The NFL is all business for teams that have even the slightest chance at making the playoffs once they hit week 14. Find out which are the top value picks for this handicapper.
Seattle Seahawks (8-4) vs. Philadelphia Eagles (9-3)
Both of these teams have had extra time to rest as they last played on Thanksgiving and both prevailed. Both teams looked really good as the Richard Sherman had a spectacular game and got to eat the traditional Thanksgiving Day Turkey on the 49'ers logo at midfield and the Philadelphia Eagles showed how well conditioned that they were with their hurry up offense and Dallas couldn't keep up with them.
The Eagles are a 1 point favorite at home which tells you that the Seahawks are the better team and why not? This is the defending Super Bowl Champions with an intelligent quarterback in Russell WIlson and a top-notch defense. The difference in this game is that Mark Sanchez won't be as effective and Seattle's defense won't get tired with the hurry up offense. The NFL odds look appealing for betting Seattle.
Free NFL Pick: Seattle +1
Kansas City Chiefs (7-5) vs. Arizona Cardinals (9-3)
As long as the Cardinals are betting favorites and have Drew Stanton at quarterback, they're an insta-fade. Arizona, who possessed the best record in the NFL, couldn't even handle the Falcons, who were a desperate team with 4 wins at the time. In this game. Although K.C. hasn't looked great, Jamaal Charles is all that they need to win.
Free NFL Pick: Kansas City -1
Houston Texans (6-6) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10)
After a 6 touchdown performance by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and a 238 yard receiving game by DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans are fighting for their playoff lives and playing very well. Look for J.J. Watt to give the Jaguars, who are going nowhere, fits on the offensive and defensive side of the ball as the Texans trounce the Jaguars on the road and stay alive in the AFC playoff race.
Free NFL Pick: Houston - 6
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-10) vs. Detroit Lions (8-4)
The Lions wished that every day was Thanksgiving as they put a beating on Jay Cutler and the pathetic Chicago Bears on turkey day. Calvin Johnson, the best receiver in the NFL, had the breakout game that everyone was looking for and Matthew Stafford looked like a pro-bowler. If the Lions can continue to get production out of Joique Bell at the running back position, they will be a difficult team to beat as the season progresses.
Free NFL Pick: Detroit -10 at 5Dimes
Carolina Panthers (3-8-1) vs. New Orleans Saints (5-7)
I can't believe that Carolina even has a chance for the division title. The betting odds say it all as the Saints defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers last week on the road and got a much needed win. Drew Brees is a top-flight quarterback and the Saints are much better than their record indicates. Look for them to beat up on the Panthers here as they're battling it out with the Atlanta Falcons, who hold the tie-breaker, for the division title. Jimmy Graham wasn't even targeted last week and New Orleans still beat the Steelers. That shows just how good a team that the Saints are.
Free NFL Pick: Saints -9