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NFL Odds Week 14: Favorites Doomed to Disappoint This Weekend

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 02:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets works the clipboard as teammate Tim Tebow #15 stands by in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals  on December 2, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Jets defeated the Arizona Cardinals 7-6.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIDecember 5, 2012

The 2012 NFL season has kept fans guessing each week, and there will be more unexpected results in Week 14’s slate of games.

The Washington Redskins’ victory over the New York Giants on Monday Night Football likely left a few gamblers screaming at their television, while those who wagered on the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears were also left frustrated.

This week, there will be more underdogs triumphing, and those planning to put skin in the game would be wise to avoid teams on upset alert. 

Here are the favorites that will leave the stadium as losers this weekend.

Note: betting lines courtesy of Sports Book

  

Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Redskins (-2.5)

The Redskins are coming off an uplifting victory over the New York Giants in front of a national audience, while the Ravens suffered a demoralizing defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Robert Griffin III and the Redskins will stay in the nation's capitol, but this will be one of the shortest road trips Baltimore ever has to make. In addition, the Ravens are better team despite recent results.

Baltimore will bounce back and the defense will cause problems for Griffin and the Washington offense.

In addition, the Redskins offense has been inconsistent this year and that will give Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and the Ravens offense a chance to get back on track.

 

New York Jets (-2.5) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

While it's difficult to pick the Jaguars to win a game, it is also hard to imagine the Jets coming out on top due to their offensive struggles.

Mark Sanchez was benched last week against the Arizona Cardinals in favor of Greg McElroy. The former Alabama standout found Jeff Cumberland for the game's only touchdown and New York won 7-6.

Now, the quarterback controversy will serve more as a distraction than motivation to improve, and New York will struggle when they go on the road.

Regardless of who is starting at quarterback—even if it is Tim Tebow—the Jets will not be able to pull out a victory in this game.

 

St. Louis Rams vs. Buffalo Bills (-3)

The legend of Greg “The Leg” Zuerlein is growing after he kicked a 53-yard field goal to send the team’s recent game against the San Francisco 49ers into overtime and then nailed a 54-yarder to win the game. The Rams will carry momentum from that victory into Buffalo.

The Bills may be coming off of a victory over the Jaguars, but this team has serious flaws that will be exploited against the Rams’ quality defense. 

While Jeff Fisher’s team had a rough patch of games that featured several difficult matchups, the team made it through and has played extremely well in the last two weeks.

This team is showing that it will continue to improve under Fisher, and its next impressive performance will come in Buffalo. 

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