When Week 14 gets underway on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Rams could make sports history.
The Rams would have 10 losses this season if they lost to the Las Vegas Raiders, which would tie them with the 1999 Denver Broncos for the most losses by a Super Bowl champion.
The Rams (3-9), who won the Vince Lombardi Trophy last year, are well on their way to double-digit defeats with plenty of games yet to play.
Pro Picks believes the Rams, whether they have Bryce Perkins, John Wolford, or Baker Mayfield at quarterback, have little chance against the rising Raiders (5-7).
Las Vegas has won three straight games under the direction of Derek Carr, Josh Jacobs, and Davante Adams to close the gap on the last AFC wild-card slot to two games.
To have a shot of making the postseason, the Raiders must keep winning. Against the Rams, they are 6 1/2-point favourites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
RAIDERS win, 27–16
Tampa Bay at San Francisco (+3.5)
On Monday night, Tom Brady rescued the Buccaneers (6-6). He was raised in the Bay Area, attending Candlestick Park to support the 49ers and Joe Montana. Jimmy Garoppolo’s replacement, Brock Purdy, did a good job last week, and San Francisco (8-4) can win with its potent defence and ground attack. But Brady, who won his only game in San Francisco in 2016, values this one greatly.
BLOWN SPECIAL: Seattle: BUCCANEERS, 19-16 Carolina (plus 3 1/2).
The Seahawks (7-5) with Geno Smith, a potential MVP candidate, are serious postseason hopefuls, while the Panthers (4-8) are competing for draught position.
SEAHAWKS, 24-16 Houston (plus 16 1/2) vs Dallas is the BEST BET.
In their 54-point victory over the Colts, the Cowboys. To cover this one, they won’t need as many people.
Detroit: COWBOYS, 34-10 Minnesota (plus 2 1/2).
The disdain shown by bookmakers toward the Vikings (10-2) is astounding. Although the Lions (5-7) are undoubtedly a much worse club than Minnesota, this line influences the selection.
Buffalo at New York Jets (plus 9 1/2)
With Zach Wilson, the Jets (7-5) defeated the Bills (9-3). With Mike White, they’ll keep things private.
BILLS, 26-20 Pittsburgh vs. Baltimore (plus two and a half)
The Ravens (8-4) are an easy pick with Lamar Jackson. The Steelers (5-7) have a better chance thanks to Tyler Huntley of avoiding Mike Tomlin’s first losing year.
STEELERS defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 21-20 (-6.5) at the New York Giants.
For the Eagles (11-1), Jalen Hurts has done it all, and he ought to be in the running for MVP this week. The Giants (7-4-1) simply don’t have enough offensive firepower.
Cleveland (plus 6 1/2) @ Cincinnati, EAGLES, 27-17
Even though Deshaun Watson struggled in his debut, the Browns (5-7) would have won against the inferior Texans even without a quarterback. The Bengals (8-4) and Joe Burrow are dominating and have a chance to win the AFC North.
BENGALS vs Tennessee, 30-16 Jacksonville (plus 4 1/2)
A two-game losing trend needs to end for the Titans (7-5). Instead of the Jaguars (4-8) club that was destroyed by the Lions, expect to see the team who defeated the Raiders and Ravens.
23 – 22 in TITANS
Kansas City at Denver (minus 9 1/2)
The Chiefs (9-3) and Travis Kelce are not pleased with their defeat to the Bengals. That is unfortunate for the terrible Broncos (3-9).
CHIEFS, 27-13 Miami at Los Angeles (minus 3). Chargers
After losing to the Niners, Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins (8-4) are hoping for a better outcome in California. The erratic Chargers (6-6) are in need of a victory to raise their playoff prospects.
CHARGERS, 24-23 Arizona (minus 1-and-a-half) New England
After two consecutive losses, the Patriots (6-6) are fading. The Cardinals (4-8) have already lost.
TREASURES, 24-20 2022 RECORD
A week ago: Thursday: Straight up: 10-5. Against spread: 6-9. Monday: Straight up: 7-7. Against spread: 6-8. Best Bet: Straight up: 7-6. Against spread: 7-6. Upset Special: Straight up: 4-9. Season: Straight up: 117-77. Against spread: 98-92-4. 6-6-1 against the spread.
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