The NFL regular season chugs onward with Week 14. Four teams are idle, as the Colts, Dolphins, Patriots and Eagles all drew the short straw with the latest off weeks of the season. That may not be a bad thing, though, as they’ll have a chance to rest up for the playoff push.
Look-ahead lines are always worth a few minutes of your time to see how the teams are priced before game week, just to try and spot some overreactions. Then you can compare those with the lines that come out on Sunday night to see if what happened in the previous game is properly accounted for in the markets.
Here are a few early lines I like for Week 14:
New Orleans Saints (-6, 44) at New York Jets
Taysom Hill was 19 of 41 with four interceptions against the Cowboys last week and he is also suffering from “Mallet Finger,” which sounds like a ska band from the ‘90s. Hill will try to play through the injury, but the Saints could opt to go back to Trevor Siemian with his 57.2% completion rate.
The Saints have a complete mess at the quarterback position. So do the Jets, which is unfortunate because they used the No. 2 pick on Zach Wilson, who has had 11 passes intercepted against six touchdowns.
It might take these teams two games to score 43 points with the quarterback play that we’ve seen to this point. Neither team can really run the football either, as the Jets and Saints are both below the league average in yards per carry. Weather could be a factor, given that it’s December, but even if not, these are two inept offenses.
Pick: Under 44
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passes against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
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