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NFL Sunday Football Free Picks – Early Games

By: Rachel Garcia

A full slate of games hits us right in the face this coming Sunday, and we have you completely covered. Here’s a full gauntlet run of the early games. Don’t forget to check out our awesome NFL betting props and Super Bowl futures as we enter the final leg of the regular season.

Editor’s Note: CLE-NE and ATL-GB are both off the board right now. Check back closer to the weekend for lines on those games as injury reports come in.

NFL Sunday Football Free Picks – Early Games

Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens are 7 point favorites over the Minnesota Vikings in week 14.
Starts: 12/08/2013 1:00PM
M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St.
Baltimore, Maryland

Minnesota Vikings +7.0 over BALTIMORE RAVENS

Aside from being blown out by Seattle, Minnesota has played remarkably well in their past five games, going 2-2-1 SU and 4-1 ATS. They’ve pushed their last two matches to overtime and Baltimore just doesn’t seem like an offensive unit that can pull away from anyone. The Vikings are finally using Adrian Peterson like the “give it to him on every play” back he is and even against a stiff Ravens defense, you have to love what Minnesota is bringing to the table. They love keeping games close because they have an offense that can grind you with Peterson and a defense that really can’t stop anyone. The Vikings will still lose, but the cover will be there for the taking.

Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Redskins
The Kansas City Chiefs are 3 point favorites over the Washington Redsskins in week 14.
Starts: 12/08/2013 1:00PM
FedExField, 1600 FedEx Way
Landover, Maryland

Kansas City Chiefs -3.0 over WASHINGTON REDSKINS

The Redskins look like they’re on the verge of imploding. Nothing about them screams “stability” even though they seem to be playing well in spite of all their in-house issues. Against the Chiefs, they’re in for an outright beating and I just can’t imagine RG3 surviving the onslaught that that defensive front is going to throw at him. You may not love Alex Smith but he’s simply a much more reliable take in this game.

Buffalo Bills at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2.5 point favorites over the Buffalo Bills.
Starts: 12/08/2013 1:00PM
Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, Florida

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS -2.5 over Buffalo Bills

Am I the only one that thought the Bills looked like a tanking team when they coughed up two dumb fumbles against Atlanta that cost them the game? Either way, Buffalo is just 1-6 ATS when travelling and Tampa will have a much easier time finding breathing room against a Bills team that simply can’t sustain any type of rhythm. At home, I have less worries about Tampa and Mike Glennon. Hopefully this time Napoleon Dynamite can hold on to the damn football.

Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 3 point favorites over the Miami Dolphins
Starts: 12/08/2013 1:00PM
Heinz Field, 100 Art Rooney Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH STEELERS -3.0 over Miami Dolphins

Both teams are on comfortable cover streaks with Miami going 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS over the last three weeks. But Pittsburgh is also 3-1 SU and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games and 3-0 SU and ATS in their last three home games since the bye week. This is a natural home line for Pittsburgh so it’s a bit of a toss up. We’re never sure what Miami is going to do week in and week out, but against Pittsburgh they have an uphill climb I’m not sure they can overcome.

Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles
The Detroit Lions are 2.5 point dogs facing the Philadelphia Eagles in week 14.
Starts: 12/08/2013 1:00PM
Lincoln Financial Field, One Lincoln Financial Field Way Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES -2.5 over Detroit Lions

The biggest early game on the schedule for one simple reason: both teams are fighting for the division title. Granted, the NFC East and North are downright awful this season but It’s still a fun sidebar. Why back the Eagles? Simple – the whole teams seems to ooze with confidence because Foles does what Chip Kelly asks of him so damn efficiently. The Eagles are a nice 3-1 ATS during their four-game winning streak and while Detroit has a lot of fun upstart potential – and Calvin could obliterate this secondary – the Lions are a mistake prone team that has had trouble closing out against good teams. If you don’t believe me, you’ll see it on Sunday. Air on the side of caution here and take the home favorites.

Indianapolis Colts at Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals are 6 point favorites over the Indianapolis Colts.
Starts: 12/08/2013 1:00PM
Paul Brown Stadium, One Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati, Ohio

CINCINATTI BENGALS -6.0 over Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are downright terrible on the road and Cincinnati is averaging a +16.8 point differential at home while going 5-0 SU and ATS at home. You can bet on the Colts all you want, but this line has been growing and growing as the week has marched on. Grab it now for the home bound Bengals before it soars too high.

NY Jets at Oakland Raiders
The NY Jets are 2.5 points favorities over the Oakland Raiders
Starts: 12/08/2013 1:00PM
MetLife Stadium, 102 Route 120
East Rutherford, New Jersey

Oakland Raiders +2.5 over NEW YORK JETS

I mean, I would prefer that you not bet on this game at all but it feels like the Jets are leaving money on the table for anyone who doesn’t bet against them with everything they have. The Jets are in a horrifying 1-4 SU and ATS slide and while Oakland hasn’t been winning games that much this year, they’re still a wildly strong cover team that’s gone 3-1-1 ATS in their 5 road trips this season.

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