Special Props for Week 14 NFL Picks

Matthew Jordan

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 8:46 PM GMT

The Week 13 Bovada special NFL props addressed last week were ones that won't be resolved until the end of the season so no recap necessary -- although Oakland finishing with a worse record than Jacksonville is looking good! Your Week 14 specials:

Will Philadelphia score a touchdown this week vs. Seattle?
Yes is -1000 and no is +600 on NFL odds. The Seahawks visit the Eagles on Sunday in the NFC Game of the Week, and this prop is listed because the Seattle defense is starting to play at the near-historic level it did last season. Two weeks ago the Seahawks held Arizona to 3 points in a 16-point victory. The Cardinals had just 204 total yards and were 3-for-12 on third down. Last week in another 19-3 win, this time in San Francisco, the Seahawks held the Niners to just 164 total yards and forced three turnovers. Impressive, but those offenses aren't as near as good as Philadelphia's. The Eagles are No. 4 in total yards and in scoring (31.3 ppg). Backup QB Mark Sanchez has looked better than starter Nick Foles did in many ways. The Eagles enter on a two-game winning streak in which they have totaled 76 points. They are also unbeaten at home, scoring at least 27 in each, so keep this in mind when placing your NFL picks. Remember, this doesn't specify offensive TDs. The Eagles have 10 combined on defense/special teams.

NFL free pick: Yes.

 

Will Denver's C.J. Anderson have at least 150 yards rushing this week?
No is -600 and yes +400 at sportsbooks. Does any team seem to find running backs out of nowhere better than Denver? Oh, the top two guys, Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman, are hurt? No problem, let's put in unknown Anderson, a second-year undrafted player from Cal. Anderson rushed 27 times for 167 yards two weeks ago in a win over Miami and then 32 times for 168 yards last week in beating Kansas City. Anderson is killing Peyton Manning's MVP hopes, but Broncos coach John Fox couldn't be happier that Denver is running more and passing less. The Broncos host Buffalo this week and the Bills are No. 7 against the run, allowing 96.3 yards per game with an excellent defensive front.

NFL free pick: No.

 

Will the Giants end the season on an 11-game losing streak?
Yes-only at +700. The G-Men appear to have quit on lame-duck coach Tom Coughlin. They enter Sunday's game at Tennessee on a seven-game losing streak, although the past three were close. Last week New York blew a 21-3 halftime lead at terrible Jacksonville and lost 25-24. The Giants are a pick'em this week on NFL odds against the Titans, who have lost six straight themselves. New York then has a very winnable game next week vs. Washington before finishing at St. Louis and vs. Philadelphia. The Rams are beatable, while it's possible the Eagles are locked into a playoff seed by then and don't care.

NFL free pick: It's solid value at that price but no.

 

Will Cincinnati's Andy Dalton have more TDs or interceptions at the end of the regular season?
Touchdowns is -200 and picks +160 on NFL odds. Dalton has 13 of each entering Week 14. He has four games with multiple touchdown passes and four with multiple interceptions. At least he's consistent! The Bengals host Pittsburgh this week, then visit Cleveland, host Denver and visit Pittsburgh. The Steelers are 27th in allowing 24 TD passes and 24th with just eight picks. Dalton has five TDs and nine picks at home this season and eight TDs and four interceptions on the road.

NFL free pick: Touchdowns. If possible, the team won't want to embarrass its franchise QB by having more picks than TDs. So if in Week 17 the team has nothing to play for and Dalton has more scores than picks, he probably will take a seat.

 

What will Jim Harbaugh be doing by Game 1 of the 2015 regular season?
Rumors abound that Harbaugh absolutely will not be back with the 49ers and it's appropriate that San Francisco visits Oakland this week because you also hear the Raiders would be interested in trading for him.  So here are your options. Coach of another NFL team: even money; coach of an NCAA team: +200; coach of the 49ers: +300; anything else: +1500.

NFL free pick: Coach of another NFL team. Anything else is pretty darn good value if Harbaugh wanted to sit out a season and recharge, but that seems unlikely. The only college job that would lure him would be Michigan. But Harbaugh will either be with the Raiders or Dolphins, who are owned by Michigan alum and booster Stephen Ross.