Last week was uh… rough. Though, it’s not really my fault. There were some crazy upsets. The Jets blew their momentum against the winless Cincinnati Bengals, the Dolphins upset the Eagles, Drew Lock witnessed the Chargers finding new ways to lose, and we may have seen the end of the Patriots as the AFC’s elite. Of course, this was the week I gave someone betting advice.
Last Week’s Record: 8-8
Overall Record: 122-64
LOCK Record: 9-4
Ryan’s NFL Picks (2019): Week Fourteen
Dallas Cowboys @ Chicago Bears- Dallas Cowboys
This is the season for Dallas. The Eagles are putrid, but they also have the NFL’s easiest schedule, and one of these garbage teams needs to take the division. If the Cowboys lose this one, Jason Garrett should be fired on the spot. In a world where owners hire competent coaches, we get Dallas and Cleveland in the Super Bowl.
Carolina Panthers @ Atlanta Falcons- Atlanta Falcons
Man, it’s impossible to figure either of these teams out. On any given Sunday, Christian McCaffrey can ball out and take over games, just like on any given Sunday, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan can go off. It’s a coin-toss, but the Falcons are at home, and it’s a lot easier to come back from a deficit through the air than on the ground. Not to mention, the Panthers just fired their head coach, so who knows what they’re going to come out with on Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Indianapolis Colts
Man, is it just the NFC South? The Bucs are unpredictable too. They have a decent run defense, and on any given Sunday, Jameis Winston is the ultimate Jekyll and Hyde quarterback. Sometimes he’ll give you 300 yards and four touchdowns, sometimes he’ll throw four interceptions, and sometimes he’ll do both. That kind of unpredictability makes the Bucs hard to pick, and the Colts are well-coached and still borderline playoff contenders.
Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets- New York Jets
Nobody who spends most of their time in Florida wants to spend a minute in New Jersey this time of year, especially in windy, cold Metlife Stadium. This could go either way, but I give the edge to the Jets at home.
San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints- New Orleans Saints
It’s a day ending in Y, so my unmitigated hatred of everything San Francisco 49er is influencing my decision. I also just really, really want them to slip and miss the playoffs altogether. WHO DAT?
Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings- Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings are so, so, so much better than people think they are. How many teams could be down as many points as they were to the Seahawks in Seattle and still come back to make it interesting? If Dalvin Cook is healthy, there aren’t many teams this squad can’t beat.
Denver Broncos @ Houston Texans- Houston Texans
So Drew Lock got his obligatory rookie momentum win, but that momentum comes to a screeching halt in Houston, where they just made the Patriots look foolish a week ago.
Baltimore Ravens @ Buffalo Bills- Baltimore Ravens
Betting against the Baltimore Ravens at this point is a fool’s errand. They’re the NFL’s hottest team and Lamar Jackson is making it hard to think anyone else brings home Offensive Player of the Year or MVP at the honors this year. Meanwhile, I just don’t buy Josh Allen. Josh Allen is who everyone thought Lamar Jackson was.
Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns- Cleveland Browns
Baker Mayfield and company suffered an ugly loss to a very-well coached Steelers team last week, and it’s become apparent that they’re only going to beat teams with brute force (and helmets). They’re arguably the NFL’s most talented and worst-coached teams, so they’re only going to beat other badly coached teams.
I think the Cincinnati Bengals are a badly coached team.
Washington Redskins @ Green Bay Packers- Green Bay Packers
Los Angeles Chargers @ Jacksonville Jaguars- Los Angeles Chargers
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Arizona Cardinals- Pittsburgh Steelers
Tennessee Titans @ Oakland Raiders- Tennessee Titans (LOCK OF THE WEEK)
Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots- New England Patriots
This is a crazy pick from a crazy person. I know I’m supposed to jump on the end of the world Patriots bandwagon, but I’m not sure I trust the Chiefs. Sure, they beat up on the Raiders, but… they’re the Raiders. The Jets beat up on the Raiders, and they just handed Cincinnati their first win. The Patriots defense is better than people think it is, and they can contain Kansas City’s best weapons and exploit a bad defense.
If not… then maybe we do need to start talking about the end of an era in the AFC.
Seattle Seahawks @ Los Angeles Rams- Seattle Seahawks
I’m not going to pick against the Seahawks any time soon, let alone against a team as lost as the Rams are. They beat up on the Cardinals last week, but the Seahawks are not the Cardinals. Birds of a much, much different feather.
New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles- Philadelphia Eagles