NFL Week 14 Recap: Shock and Awe Major Themes in Unique Set of Games

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Shock and awe is our NFL odds and scores theme from a wild NFL Week 14.

After this unique set of games:

  • The San Francisco 49ers now hold the NFC No. 1 seed.
  • The Dallas Cowboys tied the Philadelphia Eagles atop the NFC East.
  • The Baltimore Ravens prevailed on a stunning walk-off overtime punt return in the rain.
  • There were two scoreless ties at halftime, a 3-0 final, and the promotion to starter for 38-year-old Joe Flacco of the Cleveland Browns.

Here’s our NFL Week 14 recap.

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San Francisco 49ers 28, Seattle Seahawks 16

Spread: Niners -14

That changed from 10.5 over the weekend when Geno Smith was replaced by Drew Lock at quarterback for the Seahawks.

Lock did play well, but the Niners machine cranked out 527 yards. They are 5-0 since returning to full health.

The Niners visit the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15.

Dallas Cowboys 33, Philadelphia Eagles 13

Spread: Cowboys -3.5

CeeDee Lamb rewarded DraftKings bettors at +500 to be the first touchdown scorer. Brandon Aubrey became the first player in NFL history to hit a 60 and 59-yard field goal in the same game.

The Eagles committed three red-zone turnovers and have lost two straight. They play the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, while the Cowboys visit the Buffalo Bills.

After trailing the Eagles by 2.5 games a month ago, the ‘Boys have deadlocked the Birds at 10-3 atop the NFC East.

Baltimore Ravens 37, Los Angeles Rams 31 (OT)

Spread: Ravens -7.5

What a game for Ravens ML and Rams spread bettors. Baltimore rallied with a walk-off special-teams TD after being two plays away from losing in regulation.

But Rams bettors are also feasting. This is four games with Matthew Stafford back behind center. Four covers.

The Rams look reborn as they prepare to face the hapless Washington Commanders.

Kyren Williams has become a betting magnet. He notched 114 rushing yards against the Ravens. Cooper Kupp had 115 yards and a TD, while Puka Nacua tallied 84 yards.

This is an offense clicking on all cylinders.

The Ravens visit the Jacksonville Jaguars next.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Zay Flowers, who both scored for Baltimore, remain prime threats.

Chicago Bears 28, Detroit Lions 13

Spread: Lions -3

The most highly bet game of the day at DraftKings. And the Lions had the most handle of any team.

But the slick bettors have been on the Bears since the return of Justin Fields five weeks back. Da Bears are 4-0-1 ATS upon his return.

Fields not only kept several drives alive with scrambles, he ran one in from 12 yards and hoisted a 38-yard TD to DJ Moore on 4th-and-13 to break a fourth-quarter tie. The Bears drew the Lions offside, Fields spotted the free play and went deep.

Chicago faces the Cleveland Browns in Week 15.

The Lions battle the Denver Broncos on Saturday.

Cleveland Browns 31, Jacksonville Jaguars 27

Spread: Browns -2.5

This fulfilled the expectations projected in our game preview on Friday, with the Over 31.5 total easily reached and the Joe Flacco interception prop of Over 0.5 hitting.

What surprised gamblers is that injured Jacksonville quarterback Trevor Lawrence miraculously started and the line moved from down from Cleveland -3.5. Cleveland nonetheless contained Lawrence.

Cleveland got an effective game from Joe Flacco, who tossed for 311 yards and three touchdowns. He has been named the team’s starter for the rest of the year. The Browns, 6-1 at home, will host the Bears.

Cincinnati Bengals 34, Indianapolis Colts 14

Spread: Bengals -3

The Bengals parlayed their Monday night win over the Jacksonville Jaguars by toppling the Colts, who had won four straight. They are 7-6 and alive in the playoff hunt.

Jake Browning tossed for 275 yards and two touchdowns. He also delivered the back-breaking one-yard TD run with 2:59 left.

But Browning left with a late thumb injury and AJ McCarron replaced him. Watch injury reports on Browning throughout the week. Initial reports suggested he might be able to work through it.

The Bengals host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15.

Minnesota Vikings 3, Las Vegas Raiders 0

Spread: Vikings -2.5

A shutout and nearly a no-hitter.

No offense in the Survivor Bowl.

Joshua Dobbs, who had played three strong games for Minnesota, was ineffective and benched in favor of Nick Mullens, now the fourth QB in Minnesota’s lineup this year.

The Vikings, once 1-4, have band-aided their way to 7-6 and picked up a game on the Lions in the NFC North race. They trail by two with four to play, including two with the Lions.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 29, Atlanta Falcons 25

Spread: Falcons -1.5

The NFC South is the elusive fish no team can reel in.

Strange things happened here, including Younghoe Kim missing two indoor field goals after entering as the NFL’s leading lifetime percentage field-goal kicker.

And the Atlanta defense could not protect a 25-22 lead in the final two minutes, even when it had Baker Mayfield 3rd-and-10.

The Bucs now own the division lead, although they share a 6-7 top mark with the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints, who parlayed several Carolina Panthers mistakes into a 28-6 triumph in Week 14.

This week, the Falcons get the 1-12 Panthers at home. The Saints host the New York Giants and the Bucs visit the Green Bay Packers.

New York Jets, 30, Houston Texans 6

Spread: Texans -3.5

Bettors who forced that line down from Texas -6.5 Sunday morning knew what they were doing.

CJ Stroud left the game with an injury for Houston.

Zach Wilson is back at QB for the Jets. He threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns. The Jets played their usual tough defense at home, allowing just 135 yards to one of the most explosive offenses in the league.

The Jets broke a five-game losing streak and now face the Dolphins, who toppled them 34-13 on Black Friday.

The Texans visit the Tennessee Titans.

Buffalo 20, Kansas City 17

Spread: Chiefs -2.5

The Bills finally caught a break. An improvisational TD flip from Travis Kelce to Kadarius Toney in the final two minutes was wiped out by Toney lining up in the neutral zone on the play. That was enough for Buffalo to survive and join the slew of 7-6 teams.

Buffalo has renewed purpose when it hosts the Cowboys.

Denver Broncos 24, Los Angeles Chargers 7

The never-say-die Broncos are a Cinderella story, going 6-1 ML and ATS since mid-October.

They stuffed Los Angeles on 4th-down from its five, set up a score by intercepting Justin Herbert and beat up his replacement after Herbert left with an injury.

Can they do it one more time against the Lions?

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