Bearing Down: NFL Week 14 Thursday Picks

NFL Picks

Here are Will and Derek’s picks for the Week 14 Thursday night game. Picks for the remainder of the games will run on Friday.

(Home team in caps. Line per VegasInsider.com consensus.)

Dallas (-3.5) at CHICAGO

The Basics:

Dallas: 8-4, 2nd NFC East, #8 total offense, #9 scoring offense, #22 total defense, #16 scoring defense

Chicago: 5-7, 3rd NFC North, #20 total offense, #21 scoring offense, #26 total defense, T-#30 scoring defense

Derek: Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’re back on a normal schedule here at Sports Monocle. It’s good to be back on schedule.

And, speaking of schedules, there’s a crucial difference on the schedule from last week’s Thursday games and this week’s Thursday game. That’s right, it’s December! You know what that means:

Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Tom Pennington/Getty Images

It’s December, the Cowboys are visiting Chicago, and I’m getting points with the Bears? I think I’ve heard it enough. I support the Chicago Bears in their footballing endeavor this evening.

Will: It does feel good to be back on schedule. I feel like I’ve had a hearty serving of bran muffins. This, however, is a tough game to start the week with, as I have the same confidence in these teams that I do in the WWE’s drug testing system.

A Cowboy collapse is as much of a December institution as Christmas, Hanukkah, and the winter solstice rolled into one, and this iteration has the look of a team ready to play down to the hype. The Cowboys already have eight wins, but I could absolutely see them finishing 8-8 as they seem to have every year since the Bush administration. The first Bush administration.

However, the Browns fan (read: naive, idiotic, stupid optimist) in me thinks this could be the year that Tony Romo could flip the script. After all, the Bears have been a supreme disappointment all season. And yet, for that very reason, a matchup with Dallas seems the ideal spot for Chicago to get a victory. Calvin Johnson terrorized the Cowboy secondary on Turkey Day, and I see Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery similarly showing out in primetime. God help us, for we begin the betting week in agreement. I also favor the Bears of Chicago.



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