NFL Lines Week 14: Teams That Will Easily Cover the Spread

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 6, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 02:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears runs onto the field during player introductions before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on December 2, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 23-17 in overtime.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Several teams have favorable matchups in Week 14 of the 2012 NFL campaign, including a beleaguered squad that needs all the help it can get.

Whether a squad is pitted against a weak offense, a dire defensive unit or simply a bad team, watch out for several blowouts this week.

Here are the teams I see blowing the top off the spreads in Week 14.

Note: All odds via

Chicago Bears (-3) at Minnesota Vikings

For one, the Vikings lost to the Bears two weeks ago by a score of 28-10, with second-year quarterback Christian Ponder struggling mightily.

Secondly, Ponder hasn't looked any better. He went 12-of-25 for 119 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the 23-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers last week.

Third, the Bears have proven they like to beat up on mediocre teams this season (see: the victories against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans).

The Vikings defense that showed up early in the season appears to have vanished.


New York Jets (-2.5) at Jacksonville Jaguars

This pick may be a surprise for many of you given the horrid state of the Jets right now, but the Jaguars are 2-10 and have one of the worst defenses and offenses in the league.

Case in point: They just lost to the Buffalo Bills, 34-18. The Bills were 4-7 coming into the contest.

Jacksonville doesn't seem that interested in stopping anyone this season and it should help the Jets' ailing offense find some breathing room. 


Atlanta Falcons (-3.5) at Carolina Panthers

The Falcons haven't won a lot of games via blowout this season, but they did just beat the New Orleans Saints by 10 points last week, and they face a Panthers squad that just lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-21.

The Panthers can't seem to do much of anything right this season, whether it is on offense or defense. They are allowing 24.3 points per game (20th in the NFL) and they have averaged 19.6 points (tied for 23rd).

This is one of those easy games the Falcons will have this season.


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