As the 2015 NFL season winds down, several teams are still in the mix for playoff spots, making Week 14 one of the most critical on the entire schedule.
A few divisional matchups stand out as well, with value on the road teams to come through in big spots.
Perhaps the most important game of the week will take place in Cincinnati when the Bengals (10-2) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5).
The Bengals opened as three-point home favorites at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark, but you can expect more money to come in on the Steelers, who have won their last eight games during the month of December both straight up and against the spread.
Pittsburgh is also 9-2 ATS in the past 11 road meetings in the rivalry and has already moved to a 2.5-point underdog at some sportsbooks. While Cincinnati can clinch the AFC North with a win, the Steelers will not let that happen.
In the AFC South, the two-time defending division champion Indianapolis Colts (6-6) visit the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8) and look to beat them for a seventh consecutive time.
The Colts are 5-1 ATS in winning the previous six games between the teams, and they are also an unreal 16-0 SU and 13-2-1 ATS in their last 16 divisional games, according to the Odds Shark NFL database.
In addition, the Jaguars have lost 22 of their past 30 home games, and the home team is just 2-5 ATS in the last seven head-to-head matchups. Take Indy to beat Jacksonville again.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-6) have been one of the league’s biggest surprises this year, but they have lost seven of the past eight meetings with the struggling New Orleans Saints (4-8).
The Buccaneers have also dropped 12 of their last 16 games against NFC South opponents and are favored by more than a field goal for the first time this season.
That alone may jinx them in this spot versus a New Orleans team that has gone 4-1 ATS in the previous five games at Tampa Bay as an underdog. The Saints are too talented to get swept by the Bucs, so back them here as road dogs.