than any other game this year.


Prediction: New Orleans enters as a 1.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $130 dollars, the maximum bet is $150 dollars with the average gambler betting around $140 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 53.5 points. I like Atlanta to win and cover with the under.


Final Score Falcons 31 Saints 17





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Indianapolis Colts 3-9-0
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Buffalo Bills 6-6-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


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Why the Indianapolis Colts Will Win: If the Colts win out, Oakland loses out, and Baltimore loses out this team can still conceivably get the final wild card at 7-9. I'm not sure what the injury status of Tyrod Taylor or Tre'Davious White is at the moment, but this is a win or go home game for both teams. I am pretty confident that Jacoby Brissett can outplay Nate Peterman if both Taylor and White are out. Hilton has had a few big games this year and if White misses this week, do not be surprised if he delivers with another huge game to keep the Colts in the thick of things for one more week. I'm also 13 games behind the overall leader and at this point I have nothing to lose by taking the Colts in an upset.


Why the Buffalo Bills Will Win: If Buffalo starts Tyrod Taylor and Tre'Davious White they win period. That's the x-factor in my mind. Left tackle Cordy Glenn was out versus New England too. Not having him has limited Buffalo's ability to execute on the offensive side of the ball.


There is no over or under to this game yet. So I'm going to set my own over or under. Over or under is at 28 if Tyrod Taylor and Tre'Davious White are both inactive. Over or under is at 35 if one is active. Over or under is 42 if both play. Problem solved.


Prediction: Buffalo enters as a 4 point favorite. The minimum bet is $100 dollars, the maximum bet is $120 dollars with the average gambler betting around $110 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 28 points until I get news that Tyrod Taylor or Tre'Davious White will play. I like Indianapolis to win and cover with the over.


All of this is subject to change if Tyrod or Tre'Davious is cleared to play. If White plays and Tyrod is out 17-16 Indianapolis. If Tyrod plays and White is out 26-24 Buffalo. If both play 31-17 Buffalo. I even stated that I'd adjust the over or under if we get news that one is cleared to play on Sunday. Right now I'm leaning Indianapolis, but damn I am so torn on this game and am assuming both Taylor and White will not play in week 14.


Final Score Colts 24 Bills 16





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Detroit Lions 6-6-0
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-8-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


NFL Big Brother a lot of plot twists for season 3. We are now down to 2 teams and the NFL Big Brother Bowl 3 is set to take place. Carolina beat Denver to win NFL Big Brother Bowl 1 before Denver got revenge in Super Bowl 50. You can click the first link to find out who won the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and the second link to find out who won the NFL Big Brother Bowl between Philadelphia and New England. 2017 NFL Big Brother Bowl Part 1. 2017 NFL Big Brother Bowl Part 2.




Why the Detroit Lions Will Win: Matthew Stafford is facing a Tampa Bay team with a very pedestrian pass rush. The pass rushing tandem of Ziggy Ansah and Anthony Zettel at 4-3 defensive end will present problems for Tampa Bay's offensive line. Tampa Bay does not have Ali Marpet at center or Demar Dotson at right tackle. Tampa Bay will have nothing to play for if Atlanta wins on Thursday Night Football. I have Atlanta winning. Detroit has Taylor Decker and Ricky Wagner both back at offensive tackle.


Why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Win: Tampa Bay has found a potential replacement for Doug Martin with Peyton Barber. With Haloti Ngata injured and A'Shawn Robinson still without a sack in 2017 through 12 starts the defensive tackle position or the lack of a presence at that spot is a huge reason why Detroit's run defense is 31st in touchdowns allowed with 16 rushing touchdowns allowed in 2017. Tampa Bay can win this game if Winston avoids turnovers and Tampa Bay wins the turnover battle.


Prediction: Detroit enters as a 1 point favorite. The minimum bet is $100 dollars, the maximum bet is $120 dollars with the average gambler betting around $110 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 47 points. I like Detroit to win and cover with the under.


Final Score Lions 23 Buccaneers 20





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Oakland Raiders 6-6-0
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Kansas City Chiefs 6-6-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


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Why the Oakland Raiders Will Win: Derek Carr gets Michael Crabtree back from his suspension. Just in time for the Kansas City game. Andy Reid also suspended Marcus Peters plus Eric Berry is on injured reserve. Carr already picked apart Kansas City in a narrow game that resulted in Carr throwing a game-winning touchdown as time expired.


Why the Kansas City Chiefs Will Win: Alex Smith played much better versus the New York Jets. Kareem Hunt getting 9 carries is an absolute disgrace though. I wish Kansas City would give Mahomes a chance. Smith threw 4 passing touchdowns and no interceptions in New York against the Jets. If he can duplicate that against Oakland then I can see Kansas City winning this game. I had Oakland winning by a point 31-30 in the Thursday Night game earlier this year. I'm going to pick Kansas City to win by a point.


Prediction: Kansas City enters as a 4 point favorite. The minimum bet is $180 dollars, the maximum bet is $210 dollars with the average gambler betting around $195 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44 points. I like Oakland to win and cover with the over.


Final Score Raiders 34 Chiefs 28





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San Francisco 49ers 2-10-0
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Houston Texans 4-8-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


We have a brand new 2018 NFL Draft Game where you can draft up to 180 different players. We added 10 more players to get the game up from 170 players to 180 players. We've also adjusted that order from 1-180 and are sending another updated draft board to one of our partners in Fanspeak for October. If your into NHL we also have a 2018 NHL Draft Game for our first round prospects. We also added a 2018 NBA Draft Game with our top 10 and a 2018 MLS Draft Game which now features our top 30. We'll be adding an MLB Draft game with the top 5 at some point in December. With NFL Big Brother over, I'll probably put a higher focus on updating our draft games moving forward when I have free time later in the week.


Why the San Francisco 49ers Will Win: Jimmy Garoppolo heads to Houston. He's 1-0 as a starter and faces Tom Savage. Garoppolo has a chance to start 2-0. The last time he won in Houston the Patriots won Super Bowl 51 and he was Tom Brady's backup.


Why the Houston Texans Will Win: Brian Cushing is back from his suspension. He's making his return this week. Houston is still technically in the playoff hunt and San Francisco isn't.


Prediction: Houston enters as a 3 point favorite. The minimum bet is $130 dollars, the maximum bet is $150 dollars with the average gambler betting around $140 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 43 points. I like Houston to win and cover with the under.


Final Score Texans 23 49ers 17





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Green Bay Packers 6-6-0
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Cleveland Browns 0-12-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


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Why the Green Bay Packers Will Win: Brett Hundley came into his own versus Pittsburgh despite losing. Hundley also had his two best games on the road in Chicago and Pittsburgh. Aaron Rodgers is returning in week 15. If Green Bay can win in Cleveland, they still got an outside shot at a wild card.


Why the Cleveland Browns Will Win: Cleveland continues to struggle without Joe Thomas. Clay Matthews is coming off one of his best games versus Tampa Bay. Expect another big game for Matthews and we may even see Nick Perry get some pressures as well.


Prediction: Green Bay enters as a 3 point favorite. The minimum bet is $140 dollars, the maximum bet is $160 dollars with the average gambler betting around $150 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 40.5 points. I like Green Bay to win and cover with the over.


Final Score Packers 28 Browns 17





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Chicago Bears 3-9-0
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Cincinnati Bengals 5-7-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


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Why the Chicago Bears Will Win: Chicago is officially eliminated from the 2018 NFL Playoffs. They got nothing to play for.


Why the Cincinnati Bengals Will Win: Cincinnati will win this game. A.J. Green should have another big game.


Prediction: Cincinnati enters as a 6 point favorite. The minimum bet is $240 dollars, the maximum bet is $280 dollars with the average gambler betting around $260 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 37.5 points. I like Cincinnati to win and cover with the over.


Final Score Bengals 31 Bears 10





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Minnesota Vikings 10-2-0
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Carolina Panthers 8-4-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


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Why the Minnesota Vikings Will Win: Minnesota will win as long as Case Keenum plays smart and avoids turnovers. Minnesota has a great front 7 just like Carolina. Minnesota's secondary with Xavier Rhodes at field cornerback and Harrison Smith at safety.


Why the Carolina Panthers Will Win: Cam Newton is capable of doing more than Case Keenum. Christian McCaffrey needs to step up. Carolina can win this game if they avoid turnovers, but that's a big if. Luke Kuechly will have to lead this defense to victory again. Carolina gets both center Ryan Kalil and tight end Greg Olsen back.


Prediction: Minnesota enters as a 2.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $125 dollars, the maximum bet is $145 dollars with the average gambler betting around $135 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 41 points. I like Carolina to win and cover with the under.


Final Score Panthers 24 Vikings 16





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Washington Redskins 5-7-0
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Los Angeles Chargers 6-6-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


NFL Sins Everything Wrong With Week 14: 45 seconds of god damn NFL Logos, cable company logos, and protesting during the National Anthem. NFL Thursday Night Football on Pearl Harbor yes that's a sin. We kick off week 14 with a Saints VS Falcons showdown presented by Mercedes-Benz home of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome where the Saints play and Mercedes-Benz Stadium where Atlanta will host the Saints. Did you know there is a Chik-Fil-A in Mercedes-Benz Stadium and people can eat there tonight. Arthur Blank taunts his Falcons fans with this. This game gets no sins cause fans can eat Chik-Fil-A. Like Jon Hamm would say this game is the best or nothing for Atlanta.


There area lot of death match games in week 14. Some of these death match games include Colts VS Bills and Matthew Stafford's homecoming game where he heads back to his birthplace in Tampa Bay. Late afternoon death match games include Redskins VS Chargers and Jets VS Broncos.


Andy Reid suspended Marcus Peters the week of Kansas City's biggest game of the year versus the Oakland Raiders. I'm adding 60 sins since both teams are 6-6. Whoever wins this game gets first place in the AFC West.


Jimmy Garoppolo heads back to Houston as the 49ers starting quarterback for the first time since Super Bowl 51 when he was the Patriots backup. He also studied this team earlier this year when the Texans went to Gilette Stadium. He studied the playbook again. I admire Garoppolo's dedication so much that I'm removing a sin.


Brett Hundley VS DeShone Kizer warrants 100 sins. Since this is Hundley's last start before Aaron Rodgers comes back this game only gets one sin.


Minnesota heads to Carolina. This feels like a playoff game between two teams with really good defenses so I'll remove another sin.


This week the long awaited sequel to Little Giants comes out. Remember the movie about the New York Giants pee wee football team beating the Dallas Cowboys. The sequel will be titled Little Giants 2 Life Without Ben McAdoo.


After that we end the week on a bang with a high note. Having late games like Carson Wentz VS Jared Goff, Seattle at 8-4 facing Jacksonville at 8-4, Baltimore in Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football before we see the Patriots party in the city of Miami in the heat of dawn all night all day to the blink of dawn without Gronkowski makes for a very memorable week. I'm removing 4 sins optimistic about week 14. 61 total sins.


Why the Washington Redskins Will Win: Kirk Cousins faces a weak Chargers secondary. He may bounce back and have a dominating game.


Why the Los Angeles Chargers Will Win: At the same time Philip Rivers is clicking with this offense. Ever since Mike Williams has been activated this offense is playing amazing. Keenan Allen should get the best of Josh Norman this weekend. With Allen, Williams, Henry, Gates, and Gordon Rivers has too many weapons. The Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram tandem may present some problems as well.


Prediction: Los Angeles enters as a 6 point favorite. The minimum bet is $230 dollars, the maximum bet is $270 dollars with the average gambler betting around $250 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 46 points. I like Los Angeles to win and Washington to cover with the over.


Final Score Chargers 28 Redskins 27





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New York Jets 5-7-0
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Denver Broncos 3-9-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


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Why the New York Jets Will Win: Josh McCown is playing for a playoff berth. You can't say the same about Denver. They are pretty much eliminated.


Why the Denver Broncos Will Win: Denver has a lethal defense. Vance Joseph may be fired if Denver loses this game. Denver's 26 passing touchdowns allowed are most in the NFL.


Prediction: New York enters as a 1 point favorite. The minimum bet is $100 dollars, the maximum bet is $120 dollars with the average gambler betting around $110 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 41 points. I like New York to win and cover with the over.


Final Score Jets 23 Broncos 20





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Tennessee Titans 8-4-0
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Arizona Cardinals 5-7-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


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Why the Tennessee Titans Will Win: Marcus Mariota faces an Arizona defense that has some flaws that are easy to exploit. Taylor Lewan at left tackle and Jack Conklin at right tackle will give Mariota the time he needs to carve this defense.


Why the Arizona Cardinals Will Win: Arizona needs this game to save their season. It's hard to see them winning this game though.


Prediction: Tennessee enters as a 3 point favorite. The minimum bet is $145 dollars, the maximum bet is $165 dollars with the average gambler betting around $155 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 44 points. I like Tennessee to win and cover with the over.


Final Score Titans 28 Cardinals 20





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Dallas Cowboys 6-6-0
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New York Giants 2-10-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


The Dallas Cowboys are now 35-26 under Bill Lumbergh. Lumbergh enters year four as the Dallas Cowboys GM with a 1-2 record in the Playoffs after winning a playoff game in his first year as a GM.




Here is this weeks advice from Bill Lumbergh.

Hey Dak Prescott. What's happening? If you can sweep the Giants that would be great.


Why the Dallas Cowboys Will Win: New York is in a complete state of a rebuild. Dallas should win this game.


Why the New York Giants Will Win: New York is already eliminated from the playoff hunt. They have control of the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and may as well play to keep that pick.


Prediction: Dallas enters as a 4.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $200 dollars, the maximum bet is 240 dollars with the average gambler betting around $220 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 41.5 points. I think Dallas wins and covers the under.




Final Score Cowboys 27 Giants 14





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Philadelphia Eagles 10-2-0
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Los Angeles Rams 9-3-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


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Why the Philadelphia Eagles Will Win: Philadelphia has the number one run defense in the NFL. They also have the second best pass defense after Jacksonville. People are sleeping on how good this defense is. Carson Wentz will have his moments where he picks apart Trumaine Johnson.


Why the Los Angeles Rams Will Win: Jared Goff wants to validate why he was drafted ahead of Carson Wentz. Wade Phillips has done an awesome job as the Rams defensive coordinator in 2017.


Prediction: Los Angeles enters as a 2.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $120 dollars, the maximum bet is $140 dollars with the average gambler betting around $130 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 49 points. I like Philadelphia to win and cover with the over.


Final Score Eagles 35 Rams 34





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Seattle Seahawks 8-4-0
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Jacksonville Jaguars 8-4-0


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All ten teams in the BFFL League have team logos. I'll use this section to rank where the 10 teams stand on Yahoo.



  1. Anti Bantle 11-2

    Anti Bantle won the league three years ago. They have a 10-2 team. They are also projected to score 150 points or more during their final two games. They clinched a playoff spot. If I had to pick a team to get a 1 seed this would be the team. I had the top seed the last two years and lost to the eventual league champion each of the last two years so the 4 seed usually has good luck in our league. Anti Bantle will lose Antonio Brown and Tom Brady next year most likely which is why its win or potentially go through a rebuild if they don't win the league title this season. They can use a second round keeper on Rob Gronkowski and a third round keeper on Russell Wilson after this season.



  2. Previous Rank 2nd




  3. Brees Nutz 10-3

    Mitch Pabst owner of Brees Nutz had the best draft in my opinion. This team is stacked and Mitch even told me he lost to Anti Bantle on purpose with all of his players on a bye week. This team led by Drew Brees and Ezekiel Elliott is 2-12 without Elliott. Even if they lose Ezekiel Elliott this team can use a third round keeper on Todd Gurley, a fifteenth round keeper on Adam Thielen, and a seventeenth round keeper on Alvin Kamara. Passing on Thielen for Britt was easily my worst fantasy blunder in 2017. Mitch should use keepers on Thielen and Kamara and reload next season by taking the best player on the board.



  4. Previous Rank 1st




  5. Avengers 10-3

    Avengers is 10-3 now. Their owner may leave the league after this season. The good news is if someone replaces them that owner will be able to use a first round keeper on Le'Veon Bell and an eleventh round keeper on Kareem Hunt. That alone makes Avengers a very attractive team to take over if Gary decides to leave the league and nobody in this league should be able to take over for a team this good if that's what Gary wants to do. I say if we get a new owner that person should have the right to use keepers on Bell and Hunt. If this is Avengers last year in the league I hope they go out in style and win the league. If Avengers decides to come back for one more season in 2018 they will have a very good team with arguably the leagues best running back tandem.



  6. Previous Rank 4th




  7. H.B.'s Vinegar Strokes 9-4

    H.B.'s Vinegar Strokes has clinched the playoffs. This team swept me and to top that off they took Carson Wentz one spot before I picked in the seventh round and I knew Wentz in the eighth round was premium value. H.B.'s Vinegar Strokes can use a third round keeper on DeAndre Hopkins, a fifth round keeper on Keenan Allen, or an eighth round keeper on Carson Wentz. Heath has a lot of options even if he doesn't go all the way this season and should be back in contention as one of the favorites in 2018.



  8. Previous Rank 3rd




  9. Team Mouserat 7-6

    I recruited Mark Sciubba to the league this year after a spot opened up. He began 5-4 before losing in week 10. With Tyrod Taylor getting benched, I have trouble seeing enough breaks go Mark's way to make the playoffs. He beat Breez Nuts the best team in the league at 9-1 and remained in contention until the final week of the regular season. I went 1-13 my first year in the league before turning things around at 11-3 next year. Mark and I are playing for the number five pick in the 2018 BFFL Draft this week. We're both going to do our best to avoid it. Mark may opt not to use his first round pick since he can use a first round keeper on Julio Jones next year, but doing this will cost him a chance at keeping LeSean McCoy. Since Mark is a Bills fan I intend on playing mind games with him over whether he opts to draft McCoy at 5 or 6 even if it means taking a risk losing Julio Jones in the process.





  10. Gangster Squad 6-7

    My team is now eliminated. I can use a keeper on two players next season with Jared Goff my fourteenth round pick being a player I'll probably end up putting a fourteenth round keeper on. I'll probably keep my first two picks and use a third round keeper on Leonard Fournette and risk losing Melvin Gordon knowing I can probably get him at 5. I'm also considering taking Tom Brady in 2018 in the first round since Anti Bantle used his other keeper on him in 2017 and it's a two quarterback league. Keeping Goff and drafting Brady means I can ignore need and take the best player on the board early in the draft after that. Odell Beckham may be available at this spot too plus I may end up at 6. We'll wait and see how things play out.





  11. The Chosen Ones 5-8

    Our league commissioner kept drafting quarterbacks that got injured like Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill. Even David Johnson got injured. The Chosen Ones managed to beat me by a point despite trailing by 40 points heading into Monday. This team lost in week 12 to drop to 4-8 and with the top 4 teams all having 8 wins in a 14 week season so they are eliminated from contention as well. Despite being eliminated they won to improve to 5-8. Jason will probably use his second round keeper on A.J. Green and if David Johnson is there at 4 again, I can see Bantle taking him in hopes of a comeback season in 2018. It's really too early to say.





  12. Car RamRod 3-10

    Andrew Kermish one of the co hosts from our podcast is 3-10 this season. They have the worst record so far and are eliminated from playoff contention at this point. I'm expecting Kerm to use a second round keeper on Amari Cooper like he did two years ago as well as a fourth round keeper on Mark Ingram. Kerm used keepers on both of those players back in 2016 and since he drafted both players without using keepers on them in 2017 Kerm can basically stash Cooper and Ingram like he's running a dynasty league by using keepers on them again two years later in 2018. I'm almost certain that Car RamRod will take Ezekiel Elliott third overall if he's available next season assuming Taco Corp doesn't take him second overall. Kerm is a huge Cowboys fan and we'll have to see how the board plays out. If Andrew Kermish's draft plays out like that he could be one of next years big risers.





  13. Taco Corp 2-11

    Taco Corp won their opener. It doesn't help that Odell Beckham Jr. the player they used a first round keeper on is out for the year. Taco Corp was eliminated after a 2-8 start since each of the top 4 teams has at least 7 wins and only 4 teams make the playoffs. They are now 2-11. Taco Corp can use a fifth round keeper on Philip Rivers to give their team some stability at quarterback. A ninth round keeper on Zach Ertz and a fourth round keeper on Joe Mixon are both strong options as well.





  14. TD Sprinkles 2-11

    Its like Flow from Progressive says "Sorry Jimmy Sprinkles are for winners." They are out of the playoffs as well. The good news is if Jimmy gets the top pick he can use keepers on Jordan Howard and Dalvin Cook at running back or perhaps Winston at quarterback. The toughest decision they make involves deciding whether to use a first round keeper on Aaron Rodgers or take Antonio Brown who Anti Bantle used a first round keeper on.






Why the Seattle Seahawks Will Win: Seattle heads to Jacksonville. Seattle will not have Richard Sherman or Kam Chancellor. Seattle also has to face the NFL's best defense.


Why the Jacksonville Jaguars Will Win: This game is going to be a shootout. It's also one of the toughest games to pick. I'm leaning Jacksonville due to the defense, but Wilson could go off and Bortles could make some mistakes.


Prediction: Jacksonville enters as a 2.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $125 dollars, the maximum bet is $145 dollars with the average gambler betting around $135 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 39.5 points. I like Jacksonville to win and cover with the over.


Final Score Jaguars 35 Seahawks 31





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Baltimore Ravens 7-5-0
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Pittsburgh Steelers 10-2-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


Andrew Kim writes for WBLZ about the Baltimore Ravens. He will have a game preview for Sunday Nights game. Nicholas Martin writes for Behind The Steel Curtain about the Pittsburgh Steelers. Check out both of them for insight on Sunday Nights game.


Why the Baltimore Ravens Will Win: I'm not sure what Baltimore can do to win. Baltimore has to get pressure on Chris Scott and exploit Pittsburgh's right tackle with Marcus Gilbert suspended.


Why the Pittsburgh Steelers Will Win: Jimmy Smith is out for the rest of the year. I expect Pittsburgh to win simply due to Antonio Brown having a field day. If Smith was playing Baltimore would have a chance. Marlon Humphrey will get destroyed by Antonio Brown. I also expect Roethlisberger to carve the rest of this pass defense.


Prediction: Pittsburgh enters as a 5.5 point favorite. The minimum bet is $220 dollars, the maximum bet is $260 dollars with the average gambler betting around $240 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 43.5 points. Pittsburgh wins and covers with the over.


Final Score Steelers 34 Ravens 24





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New England Patriots 10-2-0
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Miami Dolphins 5-7-0


Chris Ransom's Pick


I just cannot stand ESPN's Monday Night Football Coverage. Monday Night Football On KDKA is back with Bob Pompieni, Mark Madden, and Andrew Filiponi. Tonight the gang is in Cincinnati.


Pompieni: Welcome to Monday Night Football. Bob Pompieni along with Mark Madden and Andrew Filiponi covering ESPN Monday Night Football on KDKA at Hard Rock Stadium. Mark what are your thoughts on this game?

Madden: I wish I could be as hard as a rock at Hard Rock Stadium. The King of Cheaters Brady takes on the king of getting high Cutler. Also Gronk should be out for way more then one game. If I see Goodell in this stadium it's on.

Filiponi: Patriots are winning chill the fuck out Madden.

Madden: Brady hasn't practiced all week. Gronkowski is suspended. This feels like a trap game.

Pompieni: Wow bold. Tonights game is brought to you buy Hard Rock Cafe.

Madden: Tonights game is sponsored by Sea World. They have Dolphins more worthy of their roster spots.

Pompieni: Alright tonights game is brought to you by Hard Rock Cafe and Sea World. We'll be back with kickoff after these commercial messages.



Why the New England Patriots Will Win: New England won't be as effective offensively. They still have enough talent to win.


Why the Miami Dolphins Will Win: Miami may pull the upset. Tom Brady hasn't practiced all week for the first time all season and Rob Gronkowski is suspended. Tom Brady and New England could be focused on Pittsburgh. New England is depleted at right tackle and 4-3 left end Cameron Wake may capitalize on that. This game comes down to Jay Cutler avoiding turnovers. I get a trap game vibe with New England and I can see Miami winning.


Prediction: New England enters as a 11 point favorite. The minimum bet is $450 dollars, the maximum bet is $600 dollars with the average gambler betting around $525 dollars on this game. The over or under on this game is 47 points. I like New England to win and Miami to cover with the under.


Final Score Patriots 17 Dolphins 16





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