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Week 14 NFL Bet Trends: Cardinals can’t beat NFC foes

Last Updated: Jan 9, 2021

Week 14 NFL Bet Trends: We are down to the final quarter of the 2020 season. Playoff races are heating up and the football around the NFL is getting more intense by the second.

To get you ready for the busy week ahead, here are the five statistics for football wagers you need to know before placing your favorite bets.

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Week 14 NFL Bet Trends

1. Sean McVay’s Rams are 33-0 when leading at halftime.

So this isn’t really a betting trend, but more of a “wow" stat. Since taking over as the Los Angeles Rams’ head coach, Sean McVay is 33-0 when leading at halftime.

For whatever reason, he knows how to close out games, and with his rejuvenated rushing attack, teams are having a big problem stopping the Rams in the second half.

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But can he get a lead against the Patriots on Thursday Night Football? If so, the Patriots might struggle to come back in this game given how much trouble they have had moving the ball via the air. This should be a highly entertaining game between two of the best coaches in the NFL.


2. The Cardinals have lost 10 of their last 15 games against NFC opponents.

Arizona is struggling right now on both sides of the ball. The offense looks broken and the defense can’t stop anyone. They’ve now failed to cover the spread in five-straight games and have lost four of their last five games.

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It’s also concerning how little success Arizona has had over the previous two seasons against NFC opponents. They’ve now lost 10 of their last 15 games against conference opponents and that could be bad news as they are set to play the New York Giants in Week 14.

Can their offense get back on track against a suddenly frisky Giants team? Arizona needs this game to stay alive in the NFC Wild Card hunt, but don’t be surprised if they continue to struggle inside the conference once again.


3. The Dolphins are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games.

It seems like it happened overnight, but Brian Flores has become one of the league’s best coaches. They’ve won 10 of their previous 14 games dating back to the 2019 season and just last year; there were debates if the Dolphins could beat a good college football team. That’s how far we’ve come in the calendar year.

Flores and the Dolphins will have their toughest test of the season in Week 13 as they will host the Kansas City Chiefs.

Week 14 NFL Bet Trends: Tua Tagovailoa's Dolphins are rolling at home.
Tua Tagovailoa’s Dolphins are rolling at home and are strongly in the AFC playoff picture. (USA TODAY Sports)

Miami is getting 7.5 points, which is noticeable considering that Dolphins have now covered the spread in seven of their last eight home games.

Can Miami’s defense slow down Patrick Mahomes enough to give them a chance to win? This should be a fantastic battle at Hard Rock Stadium in Week 14.


4. The Raiders have lost 11 of their last 15 games in December.

Jon Gruden and company have done a fantastic job of building the Raiders and making them a contender in the AFC. We’ve already seen them go toe-to-toe with the Chiefs, beating them in Kansas City.

However, Gruden’s kryptonite in his return to the sideline has been December football. The Raiders have now lost 11 of their last 15 games in December and barely beat the winless Jets in Week 13. If not for a coverage bust by now-fired Gregg Williams, the Raiders would be 3-12 in their last 15 December games.

In Week 14, they will face an outstanding Colts team with huge playoff indications. Las Vegas must get this win to stay alive in the AFC Wild Card hunt. But Gruden’s December woes loom large. It will be fascinating to see if he can find a way to overcome those struggles this week.


5. The total has gone Under in 4 of the Steelers’ last 5 games.

The best game of the week will happen on Sunday Night Football as the 11-1 Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Buffalo to take on the 9-3 Bills. This is a possible playoff matchup in the AFC as these are two of the top three teams in the conference.

This game certainly has the potential to be a high-scoring game considering all of the weapons on each side, but it’s worth mentioning that the under has now hit in four of the last five games for the Steelers.

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We know how strong their scoring defense is as they have allowed the fewest points per game (17.8) this season. But their offense is starting to slump, which is why we see such low-scoring games as of late.

If you remove their defensive touchdown against the Ravens, the Steelers have managed to score just 29 points over the last two weeks. Ben Roethlisberger isn’t throwing the ball down the field and the offense looks clunky.

Expect this game to be another low-scoring contest on Sunday, with both teams likely scoring only into the low 20s. With a total set at 47.5, don’t be surprised if the under hits once again.

After reading about the latest football betting data:

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Marcus Mosher

Marcus Mosher is an NFL analyst at The Game Day, residing in Erie, PA. He covers the NFL from a betting and fantasy perspective, producing written and video content. Marcus currently hosts multiple football-related podcasts and is a managing editor at USA Today’s Sports Media Group covering the Las Vegas Raiders. He has previously worked at The Athletic and Bleacher Report.

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