NFL Confidence Pool Picks Week 14
We’re nearing the NFL Playoffs as we’re now in Week 14. The storyline for week 14 is that the Eagles have finally made a quarterback change, inserting Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback in place of the struggling Carson Wentz. We’ve seen plenty of rookie debuts this season from quarterbacks, including Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa. Before the regular season includes, Tagovailoa’s former teammate at Alabama will get a chance to showcase his talent.
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Week 14 Confidence List (Most Confidence to Least Confidence)
Jets vs Seahawks: The Jets are done. If they couldn’t beat the Raiders with the lead with 13 seconds to go, they’re not beating anyone. The Seahawks will want to make a statement on offense after a terrible game against the Giants last week. I’m confident we will see a blowout here. Take the Seahawks.
Packers vs Lions: I don’t think there’s a worse defense out there than the Lions. They can’t stop anyone or anything. Now they’re going up against one of the best offenses in the NFL. I’ve got two words for the Lions. Good luck. Take the Packers.
Chiefs vs Dolphins: Some of the top defenses in the league have found ways to get a couple stops against the Chiefs. The Dolphins will get stops, but I’m just not sold on the Miami offense. I don’t think Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins can stick around with a powerhouse offense like the Chiefs. Take the Chiefs.
Texans vs Bears: I’m not a guy that usually likes to recommend betting on Mitch Trubusky. However, in this instance, I like his defense to back him up. David Montgomery is back and healthy. He looks fast and physical, and Allen Robinson is a top five wide out in the game who can destroy the Texans secondary. Take the Bears.
Titans vs Jaguars: The Titans have had some weird moments this season. They’ve lost big and they’ve also won big. They’ve been consistently inconsistent. But the fact of the matter is, they’re playing a Jaguars team that, like the Jets, just find ways to lose. Take the Titans.
Cowboys vs Bengals: After the Bengals lost Joe Burrow for the season, I went on record saying the Bengals won’t win another game. Andy Dalton will return to Cincinnati with the Cowboys. We know how this game is going to play out. Dalton destroys the Bengals and the Cowboys get win number four. Take the Cowboys.
Vikings vs Buccaneers: The Vikings have fought back to .500 after a couple come-from-behind wins. Once they fall behind against the Buccaneers, the Vikings will struggle to get back. Turnovers have been a real problem for the Vikings, and we know the Buccaneers like hunting for turnovers. Take the Buccaneers.
Broncos vs Panthers: It would be awesome if the Panthers welcomed Christian McCaffrey back from injury this week. The entire NFL has missed the playmaker and his ridiculous highlights. But the Broncos defense has really looked special for most of the year, while the offense finally has a quarterback under center in Drew Lock, who, by the way, has a lot of talent that he needs to throw to more. Take the Broncos.
Colts vs Raiders: I’m a big fan of the Raiders and what they’re capable of offensively, but that defense will get them nowhere. The Colts are a balanced team with a fantastic defense and an offense that’s run by a veteran in Philip Rivers. Rivers gets everyone involved and has really turned around this offense. That’s enough for me. Take the Colts.
Patriots vs Rams: The Patriots looked really good against the Chargers. However, if you think you’ll get the same production from the Patriots this week, it’s not going to happen. The Rams are the most balanced team in football and have a fantastic run defense to prevent the Patriots from doing much of anything on offense. Take the Rams.
Cardinals vs Giants: Most of the league is finally sold on Joe Judge. The Giants just beat the Seahawks without Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. I’d say that’s pretty good. The defense was phenomenal and has really improved as the season has progressed. As for the Cardinals, things are trending down recently. Take the Giants.
Falcons vs Chargers: The Chargers offense has done some great things this season. They had a hiccup last week against the Patriots, but I wouldn’t sleep on them. At home, they’ll be able to get things cooking. And even though the Falcons defense has improved this season, Justin Herbert and the Chargers offense, with Austin Eckler, has also improved. They’ll need better play calling, but I know it can be done. Take the Chargers.
Washington vs 49ers: We’ve got a lot of people throwing stock into Washington’s win against the Steelers. Take it easy. It was bound to happen. The 49ers have so much more talent and now welcome back Alex Smith, although the game will be played in Arizona and not San Francisco. It’ll still be fun to watch. The 49ers defense will get to him plenty of times. Take the 49ers.
Steelers vs Bills: This Bills offense continues to produce when you least expect it. Josh Allen continues to make throws look easy, even against some tough defenses and good secondaries. This game will be a test for both teams as they’re both in the playoff hunt. I think we’ll ultimately see a shootout, but it’ll be the Bills that have the ball last. Take the Bills.
Ravens vs Browns: The Browns offense is ultimately clicking, while the Ravens seem like they’re starting to falter a bit in the Lamar Jackson era. I hate to doubt Jackson, but the Ravens don’t look nearly as crisp as last season. I didn’t think I’d say this before the season, but I like the Browns to beat the Ravens, once again, this season. Take the Browns.
Saints vs Eagles: Every week has one crazy upset. Why not this one? The Eagles will start Jalen Hurts at quarterback for his first start of his career since coming out of Oklahoma last season. Hurts’ mobility will help him move around the pocket and limit sacks. If he can make decisions faster, the Eagles offense might find a groove. At this point in time, Drew Brees is questionable. If he does play, I’d think he struggles early anyway. Take the Eagles.
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