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Flamin’ Four – Week 14

It’s exam week here at Campbell University, but that won’t stop me from continuing my series. College students are always looking for a way to get away from studying, well this is mine.

Last week my picks went 2-2 making me 8-7-1 so far this season. With the way the Eagles have been playing lately it’s hard to believe they started the season 3-0. Washington showed me they aren’t ready to be playoff contenders yet and Green Bay put themselves back in the conversation to be playoff contenders. Lastly, I’m torn I’m not sure who contributed more to the outcome in the Steelers-Giants game, the Steelers great defensive effort or Eli Manning’s poor decision making.

If this is your first time reading the Flamin’ Four and have no idea what this about or what I just talked about, it’s okay I explained everything in Flamin’ Four – Week 10 Blog. Let’s get to some picks.

Atlanta Falcons (-6.5) at Los Angeles Rams

Atlanta has one of the most powerful offenses in the NFL this season. With two starting running backs in Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman, a top three receiver in Julio Jones, and Matt Ryan playing an almost MVP season, I don’t see this game being close. The Rams are 1-4 at home this season and let New Orleans hang 49 points two weeks ago.

Atlanta (35-10)

Washington Redskins (-2) at Philadelphia Eagles

A month ago if you would have asked me about this game I would have been super excited. However, now I’m not, these potentially great teams are having disappointing seasons of late and are fighting with all their will to still be in the playoff conversation. With that being said, Washington is a much better team than Philadelphia and only has to cover 2 points. Jordan Reed is back in the lineup and will give the Redskins an instant boost. This is my easiest pick of the week.

Washington (24-14)

New Orleans Saints (+3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With all the focus on Dallas this season, people haven’t noticed that Tampa Bay has won 4 straight games and is tied for lead in NFC South with the Atlanta Falcons. However, New Orleans is always a tough division foe that you don’t want to see at home. New Orleans might be 2-3 on the road, but they are 5-0 ATS in all of those games. This game looks like an easy pick for Tampa Bay to cover 3 points, but some things are too good to be true, don’t be surprised if New Orleans wins this game.

Tampa Bay (24-23)

Dallas Cowboys (-3.5) at New York Giants

The Giants are the worst 8-4 team that I’ve ever seen, they have absolutely no running game, Eli is a whole other type of bad in the redzone, and the offense forces way to many targets towards Odell Beckham Jr. (with McAdoo’s three page call sheet you’d think they would run different plays). On the other side, Dallas is the best team in football right now and they have another chance to show their dominance on primetime Sunday night. If you looked at these two teams solely by gamefilm and not their records, then you’ll see that this game could become ugly fast especially if Eli Manning plays the way he did last week against the Steelers.

Dallas (35-21)

All my betting lines are from VegasInsider.com under the VI Consensus column, which is the most frequent betting line among Las Vegas and Online sportsbooks.

Also, I want my blog to stay connected with my readers, therefore I encourage you to comment below and share your thoughts and feelings on this topic, whether you agree or disagree. To me, it’s not about being right it’s about understanding and analyzing all perspectives. Provide a comment below or email me (hartshornthomas@gmail.com) about any sports topics you would like for me write about in the future.

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