Football fans have come to love division battles due to the intensity and familiarity between the teams, and Week 14 of the 2013 NFL regular season features several marquee games bettors will want to place wagers on.
Gamblers are looking for guaranteed winners that will dominate the most important meetings.
Here is a full list of predicted victors for every Week 14 matchup with a focus on guaranteed outcomes in the three most important games on the schedule.
|Full Week 14 Schedule and Picks|
|Date||Away Team||Home Team||Winner|
|Thursday, Dec. 5||Houston Texans||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jaguars|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Indianapolis Colts||Cincinnati Bengals||Colts|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Atlanta Falcons||Green Bay Packers||Packers|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Cleveland Browns||New England Patriots||Patriots|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Oakland Raiders||New York Jets||Raiders|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Detroit Lions||Philadelphia Eagles||Eagles|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Miami Dolphins||Pittsburgh Steelers||Steelers|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Buffalo Bills||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Bills|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Kansas City Chiefs||Washington Redskins||Chiefs|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Minnesota Vikings||Baltimore Ravens||Vikings|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Tennessee Titans||Denver Broncos||Broncos|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||St. Louis Rams||Arizona Cardinals||Cardinals|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||New York Giants||San Diego Chargers||Giants|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Seattle Seahawks||San Francisco 49ers||Seahawks|
|Sunday, Dec. 8||Carolina Panthers||New Orleans Saints||Saints|
|Monday, Dec. 9||Dallas Cowboys||Chicago Bears||Bears|
Carolina Panthers (9-3) at New Orleans Saints (9-3)
The NFC South division battle between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers will be one of the best games of the entire 2013 season, but it will be the impressive offense of the Saints that bounces back from a tough loss to Seattle to walk away with a decisive win.
With Carolina traveling to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans has the distinct edge.
The Panthers deserve immense credit for how well the team’s defensive unit has played this season—ranked in the top 10 against the pass and the run—but the franchise has not played an offensive unit with as much raw firepower as the Saints.
New Orleans was stifled by the suffocating Seahawks defense, but Carolina’s defense isn’t on the same level as Seattle’s. While Brees will still struggle to put up his normal monster numbers, the Saints offense will string together enough points to pull out the win.
The real shocker in this game will be the New Orleans defense. After being dominated by the Seahawks last week, Cam Newton and the Panthers offense will see blood in the water and attack hard. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will not allow the inefficiencies to carry over into this week, and the Saints will toughen up to stop Carolina.
Fans should expect New Orleans to step up in each facet of the game and send the Panthers back to Carolina with a tough loss. The NFC South is owned by the Saints until another team dethrones them.
Predicted Final Score: New Orleans 24, Carolina 13
Seattle Seahawks (11-1) at San Francisco 49ers (8-4)
As great as the divisional matchup between the Saints and Panthers will be Sunday, the battle for NFC West supremacy between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers should have football fans just as excited.
Despite playing in Super Bowl last season, San Francisco will not be able to hold off a more -talented Seattle team Sunday. Seattle will prove its worth as the real Super Bowl favorite with a dominant win over the vaunted 49ers.
With San Francisco understanding that the road back to the championship must go through Seattle, football fans should expect a bitter fight in this marquee divisional battle. There is no love between these two franchises, and the ultimate difference will be which team has the most talent.
The Seahawks are the flat-out better franchise.
Not only is the defensive unit one of the best in the league—allowing just 147 yards passing to Drew Brees and the vaunted New Orleans Saints in Week 13—but the rushing attack comprised of running back Marshawn Lynch and the dual-threat ability of quarterback Russell Wilson will also give the 49ers problems all day.
With Seattle racking up seven wins in a row coming into Week 14, the team’s momentum makes it clear that the franchise is the class of the NFL right now. As well as San Francisco has played at times this season, it will be no match for the Seahawks.
Predicted Final Score: Seattle 27, San Francisco 17
Indianapolis Colts (8-4) at Cincinnati Bengals (8-4)
The Indianapolis Colts have struggled at times with consistency, but a pivotal matchup against another AFC powerhouse in the Cincinnati Bengals will be a great test of how the franchise reacts to adversity.
Both the Colts and Bengals have the inside lane to making the postseason, so this game also has the allure of being a possible playoff matchup. As unlikely as it is that these two teams will make it far enough to play once again in 2013, Sunday’s bitter battle should go down as an instant classic.
Indianapolis is too good to lose in Week 14, though.
The Colts are coming off a hard-fought win over the Tennessee Titans, and the team will lean on second-year quarterback Andrew Luck to beat one of the toughest defensive units in the league. With Cincinnati boasting top-10 run and pass defenses, Luck will have to protect the football and make smart decisions by avoiding turnovers and moving the chains.
Along with Luck, the two-headed monster in the backfield of running backs Trent Richardson and Donald Brown will find a consistent pace on a Bengals defense that allowed an average of 4.4 yards per carry last week to San Diego’s Ryan Mathews.
If the Chargers can put up solid rushing numbers on Cincinnati, the Colts will do the same and control the clock. Indianapolis will use its resilience to pull out another key win.
Predicted Final Score: Indianapolis 30, Cincinnati 21
*Stats from NFL.com.