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NFL Week 14 Betting Odds: Patriots, Colts, Packers, Panthers All Favorites

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2015

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sits on the turf during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Coming off an upset loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the New England Patriots will be looking for a bounce-back effort this weekend as they take on the Texans in Houston as just modest road favorites on the opening NFL Week 14 lines at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.

The Patriots opened as 3.5-point favorites for their Sunday night matchup against the Texans after they fell 35-28 at home to the Eagles over the weekend as eight-point favorites. New England was also a small road favorite the previous week at Denver, losing that game 30-24 as 2.5-point chalk. After starting the season 10-0 straight-up, the Patriots are now 10-2 SU and just 5-4-3 against the spread heading into Week 14.

The Texans are 6-6 both SU and ATS on the season and tied with the Indianapolis Colts for first place in the AFC South standings. Houston, which is coming off a 30-21 loss at Buffalo as a three-point underdog, is just 1-4 ATS in its last five games against New England, according to the Odds Shark NFL database.

Meanwhile, the Colts opened as small 1.5-point road favorites against the Jacksonville Jaguars for Week 14 at the sportsbooks as they try to assert themselves once again in the AFC South division race. The only other opening road favorite for Week 14 are the Seattle Seahawks, pegged as five-point chalk against the Baltimore Ravens for Sunday.

Week 14 kicks off Thursday night with the Arizona Cardinals sitting as seven-point opening favorites at home against the Minnesota Vikings. Arizona is 10-2 SU and 7-5 ATS on the season, while Minnesota is 8-4 SU and 9-3 ATS. The trends for Week 14 point out that the Vikings are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games as road underdogs in the month of December.

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The Green Bay Packers, tied with the Vikings in the NFC North standings at 8-4 SU and 7-5 ATS on the season, opened as five-point home favorites against the Dallas Cowboys for Sunday, while the Denver Broncos opened as six-point home favorites against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are 0-8 SU in their last eight games against the Broncos, but Oakland is also 7-2 ATS in its last nine games on the road at Denver.

The Kansas City Chiefs, at 6-0 both SU and ATS in their last six games to improve to 7-5 SU and ATS on the season, opened as 7.5-point home favorites against the San Diego Chargers, while the 10-2 SU and 10-1-1 ATS Cincinnati Bengals opened as 3.5-point home favorites against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

And the Carolina Panthers, still undefeated at 12-0 SU (9-3 ATS), opened as 6.5-point home favorites against the Atlanta Falcons for Week 14. The Falcons are an ugly 0-8 ATS in their last eight games, while the Panthers have put up a 13-4-1 ATS mark over their last 18 games at home in the month of December.

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