Week 14 Opening Betting Odds & Early NFL Picks

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 1:25 PM GMT

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 1:25 PM GMT

Week 14 NFL betting odds are already in full swing, so join us as we peruse through the complete serving in spotlight several standout betting opportunities for the coming weekend.

Steelers +3.5 over Bengals
Big Ben and the Steelers are after a 35-32 loss to the Saints in week 13 NFL betting, but they very nearly averted the defeat when they scored 19 points in the final quarter to come within three points only for time to run out on them. The loss came at a hefty price as they fell behind the Bengals in the division, tying the Ravens in second place. Nevertheless, it's just one win that separates the Steelers and Bengals in the AFC North, adding tremendous weight to the outcome of their date on week 14 NFL betting's card. Bengals are tipped at the advantage on the NFL odds board as the -3.5-point favourites, underscored by their successful three-game road trip in which they went 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS. Last week, they failed to cover in a narrow 14-13 win over the Bucs that left much to be desired.

Steelers are 6-2 SU in their last eight meetings with the Bengals. There is no love lost between Andy Dalton and Ben Roethlisberger either as each will attempt to outdo the other. Based on recent form, the Bengals would appear to be the correct NFL pick. Just when the Steelers look down and out, they have a tendency to turn in a huge performance. We're banking on Big Ben and the Steelers to rise to the occasion and as such were taking them on our NFL picks.

NFL Picks: Steelers +3.5 at BetOnline

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Chiefs +2.5 over Arizona
Kansas City Chiefs are 4-2 ATS on the road this season with a 1.7-point margin of victory. They are coming off a tough 29-16 loss to divisional rivals Denver Broncos. The loss marked their second straight loss in as many weeks, only to fall behind in the race for a playoff spot, two wins behind Broncos atop the division and one win behind the Chargers.

Arizona Cardinals are also behind back-to-back losses against Seattle and Atlanta. Those defeats come at a steep price as it blows the NFC West battle wide open, not to mention the mounting questions about Arizona's ability to hold on to the edge  over the field when second-string quarterback Drew Stanton is proving shaky, unprepared for the burden of expectation set by the Cardinals' strong start to the season largely down to Carson Palmer at quarterback.

Both sides are looking to snap their losing streaks in week 14 NFL betting. With the stakes mounting and the season hurtling to the business end do you trust the second string quarterback at home or do you back the tried and tested Alex Smith to lead the Chiefs to victory and back into the conversation? Our money is on the latter on our NFL Picks.

NFL Picks: Chiefs +2.5 

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Patriots -3 over Chargers
New England Patriots lost to the Green Bay Packers 26-21, a game that many were calling a potential Super Bowl 49 preview. It wasn't for a lack of opportunity that the Patriots didn't win, more a case of missed opportunities. Drives that should have been converted into touchdowns weren't and field goals were missed that simply shouldn't have been. Of course, credit goes to the Packers for protecting their stomping ground, proving they are a force to be reckoned with at the Lambeau. Chargers are after come-from-behind win over the Baltimore Ravens. The 34-33 win saw the Chargers come through for NFL bettors as the +220 SU underdogs and the 5.5-point road pups on NFL odds.

Chargers are 3-3 ATS at home with an 11-point margin of victory, but all those wins came at the expense of lesser teams save for the win over Seattle in week 2 NFL betting. Crucially, Chargers are just 1-5 SU and 2-4 ATS in their last six when playing New England., which includes losing their last two meetings 35-21 (at New England) and 23-20 (at home).

NFL Picks: Patriots -3.0 at 5Dimes

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