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Against the Odds – Week 14

Vinnie isn’t getting carried away in Week 14, merely opting for a pair of favored teams playing at home. It’s a little sad that so little is left of the NFL regular season, but it sure is exciting to watch the playoff scenarios begin to take shape!

Washington @ Baltimore (-5): For two teams in close proximity to one another, both geographically and when comparing win/loss records this season, the Redskins and Ravens aren’t as similar as you might imagine. Washington has lost three of its last four games, and its only wins since mid-October have come against the Browns, Lions and Seahawks. While the grip Jim Zorn’s team has on an NFC wildcard berth is tenuous, John Harbaugh’s Ravens appear almost as likely to come from behind to win the AFC North as earn a wildcard playoff spot. Clinton Portis garnered a lot of league MVP publicity for how well he ran the ball in September and October, but has become pretty worn down and suffered another injury or two last week. Even if he was moderately healthy, Baltimore’s defense has been stellar in just about every major category. I don’t see the Redskins putting many points on the board.

 

Gimme the Ravens minus the points.

Cleveland @ Tennessee (-13.5): Maybe I’m simplifying this a little too much and picking the favorite to cover so many points will come back to bite me, but I smell a blowout. Jeff Fisher’s Titans have played well all year – with the notable exception of the loss against one of the next-best teams in the AFC – behind a balanced, ball control offense and a dominant defense. They are focused on winning enough games to earn homefield advantage thoughout the playoffs. The Browns, meanwhile, aren’t playing at a competitive level (with the exception of special teams, perhaps) and are now left with Ken Dorsey, the No. 3 quarterback on the roster.

 

Gimme the Titans minus the points.

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