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The best underdogs to bet in Week 14

Everybody loves a plucky underdog. We’ve got a look at three with a chance of springing an upset in Week 14.

Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks meets Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams after a 16-10 Seahawks win at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

There was no shortage of upsets across the NFL in Week 13. One of the biggest ones was Washington knocking off the Panthers in Carolina, 29-21. The Panthers haven’t exactly been stellar since they entered the game with a 5-6 record, but Washington was 2-9. Derrius Guice had the best game of his young career, rushing 10 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Washington’s defense held the Panthers to 65 rushing yards on 20 carries.

As far as some of the favorites go, the Packers easily dispatched the lowly Giants, improving their record to 9-3 in the process. Aaron Rodgers might have only thrown for 243 yards, but he registered four touchdown passes, two of which went to Davante Adams. Meanwhile, Daniel Jones was once again turnover prone for the Giants, throwing three interceptions compared to only one touchdown.

The marquee matchup of the week was the Ravens hosting the 49ers. Both teams have played very well defensively while the Ravens have been led by the stellar play of Lamar Jackson at quarterback. He kept things rolling despite the tough matchup, especially on the ground considering he has 16 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown. The 49ers received 146 rushing yards and a touchdown from Raheem Mostert, but it still wasn’t enough to help them avoid defeat.

As we turn the page to Week 14, we have plenty of games to wager on since no teams will be on a bye. If you’re looking to take a chance on some underdogs, the following three could prove to be profitable.

Dolphins (+5) at Jets (O/U 46)

Both of these teams were involved in an upset last week. The Dolphins emerged victorious over the Eagles, giving them their third win across their last five games. Ryan Fitzpatrick led the charge, throwing for 365 yards and three touchdowns. It was also another banner afternoon for DeVante Parker, who caught seven passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

The Jets were on the opposite end of an upset, falling to the previously winless Bengals on the road. The game really wasn’t even close with the Bengals winning 22-6. Le’Veon Bell was held to 32 yards on 10 carries and Sam Darnold completed only 28 of 48 passes for 239 yards and no touchdowns. The Bengals didn’t exactly provide a lot of offense either, but Andy Dalton was still able to lead them to the victory in his return as the starting quarterback.

This wasn’t the first time the Jets suffered an embarrassing loss against a previously winless team. These same Dolphins beat them in Week 9 to earn their first victory. The Jets will likely be without one of their top defenders in Jamal Adams (ankle) for this contest, which should make things easier for Fitzpatrick and company. I think the Dolphins could win again, so taking the points looks even more appealing.

Jaguars (+3) vs. Chargers (O/U 43)

The Jaguars laid an egg last week against the Bucs, losing 28-11 at home. The Bucs have one of the worst secondaries in the league, so the fact that the Jaguars scored only 11 points is alarming. Nick Foles couldn’t get anything going and eventually gave way to Gardner Minshew. The Bucs also bottled up Leonard Fournette on the ground, holding him to 38 yards on 14 carries.

It’s been another lost season for the Charges, who couldn’t even get a win against the Broncos last week in what was Drew Lock’s first career start for Denver. While he wasn’t great, he did record two touchdown passes. The Charges tied the game at 20 with less than a minute to go in the fourth quarter and looked destined to push the game to overtime. However, after a defensive penalty on the Chargers gave the Broncos a big gain, Brandon McManus hit a 53-yad field to deal the Chargers a crushing loss.

With Foles struggling, the Jaguars will turn back to Minshew to lead them at quarterback. As poor as both teams have played, it’s a bit surprising to see the Jaguars as underdogs at home to a team as bad as the Chargers. In fact, the Chargers have lost six of their last seven games when they were the favorites. Don’t be surprised to see the Jaguars win this one outright.

Seahawks (+1) at Rams (O/U 47)

The Seahawks faced a tough test on Monday Night Football when the Vikings came into town. They were down 17-10 at the half, but stormed back with 24 unanswered points. The Vikings did make a late charge in the fourth quarter, but ultimately ran out of time to complete the comeback. The Seahawks once again dominated on the ground, rushing 43 times for 218 yards and two touchdowns.

The Rams haven’t exactly been a model of consistency this season, but they had a great chance to earn a win last week against the lowly Cardinals. They didn’t disappoint, blowing out the Cardinals by 27 points. Jared Goff had a much-needed bounce back performance in the process, throwing for 424 yards and two touchdowns. Robert Woods was the main beneficiary of Goff’s big day, catching 13 passes for 172 yards.

These two teams played a close contest in Week 5 when the Seahawks ultimately won by one point at home. While playing on the road might be a detriment to a lot of teams, the Seahawks have won each of their last six road games. Another interesting stat is that they have covered the spread in each of their last seven Sunday night games. This should be another close game, but I’ll take the Seahawks to defeat the Rams once again.

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