Week 14 of the NFL season has come and gone. NFL bettors & fans alike saw some wild games with unexpected results. Here are the four biggest things this handicapper learned.
The Denver Broncos Can Win Ugly
In the past, we’ve seen that the Broncos can win pretty. You know, score 50+ points, see Peyton Manning zip the ball around the field and finish with five touchdowns. However, the team has discovered a ground game and they’ve shown over the last few weeks that they can win ugly. On Sunday against the Bills, the Broncos only had 173 passing yards from Manning. He threw zero touchdowns and two interceptions. In other situations, that would have likely meant that the Broncos lost but on Sunday, they were in complete control because of a healthy rushing attack. The Broncos have been in love with the ground game over the last month and it could be the missing link to their success. They pounded the ball 29 times for 133 yards and three touchdowns. With a balanced offense like this, they’ll be hard to stop at any point. Maybe this is the year they win it all.
The San Francisco 49ers Have Packed It In
It’s one thing to get thumped by the Seattle Seahawks. It’s a whole other thing to get worked over by the Oakland Raiders. The Seahawks are the defending champs and are playing really well right now. But losing to Oakland when you’re team is in a must-win situations…there’s simply no excuse.
The 49ers have quit on the season and it could get uglier in the coming weeks. Colin Kaepernick has been a mess, the offense has just 16 points total in the last two games and now they’ve got a trip to Seattle up next. Be careful placing NFL picks on them in any capacity as they seem to have no more interest in the 2014 season.
Browns Have To Turn To Johnny Manziel
The Browns contemplated all week whether or not to give Brian Hoyer one more chance but in the end, they decided to do it. On Sunday, he proved them wrong. That included a red zone turnover and a pair of bad throws on passing plays that surely would have led to touchdowns.
The Colts handed the Browns four turnovers and played from behind all day long. If Hoyer would have been mildly effective, they would have been able to put Indy away. Instead, he finished the day 14-of-31 for 140 yards and two interceptions. The Browns no longer have anything to lose. It’s time to turn to Johnny Football.
Jeff Fisher Deserves Coach Of The Year Honors
While teams like the New York Giants use injuries as an excuse, the Rams continue to find ways to not only win, but to improve. As the season has gone on, the Rams have become stronger and stronger. They’ve posted shutouts in back-to-back weeks for the first time since 1945, outscoring their opponents 76-0. Since starting the year 2-5, the Rams have won four of six, which includes a win over the Denver Broncos. Even though they’ve been ravaged by injuries and are forced to use journeyman quarterback Shaun Hill as their starter, Fisher deserves credit for keep this team together and helping them build a brighter future. The job he’s done is nothing short of incredible.